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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.

Insects (this page)

 

emperor moth

Giant Emperor Moth, Small Emperor Moth

LEPIDOPTERA 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.

$85

antique prints of Butterflies, Moths

Butterflies, Moths

LEPIDOPTERA PLATE 13

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

Sunset Moth

Sunset Moth

LEPIDOPTERA 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.

$115

antique prints of Butterflies, Moths

Butterflies, Moths

LEPIDOPTERA 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.

$85

antique prints of Butterflies, Moths

Butterflies, Moths

LEPIDOPTERA 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.

$85

antique prints of Butterflies, Moths

Butterflies, Moths

LEPIDOPTERA 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.

$75

Cicada

Cicada

HEMIPTERA 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.

Lantern Fly

Lantern Fly

HEMIPTERA 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.

$95

true bugs

Insects

HEMIPTERA 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.

$65

Boatfly, Toad Bug, Marbled Giant Water Bug

Boatfly, Toad Bug, Marbled Giant Water Bug

HEMIPTERA 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

true bugs

Insects

HEMIPTERA PLATE 4 [B]

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

Crane Fly, Hornet Robbery Fly

Crane Fly, Hornet Robbery Fly, etc.

DIPTERA 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.

$55

Crane Fly, Hornet Robbery Fly

Insects

DIPTERA 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.

$55

Millipede. etc.

Millipede, etc.

MYRIAPOD 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.

$35

Spitting Spider

Spitting Spider, etc.

ARACHNID 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.

$45

Tarantula

Tarantula

ARACHNID 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.

$95

Scorpion

Scorpion

ARACHNID 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.

$125

Green Crab

Green Crab

CRUSTACEAN 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.

$125

Coconut Crab

Coconut Crab

CRUSTACEAN 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.

$115

Lobster

Lobster

CRUSTACEAN 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.

Tahitian Prawn

Tahitian Prawn

CRUSTACEAN 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.

$95

Mantis Shrimp

Mantis Shrimp

CRUSTACEAN 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.

$115

Barnacles

Barnacles

CIRRHIPEDSPLATE 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.

$15

Annelids

Annelids

VERS PLATE

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.

$25

Echinoderms

Echinoderms

ZOOPHYTES PL 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.

$45

Echinoderms

Echinoderms

ZOOPHYTES PL 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.

$35

Jellyfish

Jellyfish

ZOOPHYTES PL 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.

$65

Corals, etc.

Corals, etc.

ZOOPHYTES PL 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.

$55

Sea Pen, Anemone, etc.

Sea Pen, Anemone, etc.

ZOOPHYTES PL 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.

$45

 

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