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Trésor Volume on Papal Medals, ex Blackstone, Appleton, Eidlitz

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Trésor Volume on Papal Medals, ex Blackstone, Appleton, Eidlitz
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Lenormant, Charles, et al. TRÉSOR DE NUMISMATIQUE ET DE GLYPTIQUE, OU RECUEIL GÉNÉRAL DE MÉDAILLES, MONNAIES, PIERRES GRAVÉES, BAS-RELIEFS, ETC., TANT ANCIENS QUE MODERNES, LES PLUS INTÉRESSANS SOUS LE RAPPORT DE L’ART ET DE L’HISTOIRE, GRAVÉ PAR LES PROCÉDÉS DE M. ACHILLE COLLAS. VOLUME VI: CHOIX HISTORIQUE DES MÉDAILLES DES PAPES, DEPUIS LE MILIEU DU XVE SIÈCLE JUSQU’A NOS JOURS. 1839. Folio [42 by 29 cm], contemporary brown straight-grained half morocco, gilt; spine ruled, lettered and decorated in gilt; marbled endpapers. 38 [of 54] pages; 40 [of 48] exceptional plates (see comments). Volume quite worn, with most pages and plates loose. Some browning and spotting, as usual. Bookplates of William Seymour Blackstone, William S. Appleton and Robert J. Eidlitz on front pastedown. Good. A partial volume on Papal medals from the outstanding 19th-century contribution to medallic and glyptic art, never yet approached in concept or scope. The plates utilized a new process, perfected in France by Achille Collas. They were engraved with a pantographic ruling machine and, in addition to being of great visual appeal, the illustrations were the most accurate ever achieved. This technical innovation, widely heralded at the time, was, within a few decades, overtaken by photographic printing processes and is relatively little known today. The complete series is rarely offered, due to the varied content and wide range of publication dates, and individual volumes are prized. From the libraries of William Seymour Blackstone MP, William S. Appleton and Robert J. Eidlitz. Engel et Serrure 3973.