DESCRIPTION HISTORIQUE DES MONNAIES FRAPPÉES SOUS L’EMPIRE ROMAIN COMMUNÉMENT APPELÉES MÉDAILLES IMPÉRIALES.
Paris: Chez MM. Rollin & Feuardent, 1880–1892. Deuxième édition. Eight volumes, complete. 8vo, matching contemporary brown half morocco with mottled sides; spines ruled in red and back with red morocco spine labels lettered in black; fore-edge corners and pages rounded and beveled; marbled endpapers; original printed paper covers bound in. xxvii, (1), 544 + xvi, 446, (2) + (4), 426, (2) + (4), 532, (2) + (4), 545, (3) + (4), 570, (2) + (4), 496 + (4), 510, (2) pages; portrait plate with tissue guard; numerous attractive text illustrations of coins; size charts. Occasional pencil annotations; sheet of notes tipped into second volume. Bindings a bit worn and rubbed, but generally sound; fifth volume binding weak, with repaired joints. Very good. Item #7035
A complete set of the scarce original printing of the best edition of this still widely utilized reference. Babelon 146–147: “Henri Cohen’s vast compendia on the Roman series, worthy of comparison with Mionnet’s equivalent work on the Greek, were soon regarded as better than anything that had previously been produced thanks to two vital qualities: the scrupulous accuracy of each description, and the omission of fake coins.” Clain-Stefanelli 4015*. Grierson 74. Ex Claude Burgan, with his label.