In the Wake of Exotic Fish

On 21 May 2021, by Anne Doridou-Heim

A world tour with naval officer Duperrey and other seafarers who wrote travel books.

Louis-Isidore Duperrey (1786-1865), Voyage autour du monde exécuté par ordre du roi, sur la corvette de Sa Majesté "la Coquille"... (Voyage Around the World Carried out by Order of the King, on His Majesty's Corvette La Coquille...), Paris, Arthus Bertrand, 1826.
Result: €5,639

To finish the work he undertook on the Uranie between 1817 and 1820 as a naval hydrographer under Louis de Freycinet's command, Louis-Isidore Duperrey proposed a new scientific expedition. The officer boarded La Coquille in 1822, with Jules Dumont d'Urville as second in command, on a new three-year trip around the world. On August 11, he set sail from Toulon, France for Brazil, then traveled to the coasts of Chile, the Pacific Islands, New Guinea, New Zealand and the Moluccas. He published his writings when he returned. An 1826 first edition of this Voyage Around the World Carried out by Order of the King, on His Majesty's Corvette La Coquille..., a vitally important testimony, garnered €5,639.

This is a zoological atlas divided into eight parts (mammals, birds, reptiles, fish, mollusks, insects, crustaceans and zoophytes), with 157 plates engraved on metal by Tardieu and hand-colored after the drawings of two naturalists on board, René Primevère Lesson and Prosper Garnot. The even more famous Atlas of La Pérouse's Voyage Around the World, in a folio first edition of 1797 with its original board-binding, fetched €4,010.

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