New York: March 5-8, 1923. 4to, recent tan linen, front cover lettered in red; spine ruled and lettered in black. (2), (340) pages; 1350 lots; fine frontispiece photograph of Caruso, with tissue guard; illustrated throughout, occasionally in color; printed announcement letter bound in front. Original printed and perforated sale registration slip tipped in. Sale announcement letter and tissue guard wrinkled; else near fine in a recent binding. Item #4346
The rare complete catalogue of this important and wide-ranging sale, of which coins and medals formed but a portion. Caruso (1873-1921) was an inveterate collector, and had the sagacity (as well as the means) to form highly interesting collections in a number of areas. Henry Chapman was called in to catalogue the numismatic segment of the sale, comprising lots 256-555 (which are occasionally encountered in a separate printing). The sale also included some Renaissance medals and plaquettes not included in the coin section. This full catalogue is very rarely seen: while we have offered a few copies of the separate printing of the numismatic portion of the catalogue, this is the first time in many years that we have offered the full edition of this catalogue of the great opera singer’s art estate. (The later sale of coins from Caruso’s estate by C. & E. Canessa, while scarce, is also encountered more frequently.) As has been noted elsewhere, worn or damaged covers appear endemic to these catalogues. While this example has a few minor flaws, it is well-preserved and in a recent binding. A rare opportunity.