Undated reprints of the 1896 St. Petersburg originals. Two volumes. Folio [40.5 by 30.5 cm], matching blue quarter leather; blank red spine labels. Printed titles and half titles; portrait plate of Catherine II; decorative title; dedication leaf; iv, (ii), 295, (1) pages; printed titles and half title; 69, (1) pages; well-executed reproductions of the originalís 22 superb phototype plates with tissue guards; printed title and half title; portrait plate of Peter III; decorative title; ii, (2), 40, 14 pages; well-executed reproductions of the originalís 2 superb phototype plates with tissue guards. Only slight signs of wear. Fine. Item #1567
Well-produced reprints, with photographically reproduced plates that, while unable to truly replicate the outstanding originals, are far superior than halftone plates would be. The complete two volumes on Elizabeth I, also including the section on Peter III, of Grand Duke Georgii Mikhailovich's monumental work, published over a quarter century in a dozen volumes. Gromachevskii wrote that Monety Tsarstvovaniya is a "colossal and classic scientific work which has no equal in the Russian or in the entire foreign field of numismatic literature. Especially important for the coverage of monetary history through the inclusion of a vast wealth of hitherto inaccessible documentation. Each volume contains a well-focused summary covering the technical and fiscal aspects of the coinage it deals with, along with succinct, precise descriptions of the coins." The renowned numismatic researcher and collector Georgii Mikhailovich was born in Tiflis in 1863 and was murdered on January 28, 1919 by the Bolsheviks along with three other Russian Grand Dukes. His tragic end was in contrast to a life of privilege. The Grand Duke began collecting coins as a teenager and, being of exceptional means, soon formed an impressive collection. In Some Rare Coins in My Collection, he first proposed the publication of a corpus of Russian coinage from Peter the Great onwards. A corpus of pre-Petrine coinage had already been proposed by Count TolstoÔ a few years earlier. The Grand Duke funded the project and under his direction the various volumes were compiled by Giel, Demmeni and others. Twelve volumes had appeared when the outbreak of war curtailed completion. Though 200 original copies of each volume were printed, the series has suffered heavy attrition over the years. Clain-Stefanelli 11178*. Grierson 193. Gromachevskii 92.