PETIT-THOUARS, A. DU.

Voyage autour du Monde sur la Frégrate la Vénus pendant les années 1836-1839. Atlas de Zoologie.

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Paris, Gide & Cie, 1846. Folio (540 x 355mm). With 75 engraved plates of which 70 beautifully hand-coloured. Later green cloth, gilt lettered spine.

The zoological atlas of this famous expedition

The zoological atlas of this famous expedition. 13 plates concern mammals, 10 birds, 3 reptiles, 10 fishes, 27 molluscs and 16 zoophytes. Without the text volume of 355 pages.
'This voyage, ostensibly to report on the whale fisheries in the Pacific, was actually primarily political in nature. After rounding the Horn, the expedition made calls up the coast of South America, to Hawaii, Kamchatka, and to California, in order to assist French traders who had been clamouring for support for some time. In 1838, the Vénus made a run for Easter Island, further investigated the coast of South America, then sailed for the Galapagos and Marquesas Islands, Tahiti, and New Zealand. After visits to Sydney and Mauritius, the ship sailed home, arriving after a voyage of thirty months' (Hill p. 91).
The bird plates are browned, all others are fine. The excellent plates are by J.C. Werner, Oudart, J.A. Alberti and Vaillant, well-known artists of the period. For example Jean-Charles Werner (1798-1856) was a natural history artist and comparative anatomist for the Muséum d?Histoire Naturelle in Paris, where he contributed some 350 paintings of animals on vellum for the famous Collection des vélins between the years 1826 and 1856.

B.M. (Nat. Hist.) II, p. 606.