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A Critical Inquiry Into Antient Armour: As it Existed in Europe, but Particularly in England, From the Norman Conquest To the Reign of King Charles II (three volumes)

Samuel Rush Meyrick

Robert Jennings 1824

Binding:  Hardback  |  Condition: Fair  | 

'with a glossary of military terms of the middle ages'. Complete three volume first edition of Meyrick's pioneering work on European Armour that revolutionized the field and corrected long standing inaccuracies. It also established the author's preeminence as an authority and collector of Arms and Armour. Arranged chronologically with a swift introductory section on British & Roman arms and armour prior to 1066 that features 10 b/w plates. Subsequent chapters are adorned by 70 full page strikingly hand coloured plates (most with tissue guards), drawn by Meyrick; primarily from examples within his own extensive collection that was later displayed at his home in Goodrich Court and can now be seen in the Wallace Collection in London. Chapters are frequently decorated with gilt raised, hand coloured initials. Half leather with marbled boards. Folio (400x300mm) [20][lxxvii] 206 + 297 + 147pp. plus an extensive glossary. This copy from the Library of the Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors, with their labels to front pastedown. Foxing to prelims and titles. Inner front hinge of volume one split. Some offsetting from plates. very light, occasional spotting within. Plate 17 is loose (possibly from another copy). Leather is rubbed. But contents otherwise bright. Fair/Good.