GUILLIM, John. A Display of Heraldrie: Manifesting a more easie accesse to the knowledge thereof then hath been hitherto published by any, through the benefit of Method, whereinto it is now rediced by the industry of Joh. Gwillim. , 284 pp. (i.e., 290). Heavily illustrated throughout with woodcut shields and heraldic devices, including some full-page. 4to., 270 x 170 mm, bound in English panelled calf. London: Printed by William Hall for Raphe Mab, 1611.
First Edition, second issue, of the landmark English publication on heraldry still used as a reference work hundreds of years later. These comprehensive, detailed descriptions of hundreds of heraldic arms were written by John Guillim (or Gwillim, 1565-1621), an officer of arms at the College of Arms, London.
Using codified syntax to blazon the various elements of each armorial, Guillim notes the field, charge, device, and colour -- intended to be hand-painted in his book. The present copy is uncoloured, with the text and colophon from the first edition of 1610, and the engraved title-page cancel with the 1611 imprint at the foot. Neatly rebacked preserving spine lable, minor marginal foxing, overall very good
PROVENANCE: Arma Johannis, Baron of Carteret de Hawnes, circular bookplate dated 1841 on front pastedown.
Item nr. 158953