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A graceful illustration of a "Velodona octopus" from "Deutschen Tiefsee Expedition" by Carl Chun in 1889.

The Valdivia Expedition, or Deutschen Tiefsee-Expedition (German Deep Sea Expedition), was a scientific expedition organised & funded by the German Empire under Kaiser Wilhelm II.

It was led by the marine biologist Carl Chun and the expedition ran from 1898-1899 with the purpose of exploring the depths of the oceans below 500 fathoms, which had not been explored by the earlier Challenger Expedition.

The Challenger Expedition was the expedition that established modern Oceanography, prompting many other expeditions which were either nationally and privately funded which would dredge the deep-sea in search of new and exotic species. This late 19th Century fascination with organisms found at great depths was unsurprising, because in the mid-19th century most scientists followed Abyssal Theory which stated that it was not possible for life to exist below 300 fathoms depth. Carl Chun, a famed teuthologist, held had a deep conviction that there must be life, in abundance, which existed in the unknown abyssal regions of the oceans, a belief he shared with an increasingly large number of marine scientists. This conviction along with his desire to further explore the areas of the oceans which were not covered by the Challenger Expedition that led him to propose that the German Empire organise its own expedition which was to be nationally funded with the approval of the Kaiser.




We want to bring you back the beauty of old illustrations found in rare books, private archives, hidden collections in libraries and museums across Europe. Art should be affordable and available to everyone.

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1. Your order will be custom made and printed for YOU! We only use the best museum quality fine art paper for your print. Our modern printers use Japanese archival inks (pigment inks) which are fade proof for 100+ years. A small natural white border will be added to the image to help with mounting and framing.

2. It will be professionally packaged for safe shipping in a strong cardboard tube or sleeve. We want it to arrive undamaged! If you order more than 1 print, we do not charge extra for shipping.

3. We ship most of our orders via DHL (Deutsche Post - German Mail Service) in Germany, throughout Europe, and internationally.

4. We will custom prepare your order in 1-3 days. If you would like a tracking number or express shipping, please let us know.

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Europe -> 3-5 business days
Internationally ->7-10 business days


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