Classic Work on British Coinage
Ruding, Rogers. ANNALS OF THE COINAGE OF GREAT BRITAIN AND ITS DEPENDENCIES; FROM THE EARLIEST PERIOD OF AUTHENTIC HISTORY TO THE REIGN OF VICTORIA. Third edition. London: Printed for John Hearne, 1840. Three volumes, complete. 4to, original matching blindstamped brown pebbled cloth, gilt. xix, (3), 422; (2), 520; (2) pages; engraved dedication; folding table of gold coin weights; large folding map; plan of the Mint; 160 engraved plates of coins. Bindings worn, with some tears to cloth; joints cracked; intermittent foxing; fore-0edge bruise; very good or so. The best edition of this still indispensable documentary work. According to the prospectus the work was "To be published in Twenty-five Parts, as nearly as can be computed, price 5s. each Part." Publisher Hearne observes that "the object of the Author was to produce a grand comprehensive History of the Coinage of his native country" and concludes that "The Work, then, of which a new and improved Edition is proposed, is justly to be regarded as a National work. It is worthy of remark, that it is unique of its kind, no other country having so complete an account of its coinage." Clain-Stefanelli 9708.