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Heraldic notebook

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Heraldic notebook
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Extent and format
ff. 49. Octavo. Black spine, with marbled boards.
Scope and content
Heraldic notebook containing blazons of arms from seals (fols.2-22), lists of rolls of arms (fols.47v-37v rev.), notes (fols.36v-24v rev.) on the earliest source of the Heralds' roll (College of Arms, MS B 29, pp.20-27); commenced 20 Aug. 1880 (fol.1), continued 1887, etc. The notebook contains Hope's first collections for a grammar of heraldry (see note, fol.1) and is the germ of his book A Grammar of English Heraldry (1913). At the reverse end (fol.49v) is noted a 'Scheme for an English Heraldic Library' to include publications of rolls of arms, a history and grammar, an armorial and other heraldic topics. See Aspilogia, I (1950), xxviii, for the project planned by Hope, Barron and Doubleday for a corpus of medieval arms.
Hope, Sir William Henry St John (1854-1919), Knight, archaeologist and antiquary
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