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COLLECTION Identifier: MS Typ 1254

Philip Hofer collection of woodcuts by Hans Holbein


Collection of cut woodcuts by Hans Holbein the Younger formed by curator and art historian, Philip Hofer.


  • circa 1518-1531 and undated


Language of Materials

English and Latin

Conditions Governing Access

Open for research.


.1 linear feet (1 box)

Collection includes title-page and alphabet woodcuts by Hans Holbein the Younger acquired piecemeal by Philip Hofer. Most are attached to carboard backing; many have annotations by Philip Hofer and others.

Biographical / Historical

Philip Hofer was an American book collector, art historian, and curator; he founded in 1938 and was the first curator of Harvard's Printing & Graphic Arts department (now part of the Houghton Library). He was a member of the Harvard class of 1921.


Arranged as received.

Physical Location

Harvard Depository

Immediate Source of Acquisition

2019MH-31. Bequest of Philip Hofer, 1984.

Processing Information

Processed by Melanie Wisner, 2019 March.

Hofer, Philip, 1898-1984, collector. Philip Hofer collection of woodcuts by Hans Holbein, circa 1518-1531 and undated (MS Typ 1254): Guide
Houghton Library, Harvard University
2019 March 15
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Repository Details

Part of the Houghton Library Repository

Houghton Library is Harvard College's principal repository for rare books and manuscripts, archives, and more. Houghton Library's collections represent the scope of human experience from ancient Egypt to twenty-first century Cambridge. With strengths primarily in North American and European history, literature, and culture, collections range in media from printed books and handwritten manuscripts to maps, drawings and paintings, prints, posters, photographs, film and audio recordings, and digital media, as well as costumes, theater props, and a wide range of other objects. Houghton Library has historically focused on collecting the written record of European and Eurocentric North American culture, yet it holds a large and diverse number of primary sources valuable for research on the languages, culture and history of indigenous peoples of the Americas, Africa, Asia and Oceania.

Houghton Library’s Reading Room is free and open to all who wish to use the library’s collections.

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