Lot 397
  • 397

Dillon, Peter

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1,200 - 1,800 GBP
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  • Narrative and Successful Result of a Voyage in the South Seas... to ascertain the actual Fate of La Perouse's Expedition, interspersed with Accounts of the Religion, Manners, Customs, and Cannibal Practices of the South Sea Islanders London: Hurst, Chance, and Co., 1829
  • Paper
FIRST EDITION, 2 volumes, 8vo (210 x 125mm.), (vol.1) lxxviii, [ii errata], 302pp.; (vol.2) [iv], 436pp., half-titles, 3 lithographed plates (one hand-coloured), folding map, contemporary half calf, gilt spines, red and dark blue labels, marbled boards, some splitting to joints

This voyage finally solved the mystery of the disappearance of La Perouse in 1788. Dillon travelled frequently in connection with the sandalwood trade and in 1813 his crew was attacked in the Fiji Islands. A number were killed but when Dillon revisited Tikopia in 1826 he found two survivors who had come across artefacts belonging to La Perouse. Dillon reported this to the Bengal government and was sent to investigate, eventually finding evidence of the lost ships on reefs of Santa Cruz.

Provenance

John Ord Mackenzie, bookplate

Literature

Abbey, Travel 598; Ferguson 1255; Hill (2004) 480
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