British family antiquity

British family antiquity; illustrative of the origin and progress of the rank, honours, and personal merit, of the nobility of the United Kingdom. 9 Volume set.

William Playfair

London, T. Reynolds and H. Grace, 1809.


Nine quarto volumes. Modern oatmeal cloth, brown leather spine labels. 24 of 45 plates, Frontis in Volume I and VI. Scattered foxing. Heavy foxing to the 12 plates in Volume I. Upper 2/3 of final index page in Vol. VI lacking. One pages loose from binding, torn and soiled. Playfair's "British Family Antiquities "was candidly designed 'to prove the merit and utility of a hereditary race of nobles' All in all, he wished to refute the altogether mistaken claim that noble families 'were inferior to the other classes of society' in particular the middle class."(Dror Wahrman, The Middle Class: The Political Representation of Class in Britain). Contents: v. 1-2. The peerage of England.--v. 3. The peerage of Scotland.--v. 4-5. The peerage of Ireland.--v. 6-7.

The Playfair's "British Family Antiquities "was candidly designed 'to prove the merit and utility of a hereditary race of nobles' All in all, he wished to refute the altogether mistaken claim that noble families 'were inferior to the other classes of society' in particular the middle class."(Dror Wahrman, The Middle Class: The Political Representation of Class in Britain). Contents: v. 1-2. The peerage of England.--v. 3. The peerage of Scotland.--v. 4-5. The peerage of Ireland.--v. 6-7. The baronetage of England.--v. 8. The baronetage of Scotland.--v. 9. The baronetage of Ireland.

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