The True Vse of Armorie,

Wyrley (William)

The True Vse of Armorie,

Shewed by Historie, and plainly proued by example: the necessitie therof also discouered: with the maner of differings in ancient time, the lawfulnes of honorable funerals and moniments: with other matters of Antiquitie, incident to the aduauncin of Banners, Ensignes, and marks of noblenesse and cheualrie.

Description: FIRST EDITION, title within border of printers ornaments, 1 large woodcut initial, 15 woodcut coats of arms within text, all but 1 of them with old hand-colouring, without the initial leaf (blank except for signature mark), first 5 leaves a trifle short at top, some headlines trimmed, small burn hole in L4 touching a couple of letters on the verso, a bit of soiling and some damp-stains, verso of last leaf dust soiled, pp. [ii], 159, small 4to, 18th-century mottled calf, gilt roll tooled border on sides, spine gilt in compartments, twin lettering pieces, rebacked preserving spine, inner hinges strengthened with cloth, corners worn, some contemporary annotations, mostly just repeating in the marginwords in the text, verso of last leaf with an early (if not contemporary) proverb in Italian, and the signature of Peter Wentworth, paper lozenge with 'The Bassett Armes / 1594' printed in red

Publication Details: Imprinted at London by I. Iackson, for Gabriell Cawood, 1592

Notes: Rare. 'In 1592 Wyrley published The True Use of Armorie. Sir William Dugdale, who reprinted the main text in his The Antient Usage in Bearing of … Arms in 1682, quoted William Burton as saying that his friend Erdeswick had told him that he himself was the real author of the book, "though he gave leave to Mr Wyrley (who had been bred up under him) to publish it in his own name" . Anthony Wood, however, considered the claim one more sign that Erdeswick's mind was unbalanced. Wyrley's research had its special dangers, especially in view of his connection with Erdeswick, a known recusant. In 159...more

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Price: £3,500

Subject: History

Published Date: 1592

Stock Number: 61027

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