DUPERREY, Louis-Isidore (1786-1865)
Voyage autour du Monde, exécuté par ordre du Roi, sur la corvette de Sa Majesté, la Coquille, pendant les années 1822, 1823, 1824 et 1825
Paris: Arthus Bertrand, 1826-1830. 11 volumes in 8, quarto and folio. Detailed listing and collations below.
Near uniform contemporary half green morocco and marbled paper covered boards
Provenance: J. Cauvin (signature and inked stamp)
A very rare set of one of the rarest and most lavish of the French Grand Voyage accounts of exploration in the Pacific.
The expedition, which left Toulon on Aug. 11, 1822, was sponsored by the French government and had as its chief objective the collection of scientific data, but was also instructed to report on the possibility of establishing a penal colony in western Australia. Duperrey, who was thirty-five at the start of the voyage, had been on the crew of the previous major French Pacific voyage, that of Freycinet. He had as his second in command Jules S. Dumont d'Urville, who was to become the most experienced French commander in the Pacific. While science led the expedition, there was also an unspoken goal of discovering where France might carve out an empire of her own in the South Pacific. Duperrey proceeded to the Pacific by way of Brazil and Cape Horn. Stops were made along the coasts of Chile and Peru, and in the Society, Gilbert, Marshall and Caroline islands. Other islands visited included the Tuamotu Archipelago, Tahiti, Tonga, and Rotuma. The expedition also made important exploratory visits to Australia, New Guinea, and New Zealand, where the Maoris were visited. The entire voyage took almost three years, arriving in Marseilles on March 24, 1825. By far the greatest contributions of the expedition were scientific, cartographic, and ethnographic. Some 264 birds and quadrupeds, 1200 insects, 288 fishes, sixty-three reptiles, and a mass of plants were collected and beautifully described and reproduced in the exquisitely colored plates of the several atlases. Reports were made on Polynesian languages, costumes, weapons, and religious artifacts, many of which are illustrated in the plates of the "atlas historique." Duperrey is given credit for discovering the Gilbert and Caroline island groups, and for correcting errors in earlier mappings of the Society Islands. Despite the unfinished nature of some of the text volumes, that which was published is marked with the detail and careful observations expected in the sumptuous format of French "Grand Voyages," and is one of the most extensive voyage accounts ever published. Duperrey's long visit to Tahiti and the Society Islands continued the French interest in this group, which culminated in their annexation by France by Du Petit-Thouars. His expedition also proved to be a catalyst for French missionary endeavors in the South Pacific to contest with Protestant Englishmen. His explorations of Australia and New Zealand, which Ferguson characterizes as of "great importance," were less significant politically, since the British vehemently opposed any French settlement there. Nonetheless, this largely scientific endeavor opened the door to a much more aggressive French policy in the South Pacific. This set is comprised as follows: [HISTOIRE]. L.-I. DUPERREY. Voyage autour du Monde ... Histoire du Voyage. [Paris: 1829]. 2 volumes (quarto text [12 3/8 x 9 1/4 inches] and folio atlas [19 3/4 x 13 inches]. Text: , xlv, , 202pp. [all published]. With the half-title, but without a title page as usual. Uncut. Atlas: engraved title, 60 engraved plates (59 printed in colours and hand coloured) by Ambroise Tardieu after Duperrey, Lejeune and Chazal. [HYDROGRAPHIE]. L.-I. DUPERREY. Voyage autour du Monde ... Hydrographie. Paris: 1829. 2 volumes (quarto text [11 1/2 x 8 3/4 inches] and large folio atlas [22 x 16 inches]). Text: , 164pp., plus engraved map. Atlas: Engraved title, , 21, pp., plus 53 engraved plates (numbered 1-50, plus 3, 8 and 41 bis; 19 double-page; 49 engraved maps by Ambroise Tardieu after Duperrey and others, 4 engraved plates of various native sailing vessels by Berard after Duperrey and others). Extra-illustrated with a map of Oceanie by Tardieu, bound in the rear, hand-coloured in outline. [HYDROGRAPHIE ET PHYSIQUE]. L.-I. DUPERREY. Voyage autour du Monde ... Hydrographie et Physique. Paris: 1829. Quarto (bound with the Hydrographie text above): , 133, pp., plus folding engraved map. [BOTANIQUE]. J. S. C. DUMONT d'Urville, A. BRONGNIART and BORY de St. Vincent. Voyage autour du Monde ... Botanique. Paris: 1828-1829. 3 volumes (two volumes quarto text [12 3/8 x 9 1/4 inches and 11 1/2 x 8 3/4 inches] and folio atlas [19 1/2 x 13 1/4 inches]). Phanerogamie text (bound with the Histoire text above): 200pp (of 232). Uncut. Cryptogamie text (bound with the Hydrographie text above): , 301, pp. Atlas (102 [of 106] engraved plates by Barrois, Dusmenil and others after P.Bessa, Borg de St.Vincent and others): Engraved title, 39 plates (numbered 1-38, plus 13 bis); 63 plates (numbered 1-78, plate 23 misnumbered 30, issued without plates numbered 55, 57, 58, 63, 65, 66, 67, 72, 73, 74 and 76; lacks plates 59, 62, 64 and 71). [ZOOLOGIQUE]. R. P. LESSON and GARNOT. Voyage autour du Monde ... Zoologie. Paris: 1826-1830. 3 volumes (two volumes quarto text [11 1/4 x 8 3/4 inches] and folio atlas [19 1/2 x 12 3/4 inches]. Text (4 parts in two volumes): , iv, 360, , 361-743, ; , 471, , , xii, 9-317, , 155, pp. Atlas (three parts in one, with a total of 157 plates by Countant after Lesson, L. Prevost, Pretre, Guerin, Vauthier and others): Engraved title, 53 plates (numbered 1-50, plus 21, 31 and 35 bis; Mammals 1-9 and Birds10-50; all but one hand-coloured), letterpress table; 61 hand coloured plates (Reptiles 1-7, Fish 1-38, Mollusks 1-16), letterpress table; 43 hand coloured plates (Crustaceans 1-5, Insects 1-21 plus 14 bis, Zoophytes 1-16), 3pp. letterpress table.
Anker 288; Borba de Moraes pp.275-276; Chadenat 566; Dunmore French Explorers in the Pacific II, pp.107-155; Fine Bird Books (1990) p.73; Hill (2004) 517; Hocken 42; Nissen BBI 560; NissenIVB 42; Nissen ZBI 1210; Sabin 21353; Stafleu & Cowan 1578; Whittel 218; Fergusson 1069; Brunet II:888.