A reissue of the third edition, with different titlepages, and a postscript and ’A letter to the publisher of this edition’ added. Two volumes about the Abbey Church of Westminster, written by miscellaneous writer Jodocus Crull, who wrote about historical subjects, often with a political and sociological insight. The books contain numerous engravings showing both the building’s exterior and the tombs of the nobility. .see full details
Claude-François Menestrier (1631-1705) was one of the great heraldic authorities of his age.more...
This eighteenth-century edition of La Nouvelle Méthode (first published 1696) is a continuation and improvement of some of his previous books and offers a new approach to learning the coats of arms, in the form of a dialogue between teacher and pupil. This edition also includes numerous engraved plates which display different crests and emblems. .see full details
First edition of this copiously-illustrated French amorial.more...
Dubuisson’s advertisement to the title verso reads: ‘Le Sieur DUBUISSON, Auteur de cet Ouvrage, dessine toutes sortes d’Armes & dresse toutes sortes de Cartes héraldiques dans le goût de celles du sieur Chevillard, avec beaucoup de soin & de correction; il applique toutes sortes d’Armoires en or. Sa demeure est rue Saint Jacques, vis-à-vis les Charniers de Saint Benoît’..see full details
A popular general introduction to heraldry, including the topics of arms and armoury, a dictionary of heraldry and the different degrees of the nobility and gentry of England. RECOUNT plates. .see full details
Following Guilim’s death seven further editions of the work were printed, the last being in 1724. This issue, with 1611 title page is a reissue of the first edition and retains the 1610 colophon and this copy has the pagination of the final gathering in corrected state (others retain the mispaginations of the first edition). ‘Guillim began writing his one work, and the reason for his subsequent deserved fame, A Display of Heraldrie, at the age of forty-four in 1595... In 1611 [it] was published with a colophon dated 1610. It contained 283 folio pages and more than 500 woodcuts of shields in the text, illustrating the arms of named families and early seventeenth-century office-holders... Guillim’s Display of Heraldrie, of which there were further posthumous enlarged editions, 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... The Display, which quotes earlier English and continental writers, is divided into six sections of which the first commences with the origins of heraldry, the second contains the basic divisions of the shield, the third and largest describes natural as compared to man-made charges, which are in the fourth section, the fifth has patterned coats without a predominant tincture, and the sixth deals with marshalling of arms. (Oxford DNB)..see full details
FIRST EDITION, a large and elaborately illustrated genealogical work by the politician Drummond, presenting the genealogies, coats-of-arms, family estates, monuments and portraits of 13 noble British families: Ashburnham, Arden, Compton, Cecil, Harley, Bruce, Perceval, Dunbar, Hume, Dundas, Drummond, Neville and De Courcy.more...
Henry Drummond (5 December 1786 – 20 February 1860), English banker, politician and writer, is best known as one of the founders of the Catholic Apostolic or Irvingite Church..see full details
An extensive manuscript containing biographies of overseas residents and visitors to England, from the medieval period to the 1770s: it includes kings and queens, members of the nobility, clergymen, politicians, artists, musicians and criminals.more...
Evidently compiled over time (the second smaller volume may be the earlier) the collection is derived from various print and manuscript sources, which are often named. The smaller volume is apparently drawn from state and diplomatic papers and letters, while the larger is derived from a large range of printed works (Rapin, Frehenus, Moréri, Hawkins’s History of Music, several antiquarian cathedral and county histories, the Annual Register and various journals, including the Newgate Calendar).
The biographical entries, extending from just a few lines to some of several full pages include: Henri Estienne, Bernouilli, Helen and Judith (celebrated Hungarian conjoined twins exhibited in London in 1708), Erasmus, Rousseau, Lassus, Boerhaave, Geminiani, an African prince who appeared at the Theatre Royal in 1759, singer Signora Faustina, Handel, Theodore Gardelle (painter, enameller and murderer), Paolo Rolli, John Tradescant (a curious inclusion, as a traveller rather than an immigrant), the chevalier D’Eon (transvestite and spy), Peter the Wild Boy, Simon Pingano (forger), Bartholomew Rocque (agriculturalist), Emin Joseph Emin (army officer in the East India Company and Armenian nationalist), Domenico Angelo (fencing master), Joseph of Arimathea, Miles Coverdale, Leonard the Indian, a group of Cherokee Indians visiting London in 1730 and ‘Chitqua’ (Tan-Che-Qua, Chinese artist who worked in London 1769-72). In each volume, an alphabetical index has been added at the beginning, probably at the time of binding, on tabbed pages of paper watermarked 1804, but the major part of each volume appears to have been written earlier. Many pages are marked with a single vertical line and there are occasional entries ‘entered’, suggesting the text was reproduced somewhere else, or intended to be, but we are not aware of a printed equivalent.
Phillipps MS 13746, purchased 1849 from the Duke of Buckingham sale (Stowe 2120), where it was joined with another volume of historical portraits..see full details
A good example of one of Phillipps’s anastatically-printed facsimiles, in this case a copy of his own transcripts from the records of Herald’s seventeenth-century Visitations and their disqualifications of arms born by gentlemen without authority.more...
Phillipps as a printer and patron of lithographic printing has been extensively studied and discussed by Michael Twyman in Early Lithographed Books (1990)..see full details
An extended heraldic manuscript by Thomas Willement, heraldic researcher and author who was to become a major figure in the Victorian gothic revival as a stained glass artist.more...
