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Auction 161  18 Sep 2021
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Complete French Edition of Chaudoir
Chaudoir, Baron S. de. APERÇU SUR LES MONNAIES RUSSES ET SUR LES MONNAIES ÉTRANGÈRES QUI ONT EU COURS EN RUSSE. St. Petersbourg, 1836–1837. Three volumes, complete. 8vo, contemporary brown quarter morocco; spines with four raised bands, gilt. vii, (1), 266, (2); (4), xii, 331, (7); 23, (1) pages; 23 & 58 engraved tables and plates of coins. Bindings very worn, with final volume having a split board that has been taped; contents near fine. The classic work; the first general guide to Russian coins. Infrequently encountered with the second volume of text published in 1837 (present here). Volume I recounts the history of the Russian monetary system and features an extensive bibliography. The second volume of text consists of detailed coin descriptions and the plate volume, beyond its numerous illustrations of coins, features tables of metal production, mintages, etc. The work gained for the author the Grand Demidoff Prize of 5000 rubles. Clain-Stefanelli 11138*. Grierson 194: "Encore utile, en dépit de sa date." Gromachevskii 392a.
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