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The E-Sylum:  Volume 11, Number 9, March 2, 2008, Article 10

R.J HAMMOND'S SET OF THE AMERICAN JOURNAL OF NUMISMATICS

R.J. Hammond of Bethlehem, Pa writes: "I'm glad to be
amongst those who have subscribed to your voluminous
newsletter, published weekly, and arriving on time...
usually Sunday.  Last week's issue mentioned a complete
bound set of the American Journal of Numismatics.  I too
enjoy a partial set of AJN bound volumes (with a few
loose issues, unbound).

"I had the privilege of finding this set at a Pennsylvania
book/paper show held in Fort Washington, Pa.  The set
starts with the first issue (1866) and continues without
interruption to 1893.  The year escapes me, but I believe
it was 2003 or '04.  The set was deaccessioned from a
library located in New York state.

"The dealer, domiciled in down-town Buffalo, N.Y., offered
the set to me for a then flabbergasting sum which was
certainly outside my reach.  ($200.00 down and over a
year to remit the difference in monthly amounts became
the pay schedule.)  Since I abhor long-term payments, I
struggled to consummate the deal within four months or so.

"My Bride and I drove to Buffalo, paid the amount owed,
placed the set of volumes in the back seat, visited Niagara
Falls for the first time, and returned home with our prize.

"I've stashed the set with my other numismatic literature,
which numbers a paltry 400 books other than catalogues.
Occasionally I find time to peer at one of the volumes therein."

[Nice find.  I'm envious of course, but I'm glad the set
found an appreciative owner.  I hate to see libraries
deaccession important journals, but it's good to see them
put back to use after perhaps decades of gathering dust.
-Editor]

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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