Travels in Kamtschatka, during the years 1787 and 1788. Translated from the French of M. de Lesseps, Consul of France, and interpreter to the Count de la Pérouse, now engaged in a voyage round the world, by command of his most Christian Majesty. Jean Baptiste Barthelemy LESSEPS, Baron de.
Travels in Kamtschatka, during the years 1787 and 1788. Translated from the French of M. de Lesseps, Consul of France, and interpreter to the Count de la Pérouse, now engaged in a voyage round the world, by command of his most Christian Majesty.

Travels in Kamtschatka, during the years 1787 and 1788…
Travels in Kamtschatka, during the years 1787 and 1788. Translated from the French of M. de Lesseps, Consul of France, and interpreter to the Count de la Pérouse, now engaged in a voyage round the world, by command of his most Christian Majesty.

London: J. Johnson, 1790.

Two volumes, octavo, with a folding engraved map; in excellent condition, in period-style quarter calf.

First English version, by the survivor of the La Pérouse expedition

Very scarce: the first English translation from the original French edition, issued the same year, 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 Kamschatka 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.

Very scarce: the first English translation from the original French edition, issued the same year, 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 Kamschatka 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). Surprisingly, Ferguson located no copies (nor does Addenda), while McLaren cites only the Fisher Library copy in Australia.

Allen "Check List", p.14; Davidson, 'A Book Collector's Notes', p. 104; Hill, p. 178; Kroepelien, 723n; McLaren, 'Lapérouse in the Pacific', 30.

Condition Report: Two small tears to the folding map; a fine set in a later but very good binding.

Price (AUD): $3,200.00

US$2,287.18   Other currencies

Ref: #5000433

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