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A genealogical roll

 

LOAN courtesy of the Rare Book Department, Free Library of Philadelphia. Edward IV. Manuscript roll on vellum, England, ca. 1460s. Lewis E201.

 

LOAN courtesy of the Rare Book Department, Free Library of Philadelphia. Peter of Poitiers. Compendium historiae in genealogia Christi. Manuscript, ca. 1280. Lewis E 249a.

 

The Order of the Garter and the Garter King of Arms

 

The statutes and ordinances of the Order of the Garter. Manuscript, 1517-59. V.a.86; displayed f. 3 (image).

 

James I (1566-1625), King of England. Meditatio in orationem Dominicam. London: Bonham Norton and John Bill, 1619. STC 14385; displayed cover (image).

 

Sir William Segar (d. 1633), Garter King of Arms. Names and arms of the Knights of the Garter. Manuscript, 1606. V.b.157; displayed f. 16 (image).

 

French Influences

 

William Harvey (d. 1567), Clarenceux King of Arms. La table des chapitres du livre de l'ordre de St Michel. Manuscript, ca. 1610. V.a.154; displayed f. 74 (image).

 

Miscellaneous collection of heraldic material relating to European and English families. Manuscript, ca. 1540. V.a.337; displayed f. 12v-13r (image).

 

Claude Paradin (16th century). Alliances genealogiques des rois et princes de Gaule. Geneva: Jean de Tournes, 1606. 211- 622f; displayed p. 118-19 (image).

 

Tournaments and Armor

 

LOAN courtesy of Collections Access, Loan & Management Division, Library of Congress, Washington, DC. Facsimile edition. An Almain Armourer's Album. Greenwich: English Royal Armory, 1557-87. London: W. Griggs, 1905. NK6604 .A4; displayed plate XXIV.

 

LOAN courtesy of Private Collection. Half-shaffron armor belonging to the armor of Friedrich of Ulrich, Duke of Brunswick. English, Greenwich, 1610-13. Steel, etched, blued, and gilt, with polychromy.

 

Visitations

 

LOAN courtesy of Professor Sir John Baker. Pedigree of Wilson, examined and approved by William Segar, Garter King of Arms. Manuscript vellum roll, ca. 1620.

 

William Jenyns (d. 1528), Lancaster Herald of Arms. Pedigrees of some noble families. Manuscript, ca. 1525. V.b.163; displayed f. 79 (image).

 

Receipt from Chester Herald and Rouge Dragon Pursuivant to the Mayor of Warwick. Manuscript, 1682. X.d.2 (37); (image).

 

Henry Chitting (1580-1638), Chester Herald of Arms. Visitation of Warwickshire. Manuscript, 1619. V.b.52; displayed f. 100 (image).

 

LOAN courtesy of Professor Sir John Baker. Seal matrix of the Halsted family. Silver, ca. 1620-80.

 

Grants of Arms

 

Robert Cooke (d. 1592), Clarenceux King of Arms. Grant of arms to Robert Horsseman of Ripon, Yorkshire. Manuscript, May 26, 1590. Z.c.40 (5); (image).

 

William Camden (d. 1623), Clarenceux King of Arms. Confirmation of arms to Edward Lyster, doctor of physick of London. Manuscript, April 20, 1602. Z.c.22 (1); (image).

 

LOAN courtesy of the Rare Books and Special Collection Division, Library of Congress, Washington, DC. Grant or confirmation of arms to Alonso y Hernando de Mesa. Manuscript, 1566. Kislak (MS) 1014.

 

William Dethick (ca. 1542-1612), Garter King of Arms. Confirmation of arms to Stephen Powle, citizen of London. Manuscript, March 15, 1588. Z.c.22 (41); (image).

 

Gilbert Dethick (ca. 1500-84), Garter King of Arms. Draft confirmation of arms to Thomas Pecke. Manuscript, ca. 1580s. X.d.280; displayed recto (image).

