Wednesday, 29 July 2009

Originals are best ... but at £780?

I love books, especially heraldry books and doubly so if they relate to areas of particular interest such as Cheshire. Like many heraldry enthusiast, I have a limited budget and so many books, long out of print, are way beyond my purse. Take the very hard to obtain book published by Daniel King in 1656, The Vale Royal of England, or The County Palatine of Chester Illustrated; it doesn't contain too much heraldry, just a few pages of an armorial of the Cheshire gentry, but it was that which formed the foundation of the Cheshire Heraldry web site some years ago. I have searched long and hard for a copy of this book and the few that have come onto the market have been prohibitively expensive. On the 20th April 2005, Christies sold a copy at their South Kensington auction rooms when it fell under the hammer at a massive £780 ($1'495) including buyer's premium.

Described thus in their catalogue: "KING, Daniel (d.1664). The Vale-Royall of England or, the County Palatine of Chester Illustrated, London: John Streater, 1656. Small 2° (271 x 175mm). Additional engraved title, double page engraved map of Cheshire, double-page engraved bird's-eye view of Chester, 11 plates of coats-of-arms, double-page map of the Isle of Man, plates, one folding, illustrations (both titles torn and neatly repaired, final 2 leaves torn and neatly repaired, a few repaired tears, occasional light spotting and staining). 19th-century panelled tan morocco gilt by Riviere, gilt edges (spine and extremities rubbed). Provenance: Philip Shirley (modern armorial bookplate). Wing K488; Upcott I, 61-63. "

Beyond my purse .... so I have come up with my own solution.

The other day, to my great joy, I discovered that the book has been digitally scanned and uploaded onto the internet's digital archives ; what a superb resource this provides to us "academic heralds" (a term I have borrowed from David Appleton).  Now, pleased as I am to have found this book online, it doesn't exactly satisfy that comfortable feeling of having something tangible to hold and read and my eyesight doesn't improve with age so trying to read a complete book online is anything but the pleasure it ought to be; you just can't beat a good book.  I've made a decision!  I have found a company who will, for a fee, make me a facsimile. The company estimates that for this book to be printed, the cost will be around  £50 + £10 guillotining, + £40 to bind in cloth + £1 per word for gold leaf titling on the cover.  I have asked for it to be printed off on a 135gsm cream cartridge paper but I could have had it printed on some handmade old looking paper at an increased cost. The book is for my own personal use and because of its age, there are no copyright issues.

I'll report back with some images when the project is complete. I look forward to some bedtime reading.

Saturday, 25 July 2009

The Great Clan Gathering 2009



Not strictly speaking heraldry although I do know that there was a great deal of heraldry in evidence, especially in the parade. Today witnessed the great clan gathering in Edinburgh and a great many of my friends were in attendance and participated in the parade with their banners flying; I look forward to seeing their photographs.

Friday, 24 July 2009

An Heraldic Frontispiece worthy of note.

My meagre endeavors to bring the heraldry of Cheshire to the web really started with an introduction to the book published by Daniel King in 1656 (King's Vale Royal of England). I reproduce for you here a scaled down photo of (part of) the frontispiece which, I think, is worthy of note from an armorial view:

Frontispiece from King’s Vale Royal of England

Wednesday, 22 July 2009

48 and not (quite) out.

It's always very pleasant to receive a letter from a friend and especially so when the content discusses ones hobby.

My thanks to Harold Storey, Chairman of The Cheshire Heraldry Society, for assisting in the identification of (most of) the quarters in the armorial bearings of Booth which are displayed as a monument to Langham and Henry Booth seen in the Dunham (or Booth) Chapel at Bowdon Parish Church. Harold wrote me a very pleasant letter (received today) informing me that he had already done this work some years ago when he completed a report for the National Association of Decorative and Fine Arts; he was kind enough to share his research with me.

Booth quartered coat

http://cheshire-heraldry.org.uk/gallery_image48.html

Saturday, 11 July 2009

Marbury of Marbury

Changes to the Visitations images now up to Marbury of Marbury:

http://cheshire-heraldry.org.uk/visitations/CV19.html

Marbury of MarburyArms: Quarterly-
1 & 6 Sable, a cross engrailed between four nails Argent
2 Or, on a fess engrailed Azure three garbs of the field [Marbury ancient or Vernon]
3 Argent, a lion rampant Gules, collared Or [Vernon]
4 Vert, a cross patonce Or [Boydell]
5 Argent, on a fess Sable three mullets of the first pierced of the second [Boydell?]

Crest: On a chapeau Gules, charged with three bezants, and turned up Argent, a sarecen's head in profile, couped proper, crined Sable, wreathed about the temples Or and Azure.

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