Londons ArmoryAccuratly delineated in a Graphical display of all the Arms, Crests, Supporters, Mantles and Motto’s of every distinct Company and Corporate Societie in the Honourable City of London....[etc.]
Book, folio (458 x 350mm). Engraved titlepage, 27 engraved plates, and original ink and wash sketch of an elaborate empty shield cartouche; broken fine contemporary red calf City of London binding, tooled in gilt. Lacking four preliminary pages. Binding re-cornered, generally scuffed and rubbed, spine worn and partially missing at top, front cover detached. The plates slightly soiled and browned, with waterstains to margins. The titlepage and first two plates with extensive marginal repairs.
A magnificent collection of skillfully rendered crests of the various livery companies of the City of London. Includes East and West India companies, and the Bermudas Company and Merchants of Virginia. Three engravings are full size plates, one with empty shield cartouche at centre. The remainder are arranged as four armorials per plate, separated by contemporary red ruling. Some are annotated in ink by a contemporary hand. Volume also contains Preface and dedication to the Lord Mayor, Sir Thomas Davies. With Worthing Public Library and Phillip Shirley ex-libris bookplates inside front cover, and Worthing ink stamps to upper right of each sheet.
See British Library: 138.i.1.
[Ref: 7831] £4,000.00