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The finely engraved title page to Brayley’s magisterial five-volume A Topographical History of Surrey includes numerous armorials, the most prominent being that of the 12th Duke of Norfolk, who was the highest ranking subscriber for the publication. The arms of the Bishops of Winchester and Canterbury flank the title with the Royal arms below and a crowned banner reading ‘Magna Charta’ above.

The decorative (and perhaps gaudy) frame is in consciously neo-gothic style, appropriate for a book dealing with the entire history (social, political, natural, and of course topographical) of a county.

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