Auction 359 Old & Rare Books - Various subjects

MARITIME HISTORY - TRAVELLING -- LA PÉROUSE, J.F.G. DE. 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. Transl. from the French. London, A. Hamilton for G.G. & J. Robinson, J. Edwards and T. Payne, 1799. 2 text-vols. & 1 atlas-vol. (8), lvi, 539; viii, 531, (14) pp. W. front.-portr. to vol. 1, engr. ti. & 69 engr. maps, charts & plates to atlas-vol. 4° & fol. Cont. tree cf. (text-vols.) & hcf. (All skilfully rebacked (text-vols.)/rebound in matching bindings w. red & green mor. labels).

First unabridged edition in English of "one of the most important scientific expeditions ever undertaken to the Pacific and west coast of North America", this edition "usually considered to be the best one in English... now an extremely rare work" (Hill), preceded only by two abridged translations of 1798, following initial publication in French in 1797. The atlas volume contains magnificent maps of Russian Asia, Japan, the Pacific north-west coast, San Francisco, Monterey, and also Necker Island. The most significant results of La Pérouse's voyage are the charts of the then imperfectly known Asiatic side of the Pacific. The details of "the peculiarities he observed in the natives of the northwest coast of North America, are especially valuable" (Sabin). The abridged English editions which preceded this contained fewer plates and have long been recognized as less desirable; this edition contains copies of all the 69 plates in the French original. - Beautiful complete and clean set. Hill 975; Howgego L20; Sabin 38962; Ferguson 288.

€ 5000

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