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Grose, Francis.

MILITARY ANTIQUITIES Respecting a New History of the English Army from the Conquest to the Present Time. A New Edition with Material Additions and Improvements. Two volumes. Bound in volume two: Grose, Francis. A TREATISE ON ANCIENT ARMOUR AND WEAPONS, Il

Printed for T. Egerton and G. Kearsley: London 1801 52 plates including frontis + title page vignette (vol 1); 26 plates + frontis and title page vignette; frontis and title page vignette; 61 plates (vol 2), 11 x 9, tree calf, gilt decoration with gilt lettering, red spine labels, i-(viii). 1-412; (1)-236, 229-234, 235-363 + index. Outer hinges cracked and covers loose, scratches, scuffed/scraped, corners and spine tips bumped and worn, spine tips have small tears and missing small pieces, shelfworn, staining on bottom page edges, bookplates (Otto Oren Fisher and Edward Barlow, Royal Artillery, scattered spotting, toning, creasing (mainly corners), small tears, light staining, and worming to volume 2. Inside volume 1 is a small, worn piece of paper with contemporary (?) notes on both sides on Francis Grose and his father: "Was the son of Francis Grose Esq. . . . He was an eminent jeweller, and employed in Ornamenting the Crown for the Coronation of Geo. 2nd. Francis Grose his eldest son was born at Greenford. Having a taste for Antiquities and Drawing his Father procured him a place in the College of Arms." On the reverse: "on his falling asleep at his Club" (young Francis) and in part: "To genius and learning he'll never give birth, Then Wake brother Member our Friend from his sleep, Lest Apollo should frown and Bacchus should weep." Francis Grose (1731?-1791), a recipient of a classical education, chose to study art instead of pursuing a university education. Starting in 1769 he exhibited at the Royal Academy drawings mainly of an architectural nature. He was the author of "Antiquities of England and Wales," "The Antiquities of Scotland," "A Classical Dictionary of the Vulgur Tongue" and several other titles. Grose, a fellow of the Society of Antiquarians was also a well known bon vivant and a good drinking companion. A very nicely illustrated set. Second ed.

Book Id: 98-0473

Price: $650.00

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