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May 30 Sale

Numismatic Literature Sale May 30

Kolbe & Fanning Numismatic Booksellers are announcing our Sale 156, which will be held on Saturday, May 30, 2020. The 419-lot sale includes a remarkable selection of books on ancient, world and U.S. numismatics, including material from the libraries of Phil Carrigan, Dan Freidus, and Doug Robins. The sale features an especially diverse selection of material, perhaps most notable for rare and unusual American publications, but also including a number of infrequently encountered and desirable works on ancient and foreign coins and medals.

Some highlights of the sale include:
Lot 20: a freshly bound set of Forrer’s Descriptive Catalogue of the Collection of Greek Coins Formed by Sir Hermann Weber…
Lot 25: Grueber’s 1874 catalogue of Roman Medallions in the British Museum, with 66 autotype plates
Lot 43: Edward T. Newell’s own copy of his 1916 The Dated Alexander Coinage of Sidon and Ake, interleaved and extensively annotate
Lot 75: the majestic 1732 Numismata Virorum Illustrium ex Barbadica Gente, bound with the rare 1760 supplement with five additional plates annotated.
Lot 129: Li Zuoxian’s classic 20-volume compendium on Chinese coins, the Gu Quan Hui (also transliterated as Ku Ch’üan Hui), complete with the supplementary Xu Quan Hui (Hsu Ch’üan Hui)
Lot 154: a remarkable bound volume of twelve 19th-century British auction catalogues, including two of the utmost rarity, from the library of Terence Robertson
Lot 244: Dr. Charles Clay’s very rare 1864-1868 Manchester Numismatic Society serial, with the earliest photographic plates to appear in a numismatic journal, which depict American colonial coins in addition to other issues
Lot 339: Charles Bushnell’s extra-illustrated copy of Nathaniel Paine’s rare 1866 Remarks on the Early Paper Currency of Massachusetts, another pioneering use of photography in a numismatic work
Lot 343: a very rare 1821 Jacob Perkins publication on the Prevention of the Forgery of Bank Notes,originally presented to a member of the Perkins family and previously thought to be unique
Lot 411: Thomas Wyatt’s 1848 work on American medals presented to military figures, with unusually well-preserved plates engraved with a medal-ruling machine.
Bid and View Lots
The printed catalogue has been mailed to active customers. A PDF of the printed catalogue has been posted to our main website at numislit.com for those who prefer that format. Bids placed via post, email, fax or phone must be received by Friday, May 29,the day before the sale, in order for them to be processed. Advance absentee bids may also be placed at any time 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 bid.numislit.com or email David Fanning at df@numislit.com.

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When registering to bid, please check that your shipping address is the address where the package can be received for the month following the sale. 
Our goal is to ship all lots within 2 weeks of the sale's close. We will email an invoice and tracking information one day before lots are shipped to confirm the shipping address. If a package is returned to us for reshipment, the customer will be responsible for extra shipping charges.
Register early to bid online
Bids may be placed via post, email, fax or phone, as well as online. Kolbe & Fanning is using Auction Mobility as our third-party online bidding platform. Auction Mobility is an app-based platform allowing users the ability to participate in the sale through phones, tablets and computers. To register for the sale, bidders must go to bid.numislit.com and sign up. Once you have set up an account, you may browse lots, place advance bids, or participate in the live sale online. Those wishing to participate on their devices can download the new Kolbe & Fanning app through the Apple or Google Play Store.
      
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Sale 156: David's Personal Picks

 Sale 156: David's Personal Picks

We’ve been busy at Kolbe & Fanning Numismatic Booksellers getting ready for our Sale 156, which will be held on Saturday, May 30. We’ve already sent out a couple of emails about this sale, pointing out various highlights and discussing how to register, but the eclectic offerings in the sale seem to encourage some personal reflections (or ramblings), so we’ve loaded David up with coffee and asked him to pick a handful of lots that have not been discussed in earlier emails and say something about them.
Lot 17: Tom Elder plates of tetradrachms from the Demanhur Hoard. This is one of those American productions that I would like to see better known among ancient coin specialists. While arguably not as useful as a plated auction catalogue, it’s a significant photographic record of this hoard, depicting both sides of 300 tetradrachms from this important find.
 
