DUMONT D'URVILLE (JULES S. C.) Voyage au Pole Sud et dan l'Océanie sur les corvettes l'Astrolabe et la Zélée, exécuté par ordre du Roi pendant les années 1837-1838-1839-1840, sous le Commandement de M.J. Dumont d'Urville, Capitaine de vaisseau, 23 vol. in 12, Paris, Gide et J. Baudry, 1842-1855
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DUMONT D'URVILLE (JULES S. C.) Voyage au Pole Sud et dan l'Océanie sur les corvettes l'Astrolabe et la Zélée, exécuté par ordre du Roi pendant les années 1837-1838-1839-1840, sous le Commandement de M.J. Dumont d'Urville, Capitaine de vaisseau, 23 vol. in 12, Paris, Gide et J. Baudry, 1842-1855
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DUMONT D'URVILLE (JULES SEBASTIAN CESAR)
Voyage au Pole Sud et dan l'Océanie sur les corvettes l'Astrolabe et la Zélée, exécuté par ordre du Roi pendant les années 1837-1838-1839-1840, 30 vol. in 17 (complete, comprising: 23 text vol. in 12, and 7 Atlas vol. in 5), with 9 folding maps in Histoire du Voyage text volumes, 3 folding charts in scientific text volumes, and 534 engraved or lithographed plates, maps and charts in Atlas volumes (Atlas pittoresque: frontispieces, 198 plates, 9 charts; Atlas hydrographique: 57 maps and charts; Zoologie: 140 plates, of which 139 hand-coloured; Anthropologie: 50 plates; Geologie: 9 plates, 4 hand-coloured maps; Botanique: 65 plates, without plate 6, seemingly as issued), some browning and spotting, text volumes and zoological/botanical atlases contemporary uniform red half morocco gilt, t.e.g., "Atlas pittoresque" uniform contemporary maroon half morocco, the "Atlas hydrographique" contemporary half morocco, refurbished [Ferguson 3184; Hill 508 (text only); Spence 399, Headland 659; Rosove 105-1.A2 to 105-10.A2, 106 and 107 complete; OCLC 16325674; Fine Birds Books pp.92-93; Nissen BBI 556, IVB 449; ZBI 1200; Wood 615], 8vo and folio (largest 715 x 320mm.), Paris, Gide et J. Baudry, 1841-1855

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  • A set of the full official account of the great French expedition, commanded by Dumont D'Urville under the patronage of King Louis-Philippe, to explore in the Pacific and the Antarctic.

    Departing in late 1837 in the Astrolabe and Zélée, Dumont D'Urville spent thirty-egitht months circumnavigating the globe, visiting Chile, the Pacific, landing at Tahiti, Fiji, Singapore amongst others, returning to France via New Zealand, through the Torres Strait and the Indian Ocean. In the Antarctic they sailed west through the South Orkneys, reaching the South Shetland Islands, naming the D'Urville and Joinville Islands and the land beyond (the northern tip of Graham Land) was called Terre de Louise-Philippe. Scurvy, resulting in the death of one member of the crew, led to the expedition turning back from an attempt to travel further west of Graham Land.

    On his return Dumont D'Urville was awarded the gold medal of the Société de Géographie, of which he was a founding member. The official reports, including a narrative of the voyage, scientific results and the atlas of fine charts were completed after D'Urville's death in a railway accident in 1842.

    Provenance: Richard L. Johnson (text and 2 atlases, small stamp on some titles); General R. Vaudable; (bookplate 3 atlas volumes): Martin L. Greene (Seattle) from Allard Schierenberg (Amsterdam).
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