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The E-Sylum:  Volume 3, Number 19, May 7, 2000, Article 7

ENGLISH-LANGUAGE BOOKS ON ORIENTAL COINS 

   George Kolbe writes: "Another interesting and informative 
   big E.  Some "off the top of my head" opinions about Mike 
   Jones's queries: 

   1. [Ramsden] Most of Ramsden's monographs are uncommon.  
      The mother lode, and the source of many of them, is  
      "The Philatelic and Numismatic Journal of Japan" (or 
      something similar), where many of his numismatic 
      contributions first appeared. I believe it ceased 
      publication upon his death. 

   2. [Munro] Not a rare book. Guess on original printing:  
      1000 or so copies. 

   3. [Schjoth] Ditto. 

   4. [Polder] I believe I've had this a few times as an 
      extract from the publication in which it originally 
      appeared. I do not recall offhand whether it was 
      issued separately. 

   5. [Kann] Ditto no. 2. 

   6. [Toda] I recall having the original once or twice 
      but I would guess it is truly a rare work. There is 
      some sort of a reprint I believe. 

   A Bowker bibliography (if your interest is limited to 
   English publications) or a Coole bibliography (it 
   incorporates Bowker and oh so much more) should provide 
   further information." 

   Howard A. Daniel III of Deltaville, VA writes: "In  
   response to Mike Jones' request for information on the 
   scarcity of several references about East Asian coins. 
   Number 6 on his list is Toda on Annamese.  I have an 
   original edition of the society's journal with Toda's 
   article about Vietnamese cash-style coins.  I made the 
   high bid in a book auction about 20+ years ago and have 
   not seen another original since that time.  But copies 
   of Toda have been printed by several dealers for 
   collectors to use and I believe Scott Semans probably 
   has one of these copies for sale." 

   Joe Boling writes: "I have never found Van de Polder in 
   the marketplace; my Xerox copy is from the University of 
   Washington library, c1971.  

   Ramsden’s Numismatic and Philatelic Journal of Japan was 
   reprinted in its entirety (four volumes bound in two) in 
   the ’80s. I've never seen another copy of the reprint 
   besides mine. I have the odd reprint of various other  
   Ramsden works as well, and some original booklets/folders 
   of hansatsu sold by Jun Kobayagawa, Ramsden’s business 
   partner in Yokohama (either Ramsden’s son-in-law or  
   brother-in-law, I can never remember which).  

   The original Munro appears every couple of years in 
   auctions, and the 1962 reprint about once a year.  
   Original Todas appear every few years, but that was 
   reprinted by Bruce Smith several years ago.  

   Original Kanns on Chinese coinage appear about once a 
   year; it was also reprinted.  Much more scarce is the 
   1927(?) Kann on currency systems and exchange rates,  
   which has also been reprinted.  

   The original Schjoth appears every couple of years; I 
   never bought one because the Hancock edition has so 
   much more information in it." 

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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