It includes reasoned descriptions of arms and quarterings for: Lord Henry Thomas Howard Molyneux Howard (1819), Francis Rawdon Hastings, Earl of Moira (1819), Henry Nevile, Earl of Abergavenny (1819), Lord Viscount Curzon, Earl of Tyrconnel (1819), Henry Pelham Clinton, Duke of Newcastle, Percy of Northumberland, Russell Duke of Bedford, Hugh Duke of Northumberland, Darell of Calehill, Foljambe, Mrs Mostyn (Madame Piozzi), Montagu-Cholmeley and the Knyvett and Stafford Cooke families. It also includes pedigrees of the Kings of England (in reverse from William IV, crowned 1830 to William the Conqueror) and a genealogies of the families of Salisbury (from the time of Charlemagne) and Cholmeley.
Thomas Willement was an important figure in the Victorian gothic movement and is credited with the revival of the art of stained glass in England, lost since the reformation. Born in 1786 to a heraldic coach painter, he became heraldic painter to King George IV and later Queen Victoria and executed stained glass for more than 1000 buildings (including St George’s Chapel, Windsor). He collaborated with Pugin on several projects. In 1845 he bought the Priory and Church at Davington (Faversham) then in a dire state, with the church having been used for lambing and for storage of smuggled goods, and set about restoration. Willement, was the author of many books, died aged 85, on 10 March, 1871, and is buried in a vault at Davington Church..see full details
An eighteenth-century work on feudal barons and the history of land ownership in England.more...
It was written by Madox, a legal antiquity and historian whose first appearance was in the publication Formulare Anglicanum in 1701. He produced a learned dissertation on ancient charters, which was praised by Bishop William Nicolson as having provided an ‘unspeakable service to our students in law and antiquities.’ (English Historical Library, 1776).
Baronia Anglica was first printed in 1736 and our issue is ‘a reissue of the sheets of the 1736 edition printed by William Bowyer (T97064), without the index to his ‘History of the Exchequer’ (which occupied the final 54 sheets...) with a cancel title page; Bowyer also printed the new titles; his records show 500 + 50 [large-paper?] + ‘500 more to give away’. The large-paper copies may show variation in placement of press figures, or in their presence or absence; the details are unclear’ (ESTC). .see full details
A copiously illustrated heraldic treatise by the Italian Jesuit, Silvestro Pietrasanta. He published his first book on the subject in 1634, but this 1638 publication is his magnum opus, with no less than 2878 engraved heraldic illustrations engraved on copper and interspersed (several to a page) within the text, a rather remarkable feat of imposition. Pietrosanta also makes use of a hatching system with patterns of lines and dots used for designating heraldic tinctures, a widely used system that he himself invented..see full details
An account of the Courtenays of Powderham Castle, Devon, with origins traced to the time of the Crusades. The first part described the cadet branch of the Courtenay family that participated in the crusades came to rule the County of Edessa, a Crusader state. .see full details
Memorial for His Grace John Duke of Roxburgh and his Curators, Defenders; against John Hay of Lawfield, William Hay of Charterfield and William Sandihills, all Heretors of Eastbarns, Pursuers.more...
[Edinburgh: August 2, 1757], pp. 15, . Not in ESTC.
Unto the Right Honourable the Lords of Council and Session, the Petition of Alexander Earl of Home. [Edinburgh: 31 January, 1764], pp. 28. Not in ESTC.
Unto the Right Honourable the Lords of Council and Sessions, the Petition of Captain Shaw Grosett, and Miss Lilias Grosett... [Edinburgh: February 3, 1768], pp. 16. Not in ESTC.
Unto the Right Honourable the Lords of Council and Session, the Petition of Alexander Hamilton of Blantyre-farm, and Miss Lilias Grosett. [Edinburgh: February 17, 1768], pp. 8. Not in ESTC.
Information for Alexander Drummond Esq; late his Majesty’s Consul at Aleppo in Syrai, now residing in Canongate, in the Competition of the Creditors of Mrs. Marion Drummond. [Edinburgh: January 22, 1768], pp. 8. ESTC: Bodley only.
Unto the Right Honourable the Lords of Council and Session, the Petition of Janet Rattray, Widow of John Scott, late Tacksman of Rashyhill, and of Andrew, James, Joseph, George, and Hary Scotts, their children. [Edinburgh: February 18, 1768], pp. 13, . Not in ESTC.
Unto the Right Honourable the Lords of Council and Session, the Petition of Alexander Roberts in Nether-Wardroppertown, and Katharine Straton his Spouse, eldest Daughter of the deceased Robert Straton of Wardroppertown. [February 20, 1768], pp. 12. Not in ESTC.
Seven eighteenth-century pleadings in Edinburgh courts relating to inheritance, most involving female inheritances. All are very rare..see full details
Edward Jacob ‘antiquary and naturalist, was born in Canterbury, the eldest son of Edward Jacob (d. 1756), surgeon and alderman, who served as mayor of Canterbury in 1727–8, and Jane, daughter of Strangford Violl, vicar of Upminster. About 1735 he moved to Feversham [sic] where he lived at 78 Preston Street and practised as a surgeon, following in his father's and grandfather's footsteps. Among his patients was Lord Sondes of Lees Court, Sheldwich. The Jacobs were a long-established east Kent family and several members had served as mayors and magistrates in Sandwich and Dover. Actively interested in local affairs, Jacob was four times mayor of Faversham—in 1749, 1754, 1765, and 1775...
Jacob interested himself in the history of Faversham soon after he had moved there, ‘having an early propensity to the study of antiquities’. He was elected a fellow of the Society of Antiquaries on 5 June 1755, and in 1774 published The History of the Town and Port of Faversham, dedicated to Lord Sondes’ (Oxford DNB).
This is one of the standard copies with 15 plates, some having an 4 additional plates..see full details
Royalist conter-revolutionary journalist Pitou was arrested no less than 18 times during the revolutionary period before being deported to Cayenne for his royalist sympathies. L’Urne des Stuarts et des Bourbons was written on his escape and return to France..see full details