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Voyage De La Perouse Autour Du Monde, Publie Conformement Au Decret Du 22 Avril 1791, et Redige Par M. L. A. Milet-Mureau
Paris: Imprimerie De La Republique, 1797. 5 volumes: 4 text volumes, 4to., (11 7/8 x 8 6/8 inches); Atlas volume, folio (22 x 17 inches). Engraved frontispiece portrait of Galaup after Alex Tardieu in the first of the text volumes. Engraved title-page, fine large engraved double-page folding map of "Mappe Monde ou Carte Reduite du Parties commes de Globe pour servir a Voyage de la Perouse. 1785,86,87,88.", 30 maps, including 20 folding, and 36 of 38 views, plans, and plates depicting flora, fauna and boats (without half-title to the Atlas, and plates 11, the view of Easter Island, and 23 the plate of the costumes and inhabitants of Port des France on the North-West coast of America). Text volumes bound in contemporary tree calf, spines elaborately decorated in gilt, Atlas volume uniformly bound in half calf marbled paper boards (extremities of text volumes scuffed, Atlas volume extremities worn). First edition. The voyage of La Perouse is "one of the most important scientific explorations ever undertaken to the Pacific and the west coast of North America. In 1785 this expedition sailed from France with La Perouse in command of two frigates; he captained the "Boussole", while her sister ship, the "Astrolabe", was captained by Paul-Antoine Langle. The charge to the expedition was to examine such parts of the region as had not been explored by Captain Cook; to seek for an interoceanic passage; to make scientific observations on the various countries, peoples, and products; to obtain reliable information about the fur trade and the extent of the Spanish settlements in California; and to promote the inducements for French enterprise in that quarter. The voyage also included the first foreign scientific group ever to visit Alta California, in 1786. Accounts are given of Easter Island, Hawaii, Macao, Formosa, the Aleutian Islands, Samoa, Tonga, and Australia.. The two ships set sail from Botany Bay, in 1788 and were never heard of again" (Hill). The expedition and this atlas are especially regarded for superb mapping of the Alaskan and Californian coasts. Maps include San Diego, Monterey, and the whole of the Northwest coast. "It is one of the finest narratives of maritime exploration ever written, and certainly deserves to hold a place of high honor among the great travel accounts of the 18th century" (Howell). Catalogued by Kate Hunter..
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