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Heraldry. Alphabet of arms

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Heraldry. Alphabet of arms
c. 1620, with later additions
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Extent and format
Paper; ff. v + 112 (pp. 224); iii + 124; vi + 114; iii + 100. Four volumes. Folio. Leather, brown, blind-tooled (mid 17th century).
Scope and content
Alphabet of arms, with coats in trick; compiled c. 1620 (cf. the entry for Sir Lionel Cranfield, Vol. I, fol. iii (p. 221), which must date from 1613-21), with later additions (reference to a patent by Bysshe, 1651, Vol. III, fol. 20v). A professional collection containing mostly English arms, arranged as four rows of four shields per page in pre-drawn ink outlines. Annotations throughout mostly conc. sources, e.g. Vol. IV, fols. 89v, 97v, references to books in the office (College of Arms). Four volumes:- Vol. I. Ab-Cu; Vol. II. Cu-Hu; Vol. III. Ja-Pu; Vol. IV. Qu-Zo (end out of order). Mended at the edges with fragments of MS and printed papers, temp. Chas. II, etc. Later pencil notes relating to the Phellypps (Phelips) family, III, fol. iv; and notes on Phelips arms in painted glass in Corfe Mullen church, Dorset, 1744, III, fol. v, and arms at Montacute, 1781, III, fol. vi.
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Archival history
Note by W. Bankes, I, fol. iv. Label in each volume at fol. ii, mostly with ink number 'H 55'. Lot 1220 in a sale (I, fol. v). Ownership notes, erased, at fol. i of each volume.