CORPUS NUMMORUM ITALICORUM. PRIMO TENTATIVO DI UN CATALOGO GENERALE DELLE MONETE MEDIEVALE E MODERNE CONIATE IN ITALIA O DA ITALIANI IN ALTRI PAESI. VOLUMES VII-VIII: VENETO I AND II.
Bologna: 1970 Forni reprint. Two volumes. Folio, original matching blue leather and marbled boards, gilt. (4), 583, (1); (4), 686, (2) pages; 20 + 45 plates of coins. Light wear to bindings with corner bump on Vol. VII; previous owner's blind stamp on title pages; near fine. (Item ID: 02422)
The two main Venice volumes from the CNI. King Victor Emmanuel III (1869&1947), began collecting coins as a boy and first conceived the idea for a corpus of Italian coins in 1897 when he proposed it to the Italian Numismatic Society. The king freely admitted that coin collecting was the greatest passion of his life and his collection exceeded 100,000 coins near the end of his lifetime. Dating from the fall of the Roman Empire in the West to the Unification of Italy, it encompassed the issues of Italian mints both in Italy and abroad. Through his lifelong efforts and those of a series of talented numismatic secretaries, that great passion was recorded on paper: a total of 11,144 pages of text and 679 plates. In sum, they comprise the most extensive and comprehensive work ever written on the coinage of a single country.