Philippines by LaPlace year 1835 - set of 10 prints, complete set

An extremely rare complete set of 10 antique prints showing scenes in the Philippines.

Based on descriptions made during the voyage around the world of French corvette La Favorite. Published in 1835, Voyage autour du monde records the 1830-1832 world tour of La Favorite making stops all over the southern hemisphere.

The Philippines was also known as the Spanish East Indies, much in the same way Indonesia was the Dutch East Indies. Its location in the Pacific Ocean made the islands a key stopping point for those ships continuing to or from the Americas.

These ten prints offer a look at the Pearl of The Orient as it was in the early 19th century, featuring views, buildings, and sketches of native Filipinos.


This historic engraving is from Cyrille Pierre Theodore Laplace's Voyage around the world by the seas of India and China of the corvette of Her Majesty La Favorite executed during the 1830s, 1831 and 1832 under the command of Mr. Laplace, Commander.  The work was published under the direction of M. de Sainson in Paris by Arthus Bertrand in 1835.

The work included beautiful views of Reunion Island and Mauritius, Singapore, Manila, Sydney and Rio de Janeiro.  The work has been described as "perhaps the finest series of plates to any of the picturesque voyages" (Sabin 38985) and "...sumptuous.... They are some of the most beautiful plates of the kind in existence..." (Borba de Moraes p. 458)

Captain Laplace began his around the world voyage from Toulon on December 30, 1829 aboard the corvette La Favorite.  He was commissioned to circumnavigate the globe by the French government.  He passed through Gibralter, Goree, Cape of Good Hope, Mauritius, Saint-Louis de la Reunion, Indies, Singapore, Manila, Canton, Indonesia, Sydney, New Zealand, Vaplparaiso Cape Horn, and Rio de Janeiro before returning to Toulon on April 21, 1832.

"In December 1829, Laplace was commissioned to take an expedition to India, the East Indies and South East Asia, and then, if he chose to do so, proceed through the South Pacific. His instructions were to provide protection for French merchant vessels and obtain at each port-of-call information which might be of value to French trade." (Hill)

"From the scientific viewpoint, Laplace‚Äôs voyage was one of the most successful. The maps made from surveys in the Pacific and the collections which were assembled became famous during that period." (Borba de Moraes) 

Laplace La Favorite
Set of 10 Philippines Prints - The year 1835
Publication Place / Date
Image Dimensions
Paris / 1835
36 by 27 cm.
Black and White
G+ / Study image carefully
Product Price
Product Number
USD 8,700
SKU #P.0526