Antique Natural History Prints from Felix Guerin
Antique Natural History Prints
from Felix Guerin
(France, 1830s)
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These unique hand-colored engraved prints are from Dictionary of Natural History and Phenomena authored by the French entomologist Félix Guérin-Méneville (1799-1874).   In addition to his entomology work and authoring other natural history texts, Guérin was elected president of the Société entomologique de France for the year 1846.

The prints are noteworthy  for a number of reasons.  The subject of Guérin's work spanned both the animate (Birds, Fish, Plants) and inanimate (Geology) fields of Natural History.  On many plates there are combinations of more than one subject matter.  The subjects are usually placed in natural settings (versus many natural history prints of the period that just featured the subject).  And the detail is extraordinary - look at the Placama print (Plate 579) to spot the pink Flamigoes in the background!

Most of the prints are based on illustrations by Adolph Fries.


Price per print: Print Only:  $60
Matting Charge:  $20
Framing & Matting Charge:  $110
Dimensions: Print Only:  7 x 10-1/2 inches
Matted:  12 x 16 inches
Type of print: Original hand-colored engraving
Year: 1830s

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Mistletoe (No. 21820195)
Plate 195
Mistletoe and Guillemot

Jasmine (No. 21820267)
Plate 267
Jasmine and Fish (Croaker)
Insects (No. 21820308)
Plate 308
Locust and Moths
Mint (No. 21820346)
Plate 346
Mint and Fish (Mendola)


Nightshade (No. 21820500)
Plate 500
Nightshade and Insects

Pigeons (No. 21820543)
Plate 543
Plocama (No. 21820579)
Plate 579
Mice (No. 21820592)
Plate 592
Pepper and Mice