(b. 1741 in La Gua, Albi - d. 1788 in Vanikoro, Melanesien)
Voyage de La Perouse Autour du Monde. Publie conformement au Decret du 22 Avril 1791, et redige par M. L.A. Milet-Mureau. Paris: Imprimerie de la Republique, An V (1797). 1 volume Atlas (590x430x20mm) with 69 plates and maps, including engraved title. And 4 volumes of text in 4to (298x230x40mm). Vol. I: , engraved portrait frontispiece, lxiii, pp. 336. Vol. II: , pp. 398. Vol. III: , pp. 422. Vol. III: , pp. 309.
Not only to rival Cook, but also for scientific advancement and for the furtherance of the French fur trade, La Perouse was sent out in 1785 to explore the northwest coast of America in areas not visited by Cook.
The Astrolabe and the Boussole visited Easter Island, Hawaii, Alaska (being the first French expedition to Alaska), the northwest coast, the Marianas, Macao, Manila, Formosa, Korea, Japan, Tartary, and Kamchatka. Here he discovered La Pérouse Strait in 1787. Then he reached Samoa, Tonga, and Botany Bay. From that port La Perouse sent home dispatches from which this narrative was prepared. After leaving Botany Bay, La Perouse was never heard from again.