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MENNENS, Frans. Deliciae Equestrium Sive Militarium Ordinum, et Eorundem Origines, Statuta, Symbola et Insignia, Iconibus additis Genuineis. Hac Editione, Multorum Ordinum, & Quot Quot Extitere, Accessione Locupletata, Serieq Temporum Distributa.....

Coloniae Agrippinae, [i.e. Cologne]. Apud Joannem Kinckium, Sub Monocerote, 1613. First Edition.
Small 8vo.. [16], 764pp, [i.e. 264pp], [8, including final blank R8]. With an additional 4pp chronological index in manuscript inserted at end. Vignette engraving to title, several woodcut head and tail pieces, decorated initials. Illustrated throughout with the arms of the chivalric orders discussed. Contemporary vellum, yapp edges, titled in manuscript to spine. Lacks ties. Light marking to binding. Occasional staining and tears to margins, one of which just touching running-title to *5, without loss.
Frans Mennens (1582-1635), Flemish clergyman and heraldic writer. The first edition of his first work, later abridged and published as Militarium Ordinum Origines (Cologne, 1623). A clergyman by training, Mennens quotes from Albert Krantz, William Camden, William of Tyre, Froissart, Matthew of Paris and Joinville amongst a variety of other sources in this extensive history of Catholic military orders. Predominantly concerned with orders based within Continental Europe, several greater and lesser orders based in and around the Holy Land (Templars, Hospitallars, Order of the Holy Sepulchre), India, Ethiopia and other Crusader targets are included.
Graesse, IV, p.490.
£ 1,250.00 Antiquates Ref: 9272