International Heraldry - L. G. [Leslie Gilbert] PineDavid & Charles, 1970, Paperback.
Condition: Good. A pleasant enough reading copy. Heavily faded at the spine. Edges of the text block lightly tanned. Text complete, clean and tight.
First in this, paperback, edition. Illustrated with black and white photographs.
From the cover: “A comprehensive survey of the science and art of armorial bearings and heraldic devices, this book traces the history of heraldry from its small medieval origins as a means of identification on the field of battle to its present-day manifestations in a variety of forms throughout the world. English, Scottish and Irish heraldry are separately examined and there is a full account of their evolution over the ages, their adaptation to civil uses, and their place in the modern world. An extensive section on heraldry in the United States, where an American College of Arms has recently been established and Rolls of Arms are regularly issued, explains heraldry’s relationship to genealogy and the methods by which armigerous ancestors in other countries may be traced and the right to a coat of arms established. Other chapters are devoted to Continental and Oriental Heraldry, for while the groundwork of the science is universal, the practice of it varies greatly from country to country. A section of special interest deals with the Arms of institutions, ranging from commercial undertakings and national bodies to colleges, universities and naval and military units. A final chapter surveys the histories of the arms of royal houses, sovereign states, Indian Princes and of the state symbols of Commonwealth countries.
Written in characteristically readable style by a leading international authority on the subject, and fully illustrated, this is a book which makes the study of heraldry as clear and as easy of comprehension for the student as ever were the insignia so proudly borne in the van of battle in medieval times.”