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Chronological Catalogue of Writers on English
Heraldry. Art. 1. A Treatise of Hawking, Hunting, Fishing, and Coat-Armour, usually ascribed to Dame Juliana Berners, was called “ The Boke of St. Allans,” because it was first printed in that monastery, 1486.
It was afterwards printed by Wynken de Worde in 1496. See Herbert, 126-133, 1433; and Dallaway, in his Heraldry, who gives a full account of it, and says it was reprinted by Copland, 1496—and again 1550—and has reprinted the whole third part concerning “ Coat Armour" in his Appendix. See Markham's new-modelled edition below.
Gore says, Wynkyn de Worde “ Armorum primus Artem protulit & ternis linguis illustravit candem. Impr. West. monest. 1486 and 1496, fol.” He probably alludes to the Book of St. Albans.
Art. 2. Nicolai Upton de Studio Militari Libri Quatuor, Johan. de Bado Aureo, Tractatus de Armis. Henrici Spelmanni Aspilogia. Edoardus Bisseus, e Codicibus MSS: primus publici juris fecit, Notisque illustravit. Londini, Typis Rogeri Norton, impensis Johannis Martin, et Jacobi Allestrye, sub signo Campanæ in Coemiterio D. Pauli, 1654. Fol. pp. 259, et 45, et 142, et 105. Tot, 551,
This is a book of too much fame to require enlargement upon it. Before the excellent Aspilogia of Sir Henry Spelman, is a fine portrait of him by Faithorne. In this part, p. 67, is the original print of the famous John Talbot, Earl of Shrewsbury, not mentioned by Granger. The notes of Sir Edward Bysbe are valuable.
Herbert gives a full account of the Book of St. Albans, printed by Wynken de Worde, 1496, in pp. 126, 133, and says that “ Mr. Ames bas ascribed the “ Book of Blazing Armes" to Nicholas Upton, and given it a Latin title; but that none such appears in the Book." Ames has misa led Mr. Paget in Gent. Mag. Vol. 63, p. 206.
Art. 3. The Accedens of Armory. Printed by Richard Tottel, 1562, 8vo. The author Gerard Leigh.
Again, 1568, by the same, 4to.
Again, by John Jaggard dwelling near the Temple Gate at the signe of the Hand and Starre, 1612. 4to. pp. 243.
Art. 4. Workes of Armorie. By John Bossewell. London, Printed by Richard Tottel, 1572, 4to.
Again, Workes of Armorie, devided into three Bookes, entituled, the Concordes of Armorie, the Armorie of Honor, and of Cotes and Creasts, collected and gathered by John Bossewell, Gentleman. At London, Printed by Henrie Ballard, dwelling without Temple-barre, over against Saint Clement's Church, at the signe of the Beare. An. Di. 1597, 4to. fol. 136, and 30-together 166.
On the title-page are the arms of Bossewell-viz. 5 lozenges in fesse, in chief 3 mullets. The book is dedicated to William Lord Burleigh; and then follow some Verses, entitled “ Cyllenius censure of the Author, in his high Court of Herhaultrie," signed “ Nicholas Roscarrocke."
Art. 5. The Blazon of Gentrie: divided into two parts. The first named the Glory of Generositie. The Second Lacye's Nobilitie. Comprehending Discourses of Armes and of Gentry. Wherein is treated of the beginning, parts, and degrees of Gentlenesse, with her lawes: 'Of the Bearing and Blazon of Cote armors : of the Lawes of Armes, and of Combats. Compiled ly John Ferne, Gentleman, for the instruction of all Gentlemen bearers of Armes, whom and none other this worke concerneth. At London, Printed ly John Windet, for Toby Cooke. 1586. 4to. pp. 341, and 130.
Dedicated to Edmund Lord Sheffield from the Inner Temple, 13 Sept. 1586, followed by an Address to the Inns of Court, and commendatory Latin and English verses.
The book contains many curious discussions, and some useful facts. The author was son of William Fernc of Temple Belwood in Lincolnshire, by Anne daughter and heir of John Sheffield of Beltoft. He was knighted in the beginning of James I.'s. reign, and died about 1610. He was father of Henry Ferne, Bishop of Chester, who died 1661. See Wood's Ath. I. 385.
