Sammlung Franz Trau - From the Library of Adolph Hess
[Gilhofer & Ranschberg/Adolph Hess.] Sammlung Franz Trau. Munzen Der Romischen Kaiser. 22nd May, 1935. Quarto, pp. portrait of the three generations of the Trau family, further portrait of Trau senior with other collectors of the day, 130, 4726 lots, 53 fine plates, 11 page list of prices realised bound in at end. Annotated throughout with prices realised in black ink and further information in red ink.
A short paragraph written in the same hand on the title page notes that (in translation), 'The numbers written in black India ink beside each lot number are, unless they are in parentheses, the prices realised at the auction. The numbers in parentheses are the estimates for the coins that did not sell at the auction. These remainders were reoffered by the company Adolf Hess AG in Lucerne in their auction of 28th April 1936. The prices realised at that auction, converted into Austrian shillings, are indicated in red ink in the present copy of the catalogue.'
Bound in cloth and marbled boards, some page edges lightly trimmed, manuscript label to spine. Some minor rust marks to first few pages from original staples, otherwise contents clean and bright. Two library stamps on title page, probably those of Adolph Hess with this volume almost certainly being lot 9247 in the Peus sale of 1991 in which the Hess library was dispersed. A superb copy of this important sale, with the added benefit of being from the Hess library and with much valuable and contemporary information included. Unique thus. (Clain-Stefanelli 4086*; Grierson 288; Spring 190 (also listed under ‘Most Important Sales of Roman Imperial Coins.’)