A. Boyer. The Great Theater of Honour and Nobility…Both in French and English. Illustrated and Adorned with about Forty Copper-Plates, curiously engraved, dedicated to His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales. Henry Woodfall : London 1729. 2 vols. in one. Full leather with stamped armorial on cover, previous owner notation on title page. Front board detached but present. Some of the creased folding plates have a tear at folding point. Some soiling, rubbing of boards. Needs a bookbinder’s tender mercies. Quarto xvi + 380 + 259 pp plus an additional correction page. 29 full page plates including 5 folding plates. Uncertain if I am missing a plate or not. Other sources call for 30-33 plates, no agreement. Small vignettes throughout the volume which tally to the 40 Copper plates..
Contents include :
1) The Science of Heraldry, II An Historical and Chronological Abridgement of the Settlements and Revolutions of the Monarchies and Sovereignties of Europe from the Downfall of the Roman Empire, till towards the end of the Tenth Century III The present State of the Empire of Germany, with relation to the Emperor, King of the Romans, Electors, Princes of the Empire, Imperial Cities, Diets etc IV The Achievements and Blazon of the Emperors, Kings, Princes and Sovereign States of Christendom.