1842 First Edition Burke’s Armory Published by Churton


A nice quality and good condition rare original example of a 1842 First Edition copy of Burke’s Armory, or to give it its proper title, A GENERAL ARMORY OF ENGLAND, SCOTLAND, AND IRELAND, by JOHN BURKE ESQ. and JOHN BERNARD BURKE, ESQ.

Published in London by Edward Churton, of Holles Street, Cavendish Square, and dated MDCCCXLII (1842). Later editions included Wales. The book is contemporary half black calf on marbled paper-laid boards (calf corners), spine gilt ruled in six compartments with gilt lettered label on red backing. On the inside cover is printed: THE GENERAL ARMORY Is Inscribed To THE HEIR MALE OF THE ANCIENT FAMILY OF CRAWFURD OF CRAWFURD AND CROSBY, COLONEL ROBERT CRAWFURD OF NEWFIELD, IN THE COUNTY OF AYR. There are some 580 pages (not numbered), with family names going from ABBS to ZYMON, describing the name and coat of arms. There are no images. Condition is good, with a little foxing inside the front covers. There is the ink signature of a previous owner William Marshall.

‘The General Armory first appeared in the year 1842, and was most favourably received’. (Preface to the 2007 edition)

Size: 25 x 16 x 6.5 cm (9 7/8 x 6 ¼ x 2 ½ inches)
Weight: 2004 g