An Original Set of Loubat with 1880 Plates, Inscribed by the Author

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An Original Set of Loubat with 1880 Plates, Inscribed by the Author
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Loubat, J.F. THE MEDALLIC HISTORY OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA, 1776-1876. BY J.F. LOUBAT, LL.D. MEMBER OF THE NEW-YORK HISTORICAL SOCIETY. KNIGHT COMMANDER OF ST. STANISLAUS OF RUSSIA. KNIGHT OF THE FIRST CLASS OF THE CROWN AND OF FREDERICK OF WÜRTTEMBERG. KNIGHT OF THE LEGION OF HONOR OF FRANCE. WITH 170 ETCHINGS BY JULES JACQUEMART. VOLUME I: TEXT. VOLUME II: PLATES. New York: Published by the Author, 1878 [plate volume dated 1880 with somewhat different titles]. Two volumes. Folio, original matching orange cloth, gilt. lxix, (1), 478, 8; xvi pages; Additions and Corrections slip bound in; titles printed in red and black; 170 finely engraved etchings of medals by Jules Jacquemart on 86 plates. Inscribed by the author in 1880 on the opening blank of the text volume. Dusty, with some smudges to cloth sides, as frequently found. Moderate wear to spine and extremities. A very good or better set. An original, inscribed set of perhaps the most lavishly executed work on American numismatics ever published. The author relates in the introductory text "that Mr. Jefferson, as early as 1789, entertained the idea of publishing an account of all American medals, struck up to that time," but it remained for Loubat to publish the first extensive work on the topic. In 1908, the American Journal of Numismatics noted: "His sumptuous work on the Official Medals struck by the authority of the United States marked an epoch in our medallic history." This is the second state of the first edition of the text, with a revised title page and with the eight pages of testimonials (one dated April 1879) bound in after the text. Unlike most copies, which are dated 1878, the plate volume in this set is dated 1880, being one of a handful of copies we have handled so dated. A resident of New York City, Loubat inherited a considerable fortune, and a 1878 review from the New-York Sun notes that, "instead of squandering his life in social or profligate idleness, devote(d) it to the manly sport of yachting and to the study of that branch of numismatics which deals with medals." Loubat was also an early benefactor of American historical and numismatic research and, as the title suggests, was an inveterate "joiner." Cleveland Amory’s 1960 Who Killed Society? contains a most entertaining account of Loubat’s famous 1881 brouhaha with the Union Club of New York. He had recently become one of ten lifetime members after tendering a payment of $1,000. Verbally sparring at the club with a certain Henry Turnbull on the merits of matrimony, Loubat responded to the query of why he was not married: "Nobody would have me. I am not rich enough." Turnbull then inquired why he did not marry a certain lady, a rich widow known to both of them. Loubat allegedly replied: "Why should I marry her when I’ve been trying for ten years to -- her daughter?" The word or phrase used by the Duke was never made public but he was deemed to be no longer a gentleman and was expelled from the Club. At one point in the controversy Loubat was prepared to challenge Turnbull to a duel. Eventually reinstated after litigation in 1886, Loubat never again passed through the Union Club door, though he lived until 1927. Clain-Stefanelli 15073*. Davis 631.