Hieronymus Verdussen, Nederlands, 1627. ['ghemaeckt by de generale meesters van de munten in de maendt van meert 1627']
24pp., 4to. Signature A, of twelve unpaginated leaves. In Dutch and in black letter. With ninety-six engravings, showing both sides of forty-eight coins. Aged and worn, and stitched into frayed brown-paper wraps, with 'Lyste van Gouden Munten mer figuren. 1627.' in manuscript on the front cover. See: Bib. Belgica (1964-1970 ed.) I, 418, C 781; Desmaele, B. Ordonnances 1621-1633 [thesis, University of Mons], 1627/4B.
A total of 10pp., 12mo. Neatly written out in a close mid-Victorian hand. Accompanied by a slip of paper carrying a list of the eight sections into which the items in the 'Largest Box' were divided. Three of the eight are lacking. The five sections present are: '2 French Medals', '3 French Medals', '5 Medals of Various Countries', '7 French Sovereigns | Members of the Bourbon Family | French Statesmen.', and '8 Napoleon and his Family.
William Harrison (1802-1884), Isle of Man antiquary [ The Manx Society; John Frissel Crellin (1816-1886) of Orrysdale ]
On letterhead of Rock Mount, St John's [amended in autograph to 'Peel'], Isle of Man. 12 December 1851.
3pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In good condition, very lightly aged. Harrison begins by answering the unnamed recipient's enqury 'about Manx Coins &c', with reference to 'an old bookseller in Douglas' and 'John F Crellin of Orrysdale'. Crellin has 'a fine Collection of Coins relating to the Island', and is 'in a poor state of health & confined to bed'. Harrison discusses a paper by Crellin on 'the Coinage of 1733' before turning to 'what duplicate' of Manx Society publications he has in his possession, 'chiefly of my own Editing'.
Alfred Benjamin Wyon (1837-1884), sculptor and medallist, with shop at 287 Regent St, London
With stamp of 'WYON | REGENT ST' [ Alfred Benjamin Wyon, 287 Regent St, London ].Undated.
On one side of a 12 x 13 cm piece of paper. On aged paper with four folds. The crown is drawn in pencil, and is 2.5 x 2.75 cm. The caption, in ink, is below, and reads: 'Scottish crown. | Drawing to be returned.' Between the two lines of text is the firm's stamp, made up of perforated lettering. Presumably a design for a letterhead, or other engraving.
A. H. Church [ Sir Arthur Herbert Church ] (1834-1915), Professor of Chemistry at the Royal Academy of Arts, 1879-1911
On letterhead of Shelsley, Kew Gardens. 10 November 1897.
Church was a leading authority on the chemistry of paintings. 4pp., 12mo. Bifolium. In very good condition. Written in a neat and close hand in the spirit of a true antiquary. Addressed to 'My dear Friend'. He begins by discussing Roman coins ('by no means rare even when in good condition'), describing 'two gold Neros' in his possession, and 'aurei of Galba', before turning to his activitiies since leaving Cirencester. He has not been 'working at Britanno-Roman things', but has been through 'some very interesting specimens belonging to Mr. T. B.
[The Numismatic Society of London (from 1906 the Royal Numismatic Society); Barclay Vincent Head (1844-1914), Keeper of Coins and Medals, British Museum; Alfred E. Copp; George Edwyn Hill-Trevor]
Copp's letter: on letterhead of the Numismatic Society of London, 3 January 1887. Head's letter: on embossed British Museum letterhead. 15 December 1886.
Copp's letter: 1p., 12mo. Attractive letterhead, with embossed design. Addressed to 'The Hon: Geo. E. Hill Trevor | Brynkinalt | Chirk'. In good condition, with slight creasing and discoloration at foot. He is sending a receipt for Hill-Trevor's 'entrance fee and subscription to this Society', and discusses subscription matters. Head's letter: 2pp., 12mo. Very good, on lightly-aged paper.
Royal Army Medical Corps, British Salonika Force, World War I
February, 1917. ['British Salonika Force. General Headquarters, British Salonika Force, December 1, 1916.']
8vo: 36 pp, paginated  to 52. Disbound and unbound. Grubby, but with text clear and entire. Outer bifolium in poor condition. Lacking stitching, so with each bifolium loose. Mainly consisting of lists of individuals receiving awards.
Captain Rambahadur Limbu (b.1939),10th Princess Mary's Own Gurkha Rifles, Nepalese recipient of the British Army's Victoria Cross [Indonesian–Malaysian Confrontation]
Without place or date.
On one side of an 11 x 17.5 piece of light-blue paper. In good condition, on lightly-aged paper, with two fold lines (not affecting signature). The signature is written in pencil, and reads 'Rambahadur Limbu V.C.' Beneath the signature, in blue ink, is the signature of 'Ranjit Rai', and beneath this, in a different blue ink, an indecipherable signature. With newspaper cutting, dated 28 September 1966, of article titled 'After the glory - it's back to the jungle'. The article carries two photographs of Limbu.
