La science des medailles.

La science des medailles.

Louis Jobert (1637-1719). La science des medailles. Paris: Bure l'aîné, 1739 (original edition 1692).

A great admirer of Spanheim, Father Jobert published a synopsis of numismatic knowledge and bibliography in 1692. In it, he counsels collectors to consider not only the rarity of a coin but its historic importance and state of preservation.

In addition to ancient Greek and Roman coins, Jobert gave considerable attention to Byzantine coins, beginning with the foundation of Constantinople to the city’s conquest by the Ottomans.

Jobert’s book became so popular that it was translated and reprinted numerous times. The edition on display here is the most important to be published posthumously because it is enhanced with notes by Baron Joseph Bimard de la Bastie (1703-1742) and engravings by Franz Ertinger(1640-1710).

 
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