Dick Grinolds submitted this note about a book on a topic we've discussed extensively earlier: Roman spintriae.
The long running discussion on the subject of Roman spintriae sent me digging through boxes of part of my library that hasn't been unpacked since my last move... ten years ago. I don't believe anyone brought up this little brown book.
About 28-30 years ago, a dealer friend talked me into purchasing sight unseen a catalog of, as he described, Roman brothel tokens. He needed to order five copies to receive a discount so reluctantly I let my arm be twisted. I do not recall for certain whom the dealer ordering the books was but the circumstance immediately brings David Schenkman to mind.
In any case, I acquired this approximately octavo sized 1981 dated glossy 44 page catalog, skipped the numerous pages of Italian text (I don't read Italian), read the summary (I do somewhat better with English), looked at the photographs and then put it on a top shelf until I needed it for an attribution. Needless to say I haven't opened it in about 28 years or so.
At least now after 28 years I can justify the purchase in the name of edification.
The 1981 book is titled Le Tessere Erotiche Romane. The authors are
Bono Simonettta and Renzo Riva.
To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see:
SPINTRIAE ARE NO BROTHEL TOKENS
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