An Account of a Voyage in Search of La Perouse: Volume 3, Plates: Undertaken by Order of the Constituent Assembly of France, and Performed in the Yea (Cambridge Library Collection - Maritime Exploration) (Paperback)
Following the mysterious disappearance of the La P rouse expedition after it sailed out of Botany Bay in 1788, the French botanist Jacques-Julien Houtou de Labillardi re (1755-1834) took part in the search that departed in 1791 from Brest in two ships, Recherche and Esp rance. In the space of three years, the expedition's naturalists collected numerous specimens, with Labillardi re 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 - Labillardi re 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. This volume of illustrations contains more than forty plates depicting people, artefacts, plants and animals.