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Antique Books 4

Book, The Heads of Illustrious Persons of Great Britain, With their Lives and Characters, by Thomas Birch
Engraved by Mr. Houbraken, and Mr. Vertue, Printed by Knapton, London, 1747
One hundred and eight copper plates

Jacobus Houbraken was a Dutch engraver, who was born in Dordrecht. He learned the art of engraving from his father, Arnold Houbraken (1660-1719), and devoted himself almost entirely to portraiture. His work became famous through his collaboration with the historian Thomas Birch and artist George Vertue, on the project entitled, Heads of Illustrious Persons of Great Britain, published in parts in London from 1743 to 1752.
The calf boards measure 16.5 by 10 5/8”; raised bands with gilt ruling, morocco lettering pieces, marbled endpapers Present are finely engraved portraits of British luminaries from the 14th to 18th centuries. Included are literary icons such as Geoffrey Chaucer, John Milton, William Shakespeare, Ben Jonson, John Dryden and Alexander Pope; royal personages including Henry VIII and various of his queens (but oddly not his daughter, Queen Elizabeth); men of science and philosophy, among them Francis Bacon, Isaac Newton, William Harvey and Robert Boyle; adventurers Francis Drake and Walter Raleigh; and politicians and nobility too numerous to count. Each portrait is accompanied by a biographical sketch on following leaf. Excellent condition.



Engraving, Declaration of Independence
From Barnard's New Complete and Authentic History of England
Circa 1781 to 1783 - SOLD

Dimensions: 12.75 by 18-inches framed, sight size: 8.25 by 13.5-inches.
Framed and in acid free mats, very good condition with some very light stains and a repaired tear at the top. Not examined out of the frame.

913-57 - SOLD

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