[LA PEROUSE, JEAN-FRANCOIS GALAUP DE.]
ESMENARD, JOSEPH ALPHONSE. 1769-1811. La Navigation, poëme. Paris: Giguet & Michaud, 1805. 2 volumes. Half-titles. Frontispieces. 8vo. Period half calf and speckled boards. Mild rubbing to boards, near fine.
First edition of this voyaging epic, making many references to 18th century exploration and in particular to Cook, Anson and La Pérouse. The second frontispiece depicts the hypothetical "Naufrage des canots de la Pérouse au Port des Francais" as described in Canto 8. La Pérouse by this date had already been missing for over a decade. Esmenard in 1801 accompanied General Leclerc as secretary on his expedition to Haiti. "La Navigation" was, appropriately, composed at sea. Rare. Beddie 3825; Ferguson 427aa; Kroepelien 410; Sabin 22880.