Arms and Armour in Antiquity and the Middle Ages: Also a Descriptive Notice of Modern Weapons

Arms and Armour in Antiquity and the Middle Ages: Also a Descriptive Notice of Modern Weapons

Arms and Armour in Antiquity and the Middle Ages: Also a Descriptive Notice of Modern Weapons

Arms and Armour in Antiquity and the Middle Ages: Also a Descriptive Notice of Modern Weapons

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Famous as the author of a renowned work on heraldry, numerous illustrations back up a detailed discussion of world-wide developments in armor from the earliest times, and weapons from the Stone Age to early firearms and cannon.

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The original work, written in French by M. P. LACOMBE, of which a version is here submitted to English readers in their own language, was published in Paris at the commencement of the year 1868.

The collection of engravings on wood by M. H. CATE‐ NACCI, which appears with tne present English version, also illustrates the French volume. The delicacy and beauty of these wood-engravings must necessarily secure for them a cordial welcome in their present association with English letter-press ; their fidelity, too, will not fail to be thoroughly appreciated on the north side of the Channel.

M. Lacombe's volume contains neither Preface, Introduction, nor Index; nor, with a single exception, is his Text accompanied by any Notes. It is evident, however, that his aim and purpose were to give, in a concise popular form, a general sketch of the entire subject of which he had undertaken to treat—consequently, his plan being thus comprehensive, while the space at his disposal was restricted within comparatively narrow limits, M. Lacombe's chapters for the most part are brief, and he rarely enters into many details. Evidently both an earnest student and an accomplished con-

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