Nova alphati effictio / Ein kunstliche Alphabet

Engraved by Unidentified artist, German, 17th century (German), After Johann Theodor de Bry (Netherlandish, 1561–1623), After Johann Israel de Bry (Netherlandish, before 1570–1611), Printer and Publisher Johann Bussemacher (German, active 1580–1613)

Place of Publication: Cologne, Germany

Catalogue Raisonné

Berlin 5282; Hollstein, Dutch and Flemish, IV, p. 37, nos. 171-95 (1595 ed.)


Overall: 26.4 x 19.2 x 1.3 cm (10 3/8 x 7 9/16 x 1/2 in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Set of engraved title page and 24 engravings

Not On View


Europe, Prints and Drawings


Illustrated books

(Cologne: Johann Bussemacher, 1613) Quarto; 25 leaves; contemporary (Spanish?) gilt- and blind-stamped brown morocco, rust cloth box.

Decorative alphabet

Cologne: Johann Bussemacher, 1613


Unidentified armorial binding; unidentified armorial bookplate (motto: Semper progrediens); H.P. Kraus, New York, from whom purchased by MFA, February 10, 1949.

Credit Line

William A. Sargent Fund