La Corvette L'Astrolabe en perdition sur des recifs.


Louis August De Sainson (1800 - 1887)

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La Corvette L’Astrolabe en perdition sur des recifs.




Louis August De Sainson (1800 - 1887)


Achille St. Aulaire 


Spotting to margins, small repaired tear to top edge, otherwise in good condition.


Chine-collé lithograph on India paper.

Image Size: 

x 2250mm

Paper Size: 

x 358mm


First edition of this superb Chine-collé lithograph on India paper of Dumon’t D’Urville’s ship of the Astrolabe in a pecarious situation near reefs at Tonga by Louis de Sainson artist aboard the famous Dumon’t D’Urville voyage of scientific discovery and exploration. 

The rare first issue is identified by the name J.Tastu, Editeur at lower left and the embossed stamp at lower sheet edge, ‘Voyage de L’Astrolabe J.Dumont D’Urville Commandant. J.T.’

From ‘Voyage de la Corvette Astrolabe Execute par Ordre du Roi pendant les annees 1826-1827-1828-1829, sours le Commandement’.
National LIbrary of Australia: Bib ID 2689376


Louis Auguste de Sainson (1800-1887)

French artist on the voyage of exploration on board the Astrolabe under the command of Dumont D’Urville which explored and visited the Pacific, Asia, New Zealand and Australia. He began his naval career at the port of Rochefort, working there from 21 August 1825 until 6 January 1826, where he joined the Astrolabe as a draughtsman.

The Astrolabe visited Australia from October to December 1826 and De Sainson made a number of drawings of King George Sound (WA), Westernport VIC), and Jervis Bay NSW and Sydney). On the Astrolable’s return to Australian waters during December 1827 to early January 1828 the Astrolabe anchored at Hobart Town where de Sainson made a number of important drawings of Hobart and its environs.

On his return to France de Sainson was part of the editorial group that made the official account Historical Atlas of the expedition ready or publication.

In November 1829, at Dumont d’Urville’s request, de Sainson was promoted commis de marine 3e classe . He became a Chevalier de la Légion d’Honneur in August 1831 and a commis de 2e classe in September 1833.

Further biographical information is not available after this time.

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