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The Patricia Milne-Henderson Collection: Books on Coins, Medals and Antiquities

July 18, 2016, 2:00 PM BST | London, United Kingdom    Timed Auction


Estimate: £800 - £1,200
    Description: AGUSTÍN, ANTONIO (1517-1586). Discorsi... sopra le medaglie et altre anticaglie divisi in XI dialoghi, tradotti dalla lingua Spagnuola nell'Italiana con l'aggiunta di molti ritratti di belle, et rare medaglie. Rome: Ascanio and Girolamo Donangeli, 1592 -- 4to (217 x 155mm.), engraved title-page, letterpress dedication to Cardinal Caetano dated 1 May 1592, woodcut initials and headpieces, engraved portrait (with a different title-page on recto, crossed through), 35 double-sided engraved plates numbered 3-72, eighteenth-century vellum, flat spine gilt at a later date, black morocco lettering-pieces, with the old lettering-pieces pasted to the inside front cover, blue marbled edges, blue silk page marker (occasional light foxing or browning)
  • Catalog Note: Agustín, archbishop of Tarragona, wrote these dialogues on coins and medals in order to provide a profitable pastime for students. The educational value of antique coins could be immense: from history to portraiture, art to biography, natural history to architecture. It was first published in Spanish in Tarragona in 1587 (Palau 4097).

    This work generally has a second title-page on the third leaf, with the title "I ritratti delle medaglie..."; in this copy the wrong title-page has been printed, but unlike other copies, the correct replacement letterpress title has not been pasted over the incorrect engraved text.

  • Literature: Censimento 16 CNCE 564; Dekesel A27; IA 101.978; Palau 4102

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  • Provenance: Coresi del Bruno, inscription on title-page and at end (i.e. Giovanni Vincenzo Coresi del Bruno, active in Tuscany in the early eighteenth century?; he also owned a copy of Erizzo, see lot 26); Algernon, sixth duke of Northumberland, armorial bookplate dated 1867, sale, Sotheby's, 8 November 1966, part of lot 313, £12 to A. Thomas; P.A. Milne-Henderson, bookplate
  • Condition: Occasional light foxing or browning
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The Patricia Milne-Henderson Collection: Books on Coins, Medals and Antiquities
July 18, 2016, 2:00 PM BST