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Voyage autour du Monde entrepris par ordre du Gouvernement sur la Corvette La Coquille; par P. Lesson, Membre correspondant de l'Institut.
Paris: P. Pourrat Frères, 1839. Four volumes, octavo, with 42 engravings (portrait, two title-pages, over 20 views, costumes, objects and tools, and coastal profiles as well as 19 coloured engravings of birds and mammals); in a most attractive modern French binding of quarter red calf with glazed green sides, housed in a matching slipcase with leather edges. First edition: the deluxe issue with the natural history plates in colour, including illustrations of the lyre bird, wombat, platypus, opossum, kangaroo and various parrots. Lesson was the naturalist and doctor of the Coquille on Duperrey's voyage around the world: his narrative account is of special interest as this and his Voyage médical were the only separate descriptions to be published of the voyage as the official history was never completed. Otherwise only the "Observations personelles" of Dumont d'Urville, an officer on the voyage, appeared (in volume III of the Astrolabe voyage).'This voyage of 1822-25, commanded by Duperrey, largely scientific in purpose, called at Brazil and the Falkland Islands, and then rounded Cape Horn and sailed along the coast visiting Concepcion, Callao, and Payta. Heading towards the Tuamotu Archipelago, Duperrey discovered Clermont Tonnerre (Reao) and then went on to Tahiti. In June 1823, the 'Coquille' sailed for Port Jackson via Tonga, the Santa Cruz Island, New Britain, New Ireland, and the Moluccas. 1824 saw Duperrey in the Bay of Islands at New Zealand. Next, he sailed to Rotuma, the Gilberts, the Carolines, New Guinea and Java before making his way home.'The expedition achieved notable scientific results and corrections in maps, much meteorological data, and many rock samples and botanical specimens were brought back. Lesson was the naturalist of this expedition, and his account of the voyage supplies the details which Duperrey failed to publish... ' (Hill catalogue).
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