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

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Date of Auction: 6th October 2010

Sold for £3,900

Estimate: £2,500 - £3,000

Sharp, T., A Catalogue of Provincial Copper Coins, Tokens, Tickets, and Medalets, Issued in Great Britain, Ireland, and the Colonies, During the Eighteenth and Nineteenth Centuries; Arranged according to Counties, &c., With particulars of their fabrication, names of the artists, and miscellaneous remarks illustrative of the rarity of particular specimens. Described from the originals in the collection of Sir George Chetwynd, Baronet, of Grendon Hall, in the County of Warwick. 1st edn, London, Privately Printed by J.B. Nichols & Son, 1834. Thick 4to, rebound in 1913 in half brown morocco, gilt, with original green cloth covers bound in, ‘Interleaved copy with above 1,000 illustrations of the tokens neatly inserted and portraits of Sharp and Sir G. Chetwynd’. (2), i-x intro, xiii-xxi index, 280pp (the omission pp xi-xii is correct). Vignette of a Grendon Hall token on title; large engraved vignette of the hall on verso of last leaf. Contains manuscript notes, letters and photographs of Waters, Hamer, Davis and Atkins. This book has received much praise. Waters calls it ‘a fine work’; Atkins ‘an excellent and valuable work’, and Davis notes that it is ‘admirable but admittedly incomplete’. Unique, and one of the major individual volumes on British tokens in private hands (Manville 300). £2,500-3,000


Provenance: Ex libris H. Robson, 22 November 1837, with Sir George Chetwynd’s compliments; R. Boyne, June 1840; probably by descent to his son, W. Boyne; Col Cutting, NY, 28 November 1898, lot 710; W.J. Davis; A.W. Waters, December 1899; W.J. Davis, May 1902; O.P. Eklund, January 1941; H.D. Gibbs, July 1944; bt D.R.D. Edmunds August 1978.

The edition has been quoted variously as 52 (by Waters and others) or as 60 (by Lowness and