(Madrid: Libreria de M. Murillo, 1882). 262 x 210 mm. (10 1/4 x 8 1/4"). XVI pp., xxiiii, , iii-xiii,  leaves. No. 2 OF TWO COPIES PRINTED ON VELLUM (and 100 on paper).
Fine, no doubt Spanish, contemporary red straight-grain morocco, gilt, covers with double fillet border, upper cover with "P G" monogram at center, raised bands, spines richly gilt in compartments with repeating gilt vine design, gilt titling, gilt-rolled turn-ins, marbled endpapers, all edges gilt. With 15 full-page heraldic woodcuts and 29 pages with blazons in the text. Front pastedown with ex-libris of Cristian Cortés i Lladó. Half a dozen minor scratches to boards, tiny repaired tear to front cover, light wear to extremities, one tiny marginal smudge, occasional variations in the color or grain of vellum, but still AN EXCELLENT COPY OF A VERY ATTRACTIVE BOOK, the text clean, fresh, and bright, and in a lustrous binding remarkably free from the splaying so common with works on vellum.
This is one of just two deluxe copies on vellum of a photo-lithographic reproduction of a rare Spanish incunable, printed by Bartolomé Lila in 1489, offered here in a suitably elegant binding. The "Blason General" is one of just two known works with the Coria imprint of Bartholomaeus de Lila, and ISTC locates only four copies in libraries. According to the introduction to our facsimile, this work on the genealogy and heraldry of Spanish noble families by the king of arms to Ferdinand and Isabella is one of the most sought-after books in the country's literature. The contents would have been of particular interest to our former owner, Catalan-born cardiologist Cristian Cortés i Lladó (1904-74), who turned historian after retiring from medicine and wrote an award-winning book--and the only monograph to date--on the "Ciutadans honrats," an urban aristocracy that emerged in Spain beginning in the 11th century. (ST14519)
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PJP Catalog: CA20BF.081