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Auction 161  18 Sep 2021
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Starting price: 5000 USD
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Duval's Extraordinary Catalogues of the Vienna Cabinet, Prepared for Empress Maria Theresa
Duval, Valentin Jamerey. MONNOIES EN OR, QUI COMPOSENT UNE DES DIFFERENTES PARTIES DU CABINET DE S. M. L'EMPEREUR, DEPUIS LES PLUS GRANDES PIECES, JUSQU'AUX PLUS PETITES. First edition. Vienne: Chez Jean Thomas Trattner, Imprimeur et Libraire de la Cour, 1759. (2), 315, (1) pages; engraved printer's device; finely engraved illustrations of thousands of early modern gold coins throughout; approximately one dozen leaves with engraved images from other publications pasted in as supplementary illustrations. "Ex Munificentia Augustissimae Bibliothce. Coll. Nobbl. Loewenburgici Scholarum Piarum Vienna 1771," according to a handwritten note on the title page. [bound with] SUPPLÉMENT AU CATALOGUE DES MONNOIES EN OR, QUI COMPOSENT UNE DES DIFFERENTES PARTIES DU CABINET IMPERIAL DEPUIS LES PLUS GRANDES PIECES JUSQU'AUX PLUS PETITES. Vienne: Chez Jean-Thomas de Trattnern, Imprimeur et Libraire de la Cour, 1769. (2), 98, (2) pages; engraved printer's device; finely engraved illustrations of over 1000 early modern gold coins throughout; approximately ten leaves with engraved images from other publications pasted in as supplementary illustrations. Folio [47 by 32.5 cm], later black pebbled cloth, gilt; contemporary marbled flyleaves bound in; all page edges red. Occasional browning; only a few leaves with spotting or discoloration. Generally near fine. [with] Duval, Valentin Jamerey. CATALOGUE DES MONNOIES EN ARGENT QUI COMPOSENT UNE DES DIFFERENTES PARTIES DU CABINET IMPERIAL DEPUIS LES PLUS GRANDES PIECES JUSQU'AU FLORIN INCLUSIVEMENT. Nouvelle édition, corrigée et considerablement augmentée. Vienne: Chez Jean Thomas Trattner, Imprimeur et Libraire de la Cour, 1769. Finely engraved architectural frontispiece signed by Johann Christoph Winkler; (2), 561, (1) pages; engraved printer's device on title; finely engraved illustrations of thousands of early modern silver coins throughout. Presented by Maria Theresa to a convent of discalced Augustinians, according to a handwritten note on the title page. [bound with] SUPPLÉMENT AU CATALOGUE DES MONNOIES EN ARGENT QUI COMPOSENT UNE DES DIFFERENTES PARTIES DU CABINET IMPERIAL DEPUIS LES PLUS GRANDES PIECES JUSQU'AU FLORIN INCLUSIVEMENT. Vienne: Chez Jean-Thomas de Trattnern, Imprimeur et Libraire de la Cour, 1770. (2), 27, (1) pages; engraved printer's device; finely engraved illustrations of approximately 130 early modern silver coins throughout. Folio [47 by 32.5 cm], later black pebbled cloth, gilt; all page edges blue. Later handwritten index laid in. Binding a little weak in places; moderate spotting and browning. Very good. Both volumes of this monumental work, with supplements, comprising a superbly illustrated record of European gold and silver coins in the Vienna coin cabinet. While the text is minimal, the quality of the illustrations (by Johann Christoph Winkler) is very high, and the extraordinary number of them makes these volumes a landmark of numismatic study. Duval (1695–1775), though of humble origin, became a renowned French scholar. When Duke Francis Steven became grand duke of Tuscany, Duval accompanied him as librarian to Florence and, when the duke married Maria Theresa and became emperor of Germany, Duval was called upon to preside over the magnificent collection of coins and medals at Vienna. He was instrumental in the development of the collection and undoubtedly inspired his illustrious successor, Father Joseph Hilarius Eckhel. In 2010, we sold a copy of the 1756 first edition of the silver volume only for $11,000 hammer as part of the Anders Frösell Library (Kolbe & Fanning Sale 117, lot 2012). A very rare opportunity. Brunet 29744 & 29745. Dekesel D161 & D162. Engel and Serrure 2401 & 2402: "Cette somptueuse publication, l'une des plus belles qui aient été faites sur la numismatique de la fin du moyen âge et des temps modernes, se compose d'une suites de planches de monnaies, gravées sur cuivre avec le plus grand art, par un artiste viennois, J.-C. Winkler. Le seul texte qui accompagne les dessins est une suite de titres explicatifs imprimés au-dessus des vignettes. L'ordre adopté par Duval pour le classement des monnaies du Musée de Vienne est le suivant : Souverains pontifes, archevêques, évêques, abbés et chapitres, ordres militaires, empereurs, rois, électeurs et princes souverains de l'empire, princes, comtes et barons de l'empire, princes de Courlande, de Transylvanie, etc., maisons souveraines limitrophes ou enclavées dans la France, souverains d'Italie, républiques, provinces et villes libres." Graesse 456. Lipsius 265 & 410.
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