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FERNE, JOHN. - The Blazon Of Gentrie: Devided into two parts. The first named The Glorie of Generositie. The second, Lacyes Nobilitie ... discourses of Armes and of Gentry. Wherein is treated of the beginning, parts and degrees of gentlenesse, with her lawes: of the bearing, and blazon of cote-armors: of the lawes of armes, and of combats.

London, printed by John Windet for Andrew Maunsell 1586. Small quarto contemporary calf ruled in blind with a device stamped into each board (rebacked, corners worn); [20],341,[3],130pp, woodcuts through the text. Contemporary signature of John Leche on the title, probably one of the seven thousand John Leches of Carden who passed the name father to son since just after the big bang. Ours may be John Leche X of Carden Hall. A few gentlemanly annotations in Latin in the margins and inside the back cover. Someone pencilled "a tall copy" on the front endpaper and indeed there is close to a half inch spare above the headlines. ¶ First edition of this stanchion of English ideas of class, lineage and heredity and the innate nobility of the Gentleman. Indeed the argument is put forward that Jesus had the right to a coat of arms through his mother and that many of the apostles were "Gentlemen of bloud" (p97-8).
AUD 1750.00 [Appr.: EURO 1123.75 US$ 1324.99 | £UK 1002.75 | JP¥ 148463] Book number 9586

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