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Lot 1001

Estimate: 750 EUR   |   Starting price: 600 EUR Price realized: 2'900 EUR
[Beistegui.] Babelon, J. La collection de monnaies et médailles de M. Carlos de Beistegui. Paris; Les Beaux Arts, n.d. (1933–34). Exemplaire imprimé spécialement pour M. Le Président Raymond Poincaré, de l’Académie française. 4to., pp. title page printed in red and black, xii, 110, (2); 64 fine plates, illustrating most of the 1,226 coins and medals listed. In the original gilt embossed clamshell box, dusty and worn, the joints taped and the backstrip coming loose. The pages unopened and the contents surprisingly clean throughout. One of only 80 sets produced for the friends of Carlos Beistegui, this copy is dedicated to Raymond Poincaré, three-time Prime Minister of France and, between 1913 and 1920, President of France. A superb collection now housed in the Cabinet des Médailles and particularly notable for the breadth and quality of gold coins therein. Very rarely offered.
Clain-Stefanelli 16534.

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