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Auction 162  22 Jan 2022
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Van Loon's Classic Work on Dutch Medals
Loon, Gerard van. BESCHRYVING DER NEDERLANDSCHE HISTORIPENNINGEN: OF BEKNOPT VERHAAL VAN'T GENE SEDERT DE OVERDRACHT DER HEERSCHAPPYE VAN KEYSER KAREL DEN VYFDEN OP KONING PHILIPS ZYNEN ZOON, TOT HET SLUYTEN VAN DEN UYTRECHTSCHEN VREEDE, IN DE ZEVENTIEN NEDERLANDSCHE GEWESTEN IS VOORGEVALLEN. In 's Graavenhaage: By Christiaan van Lom, Isaac Vaillant, Pieter Gosse, Rutgert Alberts, en Pieter de Hondt, 1723, 1726, 1728 & 1731. First edition. Four volumes, complete. Folio [40 by 27 cm], contemporary matching brown speckled calf; spines with seven raised bands, lettered and richly decorated in gilt; all page edges mottled. (42), (10), 574, (48); (4), 562, (38); (4), 556, (38); (4), 697, (1), (36) pages; finely engraved title by Goeree bound in second volume; printed titles in red and black, each with a fine engraved printer's device; fine dedicatory engraving in each volume [first two signed by Goeree]; magnificent engraved portrait of the author by van Mieris; woodcut initials, headpieces and tailpieces; engraved headpiece to second and third volumes; numerous fine engravings of medals and coins throughout the text of all four volumes. Bindings worn, with joints cracked and minor staining, but all covers firmly attached; first volume with top spine section replaced with modern leather; minor browning. Very good. A magnificently produced work, still the standard reference on over 3000 historical medals from 1556 to 1716. In the December 2009 issue of the MCA Advisory, John W. Adams wrote: "the work is as relevant now as it was when published... As a reference work, 'van Loon' deserves its reputation for meticulous [engravings], accurate legends (and translations), well-described devices and copious historical support. A numismatic library that does not have a set of van Loon is not, simply put, a numismatic library." The 10-page pagination in the first volume is a list of subscribers, often not present. Clain-Stefanelli 14855*. Cumont 2086. Dekesel L243. Engel & Serrure 4341. Grierson 265. Hirsch 78 (translation). Lipsius 235. Van Damme 906. Ex Kolbe Sale 87, lot 1226.
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