Paris: Gide, 1853. Print. Original copper engraving with period hand color, after a painting by Prevost, of a kookaburra and kingfisher. This was published in Dumont D'Urville's "Voyage au Pole Sud et dans L'Oceanie sur Les Corvettes L'Astrolabe et La Zelee...Pendant les Annees 1837, 1838, 1839, 1840". The French voyages in this period benefited from the French expansive world view, that saw artists & scientists accompanying the sailors on French voyages of exploration, recording scientific detail and assembling natural history collections. Dumont D'Urville visited Australia twice, 1826-29 & 1837-40. His account of the second voyage was published in 1842 (text volumes); 1846 (atlas) and 1853 (natural history plates). In Australia, Dumont D'Urville visited the attempted settlement at Port Essington in Northern Australia, Torres Strait and Tasmania.
Blind stamp for "Gide Editeur Paris" below the impression mark. There is the faintest waterline along the right of the print but overall, the image is crisp and so beautifully colored that it feels that this kookaburra is ready to jump down and grab a snake. Folio sheet, 52 x 34.5 cm. Very good overall. Item #26768