Tables of English Silver and Gold Coins
Item Reference: BKS1152
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THE FIRST ILLUSTRATED RECORD OF THE ENGLISH COINAGE Folkes, M., with Ward, J. & Gifford, A. Tables of English Silver and Gold Coins: First Published by Martin Folkes, Esq; And now reprinted, With Plates and Explanation. London, by the Society of Antiquaries, 1763. Thick quarto, pp. iv, 119, 42 superbly engraved plates by Francis Perry; 216, 19 + 6 supplementary plates. Bound in contemporary red speckled calf, gilt decoration, five raised bands, gilt in compartments. Red morocco label, lettered in gilt, edges gilt. All page edges red, marbled endpapers. Upper joint worn, top of spine chipped, some scuffing. With a manuscript note on title page reading, ‘Presented by the Society of Antiquaries March 21st 1765’. The best edition. Contents surprisingly clean and bright with minimal discolouration or spotting, rare thus. Issued after the death of Folkes in 1754, this (the first combined and illustrated edition) of Folkes’ work was edited by both John Ward and then upon his death by Andrew Gifford. It was the first attempt at compiling a single volume work aimed at recording the English coinage.