C1833

Mr Merkus, Gouverneur des Moluques, offrant des babi-rousses a l’expedition de l’Astrolabe (Ile Celebes.)

First edition of this superb Chine-collé lithograph on India paper of the scene where the Pieter Merkus (1787-1844), the Governor of the Moluccas, offers the Astrolabe crew two horned pigs (North Sulawesi Babirusa / Babyrousa celebensis) and an antelope at … Read Full Description

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Full Title:

Mr Merkus, Gouverneur des Moluques, offrant des babi-rousses a l’expedition de l’Astrolabe (Ile Celebes.)

Date:

C1833

Engraver:

Victor Adam 
(1801 – 
1866)

Condition:

Minor spotting to sheet edges, otherwise in good condition.

Technique:

Chine-collé lithograph on India paper.

Image Size: 

342mm 
x 212mm

Paper Size: 

540mm 
x 360mm
AUTHENTICITY
Mr Merkus, Gouverneur des Moluques, offrant des babi-rousses a l'expedition de l'Astrolabe (Ile Celebes.) - Antique View from 1833

Genuine antique
dated:

1833

Description:

First edition of this superb Chine-collé lithograph on India paper of the scene where the Pieter Merkus (1787-1844), the Governor of the Moluccas, offers the Astrolabe crew two horned pigs (North Sulawesi Babirusa / Babyrousa celebensis) and an antelope at Manado.

On his arrival at Amboina on the 30th June d’Urville had asked that he be provided with some horned hogs, which were lacking at the Museum of Natural History. The Governor told d’Urville that if he accompanied him to Manado, he would give him two of the horned hogs he had there. On July 29, d’Urville was ceremoniously received at Celebes. Merkus kept his promises and in addition to the two hogs, the gave three antelopes, birds, snakes and a great many fish.

Louis de Sainson was the artist aboard the famous Dumont 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’.

Collections:
National Library of Australia: Bib ID 1406935

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’Honneurin August 1831 and a commis de 2e classe in September 1833. Further biographical information is not available after this time.

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