Laurence Brown. Published by B A Seaby Ltd. First edition, 1987. HB (Dark blue cloth with gilt-lettered spine). xxiv + 516 pages; illustrated throughout with b&w pictures in text. 210 x 297mm. ISBN 0900652926. Slight signs of handling to the dj, otherwise Very Good and clean. Superior quality paper to the subsequent reprint.
The standard reference on the subject.
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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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