Voyage au Pole Sud… reported on the geography, geology, anthropology and natural history of Oceania and the South Pacific, which d’Urville had explored. He enlisted scientific collaborators to write and illustrate each section. The zoology section contained about 110 plates, including 29 of mammals.
Jules Sebastien Cesar Dumont d’Urville was a French navigator who surveyed and explored the Falklands, Oceania and the South Pacific on two voyages between 1822 and 1829. During his second circumnavigation of the world between 1837 and 1840, on the Astrolabe and the Zélée, he penetrated the ice pack south of New Zealand and discovered the Adélie Coast region of Antarctica, which he named for his wife. Earlier in his career, D’Urville encountered the newly-discovered Venus de Milo while surveying the Mediterranean, and brought it to the attention of the Louvre, where it remains a featured part of the collection. He published several books with scientific collaborators about his voyages, including this one.