London: Society of Antiquaries, 1761–1763. 4to, modern brown half calf with marbled sides; spine with six raised bands, ruled in gilt, with two black spine labels lettered in gilt; marbled endpapers. iv, 161, (1), 12, 216 pages; 42, + 19 + 6 engraved plates, mostly by Francis Perry, of English coins. Near fine in a handsome new binding. Item #6292
The first illustrated and best edition of the earliest comprehensive work on English coinage. The plates remain useful even today. This edition was brought to fruition over a decade by John Ward, biographer, Gresham College, and Andrew Gifford, assistant librarian, British Museum. Manville writes that “Dr Ward began the revision for the Society after Folkes’s death in 1754; after Ward’s death four years later Dr Gifford completed the task.” Goldsmith 8979. Lipsius 130. Manville 168.