Heraldry: Sources, Symbols and Meaning by Ottfried Neubecker
1997, Tiger Books International, Middlesex, England
Text in English and German. Glued binding. Pictorial boards. Dust jacket. 8 5/8" x 11 3/8"; 288 pages, illustrations, mostly color; maps, Early Ammorials, list of illustrations, bibliography, index
Very good in very good dust jacket. Good, clean, solid copy with no problems. Dust cover has light wear at head of spine, edges, and corners
A thorough and richly illustrated history of the system, the art, and the craft that have grown from the honored office of the herald. Each of the book's nine chapters explores one major element of heraldry, bringing a new order and clarity to the intricate, spectacular development of this ancient-and now worldwide-system of identification. the rise and decline of jousting tournaments, the chivalric code, symbols of battles won passed from fathers to sons, and eventually to the seals of great nations, the origin of the 'bar sinister', emblems brought back by the Crusaders from the Middle East and still used today to represent various countries: all these have become part of the heraldic tradition. This book contains an extensive and thorough display of heraldic devices and historical illustrations, 1500 of which are in full color, and there are many specially commissioned maps, charts, and diagrammatic drawings.
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