Stone’s glossary

Title: A Glossary of the Construction, Decoration, and Use of Arms and Armour in All Countries and in All Times

Author: George C. Stone

Publisher: Jack Brussel, New York, N.Y.

Printer: Noble Offset Printer Inc, New York 3, N.Y.

Origin: New York, N.Y.

Date: 1961

Size: 11.5 x 9

Ref: SD18016

Price: On Hold

A rare second-edition copy of George C. Stones (1859-1935) iconic body of work ‘A Glossary of the Construction, Decoration, and Use of Arms and Armour in All Countries and in All Times’. An exhaustive encyclopedia of all types of arms and armour from across the globe, consisting of over 10,000 alphabetical listings, 875 image plates illustrating over 3500 different types of weapons from around the globe spread over 694 pages.

The Glossary was originally published in 1934. This 1961 edition remains in mint condition and features higher quality images that are found in the original 1934 edition and the cheaply made modern reprint. 

One of the most important collectors of the 20th century, Stone’s collection now makes up a large part of the Islamic Arms and Armour Department in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. The following is an excerpt from the Met Museums recent book on the subject:

“By far the largest and most important acquisition of Islamic arms and armour came in 1935 with the bequest of George Camerons Stone’s collection, which compromised over three thousand works from the Middle East, India, China, South East Asia and Japan. A recognized expert in his field, he held eight patents, authored more than fifty scientific articles, and in 1935 received the James Douglas Medal. Despite his many scientific contributions, Stone is principally remembered today for the collection he bequeathed to the Metropolitan Museum and for the book that essentially serves as its catalogue. It remains one of the fundamental references-and probably most frequently reprinted title-in the field of arms and armour.”

A rare opportunity to add the highly collectable 1961 edition of this important body of work to your reference library.

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