Paris: 1833. First edition. Black & white lithograph view of Maoris rowing a long boat with a French passenger, the Astrolabe and Cape in distance (Wangarei Harbour, Bay of Islands) 34.3 x 20.8 cms.
Printed on gray tissue and applied to laid paper with wide margins and official blind stamp below the title. Some fox spotting in margin o/w very good condition. Plate 49 from the official report of the voyage. "Voyage de la Corvette L'Astrolabe..." Under the command of Jules Dumont D'Urville. New Zealand was a particular focus of the French expedition with 2 of the 5 volumes of the report dedicated to the discoveries there. It seems that this expedition was closely examining New Zealand as a possible French settlement by charting the coast as much as they did, a counter to Cook's surveys that made the British claim so strong. Item #11914