Speaker of MandarinBook - 1983
Jean Franois de Galaup, comte de La Prouse (1741--88) was a French explorer appointed by Louis XVI to lead an expedition to explore the Pacific Ocean, which ended in disaster when in 1788 the ships left Botany Bay in Australia on course for the islands of Oceania, and were never heard from again. However, La Prouse had sent back via a British ship letters, journals and charts which form the basis of these detailed volumes (first published in English translation in 1799), providing a fascinating account of the journey and the discoveries of the expedition. They provide valuable insights into the social and political context of contemporary scientific naval expeditions. Volume 1 includes a biography of La Prouse and details of the preparations for the voyage. Volume 2 includes the route of the expedition and ethnological notes concerning the indigenous inhabitants of California and Easter Island.
Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, c1983
Edition: 1st American ed
Branch Call Number: Suspense F Ren