Our timed online sale of The Patricia Milne-Henderson Collection: Books on Coins, Medals and Antiquities will take place from 8 to 18 July. This comprehensive and fascinating collection of numismatic books contains many rare and variant editions with wonderful illustrations.

The earliest book is Fulvio’s Illustrium Imagines of 1517, from where the collection stretches through the sixteenth century with numerous works by Du Choul, Goltzius, Huttich, Orsini, Strada and Vico. The later books include a unique copy of the Earl of Pembroke’s coin catalogue with manuscript documents about the collection bound in, and the Earl of Bute’s copy of Joseph Smith’s catalogue.

The provenances include Charles II, Andrew Fletcher of Saltoun, Sir William Stirling Maxwell, the Duke of Northumberland, the Earl of Pembroke and William Beckford, with fine bindings by Samuel Mearne and Kalthoeber, together with an early sixteenth-century Oxford binding with twelfth-century pastedowns. Association copies include a presentation copy signed by Abraham Ortelius and Francis Godwin’s copy of of Agustín with his notes on Roman inscriptions he found in Caerleon in 1608-1609.

Bidding for this sale opens on 8 July and closes on 18 July.

Contact Information

Charlotte Miller
Deputy Director
Books & Manuscripts
+44 20 7293 5893

Lukas Baumann
Cataloguing Assistant
Books & Manuscripts
+44 20 7293 5287

Lots on View

Friday 8 July | 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM
Saturday 9 July | 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Sunday 10 July | 12:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Monday 11 July | 9:00 AM - 4:30 PM

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