THE LINDA HALL LIBRARY HISTORY OF SCIENCE COLLECTION
of Vaillant 1836-1837
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.
de Eydoux, Girelle de Souleyet,
Malcoha de Barrot (Philippines)
above three images are from Voyage Autour
Pendant les Années 1836 et 1837sur
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