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Welcome to The E-Sylum: Volume 2, Number 30:  July 25, 1999: 
an electronic publication of the Numismatic Bibliomania Society. 


   This week's new subscribers are Ronald S. Thompson and 
   Bill Fivaz.  Welcome aboard!  We've had to drop one 
   subscriber whose email keeps bouncing back. This brings 
   our current subscriber count to 181. 


   All subscribers to The E-Sylum will receive an additional 
   mailing this week, containing our first e-mail opinion 
   survey.  The purpose of this survey is to gather some 
   information in advance of our Society's annual meeting at 
   the ANA Convention in Chicago next month.  If you 
   have a few moments, please let your voice be heard. 


   President Michael J. Sullivan writes:  "In response to the 
   comments about displays for ANA -  The real issue is the 
   ANA is too restrictive relative to display placement.  Last 
   year's ANA in Portland required me to leave for the 
   convention about 2 days earlier than required to place my 
   display at a personal cost of about $300.  This is a lot of 
   "cost" to incur for the restrictions.  If the ANA becomes 
   more progressive and expands the time slot options, more 
   displays will be placed.  

   I have plenty of display oriented material in my library and 
   am prepared to do this.  I opted out of displaying in Chicago 
   related only to options of  placement/removal, and cost."  

   As a past exhibitor myself, I have to agree with Michael's 
   point.  Although the main reason for my not displaying this 
   year was my plan to bring my family along, I run into the 
   same problem each year - it's an expensive proposition to 
   attend an extra day or two, especially when the use of 
   precious vacation days is taken into account.  My hat is off 
   to the dedicated souls who devote the bulk of the week to 
   attending the convention. 


   Larry Mitchell writes:  "Numislit collectors seem to fall into 
   two camps: (1) those who collect numislit for its INFORMATIONal  
   value (in my experience, the great majority of NBS members),  
   for whom the softcover edition is adequate; 
   (2) those who collect numislit for its value as an exemplar of the 
   book arts (typography, paper, illustrations, binding, etc.), who 
   much prefer the full-leather edition to the softcover edition.   
   For those in group 1 (just the information, ma'am!),  I strongly 
   recommend Anne Fadiman's gorgeous little book of essays, 
   EX LIBRIS, published last year.  For those in group 2  ("I love 
   the smell of full leather in the morning!"),  shelf space must 
   absolutely be made available for Nicholas Basbanes' 1995 
   BOOKS.  Two truly wonderful books by two truly wonderful 
   authors,  both of whom  "have your number!"  

   As one who's read the Basbanes book, I heartily concur with 
   with Larry's recommendation.  But I would add a third category 
   of numismatic bibliophile:  those who collect literature as 
   tangible connections to our hobby's history.  One of my recent 
   acquisitions is M. L. Beistle's personal copy of the Haseltine 
   Type Table Catalog, which Beistle used as the basis for his 
   landmark work on United States Half Dollars.  Shopworn as it 
   is, I wouldn't trade it for three copies of the deluxe 
   leatherbound version of Beistle's book. 


   Q. David Bowers gave NBS and The E-Sylum some publicity 
   in his latest COIN WORLD column, "The Printed Word". 
   This weeks' headline: Internet Expanding, But Publications 
   Permanent".   Despite the growth of numismatic content on 
   the internet, Dave writes, "I think I'll always enjoy the printed 
   word.  There is something nice about holding a nice book or 
   catalog in your hands and skimming through it."    So, is Dave 
   a Type 1, 2, or 3 bibliophile?   "All of the Above", no doubt. 


   Speaking of internet content, Saul Teicheman writes:  "Just 
   letting everyone know that the pattern concordance files - 
   one for patterns and the other for splashers is now available 
   at the US Patterns website  

   For those who have never seen the website, welcome.  For 
   those who have been an integral part of its formation,  thanks 
   for the help provided.  Please note that the pattern file contains 
   almost 2300 lines and may take substantial time to open on 
   your web browser.  Hopefully in the future, the information can 
   be loaded into a database from which people will be able to 
   query by categories such as year or denomination as well as 
   link to photographs or articles on this website and other related 


   "The Numismatic Directory for 1884", published by R. W. 
   Mercer of Cincinnati, OH, contains the following errata 
   sheet:  "Letter E's on page 33 was left out on account of 
   the confusion of the great flood, which reached 71 feet, 3/4 
   inch, on February 14th at 1 p.m. 1884, at Cincinnati, O. 
   Also the cause of delay in publication of the Directory to 
   this day, March 4th."   Bonus survey question:  "What drives 
   more fear into the heart of a bibliophile: fire or flood?" 


   This week's featured web site is Andrew Pollack's 
   Numismalink, a nice collection of links to high-quality 
   numismatic web sites: 

  Wayne Homren 
  Numismatic Bibliomania Society  

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  literature.   For more information please see 
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  return it with your check to the address printed 
  on the application.   For those without web access, 
  contact Dave Hirt, NBS Secretary-Treasurer, 
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