Cayman hunting, New Ireland, 1826-1829.
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Lithograph by St Aulaire after de Sainson, showing French sailors shooting at a crocodile or alligator at Carteret Haven, off the coast of what is now Papua New Guinea. Illustration 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.