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Dictionnaire Universel d'Histoire Naturelle
by Charles D'Orbigny

Paris
Chez Les Editeurs Mm. Renard, Martinet et Co.
Rue de Bussi, 6

Exact date unknown, but from an edition printed in the 1860s

We are currently offering a selection of prints from Charles D’Orbigny’s Dictionnaire Universel d’Histoire Naturelle, published by Renard & Martinet of Paris. These original engravings are over 150 years old and considered by many experts to be the finest and best illustrated natural history work of the era. The superb, beautifully hand colored plates are from the leading French artists of the day such as Susemihl, Traviès, Oudart and Pretre. There is no text, but the order, genus & species is on each print in Latin & French.

The condition of these prints is generally very good to excellent. Each print measures approximately 6 1/4 by 9 1/2 inches, though this does vary somewhat (the publisher used different types and sizes of paper). Printed on beautiful heavy French paper that varies from creamy to soft white.
Due to their age, there may be some foxing or toning on the plate, so please have a good look at the enlargements provided by clicking on the thumbnail images below.
The Darvill's digital watermark does not appear on the actual antique prints.

Birds (this page)

 

Condor, Owl

Condor, Owl

PLATE 1
paper is age toned, some foxing

$35

King of Vultures

King of Vultures

PLATE 13
mild age-appropriate toning and/or foxing is possible; please refer to enlargement by clicking on above thumbnail image

$35

Red-footed Falcon (Kobez Falcon or Hawk)

Red-footed Falcon (Kobez Falcon or Hawk)

PLATE 23
mild age-appropriate toning and/or foxing is possible; please refer to enlargement by clicking on above thumbnail image

$50

Sparrow Hawk

Sparrow Hawk

PLATE 24
mild age-appropriate toning and/or foxing is possible; please refer to enlargement by clicking on above thumbnail image

$50

Imperial Eagle

Imperial Eagle

PLATE 28
mild age-appropriate toning and/or foxing is possible; please refer to enlargement by clicking on above thumbnail image

$50

Red Kite

Red Kite

PLATE 25
mild age-appropriate toning and/or foxing is possible; please refer to enlargement by clicking on above thumbnail image

$50

Honey Buzzard

Honey Buzzard

PLATE 30
mild age-appropriate toning and/or foxing is possible; please refer to enlargement by clicking on above thumbnail image

$50

Ash-colored Falcon

Ash-colored Falcon

PLATE 33
mild age-appropriate toning and/or foxing is possible; please refer to enlargement by clicking on above thumbnail image

$50

Secretary-bird, or Snake-eating Bird

Secretary-bird, or Snake-eating Bird

PLATE 33
mild age-appropriate toning and/or foxing is possible; please refer to enlargement by clicking on above thumbnail image

$40

Tengmalm's Owl

Tengmalm's Owl

PLATE 26 bis
mild age-appropriate toning and/or foxing is possible; please refer to enlargement by clicking on above thumbnail image

$50

Barn Owl, Nightjar

Barn Owl, Nightjar

PLATE 26 bis
mild age-appropriate toning and/or foxing is possible; please refer to enlargement by clicking on above thumbnail image

$45

Blue Shrike, Perrin's Shrike

Blue Shrike, Perrin's Shrike

PLATE 2 A
mild age-appropriate toning and/or foxing is possible; please refer to enlargement by clicking on above thumbnail image

$55

Golden Monarch, Vermillon flycatcher

Golden Monarch, Vermillon flycatcher

PLATE 2 B
mild age-appropriate toning and/or foxing is possible; please refer to enlargement by clicking on above thumbnail image

$50

Purple-breasted Cotinga, Red Cotinga

Purple-breasted Cotinga, Red Cotinga

PLATE 32
mild age-appropriate toning and/or foxing is possible; please refer to enlargement by clicking on above thumbnail image

$45

Regal Flycatcher, Albert's Lyre Bird

Regal Flycatcher, Albert's Lyre Bird

PLATE 2
some foxing and image ghosting; please refer to enlargement by clicking on above thumbnail image

$30

Bohemian Waxwing, Regent Bowerbird

Bohemian Waxwing, Regent Bowerbird

PLATE 2 D
mild age-appropriate toning and/or foxing is possible; please refer to enlargement by clicking on above thumbnail image

$40

Blue Drongo

Blue Drongo

PLATE 20
mild age-appropriate toning and/or foxing is possible; please refer to enlargement by clicking on above thumbnail image

$45

7-colored Tanager, Blue-headed Tanager

7-colored Tanager, Blue-headed Tanager

PLATE 2 C
some foxing and image ghosting; please refer to enlargement by clicking on above thumbnail image

