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The E-Sylum: Volume 12, Number 40, October 4, 2009, Article 15

NUMISMATICS AND SHERLOCK HOLMES

Back in 2002 we had several articles about numismatics in Sherlock Holmes stories. I came across a book on the topic for sale this week on AbeBooks and thought I'd mention it. Here's the listing:

SIMPSON'S SHERLOCKIAN STUDIES. Volume 7. 1959. Numismatics in the Canon. Part III: Small Titles and Orders; Simpson, A. Carson

Bob Van Ryzin was the first to clue us in on the existence of this work. He wrote:

"In reference to Bob Fritsch's comment in V.5 No. 28 July 7, 2002, The E-Sylum, concerning detailed references to Holmes and numismatics, I can offer the following:

I know of at least one extensive study of numismatics in the Canon. It appears in Simpson's Sherlockian Studies by A. Carson Simpson, privately printed between 1953 and 1961 in nine volumes. In 1982, these volumes were compiled into book form by Magico Magazine, with an introduction by Isaac Asimov. If memory serves me, original sets of the Simpson volumes were scarce even back in the 1980s. The book I purchased was issued in an edition of 100 hardcover copies signed by Asimov and a trade version.

Volumes 5, 6, and 7 feature a three-part series on the coins, paper money, medals and orders in the Canon. Each of these "parts" runs in the range of 40 pages, with detailed descriptions of the various numismatic items that may have been encountered as well as Conical references. There's also a volume titled "Conical Philately."

To read the complete for-sale entry, see: http://www.abebooks.com/servlet/ListingDetails?bi=1411873004&cm_ven=nl&cm_cat=trg&cm_pla=want&cm_ite=viewbook

To read the earlier E-Sylum articles, see:
NUMISMATIC HOLMES (www.coinbooks.org/esylum_v05n26a07.html)
HOLMES IN NUMISMATICS (www.coinbooks.org/esylum_v05n27a08.html)
MORE SHERLOCKIANA (www.coinbooks.org/esylum_v05n28a11.html)

THE BOOK BAZARRE

DAVID F. FANNING NUMISMATIC LITERATURE will be holding its next mail-bid auction on December 3. Featured Lot: John J. Ford's set of Red Books (13th through 51st editions), inscribed to him by the editors. For more information, see www.fanningbooks.com . To request a catalogue, e-mail dfanning@columbus.rr.com .


Wayne Homren, Editor

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