Admiral Sir Sidney Smith [Admiral Sir William Sidney Smith] (1764-1840)
Paris. 12 May 1834.
2pp., 4to. In poor condition, heavily-aged and with loss to a few words of text caused by chipping to extremities. Smith thanks him 'le Chevalier' for his 'obligeant cadea vos traits et rappelant ainsi l'expression de la bienveillance, la Philanthropie et l'esprit d'observation qui vous caracterisent'.',>
Llewellynn Jewitt [Llewellynn Frederick William Jewitt] (c.1816-1886), antiquary, illustrator, engraver, natural scientist, author of The Ceramic Art of Great Britain (1878) [Rev. John Smith Doxey]
Winster Hall [High Peak, Derbyshire]. 26 August 1874.
4pp., 12mo. Bifolium. Good, on lightly-aged paper. The manuscript of Doxey's article is 'safe to hand' and Jewitt is 'much pleased [both words underlined twice] with the plates & coins. It is very nice indeed.' The article is too late for the next number, 'the difficulty being the engravings'. 'If you dont mind I think I should like to give your article the "place of honour" - ie the opening article - in the following number'.
William Joseph Taylor (1802-1885), medallist, die-sinker, engraver [William Stevenson Fitch (1793-1859), postmaster of Ipswich, antiquary and thief]
29 August 1842; London.
12mo, 3 pp. Forty lines. Text clear and complete. With: Seven-line Autograph Note Signed by 'W S Fitch' in a close hand at foot of third page. He is ashamed for not replying sooner to Fitch's letter, and his gift of 'a couple of Ducks': 'the only way I can reconcile such a case is to believe one of the great Authors, I forget which, perhaps Montaigne that the receiver is the one who confers the greatest compliment so if you please we will set it down so in this instance, and say no more about it'. He thanks Fitch for 'the Impressions' of seals, which 'add very much to my collection'.
[Samuel Leigh Sotheby, London auctioneer; General Sir Robert Ainslie (1776-1839), army officer and numismatist]
At S. Leigh Sotheby's, 3 Wellington Street, Street, London, 3 to 6 June 1840.
4to, 31 pp. In original grey printed wraps, with the bookseller's ticket of Messrs. Bolster of Cork. Text clear and complete. A fair, tight copy, on aged paper. In worn red calf quarter-binding, red cloth. Neatly priced up in manuscript (the sale totalled £803 4s 6d), and ruled with red lines.
Baron Jean Pierre Casimir de Marcassus de Puymaurin (1757-1841), Master of the Paris Mint, 1816-1830
7 July 1825; Paris. On illustrated letterhead of 'Monnaie Royale des Medailles'.
Folio, 2 pp. 31 lines. Text clear and complete. On aged paper, chipped at extremities. The elaborate letterhead features a circular engraving by Heuer of two classical female figures in front of a press.
William C. Wells [President George Washington; numismatics]
London: Harrison and Sons, St Martin's Lane, W.C. 1915.
4to, 7 pp. In original printed wraps. Fair, with an unobtrusive closed tear to the title leaf. The purpose of the article is to explain the relationship between John Washington, the issuer of the token the article describes, and the first American president. Both sides of the token are illustrated on the front page. The last page carries a family tree of 'The Washingtons of Northamptonshire, Sussex and Virginia'. The only copy of this offcut on COPAC is at the British Library.
Arthur Aikin, Secretary, Society for the Encouragement of Arts, Manufactures, and Commerce [Augustus Frederick, Duke of Sussex, President; Royal Society of Arts]
Printed by T. WOODFALL, (Assistant Secretary to the Society,) 10, Taylor's Buildings, Chandos Street. [Adelphi, May 27, 1817.]
Folio, 1 p. Text clear and complete. Fair, on lightly-aged paper. The heading states that the presentation will take place 'at Free Masons' Hall, Great Queen Street, to the respective Candidates by His Royal Highness the Duke of Sussex, President, in the following order.' The text, laid out in double column, lists a total of sixty-four successful candidates, numbered under five headings: Agriculture, Chemistry, Polite Arts, Manufactures, Mechanics.
[Major Auguste Daufresne de la Chevalerie (1818-1881); H. Cordemans-de Bruyne; Charles Dupriez; Belgium; printed Belgian numismatic auction catalogue]
Malines: Imprimerie L. & A. Godenne, Editeurs, 28, Grand' Place, 28. 1896. [To be sold 26 May 1896, 'sous la direction de H. Cordemans-de Bruyne & Ch. Dupriez, Experts, à la Salle Bluff, 10, Rue du Gentilhomme, 10, Bruxelles'.