$45

Blue Tit, Flamboyant Tanager

Blue Tit, Flamboyant Tanager

PLATE 3 B
mild age-appropriate toning and/or foxing is possible; please refer to enlargement by clicking on above thumbnail image

$55

Fieldfare, Rock Thrush

Fieldfare, Rock Thrush

PLATE 18
mild age-appropriate toning and/or foxing is possible; please refer to enlargement by clicking on above thumbnail image

$40

Friar Bird, Bee-Eater

Friar Bird, Bee-Eater

PLATE 36
mild age-appropriate toning and/or foxing is possible; please refer to enlargement by clicking on above thumbnail image

$55

Rollier Rosy Starling

Rollier, Rosy Starling

PLATE 36
mild age-appropriate toning and/or foxing is possible; please refer to enlargement by clicking on above thumbnail image

$45

Gray-headed Wagtail Northern Wheatear

Gray-headed Wagtail, Northern Wheatear

PLATE 42
mild age-appropriate toning and/or foxing is possible; please refer to enlargement by clicking on above thumbnail image

$35

Rubiette Calliope Russet Wheatear

Rubiette Calliope, Russet Wheatear

PLATE 35
mild age-appropriate toning and/or foxing is possible; please refer to enlargement by clicking on above thumbnail image

$35

Redstarts

Rossignol de murailles, Rouge-gorge

PLATE 38
mild age-appropriate toning and/or foxing is possible; please refer to enlargement by clicking on above thumbnail image

$35

Aquatic Warbler Sub-Alpine Warbler

Aquatic Warbler, Sub-Alpine Warbler

PLATE 39
mild age-appropriate toning and/or foxing is possible; please refer to enlargement by clicking on above thumbnail image

$35

Richard's Pipit, Alpine Lark

Richard's Pipit, Alpine Lark

PLATE 39
mild age-appropriate toning and/or foxing is possible; please refer to enlargement by clicking on above thumbnail image

$35

King Bird of Paradise Rock Manakin

King Bird of Paradise, Rock Manakin

PLATE 3 (bis) B
mild age-appropriate toning and/or foxing is possible; please refer to enlargement by clicking on above thumbnail image

$45

Green Tody Javan Broadbill

Green Tody, Javan Broadbill

PLATE 50
mild age-appropriate toning and/or foxing is possible; please refer to enlargement by clicking on above thumbnail image

$45

Whiskered Treeswift Orange Oriole

Whiskered Treeswift, Orange Oriole

PLATE 3
some foxing; please refer to enlargement by clicking on above thumbnail image

$30

Great Tit, Long-tailed Tit

Great Tit, Long-tailed Tit

PLATE 43
mild age-appropriate toning and/or foxing is possible; please refer to enlargement by clicking on above thumbnail image

$45

Black-headed Bunting Weaver Bird

Black-headed Bunting, Weaver Bird

PLATE 44
mild age-appropriate toning and/or foxing is possible; please refer to enlargement by clicking on above thumbnail image

$55

Chaffinch, Brambling

Chaffinch, Brambling

PLATE 45
mild age-appropriate toning and/or foxing is possible; please refer to enlargement by clicking on above thumbnail image

$45

Goldfinch, Linnet

Goldfinch, Linnet

PLATE 46
faint image ghosting, mild age-appropriate toning and/or foxing is possible; please refer to enlargement by clicking on above thumbnail image

$45

Bengall Chaffinch, Weaver Bird

Bengal Chaffinch, Weaver Bird

PLATE 3 A
mild age-appropriate toning and/or foxing is possible; please refer to enlargement by clicking on above thumbnail image

$45

Bullfinch, Grosbeak

Bullfinch, Grosbeak

PLATE 21
age-appropriate toning and/or foxing is possible; please refer to enlargement by clicking on above thumbnail image

$45

Collie's Magpie Jay

Collie's Magpie Jay

PLATE 3 bis A
faint image ghosting, age-appropriate toning and/or foxing is possible; please refer to enlargement by clicking on above thumbnail image

$50

Eurasian Jay

Eurasian Jay

PLATE 47
age-appropriate toning and/or foxing is possible; please refer to enlargement by clicking on above thumbnail image

$45

Bird of Paradise

Bird of Paradise

PLATE 3 bis
age-appropriate toning and/or foxing is possible; please refer to enlargement by clicking on above thumbnail image

$50

Wood Nuthatch Wall Creeper

Wood Nuthatch, Wall Creeper

PLATE 16
age-appropriate toning and/or foxing is possible; please refer to enlargement by clicking on above thumbnail image

$45

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