Nicholas Upton, Treatise on Military Arts and Heraldry f.4r
Medium: Ink and pigments on vellum
Bound into a volume containing manuscripts owned by 16th century collector, Robert Cotton, this is the first page of a treatise on military arts, arms and heraldry by Nicolas Upton, a canon at Salisbury (became precentor 1446) and Wells cathedrals and the foremost English authority on heraldry in his day. It is uncertain where the manuscript was made.
The arms in the frame of the prologue of Upton's treatise probably relate to him, although Cotton, who inscribed his name in the lower margin, was well-known for having his heraldic fantasies on the 'Cotton Bruce' family painted over original ones. The red and blue marks in the writing indicate divisions or paragraphs.