London; 1886 and 1789: Printed for S. Hooper. Quarto. Item #028214
Two books in one. Engraved frontispiece, engraved vignette title page ; (explanation to frontispiece and errata on the verso) vi, 118, plates, xviii regular title page , [1-4]5-10p; 50 plates with the supplement which has 11 p. [plates 50 9e.e., 51)-62. Grose's magnificent work lacking the foxing usually endemic to the work with 62 plates including the magnificent Scippio Africanus's receiving the keys to Carthage with the engraving of N.C. Goodnight. Bound together there are 62 engravings many with multiple images by Sir John Hamilton. At the end of page 50 on page 118, it is clear they changed the number to 49. The plates are complete with the extensive descriptions of each set of armour and related regalia. When the collectors wanted more, the supplemental volume was issued in 1789 with the note that John Hamilton's health prevented him from continuing with the engravings, so Hooper turned over the work to the finest engravers associated with Hamilton to complete the work. Since many of the items were no longer used by England's army but still of use in Asiatic nations (as well as the East Indies), he included those in the supplement. What began by collectors, soon led to scholars who developed the field known as the archaeology of weapons. Hiler, Bibliography of Costume, p. 399. A very handsome copy bound in full calf trimmed in gilt, nicely rebacked, flat spine highly decorated in gilt, maroon leather label lettered in gilt, newer marbled endpapers. Very nice. 3 1786 [ESTC T83280], 1789 [ESTIC T186971].