(Louisville): (1988). 4to, original white three-ring binder; color 5 by 7 inch photo of the attendees on front cover. Fifteen plastic sheets, housing a printed invitation card and eighty-four 3.5 by 5 inch color photographs, depicting attendees, books, the library, etc. A handwritten letter from Champa is included, as is a photocopy of the prank telegram from S.H. and H. Chapman, addressed to Champa demanding return of their property, delivered during the event. Fine. Item #5844
The letter from Champa reads: “Dear Mike / With our compliments, we are enclosing an album of photographs taken during your visit to our home in Louisville Ky. / Thank you for coming and being a part of this great event. / The Invasion of Louisville / during the A.N.A. Convention / July 23, 1988 / (signed) Armand Champa.” An evocative photographic record of a gala event, documenting a visit by numismatic bibliophiles to the Armand Champa library during the 1988 American Numismatic Association, held in nearby Cincinnati. Some forty-five bibliophiles attended, most all depicted in a group at the dinner following the gathering to view the Champa library. Nearly all the attendees are also depicted on the smaller photographs, including John & Mary Bergman, John Burns, Del Bland, Remy & Avis Bourne, Armand & Kay Champa, Jack Collins, Charles Davis, John J. Ford, Jr., Martin Gengerke, Alan Grace, Gordon Frost, George Fuld, Wayne Homren, John Huffman, Frank & Laurese Katen, George Kolbe, Ken Lowe, Bill Murray, Eric P. Newman, Jesse Patrick, Jeff Peck, Jules Reiver, Scott Rubin, Michael Sullivan, Barry Tayman, Cal Wilson, Myron Xenos, and many more. Champa had a few sets of photos bound in leather; others, as here, were distributed in binders. The content was “customized,” with the number of photos varying somewhat.