Thursday, 14 January 2010

Haiti

Posted on rec.heraldry yesterday:

In response to the calamitous earthquake that struck Haiti yesterday
evening, the College of Arms has decided that all proceeds arising
from future sales of The Armorial of Haiti: Symbols of Nobility in the
Reign of Henry Christophe (ISBN 978-09506980-2-1) will be donated to
the relief effort.
The book is an edition, with commentary, of an extraordinary heraldic
manuscript created in Haiti in the second decade of the nineteenth
century and now held in the College of Arms. It was published by the
College in 2007 and is available on-line for 45 pounds sterling (plus
despatch costs) at
http://www.college-of-arms.gov.uk/Haiti.htm and
through amazon.co.uk. Production costs for the book have been met, and
all sums received by the College over and above normal packing and
postage costs will be held for the benefit of a recognised charity
working towards the international relief effort, the charity to be
selected on the basis of official advice.
I would urge those who have not yet acquired a copy of this book to
consider doing so, and to mention it to others who may be interested
either in New World heraldry, in Caribbean history or specifically in
the politics and culture of Haiti. Doing so will raise money directly
for the relief of the nation that produced this unusual and
fascinating artefact.
If you have already purchased a copy of the book, or as an alternative
to doing so now, please consider donating directly to the effort to
the relief campaign through a charity of your choice.
Clive Cheesman
Rouge Dragon
College of Arms
Queen Victoria Street
London
EC4V 4BT

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