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Coats of Arms (Pitkin Guides) [Paperback]

Andrew Stewart Jamieson
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1 Mar 1998 Pitkin Guides
From the dawn of civilisation to the present day, people have used symbols to explain their existence, beliefs and culture, as well as identifying individuals and representing their place in society.

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  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Pitkin Publishing (1 Mar 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0853728704
  • ISBN-13: 978-0853728702
  • Product Dimensions: 16.6 x 23.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 285,064 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Designed to be a light, colourful and informative guide
As the author and illustrator of this work, my aim was to present the complicated 'science' of heraldry in a colourful, easily understood way. Coats of Arms whilst not being a heavyweight scholastic work, does contain the essence of this vast, complicated and romantic subject. Unfortunately I could have put much more in but in the end we compromised. The result is a highly colourful guide and I hope that the book gives as much pleasure as I had producing the text and the illustrations. Enjoy!

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5.0 out of 5 stars Coats of Arms, ,Andrew Stewart Jamieson 15 Feb 2010
Format:Paperback
Beautiful book with all illustrations in colour. I don't know how they produced it for the price. All the elements of heraldry are included along with chapters devoted to church heraldry, guilds,royalty ,cities and scottish heraldry .
It explains ,in detail,with illustrations how to blazon a coat of arms which I found particularly interesting - this is clearly set out in front of you with the full achievement on one page marked with identifying arrows , and clear pictures and text illustrating the process of blazoning on the opposite page. Anyone like me who has found it difficult to follow verbal instructions on blazoning will grasp how to do it instantly. Worth buying for this alone.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The splendour of heraldry 26 Feb 2014
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A wonderful beginner's book on the subject, simply bursting with colour and excitement, as well as being fairly informative. perhaps a bigger book with more detail would have been a bonus and worth whatever added price this might has warranted. However, as a superficial introduction it does well to wet the appetite for more.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book 17 Jan 2013
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Lee loves it. Always looking for more on the subject. Hoping others will order and read this book. Enjoy it.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Handy 11 Jan 2010
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This I found was a very handy little book and a great help with my hobby. Well worth the money.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Distinguishing Gules from Sable 24 Jan 2014
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Andrew Jamieson's book for Pitkin is an extremely colourful introduction to the art and science of heraldry. All of the book's twenty-eight pages are splashed with colour; as well they should be, given the need to distinguish gules from sable, azure from vert.

This is, of course, merely an introduction to a topic that can prove - and has proved - fascinating but also exacting to its practitioners. I am interested from the view of my own and other families' history and genealogy, rather than wishing to indulge in constructing a modern-day coat-of-arms for myself. Heraldry's continuation into the twenty-first century is, I fear, a sign of decadence and bad priorities: like the monarchy, its presence is just so much flummery, an expensive extravagance.

But, as Jamieson points out in his opening remarks, "From the dawn of civilization, people have adopted and used symbols to explain their existence, beliefs and culture ... As we begin the new millennium, heraldry still flourishes because of its ability to absorb the new, link it with the past and provide continuity with the present."

That's as maybe, but Jamieson certainly introduces the reader in a clear prose style to the basics of the subject and its ability to adopt innumerable permutations. Later he looks at royal heraldry before showing us illustrations of those adopted by modern institutions from cities to department stores. He ends by telling us anyone can aim to adopt a coat-of-arms, but this should only be done properly, of course, and having paid the appropriate fee!
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