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From the Collection of J. B. Bergne

Price £1,950

From the Collection of J. B. Bergne

A fascinating volume containing 32 very early and highly scarce sales catalogues from Christies and Sotheby’s as well as 2 fixed price lists issued by Peter Whelan all dating from between 1819-1857. Some excessively rare sales included. A few with the signature of the coin dealer H. O. Cureton who bought heavily throughout the nineteenth century.

Listed here by house/date; [Christie & Manson.] Catalogue of the Very Choice Cabinet of Greek, Roman, Saxon and English Coins. Collected with Great Attention to Rarity of Type and Beauty of Preservation by Henry Ashlin, Esq., Deceased. 1st March, 1843. Octavo, pp. 27, 277 lots (M&R p84); Another, large paper copy;

Catalogue of a Valuable Selection of Roman, Imperial, and Consular Coins in Gold and Silver. 2nd February, 1844. Octavo, pp. 10, 128 lots (M&R p85 – only 1 copy cited);

Catalogue of the Valuable Collection of Coins and Medals Chiefly Saxon and English, Together with Numismatic Books of the Late H. P. Standly, Esq. 5th March, 1845. Octavo, pp. 66, 620 lots (M&R p86);

Catalogue of a Small and Choice Cabinet of Roman and English Gold Coins and a Few Medals, The Property of a Gentleman. 27th January, 1846. Octavo, pp. 13, 173 lots (M&R p87); WITH [Sotheby, Mr.] A Catalogue of Miscellaneous Coins in Copper, Silver and Gold; Including the Collections of Captain F. M. Keith and Dr. Wilkinson. 19th May, 1819. Octavo, pp. 12, 166 lots (M&R p55 – only 1 copy cited);

A Catalogue of the Remaining Portion of the Coins and Medals of the Late Mr John Thane, Author and Editor of the British Autography. 1st December, 1819. Quarto, pp. 14, 165 lots (M&R p55) WITH; [S. Leigh Sotheby.] Catalogue of the Numismatic Library of the Late Rev. Dr. Jamieson. To Which is Added Another Collection Including Some Rare and Curious Books…From the Library of Sir Peter Thompson. 3rd May, 1839. Octavo, pp. 14, 250 lots (M&R p75 – only 1 copy cited);

Catalogue of a Valuable Collection of Greek and Roman Coins and Medallions in Gold, Silver and Copper…The Property of J. R. Steuart, Esq. 19th July, 1841. Octavo, pp. 44, 498 lots (M&R p82);

Catalogue of a Miscellaneous Collection of Coins and Medals, From the Cabinets of Several Collectors. 22nd April, 1842. Quarto, pp. 13, 171 lots (M&R p82);

Catalogue of the Remaining Portion of The Library of the Late Mr. Matthew Young, Numismatist. 14th November, 1842. Octavo, pp. 33, 748 lots (M&R p84 – only 1 copy cited);

Catalogue of a Small but Select Collection of Medals and Coins, English and Foreign in Gold, Silver and Bronze…The Property of a Gentleman, Deceased. 3rd December, 1842. Octavo, pp. 18, 202 lots (M&R p84);

Catalogue of a Miscellaneous Assemblage of Works of Art, Articles of Virtu, From the Collections of a Gentleman Residing in the Country. 3rd February, 1843. Octavo, pp. 11, 192 lots (M&R p84);

Enumeration of The Numismatological Works in the Valuable Library Formed by The Very Rev. Dr. Jeremiah Milles, Dean of Exeter. 12th April, 1843. Octavo, pp. 15, 179 lots (M&R p -); WITH [S. Leigh Sotheby & Co.] Catalogue of the First Portion of the Extensive and Valuable Collection of Coins and Medals, in Gold, Silver and Copper of the Late Mr. William Till. Part I. 6th January, 1845. Quarto, pp. 71, 747 lots (M&R p86);

Catalogue of the Small But Choice Collection of Coins and Medals of the Late Lady Warburton. 14th April, 1845. Octavo, pp. 17, 139 lots (M&R p86);

Catalogue of a Miscellaneous Collection of Coins and Medals Including English Gold, Saxon & English Silver, Bronze Medals, Tradesmen’s Tokens &c. 5th August, 1845. Octavo, pp. 9, 154 lots (M&R p87);

Catalogue of a Very Choice Collection of British, Saxon & English Coins and Medals In Gold, silver and Copper. 22nd September, 1845. Octavo, pp. 26, 388 lots. Annotated in part. Although anonymous this was the collection of Rev. Francis John Stainforth. “This Collection, or rather Selection, of very many of the most beautiful coins and Medals in the English Series…has been formed with admirable taste by the present proprietor…[and] form one of the most valuable Cabinets, for its extent, that has ever been brought before the public’, (M&R p87);­­­ WITH [S. Leigh Sotheby & John Wilkinson.] Catalogue of a Most Interesting and Valuable Collection of Egyptian, Greek, Roman and Medieval Antiquities Formed by Mr W. Chaffers, F.S.A. 17th February, 1857. Octavo, pp. 41, 474 lots. Some annotations (M&R p107 – including some coins from the Cuerdale Hoard);

