London: Harding and Lepard, 1835. Complete in twelve volumes, uniformly bound in three quarter leather over marbled boards, matching marbled endpapers and top edges gilt, variously paginated, 240 engravings (collated, complete) in various hands after Holbein, Flick, Titian, Ketel, Zucchero, M. Gerard, Hilliard, Pantoxa, Jansen, Van Somer, Mirevelt, Honthorst, Vandyke, Mytens, Rubens, Walker, Lely, Jamieson, Riley, KNeller, V.Vaart, Knapton, Vam Loo, Jervas, Ramsay, Hoare, Reynolds, Cotes, Dance, Rosalba, Gainsborough, Hoppner, CopleyOpie, Abbot, Lawrence and Knight.
The boards are rubbed and showing wear along the bottom edges; corners generally a bit bumped; top board and first gathering of Vol XII is detached, otherwise the binding is quite sound; contents are mostly clean with occasional tanning to the outer edges of the leaves; the plates are also mostly clean or with light toning or foxing in the margins around the images; ten plates showing moderate to heavy foxing, tanning, and off-setting; six plates with faint tidemarks in the margins (images not affected). Previous ownership signature in all volumes, usually on the first blank, with a second signature sometimes appearing beneath together with the date Sept 1, 1846. Item #1077
Edmund Lodge (1756–1839) was a long-standing English officer of arms and a writer of short biographies, two-hundred and forty of which comprise this elaborate and celebrated work.