Heraldry: A Pictorial Archive for Artists and Designers Paperback – Nov 25 1991
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Heraldry had its origin in the decorative shields used in Western Europe in the twelfth century. Today the varied and colorful designs that have developed over the centuries carry a rich aura of medieval romance that can enhance any number of artistic and design projects.
For this volume, Carol Belanger Grafton has selected 1,047 authentic heraldic designs and motifs from The Art of Heraldry, a classic study by Arthur Charles Fox-Davies (1871–1928), an English barrister and foremost authority on the subject. Dating from the fourteenth to the twentieth centuries, the illustrations include 393 full-color and 654 black-and-white designs: arms of individuals, among them such notables as Edward the Black Prince, John Milton, and Maximilian I; arms of institutions, corporations, guilds, towns, and cities; heraldic windows; examples of heraldic lions, eagles, and dragons; banners and crests; and more.
These designs represent a superb source of authentic royalty-free images that will give aristocratic flair to book and magazine illustrations, advertisements, newsletters, and other graphic projects. This volume is also a valuable visual reference for those interested in genealogy.
Dover (1991) original selection of designs from The Art of Heraldry: An Encyclopaedia of Armory, originally published by T. C. & E. C. Jack, London, 1904.
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Dover also offers a number of titles that include digital copies of the images on CD-ROM... this book is not one of those, and doesn't come with a CD. (If you want to find those, seach for "dover heraldic designs CD" and you'll find quite a few options.) It'd be nice to have crisp digital versions of these images instead of just the printed pages, but they're a good starting point if you're just using the book for inspiration rather than wanting to scan the designs in hi-res, and you'll find a lot of delightful things as you flip through that you weren't expecting. (My favorite is one of the colored coats of arms that has a bizarre flying fish on the shield and a... person in a strange bear-suit of some kind on top.)
If you're looking for a book that explains what heraldry is and how it works, this isn't the one for you... this is purely a graphic resource, as the subtitle suggests. There's a very short publisher's note in the beginning of the book that gives a brief overview of heraldry and what it's all about, but this isn't an informational book. (If that's what you're looking for, maybe try A Complete Guide to Heraldry, also by Arthur Charles Fox-Davies.)
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