Traite des Monnoies et de la Jurisdiction de la Cour des Monnoies, end forme de Dictionnaire, qui contenient, L'Histoire des Monnoies des ancients Peuples Juifs, Gaulois & Romains; Les Monnoies de France...[etc]. Ouvrage utile & nécessaire aux Officiers des Monnoies, aux Changeurs, Assineurs, Fondeurs, Orsévres, Horologers, Tieurs, Batteurs d'or & d'argent, Negoians, Banquiers, &c. à toous ceux qui emploient & négocient les matieres d'or & d'argent.
A Paris, Chez Guillyn..., 1764. FIRST EDITION. 2 volumes. 4to, 272 x 185 mms., pp. [ii], xvi, 691 [692 blank]; [ii], 710, , xxiv, 34 [35 - 36 Approbation], 29 folding tables, early reback in quarter sheepskin, morocco labels, marbled boards (rubbed), uncut; some soiling of edges, but generally a good to very good copy, with the armorial bookplate of Henry N. Sealy on the front paste-down end-paper of each vlume and is autograph on the upper margin of the title-page of each volume. Sealy was the author of A Treatise on Coins, Currency, and Banking: With Observations on the Bank act of 1844 and on the Reports of the Committees of the House of Lords and of the House of Commons on the Bank Acts (1858), so this seems to be a useful book for him to have had in his library. Abot de Bazinghen (1711 - 1791) discusses the history of coins and coinage from its beginnings up to the first quarter of the 18th century. The emphasis is, of course, upon French coins, but he also gives some account in Asia and Africa. Germain Garnier, in his edition of the Wealth of Nations, vol. v., p. 234, says the book "n'est guère qu'une compilation faite sans soin et sans discernment," and explains that the mint price remained in force a very short time. It having failed to bring bullion to the mint, much higher prices were successively offered, and when the Wealth of Nations was published the seignorage only amounted to about 3 per cent. On the silver coin it was then about 2 per cent., in place of the 6 per cent. stated by Bazinghen, p. 590. Graesse 315, Kress Lib 5161, Goldsmith Lib. 9994.
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