Citizen Labillardire
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Citizen Labillardire

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Jacques-Julien Houtou de Labillardi re 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 Perouse in 1791 93. Labillardi re'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), Labillardi re 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 Labillardi re'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.show more

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  • Paperback | 383 pages
  • 157 x 240 x 38mm | 830g
  • Melbourne University Press
  • The Miegunyah Press
  • Carlton, Australia
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 0522851606
  • 9780522851601
  • 1,486,513

About Edward Duyker

Dr Edward Duyker is an independent historian, based in Sydney, and the author of fourteen books. Nature's Argonaut, his biography of the Swedish naturalist Daniel Solander, was shortlisted for the New South Wales Premier s General History Prize in 1999. He is a fellow of the Linnean Society of London, the Royal Geographical Society and the Royal Historical Society, and an honorary senior lecturer in the Department of French Studies, University of Sydney. In 2000 he was made a Chevalier dans l Ordre des Palmes Academiques by the French government and in 2004 he was awarded the medal of the order of Australia.show more