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FISHER, George.
A Companion and Key to the History of England...

A very scarce work. An extensive guide to the genealogical history of Britain, detailing the long monastery genealogy of the English monarchy. Illustrated with seventeen folding genealogical tables, one-paged tables, and in-text illustrations, compiled by George Fisher.

London: Simpkin and Marshall, 1832.
London: Simpkin and Marshall, 1832.

FIRST EDITION. The Numerous Illustrious Families of the British Aristocracy are accompanied with Genealogical Charts illustrative of the Several Dynasties and the Families Emanating from them. With an Appendix 1 volume extended to 5 volumes. Two hundred fifty plates, a few of them coloured (two sepia watercolours; one watercolour; nine pen & ink drawings by Gertrude Steel - an illustrator and published artist.) 4to. pp. [xvi + 2] 162 163-324 325-481 recto blank 483-650 651-769 + 6 Superbly bound by Zachnsdorf in three-quarter red morocco with a single rule in gilt, spines in six decorative gilded compartments, with gilt raised bands, lettered in the second and third compartments, dated in the sixth compartment. Top edges gilt, marbled endpapers. Contents good. Coloured plates in order: Volume 1. 1. The Ordeal of Queen Emma. 2. Sir John Wriothesley, Knight Garter King of Arms, 1511 (folding plate.) 3. Isabella of France, Queen consort to Edward II. 4. Marguerite D'Anjou, Reine d'Angleterre. Volume 2. 5. Madeleine de France. Queen consort of James V, King of Scotland. 6. The trial of King Charles I, 1649. Volume 3. 7. Retrato del Duque Brunswick Oels. Muerto en la Batalia de Waterloo. 8. [no caption] Last rites are given to a man condemned to death on a scaffold. 9. The Queen's entrance into Jerusalem. 10. Last Moments of Her Majesty. "They have destroyed me, but I forgive them" -- then calling Marriette to her side, she said, "Your Sister Dermont has done me great injury: but tell her that with my dying breath, I forgave her." Volume 4. 11. Thomas of Woodstock, son of Edward III Duke of Gloucester. 12. Earl Harcourts at Nuneham Courtnay, Oxon. Volume 5. 13. Bishop Usher.