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WILLIAM CONSTABLE’S COPY

[JOBERT, Louis]. The knowledge of medals: or, instructions for Those who apply themselves to the Study of Medals both Ancient and Modern From the French.

London. Printed for William Rogers, 1697. First edition in English.
8vo. [8], 215pp, [17]. Contemporary blind-ruled calf. Rubbed, paper library shelf-label to foot of spine. Leaves toned. Armorial bookplate of William Constable Esq. to FEP, inked ownership inscription to head of title page: 'Ex lib: J. Knaresbrough'.
The first edition in English of Jesuit preacher and scholar Louis Jobert's (1637-1719) acclaimed magnum opus La science des medailles (1692), a detailed and authoritative guide to numismatic study.

William Constable (1721-1791), British naturalist and collector of natural history curiosities. In 1775 he was elected fellow of the Royal Society - his 'Cabinet of Curiosities' is still on display at his family estate, Burton Constable Hall, East Yorkshire.
ESTC R13364, Wing J755.
£ 450.00 Antiquates Ref: 15449