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NARRATIVE AND SUCCESSFUL RESULT OF A VOYAGE IN THE SOUTH SEAS, PERFORMED BY ORDER OF THE GOVERNMENT OF BRITISH INDIA, TO ASCERTAIN THE ACTUAL FATE OF LA PEROUSE'S EXPEDITION
London. 1829.. Two volumes. lxxviii,302pp. plus errata; [2],436pp. plus three plates (two folding, one colored), and folding map of Mannicolo. Octavo. Modern three- quarter gilt morocco and cloth by Aquarius, spines gilt, t.e.g. A few minor fox marks, mostly on preliminary leaves of first volume. Lacks half title in first volume. Overall a very good copy. Forty years after the disappearance of La Perouse, Dillon, a sandalwood trader, was shown a sword hilt in the Solomon Islands which raised his suspicions about the fate of La Perouse. He organized an expedition in Bengal and sailed back via Tasmania, New Zealand, and Tonga. He was able to assemble enough evidence from natives, both in testimony and artifacts, to determine where La Perouse had grounded. One of the ship's relics, a glass piece from a thermometer, became a native's nose piece (depicted on a folding plate). Along the way Dillon was involved in a terrific legal row with the government of Tasmania, also reported in detail. He provides a scathing examination of the legal system of Tasmania and New South Wales, finally declaring Australia "a land of corruption and injustice." For his efforts, France made Dillon a chevalier of the Legion of Honor, his expenses were defrayed, and he was granted a decent pension. HILL, p.83-84. FERGUSON 1336. ABBEY 598. HOCKEN, p.44. SABIN 20175.
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