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Ornatus Muliebris Anglicanus or The Severall Habits of English Women, from the Nobilitie. to the contry Woman, as they are in these times, Wenceslaus Hollar, Bohemus, fecit Londini Ao: 1640.

RA Collection: Book

Record number


Variant Title

Severall Habits of English Women


Cum privilegio Regis London: Printed & sould by I. Overton. without Newgat &tc, [between 1669 and 1707?]

Physical Description

T.pl., 25, [1] pl.; 183 mm.

Responsibility Note

Most prints are signed as made or designed by W. Hollar.


R. Pennington, A descriptive catalogue of the etched work of Wenceslaus Hollar (1982), no.1778-1803A, p.292-5; J. Burgers, Wenceslaus Hollar: seventeenth-century prints [exhibition catalogue] (1994).

Summary Note

The title-plate carries the publication-date of 1640; plates carry the dates of 1638, 1639, 1640. The imprint was originally simply 'Cum privilegio Regis'. In a second issue the words 'London Printed & sould by P. Stent without Newgat &tc' were added beneath this. In this third issue the words 'P. Stent' have been erased and replaced by 'I. Overton.' According to the British Book Trades Index John Overton traded from 1665 to 1707, and in 1669 settled in a shop just outside Newgate. A further five issues are described by R. Pennington.


A microfilm version was published in 1999 (London: British Library).

Copy Note

The title-plate and all plates have been pasted in. This copy has one additional, unnumbered plate at the end, showing a man bowing slightly (signed bottom right, 'Wentzel Hollar sculp.').

On the front loose endpaper has been pasted in an extract from a bookseller's printed catalogue, advertising this copy at the price of £3. 13s 6d.

Binding Note

19th-century green morocco; gilt-decorated spine, red morocco spine-label lettered 'Ornatus Muliebris Anglicanus - Hollar'.

Name as Subject



Costume - Dress - Women - Great Britain - History - 17th century
Pictorial works - Great Britain - 17th century


Wenceslaus Hollar, source artist, draughtsman, etcher
John Overton, intaglio printer, publisher, bookseller