Teares of Ireland.
[And other engravings relating to the Civil War in England (1642-1649) and the execution of Charles I, King of England, (1600-1649)] /
Album bound in red leather embossed in gold leaf with gold and red spine. Bookplate on inside of front cover is a small oval in gold containing a picture of an open book with the words "animus non res", and around the border is "ex musaeo huthii". "Huthii" identifies the Huth Library which was formed by Henry Huth, (1815-1878), and inherited by Alfred Henry Huth, (1850-1910).
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[s.l.] : [s.n.], [between 1625 and 1725].
Inscribed in ink on title page: "Tears of Ireland. / by Cranford. / 12 Sheets in 24 Compartments / by Hollar in a proof state prior to their / being used for that very rare Tract / with the letter press on the back and / Printed in London by Cranford 1646 / 1646."
12 proofs in this album published as illustrations to "Teares of Ireland" by James Cranford, printed in 1642 by Alice Norton, (see LO 141), which is an account of the supposed atrocities carried out by the rebels against the Protestants. There are slight discrepancies between the proofs and the published illustrations. Proofs have letters and are laid out in sequential order whereas the published illustrations don't have letters. Composition of proofs differ also slightly in areas from the published prints which suggests that they were made from a different working plate.
Although 1646 is written on the title page, 9 of the prints in this album especially those of Charles I, were not printed till 1649 or after.
Physical description: 23 prints : engravings ; 20.7 x 17.2 cm..
12 proofs of the Irish Rebellion in 1641 which were published in "Teares of Ireland" attributed to Wenceslaus Hollar, (1607-1677). Possible attribution to him as engraver of the last print in album which depicts the Thirty Years War (1618-1648) in Bohemia.
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