Date of Printing: 1799 • Medium: Copperplate Engraving (hand colored) • Subject Category: Natural History - Birds • Signed: Unsigned • Period Created: Enlightenment (1700 - 1799) • Plate Size HxWxD cm: 29 x 21 • Leaf Paper Size HxW cm: 33.5 x 23 • Style: Original Vintage • Print on Verso: Blank on verso • Condition: Fair, with toning on edges & foxing • Edition Type: 1st Edition - Limited • Paper Type: Laid Paper • Framed: Print only
Copperplate engraving of "Le Coucal houhou Male" bird, from Le Vaillant's, "Histoire naturelle des oiseaux d'Afrique", Book 5 pl. 219. Original engraving drawn by Jacques Barraband, printed in color and finished by hand. Printed by de Langlois, engraved by Bouqet.
LEVAILLANT, François (1753-1824). Natural History of African Birds. Paris: J. Fuchs, Year VII (1799 -1808).
"In publishing the History of African Birds, I thought that it was a service to science to mention all the rare and undescribed species which I have found in the different cabinets of Europe I have been careful at the same time to designate the collection from which I have drawn them. "(Preface, xj).
Jacques Barraband (or Pierre-Paul Barraband) (1767? (baptized 1768), Aubusson (Creuse), France–1 October 1809, Lyon) was a French zoological and botanical illustrator, renowned for his lifelike renderings of tropical birds. His pictures were based on mounted specimens and his illustration was considered the most accurate ones made during the early 1800s.
Condition: This print has toning on edges, and spotting two places.Paper fold marks at time of manufacture. Please see photos.