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Beskrivelse over Danske Mynter og Medailler. I Den Kongelige Samling
N. Møller og Sön, 1791, Hard Cover, Book Condition: Very Good Minus, Dust Jacket Condition: No Jacket, First Edition, Illustrated By: Fehrenholtz, G.; Bradt, F. L.Size: Elephant Folio - over 15" - 23" tall, Description of Danish Coins and Medals, the Royal Collection. Two volumes. First volume with title page dated 1791, Dansk Medailler og Mynter det Kongelige Kabinet. Second volume continues with part of the 1791 text and plates and also contains [in whole or in part] the addendum of 1794, Tillaeg til Beskrivelsen over Dansk Mynter og Medailler, I den Kongelige Samling. Edited by Georg Nielsen, Frederik Adam Müller and others. This substantial work was printed in antiqua by the Danish printer Nicolaus Møller. The large vignettes of the title page and of the introduction [Indledning] page of the first volume were engraved (and possibly drawn) by F.L. Bradt. The title page, in neo-classic style, and the part-title pages were engraved by G. Fehrenholtz. Elephant folio. 17 x 12 inches (424 x 289 mm). LXIV, 240; [ii], 619-812, [2] pages, with 91 full-page engraved plates in the first volume and with 118 full-page engraved plates in the second volume. According to some sources, but unconfirmed, there were 344 engraved plates in the complete three-volume edition, i.e., the two-volume set issued in 1791 and the supplement issued in 1794; missing in this copy offered for sale are, presumably, text pages 241-618 and corresponding plates for C. IV, F. III and C. V. Rebound. Bindings appear to be circa 1940s or 50s. Rust colored buckram binding, with spines lettered in gilt. Moderately bumped spine heads and tails and corners. As to each volume there is a crack between two gatherings [between the half title page and the title page of the first volume and between pages 600 and 641 of the second volume]. More a cosmetic issue than a structural issue, as the text blocks remain firmly attached to the bindings. Strong and fairly thick paper, not brittle or fragile. Occasional light spotting to the pages and plates, much less than one might expect in volumes of this age, and with most plates free of any spotting or soiling. First and only edition of the principal work on Danish numismatics. This monumental work is illustrated with finely engraved plates based on the massive collections of historical coins and medallions held in the Danish Royal Collection. Featured are coins and medallions of kings of the Oldenburg line, beginning with Christian I and ending with Christian VII, who was on the throne at the time of publication of this book. Featured are Christian I, Hans, C. II, Frederick I, C. III, and F. II. Largely absent are C. IV, F. III and C. V. [except for Plate III, Vol. II, Section "Samling af Medailler over Kongerne af den Oldenborgske Stamme" and Plates I-III, Vol. II, "Sigiller"] Continuing with F. IV, C. VI, F. V, and C. VII. The edition of 1791 consisted of two volumes: Text-volume: LXIV, 819, (4) pp. Plate-volume: engraved title page, 17 engraved part-titles and 319 (all) full page engraved plates. The edition of 1794 was an addendum or supplement and consisted of title page [2] 36 pages of text and, apparently, up to 25 full page plates. Bibliotheca Danica II:587. Slipped in is a lovely copy of the catalog, Ancient, English and Foreign Coins and Medallions, Christie's London, December 8, 1987, in which a similar copy of this book was listed at Lot 316.
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