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A Treatise On Ancient Armour And Weapons, Illustrated By Plates taken from the original Armour in the Tower of London and other Arsenals, Museums, and Cabinets. By F. Grose, Esq: F.A.S.

Francis Grose

RA Collection: Book

Record number




London:: Printed for S. Hooper, No. 212, High Holborn, facing Bloomsbury Square., M.DCC.LXXXV. [i.e. 1786]

Physical Description

vi, [7]-118, xviii, [2], [2], [2] p., frontis., add. engr. t.-pl., 49 pl.; 272 mm. (small folio).

General Note

The illustration numbered as plate '49' occurs in-text on page 118.


[Frontis., add. engr. t.pl., t.p.] - Preface. - [Text] - Description of the Plates. - Addenda. - Explanation Of The Frontispiece. - Errata. - [Plates] - [advertisement]. (Note: ESTC reports that in some copies the leaf carrying the 'Explanation Of The Frontispiece' and 'Errata' is bound in following the main text.)

Responsibility Note

The frontispiece is signed as engraved by N.C. Goodnight; the plates, by J. Hamilton; the title-plate vignette, by J. Newton.


R. Colas, Bibliographie Générale Du Costume (1933), no. 1337, col. 508-9; Lipperheide, Katalog Der Freiherrlich Von Lipperheide'schen Kostümbibliothek (repr. 1963), no. 2401.

C. Blair and L. Tarrasuk, Complete encyclopaedia of arms and armour (1982).

On Francis Grose see J.H. Farrant, 'The travels and travails of Francis Grose FSA', in Antiquaries' journal, 75 (1995), p.365-80.
ESTC, T83280

Summary Note

Title page and plates carry the publication date of 1785; but a publication date of 1786 is given on the added engraved title-plate and the frontispiece.

In 1789 appeared Grose's Supplement To A Treatise On Ancient Armour, Being Illustrations Of Antient And Asiatic Armour & Weapons .


An electronic reproduction was published in 2003 (Farmington Hills, Mich.: Thomson Gale). A microfilm version was published in 1986 (Woodbridge CT: Research Publications).


Recorded in RAA Library, Catalogue, 1802.

Copy Note

Imperfect: lacks the final advertisement.

Binding Note

19th-century calf; spine lettered, 'Grose's Ancient Armour R.A.'


Armor - Costume - Dress - Great Britain - History
Collections - Great Britain - London - Tower of London - 18th century
Treatises - Art history - Great Britain - 18th century
Pictorial works - Great Britain - 18th century


Samuel Hooper, publisher
John Hamilton, engraver
N. C. Goodnight, engraver
James Newton, engraver