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An Account of a Voyage in Search of La Pérouse (3-Volume Set): Undertaken by Order of the Constituent Assembly of France, and Performed in the Years 1791, 1792, and 1793

Series: An Account of a Voyage in Search of La Pérouse

By: Jacques-Julien Houtou De La Billardière (Author)

1018 pages, 40+ plates with b/w illustrations

Cambridge University Press

Paperback | Oct 2014 | #215760 | ISBN-13: 9781108073783
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Language: English

A reprint of a classical work in the Cambridge Library Collection.

Following the mysterious disappearance of the La Pérouse expedition after it sailed out of Botany Bay in 1788, the French botanist Jacques-Julien Houtou de Labillardière (1755–1834) took part in the search that departed in 1791 from Brest in two ships, Recherche and Espérance. In the space of three years, the expedition's naturalists collected numerous specimens, with Labillardière focusing on Australian flora, but their missing countrymen were never found. Notwithstanding the later confiscation of the scientific collections by the British – Sir Joseph Banks helped to secure their return – Labillardière was able to publish this narrative to great acclaim in 1800. Reissued here is the English translation of the same year, complete with a volume of finely engraved plates. The work is especially notable for its descriptions and illustrations of the indigenous peoples of Australasia. Volume 1 covers the expedition up to January 1793. Volume 2 includes discussion of Tasmania, New Caledonia and the Friendly Islands. The third volume of illustrations contains more than forty plates depicting people, artefacts, plants and animals.


Volume 1
Translator's preface
List of plates

1. Departure from Brest
2. We leave Teneriffe to proceed to the Cape of Good Hope
3. Stay at the Cape of Good Hope
4. Departure from the Cape of Good Hope
5. Stay at Port d'Entrecasteaux
6. Importance of d'Entrecasteaux's strait
7. Departure from Carteret's harbour
8. Stay at Amboyna
9. Departure from Amboyna

Volume 2
Table of the route of the Espérance
Names and value of new French measures, compared with the old

10. Stay in Rocky Bay
11. Departure from Rocky Bay
12. Departure from Adventure Bay
13. Departure from Tongataboo
14. Departure from New Caledonia
15. Stay at Waygiou

Vocabulary of the Malay language
Vocabulary of the savages of Cape Diemen
Vocabulary of the language of the Friendly Islands
Vocabulary of the language of the natives of New Caledonia
Vocabulary of the language of the natives of Waygiou

Volume 3

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