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Regal Heraldry. The Armorial Insignia of the Kings and Queens of England, from corbal authorities

London: 1821.
Lowndes p. 2926
London: 1821.

FIRST EDITION. 4to pp. x [2] 116; engraved frontispiece depicting the arms of Henry VIII; 36 engraved plates (32 with hand-colouring) and head-pieces throughout; a very good to near fine copy in contemporary half blue calf; gilt spine with raised bands; some wear to extremities. Marbled boards and end papers. This copy from the library of British bibliographer and parliament member Beriah Botfield (1807-1863) with his bookplate. The plates were engraved and explained by Thomas Willement (1786-1871) while serving as heraldic artist to King George IV. Later under Queen Victoria he turned to working in stained glass and was responsible in great part for the era's revival of interest in this art (DNB). Coloured plates in order: House of Normandy. 1. William I / William II / Matilda of Scotland / Alice of Brabant / Stephen & Matilda of Bologne. House of Plantagenet. 2. Henry II / Berengaria of Navarre / King John. 3. Henry III / Eleanor of Provence. 4. Edward III / Philippa of Hainault. 5. Isabel of France / Richard II / Anne of Austria. The Royal House onf Lancaster. 6. Joane of Navarre. 7. Henry VI & Margaret of Anjou. The Royal House of York. 8. Edward IV. 9. Elizabeth Widvile. 10. Edward IV / EdwardV. 11. Richard III / Anne Nevil. The Royal House of Tudor. 12. Henry VIl / Elizabeth of York. 13. Henry VIII / Catherine of Arragon. 14. Anne Bullen / Jane Seymour. 15. Catherine Howard / Catherine Parre 16. Edward VI, Mary & Elizabeth. 17. Mary / Mario (?) / Philip. 18. Elizabeth I. The Royal House of Stuart. 19. James I. 20. Charles I. 21. Charles II. 22. James II. 23. Henrietta Maria of France. 24. James I. 25. William III. 26. Anne. The Royal House of Hannover. 27. George I. 28. George II. 29. George III. 30. George III (1801) / George III (1816) / Charlotte of Meclenburg. 31. George IV. 32. Caroline of Brunswick.