At my request David Fanning forwarded an image and the description text for a lot in the upcoming Kolbe-Fanning Numismatic literature sale. With the current 125th anniversary of The Numismatist, the official publication of the American Numismatic Association, I thought this would be a timely item for The E-Sylum. I've known about the existence of this, but have never seen an original.
Hooper’s Rare Numismatic Foundation Stones, Printed by Dr. Heath
1052 Hooper, Jos. NUMISMATIC FOUNDATION STONES. Detroit and Monroe: Dr. Geo. F. Heath, circa late 1892 / early 1893. 8vo, original printed yellow wraps. (4), 19, (1) pages; numismatic woodcut illustrations. Contents loose and unsewn, as issued. Ex Westchester County Coin Club Library, with their stamp on the front cover and on the first three leaves. Wraps dusty and a bit worn. Very good. (400.00)
Rare: the only other copy we have sold in the last 25 years was in a bound set of the first six volumes of The Numismatist. This work originally appeared serially in The Numismatist from October 1891 to December 1892. Accompanied here by its own set of printed pale yellow wrappers, the type, though much of it does not appear to have been reset, has been rearranged and edited, including at least one typographical correction, and includes the addition of several well-placed numismatic woodcuts. The pagination comprises a blank leaf, the title leaf, which includes a woodcut numismatic medallion (as does the front wrapper), followed by 19 re-numbered and re-captioned printed pages, last page blank. The first page of text features the printed masthead of the October 1891 issue, although this first Numismatist reprint appears to have been published in late 1892 or early 1893.
Wayne Homren, Editor
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