Atlas pour servir a la relation du voyage a la recherche de La Perouse

Jacques-Julien Houton de Labillardiere1811

Australian National Maritime Museum

Australian National Maritime Museum

This Atlas comprises forty-four plates and one chart showing the track taken by the expedition commanded by Admiral Bruny d'Entrecasteaux to search for the missing French explorer La Perouse and to conduct surveys of the Australian coastline.
The plates were originally published in 1800 to illustrate the expedition's botanist Labillardiere's two volume account of the expedition in search of La Perouse.

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  • Title: Atlas pour servir a la relation du voyage a la recherche de La Perouse
  • Creator: Jacques-Julien Houton de Labillardiere
  • Date: 1811, 1811
  • Location: Paris
  • Type: Book
  • Significance: This Atlas documents d'Entrecasteaux's voyage in the RECHERCHE and L'ESPERANCE, which was one of the first in-depth investigations of Australia by the French and indicative of their interest in the region. Some of the earliest observations on the indigenous people of Tasmania and south-western Australia were made on this expedition. It is noteworthy that, in keeping with the Revolutionary times during which these volumes were published, the title page refers to Labillardiere as 'citoyen' (citizen) Labillardiere; moreover the dates of the expedition are also given with reference to the newly adopted dating system - 1791 and 1792, respectively, "year the first and year second" of the French Republic.
  • See institution's online collections: http://www.anmm.gov.au/collections, http://www.anmm.gov.au/collections
  • Medium: Ink on paper
  • Dimensions: 585 x 440 x 46 mm, 3.15 kg
  • Credit line: ANMM Collection

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