Dumont-D'Urville, Comte de Jules Sebastian Cesar & Tardieu, Ambroise
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Published in volume II of the second edition of Dumont D’Urville’s ‘Voyage autour du monde publie sous la direction du contre-amiral Dumont d'Urville’, his selection of important voyages of discovery from Magellan onwards, illustrated throughout after the engravings found in Cook, Choris, La Perouse etc., first published in 1834.
Dumont D'Urville made his own voyage around the world in the ‘Astrolabe’, 1826–1829, 1830–1834. It was an important voyage, and one in a great series undertaken by the French government in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries for scientific and political purposes. Led by Jules Dumont d'Urville, its intention "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, its coast, especially the southern part of Cook Strait, was surveyed with great care. Tonga and parts of the Fiji Archipeligo were explored, then New Britain, New Guinea, Amboina, Tasmania, Vanikoro, Guam and Java. The return home was by way of Mauritius and the Cape of Good Hope. Huge amounts of scientific materials were collected and published" (Hill).