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The E-Sylum:  Volume 11, Number 7, February 17, 2008, Article 19

QUIZ ANSWER: JOHN HICKCOX'S OTHER NUMISMATIC PUBLICATION

Jim Duncan (who had an incorrect guess last week writes:
"Okay, so no cigar!   But where is the Astor Library for
which Hickcox developed a card index filing system?  Not
exactly numismatic I agree, but some of the books must
have been numismatic books!"

I wasn't aware of Hickcox's connection with the Astor library,
but did remember correctly that it formed part of the New York
Public Library.  "Astor Library at Lafayette Place, New York
City: This early library, created by funds provided in the
will of John Jacob Astor, held about 200,000 books, but was
not a lending library. In 1895 it merged with the Lennox
Library and the Tilden Trust to form the New York Public
Library."
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Joel Orosz was the first to respond to my second question
about Hickcox regarding the name of his other numismatic
book.  He writes: "The answer to the quiz in this week's
issue of the E-Sylum would be:  'A History of the Bills of
Credit or Paper Money Issued by New York, From 1709 to 1789:
With a Description of the Bills, and Catalogue of the Various
Issues', published in Albany in 1866 by J. H. Hickcox & Co."

Marc Charles Ricard writes: "Thanks for another great E-Sylum!
As an answer to the quick quiz, I believe that John Howard
Hickcox authored a book titled "A History of the Bills of
Credit or Paper Money Issued by New York, From 1709 to 1789",
originally published in 1866.

"Two copies were sold in Part 1 of the Kolbe/Stack's John J.
Ford Jr. Library Sale of June 2004.  The University of
Michigan Library's Scholarly Publishing Office has a reprint
in soft cover from 2006, which is published on demand, and
is readily available."

Thanks also to Mike Paradis for his correct answer.

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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