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The Voyage of La Pérouse Round the World in the Years 1785, 1786, 1787, and 1788, with the Nautical Tables.
To which is Prefixed, Narrative of an Interesting Voyage from Manilla to St. Blaise.
And annexed Travels Over the Continent, with the Dispatches of La Pérouse in 1787 and 1788
by M. de Lesseps. Jean Francois de Galaup La Pérouse.

Published as the Act Directs by G.G. & J. Robinson
Paternoster Row, London
1797-1798

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La Perouse
Jean François de Galaup, comte de Lapérouse

(1741-1788)

Jean-François de Galaup, comte de La Pérouse (1741-1788) was born to a prosperous French family in 1741. At fifteen years old he joined the French navy and, with France and England at war, saw service in Canada and the English Channel from 1757 to 1762. From 1772 to 1777 he served the French colonial government in the Indian Ocean, sailing from Calcutta to Madagascar and elsewhere in the region. When in 1778 France entered the American Revolution on the side of the colonies, La Pérouse (now in command of his own vessels) returned to harassing the British, seizing ships and burning forts all along the Atlantic Coast and as far north as Hudson Bay. When the American Revolution ended, La Pérouse embarked on the expedition described here, from which he failed to return.

Expedition of 1785-1788

When the war ended, the French determined to send out a scientific exploring voyage to rival that of Captain Cook. La Pérouse was given command of two ships that left France in August 1785, rounded Cape Horn in January 1786, and reached Hawaii in May. On June 1, 1786, they left for Alaska, which was sighted later that month on the 23rd. They spent most of the summer charting the shoreline in a fruitless search for a Northwest Passage. In early August they started south for California and fresh supplies, passing Baranof Island on August 7, Vancouver Island on the August 29, the Columbia River on September 3, and sailing into Monterey on the September 13, 1786.

Leaving North America on September 24, 1786, the expedition crossed the south Pacific to China, and spent more than a year in Asian waters. La Pérouse coasted north as far as Korea and Kamchatka, and south to Taiwan and the Philippines before reaching Australia in January 1788. In mid-March 1788 both his ships were wrecked on a coral reef at the remote island of Vanikoro, with the loss of all hands. Thirty years later remains were found and the islanders reported that survivors had built a boat and headed out to sea, but neither La Pérouse nor any of his crew were ever heard from again.

 

La Pérouse had sent letters back to Europe from Manila, Macao, and Australia. In October 1787 he had also sent a Russian-speaking officer, Jean Baptiste Barthélemy, Baron de Lesseps (1766-1834) overland from Kamchatka with documents, charts, and journals. De Lesseps made it successfully through Siberia to St. Petersburg and then to Paris, where he arrived late in 1788. In May 1791, when it seemed clear that La Pérouse would never return, the revolutionary government commissioned former army officer Louis Antoine Milet-Mureau (1756-1825) to edit a book from these materials, which was published in Paris in four volumes with an atlas in 1797. A second French edition was required the following year, and English translations appeared in 1798, 1799, 1801, and 1807; German and Dutch editions were published between 1799 and 1804.

Source: americanjourneys.org

 

 

 



Original copperplate engravings over 220 years old • on beautiful thin, chain-laid paper


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View of the Island of St. Catherine
The Voyage of La Pérouse Round the World in the Years 1785, 1786, 1787, and 1788
PLATE 2

View of the Island of St. Catherine

original 220+-year-old copperplate engraving

Sheet size = approximately 14.5 inches by 10 inches

foxing/age-toning/soiling, some trimming at bottom

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$35

View of Cavite in the Bay of Manilla (Manila, Philippines)
The Voyage of La Pérouse Round the World in the Years 1785, 1786, 1787, and 1788
PLATE 4 (from the very rare French edition)

Les Isles de Glace, Vues le 9 Janviér 1773

original 220+-year-old copperplate engraving

Sheet size = approximately 15.75 inches by 10.5 inches
with vertical folds, as issued in the very rare French edition

some stains in outer margins, crease lower left corner, edge/corner wear, quality repair on fold (back of print)

