JEAN FRANÇOIS DE GALAUP, COMTE DE LA PÉROUSE (1741-1788)
A Voyage Round the World. performed in the years 1785, 1786, 1787, and 1788, by the Boussole and Astrolabe, under the command of J.F.G. de la Pérouse: published by order of the National Assembly, under the superintendence of L.A. Milet-Mureau ... Translated from the French. London: printed by A. Hamilton for G.G. & J. Robinson, J. Edwards and T. payne, 1799. 2 text volumes only (lacking folio volume of plates and maps), 4° (302 x 242mm). Half-titles, 1p. errata. Engraved portrait frontispiece to vol.I. Contemporary marbled calf, covers with decorative gilt roll-tool border, the flat spines divided into six compartments by fillets and a greek-key roll, red morocco lettering-piece in the second, blue morocco in the fifth, both lettered in gilt, the remaining compartments with repeat decoration in gilt made up from various small tools, gilt turn-ins, marbled endpapers, marbled edges (head of spines slightly chipped).
A FINE COPY OF THE TEXT OF 'BEST ENGLISH EDITION AND THE FIRST TO CONTAIN [A TRANSLATION OF] THE FULL TEXT OF THE FIRST FRENCH EDITION' (Forbes): 'This edition by Robinson is ... now extremely rare' (Hill). Hill also notes that in the Pacific, La Perouse's voyage was one of the two 'chief French exploring efforts of the eighteenth century'. The missing atlas volume should contain an engraved title and 69 plates and charts. Cf. Ferguson 288; cf. Forbes Hawaiian National Bibliography 311; cf. Forbes Treasures 27; cf. Hill (2004) 975; cf. Judd 104; cf. McLaren 10; cf. Sabin 38961.
With: JACQUES-JULIEN HOUTON DE LABILLARDIERE (1775-1834). ...Relation du voyage à la recherche de La Pérouse, fait par ordre de l'Assemblée Constituante. Paris: chez H.J. Jansen: 'An VIII' [1799-1800]. Atlas volume only (lacking the two volumes of text), 2° (500 x 330mm). Engraved throughout: title (verso blank), 1 folding engraved map, 31 engraved plates only (of 43). (2 inch tear from margin into image area of plate numbered 3.) Original French vinegar-paper covered pasteboard, paper letterpress title label to spine, uncut (backstrip defective). The following plate nos. are present: 1 (the folding map), 2-3, 6-26, 29-34, 38-44. Cf. Hill (2004) 954. Sold as a collection of plates, not subject to return. (3)