Both January 10, 2009 auction sale catalogues, illustrated in full color, are now accessible at my web site: www.numislit.com
Sale 107 is the Twinleaf library consisting of rarities of American numismatic literature. The sale features a nice run of plated catalogs of S.H & H. Chapman of Philadelphia. Opening the section is an essay on the Chapmans by John W. Adams. Many thanks to George for providing the following image from the catalog and an excerpt of John's text, reprinted from United States Numismatic Literature Volume I: Nineteenth Century Auction Catalogs. Mission Viejo: George Frederick Kolbe Publications, 1982. (Note: the photo is not offered in the sale).
Edward Cogan was the first full time coin dealer in the United States. However, he did not enter the profession until middle age. Thus, the Chapmans Samuel Hudson and Henry have the distinction of being this countrys first career numismatists.
Samuel Hudson, the elder by two years, was born in 1857. Both boys took up stamp collecting at a tender age, a hobby which doubtless influenced their seeking employment with Captain John Haseltine in 1876. After a brief apprenticeship, the firm of S. H. and H. Chapman, Numismatists and Antiquaries, was formed in June 1878. The principals were twenty-one and nineteen years of age at the time, a fact which did not stand in the way of their being aggressive buyers of coins from the very beginning.
Serious and scholarly, S. H. played the role of senior partner in the business. He possessed a strong interest in the classics and, even more fortuitously as matters were to turn out, considerable skills as a photographer. Henry was more the extrovert and, it may be inferred, shouldered the primary responsibility for administering the concerns affairs.
The Chapmans had been in business barely a year when they conducted their first auction. Sale one, which consisted of selections from stock, was notable for the quality of its content as well as the innovative introduction of phototype plates.
Sale 108 is the Dr. Ferdinando Bassoli library Consisting of antiquarian numismatic books and classic works on Italian numismatics. Both sales will take place Saturday, January 10, 2009. Illustrated below is lot 153: Echel, Joseph. DOCTRINA NUMORUM VETERUM, First edition 1792-1798, Eight volumes complete.
One of the major foundation works of modern scholarly numismatics. Eckhel is regarded as the "father of ancient numismatics..."
Wayne Homren, Editor
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