Voyage au Pole sud et dans l'Oceanie sur les corvettes l'Astrolabe et la Zelee… Histoire du Voyage…. DUMONT D'URVILLE: SECOND ASTROLABE VOYAGE, Jules Sebastien César DUMONT D'URVILLE, Clément-Adrien VINCENDON-DUMOULIN.
Voyage au Pole sud et dans l'Oceanie sur les corvettes l'Astrolabe et la Zelee… Histoire du Voyage…

Voyage au Pole sud et dans l'Oceanie… Histoire du Voyage……
Voyage au Pole sud et dans l'Oceanie sur les corvettes l'Astrolabe et la Zelee… Histoire du Voyage…

Paris: Gide, 1841-1846.

Ten volumes bound in five, uniformly bound in modern green cloth, spines lettered in gilt.

The full narrative account of Dumont d'Urville's expedition to the Antarctic and the Pacific, Australia and New Zealand

Dumont d'Urville's second expedition, the last and one of the most successful of the great French scientific grands voyages. The full publication of the voyage ran to an extraordinary 32 volumes, but the ten-volume section offered here represents the complete "Histoire du Voyage", therefore the full narrative of the 1837-40 expedition in the Astrolabe and the Zelée to the Antarctic and parts of the Pacific, to Australia and New Zealand.

Dumont d'Urville's second expedition, the last and one of the most successful of the great French scientific grands voyages. The full publication of the voyage ran to an extraordinary 32 volumes, but the ten-volume section offered here represents the complete "Histoire du Voyage", therefore the full narrative of the 1837-40 expedition in the Astrolabe and the Zelée to the Antarctic and parts of the Pacific, to Australia and New Zealand.

"The aims of this expedition were to explore the south polar regions and various island groups in the Pacific. The expedition reached the ice pack in January 1838 but failed to penetrate it or get south of the 64th parallel. Returning eastward they visited the South Orkney and South Shetland Islands, and discovered Joinville Island and Louis Philippe Land. Then they proceeded to Valparaiso and Juan Fernandez Island and landed at Mangareva, the Marquesas, Tahiti, Samoa, and Tonga. Proceeding to Fiji, Guam, and Palau, the ships afterwards coasted along New Guinea and circumnavigated Borneo. In 1840, from Tasmania, they returned to the Antarctic region where Adelie Land was discovered. An extensive visit was made to New Zealand. The return voyage took them through Torres Strait to Timor, La Reunion and St. Helena…" (Hill catalogue: the Hill collection copy also comprises only this Historique section).

The voyage was one of the three nationalistic Antarctic expeditions of the late 1830s/early 1840s, the others being Wilkes's United States Exploring Expedition and Ross's voyage of the Erebus and Terror. After circumnavigating three times, twice under his own command, it was a tragic irony that d'Urville died in the first train crash, at Versailles. He had finished only the first three volumes of the narrative account of this great expedition; the other seven volumes were the work of Vincendon-Dumoulin, the voyage's hydrographer.

Hill, 508 (later issue -- Rosove A2) Rosove, 105-1(-10).A1; Spence 399 (part).

Condition Report: Some sporadic foxing or browning; some light water-staining to upper corners of vol. 3, lower inner corners of vol. 7, and to lower half of several pages in vol. 9; overall a sound set in a strong cloth binding.

Price (AUD): $2,450.00

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