In response to Bruce Smith's question, an Eduard Kann manuscript on Chinese paper money was published in London in the 1960s. His given name was rendered as Edward. The work was published by mimeograph in three volumes of 35, 37, and 31 legal-sized pages, each volume bound by staples at the left edge. Only the covers were printed, by letterpress.
Volume I is titled Kann's History of Chinese Paper Money (Ancient), published by the International Banknote (sic) Society, with no date nor place of publication indicated. Volume II is titled Kann Part II: The Provincial Banks of China and Foreign Note-Issuing Banks in China. It was published by Transatlantic Authors Ltd, Mayfield, Kirby-road, Walton-on-Naze, Essex, again with no date shown. Volume III is titled Kann III: Government Banks of China. The publisher was again Transatlantic Authors Ltd, this time with a house number (103) on Kirby Road, and again without any date. Volumes I and II are in buff light card covers, and volume III in maroon light card.
These are, as the titles indicate, histories, not catalogs, although there are mentions of notes that have been seen on specific banks. The preface to volume I, signed by Colin Narbeth, mentions Kann's death in July 1962, so we can date the books after that. Based on Bruce Smith's description of the manuscript he is looking for, these books may be a compendium of the 46-part history from the Far Eastern Economic Review, and not the catalog that Bruce wants to recover.
Thanks. It's great to know that some of this work has been preserved.
Bruce W. Smith writes:
Those are indeed reprints from parts of Kann's 46 part series published in Far Eastern Economic Review (Hong Kong) in the 1950's. I don't believe the source was credited in the reprints and I suspect they were in violation of copyright protection. The whole series of reprints (3 parts I think) cover only about one fourth of the whole series.
The reprints are useful -- I wish the rest of the series had been reprinted. I had to xerox all 46 parts at Washington University library in St. Louis. The Far Eastern Economic Review is not so easy to find in the United States. I think there may be other articles by Kann there, as well as a series on Chinese currency by Frank H. H. King (who much later wrote the 4 volume history of the Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation).