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Paris: Didot Fréres, 1836. Engraving, 135 x 220 mm. Charming engraved plate depicting the memorial to La Pérouse erected by the Dumont d'Urville expedition to Vanikoro. The plate was published in Domeny de Rienzi's Océanie ou Cinquième partie du monde, revue géographique et ethnographique de la Malaisie, de la Micronésie.....
Milan: Dalla Tipgrafia Sonzogno e Comp. 1815.
Italian edition with coloured platesFour volumes bound in two, small octavo, with a folding world map outlined in colour and 16 hand-coloured plates; a nice set in contemporary quarter calf, flat spines gilt. Quite uncommon: the first Italian edition of the voyages...
Paris: Imprimerie de la Republique, 1797.
"Vanished trackless into blue immensity"Four volumes, quarto, and folio atlas, with a portrait, 69 maps and plates (21 folding) in the atlas; the text in fine condition on bluish-tinted paper, completely uncut in modern French period-style blue mottled boards with double labels; the...
Paris: Imprimerie de la Republique, 1797.
"Vanished trackless into blue immensity"Four volumes, quarto, and folio atlas, with 69 maps and plates (21 folding) in the atlas; the text in fine condition on bluish-tinted paper; text volumes in contemporary or near-contemporary English dark green straight-grained morocco, spines banded and lettered...
London: J. Johnson, 1798.
The first English editionThree volumes, octavo, with 42 engraved plates and maps; contemporary marbled calf, rebacked, double labels; bookplates. First English edition (as has now been demonstrated by Forbes) of the official account of the tragic French voyage. The disappearance of the entire La Pérouse...
London: J. Johnson, 1798.
First English editionThree volumes, octavo, with 42 engraved plates and maps; in contemporary sprinkled calf; old bookplates, gift inscription to the Andover Institute Free Library dated 1873 at start of each volume and the library's stamp on p. 51 of each volume. First English edition...
Livorno: Tipografia Vignozzi, 1827.
With unrecorded platesThree volumes, duodecimo, three frontispieces and three plates, all with good contemporary handcolouring; contemporary quarter roan binding, lettered in gilt, marbled boards with vellum tips. Attractive early Italian edition of La Pérouse's voyage, containing six charming coloured plates (three of which are not.....
Leipzig: no publisher, 1799.
With a full crew list - including savants and supercargoOctavo, with an engraved portrait, five plates and a folding world map; contemporary French mottled calf, spine gilt with raised bands. Abridged account of the La Pérouse voyage, published two years after the official edition. The.....
Stockholm: Johan Pfeiffer, 1799.
The story spreadsSmall octavo; in attractive contemporary Scandinavian half calf. Rare Swedish edition of the voyage of La Pérouse, whose fame was so widespread that there was a ready market for accounts of his voyage across Europe and beyond. Within four years of the publication.....
London: G.G. and J. Robinson, 1798-1799.
Best English editionTotal of three volumes, comprising two quarto text volumes with an engraved portrait frontispiece, and a folio atlas with portrait, engraved title and 69 maps and plates; recent black half morocco with gilt lettering and ornament. The best English edition: the...
Paris: Jules Renouard, 1839.
I, ClaudiusDuodecimo, unopened and untrimmed, in the original printed wrappers, Charming account of the La Pérouse voyage for children, with notice of the later discoveries relating to the great French mariner, including chapters on d'Entrecasteaux, Dumont d'Urville and Peter Dillon. These concluding sections concentrate on.....
Hamburg: J.G.Sn. Wichers, 1840.
One of the most bizarre and rarest of La Pérouse fantasiesOctavo, 64pp; original printed dark blue wrappers; protective cloth case. An extremely rare La Pérouse fantasy, written in the best tradition of imaginary voyages, and following on from a number of fanciful narratives sparked by.....
Tours: Auguste Vauquer, Imprimeur du Département d'Indre & Loire, 1791.
'Publish what we have'Quarto, 4 pp., woodblock ornament and drop title; fine and uncut, preserved in modern marbled wrappers. The National Assembly decree calling for the publication of all accounts and charts of the La Pérouse expedition. Three different.....
Paris: l'Imprimerie Royale, 1791.
First formal acknowledgement of fears for the La Pérouse expeditionQuarto, 4 pp., uncut and unbound as issued; in fine condition. The search for La Pérouse was initiated with this French National Assembly decree, in response to a petition from the Société d'Histoire Naturelle. As well.....
Brest: aboard the Portefaix, renaned Boussole, 28 & 31 May 1785.
Outfitting La Pérouse for the PacificTwo notes in ink on laid paper, 155 x 207 and 155 x 168 mm (the first watermarked 1768); numbered in pencil 273 and 284. A pair of simple but extremely rare documents...
London: Hurst, Chance and Co., 1829.
In the wake of the PandoraTwo volumes, octavo, plates (two folding, one coloured), and a folding map; plates crisp, in half green morocco by Sangorski & Sutcliffe, spine banded and gilt. The solution of the La Pérouse mystery: an excellent copy of the.....
Paris: Pillet, 1830. Two volumes, octavo, three lithographic plates (two folding) and chart of the island of Mannicolo, unopened in original green printed wrappers, housed in folding cloth case. A very appealing copy of the first French edition of the voyage which solved the riddle of La Pérouse, unopened in.....
Paris: Chez Giguet et Michaud, 1805.
Waiting for La PerouseTwo volumes, octavo, engraved frontispiece and half-title in each volume; nineteenth-century mottled calf, gilt. First edition of Esmenard's epic poem on voyages of discovery generally, and La Pérouse specifically. The work includes a plate of the 'Naufrage des Canots de.....
London: G. & J. Robinson, 1798. Engraving, 255 x 190 mm. Attractive portrait of La Pérouse, "Commodore in the French Navy, born at Alby in 1741". Jean-Francois de Galoup, Compte de la Perouse was commissioned in 1785 by the King of France to head an expedition to explore the Pacific...
London: Vernor and Hood, 1799.
La Pérouse torn between two wives.Octavo, 40 pp., recent wrappers, solander case. A light-hearted drama based on the disappearance and conjectured fate of La Pérouse in the Pacific. This is the London-published translation of the German play which had appeared in Leipzig in 1797.....
Paris: Dabo, Libraire, 1817.
Discovering Venus de Medici and the Wounded Amazon in Tasmania and MelanesiaFolio atlas with engraved title and 44 engraved maps and plates; contemporary quarter dark brown morocco and marbled sides. The 1817 reissue of the Labillardière atlas, unchanged from the first edition of 1800, indeed...
Paris: Blaisot, n.d., circa 1800.
La Pérouse portraitLine engraving, 190 x110 mm. (plate size). Fine portrait of the navigator published while his fate was still a mystery. La Pérouse, inscribed "Célèbre Navigateur Français." La Pérouse was born at Albi in 1741 and was commissioned in 1785 by Louis XVI.....
Paris: Dufour & Mulat, n.d., but circa 1820. Engraving, 210 x 150 mm. (plate size). A fine portrait. La Pérouse, was born at Alby in 1741. Compte de la Perouse was commissioned in 1785 by the King of France to head an expedition to explore the Pacific Ocean. He was...
Milan: Autumn 1825.
Superb expression of the La Perouse mythAquatint with original hand colouring, 340 x 390 mm, mounted and handsomely framed. Atmospheric coloured aquatint depicting an evocative scene from the staging of the "Ballet-Pantomime" based on the disappearance of La Pérouse in the Pacific. Between the complete disappearance...