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 - Francis Grose 1785 - Printed for S. Hooper, London - First Edition A handsome first edition, large quarto (28x23cm) in contemporary tree calf binding, illustrated with 48 full page plates, and the 49th plate reduced in size on page 118 (as issued).

Francis Grose (1731-91), was an English antiquary draughtsman and lexicographer, who, in addition to his ‘
Treatise on Ancient Armour and Weapons’ initiated the eighteenth-century's most extensive series of published illustrations of ancient monuments, including the eight volume ‘Antiquities of England and Wales’.
  Large quarto (28 x 23 cm) pp. [4] vi 7-118 xviii (Description of the Plates) [2 Addenda] [48 sheets of plates] [4]. Plate 49 is placed on page 118.
Collated 10/3/2017. Some relevant pencil marginalia.
  Contemporary full tree calf, sympathetically re-spined to style, in full glazed calf, tooled in gilt, with burgundy morocco spine label lettered in gilt, gilt inner dentelles, marbled endpapers   Condition: Near fine, light spotting to earlier pages and tissue guards, in very good contemporary binding, wear to corners, re-spined to style, with new title label.   Ref: 108609   Price: HK$ 6,500