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Kunze's 18th-century American Collection

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Kunze's 18th-century American Collection
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Kunze, John C. DESCRIPTION OF A CABINET OF COINS AND MEDALS ANCIENT AND MODERN. The Medical Repository. Vol. III (1800). Conducted by Samuel L. Mitchill and Edward Miller. New York: Printed by T. & J. Swords. 8vo, recent black half leather with brown linen sides; spine with four raised bands, ruled and lettered in gilt. 7, (1), 428 pages [Kunze's article is on pages 351-359]. Ex C.N. Gallup library, with his bookplate. Extremities worn, but binding sound; some spotting. Near fine in a recent binding. John C. Kunze's 1800 description of his coin collection, possibly the only 18th-century account of a coin cabinet formed by an American collector. Kunze's little-known article, written in the form of a letter to Dr. Samuel Mitchill though intended for publication, is one of the very few detailed portrayals of coin collecting in the early days of the Republic. Kunze (1744-1807) was a Lutheran minister and professor. Having studied at the University of Leipzig, he moved to Philadelphia in 1770, married, and established the Lutheran Theological Seminary. The pastor of Zion Lutheran Church, he served as a member of the Board of trustees of the University of the State of Pennsylvania, where he also served as a professor of languages and philology. He later moved to New York, where he served the Trinity and Christ Church and taught Oriental languages at Columbia. [Online description truncated; see printed or PDF catalogue for full description.]