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A Description Of The Works Of the ingenious Delineator and Engraver Wenceslaus Hollar, Disposed Into Classes of Different Sorts; With some Account of His Life. By George Vertue, A Member of the Society of Antiquaries. The Second Edition, with Additions.

George Vertue

RA Collection: Book

Record number

07/2613

Author

Imprint

London,: Printed for William Bathoe, at his Circulating Library in the Strand, near Exeter Exchange., 1759.

Physical Description

vi, 151, [1] p., frontis.; 232 mm. (Folio.)

Contents

[Frontis., t.p., dedic.] - [Text].

Responsibility Note

The frontispiece and in-text illustrations are unsigned.

The work is dedicated by G. Vertue to 'Margaret-Cavendish-Holles Bentinck, Dutchess of Portland'.

References

ESTC, T14147
R.T. Godfrey, Wenceslaus Hollar, a Bohemian artist in England (1994)
R. Pennington, A descriptive catalogue of the etched work of Wenceslaus Hollar, 1607-1677 (1982).
V. Denkstein, Hollar drawings (1979).

Summary Note

The catalogue is followed by a note, 'Mr. Wenceslaus Hollar's Ground for Etching in Copper or Brass; with his Directions how to use it', 'The Life Of Wenceslaus Hollar, Engraver' and a note on a monumental inscription to Hollar.

The frontispiece shows 'A Table of Hollar's Works divided into Classes, to distinguish the Several Dimentions of the Prints', at the top of which is a view of London.

The title-page vignette shows a portrait of Wenceslaus Hollar (after a painting by Jan Meyssens) with heraldic crests. One headpiece shows a view of Prague; another, a bust surrounded by books, prints and other engraved matter. The tailpiece which ends the work shows a monumental inscription to Hollar. The work is further decorated with small tailpieces.

Reproductions

An electronic reproduction was published in 2003 (Farmington Hills, Mich.: Thomson Gale). A microfilm version was published in 1986 (Woodbridge, CT: Research Publications).

Binding Note

20th-century half calf, marbled-papered boards; red morocco spine-label lettered 'Vertues Works Of Hollar'.

Name as Subject

Subject

Drawings - Engravings - Etchings - Draughtsmen - Engravers - Etchers - Artists - Europe - Germany - Netherlands - Great Britain - History - 17th century
Catalogues - Biography - Great Britain - 18th century

Contributors

William Bathoe, publisher
Johannes Meyssens, source artist