Citizen Labillardière

Edward Duyker
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Citizen Labillardière
Citizen Labillardière

Published

10 October 2004

ISBN

9780522851601

Weight

830g

Size

240mm x 157mm

Imprint

Melbourne University Press

Citizen Labillardière

Edward Duyker

Winner of the NSW Premier’s General History Prize in 2004

Jacques-Julien Houtou de Labillardière was one of the great traveller-naturalists of the eighteenth century. He is most famous for his account of his voyage to the South Seas with Bruny d'Entrecasteaux in search of La Pérouse in 1791-93.
Labillardière's Relation was an international bestseller in its day, helping to usher the southern continent into the European imagination. During his visit to the south-western coast of New Holland and his two sojourns in Van Diemen's Land (Tasmania), Labillardière also laid the foundations for his magnificent Novae Hollandiae plantarum specimen (1804-06), which is justly recognised as the 'first general flora of Australia'. He was also the author of the first published flora of New Caledonia.
In researching this exciting and elegantly written biography, Edward Duyker revisited many of the naturalist's landfalls around the world. He also examined a wide range of archival and museum collections to piece together Labillardière's correspondence and observations.…
Jacques-Julien Houtou de Labillardière was one of the great traveller-naturalists of the eighteenth century. He is most famous for his account of his voyage to the South Seas with Bruny d'Entrecasteaux in search of La Pérouse in 1791-93.
Labillardière's Relation was an international bestseller in its day, helping to usher the southern continent into the European imagination. During his visit to the south-western coast of New Holland and his two sojourns in Van Diemen's Land (Tasmania), Labillardière also laid the foundations for his magnificent Novae Hollandiae plantarum specimen (1804-06), which is justly recognised as the 'first general flora of Australia'. He was also the author of the first published flora of New Caledonia.
In researching this exciting and elegantly written biography, Edward Duyker revisited many of the naturalist's landfalls around the world. He also examined a wide range of archival and museum collections to piece together Labillardière's correspondence and observations. The result is the first comprehensive study of the naturalist, revealing a committed republican who was shaped by the turbulent years of revolutionary and Napoleonic France.
Dr Duyker ranges widely: from the tranquil cloisters of Normandy to the pillaged libraries and museums of Italy, from the Cedars of Lebanon to the verdant islands of the Pacific, from the frozen passes of the Alps to the parched shores of New Holland. This is a story of science, survival and a grand adventure.

Edward Duyker

Edward Duyker

Dr Edward Duyker comes from a family deeply steeped in the sea. He is the author of many books dealing with early Australian coastal exploration, including An Officer of the Blue (1994), Nature's Argonaut (1998), the award-winning Citizen Labillardière (2003) and, most recently, François Péron (2006). In 2000 Dr Duyker was made a Chevalier de l'Ordre des Palmes Académiques by the French government. He was awarded the Centenary Medal in 2003 and the Medal of…

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