Costumes des habitans de la Baie de Langle.
[Paris: L'Imprimerie de la Republique, An V, 1797.]
Engraving. 390 x 560mm, 15˝ x 22".
La Perouse's officers among the inhabitants of 'Langle Bay', which was named after La Perouse's second-in-command, Paul Antoine Fleuriot de Langle, who was killed on Samoa, December 1787. The site is probably Tomari Bay, Sakhalin. 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 here at Petropavlovsk and spent a year crossing Russia 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: 18691] £520.00