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Auction 165  3 Dec 2022
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The Magnificent 1756 Folio Volume Illustrating Maria Theresa's Silver Coin Cabinet
Duval, Valentin Jameray. MONNOIES EN ARGENT, QUI COMPOSENT UNE DES DIFFƒRENTES PARTIES DU CABINET DE S. M. L'EMPEREUR, DEPUIS LES PLUS GRANDES PIéCES, JUSQU'AU FLORIN INCLUSIVEMENT. Vienne: Chez Jean Thomas Trattner, Imprimeur et Libraire de la Cour, 1756. First edition. Folio [47 by 32 cm], contemporary full brown calf, sides paneled in double gilt filets; spine with six raised bands, richly decorated in gilt with a floral motif; crimson morocco label, gilt, in second compartment; board edges and turn-ins decorated in gilt; red page edges; marbled endpapers. (4), 358 pages; engraved printer's device on title; exceptionally fine engravings of some 2500 coins and medals throughout. Early handwritten index laid in, with additional genealogical note. Binding a bit worn, but sound, with head and tail of spine professionally restored some time ago. Lower fore-edge corner discolored throughout from old staining: while obvious, it never reaches the coin images. Very good. A monumental work, comprising a superbly illustrated record of large European silver coins in the remarkable Vienna coin cabinet. While the text is minimal, the quality of the illustrations (by Johann Christoph Winkler) is very high, and the extraordinary number of them makes these volumes a landmark of numismatic study. Duval (1695-1775), though of humble origin, became a renowned French scholar. When Duke Francis Steven became Grand Duke of Tuscany, Duval accompanied him as librarian to Florence and, when the Duke married Maria Theresa and became Francis I, Holy Roman emperor, Duval was called upon to preside over the collection of coins and medals at Vienna. He was instrumental in the development of the court's magnificent coin collection and Duval undoubtedly inspired his illustrious successor, Father Joseph Hilarius Eckhel. A comparable copy of this magnificent work in the Anders Fršsell Library was sold by us in 2010 for $11,000 hammer. A volume on the collection's gold coins was published in 1759. In their entry 2402, Engel & Serrure discuss the project as a whole: "Cette somptueuse publication, l'une des plus belles qui aient ŽtŽ faites sur la numismatique de la fin du moyen ‰ge et des temps modernes, se compose d'une suites de planches de monnaies, gravŽes sur cuivre avec le plus grand art, par un artiste viennois, J.-C. Winkler. Le seul texte qui accompagne les dessins est une suite de titres explicatifs imprimŽs au-dessus des vignettes. L'ordre adoptŽ par Duval pour le classement des monnaies du MusŽe de Vienne est le suivant : Souverains pontifes, archevques, Žvques, abbŽs et chapitres, ordres militaires, empereurs, rois, Žlecteurs et princes souverains de l'empire, princes, comtes et barons de l'empire, princes de Courlande, de Transylvanie, etc., maisons souveraines limitrophes ou enclavŽes dans la France, souverains d'Italie, rŽpubliques, provinces et villes libres." Brunet 29744. Dekesel D161. Engel & Serrure 2401. Graesse II.456. Lipsius pages 265 & 410. Ex Franois-Pierre du Pont, Seigneur de RomŽmont (d. 1792) Library, with his engraved bookplate; ex Baron James Eduoard de Rothschild Library (1844-1881), with his engraved bookplate; ex BŸcherei des Architekten-Verein zu Berlin, with their ink stamp in at least two places.

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