Sales

2018 New York Book Auction

The catalogue for the 2018 New York Book Auction, to be held on Saturday, January 13, 2018 by Kolbe & Fanning Numismatic Booksellers, is now available through the firm’s online bidding platform at bid.numislit.com. The catalogue, featuring highlights from the outstanding numismatic library formed by Chicagoan William A. Burd along with other properties, is also available through the Kolbe & Fanning app, which can be downloaded from the Apple Store or Google Play Store. Printed catalogues have recently been mailed to active clients.

The sale will be held in conjunction with the New York International Numismatic Convention in the Empire State Ballroom I of the Grand Hyatt hotel in Manhattan (109 E. 42nd Street), beginning at 12:30 pm Eastern Time. 

A few highlights include:

  • Lot 13: the 1755 auction catalogue of the Richard Mead collection, priced & named
  • Lot 33: an attractive original copy of Cohen’s classic work on Roman Republican coins
  • Lot 51: the impressive 1708 five-volume folio edition of Goltzius, including the magnificent Icones volume
  • Lot 130: a unique printer’s mock-up of Aeneas Vico’s 1558 Augustarum Imagines
  • Lot 211: an original copy of Hutten-Czapski on early Russian coins
  • Lot 255: an extraordinary suite of 285 original drawings of Lyonnaise jetons from the collection of Ernest Poncet
  • Lot 288: the complete Sotheby’s sales of the John G. Murdoch collection (1903-04)
  • Lot 334: P.N. Breton’s very rare handwritten catalogue of Indian Chief Medals
  • Lot 344: a beautiful copy of the very rare plated W.H. Hunter sale (S.H. Chapman, 1920)
  • Lot 374: the exceptionally rare plated Schieffelin catalogue of ancient coins (Scott & Co., 1879), bound with 34 other sales from that year, ex the Virgil Brand library.

Bids may be placed via post, email, fax or phone, as well as online. To register for the sale online, bidders must go to bid.numislit.com and register or sign in. Once you have set up an account, you may browse lots, place advance bids, or participate in the live sale online. 

Bids placed via post, fax, or to the Gahanna office phone must be received by Monday, January 8, in order for them to be processed. Emailed bids and calls to David Fanning will be accepted through Friday, January 12. Advance absentee bids may be placed anytime online at bid.numislit.com; live internet bidding will be available during the sale itself through the same platform.

Kolbe & Fanning Numismatic Booksellers LLC is a licensed and bonded auction firm in the State of Ohio. For more information, please see the Kolbe & Fanning website at numislit.com or email David Fanning at df@numislit.com. To register for the sale, go to bid.numislit.com. We look forward to your participation.

William A. Burd Library - Ancient Numismatics

Kolbe & Fanning Numismatic Booksellers will be offering highlights from the outstanding numismatic library formed by Chicagoan William A. Burd in our 2018 New York Book Auction, which will be held in conjunction with the New York International Numismatic Convention on Saturday, January 13, 2018 at the Grand Hyatt hotel in Manhattan. 

We have been working on the catalogue for the auction for some time now, and wanted to give readers a small preview of what they have to look forward to. The following are some highlights from the Burd Library’s offerings of material on ancient coins:



Lot 22: a lovely copy of Boehringer on Syracuse

Lot 39: a beautifully bound original set of Delgado on ancient coins of the Iberian peninsula

Lot 47: the first edition of the first printed book substantially illustrating coins & medals, Fulvio’s 1517 Illustrium Imagines (celebrating its 500th anniversary on November 15!)

Lot 72: a bound set of the extremely rare engraved plates depicting Louis XIV’s collection of ancient coins

Lot 101: over 100 volumes of the Numismatic Chronicle

Lot 115: an exceptional set of Spink’s Numismatic Circular

Lot 116: Hans von Fritz’s inscribed set of Svoronos on the Ptolemies



Lot 118: Svoronos and Pick’s Les Monnaies d’Athènes

Lot 119: an original set of the Sylloge Nummorum Graecorum series on the Royal Danish collection at Copenhagen

Lot 131: an exceptional, complete set of Visconti & Mongez’s truly monumental Iconographie Grecque et Romaine

William A. Burd Library - World Numismatics

Kolbe & Fanning Numismatic Booksellers will be offering highlights from the outstanding numismatic library formed by Chicagoan William A. Burd in our 2018 New York Book Auction, which will be held in conjunction with the New York International Numismatic Convention on Saturday, January 13, 2018 at the Grand Hyatt hotel in Manhattan. 

