Voyage de la corvette l'Astrolabe exécuté par ordre du Roi pendant les années 1826, 1827, 1828, 1829… sous le commandement de M.J. Dumont d'Urville, capitaine de Vaisseau. Jules Sébastien César DUMONT D'URVILLE, Clément-Adrien VINCENDON-DUMOULIN.
Voyage de la corvette l'Astrolabe exécuté par ordre du Roi pendant les années 1826, 1827, 1828, 1829… sous le commandement de M.J. Dumont d'Urville, capitaine de Vaisseau.
Voyage de la corvette l'Astrolabe exécuté par ordre du Roi pendant les années 1826, 1827, 1828, 1829… sous le commandement de M.J. Dumont d'Urville, capitaine de Vaisseau.
Voyage de la corvette l'Astrolabe exécuté par ordre du Roi pendant les années 1826, 1827, 1828, 1829… sous le commandement de M.J. Dumont d'Urville, capitaine de Vaisseau.
Voyage de la corvette l'Astrolabe exécuté par ordre du Roi pendant les années 1826, 1827, 1828, 1829… sous le commandement de M.J. Dumont d'Urville, capitaine de Vaisseau.
Voyage de la corvette l'Astrolabe exécuté par ordre du Roi pendant les années 1826, 1827, 1828, 1829… sous le commandement de M.J. Dumont d'Urville, capitaine de Vaisseau.
Voyage de la corvette l'Astrolabe exécuté par ordre du Roi pendant les années 1826, 1827, 1828, 1829… sous le commandement de M.J. Dumont d'Urville, capitaine de Vaisseau.
Voyage de la corvette l'Astrolabe exécuté par ordre du Roi pendant les années 1826, 1827, 1828, 1829… sous le commandement de M.J. Dumont d'Urville, capitaine de Vaisseau.
Voyage de la corvette l'Astrolabe exécuté par ordre du Roi pendant les années 1826, 1827, 1828, 1829… sous le commandement de M.J. Dumont d'Urville, capitaine de Vaisseau.
Voyage de la corvette l'Astrolabe exécuté par ordre du Roi pendant les années 1826, 1827, 1828, 1829… sous le commandement de M.J. Dumont d'Urville, capitaine de Vaisseau.
Voyage de la corvette l'Astrolabe exécuté par ordre du Roi pendant les années 1826, 1827, 1828, 1829… sous le commandement de M.J. Dumont d'Urville, capitaine de Vaisseau.
Voyage de la corvette l'Astrolabe exécuté par ordre du Roi pendant les années 1826, 1827, 1828, 1829… sous le commandement de M.J. Dumont d'Urville, capitaine de Vaisseau.
Voyage de la corvette l'Astrolabe exécuté par ordre du Roi pendant les années 1826, 1827, 1828, 1829… sous le commandement de M.J. Dumont d'Urville, capitaine de Vaisseau.
Voyage de la corvette l'Astrolabe exécuté par ordre du Roi pendant les années 1826, 1827, 1828, 1829… sous le commandement de M.J. Dumont d'Urville, capitaine de Vaisseau.
Voyage de la corvette l'Astrolabe exécuté par ordre du Roi pendant les années 1826, 1827, 1828, 1829… sous le commandement de M.J. Dumont d'Urville, capitaine de Vaisseau.
Voyage de la corvette l'Astrolabe exécuté par ordre du Roi pendant les années 1826, 1827, 1828, 1829… sous le commandement de M.J. Dumont d'Urville, capitaine de Vaisseau.
Voyage de la corvette l'Astrolabe exécuté par ordre du Roi pendant les années 1826, 1827, 1828, 1829… sous le commandement de M.J. Dumont d'Urville, capitaine de Vaisseau.
Voyage de la corvette l'Astrolabe exécuté par ordre du Roi pendant les années 1826, 1827, 1828, 1829… sous le commandement de M.J. Dumont d'Urville, capitaine de Vaisseau.
Voyage de la corvette l'Astrolabe exécuté par ordre du Roi pendant les années 1826, 1827, 1828, 1829… sous le commandement de M.J. Dumont d'Urville, capitaine de Vaisseau.
Voyage de la corvette l'Astrolabe exécuté par ordre du Roi pendant les années 1826, 1827, 1828, 1829… sous le commandement de M.J. Dumont d'Urville, capitaine de Vaisseau.
Voyage de la corvette l'Astrolabe exécuté par ordre du Roi pendant les années 1826, 1827, 1828, 1829… sous le commandement de M.J. Dumont d'Urville, capitaine de Vaisseau.

