DISCOURSE AND DEFENCE OF ARMS AND ARMORY, Shewing the Nature and Rises of Arms and Honour in England, From the Camp, the Court, and the City: Under the Two Later of Which, are Contained Universities and Inns of Court

Waterhous Edward

Published by London T.R. For Samuel Mearne 1660, 1660
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Scarce First Edition. This copy without an engraved frontispiece which is sometimes lacking. Small 8vo, bound later in full brown-black calf by Bruno to period style. The spine with raised bands and ruling in blind, 5 compartments with central blind-tooled floral device and two compartments lettered in gilt. (6), 232 pp. A well preserved copy in a handsome later binding, minor mellowing and with the first few and last few leaves having a touch of very minor edge wear. RARE, OCLC list only one library and Wing indexes only nine copies. Edward Waterhous (1619-70) was a noted heraldic writer, antiquarian scholar and preacher. He was elected to the Royal Society after its second charter. During the Commonwealth he resided near Oxford in order to have access to the Bodlein Library and continue his researches and his antiquarian interests. In 1668 he was persuaded by Sheldon, Archbishop of Canterbury, to take holy orders and became well known as a preacher. This work is his discourse on Heraldic Arms, one of his most studied interests. It was perhaps written as distraction from his own grief upon the loss of a friend and relation. He displays in heraldic terms, his submission to the dispensations of Providence: "[b]ut since it is the good pleasure of God to charge the Fields of our worldly serenity with Crosses latent and patent, which when sanctified, are accounted good bearing, it becomes us to accept his chastisement with submission, and improve his instruction with Christian prudence." - To the Reader. Bookseller Inventory # 21316

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Title: DISCOURSE AND DEFENCE OF ARMS AND ARMORY, ...

Publisher: London T.R. For Samuel Mearne 1660

Publication Date: 1660

Binding: Hardcover

Edition: 1st Edition

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