Bruxelles: 1860. 4to, contemporary dark blue quarter morocco with mottled blue sides; spine with four raised bands, ruled, lettered and paneled in gilt; marbled endpapers; all page edges speckled. Title with lithographic depiction of seals; (2), 146, (2) pages; text illustrations; 22 lithographic plates of coins. Binding rubbed at extremities, but still very attractive. Very good or better. Item #6415
Renier Chalon’s rare treatise on the coinage of the Counts of Namur. Cumont states that only 75 copies of this work on Namur were printed; it brings together in one place what was originally published in the Mémoires de l’Académie royale des sciences, des lettres et des beaux-arts de Belgique. Chalon is best known today for his role in the Fortsas hoax in 1840, which involved an obscure auction sale consisting exclusively of unique works unknown in the standard bibliographies, all of which had been dreamed up by Chalon to appeal to particular book collectors of the day—all of whom managed to learn about the sale and many of whom fell for it. His numismatic works focus mostly on medieval issues of the Low Counties, a subject on which he published hundreds of articles. His few book-length works are generally quite rare though still cited. Clain-Stefanelli 6468. Cumont 320. Grierson 134. Ex Alain Poindessault Library; ex Alain Poinsignon Library.