David Griffiths Reference Library of Token Books (6 October 2010)

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Date of Auction: 6th October 2010

Sold for £1,600

Estimate: £1,200 - £1,500

Pye, C., A Representation of Provincial Copper Tokens, Tokens of Trade and Cards of Address, Circulated Between 1787 and 1801. Engraved by Charles Pye of Birmingham. The Original Notes Have Been Extended Wherever Possible. 3rd edn, Leamington Spa, Privately Printed at the Courier Press for Arthur W. Waters, 1916. 4to, contemporary brown quarter leather, gilt, t.e.g. Portrait frontispiece of the numismatist Thomas Sharp; Title page; Preface by Waters; Reprint of title page of first edition (Provincial Coins and Tokens Issued from the Year 1787 to the Year 1801); Reprint of title page of second edition (A Correct and Complete Representation of all the Provincial Copper Coins, Tokens of Trade, and Cards of Address, on Copper, Which were circulated as such between the years 1787 and 1801); Names of Die-sinkers and Manufacturers; 2pp. reprint of Pye’s original preface or Advertisement; 7pp. reprint of Catalogue of Provincial & Other Coins, which was the first token sale of note, the collection of Thomas Welch; Section title page ‘Plates and Notes’, 55pp of index relating to the plate opposite printed on verso only, 55 engraved plates (of tokens), (1-52, 15*, 18* & 35*). Copy no.5, signed by Arthur W. Waters. ‘Simmons & Waters 1923’ on first free endpaper. A very fine copy, extremely rare (Manville 763). £1,200-1,500


Provenance: Ex libris T.A. Jan, Spink Auction 26, 9 February 1983, lot 396.

Edition of 23 copies