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The E-Sylum: Volume 14, Number 1, January 2, 2011, Article 3


George Kolbe forwarded this timely reminder of next week's Kolbe & Fanning numismatic literature sale in New York. -Editor

Less than a week remains before the Saturday, January 8th, 2011 Kolbe & Fanning auction of Important Numismatic Works takes place at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in New York City. Featuring rare Russian numismatic books, an outstanding Latin American numismatic library, fabled American numismatic rarities, and other key works covering the numismatic spectrum, the sale is sure to be remembered long after 2011. Lot viewing will take place on Thursday and Friday at the American Numismatic Society headquarters in NYC and Kolbe & Fanning may be reached until Friday, January 7th, at (614) 256-8915. Live internet bidding will also be available. For details and terms please use the following direct link: .

There are a number of interesting items in the sale. I've selected a couple lots to highlight below. E-Sylum readers - if you're attending the sale, please share your experiences with us afterwards. Good luck with your bidding! -Editor

Kolbe Fanning Sale 120 Lot 28

Lot 28: Borrelly, Morton. annotated book of rubbings. London and Oslo, 1900--40. 8vo, contemporary brown half morocco with marbled boards; marbled endpapers. Approximately 160 pages, with some omissions and additions. Consists of heavily annotated pages, written in a clear hand, on which have been affixed tinted rubbings of coins from around the world. Annotations in English. A few leaves loose, but generally near fine. (350.00)

A charming volume, clearly compiled by a dedicated and knowledgeable collector. The range of material covered is impressive, as is the handwritten commentary. Morton Borrelly (about whom your cataloguer admits he has been able to discover nothing) was not only interested in all modern coins (generally 17th century and later), but seemed especially drawn to series that are frequently held to be difficult for Western collectors (Islamic, Indian, Russian, Oriental, etc.). A most interesting volume, very similar in many ways to the more famous manuscripts compiled by William H. Valentine. Ex Jan Olav Aamlid library.

Kolbe Fanning Sale 120 Lot 271

Lot 271: Delgado (y Hernández), D. Antonio. nuevo método de clasificacion de las medallas autónomas de españa. tomo i, ii & iii. Sevilla: Imprenta de D. Antonio Izquierdo y García / Imp. de los Sres. A. Izquierdo y Sobrino, 1871–76. Three volumes. 4to, very handsomely bound in contemporary matching full Spanish calf; spines with four raised bands, richly decorated in gilt; two spine labels and head and tail labels of red morocco, lettered in gilt; marbled endpapers; all page edges speckled in red. (8), clxxxvii, (1), 160, (4); 394, (2); 484 (4) pages; text figures; numerous tables of alphabets...

Wayne Homren, Editor

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