Francois Levaillant / Jacques Barraband - Histoire Naturelle des Perroquets - 1801

Francois Levaillant / Jacques Barraband - Histoire Naturelle des Perroquets - 1801
Ornithology - Quantity: 2 - Single sheet

From the first edition in folio format of the "Histoire Naturelle des Perroquets" by F. Levaillant, one of the rarest and most beautiful works by Levaillant, 2 very well preserved hand-coloured copper engravings by Jacques Barraband are offered.

1) La Perruche Omnicolore, plate 28, lower edge trimmed
2) La Perruche a Épaulettes Jaunes, plate 61, lower edge trimmed.
Plate size for all 2 engravings 33 x 26cm.
Both illustrations are also shown enlarged to better show details and colours.

Jacques Barraband’s ornithological engravings are masterpieces of French ornithological illustration. The stunning bird portraits were made for the renowned ornithologist Francois Levaillant, who commissioned the artist to illustrate his groundbreaking works on African ornithology, including the elaborate and impressive “Histoire Naturelle des Perroquets”.
Each table of the work is richly coloured and immaculately reproduced. The project was a huge undertaking that required more than 300 finished watercolours. These meticulous hand-coloured engravings in Levaillant’s publications were second to none in terms of the delicate modulations of tone and colour, the fine lines and the perfect drawing art. Each feather is drawn with dozens of parallel lines, resulting in remarkable detail and a naturalistically textured colour.
Copper engravings in this excellent quality and state of preservation are very rare in the trade and can only be acquired at high prices.

Lot details
Single sheet
Number of Books
Author/ Illustrator
Francois Levaillant / Jacques Barraband
Book Title
Histoire Naturelle des Perroquets
Very good
Publication year oldest item
1st Edition Thus
Original language
Paris, Levrault frères
Binding/ Material
Loose page
Number of pages
45×34 cm
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