London: John Stockdale, 1798. First English language edition. Hardcover. 2 volumes, contemporary full tan calf by H. Faulkner; , cxc, 290; viii, 442, 119 pp, 51 engraved plates in the 2 volumes, including 3 folding maps in first volume. Printed label at upper corner of verso of front free enpaper: "Bound by H. Faulkner, George Court, Adelphi." The British Book Trade Directory finds a Henry Faulkner, Sr., succeded by Henry Faulkner, Jr. at a George Court, Adelphi, from 1790 to 1825. Recently expertly rebacked retaining all original materials, some toning to text and plates but a very good copy. Item #23577
Originally published in French in 1797 this is the first English-language edition - the first of the 3 London editions published in 1798-99. "The narrative of the enterprising but ill-fated Pérouse, is full of interest in all portions, but his relations of the peculiarities he observed in the natives of the northwest coast of North America, are especially valuable. The mysterious fate of this distinguished navigator has never been satisfactorily cleared up. The above account was transmitted from Botany Bay, after leaving this place the expedition was never heard of again" (Sabin). In fact, recent investigations into the fate of La Perouse have determined that both ships in the expedition were wrecked on the reefs of Vanikoro in the Solomon Islands. Cox I, p. 67; Hill 974; Sabin 38964.