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Meyrick, Samuel Rush, Sir
'A CRITICAL INQUIRY INTO ANTIENT ARMOUR, AS IT EXISTED IN EUROPE, PARTICULARLY IN GREAT BRITAIN, FROM THE NORMAN CONQUEST TO THE REIGN OF KING CHARLES II. ILLUSTRATED BY A SERIES OF ILLUMINATED ENGRAVINGS. WITH A GLOSSARY OF MILITARY TERMS OF THE MIDDLE AGES ... SECOND EDITION, CORRECTED AND ENLARGED'. LONDON: HENRY G. BOHN, 1842
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278
Meyrick, Samuel Rush, Sir
'A CRITICAL INQUIRY INTO ANTIENT ARMOUR, AS IT EXISTED IN EUROPE, PARTICULARLY IN GREAT BRITAIN, FROM THE NORMAN CONQUEST TO THE REIGN OF KING CHARLES II. ILLUSTRATED BY A SERIES OF ILLUMINATED ENGRAVINGS. WITH A GLOSSARY OF MILITARY TERMS OF THE MIDDLE AGES ... SECOND EDITION, CORRECTED AND ENLARGED'. LONDON: HENRY G. BOHN, 1842
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2,0003,000
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Meyrick, Samuel Rush, Sir
'A CRITICAL INQUIRY INTO ANTIENT ARMOUR, AS IT EXISTED IN EUROPE, PARTICULARLY IN GREAT BRITAIN, FROM THE NORMAN CONQUEST TO THE REIGN OF KING CHARLES II. ILLUSTRATED BY A SERIES OF ILLUMINATED ENGRAVINGS. WITH A GLOSSARY OF MILITARY TERMS OF THE MIDDLE AGES ... SECOND EDITION, CORRECTED AND ENLARGED'. LONDON: HENRY G. BOHN, 1842
3 volumes, folio (14 3/8 x 10 3/8 in.; 366 x 264mm). Half-titles, hand-colored lithographic frontispiece to vol. I, 80 plates, 70 of which hand-colored aquatints, most heightened with gilt, and 10 etched uncolored plates, 27 large hand-colored initials, most heightened with gilt; minor offsetting. Publisher's red half morocco over marbled boards, spines with raised bands in six compartments, second and third with gilt-lettered morocco labels, others with repeat decorative borders surrounding a single large tool of a helm in the first and sixth compartments, crossed swords in the fourth, and a gauntlet and pair of spurs in the fifth, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt; rubbing primarily to boards and joints.
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Provenance

John Gretton, 1st Baron Gretton (armorial bookplates to front pastedowns)

Literature

Hiler 587; Lipperheide Qb62; Lowndes II:1541; Prideaux 322

Catalogue Note

An excellent set of the second and best edition of Meyrick's great work on arms and armour, with beautiful plates "as fine as the monuments of Westminster Abbey" ('Edinburgh Review'). First published in 1824, this work was one of the first to view the subject of ancient arms and armour from an historical perspective. The present second edition includes revised text and a new hand-colored lithographic frontispiece to the first volume. 

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