Voyage de la corvette l'Astrolabe…
Voyage de la corvette l'Astrolabe exécuté par ordre du Roi pendant les années 1826, 1827, 1828, 1829… sous le commandement de M.J. Dumont d'Urville, capitaine de Vaisseau.

Paris: J. Tastu, 1830-1833.

Together 13 text volumes (12 octavo and one quarto), and five folio atlas volumes; in fine, uniform French binding of quarter dark blue polished calf and marbled boards, flat spines compartmented with gilt bands, double crimson labels.

Magnificent official account of the voyage of the Astrolabe

A beautiful set of this lavish and copiously illustrated publication of one of the most important French voyages to the Pacific. This enormous description of the voyage is of huge interest and importance for its extensive natural history, and for its wonderful topographical views, as well as anthropological studies and records of native artefacts. Altogether the superb atlases contain five hundred and twenty-seven plates, more than half of them coloured, and fifty-three maps.

A beautiful set of this lavish and copiously illustrated publication of one of the most important French voyages to the Pacific. This enormous description of the voyage is of huge interest and importance for its extensive natural history, and for its wonderful topographical views, as well as anthropological studies and records of native artefacts. Altogether the superb atlases contain five hundred and twenty-seven plates, more than half of them coloured, and fifty-three maps.

Some of the many highlights include a remarkable series of portraits of individual Maoris, wonderful topographical views of Sydney and Hobart, as well as the surrounding countryside, and of Western Australia and Victoria. Superb plates depict the scenery and inhabitants of New Zealand and New Guinea, as well as Tonga, Fiji, Vanikoro and many other islands in the Pacific. The plates in the Atlas Historique include twenty-six of New Holland, fourteen of Tasmania, thirty-one of New Zealand, and seventeen of New Guinea. The natural history atlases have sections on botany (with an emphasis on the flora of New Zealand), mammals, birds, fish, insects, molluscs, and zoophytes. The hydrographical atlas is notable for its superb maps of the Pacific, among the finest ever produced, and for an important series of charts of Australia (especially of Bass Strait) and New Zealand. "After Cook, d'Urville made perhaps the greatest contribution to the mapping of Australia and New Zealand" (Tooley, The Mapping of Australia, p.65). The atlas includes a close examination of Vanikoro, of particular interest to the French since the identification of it as La Pérouse's final port-of-call.

The Astrolabe (Duperrey's old ship the Coquille, renamed in honour of La Pérouse) sailed from Toulon in April 1826. Dumont d'Urville was instructed to explore the principal island groups in the South Pacific, completing the work of the Duperrey voyage, on which the commander himself had been a naturalist. Because of his great interest in natural history, huge amounts of scientific data and specimens were collected, described, and illustrated in sumptuous folio atlases. The expedition stopped at the Cape of Good Hope, passed through Bass Strait visiting Port Phillip, and arrived at Sydney on 1 December 1828.

