2 volumes 4to., (10 6/8 x 7 inches). Half-titles. Engraved frontispieces of portraits of Bougainville, Cook, Perouse and Baudin, Beechey, Duperrey, Krusenstern, and Dumont D’Urville (lightly spotted). Six folding engraved maps of the world, the Pacific, and island groups in the South Pacific, 276 engraved plates, mostly two images to a page, of views (some light spotting and minor offsetting), wood-engravings in the text throughout. Contemporary calf backed marbled paper boards, gilt (hinges just split at the head of each spine).
Provenance: with the bookplate of Frank S. Streeter on each front paste-down, his sale, Christie's, Library of Navigation, Pacific Voyages, Cartography, 16th April 2007, lot 205
First edition of Dumont D’Urville's selection of important voyages of discovery from Magellan onwards, illustrated throughout after the engravings found in Cook, Choris, La Perouse etc.
The six engraved maps are from Dumont D'Urville's celebrated voyage in the Astrolabe, 1826–1829, 1830–1834). This was an important voyage, and was one in a great series undertaken by the French government in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries for scientific and political purposes. Led by Jules Dumont d'Urville, its intention "was to gain additional information about the principal groups of islands in the Pacific and to augment the mass of scientific data acquired by Louis Duperrey. The Astrolabe sailed south, around the Cape of Good Hope, and arrived at Port Jackson. Proceeding to New Zealand, its coast, especially the southern part of Cook Strait, was surveyed with great care. Tonga and parts of the Fiji Archipeligo were explored, then New Britain, New Guinea, Amboina, Tasmania, Vanikoro, Guam and Java. The return home was by way of Mauritius and the Cape of Good Hope. Huge amounts of scientific materials were collected and published" (Hill).
Carte des Iles Hawaii, pour servir au Voyage pittoresque autour du Monde par M. D'Urville, 1834. with an insert of Ile de Oahou (folding)
Carte des Iles Taiti, pour servir du Voyage pittoresque autour du Monde par M. D'Urville, 1834 (folding)
Carte Generale du Voyage Pittoresque autour du Monde, Sur laquelle l'Oceanie a ete reduite d'apres la Carte de M. D'Urville y sous sa direction (large folding, at end, short tear near mount, some offsetting)
Carte des Iles Tonga, pour servir du Voyage pittoresque autour du Monde par M. D'Urville, 1834 (folding)
Carte de Nouvelle-Zelande, pour servir du Voyage pittoresque autour du Monde par M. D'Urville, 1835 (folding)
Carte Generale de L'Ocean Pacifique, pour servir du Voyage pittoresque autour du Monde par M. D'Urville, 1834 (large folding, some light spotting). Ferguson 1771. Catalogued by Kate Hunter