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Patin's 1683 Introductio

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Patin's 1683 Introductio
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Patinus, Carolus. INTRODUCTIO AD HISTORIAM NUMISMATUM. ANTEHÂC GALLICÈ BIS EDITA; NUNC LATINÈ VERSA, & NOVIS ACCESSIONIBUS LOCUPLETATA. Amstelaedami: Apud Henr. Wetstenium, 1683. (6), 251, (1) pages; engraved allegorical title; engravings of coins and medals throughout. [as always, bound with] Suaresii, Josephi Mariae. DE NUMISMATIS & NUMMIS ANTIQUIS DISSERTATIO. Amstelaedami: Apud Henr. Wetstenium, 1683. (8), 49, (3) pages; title printed in red and black. 12mo [13.5 by 8 cm], contemporary brown calf; spine with four raised bands; red spine label, gilt; red page edges. Early spine label. Fine. A handsome copy of an important overview of numismatics, illustrated throughout with engravings of ancient and early modern coins and medals. Charles Patin (1663-93) was one of the preeminent numismatists of the 17th century, with Jean-Foy Vaillant and Ezechiel Spanheim being his only real contenders for that title. Originally published in French in 1665, Patin himself translated this work into Latin. In addition to providing a solid grounding for numismatic inquiry, Patin's volume discusses the most important collections of the day. Joseph Maria Suares (1599-1666), author of the companion work, was bishop of Vaison and curator of the library formed by Cardinal Francis Barberini. Lipsius 308 and 385. Dekesel P 61 and S 242.