Last week I invited readers to tell us about their purchases in the recent Kolbe-Fanning 2013 New York book sale. Here's a note from Jon Radel. Thanks! I took the image from the online sale catalog.
After having fun reading part of the volume they brought to the preview, I attended the first part of the auction and acquired lot 113.
Ramsden, H.A. [editor]. The Numismatic and philatelic journal of japan. Vols. I–IV, lacking only the August 1914 issue for completion. 23 numbers as issued in 21. Yokohama: Jun Kobayagawa, 1913–14. 8vo, first two volumes in later black pebbled cloth, gilt; balance in original printed card covers. Text illustrations throughout, with fine plates, some tinted. Fine.
My budget was helped by having no competition in the room. I didn't take notes, so I hesitate to test my faulty memory by reciting specific lots, but I noted that the American Numisamtic Society acquired a couple of important items (including some of the Clain-Stefanelli material) and that another item went for $32,500, leading to a few shaking heads at the extravagance of it all; the estimate, though 4 figures, was much lower.
Unfortunately, I'd taken time off from work to attend, so I rushed off well before the end of the auction. (Yes, I'd engineered the timing of my work trip in part so that I could spend some time at NYINC, but nonetheless, there was dead communications equipment to be poked at elsewhere in Manhattan.)
To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see:
KOLBE & FANNING’S 2013 NEW YORK BOOK SALE A SUCCESS
Wayne Homren, Editor
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