Item #4872 Heroologia Anglica. hoc est clarissimorum et doctissimorum. aliqout [sic] Anglorum, qui floruerunt ab anno Cristi. M.D. vsq[ue] ad presentem annum M.D.C. XX viuæ effigies vitæ et elogia: duobus tomis. Authore. H.H. Anglo-Britanno. Henry Holland, Crispin van de Passe, Magdalena van de Passe, Willem van de Passe, artists, 1600- ca. 1638, 1598- ca. 1637.
Heroologia Anglica. hoc est clarissimorum et doctissimorum. aliqout [sic] Anglorum, qui floruerunt ab anno Cristi. M.D. vsq[ue] ad presentem annum M.D.C. XX viuæ effigies vitæ et elogia: duobus tomis. Authore. H.H. Anglo-Britanno.
Heroologia Anglica. hoc est clarissimorum et doctissimorum. aliqout [sic] Anglorum, qui floruerunt ab anno Cristi. M.D. vsq[ue] ad presentem annum M.D.C. XX viuæ effigies vitæ et elogia: duobus tomis. Authore. H.H. Anglo-Britanno.
Heroologia Anglica. hoc est clarissimorum et doctissimorum. aliqout [sic] Anglorum, qui floruerunt ab anno Cristi. M.D. vsq[ue] ad presentem annum M.D.C. XX viuæ effigies vitæ et elogia: duobus tomis. Authore. H.H. Anglo-Britanno.
Heroologia Anglica. hoc est clarissimorum et doctissimorum. aliqout [sic] Anglorum, qui floruerunt ab anno Cristi. M.D. vsq[ue] ad presentem annum M.D.C. XX viuæ effigies vitæ et elogia: duobus tomis. Authore. H.H. Anglo-Britanno.
Heroologia Anglica. hoc est clarissimorum et doctissimorum. aliqout [sic] Anglorum, qui floruerunt ab anno Cristi. M.D. vsq[ue] ad presentem annum M.D.C. XX viuæ effigies vitæ et elogia: duobus tomis. Authore. H.H. Anglo-Britanno.
Heroologia Anglica. hoc est clarissimorum et doctissimorum. aliqout [sic] Anglorum, qui floruerunt ab anno Cristi. M.D. vsq[ue] ad presentem annum M.D.C. XX viuæ effigies vitæ et elogia: duobus tomis. Authore. H.H. Anglo-Britanno.
Heroologia Anglica. hoc est clarissimorum et doctissimorum. aliqout [sic] Anglorum, qui floruerunt ab anno Cristi. M.D. vsq[ue] ad presentem annum M.D.C. XX viuæ effigies vitæ et elogia: duobus tomis. Authore. H.H. Anglo-Britanno.
Heroologia Anglica. hoc est clarissimorum et doctissimorum. aliqout [sic] Anglorum, qui floruerunt ab anno Cristi. M.D. vsq[ue] ad presentem annum M.D.C. XX viuæ effigies vitæ et elogia: duobus tomis. Authore. H.H. Anglo-Britanno.
Heroologia Anglica. hoc est clarissimorum et doctissimorum. aliqout [sic] Anglorum, qui floruerunt ab anno Cristi. M.D. vsq[ue] ad presentem annum M.D.C. XX viuæ effigies vitæ et elogia: duobus tomis. Authore. H.H. Anglo-Britanno.
Heroologia Anglica. hoc est clarissimorum et doctissimorum. aliqout [sic] Anglorum, qui floruerunt ab anno Cristi. M.D. vsq[ue] ad presentem annum M.D.C. XX viuæ effigies vitæ et elogia: duobus tomis. Authore. H.H. Anglo-Britanno.
Heroologia Anglica. hoc est clarissimorum et doctissimorum. aliqout [sic] Anglorum, qui floruerunt ab anno Cristi. M.D. vsq[ue] ad presentem annum M.D.C. XX viuæ effigies vitæ et elogia: duobus tomis. Authore. H.H. Anglo-Britanno.
Heroologia Anglica. hoc est clarissimorum et doctissimorum. aliqout [sic] Anglorum, qui floruerunt ab anno Cristi. M.D. vsq[ue] ad presentem annum M.D.C. XX viuæ effigies vitæ et elogia: duobus tomis. Authore. H.H. Anglo-Britanno.
Heroologia Anglica. hoc est clarissimorum et doctissimorum. aliqout [sic] Anglorum, qui floruerunt ab anno Cristi. M.D. vsq[ue] ad presentem annum M.D.C. XX viuæ effigies vitæ et elogia: duobus tomis. Authore. H.H. Anglo-Britanno.
Heroologia Anglica. hoc est clarissimorum et doctissimorum. aliqout [sic] Anglorum, qui floruerunt ab anno Cristi. M.D. vsq[ue] ad presentem annum M.D.C. XX viuæ effigies vitæ et elogia: duobus tomis. Authore. H.H. Anglo-Britanno.

