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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; later 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.....
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.....
Paris: Imprimerie Nationale, 1791.
First call for the search for La PérouseOctavo, 16 pp.; tipped into modern wrappers, with a fitted case. The direct catalyst for the D'Entrecasteaux voyage in search of La Pérouse, who had not been heard from since 1788: the exceptionally rare separate printing of the.....
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: 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.
The splendid natural history and ethnographic plate from the Labillardière atlasFolio 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, from the same printing as the first edition of.....
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.....
Tours: Mame, 1839.
La Pérouse condensed for childrenSmall octavo, engraved title, frontispiece and two other plates; an attractive copy in an early dark roan prize binding embossed in blind and gilt. Attractive copy of the rare first edition of this early children's book relating the voyages and adventures of.....
Rare abridgmentOctavo, frontispiece, five plates, and a large folding map; contemporary quarter calf, some wear, front joint starting but otherwise a very good copy, bookplate. Abridged account of the La Pérouse voyage, published two years after the official edition. The preface records all previous Pacific voyagers of.....
Paris: Firmin Didot, 1823.
La Perouse eulogyOctavo, 46 pp., with some of the foxing endemic to some French books of this period; very good in recent blue paper boards with morocco label. Very rare eulogy to La Pérouse published some thirty-five years after the disappearance of his two vessels.....