Item #1505 Arms and Blazons of the Colleges of Oxford. Francis Pierrepont Barnard, Major T. Shepard.
Arms and Blazons of the Colleges of Oxford
Arms and Blazons of the Colleges of Oxford
Arms and Blazons of the Colleges of Oxford
Arms and Blazons of the Colleges of Oxford
Arms and Blazons of the Colleges of Oxford
Arms and Blazons of the Colleges of Oxford

Arms and Blazons of the Colleges of Oxford

London: Oxford University Press, 1929. Original navy cloth (6 7/8 inches tall), gilt spine and front board. Early owner signature, mild tanning to blank flyleaves, cracking to textblock, else Fine. Item #1505

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First edition of the College Arms of Oxford University—illustrated by the "Herald-Painter" Major Thomas Shepard with a frontispiece and 22 captioned plates—and printed in colors at the University Press Oxford by John Johnson, the Printer to the University. A bright, fresh copy.

Oxford has long been the doctrinal and intellectual center of English Christianity and there are ancient links between University and the Church: "whether high or low church, Evangelical, Broad Church,or Catholic, Oxford was in love with the idea of Christian perfection" (Zaleski and Zaleski). This book is composed of three sections: 1. Plates numbered I-XXII, 2. brief Accounts of the Arms, 3. A Note on Heraldry (with additional black-and-white illustrations in the text). The frontispiece of the University arms "appear to have been based upon the fictitious coat invented, after the rise of heraldry, for the Anglo-Saxon King and Martyr, St. Edmund." The additional plates depict the arms of I. University College, II. Balliol Colle, III. Merton College, IV. Exeter College, V. Oriel College, VI. The Queen's College, VII. New College, VIII. The Lincoln College, IX. All Soul's College, X. Magdalen College, XI. The King's Hall and College of Brasenose, XII. Corpus Christi College, XIII. Christ Church, XIV. Trinity College, XV. St. John's College, XVI. Jesus College, XVII. Wadham College, XVIII. Pembroke Colle, XIX. Worcester College, XX. Hertford College, XXI. St. Edmund Hall, XXII. Keble College. Shepard illustrated a coat-of-arms for Sir Thomas More (in The Fame of Blessed Thomas More) in the same year. Without the scarce original dust wrapper. Zaleski and Zaleski. The Fellowship: The Literary Lives of the Inklings.

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