The catalogue has been sent to the printers, and we wanted to give readers a small preview of what they have to look forward to. The following are some highlights from the Burd Library’s offerings of material on world coins:



Lot 135: the rare first issue of the magnificent 1702 first edition of Médailles sur les principaux événements du règne de Louis le Grand, with the suppressed Préface

Lot 140: the extraordinary Numismata Virorum Illustrium ex Barbadica Gente of 1732, with the very rare 1760 supplement



Lot 161: the Coats Family’s large-paper set of Burns on The Coinage of Scotland (1887)

Lot 174: Les Médaillons de David d’Angers (1867), one of the earliest extensive uses of photography in a numismatic book



Lot 184: a regal set of Duby’s rare works on obsidional and French feudal coins (1786 & 1790), in exceptional armorial bindings of Louis XVI



Lot 197: Pietro Antonio Gaetani’s 1761-1763 folio catalogue of Count Giovanni Maria Mazzuchelli’s magnificent collection of medals



Lots 221 & 222: original Dutch and French sets of Van Loon’s foundational work on Dutch medals



Lot 268: a superb example of Ricaud de Tiregale’s masterwork on Russian medals

Lot 298: the Clain-Stefanellis’ original set of Corpus Nummorum Italicorum.

William A. Burd Library - North American Numismatics

Kolbe & Fanning Numismatic Booksellers will be offering highlights from the outstanding numismatic library formed by Chicagoan William A. Burd in our 2018 New York Book Auction, which will be held in conjunction with the New York International Numismatic Convention on Saturday, January 13, 2018 at the Grand Hyatt hotel in Manhattan. 

The catalogue is being printed at this time, but we wanted to give readers a preview of what they have to look forward to. The following are some highlights from the Burd Library’s offerings of material on North American numismatics:

Lot 336: perhaps the finest extant deluxe copy of Browning on United States quarters, “the most perfect book written on the first try”

Lot 356: Sylvester S. Crosby’s subscription set of The Early Coins of America, in original printed wraps numbered in Crosby’s hand

Lot 367: a small-size 1850 Eckfeldt and DuBois on New Varieties of Gold and Silver Coins, with the original gold samples intact



Lot 369: Tom Elder’s rare plated catalogue of the Henry Miller collection (1920), important for ancient Roman, early English, and American colonial coins

Lot 383: a copy of Dr. Thomas Hall’s rare Descriptive List of the Coppers Issued by Authority, for the State of Connecticut, for the Year 1787

Lot 406: possibly the only 18th-century account of a coin cabinet formed by an American collector: John C. Kunze’s 1800 Description of a Cabinet of Coins and Medals Ancient and Modern



Lot 433: the rare deluxe leatherbound edition of Newcomb on 1801-1803 large cents

Lot 438: an important set of the rare Canadian Antiquarian & Numismatic Journal



Lot 472: a rare plated copy of the United States Coin Company’s 1915 Granberg sale

Lot 491: an interleaved large-paper copy of W. Elliot Woodward’s celebrated McCoy sale

Other extraordinary works include not one but two exceptional Bureau of Engraving and Printing portrait and vignette books, the first featuring 146 superb engravings, and the second being a deluxe, large-format volume almost certainly presented to President Benjamin Harrison and featuring 223 superb engravings. The sale also includes all three of James Mease’s foundational works on U.S. numismatics, including the rare first edition of his Description of Some of the Medals Struck in Relation to Important Events in North America, still considered the first substantive work to be written on American numismatics.

William Burd Numismatic Library

Kolbe & Fanning Numismatic Booksellers are pleased to announce that they have been chosen to offer the outstanding numismatic library formed by Chicago coin dealer William A. Burd. The Burd Library is well known to many due to the long-standing willingness of the owner to make his library available for use by other numismatists at his Chicago Coin Company offices. With well over 10,000 items on its shelves, the library strived to be truly comprehensive, covering everything from ancient coins to modern banknotes and including material from the 16th through the 21st century.


Few libraries can be counted upon for their ability to address ancient hacksilber and modern bus tokens, United States large cents and medals of the Italian Renaissance, Chinese spade money and German notgeld. The Burd Library boasts exceptional scope as well as a depth of coverage that is truly impressive. In addition, the library includes a number of bibliophilic gems that would be the highlight of any library. A few especially noteworthy examples include:

  • An exceptional, complete set of Visconti & Mongez’s glorious Iconographie Grecque et Romaine
  • The extremely rare and virtually unknown first issue in book form of Louis XIV’s collection of ancient coins
  • Perhaps the finest extant deluxe copy of Browning on U.S. quarter dollars
  • A deluxe, large-format Bureau of Engraving and Printing vignette book featuring 223 superb engravings
  • A superlative example of Ricaud de Tiregale’s masterwork on Russian medals.

The William Burd Library is being offered in several Kolbe & Fanning sales.  Sale 147, which took place on October 7, included hundreds of lots from the Burd Library, while the highlights will form the foundation of our 2018 New York Book Auction, to be held in conjunction with the New York International Numismatic Convention on January 13, 2018. Additional items will be offered in additional mail-bid and “buy or bid” sales in the months to come.

Kolbe & Fanning Numismatic Booksellers are a licensed auction firm specializing in the sale of rare and out-of-print numismatic literature. We also sell new and secondhand numismatic books on a retail basis through our website at numislit.com. To subscribe to our email list, please see numislit.com or contact David Fanning at df@numislit.com.