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

Date of Auction: 6th October 2010

Sold for £1,250

Estimate: £800 - £1,000

Spence, T., The Coin Collector’s Companion. Being a Descriptive Alphabetical List of the Modern Provincial, Political, and Other Copper Coins. 1st edn, 2nd issue, London, Printed for T. Spence, Dealer in Coins, 1795. 8vo (in half sheets), maroon morocco cover, title in gilt on upper cover within a border of flower and leaf motifs, spine fully gilt with raised bands, by Yates, edges untrimmed. 50pp, vi pp. Supplement to Spence’s List of Coins. Seaby states ‘The present copy is the second issue with pp.49-50 and the Addenda leaf of the earlier issue cancelled and replaced by the revised pp.49-50 and the 6-page Supplement…’. Advertisement for the book, dated 22 June 1795, tipped in, together with a note by David Griffiths on the background to the modern binding. Extremely rare (Manville 236). £800-1,000


Provenance: Ex libris W. Menzies, with his bookplate; bt Seaby