1724 A Display of Heraldry
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Illustrated, Leather Binding
The sixth edition of this work.
ESTC citation number T140947.
Illustrated with a frontispiece, sixty-four plates, and in-text engravings.
Register runs as a2, *b2, *c1, a-e2, f1, A4, B3, C2, D1, B-Kkk4, Lll-Ppp2, A-Dd4, Ee2, Ff-Mm4, A-D4, E-K2, L1, A-B4, C5.
A monumental work on heraldry, which was first published in 1610.
'A Display of Heraldry' illustrates the arms of named families and early seventeenth-century office holders.
This work remained the standard on English heraldry until the second half of the eighteenth century, and is still used by working herald in the twenty-first century.
'A Display of Heraldry' is divided into six sections, the first of which looks at the origins of heraldry, the second on the basic divisions of the shield, the third describing natural changes compared to man-made changes, which are in the fourth section, the fifth section on patterned coats without a predominant tincture, and the sixth with marshalling of arms.
There was some debate where Guillim was the true author, or whether it was by John Barkham, the Dean of Bocking in Essex. It was rumoured that Barkham gave the work to Guillim to publish as it was too frivolous of a subject to publish himself. However the claim was refuted.
John Guillim was an antiquarian, best known for this work. He was also an officer of arms at the College of Arms in London.
Bookplate of F. J. W. Crowe to the front pastedown. Bookplate of Dr. G. B. Westwood to the recto to the front endpaper.
In a full calf binding, rebacked with the original boards restored. Externally, generally smart, with some rubbing and a little loss of leather to the boards and spine. Minor bumping to the head and tail of the spine and to the extremities. Small crack to the tail of the rear joint. Bookplate to the front pastedown. Bookplate to the recto to the front endpaper. Internally, firmly bound. Pages are lightly age-toned and generally clean with a few spots. Frontispiece has been reinforced, with only a few small amount of torn loss to the text. Small tidemark to the fore edge of the first few leaves. Tidemark to roughly the second half of the book, getting heavier throughout. Repair to the head of leaves e1 and e2 of the first section, with more repairs to f1, no loss, only a little close trimming. Leaves Y3, Y2, Ee2, and Ee3 of the first section with a small tape repair to the head, with a small chip to the margin of leaf Y3. Small tape repair to the margin of leaf Ff1 of the first section. Verso of leaf Ii2 and recto of leaf Ii3 of the first section has a prior owner's colouring in of two crests in a mustard yellow. Small tape repair to the verso of leaf Xx2 of the first section, leaf is a little cropped to the tail but does not affect text. Leaves Hhh2 and Hhh3 reinforced to the margins, with no loss. Small tape repair to leaf G3 of the second section. Small tape repair to the tail of leaf H2, K4, and M4 of the second section.
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