Cairo: February 24–March 6, 1954. Crown 4to, somewhat later three-quarter brown morocco with marbled sides; spine with five raised bands, lettered in French in gilt; marbled endpapers. (2), 306, (6) pages; 2798 lots; 37 plates, all but the last double-plates. Original prices realized list laid in. Tiny nick to leather, else fine. Item #6394
The famous sale catalogue of the legendary coin collection formed by King Farouk. The details surrounding the sale are fascinating and often bizarre, and were recounted in part by Abe Kosoff in a series of Coin World articles. Dominated by Kosoff, Hans Schulman and a handful of other American East Coast coin dealers, only a few collectors attended the sale, John J. Pittman notably among them. Catalogued by the London firm of Baldwin’s, the sale features innumerable numismatic rarities from around the world, though highlights from the American collections were often placed in group lots (e.g., a 1913 Liberty Head nickel and pattern United States gold coins). The onerous financial requirements imposed by the Egyptian Government combined with reported dealer collusion appears to have stifled widespread competition and many bargains were to be had by those brave enough to venture to Cairo. This copy includes a rarely-encountered French title page tipped in before the English one. Clain-Stefanelli 8013*. Grierson 275 and 277.