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Mommsen’s Original History of Roman Coinage

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Mommsen’s Original History of Roman Coinage
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Mommsen, Th. GESCHICHTE DES RÖMISCHEN MÜNZWESENS. Berlin: Weidmannsche Buchhandlung, 1860. First edition. 8vo, removed from previous binding. xxxii, 900 pages; large folding table. Light chips to overhanging folding table. Very good if bound. Rare, and exceptionally important. While available in various reprints and translations (see following lot), this is the first copy of the original we have offered in over 25 years. Mommsen’s importance and influence can scarcely be overstated. He was awarded the 1902 Nobel Prize for Literature in recognition of his contributions to historical writing. Babelon 188: “towers over other mid-nineteenth century numismatic publications due to its sheer depth and breadth of learning.”Bassoli 47: “His Geschichte des römischen Münzwesens, and other publications on the same subject, formed the foundations for the modern study of numismatics.” [Online description truncated: see printed or PDF catalogue for full description.]