Stroud: Alan Sutton Publishing, 1992, (First Edition) Hardback in dust wrapper.
Contains: Black & white photographs; Colour photographs; Black & white drawings; Glossary;
From the cover: Ubiquitous in the fabric of our ancient churches, castles and houses, in documents, and on monuments and stained glass, heraldry represents a treasure-house of information for both the historian and genealogist, but one which often remains closed due to its apparent complexity and inaccessibility.
Here Stephen Friar, an experienced armorist and local historian, provides the reader with the keys to unlock the mysteries of heraldrys language, conventions and traditions.
The origins of heraldry and its significance in the lives of our noble and gentle forebears are considered, as are the interpretation of heraldic devices; the systems of marshalling which record affiliation, marriage and inheritance; cadency, by which the younger members of a family may be identified; and the symbols themselves, which often contain obscure references to a familys history and its fluctuating relationships with the Crown. The conventions of armoury are explained and there is also a useful section on the interpretation of blazon, the language of heraldry, complemented by an illustrated glossary.
Very Good in Very Good Dust Wrapper. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper. Price Clipped.
Blue boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. [X] 271 pages. Index. 10″ x 7″.