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BURKE, John.

A Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Commoners of Great Britain and Ireland,

enjoying Territorial Possessions or High Official Rank: but Uninvested with Heritable Honours [together with;] Index to the Pedigree in Burke's Commoners originally prepared by Mr. George Ormerod in 1840. Oxford, for the Provost for Queen's College.

London: Henry Colburn, 1834-8 & 1907 Stock Code: 143344
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Handsome set of an early edition of this classic source of historical reference, "the first printed national record of the untitled aristocracy or county families of Great Britain, whose genealogies were otherwise to be found in the county histories and heralds' visitations of the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries... the pedigrees of the families were laid out as in the Peerage in a narrative style, which has since become a model for many similar pedigrees" (ODNB). This set with the bookplates of steel baron and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie (18351919) to the front pastedowns, later collector's armorial plate of John Maurice Hawkins to the free endpapers.

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4 volumes octavo (238 x 145 mm), later nineteenth-century dark red half morocco on matching linen boards by Gilbert Macdonald of Edinburgh, title direct to spines, bands with dotted gilt roll, double ruled gilt panels with rose centre tools to the compartments, similar rules to the spine and corner edges, all edges gilt, marbled endpapers.


Steel-engraved portrait to each volume, numerous wood-engraved arms throughout the text. Bound with the half-titles in I-III.


Spines uniformly sunned to reddish tan, very lightly rubbed at the extremities, pale toning of the text. The index disbound and overall a little browned. Very good.


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