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Auction 169  17 Feb 2024
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Lot 114

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An Excellent Set of Revue Numismatique
Société Française de Numismatique. REVUE DE LA NUMISMATIQUE FRANÇOISE / REVUE NUMISMATIQUE. Blois, Paris & London, 1836–2023. One hundred eighty-nine volumes, as follows:

First Series: Volumes 1–20 (Blois & Paris, 1836–1855), complete, attractively bound in contemporary matching green straight-grained quarter morocco with green cloth sides; spines elaborately decorated and lettered in gilt; pages edges speckled red; half of the volumes with paper spine label. 10,014 pages; 352 engraved plates. The first volume is the rare first edition, with the list of subscribers suppressed in the second edition. Also included is the 1856 Tables volume, sometimes regarded at Volume 21 of the First Series.

Second Series: Volumes 1–14 (Paris & Londres, 1856–1870). Volumes 1–13 handsomely bound in contemporary matching tan quarter calf with mottled sides; spines ruled and lettered in gilt; all page edges marbled; paper spine labels. Volume 14 in original printed paper covers (worn). Nearly 7000 pages; approximately 250 engraved plates. Lacks Volume 15 (1874–1877). Also included are the Mélanges de numismatique I–III (1875–1882), bound in red quarter morocco with mottled sides; spines with four raised bands, ruled and lettered in gilt; marbled endpapers.

Third Series: Volumes 1–14 (Paris, 1883–1896), complete, bound in contemporary matching tan full sheep; spine with four raised bands, red spine labels, gilt. 7548 pages; 225 engraved, lithographic and fine photographically printed plates.

Fourth Series: Volumes 1–39 (Paris, 1897–1936), complete, bound in full tan sheep; spines with four raised bands; red spine labels, gilt. 18,850 pages; 420 lithographic and fine photographically printed plates.

Fifth Series: Volumes 1–19 (Paris, 1937–1957), complete, bound in fifteen volumes in full tan sheep; spines with four raised bands; red spine labels, gilt. 4710 pages; folding table; 121 lithographic and fine photographically printed plates.

Sixth Series: Volumes 1–36 (Paris, 1958–1994), complete. Volumes 1–17 (1958–1975) bound in 15 volumes in full tan sheep; spines with four raised bands; red spine labels, gilt; Volumes 18–36 (1976–1994) in original printed card covers. 10,110 pages; 765 fine photographically printed and halftone plates.

Volumes 150–190 (Paris, 1995–2023), complete, in original printed card covers [no series number].

Also included is Adolphe Dieudonné's 1919 Table de le Revie Numismatique (de 1906 à 1915) and the Table for 1916–1956.

One hundred ninety-four volumes in all. Well over 60,000 pages, including text figures, maps, etc.; well over 2000 plates, including illustrations of ancient, medieval and modern coins, medals, tokens, paper currency, etc. Some bindings of the third through fifth series a bit worn and scuffed; occasional folds and minor issues; generally a near fine set. In Numismatics-An Ancient Science, Clain-Stefanelli writes: "Usually 1836 is considered a significant date in the development of numismatic science. In that year two periodicals were started which for over a century attracted the most distinguished numismatists of the time and set the highest standards in research. In Paris Revue numismatique was founded ... in London appeared the ... Numismatic Chronicle." These two journals, along with Revue belge de numismatique, which began publication a few years later, remain indispensable storehouses of information on ancient coins, medieval and modern numismatics, especially relating to their respective countries of publication. Long runs of the Revue numismatique appear on the market infrequently, and complete sets are extremely rare. This set lacks only the final volume of the Second Series (Nouvelle Série, Tome Quinzième), which covers 1874–1877, a chaotic time in the life of the Society, during which the Mélanges de numismatique (here present) did much to sustain serious numismatic activity in France. Clain-Stefanelli 893. Engel et Serrure 65–67: "Cette revue, créée par E. Cartier et L. de la Saussaye, est la première publication périodique sérieuse qui ait été consacrée à l'étude des monnaies anciennes au profit des sciences historiques." Grierson 21. The Mélanges de numismatique is Clain-Stefanelli 675; Engel et Serrure 75: "Receuil comencé en 1874 ... pour remplacer la Revue numismatique dont la publication semblait arrêtée." Ex Hans von Aulock Library (Bank Leu, 1982), lot 453.

A Note from the Collector: This includes the partial set bought at the Von Aulock library sale against Tradart, with the collector bidding while standing behind George Kolbe. When the hammer fell, the buyer pointed at George, who was surprised as he was not bidding. The story is told in George's memoirs.

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