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La Pérouse in the Pacific 1798  

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The Voyage of La Pérouse round the World, in the years 1785, 1786, 1787, and 1788

La Pérouse, Jean Francois Galaup de


Printed for J. Johnson



3 volumes. x, [2], 532; x, 498; viii, 446, 60 pp. Copper-engraved frontispiece portrait and 41 copper-engraved plates, maps, and charts (most folding), printed music in text. (8vo) 20.4x12.8 cm (8¼x5"), modern tree calf in antique style ruled in gilt, spine tooled and ruled in gilt, morocco spine labels, fresh endpapers. First Edition in English.

First edition in English of La Pérouse’s Voyages. “There are three separate translations into English from the original French of which two, the one published by Stockdale and that published by Johnson, appeared in the same year, 1798. The preface to the Stockdale edition leads one to suppose that Johnson’s was issued slightly earlier” (Hill). Howes is of the opinion that "of all modern exploring voyages to the Pacific those of Cook, La Perouse and Vancouver were the most important."

Lot Amendments

Light rubbing with a few scuffs and scratches; small ink stain at foot of Volume II, hints of foxing and toning; a few folding plates repaired from reverse; very good or better.

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