• The Wolfgang A. Herz Library:  auction at Christies

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    The Wolfgang A. Herz Library: Important Voyages and Travels

    9 December 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 326

    LA PÉROUSE, Jean François Galaup, Comte de (1741-1788). The Voyage of La Pérouse round the World in the Years 1785, 1786, 1787, and 1788. Arranged by M.L.A. Milet Mureau. London: Stockdale, 1798.

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    LA PÉROUSE, Jean François Galaup, Comte de (1741-1788). The Voyage of La Pérouse round the World in the Years 1785, 1786, 1787, and 1788. Arranged by M.L.A. Milet Mureau. London: Stockdale, 1798.

    2 volumes, 8o (208 x 133 mm). 2 engraved frontispieces, 7 engraved maps (3 folding) and 41 engraved plates. (Some light browning, a few short tears to folding maps.) Modern calf.

    One of two editions published in English in 1798. This Stockdale edition has more maps and plates than the Johnson edition, which appeared slightly earlier according to Forbes. "The narrative of the enterprising but ill-fated Pérouse, is full of interest in all portions, but his relations of the peculiarities he observed in the natives of the northwest coast of North America, are especially valuable. The mysterious fate of this distinguished navigator has never been satisfactorily cleared up. The above account was transmitted from Botany Bay, after leaving this place the expedition was never heard of again" (Sabin). Ferguson 269; Forbes 287; Howes L-93; Judd 103; Sabin 38964. (2)


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