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The E-Sylum:  Volume 9, Number 11, March 12, 2006, Article 4

GOOGLE PRINT BOOK IMAGES ENHANCE POOLE'S BMC PTOLEMIES

Ed Snible writes: "I've added the 32 plates of R. S. Pooles's
"BMC Ptolemies" to my web site. BMC Ptolemies plates

Poole's "BMC Ptolemies" was published in 1883. It is now in
the public domain.  Unfortunately, it is quite out-of-date.
Many of Poole's attributions were shown to be incorrect by
Svoronos in 1904-08.  (That book is online at Ed Waddell's
web site: BMC Ptolemies Online ).

272 coins are pictured in "BMC Ptolemies".  To make the work
more useful to a present-day audience, I've given Sear numbers
for 105 of the coins.  Sear's "Greek Coins and their Values"
cites specimens in the British Museum; so the Sear numbers I've
given are the actual coins described by Sear -- and often
unpictured -- in his book.

Unlike my previous BMC-scanning projects, the plates didn't
come from my own work or a HN volunteer.  All of the plates
came from Google Print, which recently scanned a first edition
at Stanford University.  Because Google has made the entire
"BMC Ptolemies" available online, I've been able to link each
plate to the page where the coin is described.

I would have rather done a more useful BMC volume, but Ptolemies
is the first BMC Greek that Google has fully put online.  Designing
web navigation for the plates lets me experiment with different
structures.  Good navigation will become important soon -- Google
is putting so many coin books online -- it seems like there is a
new one every day."

[Ed's note first appeared March 3 on the CoinWebs Yahoo group.
CoinWebs is for people who manage numismatic web sites.  To join,
see:  CoinWebs Yahoo group  -Editor]

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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