Item #5000342 Journal Historique du Voyage de M. de Lesseps, consul de France, employé dans l'expédition de M. le comte de La Pérouse… depuis l'instant où il a quitté les frégates Françoises au port Saint-Paul de Kamtschatka, jusqu'à son arrivée en France, le 17 Octobre 1788. Jean Baptiste Barthelemy LESSEPS, Baron de.

Voyage de M. de Lesseps du Kamchatka en France…
Journal Historique du Voyage de M. de Lesseps, consul de France, employé dans l'expédition de M. le comte de La Pérouse… depuis l'instant où il a quitté les frégates Françoises au port Saint-Paul de Kamtschatka, jusqu'à son arrivée en France, le 17 Octobre 1788.

Paris: de l'Imprimerie Royale, 1790.

Two volumes, octavo, with two maps and a plate; contemporary mottled calf, gilt panelled spines with floral designs, red and black labels; joints a little tender and slight wear to tops of spines; a fine copy.

The epic journey of the only survivor of the La Pérouse expedition

A fine copy of the first edition of this account of the epic journey across Russia by which a substantial portion of the records of the La Pérouse voyage were preserved. De Lesseps, the young son of the French Consul-General at St. Petersburg, and himself Russian interpreter on the voyage, left the expedition at Kamchatka with charts, views, and La Pérouse's journal from Macao to Kamchatka, to travel overland to France. He thus became the only survivor of the ill-fated expedition. In 1829, he was called on to identify the relics brought back to France by Peter Dillon.

A fine copy of the first edition of this account of the epic journey across Russia by which a substantial portion of the records of the La Pérouse voyage were preserved. De Lesseps, the young son of the French Consul-General at St. Petersburg, and himself Russian interpreter on the voyage, left the expedition at Kamchatka with charts, views, and La Pérouse's journal from Macao to Kamchatka, to travel overland to France. He thus became the only survivor of the ill-fated expedition. In 1829, he was called on to identify the relics brought back to France by Peter Dillon.

This graphic account of his travels over enormous distances and under hostile conditions with his eventual arrival at Versailles in October 1788, is a significant supplement to the voyage. "An interesting account and… important to any collection of La Pérouse material…" (Davidson).

Allen "Check List", p.14; Davidson, 'A Book Collector's Notes', p. 104; Hill, 1010; Kroepelien, 723; McLaren, 'Lapérouse in the Pacific', 29.

Price (AUD): $3,800.00

US$2,454.83   Other currencies

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