HOLLAR, Wenceslaus (1607-1677). Ornatus muliebris Anglicanus or The severall habits of English women, from the nobilitie to the contry woman. London: P. Stent, 1640 [but after 1643].
8° (138 x 74mm). 26 etched plates, with title-page, mounted one to each leaf in a quarto album (246 x 172mm). Green morocco gilt by Holloway, gilt turn-ins and edges (extremities lightly rubbed). Provenance: DCM (gilt monogram on front pastedown) -- Lot 285, Hodgson's Sale, November 11 1948, with a recorded price of £12 (tipped-in catalogue slip) -- John L. Nevinson (bookplate). Hollar's 26 plates of English gentlewomen were first published by Peter Stent in 1640 and were popular enough to be re-issued up to 1813. This is a mixed set with second issue title, the prints either being in Pennington's states ii or iii. Pennington notes that 'State ii with Stent's name dates at any time after 1643 when he seems to have begun print-selling ... State iii belongs to after 1665 when John Overton took over Stent's stock on the latter's death from the plague.' The small number of states over the many issues makes it impossible to date rebound sets any more accurately, Pennington observing that such sets are 'often with no necessary connection between the prints and the title.' Colas 1464; Hiler p. 443; Lipperheide Gca 3; Pennington 1778-1803.
Wenceslaus HOLLAR. An album containing 30 prints by Hollar, 4° (391 x 314mm), comprising a self-portrait [Pennant 1420 state vi], 6 etchings from the Theatrum Mulierum, 4 in state i (104 x 75mm) [Pennant 1882; 1884-1887, 1890], and 23 portrait busts of women in a circle etched by Hollar after [?] John Hoskins, dated London or Antwerp 1642-1647 (103 x 98mm), from a total of 37 in the 'Women's Heads in Circles' series [Pennant 1908-1944]. (One plate from the latter series browned, one with slight restoration at corner, another affected by small rust hole.) Green morocco gilt by Holloway, near uniform to the previous volume. Provenance: DCM (gilt monogram on front pastedown) -- Lot 286, Hodgson's Sale November 11 1948, purchased by Craddock & Barnard who removed 14 of the plates from the main series and added 6 from the Theatrum mulierum (ex Maxwell collection Glasgow) before selling the album to John L. Nevinson (see his note at end and loosely inserted correspondence; with Nevinson's bookplate and pencil annotations). The correspondence between the printsellers and Nevinson suggests that the removal of 14 of the Women's Heads was by mutual agreement owing to their inferior or damaged condition. Pennant and Nevinson evidently exchanged views about this striking series, the former noting in his iconography (p. 307) that 'Mr. J.L. Nevinson, an authority on costume prints, has suggested that many of these portraits may possibly be copies from plumbago miniatures by Hoskins and others. There are also several strong resemblances to figures in the preceding series [Theatrum mulierum], and it is a not unreasonable suggestion by Mr. Nevinson that some of these portraits may have preceded the smaller standing figures, that H. reduced them, and then fitted them on to bodies.' Colas 1465 & 1468; Lipperheide Ab5. (2)