Dumont d'Urville, Captain (later Rear-Admiral) Jules S-C. An account in two volumes of TWO VOYAGES TO THE SOUTH SEAS. To Australia, New Zealand, Oceania 1826-1829 in the corvette Astrolabe and to the Straits of Magellan, Chile, Oceania, South East Asia, Australia, Antarctica, New Zealand and Torres Strait 1837-1840 in the corvettes Astrolabe and Zelee. Translated from the French and edited by Helen Rosenman. 2 vols., approx. cr. 4to, First Edition; Vol. I, pp. liv, 312, [2](blank); Vol. II, pp. xii, 313-634, [2](blank); 29 maps (2 double-page & 11 full-page), frontispiece to each vol., 12 coloured & 32 b/w. plates, 17 appendices, notes, bibliography, biographical & general indices; original full canvas binding in cloth slipcase (the slipcase slightly marked); a fine set. Melbourne; Melbourne University Press; 1987.
***A very important work of very wide interest giving for the first time a full account in English of these major French voyages to the Australasian, Pacific and Antarctic regions. Volume I includes detailed accounts of King George Sound in Western Australia, New South Wales, New Britain, New Ireland, and the north coast of New Guinea, Van Diemen's Land including a stay in Hobart Town; Vanikoro & many other islands in the Pacific. Volume II includes accounts of the Straits of Magellan, again many parts of the Pacific including New Zealand, two visits to the Antarctic regions including the discovery and exploration of Adelie Land and a further stay in Hobart Town. The natural history, anthropology and history of the places visited is described in great detail. Not in Renard; Rosove 108.A1. A fine production nicely printed on good paper and with interesting and attractive illustrations. #18047

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