(Londini): Prelo demum mandabantur, A.D. MDCCXLVI (1746). Part Four of Numismata Antiqua in Tres Partes Divisa: Collegit olim et Aeri Incidi Vivens Curavit Thomas Pembrochiae et Montis Gomerici Comes. Tall 4to, contemporary full tree calf, both boards decoratively bordered in gilt; professionally rebacked in tan calf with a new spine with five raised bands, ruled and decorated in gilt; red spine label, gilt; original marbled endpapers; board edges gilt; inner dentelles hatched in blind. Finely engraved title; 41 engraved plates of coins. A copy of Joseph Ames’s Index to the Pembrokian Coins and Medals (also 1746) is laid in. Occasional browning; a few annotations. Very good contents in a newly restored binding. Item #6306
Originally from the library of Barré Charles Roberts, with an inscription e donis patris. In this final section of the four-part publication of engraved plates of the Pembroke collection are to be found the earliest known printed illustrations of a number of American colonial coins, featuring Massachusetts silver (famously including the Good Samaritan shilling), Maryland silver, the Carolina token, St. Patrick’s coinage, and the Plantation 1/24 real. The first three sections, dealing with ancient coins, are not present. The collection, of great value and importance, was dispersed at auction a century later, this work being the only illustrated record. The Ames index, published independently shortly after the appearance of the main work, is decidedly scarce and is rarely included. Barré Charles Roberts was a remarkable collector and antiquarian who, with the assistance and encouragement of his father, formed an excellent collection while still in his teens. He died when he was only twenty, leaving behind a well-formed collection, most of which was purchased by the British Museum for 4000 guineas. According to Manville’s Biographical Dictionary, “His numismatic library, which had become the property of Edward Walpole Roberts, was sold at Sotheby’s on 17 March 1828.” Brunet 29751: “Ouvrage peu commun et fort recherché.” Hirsch 101. Lipsius 310. Ex Ted Craige Library (Kolbe Sale 14, lot 551).