Illus. to Rietstaps

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Joseph M James
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Illus. to Rietstaps

Post by Joseph M James » Fri Jul 07, 2017 6:41 pm

After months of searching by a dedicated librarian, she was able to locate a university library that was willing to loan the 6 vol. 1903-1923 editions of the illus.to Rietstaps Armorial by V. and H.V. Rolland through the interlibrary loan system. I got the 1st. two, A thru B and C thru F. and digitized them, though I am curious about the copyright. I know Heraldry Today used to sell editions and the Naval and Military Press still sells paperback editions and archive.org. has vols. 3 and 4, letters G thru K on the internet. Does anyone have any info on this, because I tried, but couldn't find anything, plus I got tired of looking. I would like to put a selected page here on in the forum, but I think it might be to big, it's 986x1637- 570Kb. Any suggestions?
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Re: Illus. to Rietstaps

Post by Joseph M James » Sat Jul 08, 2017 8:48 am

I reduced a page by 66%. This Is one of the things I do in my spare time. I use a light attached to a 6 ft. ladder,a homemade bookstand, and a old digital camera on a tripod. Once I was set up it took about 3 hrs. to photograph appox. 800 pgs,(not done in one sitting). I chose this page because in the topic below this one (Other Heraldry) is a post by Mr. Hans E.F. Amundsen and in this picture, 4 rows down are 3 coas attributed to people with the same surname.
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Re: Illus. to Rietstaps

Post by Kurt Alex » Tue Aug 15, 2017 4:25 pm

Hello Joseph,
Are you continuing with this project? I would be glad to hear from you since we are at least in the same part of the country (more or less).
Regards from South Carolina
Kurt

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Re: Illus. to Rietstaps

Post by Joseph M James » Thu Aug 17, 2017 2:39 am

Yes, Kurt I'm still at it. I just finished vols. 3 and 4, so I'm ready to start P thru Z when I get the books. These books are a pain. The spines are so stiff I'm afraid to lay them flat, so I have to hold them open slightly past 90 degrees with one hand, while I photograph with the other. Because of this I can't get the pages flat or square, but I have wanted these original books for years, so I'm happy. I used to have to drive 12 miles to look at the 1967 editions. The vols. 1 and 2 look like no one has ever looked at them and the last time vol. 3 was checked out was 1968, the others appear to have never been checked out. The pages in all of them range from light yellow to very dark yellow, so I had to try different light bulbs until I could get them to appear somewhat white and some of the pages were actually printed out of square with the page. I still don't know exactly what I will end up doing with them,but until I decide if anyone needs anything from them I will be glad to share. I have included the two coas attributed the surname Alex. This is the best I could do with what I have available and yes, you are a little closer to my neck of the woods. See you in the HiN.
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