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Admiralty Islands. Vue des Iles de l'Amiraute, Naturels. D'Urville c1834

Admiralty Islands. Vue des Iles de l'Amiraute, Naturels. D'Urville c1834

by D'Urville, Dumont

PNG. Antique Print of Admiralty Islands, north of Papua New Guinea: View in the Admiralty Islands, and Natives of the Admiralty Islands.

This is one of the wonderful engravings he published, from the drawings by his official expedition artist Louis Auguste de Sainson (1801-1887) and sketches and engravings from previous voyages. The upper scene was first published for Relation du voyage a la recherche de La Perouse (Account of the Voyage in Search of La Perouse). This pair of engravings is from Voyages Pittoresque Autour de Monde  (Picturesque Voyages around the World) published in Paris circa 1834, under the direction of Dumont d'Urville. This interesting work 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 an avid student who loved botany and entomology, learned many foreign languages, and was engrossed by news of discoveries from around the world. He became an explorer and naval officer, 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. D'Urville was fascinated by the different cultures of the region. Dumont d'Urville was the explorer who 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. The page measures 265 x 175mm (approximately 10.5 x 7 inches).

Stock Number: apPNGduv.2Price: $20.00