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Heraldry Books


Here are some books about heraldry:

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Scottish Clan and Family Names: Their Arms, Origins and Tartans

By Roddy Martine

Martine, Roddy
Paperback (224 pages)

Scottish Clan and Family Names: Their Arms, Origins and Tartans
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Providing an invaluable guide to the surnames of Scotland, each entry in this book covers the history, areas of family lands, castles, and tartans (ancient and modern) associated with the powerful clans of the Highlands, and the great families of the Lowlands.

The Oxford Guide to Heraldry

By Thomas Woodcock

Oxford University Press
Hardcover (288 pages)

The Oxford Guide to Heraldry
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Beautifully illustrated with 32 full-color plates and over one hundred halftones and line drawings, The Oxford Guide to Heraldry offers a fascinating tour of the heart of medieval pagentry. The first guide to heraldry written by Officers of Arms with full access to the College of Arms Library--which boasts the finest collection of heraldic manuscripts in the world--this colorful volume is both an authoritative, completely up-to-date reference for experts and an excellent introduction for beginners, covering the origins of heraldry, the composition of arms and their visual appearance, the use of arms as decoration, and much more.
The authors explain how coats of arms differed from country to country, with informative sections on France, Germany, Italy, Spain, and other European nations, plus a complete chapter devoted to heraldry in America. They discuss the traditional tinctures (colors) used--two metals, five colors, and two furs--and reveal that the colors are continually updated (for instance, after World War II, the color Bleu Celeste was added to honor the Royal Air Force). The book also outlines the virtues associated with the colors (red or "gules" signified magnanimity, black or "sable" prudence), the types of shield division (such as pale, fess, bend sinister, and chevron), the symbolism of animals (the owl signified a lazy man, the bear a strong but unwise warrior), and countless other aspects of this ancient art. This encyclopedic resource also includes an appendix on the Royal Arms of Great Britain, a glossary of heraldic terms, and a list of English and Scottish Kings of Arms.
Heraldry is many things: a fascinating art, a system of symbols denoting prominent families and institutions, a beautiful display of pageantry, an important part of the historical record. The most authoritative guide to heraldry available, this lavishly illustrated volume is an invaluable reference for anyone interested in genealogy, history, chivalry, or the decorative arts.

Standards and Colors of the American Revolution

By Edward W. Richardson

Brand: Univ of Pennsylvania Pr
Hardcover (358 pages)

Standards and Colors of the American Revolution
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Flags and the colors of uniforms etc. of the American Revolution. Beautiful

Flags and Emblems of Australia

By Jill B. Bruce

Brand: Kangaroo Pr
Paperback (32 pages)

Flags and Emblems of Australia
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Reverse Symbolism Dictionary: Symbols Listed by Subject

Brand: Mcfarland n Co Inc Pub
Hardcover (181 pages)

Reverse Symbolism Dictionary: Symbols Listed by Subject
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In 1986, Mr. Olderr wrote the hugely successful Symbolism: A Comprehensive Dictionary. It was arranged by symbol and told what the meanings were. The present work goes the other way (but it is not simply a refiguring of the data). It presents ideas, situations or objects (ancient to modern), and gives the symbols (allusions, associations, attributes, or emblems). Literary, artistic, religious, heraldic, numerological, folkloric, occult, psychological, and biblical usages are included.

A Complete Guide to Heraldry

By Arthur C. Fox-Davies

Gramercy
Released: 1993-12-19
Hardcover (658 pages)

A Complete Guide to Heraldry
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This Elibron Classics book is a facsimile reprint of a 1909 edition published in London.

Heraldry Custom, Rules and Styles

By Carl-Alexander Von Volborth

Blandford Press
Hardcover (230 pages)

Heraldry Custom, Rules and Styles
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HERALDRY - Customs, Rules Styles is a lavishly illustrated and extensively researched study of the complex rules and customs governing the international subject of hearldry. Scholarly in depth, yet wide and readable in its approach, this book shows why the popularity of family heraldry is increasing and why the subject continues to arouse such interest.

Illumination for Calligraphers: The Complete Guide for the Ambitious Calligrapher

By Marie Lynskey

Thorsons Pub
Hardcover (144 pages)

Illumination for Calligraphers: The Complete Guide for the Ambitious Calligrapher
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A sequel to the author's book 'Creative Calligraphy', which takes the reader into more advanced forms of calligraphy, showing how to achieve good results in a wide range of illumination techniques. It deals with decorative borders, filigree pen-work, diaper, gilding, miniatures, celtic designs, and decorative maps. It also shows how to plan a large decorative broadsheet and looks at an interesting range of alternatives to the conventional layouts.

Heraldry in America: A Classic Survey of Coats of Arms and Insignia

By Eugene Zieber

Greenwich House
Released: 1984-04-18
Hardcover (452 pages)

Heraldry in America: A Classic Survey of Coats of Arms and Insignia
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Of the few American works on Heraldry, Zieber is far superior in scope and execution to all others. In its 427 pages there are no fewer than 950 coats-of-arms and illustrations. Esential for all libraries with a good reference collection.

District Tartans

By Gordon Teall

Shepheard-Walwyn
Hardcover (262 pages)

District Tartans
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District tartans have a longer pedigree than clan tartans but, although probably better supported from documented sources than clan tartans, they have received less attention over the past two centuries. This work outlines the history of district tartans, with details of 56 from Scotland - linked by name with an area, region, city or town - and over 50 from other countries, illustrated in colour with notes on origin and design. The book answers many questions about tartan etiquette, describes the function of the Lyon Court and the role of the Scottish Tartans Society.


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