Art. 6. Abrahami Fransi, Insignium, Armorum, Emblea matum Hieroglyphicorum, et Symbolorum, quæ in Italis Imprese nominantur, explicatio : quæ Symbolicæ philosophiæ postrema pars est. Excudebat Tho. Orwin impensis Thoma Gubbin & Tho. Newman. Dedicated “ Nlustriss. Domino D. Roberto Sydneio,” in two distichs, 1588. 4to.
For an account of Abraham France, see Warton's Hist. E. P. & Theatr. Poet. Angl. &c.
Art. 7. The Heroicall Devises of M. Claudius Paradin Canon of Beauieu. Whereunto are added the Lord Gabriel Symeons and others. Translated out of Latin into English by P.S. London, Imprinted by William Kearney, dwelling in Adling-street, 1591. 24mo. pp. 374. Dedicated to Cap. tain Christopher Carlile.
Art. 8. The True Use of Armory by William Wyrley, 1592. 4to.
See Cens. Lit. Vol. I. p. 148.
Art. 9. The Gentleman's Academie, or the Booke of S. Albans : containing three most exact and excellent Bookes : the first of Hawking, the second of all the proper termes of Hunting, and the last of Armorie : all compiled by Juliana Barnes, in the yere from the Incarnation of Christ, 1486.
And now reduced into a better method by G. M. London, Printed for Humfrey Lownes, and are to be sold at his shop in Paule's Churchyard. 1595. 4to. fol. 95.
This edition of Juliana Berners, by Gervase Markham, which has been mentioned among that author's works, Cens. Lit. Vol. II. p. 223, is dedicated to the Gentlemen of England, and all the good Fellowship of Huntsmen and Falconers. The language in this edition is much altered and modernized.
Art. 10. Camden's Remains, 1604, &c. 4to.
Art. 11. The Elements of Armory. 1610. 410. By Edmund Boulton.
A Papist and celebrated critic.
Art. 12, A Display of Heraldrie : manifesting a more easie access to the knowledge thereof than hath been hitherto published by any, through the benefit of method; whereinto it is now reduced by the study and industry of John Gvillim, late Pursuivant at Armes. The third edition. Corrected and much enlarged by the author himselfe in his life time. Together with his owne addition of explaining the termes of Hawking and Hunting, for the use and delight of Gentlemen. Quod quisque privatim accipit, tenetur in communem usum depromere. Unius labor multorum laborem alle. vat. London, Printed by Thomas Cotes, for Jacob Blome, 1638, Fol. pp. 133, besides ded. pref. & c.
This book was first published in 1610; and is said by A. Wood to have been really the compilation of John Barcham, a learned divine, afterwards Dean of Bocking in Essex, who died 25 March, 1642. Gwillim was educated at Oxo ford, appointed Rouge-Croix Herald, 26 Feb. 1617, and
The Compleat Gentleman contains chapters “ On Armoury, and the Blazon of Arms."
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Art. XXV. Fifteen Brief Biographical Notices.
The following short Memoirs may form an useful Supplement to the Biographical Dictionary.
1. DR. MATTHEW HORBERY.
Dr. Matthew Horbery, a learned and able divine, was born at Haxay in Lincolnshire, about 1707, and died at Stanlake in Oxfordshire, 22 June 1773. His father, who was vicar of Haxay, died when he was very young; and left him with so small a provision, as with difficulty to conduct his education to Lincoln College, Oxford, where he obtained a slender exhibition, and in due time was admitted into orders. About the period of his becoming A. M. he was elected Fellow of Magdalen College. He next obtained the vicarage of Eccleshall and curacy of Gnośall, from Dr. Smalbroke, Bishop of Lichfield; and then a canonry of Lichfield, and the vicarage of Hanbury, He afterwards married Miss Sarah Taylor, and was promoted by his college to the rectory of Stanlake, in Oxfordshire. He chose this situation for its retire. ment, in which he might indulge his favourite propensity to study and meditation. In 1744 came forth his Treatise on the Eternity of Hell Torments; and in 1745, 1747, and 1749, he published three single sermons; and after his death, a few more sermons were