12mo, [ii] + 28 pp. In original pink printed wraps. Card frontispiece in three panels, folding out to 18.5 x 37.5 cm., carrying facsimiles of 48 numbered coins in collotype. Text clear and complete. Fair, on lightly-aged paper, with minor damp staining at foot, in chipped and faded wraps. 893 lots, beginning with 'Monnaies Grecques et Gauloises', and ending with 'Jetons' and 'Médailles'. Excessively scarce: no copy on COPAC, and the only copy on WorldCat in the Institut National d'Histoire de l'Art, Collections Jacques Doucet, Paris.
German (Prussian) military decoration [Reichsadler; Landwehrkreuz; World War; Germany army]
[First World War or earlier.]
An attractive and delicate piece of ephemera, dusty and slightly tarnished, but in very good condition overall. Skilfully manufactured and giving a convincing metallic appearance. 15 cm wide from opposing points of the star, which is of gold card overlaid with silver silver card, both types embossed in a pattern of pearls of different sizes radiating out from the centre, over which sits the Reichsadler, of embossed black card, 6 cm high by 7 cm wide, crowned, with wings outstretched, orb and sceptre in its talons.
J. Verity of Earlsheaton, Dewsbury, nineteenth-century dealer in coins and medals [Victorian numismatics]
[circa 1875] Dewsbury: Alfred Green & Son, Bond Street.
12mo: 50 pp. Stapled. In original green printed wraps. Engraving of both sides of the 'Pontefract Siege Shilling' on title, with 38 engravings of both the obverses and reverses of coins in text. Printed on light-blue paper. Internally tight and clean, with rusty staples, foxing to edges and wear and chipping to the faded and spotted wraps. Blank back wrap loose and repaired. Scarce: no copy in the British Library or on COPAC, although there is a copy among the Fitzwilliam coin catalogues. Another Verity catalogue, from the 1870s, is in the V & A Library.
Benjamin Wyon (1802-1858), English die-engraver [Salford; Manchester; Lancashire; numismatics; coins; medals]
19 December 1844; 287 Regent Street, London.
12mo, 1 p, 7 lines. Good, on light aged paper, with 1 cm closed tear to top corner (not affecting text, which is clear and entire). Reads 'I regret having to inform you that the Salford Mayoralty Seal has broken all to pieces in the process of hardening and that I am afraid that I am obliged to engrave another which I am proceeding with as expeditiously as possible'.
Honoré Delongueil [De Longueil], Graveur, Medailles, Bouton de Livrée, Cartes de Visite, Rue Royale Sainte Honore 6, Paris
10 October 1891; Paris. On printed receipt.
On one side of piece of discoloured paper, roughly 13 x 22 cm. Delongueil's circular engraved device (3 cm diameter) in top left-hand corner. Charges for striking a medal in bronze and silver of Olivier de Serres.
Olney: Printed and published by Oliver Ratcliff. 1897.
Octavo: [vi] + 24 pp. Stapled and unbound. Detached from original blue and pink printed wraps (advertising W. S. Lincoln & Son, coin and medal dealers of New Oxford Street, London). Several illustrations and tables. Good, though lightly aged, and with some wear and creasing to the wraps, which are blue on the outside and pink internally. Several other items by Ratcliff are recorded, but this item is rare, with no copy listed on COPAC.
Manuscript, 18 (dix-huit) pages, 4to (21 x 27cms), pages held togther by string, sl. chippping with loss of very little from the first page, mainly good condition.A very detailed discussion of a coin in a major collectionpresumably in Bompois' hand and with some textual changes to main body of the text. There are also substantial notes in a smaller hand (still likely to be Bompois' hand) which respond to numbers within the main text (i.e. footnotes). Scan of sample pages provided on request.
Charles Anthony, Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh [THE ROYAL MINT; NUMISMATICS]
Four pages, on four A4 leaves. Entirely legible, though dogeared and with some wear to extremities. Rust staining from paperclip. Complete from 1066 to 1937, beginning with the Cuneators and giving dates of Chief and Under Gravers together with Remarks on each individual. Dated and signed by Anthony.
1916 to 1925; on letterhead '80, Boundary Road, | St. John's Wood, | London, N.W.'
British sculptor (1882-1962) and 'MEDALLIST AND ENGRAVER | TO | HIS MAJESTY THE KING' (as per letterhead). All six items one page, quarto. All six signed 'Allan G. Wyon'. Five bearing the R.S.A. stamp and two docketed. All six very good though dusty (but see secretarial item below). ITEMS ONE (19 October 1916, typed) and TWO (21 October 1916, typed) discuss the practicalities and cost of repairing the R.S.A. 'broken Seal Press'.