John N. Lupia, III has been working for quite a while compiling and researching information about American numismatics and numismatists. He has a new book forthcoming which will be a substantial revision of the classic Attinelli reference on early American auction catalogs. The following information was assembled from his web site and email correspondence.
A Documentary History of American Numismatics :
Chronicling American Numismatic History
This is a multi volume series designed by John N. Lupia as the American counterpart of the Encyclopedia of British Numismatics.
Regina Caeli Press is neither affiliated with A. H. Baldwin & Sons Ltd nor with Spink & Son Ltd. The above aforementioned series A Documentary History of American Numismatics : Chronicling American Numismatic History is exclusively the property of Regina Caeli Press.
Volume 1 : American Numismatic Auctions To 1875 : A Chronicle of American Numismatic History.© ISBN: 978-0-9826739-1-1
A solid Introduction provides a substantial setting into which is placed the history of American numismatic sales. Well over 700 entries with more than 200 numismatic auction sales "Not in Attinelli" more than 400 pages of numismatic auctions listed from the earliest period in American history to the end of 1875.
The entries are American numismatic auctions both coins, medals and numismatic literature, and salient information on the history of American numismatics and collecting in America from its beginning to the end of 1875 -- following the time-frame established by Attinelli.
The book includes the first part of Attinelli but expanded and enlarged to incorporate the myriad of new entries. Also, the three numbering systems in the book do not tally as Attinelli since he had multiple entries for the same auction in many cases, which are now combined into their respective auction entry. So although Attinelli could claim more than 400 auction entries that number is reduced in this new revised expanded and enlarged edition.
Each entry is annotated with commentary and bibliographic references, some illustrated. The three numbering systems are (1) chronicling American numismatic history and the history of collecting in America, (2) coin auctions, (3) numismatic auctions. An additional numbering system monitors what is not in Attinelli and what is in Attinelli.
An indispensable reference tool for scholars and researchers especially for catalogers and those researching provenance of various specimens and numismatic literature.
Regina Caeli Press
8.5" x 11"
(forthcoming September 2013)
$165.00 + S&H
First printing is a short run of 100 copies. If the market so demands a second printing will ensue after the first printing is exhausted.
For more information, see:
A Documentary History of American Numismatics Series
An abridged version of the book as a journal article will be published in The Asylum in October 2013. This will be part of a series of three articles on auction catalogs and Attinelli with the first article coming out in No. 2, by John W. Adams, the second is my article, and third Dan Hamelberg on Part 3 of Attinelli.
Wayne Homren, Editor
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