The Superb Beskrivelse over Danske Mynter, in a Contemporary Binding
Nielsen, G., F.A. Müller, O.P. Kölle, L. Spengler, P.F. Suhm and L. Praetorius [compilers]. BESKRIVELSE OVER DANSKE MYNTER OG MEDAILLER I DEN KONGELIGE SAMLING. Kiöbenhavn: Trykt hos Hofbogtrykkerne N. Möller og Sön, 1791. Two volumes. Folio [41 by 31.5 cm], contemporary matching brown speckled full calf over thick boards; sides paneled in blind; red morocco spine labels, gilt; mottled endpapers; all page edges tinted blue. Text volume: lxiv, 816, (4) pages including Erindring; title vignette superbly engraved by Frederik Ludvig Bradt; fine headpiece engraving of a coin cabinet, also by Bradt; engraved tailpiece. A set of 7 engraved plates from Holmboe's 1854 De prisca re monetaria Norvegiae et de numis aliquot et ornamentis, in Norvegia repertis laid in. Plate volume: engraved title within an architectural border signed by Georg Fahrenholtz; 18 engraved heading leaves; 319 finely engraved plates depicting coins, medals and seals, some by Andreas Flint or Johann Meno Hass, though mostly unsigned. Bindings somewhat worn at extremities; plate volume backstrip starting to split along joint; contents with minimal spotting or browning. An impressive set in a contemporary binding. The monumental catalogue of the collection of the Danish National Museum, very rare and still of great importance. Never published for sale, a small number of sets were presented by the Royal family to dignitaries and individuals distinguished for their knowledge of numismatics or expertise in other branches of science. A groundbreaking work, one of the most important numismatic publications of the 18th century. We last offered a set in our 2011 New York Book Auction, in which the set presented by the Crown Prince of Denmark to politician Ove Høegh-Guldberg sold for $12,000 hammer. Brunet 29757: "Cet ouvrage, dont le text et les gravures sont également bien exécutés, se trouve difficilement." Clain-Stefanelli 16521. Dekesel N186 (including the 1794 supplement, not here present). Ebert 2055. Grierson 266. Gullbekk 71. Lipsius 41. Ex Dr. A. Halling Library, with his bookplate and 1870-dated acquisition signature; ex Edmund Nordheim Library, with his bookplate.