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Armorial Neuchatelois.  Galerie Historique du Chateau de Neuchatel, contenant les armoiries des comtes et princes de neuchatel, des gouvereurs qui ont administre le pays en leur nom, ainsi que des quartre Bourgeoisies, Accompagnee de Notes Historiques et Heraldiques.
1 Armorial Neuchatelois. Galerie Historique du Chateau de Neuchatel, contenant les armoiries des comtes et princes de neuchatel, des gouvereurs qui ont administre le pays en leur nom, ainsi que des quartre Bourgeoisies, Accompagnee de Notes Historiques et Heraldiques.
Berne and Neuchatel Societe Litteraire (F. L. Davoine) 1857 First Edition Decorated Cloth Very Good 
8vo. 26 by 16.5 cm. 36 pp., followed by 44 hand-colored plates, the first serving as a decorative title to the plate section, and the following 43 being armorial plates, many of which are striking and/or beautiful. Text section with scattered light to moderate foxing, as typical with the paper stock used. Some plates with a trivial amount of light foxing, but plates are generally bright and clean. Spine with repaired tear near upper extremity. Otherwise, the decorative cloth blindstamped and gilded binding is handsome and well-preserved. All edges gilt. A lovely copy overall. 
Price: 1250.00 USD
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2 Des Koniglich Baierisch Militarisch Hohen St. Georgii Ritter Ordens Wappen Calender
Munchen Fleischmann 1817 Vellum Very Good 
16mo. With 119 Engraved Plates, one folding, of portraits, coat-of-arms, and sometimes ornate decoration and imagery beside. A mix of line and stipple engravings. This is a collection of the escutcheons of German princes. Followed by almanac and calendar. The almanac part has death notices, not recent at time, that might have been included as a fee by noble families wishing to honor their forbears. The principle part of the almanac is a historic table with dates of ascession (coronation) and death of princes during mostly the eighteenth century. The binding is of added interest, being a red vellum. The binding has considerable wear, especially along the edges, and spine labels are chipped. Tight and mostly clean within, with FFEP partly loose. Two bookplates, both attractive, of Dudrea and Sumner Parker, who had a museum in Lutherville, Maryland in their home called "The Cloisters" which was bequeathed by them to the City of Baltimore. 
Price: 500.00 USD
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Japanese Scroll with Original Painting of Samurai Heraldic Devices O-umajirush Kyuan
3 Japanese Scroll with Original Painting of Samurai Heraldic Devices O-umajirush Kyuan
Japan Box Very Good 
N.d., but late 19th century, or Meiji era, transcription of a 17th century scroll. 1, 950 cm long (64 feet). 27 cm tall. This transcription is a somewhat loose, but complete, adaptation of a six volume work. Here the heraldic figures, banners and marks are presented in two tiers, with some liberties taken in the ordering and the style. Textual prefaces from the original Kyuan were dropped. Some minor staining and a few small tears, neatly repaired, both issues exclusively at the beginning of the scroll. Otherwise the scroll is in fine shape. The blue cloth scroll box, with bone clasps, is sturdy and in very good condition. 
Price: 2750.00 USD
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4 Monograms and Heraldic Designs. Wilkinson, Heywood & Clark Ltd. Manufacturers of High Class Varnishes, Japans and Colors.
London 
4to. N.d., 1901-1910, based on contemporary arms and monogram for Edward VII, then reigning monarch. Also references to coaches, which had not yet been sidelined by the horseless carriage, also known as the automobile. An extensive presentation of monograms, color combinations in stripes, pins and finials, and finally, and most beautiful of all, escutcheons. With 165 color plates, although on several pages each object depicted is assigned a different plate number. Still, an abundance of plates. A most unusual trade catalog and color reference. Clean throughout. Ex-lib light, with only sign of provenance a discreet gilt code number on lower spine and one tiny stamp on title. 
Price: 400.00 USD
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[Spanish Manuscript] Royal Grant of Arms
5 [Spanish Manuscript] Royal Grant of Arms
1760 Full Blindstamped Morocco Very Good 
Very beautiful Spanish Grant of Arms, with four full-page fetchingly naive paintings on vellum. These include one of a knight jousting, in addition to the the expected coat-of-arms, etc. Dated 1760, the manuscript bears the stamp of King Charles III. Folio, 32.5 by 22 cm. Three vellum leaves (one with painting on both sides), followed by 60 paginated leaves of paper, then 50 unpaginated leaves of paper. The unpaginated pages are given over to official correspondence, notarizations, and legal confirmation and the like. In addition to the full page paintings, there are two other pages with elaborate rococo watercolored decoration, plus occasional uses of red or green watercolor to mark a name or section break. These are less elaborate than might typically be associated with these Spanish patent illuminated manuscripts, in part, perhaps, because of the later date. But compensating for what might be seen as a lack in this area are the paintings, which definitely strike us as almost folk art, in the best sense of that descriptive rubric. This is undeniably a relative matter -- we are comparing this manuscript to others of the same purpose. The artwork brings to mind what is sometimes referred to as peasant Rococo. Surely this level of artistry would almost seem paradoxical to the august function of the particular document, and therein resides its especial charm and singularity. The vellum leaves are separated by yellow silk tissue guards. Also containing a family tree. The writing is throughout, and especially in the primary document, a very neat cursive calligraphy. Throughout there are tiny inconspicuous holes, and sometimes straight lines at the base of the leaves, where the writing instrument or ink has bore through the paper. Nonetheless the written document remains handsome and thoroughly legible. Light wear to the binding. 
Price: 4750.00 USD
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6 Drescher, Karl Das Nurnbergische Schonbartbuch: Nach der Hamburger Handschrift
Weimar Gesellschaft der Bibliophilen 1908 Limited Edition Half Vellum over Marbled Boards Near Fine 
No. 340 of 500 limitation. Narrow folio, 34 by 21.5 cm. XII, 20 pp., followed by 78 hand-colored plates, containing 97 illustrations, and six of the plates are double-paged. Most of the plates are of late Medieval or Early Renaissance Teutonic costume, but also group scenes showing men at play, or playing instruments, etc. The drawings are delightfully naive in their styling, and the coloring brings excitement to the imagery. A few of the most enchanting illustrations depict small fortress-like structures seemingly afloat. Also frontis portrait in black and white. Vellum is lightly soiled. Clean and tight within. Formerly owned by the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh, but the only evidence of this is a light stamp at the base of the title page, a tiny deaccession stamp on the FEP corner, and a few light pencil marks. 
Price: 900.00 USD
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Heraldry Manuscript, Logie, Edward (?)
7 Logie, Edward (?) Heraldry Manuscript
Wraps. Marbled paper on card. Very Good 
N.d., circa 1852. Oblong 4to. 26 by 37 cm. Ten leaves, or 18 pp., with thirty different watercolors of armorial banners. The images are extraordinarily bright and beautiful; these paintings were by an accomplished, confident hand. The imagery is of three basic types: squarish banners held up by stylized animals, long triangular-ish armorial pennants, and armorial rectangular paintings that are not shown as part of a flag or banner. The presentation is chronological based on monarchs, beginning with Edward III and running to Henry VIII and his wives, Anne and Jane. The name of the particular monarch associated with an image is written in ink with a neat hand. The dating is based on a watermark, and the artist, on a pencil inscription. 
Price: 1600.00 USD
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English Heraldic Manuscripts in the British Museum, Wright, C. E.
8 Wright, C. E. English Heraldic Manuscripts in the British Museum
London British Museum Publications Ltd. 1973 First Edition Brochure Near Fine 
32 pp followed by 16 photo plates. 
Price: 10.00 USD
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