THE KINGS OF ENGLAND, first edition 1677, by Francis Sandford, illustrations by Wenceslaus Hollar, 60 stunning full page engravings in FOLIO. A FINE BOOK and COMPLETE, 344 years old. Rare edition, the illustrated history of the british monarchy between 1066 and 1677.
The illustrations are amazing, fresh, detailed and engraved by Wenceslaus Hollar, a master of the art of etching, an intaglio technique that was not developed until the beginning of the 16th century, as a less laborious way of achieving an image on a copper plate. Hollar exploited the technique of etching to its fullest, recording even the tiniest details with great economy and clarity. He was able to portray complicated architectural compositions and grand structures. No more than a couple of hundred images can be printed from an etched plate before the overall image becomes indistinct.
Title: A genealogical HISTORY OF THE KINGS OF ENGLAND, and Monarchs of Great Britain, &c. From the Conquest, Anno 1066, to the Year, 1677. In Seven Parts or Books. Containing a Discourse of their Several Lives, Marriages, and Issues, Times of Birth, Death, Places of Burial, and Monumental Inscriptions...Publisher: Thomas Newcomb, London [Savoy], 1677. First Edition.
Size: Height 37.0 x Width 24.5 cm (14.6 by 9.7 inches).
Description: Folio, 1 blank leaf + 6 unnumbered leaves for title page, dedicatory and preface, + 578 pages, + 5 unnumbered leaves for index + 1 errata leaf + 1 blank leaf. 55 engraved full page plates and 5 double-page plates, together with dozens illustrations in the text, some half-page or more. Thick and heavy paper, pages and plates are clean, occasional light spotting and browning, but this doesn't affect illustrations and text. Modern hardcover, in very goood condition, solid and firm, spine lettered in gilt with gilt rules. The illustrations are amazing, fresh and clean, engraved by Wenceslaus Hollar, Francis Barlow, & Richard Gaywood. This first edition is thought to have the best impressions of the plates. All pages and illustrations are present. COMPLETE & VERY RARE FIRST EDITION.
References: Allibone II, 1926; Lowndes III, 2187; Wing S-651; ESTC r8565; New Hollstein (Hollar) VIII. 2351-2370; Moule, CCLXXVI "excellent"; Antony Griffiths (London 1983) Wenceslaus Hollar: prints and drawings from the collections of the National Gallery, Prague, and the British Museum; Gillian Tindall, The Man Who Drew London: Wenceslaus Hollar in reality and imagination (London 2002); Johannes Urzidil, Hollar, a Czech émigré in England (London 1942).
Illustrator: Wenceslaus Hollar (1607-1677) was born Vaclav Hollar in the city of Prague, a prolific and accomplished Bohemian graphic artist of the 17th century, who spent much of his life in England. He is particularly noted for his engravings and etchings, in 1627 he was in Frankfurt where he was apprenticed to the renowned engraver Matthäus Merian. He is known to German speakers as Wenzel Hollar. In 1630 he lived in Strasbourg, Mainz and Koblenz, where Hollar portrayed the towns, castles, and landscapes of the Middle Rhine Valley. His first book of etchings was published in 1635 in Cologne when Hollar was twenty-eight. Hollar was in London during the Great Fire of 1666, and remains most famous for his scenes of the city before and after the fire, and other cityscapes such as his 1649 Great View of Prague. Hollar was one of the most skilled etchers of his or any other time, he had produced some 2700 separate etchings, you can see them in the "Wenceslaus Hollar - Digital Collection" by University of Toronto Library https://hollar.library.utoronto.ca/
Author: Francis Sandford (1630-1694), was an Anglo-Irish herald and genealogist. Rouge Dragon pursuivant in the College of Arms (1661). In 1666, when attending King Charles II at Oxford, he studied in the Bodleian Library, and he was appointed Lancaster Herald on 16 November 1676. Sandford was a herald whose major work was a royal genealogy produced under Charles II, but later he became attached to James, resigning on the arrival of William and Mary.
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- Number of Books
- Art, Genealogy, Heraldry, History, Illustrated, Religion, War history
- Author/ Illustrator
- Wenceslaus Hollar & Francis Sandford
- Book Title
- History of the Kings of England
- Very good
- Publication year oldest item
- 1st Edition
- Original language
- Thomas Newcomb
- Binding/ Material
- Limited edition, Signed by illustrator
- Number of pages
- 37×24.5 cm