Romæ: Apud Blasium Deversin, & Felicem Cesarettum, Typis Fabii de Falcho, 1664. First edition. 4to [22.5 by 17 cm], contemporary limp vellum; hand-lettered spine. (6), 315 (13) pages; title printed in red and black incorporating a woodcut vignette; a few charming woodcut initials and floral tailpieces. Spine vellum chipped in two places, exposing perhaps a quarter of the spine. A few minor faults, but very good or better overall. Item #5971
The first appearance of Spanheim’s classic work: a major step forward in numismatic scholarship. While the two-volume third edition, published in a massive folio production, must be considered the best, this considerably scarcer first edition is of considerable historic importance. Elvira Clain-Stefanelli wrote of Spanheim that his “encyclopedic knowledge in history, art, geography, art history—all based on a full mastery of the ancient authors—made him one of the prominent numismatists of his day. His chief publication Dissertatio de praestantia et usu numismatum antiquorum (1664) must certainly be considered the work of a master.” Babelon 105–106. Dekesel S180. Hirsch 122. Labbé (1675) 85. Lipsius 376. Ex RBW Library.