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Dumont d'Urville (Paperback)

Le dernier grand marin de découvertes

Maritime P&S History > Humanities > Biography & Memoirs

Imprint: Heimdal
Pages: 424
ISBN: 9782840484684
Published: 1st December 2016



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On January 21, 1840, Dumont d'Urville discovers an immense Antarctic land. At the head of the Astrolabe, the future Rear Admiral, last in line of great discoverers, pushes the impossible and explores new lands from New Zealand to the pole. The Norman navigator brings back hundreds of species of insects and unknown plants. Yves Jacob offers us an exciting biography of this character "argumentative, disdainful, jealous, resentful when he is second", but who knows how to rise on great occasions.
Le 21 janvier 1840, Dumont d’Urville découvre une immense terre antarctique. À la tête de l’Astrolabe, le futur contre-amiral, dernier de la lignée des grands découvreurs, repousse l’impossible et explore des terres nouvelles, de la Nouvelle-Zélande au pôle. Des îles et des montagnes portent ainsi son nom. Botaniste, entomologiste, philologue, hydrographe, ethnologue, le navigateur normand rapporte des centaines d’espèces d’insectes et des plantes inconnues. Grâce à de longues investigations et à la mise à jour de documents inédits, Yves Jacob nous offre une passionnante biographie de ce personnage «chicanier, dédaigneux, jaloux, rancunier quand il est le second », mais qui sait s’élever dans les grandes occasions.

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