Gide Editeur. [Paris, 1840-54.]
Lithograph with very large margins. Printed area 280 x 340mm (11 x 13¼"). Publisher's blind stamp.
The Astrolabe & Zélée anchored off the Auckland Islands, 300 miles south of South Island, New Zealand. For eight days in March 1840 the expedition's scientists explored the region, collecting bird, plant and rock samples. Their surgeon, Louis Le Breton, painted this scene From 'Voyage au pôle Sud et dans l'Océanie sur les corvettes l'Astrolabe et la Zélée 1837-1840', the account of Jules Dumont D'Urville's second expedition to the South Seas. The 31 volumes took 14 years to publish, not helped by D'Urville's death in the famous Versailles Rail Accident of 1842, the first French railway disaster.
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