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Book Number 3289 
Author John Guillim; Francis Nower 
Title A Display of Heraldrie: Manifesting A more easie access to the knowledge therof then hath hitherto been published by any, through the benefit of Method; Wherein it is now reduced by the Study and Industry of John Guillim late Pursuivant at Armes. / Interlaced with much variety of History, suitable to the several Occasions or Subjects. / The fourth Edition. / Corrected and much enlarged by the Author himselfe in his life time: Together with his own Addition of explaining the tearms of Hawking and Hunting, for the use and delight of Gentlemen. And now to this fourth Edition are added about three hundred new Coats and Bearings of eminent Families, in their proper Sections, never before inserted. As also a true Register of the Blazons of all the Knights of the Garter, from the first Installment to the last: And also of all the Baronets from their first Creation to the last. / Faithfully collested by Francis Nower Arms-Painter (and Student in Heraldry) in Bartholomew Lane, London. 
Date c. 1660. 
Publisher Jacob Blome 
Place of Publication London 
Edition Fourth edition. 
Volume Information  
Cover Recent gilt-lined ½ calf with marble boards, spine in six compartments of raised bands, gilt text on two, four and six, gilt armorial motif on three, edges speckled red, endpapers renewed.  
Illustration With an intricately engraved title plate, fourteen decorative headpieces and eleven initials. Profusely illustrated with in-text engravings of various coats of arms of seventeenth-century British nobility. 
Size Tall 4to. 
Condition Occasional minor tears repaired expertly. Title page laid down on acid-free paper for long-term preservation. Otherwise a very good copy, text and plates are clean and crisp. A number of mispaginations, but the book is complete. 
Provenance  
Pagination P. (4), engr. title plate, blank, title, blank, dedication (2), “to none but gentlemen” (2), “L’envoy to the author” (5), blank, “to the reader” (2), author’s note, table, 1-402, (4), 403-410, 412-432, 435-444, half-title, 2-36, index (6), (2). 
Reference Bibliotheca Heraldica CXCV 
Translation Info  
Notes “This fourth edition is dedicated to the Marquess of Hertford by Richard Blome, whose maternal grandfather, Richard Adams, in his lifetime was in his Lordship’s service. The dedication is follwed by an address “To none but Gentlemen,” by Francis Nower, who, for the advantage of the printer, was induced to add some hundreds of Coats to the former editions, but confesses there are three families whose Arms are inserted that he could wish omitted. “The Display” is extended to 444 pages. The “Register of the Knights of the Garter” is dedicated to the Earl of Northumberland, and the “Catalogue of Baronets” to Sir Edmond Bacon, by Richard Blome. These lists occupy 36 pages. Of the Baronets, F. Nower observes, there are some Coats he thought better to omit at the latter end, than to have inserted upon uncertain grounds, the printed Catalogue being defective, and the Heralds at Oxford not keeping so punctual an account of them in the hurry of a civil war as formerly. “The utility of this book is much increased, by the addition of an alphabetical Table of Names at the end, which is much wanted in the former. “This edition had scarcely been issued when the Restoration brought Heraldry into more request, and rendered a selection of the examples, upon the rise of a new party, necessary, to obtain a sale.” (BH)  
Price (US$) 1250  
Short Description Book Royalty; Book Europe England; Book History English; 
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