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Voyages: Scientific Circumnavigations 1679 to 1859
  Voyage of Vaillant 1836-1837


Whereas Laplace had rounded Africa’s Cape of Good Hope to sail east around the world, Vaillant’s expedition sailed west from Europe, rounding Cape Horn of South America and up to its northwest coast, sailing on into the Pacific Ocean to Hawaii. Both voyagers navigated the Strait of Malacca between Malaysia and Sumatra, but they approached it from opposite directions.



Girelle de Eydoux, Girelle de Souleyet,
and Scare Élégant


Malcoha de Barrot (Philippines)


Semnopithèque Gris


The above three images are from
Voyage Autour du Monde: Exécutée Pendant les Années 1836 et 1837 sur la Corvette la Bonite….
Paris: Arthus Bertrand, 1840-66



These plates provide a glimpse of the wildlife observed during the expedition of the Bonite. The two fish appearing at the top of the first plate were named after the naturalists of the voyage, Fortuné Eydoux and Louis-François-August Souleyet; the third was found in the Hawaiian Islands. The illustration of the red, white and blue bird represents a specimen found in the Philippines. Until this example was documented, the unusual bird was recorded as inhabiting only India. It was captured in Luçon, and was named after Adolphe Barrot, the consul general of Manila. Like Laplace, Vaillant also visited Malacca, where this type of monkey was observed and described by the naturalists.


Vailant: Page 3 of 3.
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