THE LINDA HALL LIBRARY HISTORY OF SCIENCE COLLECTION
Voyage of Dumont d'Urville 1826-1829
Sépioteuthe Austral (Australia);
and Sépioteuthe de Maurice,
from Voyage de
la Corvette l’Astrolabe… Pendant les Années
1826-1829: Paris: J. Tastu, 1830-1834.
his service as lieutenant commander on Duperrey’s voyage,
Jules-Sébastien-César Dumont d’Urville became
convinced that the need for focused studies of New Zealand and
the islands lying to its north, east of New Guinea, outweighed
the need for a circumnavigation. He therefore did not cross the
Pacific during the first voyage under his command, but its report
is included in this exhibit because it represents the fruits of
the voyages of Duperrey and Freycinet, whose vision inspired his.
He did make a circumnavigation during his later exploration of
the Antarctic region.
influence is apparent not only in the route he laid out, which
sought to complete their work, but also in his careful documentation
of the magnetism of the earth, which had been an important aspect
of their missions. D’Urville added to this a systematic
observation of the temperature of the oceans at different depths
using the thermometrograph. These cuttlefish were among a vast
number of marine mollusks collected by the naturalists during