A COLLECTION OF COATS OF ARMS Borne by the Nobility and Gentry of the County of Glocester
J. Good, 159 New Bond Street
Copperplates (62) + Titlepage vignette (with coat of arms of Gloucester and its cathedral in background) in total 370 coats of arms engraved by Ames of Bristol.
Small folio linen spine with contemporary blue paper wraps. Engraved titlepage + 62 plates of coats of arms. Titlepage partly torn across and repaired on back and hinge strengthened, else a neat copy with only a little light freckling. There is no text or subscribers list in this version (the book was sold both with and without 49 pages of text which listed and briefly described the coats of arms pictured in the plates). The arms of Gloucestershire families are derived from Sir Robert Atkins' History (1712) and a few from Rudder's New History (1779). Printed 6 per page, they are alphabetical first from Atkyns up to plate 53 which has only 4 arms ending in "Yate". Then the alphabet begins again with A from Rudder but ends with "Cassey". A further volume was intended but the work was never completed. *Generally attributed to Sir George Nayler (born at Stroud), Garter King of Arms, but the Dict. Nat. Biog. xl.130 states that "it was in reality the work of one Ames, an engraver at Bristol".
Price: GBP 120.00 or USD 155.00
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