An Account of a Voyage in Search Ofla Perouse: Undertaken by Order of the Constituent Assembly of France, and Performed in the Years 1791, 1792, and (Paperback)

An Account of a Voyage in Search Ofla Perouse: Undertaken by Order of the Constituent Assembly of France, and Performed in the Years 1791, 1792, and By Jacques-Julien Houtou de La Billardiere Cover Image

An Account of a Voyage in Search Ofla Perouse: Undertaken by Order of the Constituent Assembly of France, and Performed in the Years 1791, 1792, and (Paperback)

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Following the mysterious disappearance of the La Perouse expedition after it sailed out of Botany Bay in 1788, the French botanist Jacques-Julien Houtou de Labillardiere (1755 1834) took part in the search that departed in 1791 from Brest in two ships, Recherche and Esperance. In the space of three years, the expedition's naturalists collected numerous specimens, with Labillardiere 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 - Labillardiere 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 from September 1791 through to January 1793, when it reached Tasmania.
Product Details ISBN: 9781108073752
ISBN-10: 1108073751
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication Date: October 23rd, 2014
Pages: 534
Language: English
Series: Cambridge Library Collection - Maritime Exploration