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$95

Dress of the Inhabitants of Conception
The Voyage of La Pérouse Round the World in the Years 1785, 1786, 1787, and 1788
PLATE 5

Dress of the Inhabitants of Conception

original 220+-year-old copperplate engraving

Sheet size = approximately 14.5 inches by 10.25 inches

some stains/toning in outer margins

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$75

Geometrical Details of the Monuments of Easter Island (Rapa Nui)
The Voyage of La Pérouse Round the World in the Years 1785, 1786, 1787, and 1788
PLATE 12

Geometrical Details of the Monuments of Easter Island (Rapa Nui)

original 220+-year-old copperplate engraving

Sheet size = approximately 16.25 inches by 10.5 inches

some stains/toning in outer margins

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$150

View of Macao in China La Perouse 1798
The Voyage of La Pérouse Round the World in the Years 1785, 1786, 1787, and 1788
PLATE 40

View of Macao in China

original 220+-year-old copperplate engraving

Sheet size = approximately 16.25 inches by 10.5 inches

minor age toning

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$375

View of Cavite in the Bay of Manilla (Manila, Philippines)
The Voyage of La Pérouse Round the World in the Years 1785, 1786, 1787, and 1788
PLATE 41

View of Cavite in the Bay of Manilla (Manila, Philippines)

original 220+-year-old copperplate engraving

Sheet size = approximately 14.75 inches by 10.25 inches

very faint foxing/age-toning in margins

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$275

Dress of the Inhabitants of Conception
The Voyage of La Pérouse Round the World in the Years 1785, 1786, 1787, and 1788
PLATE 42

Dress of the Inhabitants of Manilla (Manila, Philippines)

original 220+-year-old copperplate engraving

Sheet size = approximately 14.75 inches by 10.25 inches

some stains/toning in outer margins

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$125

Dress of the Inhabitants of Baie de Langle
The Voyage of La Pérouse Round the World in the Years 1785, 1786, 1787, and 1788
PLATE 50

Dress of the Inhabitants of Baie de Langle

original 220+-year-old copperplate engraving

Sheet size = approximately 15.125 inches by 10.25 inches

some stains/toning in outer margins

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$85

Tombs of Baie de Castries
The Voyage of La Pérouse Round the World in the Years 1785, 1786, 1787, and 1788
PLATE 53

Tombs of Baie de Castries

original 220+-year-old copperplate engraving

Sheet size = approximately 15 inches by 10.25 inches

some light foxing

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$85

Dress of the Inhabitants of Baie de Castries
The Voyage of La Pérouse Round the World in the Years 1785, 1786, 1787, and 1788
PLATE 54

Dress of the Inhabitants of Baie de Castries

original 220+-year-old copperplate engraving

Sheet size = approximately 15 inches by 10.5 inches

some light foxing

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$85

Niskani, Aoucantouri & Erougantoi, Inhabitants of Baie de Langle Orotchis, Inhabitants of Baie de Castries
The Voyage of La Pérouse Round the World in the Years 1785, 1786, 1787, and 1788
PLATE 55

Niskani, Aoucantouri & Erougantoi, Inhabitants of Baie de Langle
Orotchis, Inhabitants of Baie de Castries

original 220+-year-old copperplate engraving

Sheet size = approximately 10.25 inches by 15.125 inches

some light foxing

Please click on above image for an enlarged view and to assess condition. Typical age-appropriate toning, foxing, and edge/corner wear or tears are possible. The Darvill's digital watermark does not appear on the actual antique print.

