Philadelphia: 2004. 4to, original pictorial card covers. Color frontispiece plate; title printed in red and black; (28), 33, (1), (44) pages; 13 additional plates in black and white. In German and Russian. Fine. [with] SUPPLEMENTUM. Philadelphia, 2008. 4to, original pictorial card covers. Color folding frontispiece plate; title printed in red and black; (12) pages; 9 additional plates in black and white on tinted stock. In German. Near fine. [with] SUPPLEMENTUM II. Philadelphia, 2009. 4to, original pictorial card covers. Color frontispiece plate; title printed in red and black; (22) pages; 6 additional plates in black and white on tinted stock. In German, English and Russian. Fine. Item #5916
A remarkable compilation, focusing on works relating to Russian coins and medals printed outside of Russia during the 18th century (the Rossica). Present here are the main work, and the first two supplements. The copy of the main work is one of five printed in black and white out of a total of 15 printed at the time. The supplements are each one of 10 copies printed in black and white out of editions of 15. On the verso of the main title page, the title is given in Russian and in English, the latter of which follows: “Historic & Numismatic Remarques which contain carefully collected and describer various curious and rare numismatic works, articles, auction catalogues and pertinent observations which appeared in print in the XVIII century outside the borders of the Russian Empire, that pertain to Russian coins, Medals and Monetary Circulation and are now conserved in a private collection in Philadelphia.” Arefiev’s Belustigungen constitutes some of the best serious scholarship on Russian numismatic literature yet published. While a catalogue of a private library, it is essential for anyone interested in the subject. Kolbe 188, 191 and 192.