[Jean Francois Galaup de la Perouse, chef d'escadre des armees navales.]
Engraving; Proof before letters with large margins. Platemark: 305 x 250mm. (12 x 9¾"). A few foxing marks.
Jean-François de Galaup, comte de Lapérouse (1741 - 1788) was a French Navy officer and explorer whose expedition vanished in Oceania. Known for the wide-ranging explorations in the Pacific Ocean that he conducted in the second half of the 1780s, La Perouse Strait, in the northwestern Pacific, is named after him. La Pérouse joined the French navy while in his teens and gradually became an accomplished navigator and seaman. By 1780 he was a captain, and, with France having taken the side of the United States during the American Revolution, he commanded a successful campaign against British settlements on the shore of Hudson Bay (1782).
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