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The E-Sylum:  Volume 2, Number 30, July 25, 1999, Article 4

BOOK RECOMMENDATIONS  

   Larry Mitchell writes:  "Numislit collectors seem to fall into 
   two camps: (1) those who collect numislit for its INFORMATIONal  
   value (in my experience, the great majority of NBS members),  
   for whom the softcover edition is adequate; 
   (2) those who collect numislit for its value as an exemplar of the 
   book arts (typography, paper, illustrations, binding, etc.), who 
   much prefer the full-leather edition to the softcover edition.   
   For those in group 1 (just the information, ma'am!),  I strongly 
   recommend Anne Fadiman's gorgeous little book of essays, 
   EX LIBRIS, published last year.  For those in group 2  ("I love 
   the smell of full leather in the morning!"),  shelf space must 
   absolutely be made available for Nicholas Basbanes' 1995 
   book,   A GENTLE MADNESS: BIBLIOPHILES, 
   BIBLIOMANES AND THE ETERNAL PASSION FOR 
   BOOKS.  Two truly wonderful books by two truly wonderful 
   authors,  both of whom  "have your number!"  

   As one who's read the Basbanes book, I heartily concur with 
   with Larry's recommendation.  But I would add a third category 
   of numismatic bibliophile:  those who collect literature as 
   tangible connections to our hobby's history.  One of my recent 
   acquisitions is M. L. Beistle's personal copy of the Haseltine 
   Type Table Catalog, which Beistle used as the basis for his 
   landmark work on United States Half Dollars.  Shopworn as it 
   is, I wouldn't trade it for three copies of the deluxe 
   leatherbound version of Beistle's book. 

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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