London: Tonson, 1753. Extracted from Vol. III of Miscellaneous Works, in Verse and Prose, of the Late Right Honourable Joseph Addison, Esq; With Some Account of the Life and Writings of the Author, by Mr. Tickell. Later non-numismatic content not present. 12mo, later brown leatherette, gilt. 236 pages including 30 plates illustrating Roman coins. Front hinge cracked. Very good or better in a recent, well-preserved binding. Item #5356
A very scarce edition of this work, with only the numismatic portion of this volume here bound. A defense of numismatics written in the form of a discourse between Cynthio, Eugenius and Philander, followed by three series of woodcut plates of Roman coins, and preceded by Alexander Pope’s “Verses Occasion’d by Mr. Addison’s Treatise of Medals.” Addison was one of the most important English essayists, and was, through The Spectator (which he published with Richard Steele), one of the guardians of good taste at the time. His opinions on the merits of coin collecting mattered. Dekesel A49. Hirsch 2 (citing the 1726 edition). Lipsius 4 (citing the 1726 edition).