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Eckhel, Joseph - EKHELII DOCTRINA MANUSCRIPT, Manuscript 121 (in-4°)

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Eckhel, Joseph - EKHELII DOCTRINA MANUSCRIPT, Manuscript 121 (in-4°)
FINA IDUnique ID of the page  12707
TitleTitel of the book. EKHELII DOCTRINA MANUSCRIPT, Manuscript 121 (in-4°)
InstitutionName of Institution. Vienna, Kunsthistorisches Museum
InventoryInventory number.
AuthorAuthor of the document. Joseph Eckhel
Publication dateDate when the publication was issued: day - month - year .
PlacePlace of publication of the book, composition of the document or institution. Vienna 48° 12' 30.06" N, 16° 22' 21.00" E
Associated personsNames of Persons who are mentioned in the annotation.
KeywordNumismatic Keywords  coin cabinet (vienna), manuscript, roman republican
LiteratureReference to literature. Eckhel 17921, Woytek 2022a, p. 381 and 3842
LanguageLanguage of the correspondence Latin
LinkLink to external information, e.g. Wikpedia
Grand documentOriginal passage from the "Grand document".

Woytek 2022a, p. 381 and 384: "Finally, there is an impressive set of three thick manuscript volumes in quarto format in somewhat worn 19th century half-leather bindings with gilt spines and labels stating “EKHELII [sic!] DOCTRINA MANUSCRIPT”, vols. 1, 2 and 3; the lower label of the third volume adds “ET SYLLOGE”. These volumes (nos. 120–122 in the archives: fig. 4) contain densely inscribed pages in Eckhel’s handwriting, numbered by Eckhel himself; however, as in the volumes described previously, generous margins were left (and very frequently used) by the author for additions and corrections. As we will see shortly, the manuscript is not complete. It is evident that the set of manuscript volumes nos. 120–122 in its present state is the result of the decision, taken after Eckhel’s passing, to have Doctrina-related posthumous papers in his hand bound together. Evidently, whoever was responsible for these volumes tried to bind the quires in the order corresponding to the printed work, although some blatant mistakes in the sequence are evident; heterogeneous additions were bound in at the end of volume no. 122... Apart from the latter, no manuscripts for the Greek section of the Doctrina following the coinage of Side in Pamphylia are preserved. The monumental manuscript no. 121 covers exclusively Roman coins from the Late Republican issues of the triumvir r. p. c. Lepidus down to the late Roman coinage in the name of Helena. Like no. 120, this volume is not numbered sequentially throughout, but again by section, although there are just three of them: the first comprises the coinage of Lepidus and Mark Antony (63 pages), followed by 1380 pages on imperial coins from Julius Caesar to Helena. A separately numbered 40-page section “Supplementa ad numos Augustorum” is bound in after p. 120 of the imperial section. Hence, the text of this manuscript volume corresponds to text printed in volumes 6 to 8 of the Doctrina. More precisely, it starts with Lepidus (p. 34 of the Doctrina’s volume 6) and extends down to the coinage treated on pp. 142–145 of volume 8. The first lines of the first page of manuscript no. 121 make it clear that, again, we are looking at a draft, and not at the final manuscript from which the Doctrina was typeset. Here Eckhel remarks that the coins of, inter alios, Brutus, Cassius and Sextus Pompey, which precede the treatment of the coins of Lepidus in volume 6 of the Doctrina, “are to be taken from the treatise on families” (“sumendi ex tractat. de familiis”) – another reminder of the author to himself, for the preparation of the final manuscript; the “tractatus de familiis” may be identified as the manuscript notebook no. 80 in the archives of the coin cabinet. Despite this, it seems that the text as we find it in the Roman part of the preserved manuscript is, by and large, relatively close to the text as printed. It is plausible to assume that manuscript no. 121 represents an advanced draft.


  1. ^  Eckhel, Joseph (1792), Doctrina numorum veterum, I, Joseph Vincent Degen, Vienna.
  2. ^  Woytek, Bernhard (2022), "The Genesis of Eckhel's Doctrina numorum veterum and Georg Zoëga's Numismatic Papers", in Bernhard Woytek and Daniela Williams (eds.), Ars critica numaria. Joseph Eckhel (1737–1798) and the Transformation of Ancient Numismatics, Vienna, p. 285-298.