c1869 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
In five volumes complete. Encompassing numerous illustrious and historical figures from Henry VIII, Lady Jane Grey, Cardinal Pole and many of their contemporaries to Oliver Cromwell, Francis Bacon and culminating in more recent times with Charles James Foz and 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. With previous owner;s ink inscriptions dated 1869 to front free endpapers and front blanks of all volumes.
In a half calf binding with cloth covered boards. Externally, sound but with slight wear to extremities with some rubbing and ink marks to some boards and staining to boards of volume one. Internally, firmly bound but with a few pages detached to volume three. Bright but with slight scattered foxing in particular to plates, handling marks and with occasional tidemarks and stain to pages. With the occasional slight closed tear.
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