CHORIS, LOUIS. 1795-1828.
Voyage pittoresque autour du monde, avec des portraits de sauvages d'Amérique, d'Asie, d'Afrique, et des iles du Grand Ocean; des paysages, des vues maritimes, et plusieurs objets d'histoire naturelle. Paris: Firmin Didot, -1822-[1823?]. , vi, 18, 3-20, 10, 4, 24, 3-22, 20, 9-28, 1-8, 6, ,  pp, including dedication, subscribers list, and instructions to binder. 105 lithographed plates comprising frontispiece portrait of Count Romanzoff, Chancellor of the Russian Empire, and 104 hand-colored plates from drawings by Choris; folding engraved map, 2 further engraved maps on one sheet (here duplicated), original tissue guards. Folio (430 x 255 mm). Period red half morocco, spine gilt, untrimmed. Scattered light spotting and fox-marks, a few plates and sections of text bound out of order, binding lightly rubbed at extremities.
Very rare fully colored copy of this "elaborately handsome work by the artist with Kotzebue's 1816 expedition in which a long visit was made to the Pacific coast from California to Bering's sea" (Howes).
The work was issued in 22 livraisons between 1820 and 1822 or 1823. Two title pages were printed, one dated 1820 and the other dated 1822, but according to Forbes there was only one issue of the text and plates. A lithographed portrait of the artist is occasionally found, but is not called for in the list of plates. The work was available with every plate colored (as here), some colored, or none colored. Two plates have been noted in variant states: in the present copy, Kamehameha's portrait shows him in a dark robe, and the view of the Sandwich Islands dancers includes Choris and a verdant background.
Choris' work is in essence an album of illustrations, the text giving just the key facts of the voyage and explanations of the plates. The lithographs range from scenes of native life to topography, ethnography, natural history, and artifacts. Twelve plates relate to California, nineteen to the Hawaiian Islands, and twenty-three are of Alaskan interest. The Philippines, Chile and Easter Island also feature. Brunet I:1851 (calling for 110 plates); Forbes 541; Hill 290; Howes C397; Lada-Mocarski 84; California on Stone pp 97-98; Sabin 12884; Streeter sale 2461.
Provenance: property of an East Coast collector.