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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 slightly 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.

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tortoise turtle

Mauritanian Turtle, Common Turtle

PLATE 1

some image ghosting, age-appropriate toning and/or foxing is possible; please refer to enlargement by clicking on above thumbnail image.
The Darvill's digital watermark does not appear on the actual antique engraving.

$50

Spiny Softshell Turtle, Green Turtle

Spiny Softshell Turtle, Green Turtle

[PLATE 2]

some image ghosting, age-appropriate toning and/or foxing is possible; please refer to enlargement by clicking on above thumbnail image.
The Darvill's digital watermark does not appear on the actual antique engraving.

$75

Caiman Alligator Gecko

Caiman Alligator, Gecko

PLATE 3

some image ghosting, age-appropriate toning and/or foxing is possible; please refer to enlargement by clicking on above thumbnail image.
The Darvill's digital watermark does not appear on the actual antique engraving.

$75

Chameleon Water Monitor

Chameleon, Water Monitor

PLATE 4

some image ghosting, age-appropriate toning and/or foxing is possible; please refer to enlargement by clicking on above thumbnail image.
The Darvill's digital watermark does not appear on the actual antique engraving.

$75

Iguana, Green Lizard

Iguana, Green Lizard

PLATE 5

some image ghosting, age-appropriate toning and/or foxing is possible; please refer to enlargement by clicking on above thumbnail image.
The Darvill's digital watermark does not appear on the actual antique engraving.

$95

Ocellated Skink Glass Snake

Ocellated Skink, Glass Snake

PLATE 6

some image ghosting, age-appropriate toning and/or foxing is possible; please refer to enlargement by clicking on above thumbnail image.
The Darvill's digital watermark does not appear on the actual antique engraving.

$35

Speckled Worm Lizard Blind Snake Phillip's Earth Snake

Speckled Worm Lizard, Blind Snake, Phillip's Earth Snake

PLATE 7

some image ghosting, age-appropriate toning and/or foxing is possible; please refer to enlargement by clicking on above thumbnail image.
The Darvill's digital watermark does not appear on the actual antique engraving.

$35

Coral Cyclinder Snake Narrow-bellied Homosolome

Coral Cylinder Snake, Narrow-bellied Homasolome

PLATE 8

some image ghosting, age-appropriate toning and/or foxing is possible; please refer to enlargement by clicking on above thumbnail image.
The Darvill's digital watermark does not appear on the actual antique engraving.

$35

Sand Boa Boa Constrictor

Sand Boa, Boa Constrictor

PLATE 9

some image ghosting, age-appropriate toning and/or foxing is possible; please refer to enlargement by clicking on above thumbnail image.
The Darvill's digital watermark does not appear on the actual antique engraving.

$75

Ringed Snake Vine Snake

Ringed Snake, Long-nosed Vine Snake

PLATE 10

some image ghosting, age-appropriate toning and/or foxing is possible; please refer to enlargement by clicking on above thumbnail image.
The Darvill's digital watermark does not appear on the actual antique engraving.

$45

Elephant Trunk Snake Yellow-lipped Sea Krait

Elephant Trunk Snake, Yellow-lipped Sea Krait

PLATE 11

some image ghosting, age-appropriate toning and/or foxing is possible; please refer to enlargement by clicking on above thumbnail image.
The Darvill's digital watermark does not appear on the actual antique engraving.

$45

Coral Snake Egyptian Cobra

Coral Snake, Egyptian Cobra

PLATE 12

some image ghosting, age-appropriate toning and/or foxing is possible; please refer to enlargement by clicking on above thumbnail image.
The Darvill's digital watermark does not appear on the actual antique engraving.

$85

Rattlesnake, Horned Viper

Rattlesnake, Horned Viper

PLATE 12

some image ghosting, age-appropriate toning and/or foxing is possible; please refer to enlargement by clicking on above thumbnail image.
The Darvill's digital watermark does not appear on the actual antique engraving.

$125

Ringed Caecilian

Ringed Caecilian

PLATE 14

some image ghosting, age-appropriate toning and/or foxing is possible; please refer to enlargement by clicking on above thumbnail image.
The Darvill's digital watermark does not appear on the actual antique engraving.

$20

Paradoxical Frog Tree Frog

Paradoxical Frog, Black-spotted Casque-headed Tree Frog

PLATE 15

some image ghosting, age-appropriate toning and/or foxing is possible; please refer to enlargement by clicking on above thumbnail image.
The Darvill's digital watermark does not appear on the actual antique engraving.

$75

Toad, European Green Toad

Toad, European Green Toad

PLATE 16

some image ghosting, age-appropriate toning and/or foxing is possible; please refer to enlargement by clicking on above thumbnail image.
The Darvill's digital watermark does not appear on the actual antique engraving.

$75

South African Frog American Pipa

South African Frog, American Pipa

PLATE 17

some image ghosting, age-appropriate toning and/or foxing is possible; please refer to enlargement by clicking on above thumbnail image.
The Darvill's digital watermark does not appear on the actual antique engraving.

$75

Fire Salamander Hellbender

Fire Salamander, Hellbender

PLATE 18

some image ghosting, age-appropriate toning and/or foxing is possible; please refer to enlargement by clicking on above thumbnail image.
The Darvill's digital watermark does not appear on the actual antique engraving.

$65

Plesiosaurus skeleton fossil

Plesiosaurus skeleton fossil

PALEONTOLOGY PLATE 2

some image ghosting, age-appropriate toning and/or foxing is possible; please refer to enlargement by clicking on above thumbnail image.
The Darvill's digital watermark does not appear on the actual antique engraving.

$35

 
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