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Auction 169  17 Feb 2024
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Lot 107

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A Complete Set of the Zeitschrift für Numismatik
Sallet, Alfred von, et al. [editors]. ZEITSCHRIFT FÜR NUMISMATIK. Erster–Zweiundvierzigster Bände (Berlin, 1874–1935). Forty-two volumes, complete, as follows:

(1.–20. Bände (1874–1897). 8vo, contemporary matching black half calf with mottled boards; spines with four raised bands, ruled, lettered and decorated in gilt; all pages edges marbled. Attractive and fine.

21.–28., 39.–42. Bände (1898–1910, 1929–1935). 8vo, bound two per volume in contemporary blue cloth-backed marbled boards, gilt; all pages edges speckled. Very good to near fine.

29.–33. Bände (1912–1922). 8vo, bound in four volumes in contemporary dark blue straight-grained half morocco; spines ruled and lettered in gilt. Near fine.

34., 37.–38. Bände (1924, 1927–1928). 8vo, original printed paper covers. Volume 37 worn, with detached covers and loose plates. Volumes 34 and 38 fine.

35.–36. Bände (1925–1926). 8vo, contemporary blue cloth with mottled sides; spines ruled and lettered in gilt. Hand-numbered spine labels. Ex J. Schulman, with stamps. Very good or better. A total of 16,016 pages and 406 plates. Also included is the 1898 Register zu Band XI–XX, bound in cloth and boards, the 1930 Register zu Band XXI–XXXV, in original card covers, and the Festschrift zur Feier des fünfzigjährigen Bestehens der Numismatischen Gesellschaft zu Berlin, black half leather. A complete and well-preserved set of this very important journal. Of the truly important numismatic journals, the Zeitschrift für Numismatik is the most difficult to acquire, with substantial runs infrequently offered and complete sets being virtually unknown. This is unfortunate, as it remains a key source of information on ancient coins and other numismatic topics. Established under founding editor Dr. Alfred von Sallet in 1874, the Zeitschrift remained under his guiding hand until Hermann Dannenberg, H.A.E.F. Dressel and Julius Menadier took over responsibility for its production with the 1898 volume. It had developed out of an earlier publication, the Berliner Blätter für Münz-, Siegel- und Wappenkunde (1863–1873), which in turn grew out of Baron Bernard de Koehne's Zeitschrift für Münz-, Siegel- und Wappenkunde (1841–1852, 1859–1862). In addition to the scholarly articles for which it remains known, the Zeitschrift also published the Sitzungsberichte for the Numismatischen Gesellschaft zu Berlin, making it an important record for the history of numismatic study in Germany. In 1903, the Zeitschrift began publishing the Jahresberichte über die numismatische Literatur as a separately paginated supplement within the main publication. Very few sets of the Zeitschrift remain in private hands; none were offered publicly between the 2005 sale of the Münzen & Medaillen set (from which most of the current set is derived) and its reappearance in our 2014 sale of the Herb Kreindler Library. We are unaware of any complete sets that have sold since. Clain-Stefanelli 992. Most volumes ex Künker's June 23–24, 2005 sale of the Münzen und Medaillen Library, lot 5797; ex Kolbe & Fanning's 2014 sale of the Herb Kreindler Library, lot 1030 at $45,000 hammer.

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