Explorers’ Sea Creatures

Decorative prints
Explorers’ Sea Creatures
French explorers of the South Seas in the first half of the nineteenth century, inspired by Napoleon’s expedition to Egypt, accompanied the reports of their discoveries with sumptuous scientific illustrations. These were meticulously detailed, often including close ups of parts of the creatures and plants depicted. They were finely engraved on copper plates and equally finely hand coloured by teams of young ladies, who carefully followed models prepared by the scientists. The plates they produced are not only of scientific and historical interest, they are also very beautiful.
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Antique engraved prints from Voyage de la Coquille, published in Paris in 1830. This is the account of Louis Isidore Duperrey’s explorations in the ship la Cocquille (later renamed L’Astrolabe, she carried Dumont d’Urville’s two expeditions). These plates are particularly delicate in the drawing, engraving and original hand colour. They measure 322 x 240 mm with wide margins.


EX 061S

EX 061. Four crustaceans.  Plate Crustacés no 4.  Excellent condition.  $A 120.

EX 062S

EX 062. Two views of a jellyfish.  Excellent condition.  $A 135.

EX 063S

EX 063 Sea-anemones after Lesson and Prêtre.  Excellent condition.  $A 120.


EX 064S

EX 064 Three jellyfish after Lesson.  Excellent condition.    $A 120.

EX 065S

EX 065 Five jellyfish after Lesson.  Excellent condition.  $A 120.

EX 068s

EX 068 Two jellyfish after Prêtre and Lesson.  Excellent condition.  $A 120.


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Prints from Voyage autour du monde…, by Louis Claude Desaulses de Freycinet, atlas zoologique, published by Pillet, Paris, 1824. The plates measure 320 x 238 mm (platemark). They are in fine original hand colour.


EX 026s

EX 026  1. Leiche Laborde. 3. Picarel Raillaird. [Fish].  Plate No 47. Very good condition, a few unobtrusive spots.  $A 200.


EX 021  Pomacentre poncute and three others. [Fish].  Plate No 64.  Very good condition, a few unobtrusive spots. $A 200.


EX 023  Rason lecluse and four others.  [Fish].   Plate No 65.  Very good condition, a few unobtrusive spots. $A 200.


EX 071s

EX 071. [Three fish.].  Very good condition with a few tiny foxing-spots. $A 120

EX 048s

EX 048  Baliste praslin and Baliste medinilla. [Parrot fish] by Bevalet, plate no 46 . Very good condition, a few unobtrusive spots. $ 150.


EX 025 1. Requin à nageoires noires etc. [Shark and stingray tail], plate no 43.  Very good condition, a few unobtrusive spots.  $A 200.