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Voyage autour du Monde sur la frégate La Venus, pendant les années 1836-1839, publié par ordre du roi, sous les auspices du ministre de la marine. Atlas de Zoologie [AND] Atlas de Botanique.
Paris, Gide, 1846-1855. Large folio (54.7 x 36.0 cm). Printed front wrapper; [ii] pp. (Table des planches); half-title "Atlas de Zoologie", 79 engraved plates of which 74 finely hand-coloured; title "Atlas de Botanique", [i] (index), half-title (to the work), 28 engraved plates.l A rare complete set of the fine zoology and botany plates of this famous expedition. Chief goal of the expedition was the annexation of the Marquises Archipelago and the establishing of French Polynesia. This included detailed observation of the geography, oceanography, anthropology and natural history. The French navy officer Abel Aubert Du Petit Thouars (1793-1864) was "Capitaine de vaisseau" during the circumnavigation by the Vénus between 1836 and 1839. As usual, several naturalists travelled with the expedition and many botanical and zoological objects were collected and described. With 27 plates, the Mollusca section is the largest, and includes three bis-plates; the "zoophytes' has one. There are 13 plates with mammals, ten with birds, ten fish, three herpetological plates, and 16 "zoophytes". The botany, by J. Decaisne, is not coloured, as always. Plates uncut. One bird plate with a large tear, skillfully repaired. Most plates clean. In all, a very good copy of the rare zoology and botany atlases. A nice box to contain these loose sheets in can be made upon request, please inquire. Dance, A history of shell collecting, p. 134; Nissen BBI, 561; Nissen ZBI, 1211; Stafleu & Cowan, 1337.
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