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Natural History Art, Monkeys, Dumont d’Urville, Antique Print, c. 1850 (Sold)
Jules Sebastien Cesar Dumont d’Urville (1790-1842) (editor)
Bougeard (printer) Semnopithèque Neigeux (Desm.), Mammifères Pl. 3
[Silvered Leaf Monkey, Mammals Plate 3]
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)
Blind stamp, lower center margin: “Gide Editeur Paris.”
20.75 x 13.5 inches, overall
16.25 x 10.75 inches, plate mark
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Folio size natural history study of a mother and baby silvered leaf monkey (also known by various other common names, including silvery lutung, silvered langur and crested langur). The mother has one arm gently wrapped around the baby, while perched upon two large shoots of bamboo. In D’Urville’s text for Volume 3 of Voyage au Pole Sud, he gives the Latin name of this species as Semnopithecus cristatus; it is now known as Trachypithecus cristatus. These tree-dwelling monkeys are found in the Malay peninsula and archipelago, in Malaysia, Sumatra and Borneo. Young of the species are born orange and turn gray as they mature.
Voyage au Pole Sud… reported on the geography, geology, anthropology and natural history of Oceania and the South Pacific, which d’Urville had explored. 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 navigator who surveyed and explored the Falklands, Oceania and the South Pacific on two voyages between 1822 and 1829. During his second circumnavigation of the world between 1837 and 1840, on the Astrolabe and the Zélée, he penetrated the ice pack south of New Zealand and discovered the Adélie Coast region of Antarctica, which he named for his wife. 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.
Full publication information: “Voyage au Pole Sud et Dans L’Océanie, Mammifères Pl. 3. Dirigée par Borromée. Peint par Werner. Gravé par Giraud. Gide Editeur. Imp’ie de Bougeard.”
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: https://books.google.com/books?id=lS5FAQAAMAAJ&pg=PA22 (9 Februrary 2016).
“Jules Sebastien Cesar Dumont d’Urville.” The 1911 Edition Encyclopedia. LoveToKnow Corp.: 2002. http://77.1911encyclopedia.org/D/DU/
DUMONT_D_URVILLE_JULES_SEBASTIEN_CESAR.htm (13 October 2003).