Le Départ de La Pérouse, ou Les Navigateurs Modernes, Poëme. LA PEROUSE, C. J. L. D'AVRIGNI.

Le Départ de La Pérouse, ou Les Navigateurs Modernes, Poëme.

Paris: Léopold Collin, 1807.

Octavo, plain wrappers.

Twenty years waiting

Rare poem commemorating the departure of La Pérouse, and despairing of the twenty-year fruitless wait for the navigator's return. D'Avrigni (c.1760-1823), described on the title-page as 'Officier d'Administration des Colonies, Chef du Bureau des Colonies Occidentales, au Ministère de la Marine et des Colonies', wrote several theatrical plays, including a five-act play about Joan of Arc, and his Tableau historique des commencements et des progrès de la puissance britannique dans les Indes.

Rare poem commemorating the departure of La Pérouse, and despairing of the twenty-year fruitless wait for the navigator's return. D'Avrigni (c.1760-1823), described on the title-page as 'Officier d'Administration des Colonies, Chef du Bureau des Colonies Occidentales, au Ministère de la Marine et des Colonies', wrote several theatrical plays, including a five-act play about Joan of Arc, and his Tableau historique des commencements et des progrès de la puissance britannique dans les Indes.

Le Départ de La Pérouse was very much a product of its time, with numerous contemporary popular theatrical productions appearing in both France and throughout Europe celebrating the achievements of La Pérouse and speculating to a more or less fanciful degree on his fate.

Ferguson notes only the National Library of Australia copy, while the Addenda adds no further locations, although a copy is now held by the Mitchell Library.

Allen "Check List", p. 16; Ferguson, 442; Marcel, 100; McLaren, 'Lapérouse in the Pacific', 263.

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