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The E-Sylum:  Volume 9, Number 30, July 23, 2006, Article 14

BOOKSELLER BOOK'S TOKEN DIES FOR SALE

Since we've recently discussed coin dies, I thought I'd note
that the original dies used in the production of the bookseller
tokens from the Bird & Bull Press book mentioned above are available
for sale.  The following is taken from the seller's web site:

"Bird & Bull Press (not published) Newtown, PA 1988 box measures
12 x 9 x 6 inches, mahogany box with token inset on top cover,
along with metal plate inscribed as "ORIGINAL DIES FOR BOOKSELLER'S
TOKENS...BIRD & BULL PRESS".

A set of original dies and other items involved in the production
of "Trade Tokens of British and American Booksellers & Bookmakers,"
compiled and edited by Henry Morris at the Bird & Bull Press, 1989,
in an edition limited to 300 copies. Morris has also written a 3-page
hand-written letter, "Everything one might want to know about the
dies for Booksellers' Tokens," with excerpts quoted below.

The participants, whose tokens are included here, are: Bird & Bull
Press, The Book Press, Dawson's Book Shop, Detering Book Gallery,
Enterprise Books, Joseph J. Felcone, Kater-Crafts Bookbinders,
George Frederick Kolbe/Fine Numismatic Books, G.T. Mandl (English
papermakers), Iris Nevins (marbler), and Oak Knoll Books; the
tokens (w/9 duplicates), along with a rough flan, were made under
the supervision of Meyer Katz at the Unity Mint in Ambler, PA, from
dies engraved by Kenneth Douglas at the Green Duck Co., in Olive
Branch, MS. The set of 11tool-steel dies (22 pieces), now coated
with a protective lacquer, cost Morris $9800 in 1988, which he
considered a bargain..."

To read the complete description, see: Full Story

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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