London: Owen davis, 1790. 3 volumes. Volume I: The Peerage of England. Volume II: The Peerage of Scotland. Volume III: the Peerage of Ireland. 91 pages of copper engravings of heraldic plates. Tall 8vo, previous owners bookplate. recased in decoratively gilt tan leather with green and brown spine labels. London: Owen, Davis & Debrett, 1790. Very good (+).
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London: Richard Blome, 1673. Map. Engraving. 7 1/2" x 12. This beautiful small map of London depicts the city before the Great Fire of London. A 45 item key notes important locations on the map, and the border is lined with coats of arms of various city guilds. Text underneath reads "To the Honorable Sr. Robert Vyner of the Citty of London Alderman, Kt. and Baronet; This Mapp is humbly dedicated by Ric:Blome. Engraved by Wenceslaus Hollar, who was appointed...
Brussels: Societe Belge de Libtairie, 1894. Complete in 7 volumes. Illustrated with 39 plates containing multiple b/w crests. Thick 8vos, original tan or pale blue printed wrappers. 640; 708; 737; 767; 736; 734; 349 pages with text in French. Bruxelles: Societe Belge de Librarie, 1894-1903. First editions. The wrappers are a bit chipped and worn, with some neat repairs, but all interior pages are very clean and almost entirely un-opened and un-read. An excellent reference, published in 7 volumes between...
Vancouver: Alcuin Society, 1977. Compiled, designed, written and illustrated by Vera Ibbett 1971-4. Elaborately colored title page, profusely illustrated in color, 20pp., tall thin 4to, 1/2 green morocco, cloth slipcase. Vancouver: The Alcuin Society, 1977. ScArce. Fine. One of 100 copies signed and numbered by the artist-calligtapher. With a 2 page prospectus.
Boston: Lothrop, 1886. Several fine color plates; about 100 text illustrations. Large thick 8vo, pictorial boards (extremities rubbed). Boston: Lothrop, (1886). First Edition. Very good. A very good copy of this handsome and unusual volume for young Americans, explaining the symbolism and historic significance of coats-of-arms. Title on cover reads Story of Chivalry and Heraldry.
Paris: Ode, 1951. Map. Chromolithograph. 16" x 22". Beautiful pictorial world map with high design features and ethnographic elements in Liozu's signature style. Decorative border showing horses with fish tails. Each continent is colored differently and uses illustrations to show different historical aspects of each. Coats of arms displaying the different capital city's heraldry line the upper border and lower left and right corners. A beautiful compass rose in the lower Atlantic Ocean ties together the main map in Liozu's continental map series.
London: Paul Hamlyn, 1967. Photographs by Josef Fiala. Edited by Dermot Morrah. 195 illustrations, many in color. 316pp. 4to, gilt-stamped navy blue cloth, d.w. with a few small tears. London: Paul Hamlyn, (1967). History of orders and decorations from the Greeks & Romans, religious military orders, up to the 20th century. With the rubberstamps of a private library on the front flyleaf and last blank page.
Zurich: Belser, 1983. Facsimile of a manuscript in the Vatican Library.. 67 illustrations reproduced in six colors plus gold, on acid free paper. 80pp., 4to, embossed white pigskin.(Zurich: Belser, 1983). Fine. Spectacularly illustrated manuscript, created in 1615 to prove the aristocratic lineage of a family from Kraichgau, it depicts the pageantry of armor, horses, and heraldry. The original is in the Bibliotheca Apostolica Vaticana. (Codex Ross. 711). Accompanying the volume is a commentary by Lotte Kurras, identical in size and...