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Natural History Art, Monkey, Orangutan, Dumont d’Urville, Antique Print, c. 1850

Jules Sebastien Cesar Dumont d’Urville (1790-1842) (editor)
Borromée (director)
Werner (after)
Giraud (engraver)
Bougeard (printer)
Orang-Outang Mâle, Mammifères Plate 1
[Male Orangutan, Mammals Plate 1]
from Voyage au Pole Sud et Dans L’Oceanie sur Les Corvettes L’Astrolabe et La Zélée…Pendant Les Années 1837, 1838, 1839, 1840
[Voyage to the South Pole and through Oceania on the Corvettes Astrolabe and Zélée…During the Years 1837, 1838, 1839, 1840]

Gide et J. Baudry, Paris: 1841-1854 (atlas volume)
Hand-colored aquatint
Signed in the plate: M. Giraud
Blind stamp, lower center margin: “Gide Editeur Paris.”
16 x 10.75 inches, plate mark
21.5 x 14 inches, overall

Folio size natural history study of a male orangutan printed in color, shown standing on a small patch of ground, leaning on its hands, against a white background. Above the color rendering are two inset line drawings of the head in profile and the head of a juvenile.

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Voyage au Pole Sud… reported on the geography, geology, anthropology and natural history of Oceania (Australia, New Zealand, Melanesia, Micronesia, and Polynesia) and the South Pacific, which d’Urville had explored on a voyage between 1837 and 1840. He enlisted scientific collaborators to write and illustrate each section. The zoology section contained about 110 plates, including 29 of mammals.

Jules Sebastien Cesar Dumont d’Urville was a French explorer, naval officer, and botanist who extensively surveyed and explored Oceania, the South Pacific, the Falklands, and Antarctica, making a major contribution to scientific understanding of the geography and biology of those areas. His explorations of the region began with a voyage on La Coquille in 1822-25. He followed with two lengthy surveys as commander of the Astrolabe, the first in 1826-29. During the second voyage, between 1837 and 1840, on the ships the Astrolabe and the Zélée, his expedition penetrated the ice pack south of New Zealand and discovered the Adélie Coast region of Antarctica, which d’Urville named for his wife, Adele. Earlier in his career, D’Urville encountered the newly-discovered Venus de Milo while surveying the Mediterranean, and brought it to the attention of the Louvre, where it remains a featured part of the collection. He published several books with scientific collaborators about his voyages, including this one.

Captions and full publication information: A. Son profil. B. Tête du jeune âge. Dirigée par Borromé. Peint par Werner. Gravé par Giraud. Guide Editeur. Imp’ie de Bougeard.

Condition: Generally very good with the usual overall light toning, wear, handling.


Dumont-D’Urville, Jules. Voyage au Pole Sud et Dans L’Oceanie sur Les Corvettes L’Astrolabe et La Zélée… Gide et J. Baudry, Paris: 1853. p. 22. Online at Google Books: (9 Februrary 2016).

“Jules Sebastien Cesar Dumont d’Urville.” The 1911 Edition Encyclopedia. LoveToKnow Corp.: 2002.

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