$75

Dress of the Inhabitants of Baie de Castries
The Voyage of La Pérouse Round the World in the Years 1785, 1786, 1787, and 1788
PLATE 56

View of St. Peter & St. Paul at Kamtschatka

original 220+-year-old copperplate engraving

Sheet size = approximately 14.875 inches by 10.25 inches

some light foxing

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$85

Niskani, Aoucantouri & Erougantoi, Inhabitants of Baie de Langle Orotchis, Inhabitants of Baie de Castries
The Voyage of La Pérouse Round the World in the Years 1785, 1786, 1787, and 1788
PLATE 60

Champan a Chinese Boat
Boat of Formosa

original 220+-year-old copperplate engraving

Sheet size = approximately 10.25 inches by 16 inches

some light foxing

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$150

Canoe of Tchotka Canoe of Easter Island
The Voyage of La Pérouse Round the World in the Years 1785, 1786, 1787, and 1788
PLATE 61

Canoe of Tchotka

Canoe of Easter Island (Rapa Nui)

original 220+-year-old copperplate engraving

Sheet size = approximately 10 inches by 16.25 inches

some light foxing/handling

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$150

Canoe of the Orotchies  Canoe of the Bitchies
The Voyage of La Pérouse Round the World in the Years 1785, 1786, 1787, and 1788
PLATE 62

Canoe of the Orotchies

Canoe of the Bitchies

original 220+-year-old copperplate engraving

Sheet size = approximately 9.875 inches by 16.25 inches

some light foxing/handling

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$150

Massacre of de Langle, Lemanon & Ten Others of the Two Crews
The Voyage of La Pérouse Round the World in the Years 1785, 1786, 1787, and 1788
PLATE 66

Massacre of de Langle, Lemanon & Ten Others of the Two Crews

original 220+-year-old copperplate engraving

Sheet size = approximately 15 inches by 10.125 inches

some light foxing

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$175

Male Liane of Chili
The Voyage of La Pérouse Round the World in the Years 1785, 1786, 1787, and 1788
PLATE 6

Male Liane of Chili (Chile, South America)
Called by the Inhabitants Guilboqui

original 220+-year-old copperplate engraving

Sheet size = approximately 10.25 inches by 16.25 inches

some light foxing/handling

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$65

Male Liane of Chili
The Voyage of La Pérouse Round the World in the Years 1785, 1786, 1787, and 1788
PLATE 7

Larger View of the Male Liane of Chili (Chile, South America)

original 220+-year-old copperplate engraving

Sheet size = approximately 10.25 inches by 14.25 inches

some light foxing/handling

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$85

Male Liane of Chili
The Voyage of La Pérouse Round the World in the Years 1785, 1786, 1787, and 1788
PLATE 8

Female Liane of Chili (Chile, South America)

original 220+-year-old copperplate engraving

Sheet size = approximately 10.125 inches by 14.675 inches

some light foxing/handling

Please click on above image for an enlarged view and to assess condition. Typical age-appropriate toning, foxing, and edge/corner wear or tears are possible. The Darvill's digital watermark does not appear on the actual antique print.

$85

Male Liane of Chili
The Voyage of La Pérouse Round the World in the Years 1785, 1786, 1787, and 1788
PLATE 9

Larger View of the Female Liane of Chili (Chile, South America)

original 220+-year-old copperplate engraving

Sheet size = approximately 10.125 inches by 14.675 inches

some light foxing/handling

Please click on above image for an enlarged view and to assess condition. Typical age-appropriate toning, foxing, and edge/corner wear or tears are possible. The Darvill's digital watermark does not appear on the actual antique print.

$85

Insects
The Voyage of La Pérouse Round the World in the Years 1785, 1786, 1787, and 1788
PLATE 20

Insects

original 220+-year-old copperplate engraving

Sheet size = approximately 10.125 inches by 16.25 inches

some light foxing/handling

Please click on above image for an enlarged view and to assess condition. Typical age-appropriate toning, foxing, and edge/corner wear or tears are possible. The Darvill's digital watermark does not appear on the actual antique print.

$35

tropical shells la perouse voyage
The Voyage of La Pérouse Round the World in the Years 1785, 1786, 1787, and 1788
PLATE 63

Terebratulae, or Anomlai of Linnaeus
Cornu Ammonis from the Pacific Ocean between the Tropics

original 220+-year-old copperplate engraving

Sheet size = approximately 10 inches by 16.25 inches

some foxing/handling

Please click on above image for an enlarged view and to assess condition. Typical age-appropriate toning, foxing, and edge/corner wear or tears are possible. The Darvill's digital watermark does not appear on the actual antique print.

$45

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