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Voyage en Islande et au Groenland, execute pendant les annees 1835 et 1836 sur la corvette La Recherche
1842 - Three magnificent atlases on Iceland. 1842. Paris. Arthus Bertrand. Three volumes in large folio. 1 ff. + 3 ff. + 77 plates; 3 ff. + 74 plates; zoology 1 ff. + 50 plates -35 colored. Contemporary half green chagrin over boards, raised bands to spine, lettered and tooled in gilt, rubbed and scuffed. Some foxing to titles and a few plates, the colored ones are remarkably well done; overall an impressively fresh and crisp copy. First edition. The three atlases of Gaimard’s definitive work on Iceland and the Artic Sea, recording the voyage undertaken aboard the corvette Recherche, sent to the Arctic Sea to recover geographer Jules de Blosseville, lost in 1833 between the waters of Greenland and Iceland during the expedition aboard the Lilloise. These magnificent atlases include 200 large lithographed plates by Mayer, Lassalle and Oudart, made on China paper; they show portraits, the towns, cities, ethnography, effects of leprosy, fauna and flora of the places visited. The zoology volume plates are mostly hand colored. Gaimard (1793 - 1858) was a naval surgeon and experienced explorer; he served on board the Uranie under Freycinet and Dumont D’Urville aboard the Astrolabe (1826 – 1829). The main goal of the expedition was not reached, as Blosseville was never found, however Gaimard’s explorations throughout Iceland resulted on a most important work on the region, finely illustrated. In order to be complete, the work comprises 8 volumes of text. At the time it was published, the work was one of the most extensive ever made dedicated to Iceland. Chadenat, 5061. Sabin 26330. [Attributes: Hard Cover]
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