Australian animals by followers of the explorers

Decorative prints
Australian animals by followers of the explorers

Short of the plates from the explorers’ own books, some of the most charming early prints of Australian wildlife come from the natural history books produced in the second quarter of the 19th Century.

The most authoritative of these was Baron Cuvier’s Oeuvres complètes de Buffon … suivies de deux volumes sur les progrès des sciences physiques et naturelles depuis la mort de Buffon [Complete works of Buffon.. supplemented with two volumes on the progress of natural history since his death]. Buffon had written the first major natural history book 50 years earlier and there had been many new discoveries, including those from New Holland. His book was published by Delangle frères, Paris, from 1827-1828. The plates are 95 x 168 mm and are in fine original hand colour. They are in excellent condition, except for the minor blemishes mentioned in the captions.

The images were re-engraved on a larger scale  for René Primevère Lesson’s Compléments de Buffon [complementary additions to Buffon], published by Pourrat frères, Paris 1838.  The plates are 140 x 220 mm, with fine original hand colour and in  excellent condition.

The images are derived from those by Lesueuer in the report of Baudin’s expedition and the Koala from Ferdinand  Bauer (the illustrator on Flinders’ circumnavigation of Australia). These same images were re-engraved for many other publications over the following 60 years. We offer here two further examples, also in excellent condition and in original hand colour.

Please click on the images below for enlargements.

 

 

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 ZA 039 Koala by Antoine – Charles Vauthier, from Cuvier’s Oeuvres complètes de Buffon. Very good condition (soiling along bottom of bottom margin) $A 180

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ZA 048 Le Kangourou elegant [Hare Wallaby] by Antoine – Charles Vauthier, from Cuvier’s Oeuvres complètes de Buffon … Very good condition (soiling along bottom of bottom margin.)  $A 125

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ZA 050 le Kangourou laineux (Eastern Grey Kangaroo with close ups of its feet) by Antoine – Charles Vauthier, from Cuvier’s Oeuvres complètes de Buffon … Excellent condition.  $A 125

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ZA 059 Le Kangourou rouge [Red Kangaroo –but the same image is labelled Eastern Grey Kangaroo in Cuvier’s book]) from Compléments de Buffon by René Primevère Lesson. Very good condition (several tiny foxing spots, slight wrinkling along one outer edge).  $A 120

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ZA 055 Le Koala d’aprés Griffith from Compléments de Buffon by René Primevère Lesson. Excellent condition.  $A200

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ZA 058 Phalanger de Cook [Ring-tailed possum] from Compléments de Buffon by René Primevère Lesson. Good condition (3 spots away from image, slight wrinkling, just touching edge of image). $A120

 

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ZA 051 Le Potouroo (with paws and skull) from Cuvier’s Oeuvres complètes de Buffon … Very good condition (soiling along bottom of bottom margin) Very good condition (soiling along bottom of bottom margin) $A125

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ZA 053 Echidnée Austral [Echidna] from Compléments de Buffon by René Primevère Lesson, Excellent condition $A200

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ZA 054 Thylacine de Harris [Tasmanian tiger] from Compléments de Buffon by René Primevère Lesson Excellent condition $A 250

 

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ZA 056 Ornithorhynque paradoxal [Platypus] from Compléments de Buffon by René Primevère Lesson. Excellent condition $A200

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ZA 057 Le Potouroo (with paws and skull) from Compléments de Buffon by René Primevère Lesson. Good condition (fold across top, smudge near potoroo’s snout) $A150

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ZA 068 Dasyure viverrin (Native cat aka Eastern quoll) from Compléments de Buffon … hand coloured excellent condition $A125