Thanks for the thanks! The July 2015 Enews from the American Numismatic Society thanks me and The E-Sylum for supporting ANS and
the hobby with book reviews and excerpts from ANS publications including the ANS blog Pocket Change, which to me is among the best
blogs out there. Both informative and entertaining, the high-quality blog posts and videos set a new standard for the field. Which is why
I can't resist including one in nearly every E-Sylum these days. This week's installment is especially appropriate for us,
given our focus on numismatic literature. Here's an excerpt from the July 31, 2015 post by Matthew Wittmann. -Editor
The Harry W. Bass Jr. Library at the American Numismatic Society has a dozen or so volumes that qualify as a miniature books. The smallest
by far is by the Japanese artisan bookmaker Asao Hoshino. Measuring less than an inch square, Old Coins of the World (1977) has a black
leather cover with gilt lettering and edging.
Only 250 books were produced and you can see the number 188 embossed on the cover of the ANS copy. The bulk of the 192-page volume
consists of small black and white illustrations of historical coins with captions in Japanese and English.
For reasons that are unclear to me, miniature books seem to have been particularly popular in Hungary. Two small hardbound volumes with
well-struck silver plaquettes on their covers are the highlight of these Hungarian titles.
These little books were printed to mark the 250th anniversary of the mining officers’ training school at Selmecbánya, and use medals and
plaquettes to chronicle its history. Perhaps the most useful of the modern miniatures in terms of actual content is Történelmünk
penzeken by István Gedai, which was published in Budapest in 1975.
Most of the modern American miniatures are cheaply produced novelties, but the Hillside Press of Tilton, New Hampshire, published some
wonderfully-made miniature books in the 1960s and 1970s. The diminutive Colonial Coins (1974) was printed in 6 point Bulmer Roman type that
was set by hand. The text by F. E. Irwin gives a very brief history of the coinage of British North America and is illustrated with well-cut
To read the complete article, see:
MINIATURE NUMISMATIC BOOKS
To read the earlier E-Sylum articles, see:
MINIATURE NUMISMATIC BOOKS? (www.coinbooks.org/esylum_v06n18a03.html)
THE LITTLEST COIN BOOKS (www.coinbooks.org/esylum_v06n19a11.html)
WORLD'S SMALLEST BOOK (www.coinbooks.org/esylum_v06n24a14.html)
MINIATURE AND POCKET-SIZED NUMISMATIC LITERATURE
Wayne Homren, Editor
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