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Auction 162  22 Jan 2022
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A Complete, First Edition Set of the British Museum Catalogue of Greek Coins
British Museum. A CATALOGUE OF THE GREEK COINS IN THE BRITISH MUSEUM. London, 1873–1927. First editions. Twenty-nine volumes complete, as follows: 1. Italy. Reginald Stuart Poole, 1873. (4), viii, 432 pages; text illustrations. 2. Sicily. Reginald Stuart Poole, 1876. xii, 292 pages; text illustrations. 3. The Tauric Chersonese, Sarmatia, Dacia, Moesia, Thrace, &c. Barclay V. Head & Percy Gardner, 1877. xii, 274 pages; text illustrations of coins. 4. The Seleucid Kings of Syria. Percy Gardner, 1878. xxxix, (1), 126 pages; 27 fine plates. 5. Macedonia, Etc. Barclay V. Head, 1879. lxiii, (1), 200 pages; folding color map; text illustrations. 6. Thessaly to Aetolia. Percy Gardner, 1883. lviii, (2), 234, (2) pages; 32 fine plates. 7. The Ptolemies, Kings of Egypt. Reginald Stuart Poole, 1883. ciii, (3), 136 pages; 32 fine plates. 8. Central Greece. (Locris, Phocis, Boeotia and Euboea). Barclay V. Head, 1884. lxix, (3), 158 pages; 24 fine plates. 9. Crete and the Aegean Islands. Warwick Wroth, 1886. l, (2), 152 pages; 29 fine plates. 10. Peloponnesus (Excluding Corinth). Percy Gardner, 1887. lxiv, 230 pages; 37 fine plates. 11. Attica-Megaris-Aegina. Barclay V. Head, 1888. lxix, (3), 174 pages; 26 fine plates. 12. Corinth, Colonies of Corinth, Etc. Barclay V. Head, 1889. lxviii, 174, (2) pages; 39 fine plates. 13. Pontus, Paphlagonia, Bithynia, and the Kingdom of Bosporus. Warwick Wroth, 1889. xliv, 252 pages; 39 fine plates. 14. Mysia. Warwick Wroth, 1892. xxxvi, 217, (1) pages; folding linen-backed color map; 35 fine plates. 15. Alexandria and the Nomes. Reginald Stuart Poole, 1892. c, (4), 395, (1) pages; 32 fine plates. 16. Ionia. Barclay V. Head, 1892. lvii, (3), 453, (3) pages; folding linen-backed color map; 39 fine plates. 17. Troas, Aeolis, and Lesbos. Warwick Wroth, 1894. lxxxiii, (1), 260 pages; folding linen-backed color map; 43 fine plates. 18. Caria, Cos, Rhodes, &c. Barclay V. Head, 1897. cxviii, (2), 325, (3) pages; folding linen-backed color map; 45 fine plates. 19. Lycia, Pamphylia, and Pisidia. George Francis Hill, 1897. cxxii, (2), 353, (3) pages; folding linen-backed color map; 44 fine plates. 20. Galatia, Cappadocia, and Syria. Warwick Wroth, 1899. xci, (1), 341, (3) pages; folding linen-backed color map; 38 fine plates. 21. Lycaonia, Isauria, and Cilicia. George Francis Hill, 1900. cxxxi, (1), 296 pages; folding linen-backed color map; 40 fine plates. 22. Lydia. Barclay V. Head, 1901. cl, (2), 440 pages; folding linen-backed color map; 45 fine plates. 23. Parthia. Warwick Wroth, 1903. lxxxviii, 289, (1) pages; folding linen-backed color map; 37 fine plates. 24. Cyprus. George Francis Hill, 1904. cxliv, 119, (1) pages; color map; 26 fine plates. 25. Phrygia. Barclay V. Head, 1906. cvi, 491, (1) pages; folding linen-backed color map; 53 fine plates. 26. Phoenicia. George Francis Hill, 1910. clii, 361, (1) pages; folding alphabet plate; color map; 45 fine plates. 27. Palestine (Galilee, Samaria, and Judaea). George Francis Hill, 1914. cxiv, 363, (1) pages; folding alphabet plate; color map; 42 fine plates. 28. Arabia, Mesopotamia and Persia (Nabataea, Arabia Provincia, S. Arabia, Mesopotamia, Babylonia, Assyria, Persia, Alexandrine Empire of the East, Persis, Elymais, Characene). George Francis Hill, 1922. ccxix, (1), 359, (1), 7, (1) pages; folding map; 55 fine plates. 29. Cyrenaica. E.S.G. Robinson, 1927. cclxxv, (1), 154, (2), 7, (1) pages; 47 fine plates. 8vo, most in later library bindings (maroon or green, lettered in gilt); Corinth volume is not ex-library but is bound in later maroon cloth. Over 10,000 pages of text in all; numerous tables and maps; text illustrations; 952 very fine Autotype plates depicting exceptional ancient Greek coins. Unobtrusive institutional ink stamps on plate versos and occasionally in text. Very good, with generally fresh pages and plates and with sound bindings. A complete set of original editions of the BMC Greek. The most comprehensive and important standard reference work on ancient Greek coins ever published. The generally superb photographically printed coin plates found in these original editions are far superior to the halftone reprint plates. While most of these used to reside in a reference library, they remain in above-average condition. The bindings have the call numbers in gilt on the spine, and each volume has a Wandsworth Public Libraries bookplate. The library's ink stamp can be found on the blank versos of the plates and occasionally in the text, but the markings are unobtrusive and the paper, overall, is clean and more supple than often seen (a few have toned leaved, as generally seen). Clain-Stefanelli 1888*. Daehn 1776. Grierson 54–55. Kroh 10: "the most utilized reference work for Greek coins... they still remain essential references and publish a great many coins not found elsewhere.
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