The Grammar of HeraldryKENT, Samuel
Containing 1. Rules of Blazoning, Cautions and Observations. II. Practical Directions for Marshalling; with Discourses on the several Parts (or Ornaments) of an Atchievement. III. A Large Collection of Arms, by way of Example, Alphabetically digested. With Two Appendices; And a List of the Subscribers; to most of the them with their Arms and Titles. The whole adorn’d with proper Cuts
London: Printed for J. Pemberton. 1716.
First edition. 8vo in 4s (175x110mm). pp. 1bl, [1, advertisement], xliv, . (xxxiv is misnumbered xxxvi). Contemporary speckled calf with double lined border in blind to the edges of upper and lower covers. Five raised bands, six compartments, no labels. Small (10mm sq) diamond shape library labels to head and foot of spine. Gilt pattern to the edges of the covers. Bumping to the corners and a little wear to the hinges (but no cracking). The contents are very good. Some browning to the early pages but otherwise a very clean text. Edges sprinkled red. A very nice copy. The ffep has the armorial bookplate of the Macclesfield library, one of the great English private libraries.
The Grammar of Heraldry is formed of several parts. The first is an essay with illustrations describing the various parts which go to make up a coat of arms and explaining the differences within each element. The second contains many examples of heraldry from various families (in alphabetical order) to illustrate the points made in the first part. The First Appendix shows arms of some extinct English families and the Second Appendix, arms of foreign families. The list of subscribers at the end takes the novel, but in this context, consistent and fitting approach of giving not just the names of the subscribers but also their coats of arms.