Paris: D. Dumoulin et Cie & L. Larges, 1893-1899. Three volumes, complete. Folio [41 by 30 cm], attractively bound in matching tan half calf with marbled sides; spines with five raised bands, decorated in gilt; black morocco spine labels, gilt. xx, 211, (1); (4), xiii, (1), 332, (2); (10), iii, (3), (30), (2) pages; fine frontispiece portrait of the author; fine frontispiece of the author’s “cabinet”; fine frontispiece of the “Annexe du Cabinet” of the author; tables; document facsimiles; hundreds of fine text illustrations, some printed in colors, depicting paper currency, coining methods, machinery, coins and medals; 93 very fine plates of coins, paper currency, tokens and medals. First volume with ink stamp of the author, hand-numbered 124. Final volume with some edge discoloration, else a fine set. Item #5320
One of only 250 sets issued of this monumental production intended, according to the expanded title, “à l’usage des historiens, archéoologues, numismates, numismatistes, collectionneurs, bibliophiles et amateurs en général.” The first volume covers paper money (assignats and the paper money of the Vendée armies). The second is devoted to the history of coinage. The final volume is the plate atlas, divided between France, foreign countries, and French colonies and territories. This is an unusually well-preserved set. Clain-Stefanelli 8908*: “A mine of information.” Grierson 127: “Collection de documents remarquable.”.