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The E-Sylum:  Volume 4, Number 7, February 11, 2001, Article 3

FIRST ILLUSTRATED NUMISMATIC BOOK TRANSLATED 

   George also sends a release to announce his publication of 
   a new book: 

      ILLUSTRIUM IMAGINES 
      Incorporating an English Translation of "Nota" 
      by Roberto Weiss. 
      ACCOMPANIED BY A LEAF FROM THE FIRST 
      ILLUSTRATED NUMISMATIC BOOK. 

   "The acquisition of two incomplete copies of Andrea Fulvio's 
   1517 "Illustrium Imagines" gave rise to the idea of making the 
   charming coin engravings found in the first illustrated numismatic 
   book available to a wider audience.  To enhance appreciation 
   of this rare and historic work, it was decided to include an 
   English translation of the important introduction of Fulvio and 
   his time by the late Renaissance scholar Roberto Weiss. This 
   little known essay was published in Italian in 1967, and it 
   appears here in English for the first time.  Only 151 copies of 
   the regular clothbound edition - each including an original 
   illustrated leaf from Fulvio's 1517 Illustrium Imagines - have 
   been issued, along with 17 copies featuring two additional 
   original leaves, bound in full goatskin with matching clamshell 
   case.  The book was printed by letterpress on mouldmade 
   paper at the Bird & Bull Press of Newtown, Pennsylvania. The 
   text was composed in Garamound types by Michael Bixler, and 
   both the cloth and leather editions were bound by Campbell 
   Logan Bindery. In addition to the original illustrated leaf from 
   the 1517 first edition of Illustrium Imagines, each copy of the 
   book includes fine reproductions of the 1517 title and both 
   varieties of the colophon, as well as a tipped-in color plate 
   of  a Renaissance Gentleman holding an ancient Roman coin, 
   and an illustration designed expressly for this work, executed 
   by Canada's foremost wood engraver, Wesley W. Bates. 

   Copies of the regular edition limited to one hundred fifty-one 
   numbered copies, handsomely bound in black cloth with a red 
   goatskin spine label, gilt, and accompanied by an original leaf 
   from the first edition of Illustrium Imagines depicting a coin, 
   are offered for sale at $195.00 plus $5.00 for domestic 
   shipping or $15.00 for overseas airmail.   Copies of the special 
   edition limited to seventeen numbered copies, handsomely 
   bound in red full goatskin, housed in a quarter goatskin 
   clamshell case (both with black goatskin labels bordered and 
   lettered in gilt), and including a total of three original leaves from 
   Illustrium Imagines, are offered for sale at $495.00 plus $10.00 
   for domestic shipping or $25.00 for overseas airmail." 

   George Frederick Kolbe 
   Fine Numismatic Books 
   P. O. Drawer 3100 
   Crestline, CA 92325-3100 USA 
   Telephone (909) 338-6527 

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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