Paris et Vienne: 1895. First edition. 4to, contemporary vellum-backed mottled boards; spine with red morocco labels, gilt; marbled endpapers; top page edges red. Engraved frontispiece portrait with tissue guard; vii, (1), 294, (2) pages; 3310 descriptions; 30 fine plates of coins and 1 plate of monograms. Binding a bit worn, but sound; a few prices realized at the 1901 Cahn sale of the collection recorded in ink. Very good. Item #5990
The handsomely produced catalogue of the Léopold Walcher de Molthein collection, the only source for fine illustrations of several hundred of the best coins later sold in the 1901 Cahn sale of the collection. The Cahn catalogue was written with the assumption that most bidders would have a copy of this work and, as a result, it is unplated and takes a rather minimalist approach to the cataloguing. John Spring, in his Ancient Coin Auction Catalogues, cites this catalogue along with the sale catalogue. Most copies encountered are much the worse for wear: this is distinctly above average. Babelon 232. Clain-Stefanelli 1999. Spring 63 [also listed under “Most important sales of ancient Greek coins”].