1625 KNIGHTS 1ed Book of Honor Bachelor Heraldry Alexander the Great Markham

MARKHAM, Francis

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Francis Markham’s “Booke of Honour” is a rare, early-17th-century treatise on the nobility systems of Great Britain. This book, which has become the source for countless works of research on English nobility, contains descriptions of medieval knights, kings, the existence of honor in Greek antiquity and much, much more!

 

One particularly interesting section contains description of honor in antiquity. Markham claims that the honor of Knights Bachelor was invented by Aristotle and perfected by Alexander the Great by giving the knights chains (necklaces) and rings. He furthers by saying the Romans followed suit, but

“instead of chains and rings gave coronets of gold, of bayes, of myrtill, oak, or parsley, also to some horses, to some swords, to some armors, or arming garments, all of which were kept as relics to test men’s virtues”. (p.74-75)

 

This incredibly rare first edition was published in 1625, beautifully bound in modern leather. Worth noting, this example contains the arms of 19th-century lords at the front:

  • William Lee of Hartwell 4th Baronet
  • William Lee of Hartwell, 5th Baronet
  • Reverend Sir George Lee, 6th Baronet Hartwell
  • The Lee baronets were powerful lords in Hartwell form nearly 200 years. These three men served Hartwell from 1726 to 1827.

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1625 KNIGHTS 1ed Book of Honor Bachelor Heraldry Alexander the Great Markham

 

Francis Markham’s “Booke of Honour” is a rare, early-17th-century treatise on the nobility systems of Great Britain. This book, which has become the source for countless works of research on English nobility, contains descriptions of medieval knights, kings, the existence of honor in Greek antiquity and much, much more!

 

One particularly interesting section contains description of honor in antiquity. Markham claims that the honor of Knights Bachelor was invented by Aristotle and perfected by Alexander the Great by giving the knights chains (necklaces) and rings. He furthers by saying the Romans followed suit, but

“instead of chains and rings gave coronets of gold, of bayes, of myrtill, oak, or parsley, also to some horses, to some swords, to some armors, or arming garments, all of which were kept as relics to test men’s virtues”. (p.74-75)

 

This incredibly rare first edition was published in 1625, beautifully bound in modern leather. Worth noting, this example contains the arms of 19th-century lords at the front:

  • William Lee of Hartwell 4th Baronet
  • William Lee of Hartwell, 5th Baronet
  • Reverend Sir George Lee, 6th Baronet Hartwell
  • The Lee baronets were powerful lords in Hartwell form nearly 200 years. These three men served Hartwell from 1726 to 1827.

 

Item number: #21488

Price: $950

 

MARKHAM, Francis

 

The booke of honour. Or, Fiue decads of epistles of honour

 

London: Printed by Augustine Matthewes, and Iohn Norton, 1625. First edition.

 

Details:

  • Collation: Complete with all pages
    • [6], 200
  • References: STC 17331
  • Provenance: Armorial bookplates
    • See above. Motto: VERUM ATQUE DECENS
  • Language: English
  • Binding: Leather; tight and secure
  • Size: ~11in X 7.25in (28cm x 18cm)

 

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21488

Categories

Classical Greco-Roman

European History

Authors

MARKHAM, Francis

Printing Date

17th Century

Language

English

Binding

Leather

Book Condition

Excellent

Collation

Complete