St. Petersbourg: 1836. First text volume and planches. 8vo, text volume in original printed wraps; plates in later black cloth-backed boards, gilt. vii, (1), 266, (2); 23, (1) pages; 23 + 58 engraved tables and plates of coins. Text volume unopened, but with spine separating; some foxing to plates; very good. Item #5015
The classic work; the first general guide to Russian coins. Volume I recounts the history of the Russian monetary system and features an extensive bibliography. The plate volume, beyond its numerous illustrations of coins, features tables of metal production, mintages, etc. The work gained for the author the Grand Demidoff Prize of 5000 rubles. Lacking the second text volume, published in 1837 and infrequently encountered. Clain-Stefanelli 11138*. Grierson 194: “Encore utile, en dépit de sa date.” Gromachevskii 392.