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Theatru¯ Mulierum, sive Varietas atq; Differentia Habituum Fœminei Sexus, diversorum Europæ Nationum hodierno Tempore vulgo in usu, a Wenceslao Hollar, etc. Bohemo, delineatæ et aqua forti æri sculptæ

RA Collection: Book

Record number


Variant Title

Varietas atque Differentia Habituum Fœminei Sexus
Theatrum Mulierum


Londini: Ao 1643 - [i.e. 1663 or later], W H

Physical Description

T.pl., [24] leaves carrying 48 pl.; 233 mm.

Responsibility Note

Most prints are signed as made, or drawn and engraved, by W. Hollar. Plate 24 is signed as drawn by I: van Graenhals and made by W. Hollar.


R. Pennington, A descriptive catalogue of the etched work of Wenceslaus Hollar (1982), no. 1804-1907, p.297-307.

Summary Note

The title-plate has been pasted in. It carries the publication-date of 1643; but plates carry the dates of 1642, 1643, 1644 or 1663.

Each print is captioned in Latin at the foot; some are also captioned in English at the head.


The front pastedown carries the armorial bookplate of 'E.F. Stratton Reader'. The verso of the front loose endpaper is inscribed in pencil, 'S:A:H', i.e. S.A. Hart, librarian of the Royal Academy 1864-81.

Copy Note

The title-plate has been pasted in. Between the title plate and the plates is a leaf inscribed in ink on its recto, 'Costvmes - Of · The - Seventeenth · Centvry - Engraved by - Winceslavs Hollar - 1643-1663 -'. A preliminary leaf carries a faint, illegible inscription.

Binding Note

19th-century half white vellum, marbled-papered boards; gilt-decorated spine, green morocco spine-label lettered 'Hollar Costumes', spine lettered '1643'.

Name as Subject



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


Wenceslaus Hollar, source artist, draughtsman, etcher
Edward Francis Stratton Reader, previous owner
I. van Graenhals