A May 11, 2018 Coin World article by Steve Roach highlights results from the latest Kolbe & Fanning numismatic literature sale. Here's an excerpt. I've added images of the catalog
cover and selected lots from earlier E-Sylum articles. -Editor
The market for numismatic literature is alive and well, as Kolbe & Fanning's mail-bid and live online auction on April 28 realized over $110,000.
As co-owner David Fanning said, “This was the most successful mail-bid sale we’ve had in the past few years. We had a very strong 184 registered bidders for a 500-lot sale.”
He said that although the market for numismatic books has been a bit slow over the past several years as collectors adjust to the many works available online, buyers are coming back and starting to add to their
collections once again. Fanning explained, “As people became more used to these online resources, most of them began to feel that there was a need for both printed matter and online content. Most people aren’t going to read
an entire book on their screens.”
Fanning also said that researchers and hobbyists alike are recognizing the appeal of physical books. “It can be easier to use multiple books or catalogues when writing a coin description, for instance, than it can be to
toggle back and forth between multiple screens using various programs or formats,” Fanning said, advising potential collectors looking to add to their libraries, “there is tremendous value in good numismatic books.”
It's great to see that the market for rare numismatic literature is in a healthy state. Readers know I'm big advocate of digitizing numismatic literature for online search and discovery, but
nothing beats having a real books in hand, both for reading purposes and for enjoyment as tangible artifacts which are important hobby rarities in their own right. A digitized book is just an album of photographed pages, and
as David notes, the physical books can be much easier to use. -Editor
Lot 43: a lovely set of the first edition (1859-68) of Cohen on Roman Imperial coins, bound in matching red half morocco; brought $1,000
Lots 183 and 21
Lot 183: De Ricci's massive catalogue of the Gustave Dreyfus collection of Renaissance reliefs and plaquettes; sold for $3,250 hammer.
Lot 21: Edward T. Newell's copy of a plate volume of Babelon's Traité des monnaies grecques et romaines; sold for $2,000 hammer.
Lot 475: the only copy we have handled of the ultra-deluxe Superior catalogue of the Boys Town collection, bound in full water buffalo skin with a matching clamshell case; brought $900
To read the complete article, see:
Kolbe & Fanning sale presents solid values in numismatic literature
To read the earlier E-Sylum articles, see:
KOLBE & FANNING SALE 149 CLOSES APRIL 28, 2018 (http://www.coinbooks.org/v21/esylum_v21n14a02.html)
MORE KOLBE & FANNING SALE 149 HIGHLIGHTS (http://www.coinbooks.org/v21/esylum_v21n15a02.html)
Wayne Homren, Editor
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