Catalogue of a Collection of Greek Coins in Copper, Silver and Gold Many of which are Extremely Rare. 19th March, 1857. Quarto, pp. 12, 153 lots. With the signature of H. O. Cureton on title. Heavily annotated (M&R p107);

Catalogue of a Small Collection of Coins and Medals, Numismatic Books, Coin Catalogues and a Few Antiquities. The Property of A Collector Relinquishing the Pursuit. 18th May, 1857. Quarto, pp. 8, 217 lots. Some pencil annotations (M&R p107);

Catalogue of a Small Collection of Coins and Medals in Gold, Silver and Copper, the Property of a Nobleman. 18th May, 1857. Quarto, pp. 10, 124 lots, (M&R p107);

Catalogue of a Miscellaneous Collection of Coins and Medals in all Metals. The Property of Late W. Hoare, Esq. 19th May, 1857. Octavo, pp. 32, 406 lots, (M&R p107);

Catalogue of a Valuable Collection of Coins and Medals, The Property of A Collector Relinquishing the Pursuit. 13th June, 1857. Octavo, pp. 19, 206. With the ownership inscription of H. O. Cureton (M&R p107);

Catalogue of the Cabinet of Coins and Medals of the Late John Campbell, Esq….To Which are added, The Miscellaneous Coins and Medals in Copper, Silver and Gold, the Property of the Late G. Carruthers, Esq. 8th July, 1857. Octavo, pp. 25, 414 lots. Some annotations and with a brief dedication by H. O. Cureton on title page (M&R p108);

Catalogue of a Small but Very Valuable Collection of Coins in Gold, Silver and Copper the Property of the Late Lieut.-Col. Sir William Lloyd, KT. 27th July, 1857. Octavo, pp. 28, 421 lots (M&R p 108);

Catalogue of a Select and Valuable Collection of Ancient Glass, Vases, &c. Comprising Many Unique, Choice Specimens, all in Perfect Condition Formerly the Property of Monsieur Pierre Rollin. 1st August, 1857. Quarto, pp. 10, 101 lots. (M&R -);

Catalogue of the Unique Extensive & Highly Important Collection of Roman Coins, Principally Large and Middle Brass…Formed by that Distinguished and Well-Known Collector Monsieur Gustave Herpin. 3rd August, 1857. Quarto, pp. 77, 1214 lots (M&R p108);

Catalogue of a Collection of Coins & Medals, Including the Cabinet Formed by the Late Sir William Chatterton, Bart. 19th January, 1858. Quarto, pp. 26, 286 lots. With manuscript dedication by H. O. Cureton on title page (M&R p108);

Catalogue of a Small but Very Choice Collection of Greek Coins in Gold, Silver and Copper, The Property of Augustin William Langdon, Esq. 2nd March, 1858. Octavo, pp. 29, 162 lots. Priced with some buyers names in the hand of H. O. Cureton (M&R p108); WITH [Peter Philips] A Catalogue of the Rare and Valuable Collection of Greek and Roman Coins and Medals in Gold, Silver and Copper, the Property of John Knight, Esq. 3rd January, 1842. Quarto, pp. 48, 702 lots (M&R p82 – only 2 copies cited); WITH [Peter Whelan] No. IV. The Numismatic News or Catalogue of Ancient and Modern Coins, Medals, Antiques, etc. Quarto, pp. 16 pages, 726 items listed;

No. V. The Numismatic News or Catalogue of Ancient and Modern Coins, Medals, Antiques, etc. Quarto, pp. 12 pages, 705 items listed.

All catalogues bound into a single neat volume in three quarter calf and marbled boards. Rebacked with the original spine laid on, raised bands, red morocco title label.

Annotations and notes in various hands throughout. Single printed sheet loosely inserted listing each sale chronologically and by auction house with additional note stating that it is ‘almost certain’ that the catalogues listed here originated from two lots in the Bergne sale of 1873.

J(ohn) B(rodribb) Bergne (1800-1873) amassed a splendid collection of coins which eventually came onto the market through Sotheby’s in 1873 and totalled over £6000. Containing a huge number of important coins and rarities, many of which had come from the major sales of the preceding years including but not limited to, those of Durrant, Dymock, Tyssen, Trattle, and Cuff, his extensive library was dispersed at the same time.

This included a large number of auction catalogues, many of which had been interleaved and heavily annotated, and included in lot 1597, ‘An Extensive Series of Coin Catalogues, ranging from 1741 to 1857, partly priced and named, containing many that are rare, unbound.’ It is possible that this, lot 1597 (which was bought for £1.1.0) contained some of the catalogues herewith and which was bound at a later date.

A superb selection of early sales catalogues, many highly scarce, some previously unrecorded and some with the additional advantage of containing contemporary manuscript notes as well as prices and buyers names. A most valuable collection.