Catalogue of a most important private collections of ancient coins of it’s time, 1814
Michael WICZAY; [Felice CARONNI]: MUSEI HEDERVARII IN HUNGARIA NUMOS ANTIQUOS GRAECOS ET LATINOS. With 57 (of 58) engraved plates. Vienna: 1814.
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Michael WICZAY [VON LOOS UND HÉDÉRVAR]; [Felice CARONNI]: MUSEI HEDERVARII IN HUNGARIA NUMOS ANTIQUOS GRAECOS ET LATINOS descripit anecdotos vel parum cognitos etiam cupreis tabulis incidi curavit C. Michael a Wiczay opere duas in partes distributo. 2 volumes. With 57 (of 58) engraved plates depicting 1436 illustrations, 19 engraved vignettes and 2 etched title pages incorporating the coat of arms of the Counts Wiczay of Hédérvar. Vienna: Self published (Printing House of the Mechitarist Monastery) 1814.
4to. 30,5:34 cm. [4 leaves (etched title, preface et.)], 360  pages, 31 folded plates (nos. I-XXX (no. XXXI missing), 1 not numb.); 423  pages, 26 plates [(2), I-VI, (1), I-III, (1), I-XII, (1).Copper engraving, etching and letterpress, in contemporary half morocco bindings with gilt ornamental spine title as well as multicoloured marbled boards and end papers.
Exhaustive and lavishly illustrated and particularly rare catalogue of one of the most important private collections of ancient coins of it’s time.
Contents: Present catalogue of the coin collection of Hungarian Count Michael Viczay (or Wiczay, 1756-1831) was considered by contemporaries to be one of the most important of his days: „He expanded the already rich collections at Hédervár [his castle, DJ] with great prudence and expertise, especially the coin and medal collection, which, under his care, soon grew in size and importance to such an extent that it achieved European reputation. In 1826, it was already so substantial that it contained 11,432 Greek coins, including many of the most precious and rarest, and 13,411 Roman coins, including 1243 gold coins.“ (Wurzbach) Viczay’s collection for present edition was catalogued and illustrated by the Italian archeologist, numismatist and engraver Felice Caronni (1747 – 1815), after he had already done some work in this field for other Austrian or Hungarian nobles, e.g. the Esterházy family.
Illustration: Text and plates of the catalogue were printed on voluminous mould paper, the text sheets here uncut and therefore in splendid condition. Present copy has a total of 76 plates bound with 1436 illustrations depicted, most of them showing the coins and medals from both sides.
Condition: Vol. 1 misses plate no. XXXI, which was rarely bound in (see e.g. the digitalised copy of BSB, Munich). Binding at edges and corners occasionally slightly bumped and worn, boards noticeably and joints slightly worn, first and last sheets with minor foxing, otherwise very well preserved.
Rarity: Very rare in trade indeed, JAP/APO and RBH quote only 1 complete set at auction since 1906. Vol. I apart was auctioned off in 1977 and 1992 however.
References: Brunet VI 29746; Graesse VI/, 446, Leitzmann, p. 20; Kalemkiar p. 74, no. 51; Wurzbach, Bd. 50 (1884), S. 264 (Viczay); Nicola Parise. Caronni, Felice, In »Dizionario Biografico degli Italiani« (Vol. 20 (1977).