Voyage de Decouvertes de l'Astrolabe execute par ordre du Roi, pendant les annees 1826-1827-1828-1829, sous le commandement de M.J. Dumont d'Urville. Zoologie. Vol. IV. Zoophytes, by [J.R.C.] Quoy and [J.P.] Gaimard. 2 volumes.
48 engraved plates (numbered 26; 23 are printed in color and finished by hand; missing plate 14; worming to several, mostly marginal & sometimes reinforced with paper tape; paper tape affects 3 images; a stain to upper margin of 1; a few short tears to margins of 1 reinforced with paper tape; a faint dampstain to lower blank corner of a few). 8vo and Folio [19-3/4" x 13"], pp. (3), 390, modern half leather (a corner rubbed; head of a spine bumped; endpapers renewed; a handstamp to half title; worming to a margin of title & a few pp. of text vol. crudely reinforced with cellotape; minor foxing to a few pp. of text) with raised bands and gilt-lettering on spines.
This set is a part of "the first expedition commanded by Dumont d'Urville. Its purpose was to gain additional information about the principal groups of islands in the Pacific and to augment the mass of scientific data acquired by Louis Duperrey. The Astrolabe sailed south, around the Cape of Good Hope, and arrived at Port Jackson. Proceeding to New Zealand, a careful survey was done of its coast, especially the southern part of Cook Strait... Massive amounts of scientific materials were collected and published." - Hill. BM(NH) p. 603; Nissen ZBI 1199; Hill 504; Brunet p. 882.
Publisher Information: Paris: J. Tastu, 1833.
Book Id: 41536