Londini [= London]: C. Smith, R.P.D., 1675. Later edition. Hardcover. 4to. , 19, , 86,  pp. Original paneled calf with gilt decorations on the boards and spine. Illustrated with publisher's devices on both title pages, woodcut initials, and headpieces. A reissue of Alessandro Sardi's Liber de Nummis, published in 1579, with its authorship incorrectly attributed to John Selden (ESTC R6652). The first work contains a list of coins explaining their value, from which materials the coins were made, and in which Roman provinces the coins were found. The first work also explains coinage used in Attica, Rhodes, and other Greek provinces. Liber de Nummis also includes sources from which it pulls this information (including several mentions of Pliny's works). The second work is a general list of authors and works which explain the history of ancient coinage, weights, and measures. Ironically, Alessandro Sardus is mentioned in the second part of this publication. This volume constitutes an early attempt at ancient numismatics, and contains a fascinating bibliographical reference list for this history (as it was known in the late 16th century). Fair. Item #00008795
Boards and front flyleaf neatly detached with wear to their corners, two owner's markings.