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Monday 31 December 2018

Hans Holbein the Younger’s nine alphabet woodcuts, 1522

Hans Holbein the Younger (1497–1543)

“Nine woodcut majuscule letters featuring animals” (descriptive title only), 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:

Woodcut on laid paper with letterpress Latin text verso trimmed close to the image borderline.
Size of letter “Q”: (image borderline) 2.7 x 2.6 cm

Ref.: 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 inked and well printed early impressions showing minimal wear to the printing plate, trimmed with thread margins to the image borderline in excellent condition (i.e. there are no tears, holes, folds, abrasions, stains or foxing) with Latin text verso (as published).

I am selling this set of nine strong woodcut impressions executed in Michelangelo’s lifetime for AU$324 (i.e. AU$36 each) (US$228.64/EUR199.62/GBP178.93 at the time of this listing for the set) including postage and handling to anywhere in the world.

If you are interested in purchasing these amazing alphabet letters designed by one of the most famous portrait painters of the 16th century (see Holbein’s “Portrait of Henry VIII of England”), please contact me ( and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make the payment easy.

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