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Rene Primevere Lesson Stipple engraving Ambroise Tardieu

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Rene Primevere Lesson


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Antique print relating to Australia


Rene Lesson (died 1849) was a French naval officer, surgeon, and zoologist. He was the assistant surgeon and naturalist on the voyage of La Coquille from 1822 to 1825. The Coquille was being sent around the world, under the command of Louis Isidore Duperrey, with a mission to visit those places that had escaped the attention of the previous French circumnavigation, that of the Uranie (1817-20). The voyage of the Coquille lasted 3 years, 1822-25. Lesson collected and drew hundreds of mammal, bird, fish, and invertebrate specimens from island groups scattered through Polynesia and Melanesia, as well as from New Guinea and Australia. The official narrative of the expedition, 'Voyage autour du monde', was published by Duperrey 1825-1830. Lesson was responsible for the zoology volumes. In 1839, Lesson published his own two-volume book on the voyage, 'Voyage autour du monde', containing many of his drawings that were not included in the official narrative. A few light foxing spots.

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artist Ambroise Tardieu (1788 - 1841)
method Stipple engraving
date C1827
size 105mm by 75mm (oval) 150mm by 210mm (sheet)
SKU AU7453