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Welcome to The E-Sylum: Volume 3, Number 7, February 13, 2000: 
an electronic publication of the Numismatic Bibliomania Society. 
Copyright (c) 2000, The Numismatic Bibliomania Society. 


   We have two new subscribers this week: Duane Feisel of 
   California and Bob Leonard of the Chicago Coin Club. 
   Welcome aboard!    Gregory Leitschuh's email address is 
   no longer valid, and Iram Rolon has dropped out, so this 
   keeps our net subscriber count at 278. 


   Charles Davis notes that the full text of the catalogue of 
   his upcoming numismatic literature sale is now available 
   for viewing at The Maine Antiques Dealer Website.  The 
   closing date is March 4, 2000. 


   Author Glen Shake writes: "My new coin book "Coins of the 
   Khazar Empire." has been released for shipment.  The Khazar 
   Empire (circa 700AD - 1100 AD) converted to Judiaism in the 
   Year 750 AD and minted coins of Islamic designs.  Photos and 
   illustrations and the location of Khazar coins in collections and 
   museums are provided in the book.   Price is $15 postpaid to 
   US and Canada. For more information contact Glen at: 


   Georges Depeyrot of France writes: "The first volume on 
   Coin Finds in Armenia (antiquity) was published in January 
   2000  (Greek, Roman, Parthian, first Sasanian, etc. coins).  

   The second volume is now in print. This volume contains 
   two parts;  one is the coin finds in the Mediaeval Capital of 
   Armenia, Duin (Greek, Roman, Parthian, Armenian, Sasanian, 
   Byzantine, Islamic coins mainly 4th-13th c.).  The other is the 
   inventory of Sasanian coins found in Armenia and the inventory 
   of Byzantine (pre Islamic) coins in Armenia (hoards and single 
   finds).  This book will be available in April 2000 and you can 
   order now at:" 


   Robert Wilson Hoge, Curator of the numismatic collection of 
   the American Numismatic Association in Colorado Springs 
   writes: "I always look forward to seeing the latest issue of  The 
   E-sylum when I come to work in the ANA Museum each 
   Monday morning.  I just wanted to mention  this and say that I 
   think Dennis Kroh's reference work on ancient coins is a very 
   good choice for reviewing from a bibliophile's point of view.  It 
   is certainly a most useful tool, and I routinely use it and cite it 
   for my students in the ANA Summer Seminar course on 
   coinages of the ancient world.  

   Henry Bergos writes: "The layout is simple and straight forward. 
   This keeps the price down and makes the book easy to use. 
   After Seaby's four volume set this is the most important book 
   on Roman coins.  With this book we have the tool build a 
   library.  Prior to his book, which I have used extensively, I 
   used my own resources. I agree with ALL his recommendations 
   and all his conclusions. When I (try to) teach numismatics this 
   book tops the list of needs."  

   Allan Davisson writes: "Ancient Coin Reference Reviews is one 
   of the few major references that sit right beside my desk. Dennis 
   Kroh's book is the best (only?) reference there is to cover and 
   evaluate ancient references in one volume. Dennis's enthusiasm is 
   only part of this publication's strength. He also solicited the help 
   of Basil Demetriadi who has the finest privately owned (if not the 
   finest PERIOD) library on ancient Greek coins in existence. Basil 
   also has a full-time librarian for his library. This is an exceptional 
   book that sold for a very small sum ($25 as I recall).  Everyone 
   should have it. We need a second edition that takes into account 
   new publications and addresses current availability."  

   Here are your editor's thoughts:  While I agree that the content of 
   the book is very useful, the layout and indexing make it very hard 
   to use for reference.   Suppose I want to look up the review on a 
   book by Kraay.  The index lists 13 page references, with no 
   indication of which page holds which title.  The only way to find 
   a specific listing is to read all thirteen pages in hopes of locating it.  

   The book's contents were originally published in serial form in 
   The Celator.  Each chapter holds up well on its own, but the 
   book's value as a reference would have been greatly increased 
   with the addition of an improved layout, numbering system, and 


   The critic's corner has generated a great deal of interest. 
   Next week we'll focus on a book on U.S. Numismatics: 
   "Walter Breen's Complete Encyclopedia of U.S. and 
   Colonial Coins"   Remember, our intention is not to discuss 
   content, but to take the bibliophile's perspective.  

   What are the book's best and worst features?  What could 
   have been done to improve it?   Would you have changed 
   the illustrations?  The text?  The layout?  The arrangement? 
   The numbering system?  What features could have improved 
   its usability, readability, or reference value? 


   In reference to last week's featured web site, Robert Hoge 
   notes: "Part of the research work and cataloguing of the 
   marvelous Ottilia Buerger collection at Lawrence University 
   was done by our own ANA Museum Registrar Kelly Swett 
   while she was still an undergraduate at that institution (you 
   will note her initials following the entries which she prepared), 
   before she went to the ANS as the Frances Schwartz fellow. 


   Marilyn Reback reports: "Obituaries for George Mallis ran in 
   the January 18 issue of Numismatic News (page 4) and in the 
   February 7 issue of Coin World (page 76). An obituary also 
   appeared in the Springfield, Massachusetts, Union-News on 
   January 1.  

   According to these reports, George died on December 30, 
   just five days after his wife died, on Christmas Day (reportedly 
   their wedding anniversary).  

   George was an award-winning author for The Numismatist, 
   and his "Numismatic Primer" from the July-December 1988 
   issues of the journal were reprinted in the ANA's pamphlet 
   "The ABC's of Money." 


   Russ Logan writes: "I was pleased to see Charlie Davis’ 
   most recent Numismatic Literature catalog arrive in today's 
   post, although I could hardly believe my eyes when I 
   discovered that the center leaf was included twice. Really, 
   Charlie, are you trying to keep pace with Brad Karoleff or 
   do you think all the lots in the center four pages will receive 
   twice as many bids? 


   This week's featured web site is the Congressional Medal 
   of Honor Society.  The site has much information about the 
   medal and its recipients.  'The Medal of Honor is the highest 
   award for valor in action against an enemy force which can 
   be bestowed upon an individual serving in the Armed Services 
   of the United States. Generally presented to its recipient by 
   the President of the United States of America in the name of 
   Congress, it is often called the Congressional Medal of Honor."   

  Wayne Homren 
  Numismatic Bibliomania Society 

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