Lot Archive


№ 1608


30 June 2004

Hammer Price:

Ainslie, G.R., Illustrations of the Anglo-French Coinage, London, 1830, x + 167pp, errata sheet bound-in; bound with Supplement to the Illustrations of the Anglo-French Coinage, London, 1847, 32pp, 9 engraved plates; bound with Sotheby & Co, Catalogue of the Valuable Collection of Coins and Medals of the late General Ainslie, 3-6 June 1840, 416 lots, printed prices and buyers’ names. Red cloth; minor foxing, pencil annotations on the plates (one torn) and inside back cover, otherwise a fine copy and a valuable record of this important collection, rare (£120-150)

Ex libris ‘Norwich’ [from G.A. Singer February 1982].

Lt-Gen. George Robert Ainslie, FSA (1776-1839) was an undistinguished army officer and colonial administrator who spent much of his leisure time in France in the 1820s. Despite reservations by Akerman and others at the time of its publication, his book remained the main English-language reference on Anglo-Gallic coins until Hewlett’s series of articles in
NC in the second decade of the 20th century