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The E-Sylum:  Volume 11, Number 18, May 4, 2008, Article 4

CHECKING IN WITH DOUGLAS SAVILLE

While in London last summer I was treated like royalty by
our numismatic bibliophile brethren, and I'm especially
grateful to Douglas Saville and his wife Sue.  Douglas is
the former head of Spink's numismatic literature department
and is now in business for himself.  One day he showed me
around Oxford and he and Sue treated me to a wonderful
home-cooked meal at their lovely house.  I checked in with
him recently.

Douglas writes: "I just finished my first full year of trading
on my own. I had a very successful (and contented) year. I
bought lots of new stock - and sold lots of books, not only
directly from my website, but also to clients who tell me what
they are looking for. I solicit, and try my utmost to take care,
of “Wants Lists”.

"So, I would ask that anyone interested in numismatic
literature to let me have a list of items they are specifically
looking for – but not the more obscure American titles, since
I find that market “confusing” to say the least, and I rarely
see such material (and you have good people in the US specializing
in such things), but lists of most other things are welcomed.
I always try hard to find books that people tell me they need.

"Last year I put something like 1200 books for sale onto my
website. Currently I have something over 700 listed for sale
there. Yes, I guess I have sold something like 500 books from
the website!

"Since I always need to refresh my stock, I am always interested
in buying outright good collections of books or individual
important items (I don’t organize auctions myself, but I am
thinking of possibly holding a Mail Bid sale sometime later
this year). I would welcome offers of books for sale. I am
pleased to travel to see collections, with a view to making an
offer to purchase outright."

[Douglas plans to attend the 2008 ANA convention in Baltimore
this summer, so look for him at our NBS events!  His web site
address is douglassaville.com -Editor]

 WAYNE'S LONDON DIARY 10 JUNE, 2007
 esylum_v10n23a16.html

 WAYNE'S LONDON DIARY 22 JULY, 2007
 esylum_v10n29a15.html

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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