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The E-Sylum:  Volume 2, Number 23, June 6, 1999, Article 3

SUBSCRIBER PROFILE: GEORGE FULD   

   Numismatic researcher and author George Fuld submitted the  
   following recollections of some of the rare literature that has  
   passed through his hands:   

   "Now that the Harry Bass library is being sold, it is interesting  
   to recall some of the books that were in my library sold in 1971  
   by Frank Katen.  Although Harry was the major buyer in that  
   sale, he certainly did not get all that he wanted.  A couple of  
   books that were in the sale have fond memories.  The W.W.C.  
   Wilson sale with 42 plates was acquired in 1958 from Maury  
   Gould for about $45 and was a copy presented to the minister  
   of the Wilson  family.   

   The monster set of Elder catalogs was assembled one or five  
   at a time, and was bound in 22 volumes, with the last ones  
   having the fill-ins for the earlier missing ones.  The rare Hart  
   book with the canvas fold out plate was acquired sometime  
   during the sixties, but I do not recall where from.  The one  
   outstanding book, which I believe Harry bought, still unsold in  
   the first two sales, is the Jacob Perkins Bank Note Test.  The  
   only other one that I know of, in a private collection, besides  
   my copy, is owned by Eric Newman.  I knew of its extreme  
   rarity from the beginning, and in 1962 I personally made  
   several dozen reprints with a brown mottled cardboard cover  
   — the offset negatives were retouched, and all the brown  
   aging disappeared — the reprints were much sharper than the  
   original.  Frankly I don't have a reprint for myself.  For the life  
   of me, I cannot recall whom I purchased this original copy from.   

   The one surprising item in the sale, was the almost complete set  
   of “Coin World” that I had.  Frank didn't want to sell as he  
   thought them worthless — when they sold for over $400 he  
   was quite surprised.   

   Just as a note, I am now accumulating my third library — but  
   this time reprints will do — no multiple editions and originals  
   are being sought."  

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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