A Display of Heraldrie:
Manifesting a more easie accesse to the knowledge thereof then hath beene hitherto published by any, through the benefit of method, whereinto it is now reduced by the industry of Joh. Guillim Purseuant of Armes.London: Printed by William Hall for Raphe Mab, 1611 Stock Code: 141516
With hand coloured armsFirst edition, second impression (with the 1611 title page and 1610 colophon), of John Guillim's (1550-1621) work on heraldry, which "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" (ODNB).
Small folio (260 x 178 mm). Mid-19th-century pastiche binding in calf, titles in blind to spine, decorative tooling in blind to boards and spine, drab endpapers.
Wood-engraved title, numerous woodcut scutcheons and coat of arms, most coloured in a later hand, woodcut historiated opening initials and head- and tailpieces.
Neat ink ownership inscriptions, to binder's first blank and outer margin of the notice to the reader, of Penelope Jo[nes] Llwynon (dated 1803); Mary Elizabeth Mushall [Marshall] Hughes, Acton House, (recording the gift from "Wm. Stead Esq Febry. 17th 1825"); J. Lewis of Wrexham (dated 1866); and F. J. Whitehouse (dated 1914). Rebacked and recornered, somewhat worn, a few pages restored or reinforced, light wear to edges, faint spotting, occasional marginalia; a very good copy.
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