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Auction 168  23 Sep 2023
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Lot 231

Starting price: 3250 USD
Price realized: 11 000 USD
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Numismatic and Antiquarian Society of Montreal. THE CANADIAN ANTIQUARIAN AND NUMISMATIC JOURNAL. An entirely complete set of thirty-three volumes, as follows: First Series, Volumes I–XIII (1872–1886), complete. Second Series, Volumes I–III (1889–1894), complete. Third Series, Volumes I–XIII (1897–1916), complete. Fourth Series, Volumes I–IV (1930–1933), complete. 8vo, uniformly bound in 14 volumes in full red morocco, both boards bordered in gilt; spines with five raised bands, ruled, lettered and decorated in gilt; gilt turn-ins; marbled endpapers; all page edges speckled; some original printed card or paper covers bound in; housed in matching red cloth slipcases. Illustrated throughout in a variety of forms, including occasional color. Some issues had been folded for mailing. A very attractive and generally fine set. One of only two truly complete sets of this rare and desirable journal that we have sold in at least 35 years. Entirely complete sets are very rarely encountered, perhaps due in part to a checkered publishing sequence, though it would appear that some issues were also issued in very small quantities. Sets are almost invariably encountered as "complete except for..." or "complete, with a few issues in photocopy." This is a rare occasion. The Canadian equivalent of the American Journal of Numismatics, the CANJ is infrequently offered, and is an indispensable of information to those seriously interested in Canadian numismatics and history, early North American medals, Canadian colonial tokens, and so forth. Clain-Stefanelli 447. Early volumes ex Thomas Warner Library; ex Joseph Foster Library; ex Richard Cooper Library.
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