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Martin Folkes. Papers relating to the publication of ‘Tables of English Silver and Gold Coins’

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Martin Folkes. Papers relating to the publication of ‘Tables of English Silver and Gold Coins’
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Paper. Quarto. In a black cloth box case.
Scope and content
Papers relating mostly to the publication by SA of Tables of English Silver and Gold Coins (1763), consisting of reprints of A Table of English Gold Coins (1736) and A Table of English Silver Coins (1745) by Martin Folkes, PSA, PRS (d. 1754), with additional plates and explanations of the plates; c. 1756-63. Papers and drafts mostly in the hand of Josiah Colebrooke, Treasurer SA 1762-75, relating to revision of the descriptions of the plates, with proofs of the plates. The background is given by Evans (1956), 95-6. See also MSS/0274. As follows:-

(1) 'Descriptions of Mr Folkes's Plates as he left them'. Draft descriptions and copies of letters, some from Colebrooke. Several references to work by the Rev. Andrew Gifford on revising the text. Included is a copy of 'A Scheme proposed and agreed on for revising Mr Folkes's Table of English Coins.. for their Publication'. Unbound papers;-

(2) 'A Description of the first eight Plates as amended by Dr Giffard'. Pages of addenda to plates with a covering letter, 21 Nov. 1757, from Colebrooke asking that Dr Gifford be urged to supply additions for the remainder. Unbound papers:-

(3) 'Mr Colebrooke on Folkes's Coins'. Proofs of plates (without plate numbers) with MS text; later proofs (with numbers and headings) inserted. ff. 56, with many unnumbered insertions. Brown paper covers;-

(4) Miscellaneous material relating to coins consisting mainly of 'A brief discourse of the Alterations of the Moneys of England', by the Rev. Francis Peck, FSA (see Minute Book I, 2 March 1731, p. 283). Stitched into a card folder. Loose insertions (mostly 18th century copies):- (a) Speech of Sir Robert Cotton in Council, 1626, conc. the alteration of monies (cf. SAL/MS/116, fols. 149-50);- (b) Opinion on a coin by B. Bartlet, 1664;- (c) Letter of Sec. SA to Lieut. Gen. G. A. Elliot conc. medals in the collection of the Prince of Saxe-Gotha;- (d) Note by (Daniel) Wray, 1754, conc. the Rev. Manning's account of Roman antiquities discovered near Chesterton, Hunts.;- (e) Autograph letter of Mark Cephas Tutet, FSA, to Joseph Ames conc. coins, 1758;- (f) Autograph letter of Emmanuel Mendes da Costa, FSA, conc. coins. 1762;- (g) Autograph letter of James West, FSA, conc. medals, 1768;- (h) Treasury letter acknowledging a paper on the current silver coinage by Archdeacon Sharp (Thomas Sharp, Archdeacon of Northumberland; d. 1758) communicated through SA, 1773. The paper is transcribed in Minute Book VIII, 29 Apr. 1762, pp. 431-6; see also Minute Book XIII, pp. 141-2, 148, 182.
Peck, Francis (1692-1743), antiquary
Folkes, Martin (1690-1754), antiquary
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