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Folio Plates of the Aes Grave in the Kircher Collection

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Folio Plates of the Aes Grave in the Kircher Collection
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(Marchi, Giuseppe, and Pietro Tessieri). L’AES GRAVE COIE’ LE MONETE ITALICHE PRIMITIVE DEL MUSEO KIRCHERIANO DISEGNATE IN PIETRA SOTTO LE DIREZIONE DI P.T. DE GIROLAMO APOLLONI PITTORE ROMANO NEGLI ANNA MDCCCXXXVII E MDCCCXXXVIII. Roma: Tipografia e Fonderia di Crispino Puccinello, 1839. Plate volume only. Oblong folio [44.5 by 29 cm], contemporary green pasteboard. Engraved title and plate key; engraved map; 39 attractive double plates of aes grave engraved by Appolloni. Binding rubbed and a little worn, but sound. Some foxing, most prevalent on the opening pages. Very good or better. The wonderful plates for this early work on aes grave, compiled from the Kircher collection in Rome by the Jesuit Fathers Marchi and Tessieri. Very scarce. The oblong folio format is perhaps a bit awkward, but presents the plates to full effect (many copies have the plates folded in half and bound in as though quarto sheets). Leitzmann 85. Mommsen/Blacas cxiv-cxv: “Les PP. Marchi et Tessieri, auteurs de cet ouvrage, ont le mérite d’avoir été les premiers à mettre un certain ordre dans les monnaies qui appartiennent à l’aes grave, et surtout dans celles qui sont privées de légendes. Ils ont travaillé sur la collection du Collége Romain, la plus riche qui existe de toutes les collections de monnaies coulées.”