Chassepol, Francois de and Beauvais, Buillaume. A TREATISE OF THE REVENUE AND FALSE MONEY OF THE ROMANS TO WHICH IS ANNEXED, A DISSERTATION UPON THE MANNER OF DISTINGUISHING ANTIQUE MEDALS FROM COUNTERFEIT ONES. TRANSLATED FROM THE ORIGINAL PRINTED AT PARIS 1740.
London: J. and P. Knapton, 1741. 1⁄2 red calf over linen; , xxxii, 228pp. (including 1 page of ads). Bound by Rivière and Son (circa 1910). Very good, except foot of spine scuffed; wear at hinges; lightly bumped corners. Prior owner’s initials stamped on title page (along with other minor notations to title page). An extensive discussion of money and forgery in the Roman empire. Covers topics such as whether coins may be plated; regulation of antique coins; those composed of different metals and addresses punishment: Either death or perpetual banishment — also addresses whether spouses and children and those who house forgers should be punished and to what extent. The fall of Roman empire is often compared to other empires, and these detailed rules pertaining to coins and forgery are a valuable lesson for any student of monetary history. Quite an uncommon book. At the time of cataloguing, no other copies for sale.
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