French naval officer (1793-1864) who accomplished a circumnavigation between 1836 and 1839, and played an important role in France's annexation of French Polynesia by taking possession of the Marquesas Islands and establishing a protectorate over Tahiti. ALS in French, signed “A. du Petit-Thouars,” three pages on two adjoining sheets, 7.25 x 9.25, January 6, 1828. Lengthy untranslated handwritten letter by du Petit-Thouars. In very good to fine condition, with light staining and old repairs to seal-related loss at the hinge.
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