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Short autograph note signed by La PÃ©rouse].[At - LA PÃ‰ROUSE, Jean-FranÃ§ois de Ga - 1781. 
An exceptionally rare autograph note signed by the great French explorer La PÃ©rouse. The extraordinary story and achievements of La PÃ©rouse are well known, and recounted in the handsome official account of his expedition. However, because he was lost without trace mid-voyage, manuscript material relating to his life is very rare indeed. In the present note La PÃ©rouse asks that his boat be given an impressive 286 "aunes" of canvas which is needed on board. An "aune" is an old-fashioned French measure usually translated as ell or cubit: its length could vary but the normal French/Parisian aune was about 118 cm, meaning that La PÃ©rouse is in fact asking for about 340 metres of canvas. The sheer quantity of the request speaks to La PÃ©rouse having written the note while in charge of a large vessel.The document is counter-signed and noted as "delivered" by one "Deletombe": it seems very likely that this is Philippe-AndrÃ©-Joseph de LÃ©tombe, who arrived in the United States in 1781, and was the French Consul in Boston and a correspondent of Thomas Jefferson. If this identification is correct, the note would possibly date from La PÃ©rouse's cruising in the West Indies and along the coast to Hudson Bay in 1781 and 1782.With old folds, clearly and legibly written and docketed; in very good condition.
[Bookseller: ASHER Rare Books (Since 1830)]
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