Heraldic Reference Works

A short-list of useful reference works on heraldry, compiled for the benefit of University of Stirling postgraduate students attending the “Introduction to Heraldry” workshop on 26 September 2022.

Europe

  • Johannes Baptist Rietstap. Armorial général, 2 vols. Gouda: G. B. van Goor. Vol. 1. Vol. 2.
    • Victor and Henri Rolland. Armorial général de J. B. Rietstap, Supplément, 7 vols. La Haye: M. Nijhoff, 1926-54.
    • Victor Rolland. Armoiries des familles contenues dans l’Armorial général de J. B. Rietstap, 6 vols. Paris: Institut Héraldique Universel, 1903-1926.
  • Comte Théodore de Renesse. Dictionnaire des figures héraldiques, 7 vols. Bruxelles: O. Schepens, 1894-1903.

Britain

France

  • See generally the excellent bibliography at heraldica.org.
  • d’Hozier, Armorial général, indexed here and accessible on Gallica.
  • Henri Jougla de Moreans. Grand Armorial de France, 7 vols. Paris: Société du Grand Armorial de France, 1939-1952. PDF versions here.

Germany (Holy Roman Empire)

Italy

Identifying Armorial Supralibros

  • British Armorial Bindings (the “Toronto Database”).
  • Eugène Olivier, et al. Manuel de l’amateur de reliures armoriées françaises, 30 vols. Paris: Bosse, 1924-1938.
  • Joannis Guigard. Armorial du bibliophile, 2 vols. Paris: Librairie Bachelin-Deflorenne, 1870-1871. Vol. 1. Vol. 2.
  • Joannis Guigard. Nouvel armorial du bibliophile, 2 vols. Paris: Émile Rondeau, 1890. Vol. 1. Vol. 2.

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