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Richard Turpin. ‘Turpins book of Arms and crests’

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Richard Turpin. ‘Turpins book of Arms and crests’
late 16th century
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Extent and format
Paper; pp. ix + 119. Folio. Half leather, brown, with marbled boards. From the Aston Library (cutting from former binding, leather, red, gilt-tooled, p. i; cf. SAL/MS/461). Bookplates of Frederick Arthur Crisp, FSA, p. ii, and Ralph Griffin, FSA, p. iii
Scope and content
Turpins book of Arms & crests' (fol. ix). A collection of arms, in colour, of mayors, aldermen and gentry, mainly of London; Said (p. 1) to be the handwriting and painting of Richard Turpin, Windsor Herald 1565-81, whose arms, with a pedigree (entered somewhat later) are on p. 81. The collection is now very imperfect containing fols. 99-101, 119-20, 150-88, 200-5, 250 of an early foliation. Four coloured achievements per page, in pre-drawn outlines. Present contents consist of mayors (pp. 2-5), aldermen (pp. 8-9), gentry mainly of London (pp. 11-82, 89-98), women (pp. 100-1), with an index (pp. 102-15). With later annotations by Peter Le Neve, Norroy, who noted in several places (e.g. pp. 1, 19, 39, 54) that he had seen the original grants in the College of Arms. Index of names by Mill Stephenson, FSA, pp. v-viii.
Neve, Peter Le (1661-1729), herald and antiquary
Turpin, Richard (d 1581), herald
Stephenson, Mill (1857-1937), expert on monumental brasses, antiquary
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