Album amicorum habitibus mulierum omniu[m] nationu[m] Europæ, tum tabulis ac scutis vacuis in æs incisis adornatum, ut uisque et sÿmbola et insignia sua gentilitia in ijs depingi commode curare possit
Louvain, Jan Baptist Zangrius, 1601
A rare suite of engravings of female costume accompanied by blank escutcheons with elaborate crests and mantling, intended for blazoning as coats of arms. The title prescribes its use as an “album amicorum”: new acquaintances and friends of the owner were to choose a print, and fill in the template with their coat of arms; sententiae could also be added to the image, as well as a signature and date. Our copy is atypical in containing none of the autographed pages that make up other alba. It was adapted for a different purpose: the prints were interleaved, and French lyric verse entered instead on the blank pages by a courting couple.