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THE VOYAGE OF LA PEROUSE ROUND THE WORLD IN THE YEARS 1785, 1786, 1787 and 1788 2 Volumes 1798 Leather Hardcover Near Fine
By La Perouse and M.L.A Milet Mureau [Arranged by]
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London, John Stockdale, 1798, 1st edition. Two volumes: 1: cxc + 290p and 2: viii + 442p + 120p, 51 copperplate plates, 3 foldout maps. Lacking Volume 3 and the atlas volume. Full leather bound hardcover with foxing throughout. else Near Fine condition. A beautiful set. 

(We can find one complete 4 volume set with the atlas for sale by a bookseller on the interenet for $62,500. Three volume sets without the Atlas are $3000-$11,000.)

First English language edition of the captivating account of de La Prouse's ill-fated 1785-1788 expedition. After the American Revolutionary War, King Louis XVI ordered a exploring voyage to rival that of Captain Cook. The objectives were geographic, scientific, ethnological, economic, political and to explore the North and South Pacific, including the coasts of the Far East and Australia. Jean-Francois de Galaup, comte de La Prouse was given command of two ships (the Boussole & Astrolabe) which left France in 1785. After rounding the Cape Horn in early 1786, they reached Hawaii in May of the same year. After charting the shoreline during the summer months they sailed toward California, arriving in Monterey on September 13, 1786. Less than 10 days later the ships set sail for China via the South Pacific, spending more than a year in Asian waters. 

La Prouse reached Australia in January 1788. Six weeks later both ships wrecked, hitting a coral reef off Vanikoro Island. According to the inhabitants of the Island, some surviving sailors built a two-masted boat from the wreckage of the Astrolabe and left in a westward direction a few months later. Their fate remains unknown. During his voyage the captain sent back letters with accounts of his experiences during the voyage. He also sent French officer J. Baptiste Barthlemy (Baron de Lesseps) to Europe with journals, charts and documents. In 1791 Louis Antoine Milet-Mureau was commissioned to edit a book from these materials, which was first published in France in 1797. English translations appeared a year later. There are three separate translations into English from the original French of which two, the one published by Stockdale and that published by Johnson appeared in the same year, 1798.

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