Heroologia Anglica. hoc est clarissimorum et doctissimorum. aliqout [sic] Anglorum, qui floruerunt ab anno Cristi. M.D. vsq[ue] ad presentem annum M.D.C. XX viuæ effigies vitæ et elogia: duobus tomis. Authore. H.H. Anglo-Britanno.

Arnhem: Impensis Crispini Passaei Calcographus et Jansonii Bibliopae [i.e. At the expense of Crispijn van de Passe and Jan Jansson for Henry Holland], 1620.

Price: $14,500.00

Folio: 31 x 19.4 cm. [20], 240, [2] p. [4] added plates. Collation: “)(“10, A-V6, chi 1.

FIRST EDITION (The first "o" in the word "Herōologia” is a Greek omega.)

Bound in 19th c. crushed blue Morocco, ornately tooled with intricate, repeating tools with floral motifs (hinges and corners rubbed.) A fine, complete copy. There is a paper repair entering the text on C4r (no loss), marginal paper repairs to leaves D4, and V1-4 (not affecting the text); and a small rust hole in the margin of leaf Q2; lvs. 5 and 6, suppressed in some copies but present here, are discreetly re-margined at head (and possibly supplied.) The index leaf, supplied, has been re-margined at the top, with slight loss to the two words at the top. The engraving of Elizabeth’s tomb is tipped in, as are the portraits of Martin Frobisher (sig H), John Harrington (sig M), and John Bale (sig. O). The Huntington copy has an extra plate at the end, with English verses by John Davies (d. 1618) not present in any other copy examined. A variant has an unsigned leaf of poems signed I. Gruterus. Provenance: bookplate of William Foyle (1885-1963) (“W. A. Foyle, Beeleigh Abbey.”).

Illustrated with an engraved title page -with roundel map of England and views of London and the Thames- and 67 engravings: 35 monarchs, peers, and famous commoners (including explorers and poets), Queen Elizabeth’s tomb and Prince Henry’s hearse, as well as 30 portraits of famous divines. The biographies and portraits include Thomas More, King Henry VIII, Lady Jane Grey, Philip Sydney, Queen Elizabeth I, Robert Devereux, Earl of Essex (the queen’s favorite, ultimately beheaded for insurrection), William Tyndale, and notable navigators, explorers, and privateers: Thomas Cavendish, Sir Francis Drake, Martin Frobisher and John Hawkins, with short descriptions of their voyages.

The text was written by the printer-publisher Henry Holland, son of the great Elizabethan translator Philemon Holland (d. 1637). The plates were engraved by the siblings Willem (d. 1642) and Magdalena van de Passe (1600- ca. 1638), with the possible exception of the engraved title page, which might have been the work of their father, Crispin van de Passe I (1564-1637). That Willem and Magdalena were collaborators is proven in the ‘Carmen in Commendationem Libri Auctoris et Sculptorum’ (p. ix verso).

While the book, containing the first series of English portraits ever issued, was conceived and written by Holland, who also supplied the images from which the engravers would make their prints, the printing of the book was a joint venture paid for by Crispijn de Passe (then in Utrecht) and his frequent collaborator, the printer Jan Jansz. in Arnhem. The plates remained in De Passe’s inventory until his death in 1637.

In his post-preface Holland states that as far as he was able he obtained his portraits from contemporary paintings in oil. If it was objected that many other famous men might have been included in the volume, he excused himself on the grounds that he could not obtain a true likeness.

“The ‘Heroologia’ was a natural sequel to Holland’s ‘Baziliologia’(a series of royal portraits), which was also a collection of plates of notable personages but without text. In the ‘Heroologia’, Holland, who was again the promoter, if not strictly the publisher, planned a regular book with portrait illustrations and lives of those portrayed, written by himself, adding eulogies and, in the case of writers, lists of their works. While referring to illustrious men and women of earlier centuries, he limited his field to the reigns of Henry VIII, Edward VI, Mary I, and Elizabeth I. In the presentation of his book and the type of the portraits, he took as his model Jacob Vanderheiden’s “Praestantium Aliquot Theologorum qui Romanum Antichristum praecipue oppugnarunt Effigies et Elogia”(The Hague: 1602).

Note: a catalogue description pasted at front indicates that the index leaf comes from a reprint of the book made by Triphook. This is erroneous. There was no such reprint. In 1809, Triphook had Harding and Wright print a single leaf to accompany extant copies of the 1620 edition. The leaf was titled, "A list of the portraits in Holland's Herōologia and of the places whence taken, extracted from the margin of a copy formerly in the possession of P. Mariette," (London : Printed for R. Triphook ... by Harding and Wright .., 1809).

Franken, D. Van de Passe, 1356; ESTC S119103; STC 13582; Hind, Engraving in England in the sixteenth & seventeenth centuries, pp. 145–162; Lipperheide, F. Kat. der Kostümbibliothek, 974