Beger, Lorenz. Observationes et conjecturae in numismata quaedam antiqua [...] Accedunt duae Ill. Ez. Spanhemii ad authorem epistolae, iisque interjeta authoris ab priorem responsoria.

Berlin, Ulrich Liebpert, 1691.

Large 4to. (22 [instead of 24]), 61, (1), (126), (22 [instead of 24]) pp. With engraved title vignette and 76 engraved illustrations (mostly numismatical) in the text.

(Bound with) II: The same. Cranae insula laconica, eadem & Helena dicta [...]. Ibid., 1669. 26 pp. With 6 engraved illustrations in the text.

(Bound with) III: Beger, Lorenz. Contemplatio gemmarum quarundam dactyliothecae Gorlaei [...]. Berlin, Ulrich Liebpert, 1697. 39, (1) pp. With 25 engraved illustrations in the text.

(Bound with) IV: Beger, Lorenz. Meleagrides et Aetolia, ex numismate Kypieon [...]. Berlin, Ulrich Liebpert, 1696. 26 pp. With 12 engraved illustrations in the text. Contemporary calf with giltstamped spine title.


Rare edition of the prominent work by the German numismatist Lorenz Beger (1653-1705), who supervised the art collection of Elector Frederic III. in Berlin. This position allowed him to pursue his studies of antique history and allowed him to create this thorough work on antique numismatics illustrated with many high quality engravings. The dedication to Spanheimer (4 pp.) is followed by the first letter from Spanheimer to the author (16 pp., lacking one leaf). This is followed by the main text (61 pp.), Spanheimer's second letter (126 pp.), and finally by the author's response (22 pp., lacking another leaf). Bound with this are three other works by Beger treating Greek coins, the gems in the collection of the Dutch antiquary Abraham Gorlaeus (1549-1608), and the myths of Meleager and the hunt of the Calydonian boar.

Brief list of contents to front pastedown by a contemporary owner, probably the Alsatian educator and writer on art, Franz Lersé (1749-1800), whose bookplate is in the lower corner of the pastedown.

Wants 2 leaves. Variously browned and brownstained. Hinges starting.


Lipsius 31. Ebert 1841a.

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