FIRST ILLUSTRATED NUMISMATIC BOOK TRANSLATED
George also sends a release to announce his publication of
a new book:
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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