This pair of maps appears as No. 67 in "Charts and Plates to La Perouse's Voyage", a folio atlas, dated 1798, which is part of the two-volume English translation published by Robinson in London in 1799, an exact reprint of the original French edition published in Paris in 1797. The Robinson edition is considered to be the best English translation of La Perouse and is now an extremely rare edition.
The top map shows the Pacific, based on the Spanish chart captured from the Acapulco Galleon by Anson in 1743. The lower map shows La Perouse's track in 1786 in the two French frigates, "Boussole" and "Astrolabe", attempting to verify the existence of the islands on the Spanish chart. The island names that are underlined on the map are the islands that La Perouse could not find. On this voyage, La Perouse discovered Necker Island, northwest of Hawaii, and French Frigate Shoals (where he nearly ran aground at 1:30 A.M. on November 6, 1786).
Note: These two charts had been cut apart and sold separately. They were purchased, years apart, from the Argosy Bookshop in New York during the 1960's and refitted back together along the old scissor cuts, which matched exactly.
The charts in the original folio atlas were uncolored. The color was added to these charts at a later time.
Size: image 14" x 19-1/2", framed
Media: Hand colored copperplate engraving
This work of art is currently framed
Price: $800.00 USD