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A Display of Heraldrie:

Manifesting a more easie access to the knowledge thereof than that beene hirtherto published by any, through the benefit of Method

Together with his owne Addition of explaining the Termes of Hawking and Hunting, for the use and delight of Gentlemen

By John Guillim

1638 - London - Jacob Blome

11.5" by 7.75", (14), 167, 170-408pp

 

DETAILS

An uncommon third edition of John Guillim's A Display of Heraldrie.

Bound in early calf leather.

One of the best editions of Guillim. Not the best condition but priced accordingly. Can command up to $2000

The Third Edition, Corrected and much enlarged by the Author himself during his lifetime.

Pages 168-169 omitted from pagination.

Pages 409-433 being the section Hawking and Hunting are not present.

Several of the coats of arms have been hand-coloured.

Guillim's Display of Heraldrie, of which there were further posthumous enlarged editions, was to remain the standard textbook on English heraldry until the second half of the eighteenth century, and it is still regularly used by working heralds in the twenty-first century. (DNB)

John Guillim, c.1565 1621, was an antiquarian and officer of arms at the College of Arms in London. He is, perhaps, best remembered for his monumental work A Display of Heraldry which was first published in London in 1610. Guillim was educated at Brasenose College in Oxford University. The first record of his involvement with heraldry is the Earl Marshal's warrant, dated 23 February 1604, permitting him to bear the tabard of the Portsmouth Pursuivant Extraordinary. From Michaelmas 1613, he was receiving a salary from the College of Arms, though his official appointment as Rouge Croix Pursuivant of Arms in Ordinary was not made until 1618. As the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography tells us, Guillim began writing his one work, and the reason for his subsequent deserved fame, A Display of Heraldrie, in 1595 In 1611 Guillim's Display of Heraldrie was published...It contained 283 folio pages and more than 500 woodcuts of shields in the text, illustrating the arms of named families and early seventeenth-century office-holders.

CONDITION

The binding is generally tight and firm. The first and last pages are partially detached. The front board is detached. The rear board is held by one cord only, and could possibly detach in the post even after careful packaging. There is significant wear to the extremities, including significant bumping and rubbing, with loss to the leather on the rear board. Internally the pages have browning to the page edges and the very occasional spot and handling and ink marks. There are occasional browned watermarkings to the page edges. Page 408, has two closed tears. The title page and last page have significant browning and several chips to the page edges. Several pages throughout have small closed tears. There is a large heraldic symbol and an institutional label on the front pastedown, with ink inscriptions to the front and rear pastedowns. There are occasional marginal ink inscriptions throughout the text. Overall the condition is good only.

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