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Welcome to The E-Sylum: Volume 2, Number 50:  December 12, 1999: 
an electronic publication of the Numismatic Bibliomania Society. 


   We have four new subscribers this week: Lou Philippon, 
   Howard A. Daniel III,  Jim Wooley, Wayne Pratali of 
   Spectrum Numismatics, and Trevor Bosar, a 15-year-old 
   numismatist.   Welcome aboard!  This brings our subscriber 
   count to 261. 


   Sotheby's has canceled the sale of artifacts from the S. S. 
   Central America, originally scheduled for December 8th. 
   Their web site displays this notice:  "Sotheby's has been 
   advised by its consignors that the sale of the Treasure from 
   the SS Central America must be canceled. The United States 
   Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit, in confidential 
   proceedings, issued an injunction preventing the sale. 
   Accordingly, the sale will not take place as scheduled but 
   Sotheby's is hopeful that a sale of this extraordinary property 
   will take place in the near future. "  

   QUICK QUIZ:   This is not the first numismatic auction to 
   have been planned and published only to be canceled at 
   the last minute.  The auction catalogs for "sales that never 
   were" would  make an interesting mini-collection.  So ... 
   can you name some of these sales and the reasons for their 


   Due to personal reasons, Marilyn Reback is unable to 
   continue in her role as Editor of our print publication, The 
   Asylum.   Taking over the editorial helm is E. Tomlinson 
   Fort, NBS member and avid bibliophile from the 
   Pittsburgh area.   Tom is a collector, researcher, and 
   part-time dealer in ancient and medieval coinages. 
   He brings to the role a great deal of experience in editing 
   publications, and his knowledge and contacts in classical 
   numismatics will help broaden the subject matter of our 

   With this change we regret that Volume XVII, No. 4 
   will be delayed until early next year.   However, 
   Tom, myself, and the entire  NBS Board have committed 
   to completing the new year with the full complement of 
   four issues for the year 2000 volume.  

   Tom adds: "I welcome submissions from everyone and I am 
   especially looking for material on European books and 
   collectors.  Interested parties can either e-mail me 
   (, call (412-784-1082)  or write (P.O. Box 
   5035, Pittsburgh, PA  15206) to me if they have any 
   questions, submissions or ideas." 


   Michael J. Sullivan writes: "Here is a query for the astute 
   subscribers of  The E-Sylum:   The George Fuld Library Sale, 
   Part 2, 1971 conducted by F. Katen includes the following 
   reference to the Johnson Reprint of the American Journal of 
   Numismatics (AJN) in lot 301a:  

   "Johnson price for complete set, unbound, partially in original 
   edition and partly reprints is $580.00."  

   Has anyone determined which volumes were reprinted and 
   which were originals in the "Johnson set." ?  

      Michael J. Sullivan 
     Avid Periodical Collector" 


   Michael also provided a digital photograph of the November 
   27th Money Tree sale of the Kenneth Lowe library.  At the 
   podium is Myron Xenos calling the sale, with David Sklow 
   bidding for the book on the left. 


   Our organization and this newsletter got some exposure 
   in the December 20th issue of COIN World, in the form 
   of Col. Bill Murray's "The New Collector" column (p76). 
   Titled "Read All About It: Buying Book Before Coin 
   Sound Advice",   the article describes the many reasons 
   for having and using numismatic literature, and for joining 
   NBS.   Thanks, Bill! 


   From a recent Ebay auction lot offered by Charles Davis 
   (   "A Historic Sketch of the Coins of 
   New Jersey," 1981 reprint of the 1881 original, 17 pages, 
   dreadful Durst plate removed (torn out and burned) and 
   replaced with high quality Kesse plate, white card covers. 
   Fine/Near New."   Don't hold back, Charlie, what do you 
   REALLY think ...? 


   This week's featured web site is  The Internet Coin Project, 
   whose goal is to "provide images of ancient coins that are 
   either unpublished or are published in sources that are not 
   readily available."  The site appears to be dormant, but it 
   does have references to related sites, and email addresses 
   of experts in various areas of ancient coinage. 

  Wayne Homren 
  Numismatic Bibliomania Society 

  The Numismatic Bibliomania Society is a 
  non-profit organization promoting numismatic 
  literature.   For more information please see 
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  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, 
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