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    Hollar's Extraordinary Engraved Illustrations
    of Butterflies

    Wenceslaus Hollar [Wenzel Vaclav]. Muscarum Scarabeorum Vermiunq(ue) Varie Figure & Formae, omnes primo ad vivum coloribus depictae & ex Collectione Arundeliana... Antwerp: [Schenk], 1646. First edition, second state (with numbers). Oblong octavo. Tipped into a circa nineteenth century paper-covered album with leather titling label lettered in gilt. Etched title and eight etched plates of twelve, (lacking the three last plates). Very minor foxing, else fine condition. Our set has the first issue title-page with no publisher's name but the plates are numbered in the second state format. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.
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    Wenceslaus Hollar (1607-1677), was an etcher born in Prague but he lived most of his life in England. "It was in 1636 that he attracted the notice of the famous nobleman and art collector Thomas, earl of Arundel, then on an embassy to the imperial court. Employed as a draftsman he travelled with Arundel to Vienna and Prague, and finally in 1637 returned with him to England where he was to remain for many years." [Wikipedia]

    "It was intended that Hollar, who had lodgings in Arundel House, should reproduce paintings and drawings belonging to the earl and countess of Arundel... in 1644 he moved to Antwerp [because of the turmoil caused by the civil war]. There he joined the artists' Guild of St Luke as a free master, and by 1648 his friend from Frankfurt, the Arundels' art curator Hendrick van der Borcht the younger, was able to write to John Evelyn that Hollar "is very much esteemed in these parts and Especially in Antwerp where he is now dwelling. Many Lovers of arts make Collections of all his works" (Harding, 41). To meet this demand Hollar turned for inspiration to his sketchbooks and the Arundel collections, now being dispersed. He produced copies of paintings and drawings by Holbein, Adam Elsheimer, Dürer, and Leonardo da Vinci, topographical and architectural prints - including, most importantly, the Long View of London from Bankside (1647) and the Long View of Prague (1649) - portraits, ships, a rare set of shells, sets of butterflies, and much more..." [ODNB].

    Our set has the first issue title-page with no publisher's name but the plates are numbered in the second state format.

    Penington/Parthay 2164; 2175, 2173; 2166; 2171; 2168; 2174; 2170; 2172. Nissen ZBI 1981. Horn & Schenkling 19604. Hagen I, 376. From the Krown & Spellman Collection. Please visit HA.com/6127 for an extended description of this lot.



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    August, 2015
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