Alexander Cunningham - Gisbert Cuper - 1704

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Alexander Cunningham - Gisbert Cuper - 1704
FINA IDUnique ID of the page  16265
InstitutionName of Institution. The Hague, Koninklijke Bibliotheek
InventoryInventory number. Ms. 72 H 21, ff.28-9
AuthorAuthor of the document. Alexander Cunningham
RecipientRecipient of the correspondence. Gisbert Cuper
Correspondence dateDate when the correspondence was written: day - month - year . 1704
PlacePlace of publication of the book, composition of the document or institution.
Associated personsNames of Persons who are mentioned in the annotation. Ezechiel Spanheim
LiteratureReference to literature. Spanheim 17061, Burnett 2020b, pp. 840, 955 n. 1572
KeywordNumismatic Keywords  Medals , Book Production
LanguageLanguage of the correspondence Latin
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Grand documentOriginal passage from the "Grand document".

'panhemius nobilis et tui cupidissimus meditatur librum suum, de Usu et Praestantia Numismatum hic typis committi in folio, atque duplo auctior, quam hactenus, prodibit ... Nostratum plurimi conquirunt de Numismate praeterita proxime hyeme hic percussa. Ex una parte est Reginae caput ex alia figura equestris sic inscripta SINE CLADE VICTOR subter BONNA HVO ET LIMBVRGO CAPTIS. volunt hanc figuram equestrem esse Ducis Marleburgensis. Est qui unus tibi a servis est qui nummi suscepit tutelam ac defensionem, quamprimum suas lucubrationes propalaverit, tibi eas mittendas curabo; patrio sermone conscripta sunt. Sique tu eas probaveris, Gulielmo Vandenater typographo Ultrajecti transferendas et imprimendas \itemque/ mittam.' (The Hague, Koninklijke Bibliotheek, Ms. 72 H 21, ff.28-9; Burnett 2020b, pp. 840, 955 n. 157)

['The noble Spanheim who is most affectionate to you is considering to have his book De usu et praestantia printed here in folio, and and will bring it out increased to twice the size than present ... Very many of my countrymen are looking for a medal struck here in the recently passed winter. On one side I the head of the Queen and on the other a figure on a horse with this inscription A CONQUEROR WITHOUT SLAUGHTER and below BONN, HUY AND LIMBURG CAPTURED. They want this figure on a horse to be that of the Duke of Marlborough. There is one among your slaves who has undertaken the care and defence of the medal, and who would set forth as soon as possible his thoughts. I will take care to send them to you; they have been written in his native language. If you should approve of them, then I will send them again to be forwarded to William Van de Water the printer at Utrecht and to be printed.' (translation from Burnett 2020b, pp. 840, 955 n. 157)]

RemarksRemarks regarding the annotation. (en)

The letter was sent unfinished, breaking off in the middle of a paragraph, but it was placed by Cuper in his collection of letters between ones from him to Cunningham, written on 4 May 1704 and 6 July 1704, so it was presumably written sometime in May or June 1704. (en)


  1. ^  Spanheim, Ezechiel (1706), Disputationes de usu et præstantia numismatum antiquorum, I, 3rd ed., R. Smith, London.
  2. ^  Burnett, Andrew M. (2020), The Hidden Treasures of this Happy Land. A History of Numismatics in Britain from the Renaissance to the Enlightenment, BNS Special Publ. No 14 = RNS Special Publ. No 58, London, Spink & Son.