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The E-Sylum: Volume 20, Number 49, November 26, 2017, Article 2


Here are several more highlights from the upcoming Kolbe & Fanning sale of the Bill Burd library. -Editor

Kolbe & Fanning Numismatic Booksellers will be offering highlights from the outstanding numismatic library formed by Chicagoan William A. Burd in our 2018 New York Book Auction, which will be held in conjunction with the New York International Numismatic Convention on Saturday, January 13, 2018 at the Grand Hyatt hotel in Manhattan.

The catalogue is being printed at this time, but we wanted to give readers a preview of what they have to look forward to. The following are some highlights from the Burd Library’s offerings of material on North American numismatics:

Kolbe-Fanning Burd Library sale lot 336-1 Kolbe-Fanning Burd Library sale lot 356-2
Lots 336 and 356

Lot 336: perhaps the finest extant deluxe copy of Browning on United States quarters, “the most perfect book written on the first try”

Lot 356: Sylvester S. Crosby’s subscription set of The Early Coins of America, in original printed wraps numbered in Crosby’s hand

WOW and DOUBLE WOW! -Editor

Kolbe-Fanning Burd Library sale lot 367-2 Kolbe-Fanning Burd Library sale lot 369-1
Lots 367 and 369

Lot 367: a small-size 1850 Eckfeldt and DuBois on New Varieties of Gold and Silver Coins, with the original gold samples intact

Lot 369: Tom Elder’s rare plated catalogue of the Henry Miller collection (1920), important for ancient Roman, early English, and American colonial coins

More beauties! -Editor

Kolbe-Fanning Burd Library sale lot 383 Kolbe-Fanning Burd Library sale lot 406-1
Lots 383 and 406

Lot 383: a copy of Dr. Thomas Hall’s rare Descriptive List of the Coppers Issued by Authority, for the State of Connecticut, for the Year 1787

Lot 406: possibly the only 18th-century account of a coin cabinet formed by an American collector: John C. Kunze’s 1800 Description of a Cabinet of Coins and Medals Ancient and Modern

Kolbe-Fanning Burd Library sale lot 433-1 Kolbe-Fanning Burd Library sale lot 438
Lots 433 and 438

Lot 433: the rare deluxe leatherbound edition of Newcomb on 1801-1803 large cents

Lot 438: an important set of the rare Canadian Antiquarian & Numismatic Journal

Kolbe-Fanning Burd Library sale lot 472-1 Kolbe-Fanning Burd Library sale lot 491-1
Lots 472 and 491

Lot 472: a rare plated copy of the United States Coin Company’s 1915 Granberg sale

Lot 491: an interleaved large-paper copy of W. Elliot Woodward’s celebrated McCoy sale

Other extraordinary works include not one but two exceptional Bureau of Engraving and Printing portrait and vignette books, the first featuring 146 superb engravings, and the second being a deluxe, large-format volume almost certainly presented to President Benjamin Harrison and featuring 223 superb engravings. The sale also includes all three of James Mease’s foundational works on U.S. numismatics, including the rare first edition of his Description of Some of the Medals Struck in Relation to Important Events in North America, still considered the first substantive work to be written on American numismatics.

The online catalogue for our New York Book Auction will be available shortly at Printed catalogues will be available in the next week or so.

Kolbe & Fanning Numismatic Booksellers are a licensed auction firm specializing in the sale of rare and out-of-print numismatic literature. We also sell new and secondhand numismatic books on a retail basis through our website at To subscribe to our email list, please see or contact David Fanning at

AMAZING MATERIAL. I've been collecting U.S. numismatic literature for three decades and I've never been able to acquire these rarities. I was lucky just to SEE a subscription copy of Crosby once or twice. I have a McCoy sale, but not on large paper. The Burd sale is a major opportunity for anyone building a substantial library or collection of U.S. numismatic literature. Did I say WOW? -Editor


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