Armorial album
Lot 76
HERALDRY. Armorial containing emblazoned coats of arms, beginning with "The Manner & Armes of the five Conquerors of England", followed by the arms of England, c.1670
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HERALDRY
Armorial containing emblazoned coats of arms, beginning with "The Manner & Armes of the five Conquerors of England", followed by the arms of England "with the alterations thereof & the Causes", and those of the first Christian kings; the rest of the volume devoted to each shire that gave its name to a title (with the arms of each separate creation), in alphabetic order leading off with "Francis Bacon Lord Verulam, & Lord Can: of England created Viscount of Snt Albans Jan: 18. An: 1620" and breaking off with the dukes, marquesses and earls of Suffolk, the first 56 leaves coloured in bright washes, the remaining six with colours still to be applied; occasional accounts of battles entered in the same hand on facing pages, 62 numbered leaves, bearing arms on one side only, some with paper-losses due to ink oxidisation, contemporary limp vellum, some rodent-damage and other wear, folio, last date cited 1670

Footnotes

  • This attractive armorial has the note in pencil note on the front fly-leaf, seemingly by the collector and antiquary Henry Bradfer-Lawrence: "This book belonged to the Slingsbys and was bought at the sale of Dean Purey-Cust's Library 191". The papers of the Slingsby family of Scriven, just outside Knaresborough in the North Riding, are now held by the Yorkshire Archaeological Society (which also holds many Bradfer-Lawrence MSS). It is possible that this volume was commissioned by Sir Thomas Slingsby, MP (1636-1688), for whose biography see The History of Parliament. Another possible candidate is Henry Slingsby (1619/20-1688) of Kippax, in the West Riding, a friend of Pepys and Evelyn and Master of the Mint, who from the 1670s onwards faced severe financial embarrassment (which might, at a pinch, explain why it was left unfinished, see the ODNB). The armorial was according to the pencilled note later acquired by Arthur Perceval Purey-Cust (1828-1916), Dean of York (1880-1916), who did much work on the manuscripts at the cathedral, publishing among other works, The Heraldry of York Minster (1890); evidently being acquired at the dispersal of his library by Bradfer-Lawrence (see Phyllis M. Giles, 'A Handlist of the Bradfer-Lawrence Manuscripts Deposited on Loan at the Fitzwilliam Museum', Transactions of the Cambridge Bibliographical Society, Vol. 6, N. 2, 1973, pp. 86-99).
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