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Casoar de la Nouvelle-Hollande. Australian Emus with young c1807.

Casoar de la Nouvelle-Hollande. Australian Emus with young c1807.

by Lesueur, Charles-Alexandre

Wonderful antique print of Australian Emus and Young.

Nouvelle-Hollande: Ile des Kanguroos.
Casoar de la Nelle. Hollande. (Casuarius novae Hollandiae, Lath.)
1. Casoar mâle. 2. Casoar femelle. 3. Jeune Casoar de 5 Semaines environ. Les deux indivius marqés de bandes longitudinales sont âgés de 20 a 25 jours.

Charles-Alexandre Lesueur (1778-1846) assumed duties as nature artist following the death of zoologist René Maugé. (Classically-trained artist, Nicolas-Martin Petit was the other official artist on the expedition.) While Lesueur did not record where the birds were seen, he identified the standing emu as a male. (It has been identlfied as most likely from the Australian continent). The emu lying down (identified by Lesueur as a female) is most likely from King Island or Kangaroo Island, and now extinct. The striped emu chicks are apparently from 20 to 25 days, and the larger young is about 5 weeks old.

Original hand-coloured copperplate engraving by the Lambert Brothers after the drawing by Lesueur from the voyage of Captain Nicolas Baudin (& navigator Louis Claude de Saulses de Freycinet, who assumed command of the 1801-1804 French expedition after the loss of Baudin). As Captain Baudin was one of the many lives lost during the voyage, the account of the French Voyage of Discovery to the Southern Lands, Voyage de Découvertes aux Terres Australes, was written by assistant zoologist who became chief naturalist on the voyage, François Peron, and Freycinet, and published in Paris between 1807 and 1824.

Page: 255 x 350mm (10 x 13 3/4 inches). There is some soiling around the edges of the page, and where the intaglio impression is weak it has been strengthened with archival repair tape. Price reduced appropriate to its condition.

Stock Number: apLes.CasoarPrice: $450.00