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The E-Sylum:  Volume 11, Number 1, January 6, 2008, Article 4

GEORGE KOLBE SALE #105 - THE DR. DANIEL LEONCE KOPPERSMITH LIBRARY

[Numismatic Literature dealer George Kolbe forwarded the
following press release for his upcoming sale of the core
numismatic library of Dr. Daniel Leonce Koppersmith, featuring
key works on archaic & classical greek coins and kindred topics.
-Editor]

On March 20, 2008 George Frederick Kolbe/Fine Numismatic Books
will sell at auction the core numismatic library of Dr. Dan
Koppersmith. Beyond the dazzling array of standard references
and often rare specialized die-studies in the library, perhaps
the most remarkable thing about it is the uniformly superb
condition of the contents. The library is perhaps best described
by the collector, who writes in the introduction to the sale:

"My library has been carefully and thoughtfully assembled
over the past fifteen years. In my opinion, it contains all
the important references for Archaic and Classical Greek Coins,
including every Sylloge Nummorum Graecorum produced to recent
date. Condition is generally exceptional, as worn copies have
been replaced. Most of the books are bound, as described in
the catalog. The library was much larger, but less important
works were removed, leaving an extremely important, concise
core, if over one hundred feet of literature can be described
as concise. In my opinion, the auction catalogs are all the
essential ones for Archaic and Classical Greek Coins, again
with less important catalogs culled to minimize space. I wrote
an article published in The Celator to this end (Volume 21,
Number 5, May 2007), which is reproduced here through the
kindness of the Publisher/Editor, Kerry K. Wetterstrom."

Among the sale highlights are a complete set of the Numismatic
Chronicle, complete from 1838 to date; as previously mentioned,
a complete run of the Sylloge Nummorum Graecorum, including
exceptionally fine original sets of SNG Danish and SNG von
Aulock, along with all of the recent volumes published in
various countries; superb sets of the original editions,
mainly leather-bound, of the great series of multi-volume
ancient coin collection catalogues, including Forrer's Weber
collection, Grose's McClean collection, the Jameson collection,
and Macdonald's Hunterian collection. Also featured are Leonard
Forrer's complete, unusually fine, 29 volume set of Greek Coins
in the British Museum, all in the original blue cloth bindings;
Edward T. Newell's superb original set of Babelon's Traité des
Monnaies Grecques et Romaines; Dr. J. Hewitt Judd's original
Die Münzen von Syrakus by Erich Boehringer; a complete, very
fine original set of von Fritze & Gaebler's Nomisma; Georges
Le Rider's very fine leather-bound set of Die Antiken Münzen
Nord-Griechenlands; Oscar Ravel's own set of his rare, still
important two volume work on Corinthian staters; and a pristine
original example of Svoronos' Les Monnaies d'Athènes.

Other consignments following the Koppersmith library will feature
important numismatic works on a wide variety of topics covering
the numismatic spectrum.

Copies of the printed catalogue may be obtained by sending $15.00
to George Frederick Kolbe, P. O. Box 3100, Crestline, CA 92325.
Telephone: (909) 338-6527; Fax: (909) 338-6980; Email: GFK@numislit.com.
The catalogue will also be accessible free of charge, several
weeks before the sale, at the firm's web site: www.numislit.com.

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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