London: Henry Heringman, 1660. 2nd Edition. Small octavo, contemporary full panelled calf rebacked, red morocco spine label, engraved title-page and frontispiece, seven copper-engraved plates and 40 woodcut coats of arms (19 of which are hand-colored).
First Restoration edition (and second edition overall) of Carter's illustrated survey of English and European heraldry, originally published in 1655. Carter, a Kentish Royalist, fought for King Charles I against the "Roundheads" of the Long Parliament during the English Civil War. After the King's defeat he was sent to prison, where he produced two works: an account of the fighting in Kent and Essex, and the present treatise, which contains an essay on honor, a study of heraldic iconography, a detailed survey of knightly orders (including the Knights of the Round Table, the Knights Templar, and the Crusader Knights of St. John, among others), and a survey of the Inns of Court and Chancery. In addition to the engraved title-page and frontispiece, the illustrations include 40 woodcuts of heraldic devices, nearly half of them hand-colored, and seven engraved plates by Richard Gaywood depicting ceremonial robes as worn by various ranks of gentry and nobility (reproduced from Thomas Milles's Catalogue of Honor, or Tresury of True Nobility (1610)). The work was popular and ran through three editions in the 17th century. Wing C659. Bookplate. Early owner signature on dedication leaf. Loss of corner to plate opposite ff. 42, not affecting image; light marginal dampstaining to a few leaves only. A handsome copy in contemporay calf with fine, presumably early hand-coloring. Item #321