1802 Francois Le Vaillant (1753-1824) - Large folio - Black faced COUCAL - Ornithology


Engraving from the Histoire Naturelle des Oiseaux d'Afrique, 1799-1802, by Francois Le Vaillant (1753-1824) 

After drawing by Reinhold Lebrecht.


Color-printed aquatint, stipple, and etching, some finished by hand.

References: Anker 297; Ayer/Zimmer, pp. 391-392; Fine Bird Books, p. 188; Mendelssohn, South African Bibliography I:892; Nissen IVB 555; Ronsil 1780.

"Levaillant was until exceeded by Gould (and until now only by him) the producer of the most comprehensive series of works on exotic birds." (Fine Bird Books, p. 118).

Fine condition with light scattered spotting.