 

Shakespeare's grant of arms

 

LOAN courtesy of the Kings, Heralds, and Pursuivants of Arms. William Dethick (ca. 1542-1612), Garter King of Arms. Two draft grants of arms to John Shakespeare. Manuscript, October 20, 1596.

 

LOAN courtesy of the Kings, Heralds, and Pursuivants of Arms. William Dethick (ca. 1542-1612), Garter King of Arms and William Camden (1551-1623), Clarenceux King of Arms. Draft confirmation of arms to John Shakespeare. Manuscript, 1599.

 

Humble, Expert, Righteous, Aduysed, Learned, and Dutifull

 

William Smith (1550?-1618), Rouge dragon Pursuivant. Alphabet or blazon of arms. Manuscript, 1597. V.b.217; displayed p. 1 (image) and facsimile of title page (image).

 

The Business of Heraldry: Alphabets and Ordinaries

 

Ralph Brooke (1553-1625), York Herald, former owner. Ordinary of arms. Manuscript, ca. 1604. V.b.90; displayed f. 317v-318r (image).

 

Ralph Brooke (1553-1625), York Herald, former owner. Alphabet of arms. Manuscript, ca. 1600. V.b.145; displayed f. 85v-86r (image).

 

Richard Mundy (fl. 1600), arms painter. Coats of arms granted by Robert Cooke, Richard Lee and others, ca. 1570-1600. Manuscript, ca. 1600. V.b.256; displayed f. 46v-47r (image).

 

FACSIMILE. Funeral procession of Sir Christopher Hatton. Manuscript roll on paper, ca. 1591. Z.e.3displayed panels 4-9 (image).

 

Badges, mottoes, and imprese

 

Sir Charles Cornwallis (d. 1629). The life and death of our late most incomparable and heroique Prince, Henry Prince of Wales. Manuscript, ca. 1626. V.a.486; displayed front cover.

 

Heinrich Bullinger (1504-75). Bullae papisticae ante bienniumcontra sereniss. London: John Day, 1571. STC 4043 copy 1; displayed binding (image).

 

Book of mottoes. Manuscript, ca. 1600. V.b.202; displayed f. 7v-8r (image).

 

William Camden (1551-1623), Clarenceux King of Arms. Remaines, concerning Britaine:but especially England, and theinhabitants thereof. London: John Legatt for Simon Waterson, 1614. STC 4522 copy 8; displayed p. 211 (image).

 

Thomas Blount, trans. (1618-79). The art of making devises. London: printed by W.E. and J.G, 1646. 154- 264q; displayed frontis (image).

 

Disputes within the College of Arms: Brooke vs. Dethick

 

Ralph Brooke (1553-1625), York Herald. Detections and abusesse of William Derike of some called Garter Kinge of Armes. Manuscript, ca. 1595 X.d.313; displayed front (image).

 

Ralph Brooke (1553-1625), York Herald, compiler. Coats of arms granted by William Dethick as York Herald and Garter King of Arms, 1570-95. Manuscript, compiled ca. 1595-ca. 1600, and facsimile of detail. V.a.156; displayed f. 11v-12r (image).

 

Ralph Brooke (1553-1625), York Herald. Alphabet of Arms. Manuscript, ca. 1620. V.b.144; p. 153-154 (image).

 

Disputes within the College of Arms: Brooke vs. Camden

 

William Camden (1551-1623). Britannia. London: Eliot's Court Press, 1595. STC 4506 copy 2; displayed title page (image).

 

Ralph Brooke (1553-1625), York Herald. A discoverie of divers errors published in print in the much commended Britannia, 1594. Very preiudiciall to the discentes and successions of the auncient nobilitie of this realme. London: J. Windet, 1599. STC 3834.2 copy 1; displayed title page (image).

 

Ralph Brooke (1553-1625), York Herald. A second discoverie of certaine errovrs published in the much commended Britannia 1594. Manuscript, ca. 1600. V.b.218; displayed f. 321 (image).

