Title: Examples of the Ornamental Heraldry of the Sixteenth Century, First & Second Series, 1867-68
Author: Sir William Stirling-Maxwell
Publisher: London, F.Bedford
Condition: Very Good
A first edition set of Stirling-Maxwell’s Examples of the Ornamental Heraldry of the Sixteenth Century, reproducing many highly detailed examples of title pages, printer devices, borders, and head and tail pieces of 16th century books, including portraits, seals, royal devices, and more. Some of the reproductions are printed in red and black, coming from a large variety of sources. Many title pages have been designed by famous masters and woodcut artists such as Albrecht Durer, Geoffroy Tory, Virgil Solis, Jost Amman, Tobias Stimmer, and others.
The second series bears a heavy focus on royal devices, some of which include Ferdinand and Isabella of Spain, Pope Leo X, Emperor Charles V, and two extremely extravagant devices belonging to that of Queen Elizabeth, among others.
Both series are inscribed by the author to the Member of Parliament Ralph Neville Granville, who was a member of the Conservative Party. The original upper wrapper of Series 2 has also been bound in.
Two works bound into one finely bound large folio, (X)+70, (X)+36+(XI-XIII) pages
On note of condition, this volume is in very good shape, with minor rubbing and wear to the boards, and fraying noted at the front joint of the spine. There is little to no foxing or staining throughout.