[Book on heraldry], [18th century?]


Date: Circa 18th century | Size: 1 volume(s), 1 volume, 26 p.


This volume contains descriptions of coats of arms, including Benjamin Franklin's. The Franklin inscription is a forgery. At the end of this volume is a note and a printed map relating to the Mason and Dixon survey, taken from the "Philosophical Transactions."

Collection Information

Physical description

1 volume, 26 p.


Gift from Mrs. Arthur Bloch and accessioned, 07/26/1954 (1954 59ms).

Early American History Note

This volume, along with [Dictionary of Heraldry] (Mss.929.6.H41), date from the 18th century and contain a range of information on heraldry. The Dictionary of Heraldry (H41) lists family names and descriptions of their shields. The back of the volume includes designs of various shields, many of which are in color. The Book on Heraldry (B646), which carries what appears to be a forgery of Benjamin Franklin's signature on its first page, is much smaller. It too contains information on names, shields, and family origins. The back page has a map of the Delmarva Peninsula done by Mason and Dixon. Notes on longitude and latitude sit on the page next to the map.

Indexing Terms

Geographic Name(s)

  • Mason-Dixon Line.

Personal Name(s)

  • Anonymous
  • Franklin, Benjamin, 1706-1790


  • Heraldry.
  • Miscellaneous
  • Surveying and Maps