DUPERREY, Louis-Isidore (1786-1865). PRÊTRE.
Mégapode Duperrey. (Megapodius Duperreyi, N.) Nouv. Guinée.
Paris: Arthus Bertrand, 1826. Hand-coloured engraving. Soiled. Sheet size: 19 3/4 x 14 inches.
A plate from Voyage autour du monde ... histoire naturelle; from the Zoology section of the official account of 'One of the major French Pacific voyages of the nineteenth century' (Hill)
One of the ornithological discoveries of the voyage of the Coquille , drawn by Prêtre and engraved by Coutant, printed by Rémond.
The voyage, led by Duperrey, concentrated on the exploration of the Pacific. He had 'already circumnavigated the globe under Freycinet. Dumont d'Urville, who would later lead his own expeditions in the Pacific, was Duperrey's second-in-command, Réné Lesson was the naturalist on the voyage. The Coquille called at Brazil, the Falkland Islands, Concepciõn, Callao, and Payta. The Pacific islands visited were the Tuamotu Archipelago, Tahiti and the Society Islands, Tonga, Rotuma, the Gilbert and Caroline Islands, and the Bismarck Archipelago. Australia was visited twice, and explorations made of New Zealand and the Maoris were of particular significance. Vast quantities of ethnographic and scientific data were collected. Before returning to Marseilles, Java, Mauritius, and Ascension were visited" (Hill p.90).
Cf. Anker 288; cf. Borba de Moraes p.276; cf. Ferguson 1069; cf. Fine Bird Books (1990) p.93; cf. Hill (2004) 517; cf. Hocken 42; cf. Nissen IVB 42; cf. Nissen BBI 560; cf. Nissen ZBI 1210; cf. Sabin 21353; cf. Stafleu & Cowan TL2 1578; cf. Whittel 218.