Beautiful book but...,
This review is from: The Complete Book of Heraldry (Hardcover)The reviewer - A Customer - (good review by the way) who points out that this book is "hardly complete" may well have a point. Though, frankly, I doubt it would be possible to produce a book on heraldry that was truly complete. Such a book would necessarily need to include every coat of arms ever granted, together with a full history of every armigerous family. That's just not possible. So I myself will not criticise the book for its use of the word "Complete". Okay, in hindsight maybe they could have chosen a more appropriate adjective for the title - "International"? But this isn't critical. So why only two stars for this colourful and interesting work?
Another reviewer -P. Conlon- has already noted that Mr Slater or more likely his publishers has/have a tendency to recycle his material. I'll go further than that:
But for the cover and the title, this book is IDENTICAL to The Illustrated Book of Heraldry: An international history of heraldry and its contemporary uses. (~Complete~ is the original title, ~Illustrated~ the re-title). I hate it when publishers do this. Amazon! Please bang their heads together!
I ended up with two identical (inside) books. I can't get a refund as I didn't buy from Amazon. I wasted half my money. Don't waste yours.