Title page of Dumont d'Urville's 'Voyage of discovery of the Astrolabe', 1833.
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Text page with a lithographed vignette showing French navigator Jules-Sebastien-Cesar Dumont d'Urville (1790-1842) and his officers. They are posibly asking to be taken to the chief of the island they have just landed on. Their ship, the 'Astrolabe', can be seen in the distance. Illustration from Dumont d'Urville's 'Voyage de decouvertes de 'l'Astrolabe': execute par ordre du roi, pendant les annees 1826-1827-1828-1829' 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 their scientific expedition to the Pacific. Illustration from the atlas section of the book.