VERY RARE 1960 Rare Descourtilz Limited Edition Original Folio Lithograph Brazilian Bird Plate 53 Ruby & Topaz Hummingbird or Oiseau-Mouche Rubis Topaze with Orchid Flower
Beautiful vivid lithograph from a rare limited edition from the 1960's. Perfect folio-sized print with stunning colors, originally from Oiseaux brilliants et remarquables du Bresil (Pageantry of American Birds) by Jean Theodore Descourtilz, one of the rarest and most beautiful hand-colored bird books ever produced.
Extra large plates (on heavy quality rag paper with no text in back) of colorful and stunning Brazilian Birds, represented with their preferred food sources.
We closed our art galleries' doors so everything has been reduced: As a result, we are liquidating some of our rare prints from last century and older ones too, some up to 300 years old.
Our Descourtilz plates are in perfect condition, even they are over 60 years old.
THESE ARE NOT DIGITAL COPIES, THESE ARE THE ACTUAL PAGES FROM THIS RARE BOOK FROM THE 1960'S. THESE COLLECTIBLE BOOK PLATES HAVE SOLD FOR UP 150.00 EACH.
This is Plate 53 Ruby & Topaz Hummingbird or Oiseau-Mouche Rubis Topaze, pictured with its favorite food.
This large folio lithograph of colorful tropical bird is 17” x 11.5”
We also show how good they look framed on some of the photos.
We have the entire collection of 32 plates.
To see the names of the birds for each plate, scroll down to the bottom of this ad.
This beautiful folio-sized print, originally from Oiseaux brilliants et remarquables du Bresil by Jean Theodore Descourtilz, one of the rarest and most beautiful hand-colored bird books ever produced, has been taken from an out-of-print facsimile limited edition published in Amsterdam. This fine reproduction print on heavy quality rag paper with no text in back was produced using full-color offset printing, the result being stunning color and detail.
In their preface, the editors of the volume state that “the utmost care has been taken to achieve a flawless reproduction”. Jean-Théodore Descourtilz was one of the eight sons of the French adventurer/ naturalist Michel Etienne Descourtilz. and supplied the illustrations to the latter's Flore médicale des Antilles, published in Paris between 1821 and 1829. Jean-Théodore prepared and published Oiseaux brillans du Brésil in Paris in 1834. His second great work from which this entry with illustration is taken was published in four parts with 48 hand-coloured lithographs in Rio de Janeiro between 1854 and 1856. An English edition with the same illustrations, printed by Waterlow & Sons appeared in 1856.
Descourtilz worked for the National Museum of Rio de Janeiro. He died on 13th January 1855 at Riacho in Brazil. A commemorative facsimile of the work was published in Portuguese by Livraria Kosmos Editôra in 1944 with notes by João Moojen.
Original text in French (followed by English translation).
We have all the birds from this rare collection available right now, which names are seen in the list below with the plate number in front:
1 Barraband Parrot Psittacule or Caica-Barraband
2 Golden Paroquet or Perruche Guiaruba
3 Red-Eared Paroquet or Perruche a Gorge Variee
5 Ariel Toucan or Toucan Ariel
7 Black-Throated Trogon or Couroucou Rosalba
9 Rufous Trogon or Couroucou Oranga
11 Black-Spotted Barbet or Cabezon a Plastron Noir
13 Orange-Breasted Barbet or Cabezon Elegant
15 Spot-Tailed Jacamar or Jacamar Dore
17 Yellow-Fronted Woodpecker or Pic a Ventre Rouge
19 Red Chatterer or Cotinga Ouette
21 Boat-Billed Flycatcher or Tyran Bem-Te-Veo
23 Paradise Tanager or Tangara Septicolor
25 Brazilian Turquoise Tanager or Tangara Diable-Enrhume
27 Chesnut-Backed Tanager or Tangara Passe-Vert
29 White-Capped Tanager or Euphone a Diademe
31 Scarlet Flycatcher or Moucherolle Rubin
33 Brazilian Tanager or Ramphocele Scarlatte
35 Archbishop Tanager or Tachyphone Archeveque
37 Golden-Headed Manakin or Manakin a Tete D’ Or
39 Curly Blue Jay or Pie Acahe
41 Crested Cardinal or Fringille Paroare
43 Pied-Breasted Oropendola or Cassique Huppe
45 Jamaica Oriole or Carouge Jamacaii
47 Blue Honey Creeper or Guit-Guit Aux Ailes Variees
49 Crimson Topaz Hummingbird or Colibri Topaze
51 Jacobin Hummingbird or Oiseau-Mouche a Collier
53 Ruby & Topaz Hummingbird or Oiseau-Mouche Rubis Topaze
55 Sappho Comet Hummingbird or Oiseau-Mouche Chatoyant
57 Brazilian Swallow-Tail Hummingbird or Oiseau-Mouche Hirondelle
59 Swainson's Royal Flycatcher or Platyrhynque Couronne
60 Reichnow's Motmot or Momot Houtou
Great gifts for bird lovers and Audubon clubs.
All our collector and rare items come with pages and pages of research about provenance, and with history of the tribes and photos as well, depending on item and whenever possible. When shipping internationally, we group ship multiple purchases to save you money, and find the best rates available.