The Mad Librarian - We sell both scarce and decorative antiquarian books and first editions on all subjects. We offer a full money back guarantee and post out the next working day. All books are very carefully packed. Home of the Mad Librarian
Rooke Books - Scarce and decorative antiquarian books and first editions on all subjects | Rare Books
0 items
£0.00
View
Price: £435.00

  

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.

ADD TO BASKET

Price: £435.00


What Our Customers Say...

Mary, Ireland

It arrived! Thank you so much for following up - one happy reader tomorrow for his birthday!

Barbra, UK

I will certainly not hesitate to use your company in the future if I am looking for something special and thank you for a very happy buying experience.

Copyright © 2009 Rooke Books
Bespoke Software Development BathBespoke Software Development Bath

Telephone

+44 (0)1225 448831

Email

sales@rookebooks.com

What Our Customers Say...

I received the books in perfect order. They are in great shape and I'm sure that my friend will be thrilled to receive them on her birthday. I'm happy with my purchase and am looking forward to buying more books from you.Thank you so much for all the work you've done to make this possible!

Dmitrii, Russia

Just received the books and your very kind accompanying letter. They are fantastic and I’m very impressed with how quickly I got them. Many thanks for all your help and I look forward to buying more gems off you!

Peter, UK

 Just to let you know the order was delivered today - in pristine condition!

Peter, Australia

My book was delivered safely not five minutes ago and I am delighted with it. At the age of almost 79 my years of enjoyment may be slightly limited, but one of my six grandsons, at the age of 11, is showing the same interest in books that I have had since first I learned to read, and in due course he will inherit some of these old gems.

Michael, UK

Folklore and Folktales

With the establishment of the printed book as a technology, there...

The Errington Divorce Case

We always enjoy showcasing our interesting and obscure works....

The Literary City of Bath

Few cities in the world are lucky enough to have the same literary...

Charlotte Brontë

 Saturday the 21st April marks 202 years since the birth...

Edmond Rostand

  The 1st of April is more commonly associated with...

Bath Book Fair

  Next Saturday, 7th April, is the P.B.F.A...

The Illustrations of Hugh Thomson

The Illustrations of Hugh Thomson  This month we are focusing...

Books for Spring

  As the days get longer and we get closer to spring, we've...

W H Auden

  The 21st February marks 111 years since the birth of...

Asprey, Zaehnsdorf and the Romanovs

     The fall of Imperial Russia and the...

Sangorski & Sutcliffe

They say 'Never Judge a Book by its Cover', but this month we're...

Foredge Friday

 If you follow our social media feeds then you will know...

Ronald Searle

This week we are focusing upon the British artist and satirical...

Festive Works...

 With Christmas fast approaching, we have had a look at...

Book of the Week: 'The Bookseller of Kabul'

 We add many new listings to our website on a weekly basis....

Cooking and Baking

 With the ‘Great British Bake Off’ entering...

New in November...

We are constantly adding new works to our collection, and have...

Author Feature: Angela Carter

 This week we shall be focusing on a specific author. Known...

Bath Book Fair

 Next Saturday, 21st October, is the P.B.F.A Bath...

The Occult and Occultism

This week we are going to take a look at some of our works from...

Alfred Tennyson

 Today marks the 125th anniversary of Alfred Tennyson’s...

New in October...

Here are just a few examples of the many new books that have...

Banned Books Week

  The 24th-30th September marks 'Banned Books Week'....

Arthur Rackham

 The 19th September marks the 150th birthday of celebrated...

D H Lawrence

 The 11th September marks the birth of David Herbert Lawrence....

The Great Fire of London

 Tuesday 5th September marked the anniversary of the...

The History of Magic

Yesterday marked #19yearslater. For the muggles among us, the...

Recently added to our library...

          1970 The Journals...

Crime Fiction and Agatha Christie

 Agatha Christie is the best-selling female novelist of...

Educational Children's Books

 With the advancement of printing technology and the production...

Typography, Baskerville and the Oscars

 This post shall begin with a tenuous link to a seemingly...

The World's Fair and Great Exhibition

 In 1851 London hosted an international exhibition in Hyde...

William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare is a man who generally needs no introduction....

Winnie-The-Pooh Day and A A Milne

 Last week, the 18th January marked National 'Winnie -the-Pooh...

Blue Monday

Feeling a little downcast today? You’re not the only one....

Cosy Tales

 Given this chilly December air we have decided to discuss...

Science Fiction

 Last week the world saw the ‘supermoon’. The...

When is a book not a book?

 When is a book not a book? When it's a... No, this isn't...

Printing In A Time Of Revolution

Here at Rooke Books we have a large collection of interesting...

The Lesser Known Works of David Garrick

 David Garrick is known for his incredible influence on...

The Nonesuch Press

 'Don't judge a book by its cover' is an English idiom of...

Watermarks and Spurious Editions

 Paper. It’s been around since the 2nd Century AD,...

The Library of Hugh Selbourne

 Over the next few weeks our website will be seeing the...

Roald Dahl First Editions

Many of us have fond memories of the children’s books of...

The Darwin Legacy

 Charles Darwin is a figure who needs no introduction, but...

Elizabeth Greenly's Signed Letters of Horace Walpole

 As mentioned in our previous post, we have recently acquired...

The Regency Library of Elizabeth Greenly

 We have recently acquired several lots from the sale of...