François Levaillant

Histoire Naturelle des Perroquets

Complete set

Histoire naturelle des Perroquets

From 1801-1805, François Levaillant and Jacques Barraband collaborated on the world’s best-known natural history work about parrots, Histoire Naturelle des Perroquets.

In this work, the birds seem to glow on the paper, giving off an inner vitality that comes from a brilliant use of color, a near-perfect rendering of feathers, and a breathtaking mastery of the printing process.

Barraband collaborated with Louis Bouquet and Langlois to create the engravings. The plates were then inked à la poupée (several of the same plates were inked with different colors carefully applied one over the other, as in modern color printing) then pulled from the press. Tonalities and shading were then added by hand.

historic giclée prints. Complete set Histoire naturelle des Perroquets - Francois Levaillant
Historic giclée prints. Complete set Histoire Naturelle des Perroquets Francois Levaillant

Own your own collection

Now Heritage Prints offers you the chance to own a complete set of Levaillant’s Histoire naturelle des Perroquets, with high-quality giclée prints that are identical to the originals in size, color, and tone.

A complete set of vol 1 includes: 

  • 1 title page
  • 1 content page
  • 72 prints after the hand-colored originals
  • 1 handcrafted Solander Box embossed with gold lettering  
  • A certificate of authenticity

Publication: Histoire naturelle des Perroquets.

Author: François Levaillant (1753-1824)

Artist: Jacques Barraband (1767-1809)

Published: Paris, 1804

A complete set of vol 1 includes: 
1 title page
1 content page
72 prints
Certificate of authenticity

Vol 1: 72 prints
Vol 2: 72 prints

Casing: The complete set will be cased in an elegant handcrafted Solander Box covered in special linen embossed with golden lettering.

You may choose your own color of the boxes and your own lettering.

Size of the prints: 13.4 x 21 inches (34 x 53 cm).

Durability: to ensure the durability, the giclée’s are printed on acid-free white etching paper (270 g/m2) with archival ink.

Quality: these prints were  photographed using the latest technology, with a color-checker color matched to the original illustration and then reproduced at the original plate size. Printed in the highest possible resolution, these prints are indistinguishable from the originals when glazed and framed.

Limited Edition: The edition will be limited to 50 sets, numbered 1/50H to 50/50H, signed and stamped with a blind embossing.

Shipping and delivery: Read more about shipping and delivery in our FAQ .

Limited Edition

We know how special it is to own a piece from your favorite artist; a piece that will be a real talking point in your home.

That is why each edition is limited to just 50 prints. These are numbered from 1/50 to 50/50H and are signed and stamped with a blind embossing.

So when you choose prints from Heritage Prints, you know your artwork has been printed with great care and in limited numbers, making it a print only a select few will own.


When you invest in our prints or collections, you will receive a certificate of authenticity.

This provides a lasting record of your artwork and gives you valuable certification if you ever wish to sell or bestow your collection in the future.

Solander box

When investing in a complete set, our Solander box is the perfect place to store your collection.

The box is covered with library buckram cloth and is fitted with a card holder to the spine with attaché fasteners.

This elegant, high-quality box is designed especially for keeping your prints safe and in perfect condition – yet you can still easily look at them whenever you wish.

Certificate of autenticity and certified Art Giclée Print Heritage Prints

Levaillant - Histoire Naturelle des Perroquets - view prints below

Heritage Prints has a master copy of many images. But we do not have every certified facsimile giclee print in stock. 

If you cannot find a specific work on our website, please contact us directly and we will start the rigorous process of printing your individual facsimile.