[Paris: L'Imprimerie de la Republique, An V, 1797.]
Engraving. 390 x 560mm, 15½ x 22".
The deaths of twelve members of La Perouse's crew at Tutuila, Island of Maouna, Samoa, December 1787. Among the dead were Robert de Lamanon, a botanist, physician and meteorologist, and Paul Antoine Fleuriot de Langle, La Perouse's second-in-command. In 1785 Jean-Francois de Galaup, comte de La Pérouse (1741-88) was sent by the French to continue Cook's exploration work in the Pacific, in the ships 'Astrolabe' & 'Boussole'. After three years, during which time he visited Chile, California, Alaska, Kamchatka, the Philippines, Japan and Hawaii, he travelled to Australia. Outside Botany Bay he met up with Captain Arthur Phillip's First Fleet, after which he set sail and was never seen again, despite an extensive rescue mission. Fortunately La Pérouse took every oportunity to send his work back to France: one crew member disembarked in Kamchatka and spent a year crossing Siberia back to France; later journals, charts and letters he left with the British at Botany Bay. Thus his discoveries were not lost with him, but published posthumously in this work, 'Voyage de la Perouse autour du monde..'.
Ex Collection Norman Blackburn.
[Ref: 18688] £480.00