A Rare and Extraordinary Pair of 19th Century Lithographs 1222

A Rare and Extraordinary Pair of 19th Century Lithographs 1222 A Rare and Extraordinary Pair of 19th Century Lithographs 1222
England 01222-M0007

A Rare and Extraordinary Pair of 19th Century Lithographs of English Coats of Arms from John Guillim’s A Display of Heraldry (folio 150 and 151). Guillim (1565 – 1621) was an Officer of Arms at the College of Arms in London, where his responsibilities were to interpret and conserve heraldic coats of arms and records as well as take part in various ceremonies and armorial matters. He was best known for his incredible contribution of heraldic work through his book, A Display of Heraldry, first published in 1610. After his death in 1621, seven more editions were published, the last in 1724. This pair of prints is thought to have been a part of a 1679 edition  published in London by Samuel Roycroft (whose father Thomas was also a distinguished printer) who was named London’s City Printer in 1677 and continued to hold the title for 13 years after. The Roycroft name is now well known for the arts and crafts community in East Aurora upstate New York. This arts and crafts community that produced some of the best pieces of furniture, metalwork, and books of the 19th century was founded by Elbert Hubbard in 1894. He named the community after Samuel Roycroft and his father, acknowledging the skill of them and all guildsmen and craftsmen in the 16th and 17th centuries, with roycroft meaning “King’s Craft” or “items made for a king.”

Height: 23 1/2"; Width: 18 1/4"
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