Voyage de decouvertes de l'Astrolabe. Botanique.

Voyage de decouvertes de l'Astrolabe. Botanique. A. Lesson, A. Richard.
Voyage de decouvertes de l'Astrolabe. Botanique.
Voyage de decouvertes de l'Astrolabe. Botanique.
Voyage de decouvertes de l'Astrolabe. Botanique.

Paris: J. Tastu, 1832-1834. Folio, OCTAVO TEXT: 376 pp. FOLIO PLATE VOLUME: one engraved title-vignette and 80 [41, 39] handsomely engraved plates, including twelve printed in sepia and four handcoloured, all with tissue guards. The set bound in contemporary uniform half red morocco over marbled boards, spines with five raised, gilt-ornamented bands and gilt title, marbled endpapers and speckled edges. Some light scattered foxing in the text, a small old stamp on the title pages of the text volume, the title page, List of Plates and the first six plates of the atlas affected by a water stain in the right margin, not touching the image. Text pages 21-22 with a large, but clean tear (no loss of text). A handsome complete copy.

The complete botanical section of the Dumont d'Urville expedition as published in two monographs. It is regarded as the finest work ever published on the flora of New Zealand and includes a great number of new species. The botanists Pierre Adolphe Lesson (1805-1888) and Achille Richard (1794-1852) jointly wrote the part on the botany of New Zealand, while Richard alone was responsible for the section describing the plants collected during the voyage at other localities, especially at "Tonga-Tabou ou Archipel des Amis". The total collections of this expedition amount to 1600 species and 6000 specimens. The artists of the fine plates are Delile and Vauthier and the engravers Massard, Legrand, Noiret, Schmelz, Visto and others. The first engravings on algae and a fern are tinted and very decorative.

DSB VII, p. 401; Nissen BBI, 555; Stafleu & Cowan, 1556 (under Dumont d'Urville).

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