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Voyage autour du monde, éxécuté par ordre du Roi. sur la Corvette. La Coquille, pendant les années 1822, 1823, 1824 et 1825 . histoire du voyage.
Paris Arthus Bertrand 1826 - Atlas volume only, folio (47.2 x 31cm). Engraved title and 60 plates, by Ambroise Tardieu after Duperrey, Lejeune and Chazal, all but one finely hand-coloured; light scattered spotting, heavier on title. Contemporary half calf over blue paper-covered boards, gilt spine, an excellent example. The finely coloured atlas of the rarest and most beautiful of the grand voyages. Born in 1786, Duperrey joined the navy in 1802, and served as marine hydrologist to Louis Claude de Saulces de Freycinet aboard the Uranie (1817–1820). He commanded La Coquille on its circumnavigation (1822–1825) with Jules Dumont d'Urville as second. René-Primevère Lesson also travelled on La Coquille as a naval doctor and naturalist. The voyage, led by Duperrey, concentrated on the exploration of the Pacific. La Coquille 'called at Brazil, the Falkland Islands, Concepcion, Callao, and Payta. The Pacific islands visited were the Tuamotu Archipelago, Tahiti and the Society Islands, Tonga, Rotuma, the Gilbert and Caroline Islands, and the Bismarck Archipelago. Australia was visited twice, and explorations made of New Zealand and of the Maoris were of particular significance.' (Hill pp.180-181). Before his return to Marseilles in 1825 (accomplished without the loss of a single man), Duperrey and his company discovered a number of unknown islands, prepared charts of previously little-known areas of the South Pacific (especially in the Caroline Archipelago), studied ocean currents, gathered new information on geomagnetic and meteorological phenomena, and collected an impressive array of geological, botanical, and zoological specimens for the Muséum d'Histoire Naturelle. After the return of the expedition Duperrey and his collaborators worked assiduously to prepare the results of the journey for publication. The expedition particularly distinguished itself in producing new knowledge of the behaviour of ocean currents in the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. Borba de Moraes p.275; Ferguson 1069; Hill 517. [Attributes: Hard Cover]
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