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Auction 132, Lot 680

"[Lot of 3 - Birds]", Levaillant, Francois

Subject: Birds

Period: 1808 (circa)

Publication: Histoire naturelle des Oiseaux de Paradis et des Rolliers…

Color: Hand Color

20.5 x 13.5 inches
52.1 x 34.3 cm

These exquisite aquatints are from one of the finest bird books ever produced. The Histoire Naturelle des Oiseaux de Paradis... marks the high-point of Levaillant's ornithological career and is the finest example of Jacques Barraband's brilliance as a bird artist. The plates were engraved by Peree and Gremillier after Barraband's drawings, and were printed in color by Rousset, and then finished by hand. This lot includes: Le Coq de roche femelle. No. 52, Le Superbe dans l'etat du repos. No. 16, and Le Calibe male. No. 23.


Condition: B+

Some light foxing, more pronounced on plate No. 16.

Estimate: $300 - $500

Sold for: $150

Closed on 6/2/2010