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Hawaii Karakakooa Bay with Captain Cook's vessels. D'Urville c1835

Hawaii Karakakooa Bay with Captain Cook's vessels. D'Urville c1835

by D'Urville, Dumont

Vessels of Captain Cook. Antique Print of Vaisseaux de Cook.This fine steel engraving from Voyages Pittoresque Autour de Monde (Picturesque Voyages around the World) was published in Paris circa 1834 (with later colour). This interesting work compiled under the direction of Dumont d'Urville contained information and engravings from the voyages of discoveries of Magellan, Tasman, Dampier, Anson, Byron, Wallis, Carteret, Bougainville, Cook, Laperouse, G. Bligh, Vancouver, D'Entrecasteaux, Wilson, Baudin, Flinders, Krunsenstern, Porter, Kotzebue, Freycinet, Bellinghausen, Basil Hall, Duperrey, Paulding, Beechey, Dumont d'Urville, Lutke, Dillon, Laplace, B.Morrel, etc.

Jules Sébastien César Dumont d'Urville (1790-1842), was physically weak but a prodigious student who loved botany and entomology, learned many foreign languages, and was captivated by news of discoveries from around the world. He became a naval officer and explorer, and ultimately, a Rear Admiral.

From 1822 to 1825, with Lieutenant Louis Isidore Duperrey in command of Coquille, D'Urville explored the Pacific - including Australia, New Zealand and Antarctica. On his first voyage he named hundreds of new botanical specimens, and insects. Because of his good memory and capacity for languages, he also acquired a knowledge of native dialects around Polynesia and Melanesia. Dumont d'Urville was fascinated by the different cultures of the region', and differentiated and named the groups of Pacific islands. From 1826 to 1829 D'Urville returned to the Pacific in command of Coquille, renamed Astrolabe in honour of La Perouse.

Most of the engravings were printed two on a page, one above the other, but a few, on their sides, occupied the whole page. This image has slight creasing top right outside image. This part of the page  measures 125 x 175 mm (approximately 5 x 7 inches). Engraved images measures 95 x 120mm (3.75 x 4.75 inches). The engraving has been nicely hand-tinted with watercolour at some time since publication. This image has been separated from the one below it, which was King Kamehameha.

Stock Number: apPac.durv2Price: $50.00