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HOPE, W[illiam] H[enry] St John.

The Stall Plates of the Knights of the Order of the Garter.

1348-1485. A Series of Ninety Full-Sized Coloured Facsimiles With Descriptive Notes and Historical Introductions.

Westminster : 1901 Stock Code: 140529
£1,500.00
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First edition in a handsome binding. Hope was a noted antiquarian born in Derby in 1854. "His increasing reputation led to his election as a fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London in 1883, and two years later he was appointed assistant secretary of the society, the last to be resident in Burlington House. During the twenty-five years in which Hope held this position (1885-1910) his authority in antiquarian circles was unique. His keen observation and retentive memory found exercise in many directions. While his chief interest always lay in ecclesiastical architecture, and the best work of his life was done in his researches into monastic history and buildings, he was very knowledgeable in Roman antiquities and medieval fortification. Heraldry, medieval plate, and alabaster carvings were among his studies, and upon these and several areas of ecclesiology his authority was generally recognized" (ODNB).
With an etching of St. George's Chapel, Windsor Castle, by Herbert Railton tipped-in on publisher's second blank.
From the library of George Heath Viner (1864-1955), a bookplate enthusiast and member of the Ex Libris Society of London, with his armorial bookplate dated 1898, designed by Charles William Sherborn (1831-1912).

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Description

Quarto (340 x 240 mm). Finely bound in full red crushed morocco signed "Zaehnsdorf 1905" on front turn-in, titles in gilt direct to spine, gilt fillets to raised bands, fleur-de-lys motifs to compartments in gilt, gilt ruling frames to boards and turn-ins, red silk endpapers, top edge gilt, others untrimmed.

Illustrations

Title page printed in red and black, colour frontispiece with tissue guard, 90 similar plates of which 1 folding and 2 double-page, several photogravure reproductions of seals to the text.

Condition

Armorial bookplate of George Heath Viner to binder's first blank. Slight shelf wear to bottom edge, extremities a touch rubbed, else the binding bright and firm, very occasional faint foxing, else internally fresh; a superb copy.

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