17 June 2003
THE PROPERTY OF A GENTLEMAN
LA PEROUSE, Jean François Galaup de (1741-1788). Voyage de La Perouse autour du monde. [Paris, 1797].
Atlas volume only, 2o (435 x 290 mm). Engraved title, portrait and 69 plates, maps and charts, some folding. (Lacking engraved half-title, some light soiling, spotting and wear.) Contemporary quarter calf, mottled boards (spine lacking).
FIRST EDITION. The voyage of La Perouse is especially regarded for its superb mapping of the Alaskan and Californian coasts. Maps include San Diego, Monterey, and the whole of the Northwest coast. "It is one of the finest narratives of maritime exploration ever written, and certainly deserves to hold a place of high honor among the great travel accounts of the 18th century" (Howell). Ferguson 251; Hill, p.173; Sabin 38960.
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