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Reference code
after 1660, with later additions
Level of description
Extent and format
ff. iv + 321.
Leather binding, brown, blind-tooled.
Scope and content
An armorial containing over 2200 coats of arms. Contents (many blank pages):-

(1) Arms with crests (some crests without arms), mostly coloured, of English families. Possibly the working collection of a herald painter. Commenced, post Restoration, as an alphabet of arms (to fol. 17), with additions to c. 1700, and later additions to 1783 (cf. fol. 47). Includes (fol. 31) an insertion of fictitious arms, Prester John, Emperor of Constantinople, Julius Caesar, etc. fols. 1-47;-

(2) An ordinary of arms, roughly coloured and incomplete (preceded by instructions conc. shield outlines, 18th century, fol. 57, and six shields (Lacy family, etc.), with notes, 18th century, fol. 59). fols. 59v-79v;-

(3) Scottish arms, some in trick and some coloured. Heading, 'Scotch armes of ye Nobility taken for a pack of Cards set forth by Sr: Alexander Arrskin [Erskine] Lion King of Armes' (Sir Alexander Erskine, joint Lyon King 1677, succeeded 27 June 1681). fols. 80-93;-

(4) Arms of the Deaneries of England, in colour. fols. 96v-7v;-

(5) Pedigrees of Vescy-Clifford. fols. 131v-3;-

(6) An incomplete alphabet of arms, A-Ba. fols. 134-51v;-

(7) Index of names, to (1) above. fols. 263-308v;-

(8) The five conquests of England, with blazons of the arms of Brutus, Julius Caesar, etc. fol. 309v;-

(9) Arms of various families in blazon. fol. 310r,v. Inserted at the beginning of the volume, fol. iv, a printed broadside, A Catalogue of the Nobility of England (as presented to Charles II by John Dugdale, Windsor Herald, New Year's Day, 1684/5, authorised by the Earl Marshal for printing, 21 Jan. 1684/5, and printed by Robert Clavell).
Previous reference number(s)
Archival history
Sotheby's sale, 27-8 June 1883 (Towneley MSS, including heraldic MSS of Christopher Towneley (1604-74)), lot 62. Lot 846 in an unidentified sale (fragment of cutting, fol. i). Rosenheim Collection no.H. 10. Presented by Maurice Rosenheim, FSA, 1 Apr. 1921 (fol. ii). A.J., 1 (1921), 264 (reported at meeting, 24 March 1921).