Auguste Wahlen, a printer in Brussels, had a medal struck himself with his bust on the obverse, on the occasion of a new edition of the "Nouveau Dictionnaire de la Conversation". With this, he mainly wanted to boost sales. The bronze edition was intended for the seller who realised the most subscriptions. The three silver gilt copies were destined for a Belgian and a foreign bookshop, and for the private individual who placed the most orders. Finally, the gold copy went to the person or bookshop that was able to sell the largest number of books.
|Medal for the Publication of the Nouveau Dictionnaire de la Conversation by the Printer Auguste Wahlen
|Signatures, inscriptions, and markings
|inscription on the front, around the bust: AUGUSTE WAHLEN NÉ A BRUXELLES (links) LE 31 DÉCEMBRE 1785
|signatures (names) on the front, under the bust: HART.F.
|inscription on the reverse: * / L'ÉDITEUR / RECONNAISSANT / A / / * / NOUVEAU DICTIONNAIRE DE LA CONVERSATION
|commemorative medals AAT
Cabinet Numismatique de la Ville de Gand
|Art & Architecture Thesaurus
|300189808 figures (representations) AAT
male sex; man
31D14 adult man Iconclass
33A35 conversation, dialogue; conversation piece Iconclass
49M production of printed matter, book-production Iconclass
49M1 printing, printing office Iconclass
61B2 historical persons Iconclass
61B2(AUGUSTE WAHLEN) historical person (AUGUSTE WAHLEN) Iconclass
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