A Magnificent Set of Farquhars Complete Works
Farquhar, H. Seven finely bound volumes containing all thirty four papers written by Helen Farquhar, ‘the doyenne of British numismatics’, for both the Numismatic Chronicle and the British Numismatic Journal. Compiled by Helen and bound for her sister Theresa in circa 1938. London, 1906 -1936. Quarto and octavo. A wonderful archive containing a wealth of information and including Farquhar’s most important works including all of the ‘Royal Charities’ papers as well as all seven parts of the ‘Portraiture of Our Stuart Monarchs’ series. The complete works comprise; Volume 1 A Note on William Holle, Cuneator of the Mint. 1908. 5pp; Nicholas Hilliard, “Embosser of Medals of Gold”. 1908. 33pp, 4 plates; Medallions True and False of Mary Queen of Scots and Charles I. 1913. 9pp, 2 plates; [Ibid.]; Cliché Reverse For a Touchpiece of Charles II by Thomas Simon. 1909. 3pp; Nicholas Briot and the Civil War. 1914. 67pp, 4 plates; Concerning Some Roettiers Dies. 1917. 41pp; Silver Counters of the Seventeenth Century. 1916. 61pp, 2 plates; John Rutlinger and the Phoenix Badge of Queen Elizabeth. 1923. 25pp, 2 plates. All reprinted from the Numismatic Chronicle. Volume 2 Additional Notes on Silver Counters of the Seventeenth Century. 1925. 44pp, 1 plate; The Forlorn Hope Medal of Charles I. 1930. 14pp, 1 plate; A Lost Coinage in the Channel Islands. 1928. 14pp; Thomas Simon, “One of Our Chief Gravers”. 1932. 38pp; New Light on Thomas Simon. 1936. 26pp. All reprinted from the Numismatic Chronicle. Volume 3 – Royal Charities (First Series). Royal Charities Part I. Angels as Healing Pieces for the King’s Evil. 1919. 97pp, 4 plates; Part II. Touchpieces for the King’s Evil. 1919. (101)-169pp, 4 plates; Part III. Touchpieces for the King’s Evil. James II to William III. 1920. (173)-204pp, 2 plates; Part IV. Touchpieces for the King’s Evil. Anne and the Stuart Princes. 1921. (205)-248pp, 3 plates. All reprinted from the Numismatic Chronicle. Volume 4 - Royal Charities (Second Series). The Maundy; Alms at the Gate, the Daily Alms and the Privy Alms; Largesse and the King’s Dole; The Maundy Coins; The Maundy Pennies and Small Currencies. Index. 1933. 11pp; Part I. 1925. 34pp, 1 plate; Part II. 1927. (35)-66pp, 1 plate; Part III. 1929. (67)-95pp; Part IV. 1930. (96)-116pp, 1 plate; Part V. 1933. (117)-152pp, 2 plates. All reprinted from the Numismatic Chronicle. Volume 5 – Portraiture of Our Stuart Monarchs on Their Coins and Medals Parts I-III. Index to the Seven Parts. 15pp; Part I. 1909. 262pp, 10 plates; Part II. James II. 1910. (213)-285pp, 7 plates; Part III. William And Mary. 1911. 71pp, 6 plates. All reprinted from the British Numismatic Journal. Volume 6 – Portraiture of Our Stuart Monarchs on Their Coins and Medals Parts IV-VII. Part IV. William III. 1912. 69pp, 4 plates. Signed by the author; Part V. William III. 1913. 58pp, 6 plates; Part VI. Anne. 1914. 68pp, 6 plates. Signed by the author; Part VII. Anne. 1915. 69pp, 4 plates. All reprinted from the British Numismatic Journal. Volume 7. Portraiture of Our Tudor Monarchs on Their Coins and Medals. 1908. 142pp, 7 plates. Signed by the author; Patterns and Medals Bearing the Legend IACOBVS III. Or IACOBVS VIII. 1908. 42pp, 1 plate; Portraiture of the Stuarts on the Royalist Badges. 1906. 48pp, 3 plates. All reprinted from the British Numismatic Journal. All seven volumes beautifully bound by Harrisons of Pall Mall in half green crushed morocco and matching cloth boards. Ruled in gilt, raised bands, lettered and decorated in gilt. Top edge gilt, marbled endpapers. Very little wear with only the spines a trifle faded but this not detracting from the overall charm of the set. The second volume with the engraved armorial bookplate of Ralph Creyke on the first pastedown. Loosely inserted is a charming handwritten letter from Helen to her sister Theresa saying that she is happy with the binding, “Freelove has done them well”, and that she is now “too old to write”. Also inserted are two obituaries, the first written by Christopher Blunt in the Numismatic Circular and the second from the Times, both accurately confirming the importance of Helen’s work and her esteemed place within the numismatic world, ‘She was the last survivor of the generation of British numismatists which flourished before and after the First World War. Her many younger friends will remember her with affection as a very great lady”. Possibly the finest and most complete set of Helen Farquhar’s work to have been offered and especially attractive with such a personal provenance. Exceptionally rare thus.