Includes: Mease’s 1834 “Description of Some of the Medals, Struck in Relation to Important Events in North America, before and since the Declaration of Independence by the United States,” Fisher’s 1837 “Description of American Medals,” and Mease’s “Old American Coins,” all of which were originally published in the Collections of the Massachusetts Historical Society [complete volumes present]. Three octavo volumes, recently bound to match in antiqued brown half calf with marbled paper sides; spines with five raised bands, ruled in gilt, with black lettering pieces. Second and third volume with early library ink stamp on title page versos, but no other markings. Near fine copies in new bindings. Item #6398
An exceptional set, in matching bindings, of these three landmark works on American numismatics. Mease is credited with publishing the first article on American numismatics: his 1821 study of American medals, of which the 1834 work present here is a revision and expansion. He also published the first article purely devoted to American coins: the final work present in this group. Fisher’s study is not at all a rehashing of Mease’s previous work: in fact, they list only one medal in common: the “Washington before Boston” medal of the Comitia Americana series. It is more concerned with colonial-era medals than Mease’s, which mostly describes the Comitia Americana series and related medals. While a few publications predate the works of Mease and Fisher, those earlier works were written for merchants, politicians and other people who dealt with monetary issues, and little had been written from the point of view of one who studies coins and medals. John C. Kunze’s 1800 description of his collection was the first truly numismatic article published in this country, but little of its attention is devoted to American coins and medals). This is a rare opportunity to add very attractive copies of all three of these important works to one’s library.