John William Mollett wins the award for longest title out of the reference books used on yourarmiger.com. The title, An Illustrated Dictionary Of Words Used in Art and Archaeology: Explaining terms frequently used in works on architecture, arms, bronzes, Christian art, colour, costume, decoration, devices, emblems, heraldry, lace, personal ornaments, pottery, painting, sculpture, &c, with their derivations very aptly describes this reference work’s contents, but doesn’t do the concise nature of the contents justice.
The entries give short definitions for how these terms from art and archaeology where understood at the end of the 19th century. For the student of history some of these entries are invaluable as they show how contemporary understanding of ancient things is often at odds with the understanding held by our ancestors. To me it was interesting who predominately heraldry figures in this reference, as an art and architecture reference today would probably omit the topic completely.
An Illustrated Dictionary Of Words Used in Art and Archaeology was originally published in 1883 as an interdisciplinary reference paying special attention to the high art and architecture of European antiquity and Imperial France. The best part of Mollett’s work are the seven hundred beautiful illustrations found throughout its pages. I have cited Mollett and use the illustrations from An Illustrated Dictionary Of Words Used in Art and Archaeology in many places throughout this website.
An electronic version is available for download here: Archive.org
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Originally posted 2011-06-27 13:33:40.