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General Collection Of Obsidial And Necessity Documents, Engraved In The Chronological Order Of The Events: With The Explanation, In The Alphabetic Order, Of The Historical Facts That Given Place To Their Manufacture: Following These Multiple Pieces


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Duby, Pierre-Ancher Tobiésen. GENERAL COLLECTION OF OBSIDIAL AND NECESSITY DOCUMENTS, ENGRAVED IN THE CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER OF THE EVENTS: WITH THE EXPLANATION, IN THE ALPHABETIC ORDER, OF THE HISTORICAL FACTS THAT GIVEN PLACE TO THEIR MANUFACTURE: FOLLOWING THESE MULTIPLE PIECES INTERESTING, UNDER THE TITLE OF NUMISMATIC RECREATIONS. In Paris: At the Author's Widow, rue des Moulins Butte S. Roch, No. 39. And at Debure the elder, Librairie de la Bibliothèque du Roi, Quai des Grands Augustins, 1786. Bound in two volumes (text and boards). Folio [31.5 by 24.5 cm], 19th-century matching red quarter morocco with pebbled cloth sides; spine ruled and lettered in gilt with private spine number on text volume. xvi, 147, (1) pages; woodcut title vignette; woodcut headpieces and tailpieces; 27 finely engraved plates of authentic coins and 4 additional plates depicting fantasies, or “Recreations Numismatiques.” Bindings moderately worn and faded, but sound. Very good. A handsome copy of Duby's important and rare work on obsidional coinage, bound into separate text and plate volumes. Pierre-Anchon Tobiésen Duby (1721–1782) was a captain in the infantry who served as an interpreter for the royal library and the royal council of the Admiralty. This numismatic volume was published after his death by French archaeologist Michelet d'Ennery (1709–1786). It is remarkable and especially valuable for the detailed historical background it provides concerning the various issues of obsidional coins issued throughout Europe from 1521 to 1762, along with various other kinds of emergency coinage. It was largely based on the collection of Chevalier de Boullongne. Duby has long been considered the best source for establishing the authenticity of siege and necessity coins, since the subsequent work by Mailliet unwittingly lists many apocryphal pieces. Bassoli 37. Engel and Serrure 2272: “This collection is far superior, as a plan and as a science, to the more complete work, published today, by M. Mailliet.” Lipsius 106. Van Damme (1807) 891.
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