An Account of a Voyage in Search of La Perouse: Undertaken by Order of the Constituent Assembly of France, and Performed in the Years 1791, 1792, and 1793: Volume 2 by Jacques-Julien Houtou de La Billardiere (Paperback, 2014)
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 table for its descriptions and illustrations of the indigeus peoples of Australasia. Volume 2 includes discussion of Tasmania, New Caledonia and the Friendly Islands, along with vocabulary lists.