Dassier's Medals. Pl: 1 - Pl: 6.
London published 1.st Jan.y 1797 by M. Young Ludgate Hill.
Oblong 4to, with blue original paper covers, stitched spine. Etching and engraving 6 plates (plate size: 224 x 275mm (8¾ x 10¾")).
Set of medals from designs by Jean Dassier, of Geneva, (1676-1763), one of the most enterprising and prolific medallists of the eighteenth century. Dassier published his series of the medals of the Kings and Queens of England in 1731, dedicating it to George II. The medals were available individually and as complete sets. They were struck in bronzed-copper, damascened copper (the relief gilded in contrast to bronzed fields) and silver. The dies for the medals were eventually purchased by Sir Edward Thomason of Birmingham, who reissued the medals c.1820. New obverse dies were also modelled after the originals and used to strike sets in white metal with new reverses that carried an inscription describing notable events of the reign of the individual depicted on the obverse. Medals included the portraits of William the Conqueror, William II - Rufus, William III, Henry I-VIII, Stephen, Richard I-III, John, Edward I-VI, Mary I, Elizbeth I, James I, Charles I, Oliver Cromwell, Charles II, James II, Mary II, Anne, George I-III, Caroline, wife of George II and Charlotte, wife of George III.
[Ref: 29003] £240.00