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The art of heraldry. Containing I. The original and universality of arms and ensigns, with their Use and Necessity; their Blazon, Distribution, Abatements, and Rewards of Honour. II. Of diverse Kinds of Escotcheons, and of the Bearing or Using the Ordinaries in Coat Armour. III. Of Coat Armour form'd of Artificial Things, whether Civil, Ecclesiastical, Military or Marine, such as are made by Man, or for his Use. IV. Of Charges in Coat Armour form'd of Coelestials, as, the Sun, Moon, Stars, Angels, &c. Of Vegetables, as Trees, Flowers, Plants, Fruits, &c. Of the Parts of Man's Body, as the Hands, Legs, Arms, Heart, &c. Of Animals, as Lyons, Tygers, Horses, Stags, &c. in Whole and in Parts. V. Of Charges from Fowls and Birds of all Sorts, in Whole and in Parts. VI. Of Charges from Fishes of all Kinds, in Whole and in Parts. Vii. Of Charges from Monstrous Animals, in Whole and in Parts. Embellish'd with forty copper plates, containing above 900 Coats of Arms of the Nobility and Gentry of Great Britain and Ireland, curiously engraven, with their particular Descriptions, and by whom borne. Interspers'd with the Natural History of the several Species of Birds, Beasts, Fishes, Vegetables, &c. comprehended therein. Together with Occasional Explications of all the Terms used in the Science of Heraldry, and peculiar thereto. To which is prefix'd, An Alphabetical list of the Names of the Families whose Coats are delineated in the Book, with References to the Pages where they are to be found.
- Blome, Richard, -1705.
- M.DCC.XXX. 
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Essay to heraldry
London : printed for J. Osborn, near Dock-Head, in Southwark: and sold by A. Bettesworth in Pater-Noster-Row, M.DCC.XXX. 
xiv,222p. : ill. ; 8⁰.
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