Thursday, August 28, 2014

Good News for [at Least Some] Heraldry Book Lovers

Boydell & Brewer, the publishers of the first three volumes of the Dictionary of British Arms: Medieval Ordinary, the “new Papworth,” have announced the upcoming publication of Volume IV, Fetterlock – Wreaths.

The publication of this fourth volume finishes out a massive undertaking that resulted in the publication of the first volume way back in 1992, volumes II and III following in 1996 and 2009, respectively.

You can preorder this volume here in the States from the website of Boydell & Brewer (and get more information on this final volume of the four-volume set) at  The price listed there is US$165.  (Though the publication date listed there is August 1, 2014, that probably refers to the publication date in Britain.  It may take a little while for copies to make it over to this side of the Atlantic; my copy of Volume III had a similar publication date, but didn’t ship to me until late November or early December as I recall.)

If you live overseas, you might look at the UK website of Boydell,, where they are offering this volume for a prepublication price (until December 31) of £71.25 (plus £4.00 shipping to the UK, £7.50 shipping to Europe, or £13.50 shipping worldwide).  The flyer I picked up at the recent International Congress of Genealogical and Heraldic Sciences says to use reference 14201 when ordering.

Boydell & Brewer will also be selling the four-volume set (at a 5% discount, I believe, but too late for me; I’ve bought each volume as it became available), if you don’t have any of them yet and want all four volumes.

I plan to be ordering my copy sometime next week.  You might think about when to order yours!

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