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INQUIRIES INTO THE ORIGIN AND PROGRESS OF - Dallaway, James - 1793. 
Printed by R. Raikes, for T. Cadell, Gloucester, London 1793 - London: printed by R. Raikes, for T. Cadell, Gloucester, 1793. 4to.  + xiii +  + 424pp +  + cxii. Title-page engraving. 27 full page plates (many hand-colored). Folding leaf of genealogical tables. Pages generally very clean. Period calf with new leather spine preserving old title label. Light, occasional spotting as usual. Over very good. It includes biographical sketches of heraldic authors as well as a list of books connected with genealogy. - Nothing had contributed so much to cause heraldry to be disregarded, as the confused and affected style of some of the writers who had inquired into its origin and history. Mr. Dalloway has here, with the pen of a Tacitus, accurately defined, in a most comprehensive manner, its rise and progress from the earliest through the most interesting periods of British history, accommodating the study to modern system. - Thomas Moule, Bibliotheca Heraldica Magnae Britanniae. James Dallaway (1763 - 1834) was an English antiquary, topographer, and miscellaneous writer. He is known for his account of Constantinople and the Greek islands, published in 1797; and his county history of the western parts of Sussex, of which he published two volumes in 1815 -19. He was elected a fellow of the Society of Antiquaries of London in 1789; and in 1793 he published Inquiries into the Origin and Progress of the Science of Heraldry in England, with Explanatory Observations on Armorial Ensigns. [Attributes: First Edition; Hard Cover]
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