Dealing mainly with British heraldry and written by Officers of Arms with access to the records and manuscripts of the College of Arms, the heraldic authority of the UK, this is an introduction to heraldry which aims to help the reader enjoy old houses, churches and monuments as well as the subject for its own sake. It is written for people who know little about the subject, but it aims to be authoritative, avoiding romantic myths and bogus heraldic terms. Among the topics covered are the origins of heraldry; the composition of arms (shields, crests, supporters, etc) and their visual appearance; how arms were and are granted and to whom; the evolution of arms as families grow and intermarry; and the use of arms as decoration. There are chapters on American and European heraldry. The illustrations have been drawn where possible from the manuscripts in the College of Arms library.
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Descrizione libro Oxford University Press, 1988. Condizione libro: New. Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service! Summary: 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. Codice libro della libreria ABE_book_new_0192116584
Descrizione libro Oxford University Press, 1988. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. book. Codice libro della libreria 0192116584
Descrizione libro Oxford University Press, USA, 1988. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. First. Codice libro della libreria DADAX0192116584
Descrizione libro Oxford University Press, 1988. Hardcover. Condizione libro: New. Codice libro della libreria P110192116584