Book: books are borne in arms, either open, as in those of the University of Oxford, or closed, as in those of the University of CAMBRIDGE and the Company of STATIONERS. Their position, and clasps or seals, if they have any, should be mentioned.
Azure, on an open book proper, having on the dexter side seven seals or[Rev. V. 1], between three ducal coronets of the last the words DOMINVS ILLVMINATIO MEA. (PS. xxvii. 1.)--UNIVERSITY OF OXFORD.
[Previous to King James' reign SAPIENTIA ET FELICITATE occur(e.g. in glass in Bodleian Library, and in a typographical device, 1585). Still earlier, in a typographical device, the motto on the books runs VERITAS LIBERABIT BONITAS REGNABIT.]
Argent, three books closed gules, leaved, clasped, and garnished or--PAYNTER, Norfolk.
Gules, a clasped book upon between three buck's heads erased or--Seal of John BUCKNER[Bp. of Chichester, 1798-1824].
Amongst Books the Bible is the one most frequently mentioned by name.
Vert, in chief, the holy Bible expanded proper, in base a sand-glass running argent--JOASS, Scotland.
Argent, on a fesse gules, three Bibles of the second garnished or, a falcon volant between two suns of the last--SLAMBERG.
Argent, an eagle displayed double-headed sable, armed gules, on a chief azure a book of the Holy Scriptures, open proper, stringed or--W. MORGAN, Bp. of Llandaff, 1549.
Azure, on a chevron or between three Bibles fessewise, clasp downwards gules, garnished and leaved of the second, an eagle rising proper enclosed by two red roses seeded or barbed vert; from the chief a demi-circle of glory edged with clouds proper, therein a dove displayed and nimbed argent--Company of STATIONERS, London[Incorporated 1556].
Argent, a chevron azure between three pheons gules; on a chief of the second an open Holy Bible proper edged and sealed or, inscribed, Proverbs, cap. xxii. ver. 6, enclosed by two crosses flory of the last--JOHNSON.
The Music, or Song-book, borne by the parish clerks of London, is of oblong form, and similar to that in the margin. Musical lines also occur, consisting of five parallel lines of music extending across the shield horizontally.
Azure, a fleur-de-lis or; on a chief gules a leopard's head between two song-books(shut) of the second, stringed vert--Company of PARISH CLERKS, [Inc. 1233, arms granted 1582.]
Azure, on a fesse argent 5 musical lines sable charged with a rose gules, and two escallops of the third in chief .... &c.--TETLOW, Lancaster. [Arms granted, 1760.]
Argent, two bars wavy azure, on a chief of the second an open music-book or between two swords in saltire of the first hilted and pommelled of the third--THE ACADEMY OF THE MUSES, London.
Books also occur in the arms of Dean and Chapter of RAPHOE.--College of S.Mary at Manchester in LANCASTER.--Company of SCRIVENERS, London; and in those of the families of CONROY, co. Montgomery.--JOASS, Scotland.--GRANT.--SMITH, Edinburgh.--EVANTS, Norwich.--B. PORTEOUS, Bp. of Chester, 1777.--FARDELL, co. Lincoln, and many others.