London, 1786 and 1788: For S. Hooper. Quarto. Item #027571
434pp. and 352pp, 40pp. containing IX appendixes, 40pp. containing X-XX appendiexs. Engraved frontispieces and title pages (volume two title page was mounted), with 78 remarkable full page engravings of arms, armor, fortifications, uniforms and related parts of England at war from the Norman era to the early 18th century. Grose's massive collection of military books, engravings, and research at the armouries at the Tower of London distinguished his work from those that preceded it. He was interested also in military music, fine details on unforms, and especially the progress of armor development. He became a close friend of Robert Burns who had 'never seen a man of more original observation, anecdote and remark' (The Letters of Robert Burns, 1985), Grose also was able to collect dialect among the rank and file of the army as to examine the curios of the gentry. By doing so, he contributed significantly to the study of slang and folklore and of military antiquities, as well as popular appreciation of the medieval monuments of Britain. Includes bibliographical references. Both volumes bound in full contemporary calf, rebacked exquitly with original spine laid down, some repair to corners, marbled endpapers. A wide margined copy without foxing, only a bit of off-setting from plates. Exceptionally nice. [ESTC T83275].