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The Complete Book of Heraldry: An International History of Heraldry and Its Contemporary Uses Hardcover – 2003
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The Complete Book of Heraldry looks not only at the medieval world in which it thrived, but at the language it used and the elaborate system of coded messages it conveyed, and its inextricable link with chivalry. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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The book contains more details and photos about the coats of arms and how it's developed.
It's quite useful for me to read and understand the meaning and even the history behind the coats.
The second section, which is largely organized by geography, considers royal and noble heraldry, civic and nationalist arms, the spread of heraldry to other parts of the world (especially those areas colonized or conquered by European nations), and the place of heraldry in today's world. Considerable attention is also given late in the volume to the art of heraldry, the modern design of arms, the gradual replacement of arms by logos, and the use of heraldry as a political weapon.
Every glossy page provides well-written and accurate text, but at least half of each page is taken up by full-color heraldic paintings, photos of badges and other regalia as well as people making practical use of arms, and technical drawings and charts explaining the elements of an achievement and the descent of arms. In many of its sections, especially state and civic heraldry, the choice of illustrations is necessarily limited to a representative selection, but they are more than adequate to make the author's point. While there are a number of technical and classic works in heraldry which the specialist might regard as earlier purchases, this volume is the one I would choose if I were looking for a gift for someone with a general interest in the subject.
NOTE: This work is to be preferred to _The History and Meaning of Heraldry_ by the same author, and also published by Hermes in 2004. The later work appears to be only half the length of the title under discussion, even though the publisher says it was "previously published" as _The Complete Book of Heraldry_. Note also that the identical complete text appears as the second half of _The World Encyclopedia of Flags and Heraldry_ (Hermes, 2007), sharing the volume with Znamierowski's excellent _World Encyclopedia of Flags_. The _Complete Book_ was republished without apparent alteration in 2010.