Carte de la Partie Septentrionale de la Nouvelle Zelande par M.M. Durville et Lottin. 1831.

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Carte de la Partie Septentrionale de la Nouvelle Zelande par M.M. Durville et Lottin. 1831.






In good condition.


Copper engraving.

Image Size: 

x 300mm

Paper Size: 

x 345mm


Rare map of the Bay of Islands, New Zealand showing the tracks of the l’Astrolabe in 1827, first edition, uncoloured as issued.

D’Urville had sailed from Port Jackson on 19.12.26 and sighted the south coast of New Zealand on 10th January 1827 near the site of present day Greymouth. Although his instructions were to carry out a little charting in Cook Strait, D’Urville’s plan was much more ambitious – he was to chart at least half of the coast of New Zealand, thereby providing a clear challenge to the supposition that Cook’s survey had placed the islands firmly in the British Domain.

From, Dumont D’Urville’s, , “Atlas hydrographique” volume to”Voyage au Pole sud et dans l’Oceanie execute par ordre du roi sur le Corvettes L’Astrolabe et la Zelee pendant les annees 1837-1838-1839-1840 sous le commandement de M.J. Dumont-D’Urville

Turnbull Library: MapColl 832.11aj 1831 217
National Library Australia: Bib ID 2238689


Jules Sébastien César Dumont d'Urville (1790 - 1842)

Jules Sébastien César Dumont d'Urville (1790-1842) was a French explorer and naval officer. Dumont d’Urville sailed from Toulon on 22 April 1826, towards the Pacific Ocean in his first voyage in the Astrolabe, for a circumnavigation of the world that was to lasted nearly three years. The expedition returned to Marseille on 25 March 1829. The Astrolabe was originally named Coquille and used for Louis Isidore Duperrey's circumnavigation of the earth (1822–1825). She was renamed after the navigational instrument, the astrolabe, a precursor to the sextant. In his second voyage in the Astrolabe and the Zélée he sailed from Toulon on 7 September 1837 with the aim to reach the most southerly point possible at this time in the Weddell Sea; to pass through the Strait of Magellan; to travel up the coast of Chile in order to head for Oceania with the objective of inspecting the new British colonies in Western Australia; to sail to Hobart; and to sail to New Zealand to find opportunities for French whalers and to examine places where a penal colony might be established. After passing through the East Indies, the mission would have to round the Cape of Good Hope and returning on 6 November 1840.

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