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- Series: Armamentarium Heroicum
The titlepage and four further sheets of prefatory text to the book by Jacob Schrenck 'Augustissimorum Imperatorum ... verissimae imagines ... quorum arma, aut integra, aut horum partes ... heroica facinora patrarunt ...', Innsbruck (Johannes Agricola) 1601
Woodcuts with an ornamental border with garlands, surrounding Latin letterpress, printed on both sides of the sheet
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Height: 495 millimetres
Width: 322 millimetres (sheet size)
- Curator's comments
- 'Augustissimorum Imperatorum ...' (also known as 'Armamentarium Heroicum') is the catalogue of the arms collection of 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 (mostly Hapbsburg) princes wshown with the surviving pieces of armour that they wore, 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 has the Latin edition of 1601, which was acquired as a book and subsequently taken apart and the prints distributed in the portrait series: for the whole run see 1871,0812.405 to 528. This entry covers the five pages of prefatory matter which were formerly kept separately; 1871,0812.405 is the frontispiece and the remaining items are the engraved full-length figures in armour.
These five pages are now placed together under Custos, in a wrapper with the frontispiece and some (but not all) of the portrait plates.
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