Maoris launching canoes, Astrolabe Strait, New Zealand, 1826-1829.
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Lithograph by Villeneuve with figures by Adam after de Sainson, of men putting to sea from a Maori village. IIllustration from 'Voyage de decouvertes de "l'Astrolabe": execute par ordre du roi, pendant les annees 1826-1827-1828-1829' by French navigator Jules-Sebastien-Cesar Dumont d'Urville (1790-1842), published in Paris in 1833. The book, (in English, 'Voyage of discovery of the "Astrolabe": undertaken by order of the king, during the years 1826-1829'), is an account of a scientific expedition to the Pacific. Illustration from the atlas section of the book.