Londini: Ex Officina J. Nichols, 1782. 4to [30 by 24.5 cm], contemporary mottled brown tree calf; spine with five raised bands, ruled and richly decorated in gilt; red morocco spine label, gilt; marbled endpapers; all page edges green. xi, (1), 354, (2) pages; 68 well-engraved plates, mostly depicting ancient Greek coins [a few depicting monograms]. Binding worn, with joints cracks and extremities rubbed; front pastedown with torn corner; intermittent browning and spotting; plates indexed in ink in upper margins in an early hand. Title page signed “Lord Hastings, 1852” in ink, with his small ink stamp as well. Very good, overall. Item #6006
An original copy of this landmark 18th-century catalogue, from the library of the greatest American classical numismatist. Charles Combe (1743–1817) actively participated in the formation of the extensive coin collection formed by William Hunter (1718–1783), now housed at the University of Glasgow. Unfortunately, only this first volume of a proposed complete catalogue ever reached publication. Subsequently, it was brought up to date by George Macdonald beginning in 1899. Babelon 124. Dekesel C306. Lipsius 87 & 195. Ex Jacob Astley, 16th Baron Hastings (1797–1859), with his dated signature and stamp; later in the library of Edward T. Newell, with his engraved bookplate.