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Wednesday, 12 February 2020

Seven alphabet woodcuts designed by Hans Holbein the Younger, 1522


Hans Holbein the Younger (1497–1543)

Seven woodcut majuscule letters featuring animals, 1522, printed and possibly cut by Curio Valentine (fl.1522–34) in Basel according to the designs of Hans Holbein II (see the collection of these alphabet letters in the Victoria & Albert Museum: https://collections.vam.ac.uk/name/valentine-curio/AUTH339050/).

Woodcuts on laid paper with letterpress Latin text verso trimmed close to the image borderline and backed with separate support sheets.
Size of letter “T”: (image borderline) 2.7 x 2.7 cm

Reference: Oscar Jennings 1908, “Early woodcut initials; containing over thirteen hundred reproductions of ornamental letters of the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, selected and annotated by Oscar Jennings”, London, Methuen & Co., p.140.

Condition: well-printed impressions with a few abrasions, trimmed with thread margins and laid upon separate support sheets of archival (millennium quality) washi paper.

I am selling this set of seven woodcut impressions executed in Michelangelo’s lifetime for AU$252 (i.e. AU$36 each) (currently US$169.85/EUR155.52/GBP131 at the time of posting this listing) including postage and handling to anywhere in the world (but not, of course, any import duties/taxes imposed by some countries).

If you are interested in purchasing these amazing alphabet letters designed by one of the most famous portrait painters of the 16th century, please contact me (oz_jim@printsandprinciples.com) and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make the payment easy.









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