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Summer 2019 Literature Auction, Lot: 102. Estimate $200.
Sold for $400. This amount does not include the buyer’s fee.

Evans, Sir A. The Coins of the Ancient Britons. Arranged and Described. (London, 1864). 8vo. 424 pages; 26 fine plates, further illustrations in the text. Includes: Supplement. (London, 1890). 8vo. 182 pages; 10 engraved plates. Both volumes in the original green cloth binding, the upper boards stamped in gilt. Fine condition, ex library with labels affixed to the spines, edges rubbed and worn with a few light marks, the upper hinge of the main work loose, contents lightly browned but clean throughout. Both volumes with the engraved armorial ex-libris of the nineteenth century collector Augustus Henry Lane Fox-Rivers on the front pastedown, his dated ownership inscription on the first free endpaper and a turn of the century photograph loosely inserted. The classic work on Celtic coins, complete with the uncommon supplement. Still useful and with a distinguished provenance.

Clain-Stefanelli 5191. Babelon p. 179, “the most important work on British numismatics.” Daehn 2322, “A comprehensive guide to the ancient coins struck in Britain.”. Website shipping rates do not apply.

From the Numismatic Library of a Major North American Dealer.

A prolific collector of coins and antiquities and an almost exact contemporary of the well-known nineteenth century collector John Murdoch, Augustus Henry Lane Fox Pitt-Rivers formed an extensive collection of Ancient British and early English coins which is now housed in the Salisbury and South Wiltshire museum and was published in Sylloge of Coins of the British Isles number 24. His archaeological collection was bequeathed to Oxford University where it formed the basis of the Pitt-Rivers Museum, opened in 1884.