Jakob Schrenck von Notzing (1539-1614) was a Bavarian nobleman and historian in the Austrian service of Duke Ferdinand II of Tyrol, who commissioned Schrenck von Notzing to create a picture book of his collection of armor. The Augburg engraver Dominicus Custos made the illustrations based on designs by Giovanni Battista Fontana.

Armor, from Der Aller durchleuchtigisten und grosma chtigen Kayser published in 1603. A copy of this set of woodcuts is in the Metropolitan Museum of Art “…the finest ancient illustration of armor in existence.”  OD 19 1/2″ x 13 7/8″,  plate 17″ x 11 9/16″. Copper engraving. Annotations in old sepia ink of plate number 117 and handwritten title in sepia at foot of image.