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The E-Sylum: Volume 12, Number 21, May 24, 2009, Article 6

SELECTED LOTS FROM THE JUNE 13, 2009 SKLOW NUMISMATIC LITERATURE SALE

David Sklow forwarded me the text and images of a few lots in his June sale that I thought would interest E-Sylum readers. Here are some excerpts. -Editor
Lot 238 Bowers and Merena, Inc. Auctions by. LIMITED EDITION PHOTOGRAPHIC PLATES: STATE COPPER COINAGE 1785-1788: TAYLOR COLLECTION MARCH 1987.

The Deluxe Numbered Limited edition No. 82 of 182 presented, 23 full tone photographic plates with tissue guards, oblong quarto format, purple leatherette covers, gilt. {also included} THE FREDERICK B. TAYLOR COLLECTION SALE. March 26-28, 1987, 317pp. 391 lots, prl, 4to, pictorial card covers.

Charles Davis writes in his work American Numismatic Literature, “Issued almost a year after the sale, it contains 23 full tone photographic plates of the obverses and reverses of 541 examples of Vermont (38), Massachusetts (42), New Jersey (118), and Connecticut (343) coinage, its oblong quarto format is reminiscent of the Wurtzbach plates of Massachusetts Silver.”

Sklow 2009 June LOT 238


I ordered one of these when it was first issued, and I'm glad I did. The photos are great. -Editor


Sklow 2009 June LOT 415 Lot 415 Champa, Armand. A PICTORIAL ALBUM OF THE INVASION OF LOUISVILLE AT THE HOME OF ARMAND AND KAY CHAMPA: HELD DURING THE ANNUAL A.N.A. CONVENTION JULY 23-24 1988: COPY NO. 4 PRESENTED TO REMY BOURNE. Louisville, KY. 1988, 28 photographic insert pages, 155 color 3 ˝ x 5 inch photographs & 2 color 8 x 10 inch photographs, 4to. Special Limited Edition Presentation Binding, Half Black Leather with grey cloth, gilt covers, gilt spine with five raised hubs.

This is the very Limited Numbered Edition being No. 4 and presented to Remy Bourne; the front cover is lettered in gilt with full title and presentation information; the front endpaper is inscribed: To my good friend Remy Bourne this album is with my compliments, Enjoy, (signed) Armand Champa, Dec 13, 1988; the binding was done by Alan Grace (Champa’s official binder); the distribution list of the 14 presentation editions is slipped in the first photo sheet, an invitation is also slipped in the third sheet;

Also included is a copy of a telegram that some prankster sent to Champa on 7/23/88. Signed S.H. & H. Chapman, it stated that they are upset by not being invited and wanted all their catalogs returned. This brought a hearty laugh from Armand and the attendees.

I was lucky to be present for the affair, one of the highlights of my numismatic life. Armand was a generous and gracious host. Although his numismatic library was the star of the event, the participants were the true highlight of the day. Yes, John Ford stole the show with his endless numismatic stories, but even he couldn't dim the lights of the attending numismatic luminaries. I made several friendships that day that have lasted a lifetime. Thanks, Armand!

-Editor


Sklow 2009 June LOT 577 Lot 577 Katen, Frank J. LET THERE BE LIGHT. New Haven, Conn. Circa 1950. 24pp. 8vo. Original self covered.

A booklet prepared by “Committee of Eighty” containing reprints of Katen’s Koin Kapers that appeared in his auction catalogs 1949-1950; Katen was extremely out spoken against the ANA management, a stand that led to him being expelled; later (many years) he would be exonerated and his Life Membership reinstated; a very interesting booklet worth reading and very scarce and seldom available;











Wayne Homren, Editor

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