A Display of Heraldrie: Manifesting A more easie accesse to the knowledge thereof than hath beene hitherto published by any, through the benefit of Method; Whereinto it is now reduced by study and industry of John Guillim, late Pursuivant at Armes. The third Edition...

London: Printed by Thomas Cotes for Jacob Blome, 1638. 2 vols. in 1. 4to, [xvi], 1-167, 170-433, (1) pp. with 10 (lacking 11-28) pp. of Guillim’s companion piece “A Most Exact Alphabetical Table, for the More Speedy Finding Out of All their Names and Surnames”, separately printed, London: 1640. Numerous woodcut heraldic shields and nine large heraldic achievements, many hand-colored, decorative initials, headpieces, and tailpieces. Contemporary full brown calf, covers with double blind fillet. Title page within printed rules, considerably chipped with some loss of rules, now mounted on new paper, edgewear and occasional closed tears throughout, early ink blots and doodles, lower third of Fff4 lost (illustration of an achievement). Binding quite worn and abraded, backstrip chipped at foot and lacking label; basic repairs to the backstrip and tips, new endpapers. Bookplates of George Tuck and the College of Holy Names and stamp of Norbert Graves on front endpapers; shelf mark on backstrip. Letters of provenance tipped and laid into endpapers (see below). An interesting copy despite (perhaps even thanks to) its condition, showing evidence of enthusiastic ownership through three centuries. Third edition, corrected and enlarged by the author. John Guillim’s (1550–1621) work on heraldry was the leading reference of his time. The book was originally published in 1611 with a colophon dated 1610. The more than 500 woodcuts of shields illustrate the various charges as well as the arms of named families and early seventeenth-century office-holders. The work is divided into six sections; the origins of heraldry; the basic divisions of the shield; natural as compared to man-made charges; man-made charges; patterned coats without a predominant tincture; and the marshaling of arms. The extensive and vibrant colouring in this copy is likely the work of an 18th century owner. ESTC S120342 and ESTC S120338.Provenance: This copy was deaccessioned by the College of Holy Names in Oakland, California. The two letters enclosed are from Norbert Graves to Sister Mary Ermengarde regarding his gift of the book to the college in 1958. Graves (an officer of the Stained Glass Association of America) is much delighted by an early “review” of the book he discovered in Dallaway’s Inquiries into... Heraldry (1793) which he transcribes. (Item Id: 108640)

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