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Ensured by the obverse coverage of it, by the meanings addressing it, the house not-nameable, not-datable, not-placeable hunkers like an alternate universe inside the meaning that seeks it.
The format of an engraved portrait gallery of coin obverses was carried forth in such works as the 1553 Promptuaire des medailles of Guillaume Rouiile, in which 828 numismatic portraits (likewise often fanciful) illustrate biographies of individuals from A dam and Eve to Catherine de' Medici.
The book gives the impression of a real coin collection, though only the obverses, showing the illustrious faces, are recorded, and while the profiles are in fact quite accurate, the woodcuts nevertheless show what we might call a certain negotiation with verisimilitude.