Lot 61: the 1830 sale of the collection formed by James Douglas, Earl of Morton, who had died more than sixty years earlier. This is a fairly early Sotheby & Son catalogue, and is well-preserved in a handsome binding. Priced and named catalogues are the gold standard for doing provenance research in the era before photographically illustrated catalogues.
Lot 53: the massive catalogue of the Jules Sambon collection. The Sambon catalogue is frankly amazing, covering all sorts of artistic productions and artifacts. The sections on coins and medals add up to over 500 lots, and about 100 lots of ancient coins are depicted on three exceptional plates. This copy is especially nice as it has been sturdily bound: the original oversized card covered bindings were inadequate to the task, and most copies that survive to this day are the worse for wear.
Lot 73: Ernest Babelon’s important volume on engraved gems, in a beautifully rendered binding. Engraved gems are, of course, not numismatic, but they have frequently been collected by the same people as their creation involves many of the same engraving techniques and the final results are often similar. This volume, written by the esteemed numismatist Ernest Babelon, is in a binding I just love, with the spine decorated with inlaid leather pieces of various colors carefully cut into the shape of gems and gilt. It’s just a splendid volume.
Lot 90: a nearly complete set of Le Club Français de Médaille’s Bulletin. This is a publication that just doesn’t receive enough attention, and substantial runs are virtually never encountered. The focus is on modern medals, though occasional articles delve into earlier periods. It is well-illustrated and contains much information on modern medals and medalists that is otherwise difficult to find.
Lot 110: Fleurimont’s (or is it Godonnesche’s?) work on the medals of Louis XV. Overshadowed by the magnificent volumes on the Louis XIV medals, this charming and well-engraved work on the Louis XV medals gets short shrift. It was a work that was seemingly always in progress, and every time I catalogue a copy it seems I am adding to the number of states I’ve encountered (my current tally being seven issues of between 33 and 78 plates).
Lot 193: as I’m trying to focus here on works that are often ignored, it may seem odd to single out volumes of the American Journal of Numismatics, hardly an obscure journal. The provenances on these, and the story told by those provenances, makes them impossible to overlook. The set was started by Bushnell, who had the first volume bound in his trademark binding. When he died, Robert Coulton Davis acquired his set and continued it, having the second volume here present bound to match. When Davis died, Virgil Brand acquired the set and continued it by having the final two volumes here present bound to match (each bound volume here includes two volumes of the AJN). While the volumes aren’t consecutive and their condition isn’t perfect, they speak eloquently of the bonds formed and respect shared between collectors.
Lot 278: a plated copy of Frossard’s 1885 Coins of the Orient sale. This has been a favorite of mine for years. I’ve always found Frossard fascinating, and his catalogues often focus on areas I enjoy. The rarity of some of his plated catalogues is a further draw. This particular sale was produced to the tune of 25 copies, making it a rarity from the time of publication, and the plates exhibit a bewildering variety of coins from Asia and Africa, including India and both the Near and Far East. What amazes me about this catalogue is that Frossard was able to step up to the challenge of writing it in an era long before the ready availability of catalogues of world coins. Even an outstanding numismatic library would have seemed inadequate given the task of writing this catalogue in 1885, and I admire Frossard’s willingness to take on such a challenge.
Lot 289: rare works by John Haseltine on Continental Currency. Most of Haseltine’s reputation today stands upon his auction catalogues, which is unfortunate because, with a couple of notable exceptions, they are a bit thin. He was, however, among the most knowledgeable American numismatists of his generation, and one wishes he’d written more. Here we have a couple of his works on Continental Currency, a subject on which he was an acknowledged expert. These are rarely encountered and the first, more substantive, title includes some highly interesting illustrations. Intriguing in themselves, it should also be noted that these are from the John J. Ford Library.
Check out the sale today at bid.numislit.com. Bids placed via post, email, fax or phone must be received by May 29, the day before the sale, in order for them to be processed. Advance absentee bids may be placed at any time online at bid.numislit.com. Live internet bidding will be available during the sale itself through the same platform. We look forward to hearing from you.
Bid and View Lots
Register early to bid online
Bids may be placed via post, email, fax or phone, as well as online. Kolbe & Fanning is using Auction Mobility as our third-party online bidding platform. Auction Mobility is an app-based platform allowing users the ability to participate in the sale through phones, tablets and computers. To register for the sale, bidders must go to bid.numislit.com and sign up. Once you have set up an account, you may browse lots, place advance bids, or participate in the live sale online. Those wishing to participate on their devices can download the new Kolbe & Fanning app through the Apple or Google Play Store.
     

Check Your Shipping Address

When registering to bid, please check that your shipping address is the address where the package can be received for the month following the sale.
Our goal is to ship all lots within 2 weeks of the sale's close. We will email an invoice and tracking information one day before lots are shipped to confirm the shipping address. If a package is returned to us for reshipment, the customer will be responsible for extra shipping charges.

View PDF Catalogue

More Highlights from May 30 Sale

Numismatic Literature Sale May 30

Kolbe & Fanning Numismatic Booksellers will be conducting our 156th auction on Saturday, May 30, 2020. The 419-lot sale includes a remarkable selection of books on ancient, world and U.S. numismatics, including material from the libraries of Phil Carrigan, Dan Freidus, and Doug Robins. The sale features an especially diverse selection of material, perhaps most notable for rare and unusual American publications, but also including a number of infrequently encountered and desirable works on ancient and foreign coins and medals.

Some highlights of the sale include:
Lot 15: a first edition set of Crawford on Roman Republican coins
Lot 45: an unlisted 1701 London edition of Charles Patin’s Travels ... with Historical Relations, and Critical Observations upon Ancient Medals and Inscriptions
Lot 48: Ratinckx’s rare 1920 work on the art of Roman coins, De Romeinsche Munt Beschouwd als Kunstvoortbrengsel
Lot 89: Clay’s classic 1869 study of the Manx coinage, with four photographic plates
Lot 124: Eric P. Newman’s copy of the rare 1756 sale of the Martin Folkes collection, priced and named
Lot 171: the historic Coinage of Saorstát Éireann, recording the Irish Free State’s first coinage, compiled by a committee chaired by poet W.B. Yeats
Lot 179: a rare early American article by John Allan on coins and medals, unlisted in Attinelli and one of the earliest such works
Lot 208: the outstanding Jacob Perkins: His Inventions, His Times, and His Contemporaries, by Greville & Dorothy Bathe, one of only 200 copies printed
Lot 262: the extremely rare first printing of Dye’s 1855 Bank Note Plate Delineator, designated on the title page as Parts I & II, and the only copy known to us in private hands
Lot 263: Tom Elder’s own copy of his first plated auction catalogue, featuring selections from the collection of J.N.T. Levick et al.