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Welcome to The E-Sylum: Volume 2, Number 26:  June 27, 1999:  
an electronic publication of the Numismatic Bibliomania Society.  


   This week's new subscribers are Dave Harper,  Andrew  
   Pollock, and Paul Bate.  Welcome aboard!  


   Subscriber William T.Gibbs, News Editor for Coin World,  
   published a nice article on The E-Sylum in the July 5, 1999  
   issue,  which hit the streets this week (page 88). To quote  
   the first few paragraphs:   

   "It might seem unusual that an organization of collectors  
   who love the feel and smell of old books would sponsor  
   a weekly online journal, but is not at all out of the ordinary  
   for the Numismatic Bibliomania Society.   

   NBS does embrace the traditional publishing field.  It  
   publishes The Asylum,  a traditional magazine featuring  
   articles on numismatic books, auction catalogs and other  
   forms of numismatic literature.   

   However it also embraces the World Wide Web and the  
   Internet by publishing a weekly online journal, The E-Sylum.   

   Online subscribers subscribe to The E-Sylum, which arrives  
   weekly (every Sunday) in their e-mail. Each online issue  
   features research tips, requests for research help, comments  
   from subscribers and other useful information."   

   As examples of The E-Sylum's content and usefulness, the  
   article mentions David Cassel's pattern request, Russ Logan's  
   assistance in finding the book on Patriotic Civil War envelopes  
   for Pete Smith, and finally, our discussion on John Leonard  
   Riddell.  "the help provided from the request May 2 has proven  
   invaluable in researching the feature which will be published  
   later this year in Coin World.   

   The immediacy of the Internet and World Wide Web appears  
   to be one of the strongest benefits of this online journal.  
   Members can communicate with each other instantaneously via  

   Finally, the article lists the address of our web site and that  
   of Dave Hirt, our Secretary-Treasurer.   Thanks to Mr. Gibbs  
   and Coin World, we've gotten some marvelous publicity.  Let's  
   hope the article attracts some more good subscribers.  


   The same issue of Coin World holds other items of interest  
   to numismatic bibliophiles.  Stuart Segan has an article on  
   p50 devoted to the auction catalogs of 19th century coin  
   dealer William Elliot Woodward.   

   Page 79 holds a full-page buy ad from Stack's and John J.  
   Ford, Jr.  The headline reads "Wanted: Western Americana"  
   Coming on the heels of the controversy over the Buttrey article,  
   the ad is sure to set some tongues wagging.  The ad is similar  
   to the flyers Ford printed in the 1960's to buy western gold  
   and silver bars.  


   David Cassel writes: "I invite your general membership to join  
   our U.S. Pattern club.  We have no dues.  Your bibliophiles  
   may be able to give good assistance in our pattern research or  
   they may help in other ways.  Ask your members to make  
   themselves known to us by going to our web site and sign up.  One day we will  
   have a hyper link to The E-Sylum as well as other sites.  We  
   have large plans."  


   Numismatic literature from the library of the late Grover  
   Criswell is offered in the next Function Associates mail  
   bid sale, closing August 6th.  For more information, or a  
   copy of the catalog, e-mail  


   Larry Mitchell writes:  "To fund my return to grad school, I've  
   been slowly but surely selling off  non-essential parts of my  
   numislit library on EBay.  This has been going on for a little  
   over 4 months.  Every bidder who bids on an item of mine  
   receives the attached message.  I've been keeping count, and  
   9 persons who received this message are now E-Sylum  
   subscribers (there may have been some that I missed).  
   Might work for other NBS members auctioning items on  
   similar services...."   

   The message reads, in part: "If you have an especial interest in  
   numismatic literature, you might find the following sites of  
   particular interest: "   

   The second reference is a moderated email list Larry runs for  
   general discussions of numismatic literature topics.  The list is  
   independent of NBS, and intended as a free-form discussion  
   list, unlike The E-Sylum, which is an edited publication.  


   This week's featured site is Coins from Famous People in  
   History:  "Ever wonder what a coin looked like that was  
   issued by Julius Caesar?  How about a coin from Napoleon?  
   Or Cleopatra? Or Genghis Khan?"     

  Wayne Homren  
  Numismatic Bibliomania Society   

  The Numismatic Bibliomania Society is a  
  non-profit organization promoting numismatic  
  literature.   For more information please see  
  our web site at  
  There is a membership application available on  
  the web site.  To join, print the application and  
  return it with your check to the address printed  
  on the application.   For those without web access,  
  contact Dave Hirt, NBS Secretary-Treasurer,  
  5911 Quinn Orchard Road, Frederick, MD 21701   

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   write to me at   

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