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1880 "Medallic History of the United States" by J.F. Loubat

1880-Dated, Folio Size Book, "The Medallic History of the United States of America 1776-1876" by J.F. Loubat with 170 Engravings by Jules Jacquemart, 2-Volumes, Fine.

Published by the Author, 1880. Folio; two volumes; publisher's cloth. This is the original, folio size, Deluxe Edition of Loubat's work on early United States Medals. Each volume measures 14.5" x 10.5" and is printed on paper specially prepared in France for this work. The text volume, containing 478 pages, plus a 69 page introduction, was privately printed in New York, while the plate volume, containing 16 pages plus 86 full page plates -- each illustrating only one medal -- was printed in France. This work was copyrighted in 1878, but the printed date on the title page is 1880. Loubat chose 86 American medals which he considered the most significant, and devoted this work to those medals, not only describing them, but also publishing documents related to the medals. Among the medals shown is the 1792 oval George Washington Indian Peace Medal; the Daniel Morgan Battle of Cowpens Medal; the Anthony Wayne Stony Point Medal; and the 1776 George Washington "Boston Retaken" Medal. This was one of the pioneering works in American numismatics, and original copies are rare today. This set is ex-library, with the usual library markings, and has a library rebinding using the original dark orange covers, which contain the title in gold lettering, and are well worn along the edges and corners. The contents, however, are in excellent condition, and thanks to the special paper, are not foxed. A fabulous piece of American numismatic publishing. (2 books).
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