|Method||Lithograph with hand colouring|
|Artist||Antoine Maurin & Joseph Lemercier after Louis Auguste de Sainson|
|Dimensions||Image 290 x 240 mm, Sheet 542 x 350 mm|
Blindstamped J. Tatsu.
From Voyage de la corvette l'Astrolabe exécuté par ordre du roi, pendant les années 1826-1827-1828-1829, sous le commandement de M. J. Dumont d'Urville ...
De Sainson was the official artist to the voyage under the command of Jules-Sébastian-César Dumont d'Urville aboard the Astrolabe. Amongst other places the voyage took in the western, southern and eastern coasts of Australia (referred to as Nouvelle Hollande), the upper South Island and east coast of New Zealand, Tonga, Fiji, Solomon Islands and Papua New Guinea
Ethnographic portrait plates are included throughout the Atlas representing the various places the Astrolabe stopped as it journeyed through the Pacific. Some of the subjects are named, often chiefs and their relatives, while others remain anonymous. Particular attention is paid to physiognomy, adornments, hairstyles and tattoo. Other plates detail clothing, along with body adornments.
The Atlas to the Voyage de la corvette l'Astrolabe was unique in that it was the first such publication to use lithography to reproduce the plates.
Condition: Large water mark to the bottom of sheet affecting the lower part of the inscription space.