The Traité

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The Traité
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Babelon, Ernest. TRAITÉ DES MONNAIES GRECQUES ET ROMAINES. Paris: Ernest Leroux, 1901-32. Five text volumes and four plate volumes, complete. [...] 4to [plates taller than text], mostly in matching contemporary blue cloth; red morocco spine labels, gilt. Final volume of text and plates in modern bindings resembling others, with rounded corners. Bindings moderately worn from use; third text volume with cracked front hinge; very good or better. Of the highest importance. Clain-Stefanelli, in Numismatics--An Ancient Science, heaps praise on Babelon and his many authoritative works on Greek numismatics, calling the Traité "his greatest work." Sets are infrequently offered. These volumes are all that Babelon published, with Jacques de Morgan publishing two additional volumes (vide infra) on Persian coins after Babelon's death. Described in a 1935 Alfred Page numismatic book catalogue as an "ouvrage extrêmement rare et d'une documentation exceptionelle. -- Les premiers volumes, complètement épuisés, sont introuvables." Clain-Stefanelli 1809*: "An unfinished but monumental work, indispensable for the scholar." Daehn 19. Grierson 52. [Online description truncated: see printed or PDF catalogue for full description.]