c1860 Portraits of Illustrious Personages of Great Britain Engraved From Authentic Pictures in the Galleries of the Nobility, and the Public Collections of the Country With Biographical and Historical Memoirs of their Lives and Actions
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Illustrated, Leather Binding
Five volumes bound in three, complete. Encompassing numerous illustrious and historical figures from Elizabeth of York, Henry VIII and many of their contemporaries to Oliver Cromwell, Charles II and culminating in more recent times with Arthur Wellesley, Duke of Wellington. Sir Edmund Lodge, KH (1756 - 1839), herald, was a long-serving English officer of arms, a writer on heraldic subjects, and a painstaking supplier of short, accurate biographies. Lodge wrote Illustrations of British History, Biography, and Manners in the Reigns of Henry VIII, Edward VI, Mary, Elizabeth and James I. He also wrote Life of Sir Julius Caesar. His most important work on heraldry was The Genealogy of the Existing British Peerage. Lodge contributed the literary matter to Portraits of Illustrious Personages of Great Britain, an elaborate work of which a popular edition is included in Bohn's Illustrated Library. Engravings produced by John Tallis and Company, London and New York, and The London Printing and Publishing Company.
In half calf bindings with cloth covered boards. Externally, sound but with wear to extremities with slight rubbing and the odd mark to boards. Rear joint cracked with backstrip starting to lift to first volume, joints stating to second volume, front joint starting to third volume. Internally, firmly bound. Generally bright but with slight age toning to some pages and with the odd spot, mark and tidemarks to some pages, predominantly plates. With previous owner's initialled ink stamp to recto to rear free endpapers.
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