“Small but Mighty” might be a good phrase to describe the January 7, 2012 Kolbe & Fanning public auction of rare and desirable numismatic works to be sold in conjunction with the New York International Numismatic Convention in New York City at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel. While there are only 350 lots in the sale, total estimates come to nearly $500,000 and, for the first time, K & F will offer free live internet bidding. Selected lots will be available for viewing at the Waldorf on the Thursday, Friday and Saturday morning preceding the sale.
Some sale highlights include:
• Morton Stack’s deluxe three-volume set of photographs depicting Colonel E.H.R. Green’s fabled collection of United States gold quarter eagles, half eagles and eagles
• A nice example of the first printed book, Guillaume Budé’s landmark 1514 De asse et partibus eius
• One of only two known surviving copies of F.C.C. Boyd’s inventory and appraisal of the legendary Col. E.H.R. Green collection, this being the only copy known that is notarized and signed by Boyd
• Dr. Jacob Hirsh’s unique annotated set of 164 proof plates depicting the original Pozzi collection of ancient Greek coins
• Thomas Jefferson’s remarkable 1790 Report on the Weights, Measures and Coins of the United States, a foundational document in American numismatics
• A remarkable archive of over 100 White proof bank notes from the Russian Civil War, a number of them unrecorded in Istomin
• A spectacular Bureau of Engraving and Printing Vignette Book, in oversize format, with a lavishly deluxe binding and featuring well over 200 steel-plate printed BEP portraits and vignettes
• An exceptional, complete set of Visconti and Mongez’s massive and “glorious” 1808–26 Iconographie grecque et romaine
• Over two dozen original plated Chapman brother sales, generally in excellent condition, including Henderson, Stickney, Siedlecki, Zabriskie, Taylor & Windle, Jenks, and Gable
• A small selection of rare Russian numismatic works
• A number of rare and important titles on Renaissance and other medals
• Classic works on ancient coins, including Haeberlin’s Aes Grave, sets of Rasche, Pellerin, and Eckhel, SNG von Aulock, and other key works
• A delightful 1720 manuscript on coin collecting by David Jennings, apparently the precursor to his work published years later by the Baskervilles
• Enea Vico’s first numismatic work preliminary printer’s mock-up of his 1558 Augustarum and a remarkable imagines
• A complete set of American Numismatic Society Numismatic Notes and Monographs
• The unique bid books of the four part 1926–1929 Schulman sales of the Count Ferrari collection of modern German coins
• Rare works on paper money and counterfeit detection including Ibbetson’s 1850s title on circular turning, a run of Hodges’ Bank Note Safeguards, and early bank note reporters
• Rare works and manuscripts on American colonial numismatics, several from the library of George C. Perkins
• Seven original Latin American works by J.T. Medina
• And much, much more.
An illustrated version of the catalogue should be available by November 18th or earlier at the firm’s website: www.numislit.com.
A full color illustrated catalogue may be obtained by sending $35 to: KOLBE & FANNING NUMISMATIC BOOKSELLERS LLC, 141 W JOHNSTOWN ROAD, GAHANNA OH 43230-2700. Kolbe & Fanning wishes to thank the many customers, both new and old, who upgraded and modernized website at www.numislit.com. The site features easy payment options and a substantial listing of numismatic literature available for outright have placed orders on the firm’s recently
sale, which will be augmented on a regular basis.