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Brydson, Thomas

A summary view of heraldry in reference to the uses of chivalry and the general economy of the feudal system.

Edinburgh, “printed by Mundell & Son” (and London, “sold by Messrs Nicol (etc)”), 1795.

Reference: 11479
Price: £95 [convert currency]

Full Description

8vo. Engraved title leaf, xvi + 319 + (1)pp. Contemporary quarter calf, marbled boards, a little worn at head of spine and outer corners. Jill Allibone’s copy, with her bookplate. Earlier ink ownership inscription of “C.C.W.D.”.

A discussion of the development and use of heraldry to indicate rank and status in society (and as such, written with different purpose to most books on heraldry of its date). The author is identified on the volume’s title leaf as a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of Scotland, and a lengthy list of subscribers includes British royalty, foreign royalty (the Kings of Poland and Sweden), and the elite of Scottish society (peers, landowners, Judges of the Court of Session, and academics including Dugald Stewart and Adam Smith).