Duperrey, Louis-Isidore

Chart of French Polynesia with Tahiti and Bora Bora

Carte des îles Pomotou situées à l'est des îles de la Société drefsee par M.L.I. Duperrey, Capitaine du Frigate, Commandant la Corvette de S.M. la Coquille

DESCRIPTION: Antique French hydrographic chart with the islands of Pomotou (Tuamotu Islands or French Polynesia). Other names include Archipel Dangereux, Archipel des Pomotou, Archipel des Tuamotu, Tuamotu Archipelago, Tuamotu Islands, and Îles Tuamotu. Includes the Society Islands ( Archipel de la Société ) of Tahiti ( Taiti ), Emeo, Huaheine, Bora Bora and many others and the Toubouai Islands.

Produced by French explorer Louis-Isidore Duperrey (1786-1865). Duperrey served as marine hydrologist to de Freycinet aboard the Uranie and commanded the corvette la Coquille on its westward world circumnavigation during the period 1822–1825 with Jules Dumont d'Urville as second in command. WorldCat only records one copy of this chart- at the Paris Muséum National d'Histoire Naturelle.

Contains the tracks of many early voyages through the Pacific islands with dates of discovery for many islands. Discoverers include: Vancouver (1791), Carteret (1767), Bligh and Portlock (1792), Cook (1769), de Bougainville (1768), Lemaire and Schouten (1616) . Number 684.

Louis Isidore Duperrey (1786-1865)

Louis Isidore Duperrey was a notable French marine hydrographer and explorer. Born on October 21, 1786, in Paris, France, Duperrey developed a keen interest in marine sciences from a young age. He began his career as a midshipman in the French Navy, and his passion for hydrography and cartography led him to become a prominent figure in the field.

Duperrey's most renowned expedition was his command of the French ship 'Coquille' from 1822 to 1825. The voyage took him to various parts of the world, including Chile, Peru, Polynesia, the Molucca Islands (Indonesia), New Ireland (Papua New Guinea), and Australia. During this expedition, Duperrey conducted extensive hydrographic surveys, gathering crucial scientific data on oceanography, meteorology, and the natural world.

Beyond his achievements in cartography and marine sciences, Duperrey was also a skilled linguist. He displayed a remarkable talent for learning and recording indigenous languages encountered during his voyages. His linguistic work contributed significantly to the understanding of local cultures and facilitated communication with indigenous populations.

After the 'Coquille' expedition, Duperrey continued to make important contributions to the field of hydrography. He held the position of director of the Hydrographic Office in France and was responsible for producing accurate charts and maps of coastal regions. Duperrey's scientific achievements were widely recognized during his lifetime. He received numerous honors, including being elected as a member of the prestigious French Academy of Sciences in 1838. He also authored several scientific publications based on his expeditions and research.

CREATOR: Duperrey, Louis-Isidore


GEOGRAPHIC AREA: French Polynesia

BODY OF WATER: Pacific Ocean

CONDITION: Good.  Clean bright with wide 3" margins. On chain-laid paper. Surface is a bit crinkled/creased from light folding, most could be flattened out. One or two insignificant small repaired tears at the marginal edges well away from the content.


ENGRAVER: Ambroise Tardieu

SIZE: 29 " x 18 "


PRICE: $575


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