LEVAILLANT, Francois; BARRABAND, Jacque (artist / illustrator).

Histoire naturelle des oiseaux de paradis et des rolliers,


Histoire naturelle des oiseaux de paradis et des rolliers,
des Toucans et des Barbus.
Paris, chez Denne and Perlet, 1806.

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A masterwork by Barraband, the finest French bird illustrator of his time, who had both scientific accuracy and superb skill as a watercolourist. The combination of some of the world’s most colourful and glamorous birds alongside Barraband’s skills whilst at the height of his powers makes for outstandingly beautiful studies of these exotic species. Large paper copies of this work are particularly desirable as the colouring of the plates has been executed with far more care than in the ordinary copies, and the wide margins are aesthetically more pleasing. The work includes 24 plates of the Birds of Paradise; 15 of Rollers; 17 of Jays; 18 of Toucans; 24 of Barbets; 5 of Tamatias; 3 of Baracous; and 8 of Jacamars.


First edition. 2 volumes. Large paper copy, folio (57.5 cm x 42.5cm, binding 60.5cm x 46cm). 114 etched plates after Jacques Barraband by Bouquet, Gremilliet, and Peree, printed in colours by Langlois and Rousset and finished by hand, bound in 19th century red morocco, gilt tooled, covers decorated in gilt and blind, an excellent, copy with some sporadic minor foxing as usual.


Stock ID: 100080