• 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 325

    LABILLARDIÈRE, Jacques Julien Houton de (1755-1834). An Account of a Voyage in Search of La Pérouse... Performed in the Years 1791, 1792, and 1793... under the Command of Rear-Admiral Bruni d'Entrecasteaux. Translated from the French. Londen: Oriental Press for J. Debrett, 1800.

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    LABILLARDIÈRE, Jacques Julien Houton de (1755-1834). An Account of a Voyage in Search of La Pérouse... Performed in the Years 1791, 1792, and 1793... under the Command of Rear-Admiral Bruni d'Entrecasteaux. Translated from the French. Londen: Oriental Press for J. Debrett, 1800.

    3 volumes comprising: 2 text volumes 8o (228 x 142 mm) and atlas volume 4o (305 x 244 mm). Engraved folding maps and 43 engraved plates, uncut (one folding). (Some staining and marginal fraying.) Text bound in contemporary boards, uncut (rebacked, old spine laid down, some staining); atlas bound in contemporary wrappers (rebacked, some wear to edges, some staining).

    FIRST EDITION IN ENGLISH, published in the same year as the first French edition. The expedition under the command of Dentrecasteaux surveyed the coasts of Tasmania, New Caledonia, the north coast of New Guinea, south-west coast of Australia, the Tonga and other islands in the vain hope of recovering some relics of La Pérouse's expedition. The plates in the atlas depict views, the natives of the Admiralty Islands, Tasmanis, New Zealand, the Friendly Islands and New Caledonia native implements and canoes, birds, plants, etc. Ferguson 311; Hill 955; Sabin 38423. (3)


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