DUMONT D'URVILLE, Jules Sébastien César, le Comte (1790-1842). Voyage de la corvette l'Astrolabe execute par ordre du roi, pendant les annees 1826, 1827, 1828, 1829. (23 Volume Set). Paris: J. Tastu, 1830-1833.

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DUMONT D'URVILLE, Jules Sébastien César, le Comte (1790-1842). Voyage de la corvette l'Astrolabe execute par ordre du roi, pendant les annees 1826, 1827, 1828, 1829. (23 Volume Set). Paris: J. Tastu, 1830-1833.

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Voyage de la Corvette l'Astrolabe Histoire du Voyage. Paris: J. Tastu, 1830-1833. 8 volumes: comprising 5 text volumes, 8vo., (215 x 133 mm), five half-titles and volume title-pages, 9 plates, 6 folding maps, occasional wood-engraved vignettes; and 3 Atlas volumes, large folio portfolios (530 x 360 mm) 8-page letterpress "Table explicative," otherwise lithographed or engraved throughout. 3 engraved vignette title-pages, lithographed portrait of Dumont d'Urville, 8 maps (one hand-colored, 7 double-page), 240 views (all called for), ethnographical portraits and plates (62 colored) after Louis-Auguste de Sainson, Édouard Paris and Bartélemy Lauvergne. The majority of the plates are after de Sainson (the expedition's official artist or "Dessinateur") and show ethnological artifacts and portraits, scenes from the daily life of indigenous peoples and views of ports and anchorages, including Sydney, Hobart, Cape Town and Saint Helena. Text volumes bound in contemporary blue paper boards, gilt; and Atlas in 20th-century blue half morocco folding cases to style, 6 original printed wrappers loosely inserted (worn, some marginal repairs).

Jean Réné Constant QUOY & Joseph Paul GAIMARD. ... Zoologie. Paris: 1830-1835-1833. 5 volumes in 8: comprising 6 text volumes, 8vo., (250 x 162 mm) six half-titles and title-pagess, 8 lithographic plates; 2 Atlas volumes, large folio portfolios (530 x 360 mm), 8pp. letterpress text, otherwise lithographed or engraved throughout. 2 engraved title-pages with vignettes, 192 numbered plates after de Sainson, Jean-Gabriel Prêtre, Nicolas Huet, Alphonse Prévost, Quoy, Antoine-Germain Bévalet and others. They include 28 plates of mammals, 31 birds, 12 fish (all called for, and including 6 coloured), 26 zoophytes (all coloured) and 95 of molluscs (including two extra, and all coloured) (some marginal dampstaining to plates). Text volumes bound in original printed boards, backed with 20th-century blue morocco, uncut and partly unopened; and Atlas volumes in uniform 20th century blue half morocco folding cases, 2 original board portfolios laid-in (worn). Provenance: Presentation inscription from Gaimard on the front free endpaper of volume one.

Pierre Adolphe LESSON & Achille RICHARD. ... Botanique. Paris: 1832-34. 2 volumes in 3: comprising 2 text volumes, 8vo., (246 x 166 mm) two half-titles and title-pages; and Atlas volume, folio portfolio (550 x 360 mm), one-page letterpress "table des planches," otherwise engraved throughout, engraved vignette title-page, 80 plates after Vauthier or Mme.E.Delile, by Dunaime, Mme. C. Noiret, Mme. Dondey and others. The Atlas volume also contains the 12 plates to accompany the "Entomologie" (see below). Text volumes bound in original printed boards backed with blue morocco, uncut and partly unopened; Atlas in 20th-century blue half morocco folding cases, original board portfolio laid in (worn).

Jean Baptiste Aplhonse Déchouffour de BOISDUVAL. ... Entomologie. Paris: 1832-1835. One volume in two, 8vo., (240 x 155 mm). 2 half-titles and title-pages. 12 engraved plates after Vauthier by Mougeot and others. The large-folio plates (550 x 360 mm) are laid in the Atlas portfolio for the "Botanique" section (see above). Original printed boards, backed with 20th-century blue morocco. J.S.C.

DUMONT D'URVILLE. ... Observations Nautiques, Météorologiques, Hydrographiques, et de Physique.. Paris: Firmin Didot Frères for the Ministère de la Marine, 1833-34. 2 parts only (Physique and part II of Hydrographique, lacks remainder of text and Atlas volume). 8vo., (314 x 247 mm). Half-title and title-page. Original wrappers, 20th-century blue quarter morocco folding case.

Provenance: Frank Sherwin Streeter (1918-2006) (Collection of Important Navigation, Pacific Voyages, Cartography and Science).

EXTREMELY RARE AND DESIRABLE SET OF THE FIRST EDITION OF D'URVILLE'S VOYAGE IN THE ASTROLABE This important voyage 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). A VIRTUALLY COMPLETE SET WHICH IS SELDOM FOUND COMPLETE. This set lacking only part of the Observations Nautiques, the Philologie, and the atlas of the Hydrographiques. Provenance: from the library of Frank S. Streeter, his sale, Christie's 16th April, 2007, lot 171. Catalogued by Kate Hunter