 

FACSIMILE reproduced by kind permission of The Worshipful Company of Painter-Stainers, City of London. Unknown member of the Painter-Stainers' Company. Portrait of William Camden, Clarenceux King of Arms to Elizabeth I from 1597-1623. Oil on canvas, 1637 -- painted as either a retrospective or a copy.

 

Disputes within the College of Arms: Brooke vs. Vincent

 

Ralph Brooke (1553-1625), York Herald. A catalogue and succession . . . discoueringe, and reforming many errors committed, by men of other profession. London: William Jaggard, 1619. STC 3832.2 copy 3; displayed sig. 4¶3v -sig. 4¶4r  (image).

 

Ralph Brooke (1553-1625), York Herald. A catalogue and succession . . . by him inlarged, with amendment of divers faults, commited by the printer, in the time of the authors sicknesse. London: William Stansby, 1622. STC 3833 copy 5; displayed p. 1 with facsimile detail of title page (image).

 

Augustine Vincent (ca. 1584-1626), Rouge croix Pursuivant. A discouerie of errours in the first edition of the catalogue of nobility. London: William Jaggard, 1622. STC 24756 copy 2; displayed p. 431 (image) with facsimile detail from opening.

 

Heraldry for the elite

 

LOAN courtesy of The Huntington Library, San Marino, California. William Bowyer (d. 1569/70), Keeper of the Records in the Tower of London. Heroica Eulogia Guilielmi Bowyeri Regiae maiestatis archivorum infra Turrem Londinensem Custodis. Ad Illustrissimum Robertum Comitem Leigrescestrensem. Manuscript, England, November 1567. MS HM 160.

 

LOAN courtesy of the Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts, University of Pennsylvania Libraries The Genelogies of the Erles of Lecester and Chester. Manuscript, 1573. MS 1070.

 

Heraldry for all

 

Robert Cooke (d. 1592), Clarenceux King of Arms. An English baronage. Manuscript, 1572. V.b.76; displayed p. 128-29 (image).

 

Sir John Ferne (d. 1609). The Blazon of Gentrie. London: John Windet for Andrew Maunsell, 1586.STC 10825 copy 2; displayed A1v-A2r (image).

 

Gerard Legh (d. 1563). The Accedence of Armorie. London: Richard Tottell, 1591. STC 15391 copy 3; displayed f. 60v-61r (image).

 

Edmund Bolton (1575?-1633?). The elements of armories. London: George Eld, 1610. STC 3320 copy 1 Bdw  3394 copy 2; displayed p. 198 (image).

 

John Guillim (1565-1621), Portsmouth Pursuivant Extraordinary, later Rouge Croix Pursuivant. A display of heraldry. Manuscript, ca. 1610. V.b.171; displayed f. 79v-80r (image).

 

FACSIMILE. John Guillim (1565-1621). A Display of Heraldrie. London: William Hall, 1611.STC 12501 copy 1; displayed title page (image).

 

Women's heraldry

 

Anne Clifford (1590-1676), former owner. John Selden (1584-1654). Titles of Honor. London: William Stansby for Richard Whitakers, 1631. Folio STC 22178 copy 3.

 

Sir John Ferne (d. 1609). The blazon of gentrie. London: John Windet for Toby Cooke, 1586. STC 10824 copy 1 part 2; displayed p. 80-81 (image).

 

Gerard Legh (d. 1563). The accedence of armorie. London: Richard Tottell, 1591. STC 15391 copy 2; displayed f. 97v-98r (image).

 

The first amateur genealogists

 

A collection of armes in blazon. Manuscript, ca. 1590-91. F268388; displayed p. 53 (image).

 

Sir Edward Dering (1598-1644). History of the Dering family from the time of the Conquest. Manuscript, ca. 1635. Z.e.27; displayed p. 4-5 (image).

LOAN courtesy of Hampden-Sydney College. John Brooke-Little, Richmond Herald. Grant of arms to Hampden-Sydney College, Virginia. Manuscript, July 4, 1976.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



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