Laurence Brown. Published by B A Seaby Ltd. First edition, 1980. HB (Blue cloth with gilt-lettered spine). xxvi +469 pages; illustrated throughout with b&w pictures in text. 210 x 297mm. ISBN 090065256X. A few mm of top and bottom of spine of dj slightly worn with the lamination detached, the top edge has a few small spots, otherwise Very Good and clean. Superior print quality and paper to the subsequent reprints.
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When this volume was published in 1980 it had been 95 years since the last major catalogue on British historical medals was published, and it closed at 1760 with the death of George II. This present work makes good that deficit up until 1960, the first volume covering 1760 -1837, the second the reign of Queen Victoria, 1837 -1901, and the third 1901 -1960. Major public and private collections were examined to compile this catalogue. Each medal listed is arranged in chronological order, with full details of its subject, style and designer, size, metals in which it was struck, rarity, bibliographical references etc. Additional notes fill in the background of the circumstances of issue, where known, and other information relating to the subject or person represented. Detailed indexes of people, events, inscriptions, designers, etc., complete the volume. This work is a standard work reference work for commemorative medals of this period. Much of the information given was published for the first time in this context from sources not previously available
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