Heraldic Manuscript, Illuminated, England, Late 16th Century. Small folio manuscript on paper consisting of forty-two painted leaves, containing 133 hand-painted English coats of arms, the first nine depicted singly, each on its own leaf, showing arms of the Earls of Chester, four leaves showing two per page, all other leaves with four arms, all in full hand-color, some with gilt accents, fields, etc., some painted silver accents oxidized; captions in English in a gothic hand, neatly drawn initials with the occasional grotesque face; the entire manuscript interleaved with blanks of a lighter paper (some interleaving blanks have been removed, the original leaf count, before the blanks were removed, was eighty-three leaves); bound in 18th century diced russia, rebacked, ex libris Brian Douglas Stilwell, with book ticket, heraldic armorial bookplate with two feathers and a lion's head above a turret; signature of C. Tarleton dated 5 September 1783 on ffep, 10 1/2 x 8 in.
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