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The E-Sylum:  Volume 4, Number 28, July 8, 2001, Article 10

ANA SUMMER SEMINAR BOOK SALE REPORT 

   Dan Gosling attended the American Numismatic Association's 
   Summer Seminar at ANA headquarters in Colorado Springs, 
   CO.  One regular feature of the event is a sale of duplicate 
   books, catalogs, and other literature from the association's 
   library.  He sends this report on the 2001 book sale, which 
   took place amid the construction work on the headquarters 
   expansion. 

   "Can you imagine fifty (or so) impatient book collectors 
   milling around two bookshelves in a small, dimly lit basement 
   room for thirty minutes scrambling for a "hot deal"? 

   Well, I lived through it and am the proud owner of three 
   boxes full of fabulous numismatic literature.  Now all I have 
   to do is find the time to read them all. 

   The challenge was to read the titles of the books on the 
   lower shelves while someone leaned above you checking 
   out the upper shelves. The only lighting was a couple of 
   construction bulbs hung near the cash registers, which 
   created great shadows. 

   Mark Borckardt was in attendance to autograph his new 
   book "Walter Breenís Encyclopedia of Early United States 
   Cents,1793-1814".  The other tables with magazines did 
   not find as much attention as the two bookcases of hard 
   and softcover books for $5.00 each.  A third bookcase 
   with auction catalogues did not generate much in the way 
   of sales. 

   The lineup started about 7:00 am and began to get ugly 
   when the doors did not open on time. The renovations are 
   in full swing and giprock dust is everywhere.  The library 
   staff handled the sale well and seemed in good spirits, 
   considering the noise of jackhammers going off regularly. 
   I can't wait for next year!" 

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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