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- Series: Armamentarium Heroicum
Frontispiece: portrait of Archduke Ferdinand II of Austria, in an oval frame, flanked by Virtues in an architectural border. 1601 c.
Verso: An ornamental border with garlands, surrounding Latin letterpress. 1601 c.
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Height: 437 millimetres (plate-mark)
Height: 496 millimetres
Width: 239 millimetres
Width: 323 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- 'Augustissimorum Imperatorum ... regum... verissimae imagines..' (also known as 'Armamentarium Heroicum') is the catalogue of the arms collection Archduke Ferdinand II kept at Ambras castle; it was first published in Innsbruck in 1601. It was illustrated with a frontispiece and 125 portraits of European princes in full armour, with decorative surroundings. The plates were engraved by Dominicus Custos after designs by Giovanni Battista Fontana. Each plate was accompanied by a short biographical text on the former owner of the armour, written by Jacob Schrenk von Notzing.
A German translation of the book (by J. E. Noyse von Campenhouten) was published in 1603 under the title 'Der aller Durchleuchtigisten und Grossmächtigen Kayser, Durchleuchtigisten unnd Großmächtigen Königen...'.
A third edition including 123 plates was issued in Innsbruck in 1605.
The BM keeps plates from a Latin edition, reg, Nos. 1871,0812.405 to 528.
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