Both Sydney and Parramatta (where Dumont d'Urville visited Samuel Marsden) are extensively described and illustrated in the Atlas Historique, and the illustrations of Port Phillip are the first of today's Melbourne. The expedition sailed for New Zealand in January 1827, explored Tasman Bay, found a pass between an island in Cook Strait and the northern shore of South Island (the island consequently named D'Urville and the strait French Strait) and worked up the coast of North Island, completing the 'most comprehensive exploration of the islands since Cook's death'. They made Tonga in April 1827, explored the Fiji Archipelago, New Britain, and New Guinea. In November, after a stop at Amboina, they coasted along the north-west coast of Australia and reached Tasmania. In 1828 they continued to Vanikoro in search of traces of La Pérouse, and stopped at Guam in the Marianas, before returning via the Cape of Good Hope, reaching Marseille on 25 March 1829.

The set runs to 18 volumes and is illustrated with a total of 53 maps and 527 full-page lithograph plates, more than 250 of which are coloured, one of which from the Zoologie atlas is supplied in photo-facsimile.

The set is composed as follows:

Texts:

Histoire du Voyage by Dumont d'Urville. Ten parts in five volumes, octavo, with nine engraved plates and 94 text woodcuts. Paris, 1830-33.

Botanie by Lesson & Richard. I. Essai d'une Flore de la Nouvelle Zelande. II. Sertum Astrolabianum. Two volumes in one, octavo. Paris, 1832-4.

Zoologie by Quoy & Gaimard. Six parts in four volumes, octavo, with eight lithograph plates. Paris, 1830-35.

Entomologie by Boisduval. I. Lepidoptères. II. Coleoptères. Two parts in one volume, octavo. Paris, 1832-35.

Philologie by Dumont d'Urville. Two parts in one volume, octavo. Paris, 1833-34.

Observations Nautiques, Meteorologiques, Hydrographiques et de Physique by Dumont d'Urville. Four parts in one volume, quarto, with two folding tables. Paris, 1833-34.

Atlases:

Atlas Historique. Bound as one volume, thick folio, with portrait of Dumont d'Urville, eight maps as called for (six of them double-page, one coloured); with 238 lithographed plates numbered 1-243 (the numbering skips nine that were either maps and bound at start, though not numbered, or were never published, while there are four "bis" plates, that is plates added late in the count and given "b" numbers: 144, 157, 224, 240); 52 of the plates are in colour; the plates were produced by different printing workshops and paper types vary, some being on thicker paper than others. Paris, 1833.

Atlas Botanique. Two parts in one volume, folio: I. Flore de la Nouvelle Zelande, with 41 plates (numbered 1-39 with two additional "bis" plates), nine of them with extra sepia tones or colour; II. Sertum Astrolabianum, with 39 engraved plates, two of them on china paper mounted, three of them proofs before letters and numbered in manuscript, one of which the publisher Tastu has annotated in manuscript as ready for printing dated February 1832 with the note "350 en blanc, 66 en Chine", while the other two are annotated as ready for captioning Paris, 1834.

Atlas Zoologique. One volume, folio, with altogether 203 plates in these sections: Mammals, 28 plates (23 coloured); Birds, 31 coloured plates (plate 19 in photo-facsimile); Fish, 12 coloured plates (numbered 1-20 but eight were never published); Molluscs, 95 coloured plates (numbered 1-93 and two "bis" plates); Zoophytes, 26 coloured plates; Lepidoptera, 12 engraved plates, all in colour. Paris, 1832-34.

Atlas Hydrographique. One volume, double folio, with 42 engraved maps, charts, and plans (19 of them folding or double-page), and three final plates of coloured coastal-profile views, one of New Zealand scenes and the others showing a variety of coasts including Tasmania and Vanikoro. Paris, 1833.

Hill, 504; Hocken, pp. 47-8; New Zealand National Bibliography, 1687; Nissen, BBI 555 - IVB 75 - ZBI 1199; Sabin, 21210.

Condition Report: In generally very good condition; occasional spotting or foxing in the atlases; paper repair to plate 90 in atlas historique and a few plates in the same atlas a little embrowned with plate 189 more so (perhaps due to paper type); some plates are on thicker or thinner paper than others, a few from different printers are smaller at outer or lower margins; the <em>Observations Nautiques </em>volume with some spotting at start<em>.</em>

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