London: G. Bell and Sons, Ltd., 1956. Hardcover. In 1627, John Philipot, Somerset Herald, gave to his friend and patron George Villiers, Duke of Buckingham, a volume containing a list of the Constables of Dover Castle and Lord Wardens of the Cinque Ports. Brief biographical details of each of the 75 persons included are in the ornate language of the day, and in addition nearly all of them have their arms uniquely emblazoned. This volume reproduces the 1627 work, which conveys something of the romance of heraldry, and the importance of the offices. The book contains 9 pages of illustrated heraldic devices, 8 of the pages in color. Winston Churchill, who himself once held the office of Lord Warden and Admiral of the Cinque Ports, contributed a Foreword on 10 Downing Street stationery with a facsimile signature.
This copy is fine in a near-fine dust jacket. The blue cloth binding is clean, tight, and square with bright gilt and sharp corners. The contents are clean and bright with no spotting. A single, beautifully written inscription in pencil on the ffep is dated 1962. The dust jacket is unclipped and complete. No losses. No tears. None of the usual toning to the dust jacket spine. A few small stains to the blank portions of the front face. The dust jacket is protected in a removable, archival quality clear cover.
Reference: Cohen B154, Woods B54. Item #001476