Expédition et naufrage de Lapérouse, recueil historique de faits, événemens, découvertes, etc., etc., appuyés de documens officiels, avec un état général nominatif des officiers, savans, artistes, marins, embarqués sur la Boussole et l'Astrolabe, et l'énumération authentique de tous les débris du naufrage… Deuxième édition, augmentée de plusieurs notes. [The expedition and shipwreck of Lapérouse, historical collection of facts, events, discoveries, etc., etc., supported by official documents, with a general list of the officers, scholars, artists, sailors, embarked on the Boussole and the Astrolabe, and the authentic enumeration of all the debris of the shipwreck …]. LA PEROUSE, Chevalier HAPDE, Jean-Baptiste Augustin.
Expédition et naufrage de Lapérouse, recueil historique de faits, événemens, découvertes, etc., etc., appuyés de documens officiels, avec un état général nominatif des officiers, savans, artistes, marins, embarqués sur la Boussole et l'Astrolabe, et l'énumération authentique de tous les débris du naufrage… Deuxième édition, augmentée de plusieurs notes. [The expedition and shipwreck of Lapérouse, historical collection of facts, events, discoveries, etc., etc., supported by official documents, with a general list of the officers, scholars, artists, sailors, embarked on the Boussole and the Astrolabe, and the authentic enumeration of all the debris of the shipwreck …]
Expédition et naufrage de Lapérouse, recueil historique de faits, événemens, découvertes, etc., etc., appuyés de documens officiels, avec un état général nominatif des officiers, savans, artistes, marins, embarqués sur la Boussole et l'Astrolabe, et l'énumération authentique de tous les débris du naufrage… Deuxième édition, augmentée de plusieurs notes. [The expedition and shipwreck of Lapérouse, historical collection of facts, events, discoveries, etc., etc., supported by official documents, with a general list of the officers, scholars, artists, sailors, embarked on the Boussole and the Astrolabe, and the authentic enumeration of all the debris of the shipwreck …]

Expédition et naufrage de Lapérouse, recueil historique…
Expédition et naufrage de Lapérouse, recueil historique de faits, événemens, découvertes, etc., etc., appuyés de documens officiels, avec un état général nominatif des officiers, savans, artistes, marins, embarqués sur la Boussole et l'Astrolabe, et l'énumération authentique de tous les débris du naufrage… Deuxième édition, augmentée de plusieurs notes. [The expedition and shipwreck of Lapérouse, historical collection of facts, events, discoveries, etc., etc., supported by official documents, with a general list of the officers, scholars, artists, sailors, embarked on the Boussole and the Astrolabe, and the authentic enumeration of all the debris of the shipwreck …]

Paris: Delaunay, 1829.

Octavo, 88 pp., neat owner's stamp; in a neat quarter cloth binding preserving the original front wrapper with author's presentation inscription.

Early reaction to reports of the discoveries at Vanikoro

A very scarce work, published with the earliest news of the discovery and identification of the final wreck of the La Pérouse expedition.

A very scarce work, published with the earliest news of the discovery and identification of the final wreck of the La Pérouse expedition.

Hapdé was the director of the military hospitals of Napoleon's Grande Armée, as well as being a quite remarkably prolific playwright of mainly fantastic or romantic spectacles; this very serious work might seem out of character were it not for his 1810 stage fantasy "Lapeyrouse, ou le Voyageur autour du monde, tableaux historiques à grand spectacle, en 3 actions, musique de Foignet fils, Jeux gymniques".

Obviously fascinated like many by the mysterious disappearance of la Pérouse, and having speculated so dramatically on the outcome of the expedition, when news of Dillon's discovery of relics of the expedition came out in 1829 he would have been absorbed by the information, and he records every detail available to him both of Dillon's remarks and of Dumont d'Urville's subsequent confirmation of the outcome from his visit to Vanikoro.

Although Ferguson did not record the book, the Stanford University Library copy of another edition prompted an entry in the Addenda volume. Nonetheless the Mitchell and National Libraries also have copies of that version, the uncorrected first edition of the same year. This is the 'second edition, to which have been added numerous notes'.

Provenance: With a presentation inscription signed by Hapdé to his doctor on the front wrapper, reading "Hommage de haute estime de l'auteur convalescent à son docteur chirurgien le Professeur Fauquin - Hapdé".

Allen "Check List", p.12; Ferguson (Addenda), 1276a. Not recorded by McLaren's La Pérouse bibliography; not in the catalogue of the Hill collection.

Price (AUD): $4,800.00

US$3,253.15   Other currencies

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