New York: Published by the Author, 1878. Two volumes. Folio, original matching orange cloth, gilt. lxix, (1), 478, 8; xvi pages; titles printed in red and black; 170 finely engraved etchings of medals by Jules Jacquemart on 86 plates with tissue guards. Binding worn, with some cracking to joints and tears to cloth. Interiors near fine. Item #6391
An original set of perhaps the most lavishly executed work on American numismatics ever published. The author relates in the introductory text “that Mr. Jefferson, as early as 1789, entertained the idea of publishing an account of all American medals, struck up to that time,” but it remained for Loubat to publish the first extensive work on the topic. In 1908, the American Journal of Numismatics noted: “His sumptuous work on the Official Medals struck by the authority of the United States marked an epoch in our medallic history.” In contrast to the fine, heavy paper used for both pages and plates, the original bindings are somewhat weak, with cloth that gets dry and brittle with age, resulting in many copies with nice interiors but worn bindings. Clain-Stefanelli 15073*. Davis 631.