The General Armory of England, Scotland, Ireland, and Wales, In Two Parts
Author: Sir Bernard Burke
Published: 2014 reprint of 1842 original
Paperback, 2 volumes, 1,185 pages
Perhaps the supreme reference work in British heraldry, this is a reprint of the last published edition of 1884. It was hailed as a monument by leading authorities at the time of publication, and it has never yet been superseded. The range of this definitive work is encyclopedic. It contains approximately 70,000 descriptions of coats of arms of British families listed alphabetically by the owner's surname, with some families listed by location where it is necessary to distinguish between those bearing the same family names. In addition, there is an extensive list of mottoes, a glossary, a dictionary of heraldic terms, and lists of the Royal Armory and Orders of Knighthood, the last four illustrated. This work is a necessity for every heraldic artist and designer, as well as for those wishing to trace their own coat-armor.