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Excerpt from A Descriptive Catalogue of the Manuscripts in the Fitzwilliam Museum: With Introduction and Indices
In the first place, I wish it to be clearly understood that, save in certain respects, my book is not meant to supersede Mr Searle's work. His Introduction, in which an extraordinary amount of most useful information has been collected, will always, I take it, have a value of its own. No book is known to me which furnishes more practical help to the student Of Home, as showing what they contain, and why and how they differ from one another. Many hints which are of great use are also given on the artistic side of the subject: styles of ornament, and normal cycles of illustration, are specified: and an excellent list of reference-books is appended to the Introduction. When, further, we study the main body of the book, we find that the details are uniformly correct, and such historical and genealogical notices as were required are most accurate. In matters of heraldry, Mr Searle has smoothed my path in a way which I most gladly and gratefully acknowledge; but with sad misgivings that, where I have been left to myself in this department, I shall be found to have erred grievously. In fact, to Mr Searle's Catalogue and his Introduction I owe a great deal; and, the more I study the latter, the more serviceable I find it.
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bound: 566 pages
publisher: Forgotten Books (May 7, 2017)
isbn: 1332614760, 978-1332614769,
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