Kolbe & Fanning's July 2018 sale will feature selections from the numismatic library of John W. Adams. -Editor
HIGHLIGHTS OF THE JOHN W. ADAMS LIBRARY TO BE SOLD BY KOLBE & FANNING
July 14, 2018 Sale to Include Complete Run of Chapman Catalogues, Including All Published Plated Sales, and Other Exceptional Items
Kolbe & Fanning Numismatic Booksellers will celebrate our 150th Auction by offering highlights of the extraordinary numismatic library formed by author and researcher John W. Adams on July 14, 2018.
The Adams Library includes one of the finest collections of American numismatic auction catalogues ever assembled. Formed over the course of forty years, it has been meticulously cared for and gradually upgraded over
time. Unpriced catalogues have been replaced with priced catalogues; special editions and plated copies have been eagerly pursued.
The result is enormously impressive. To give one notable example, Sale 150 will include every catalogue issued by Henry and Samuel Hudson Chapman. Every unplated catalogue will be offered, as will every published plated
sale. This is the first time such an offering has been made. Exceptional runs of other cataloguers will also be featured, including complete or near-complete sets of the catalogues of Tom Elder, William Hesslein, Ed
Frossard, Ben Green, Charles Fisher, Wayte Raymond, J.W. Scott, New York Coin & Stamp Company, and others.
While the focus of the sale will be on auction catalogues, a number of exciting books and periodicals will also be included. Of particular note are: an original copy of the very rare separate bound offprint of Edmund
Slafter’s The Vermont Coinage, Bolen’s rare 1905 catalogue of his medals, cards and facsimiles; the very rare Bowers Coin Company Catalog of Rare United States Coins; the 1708 Act of Queen Anne regulating the
value of coins in America; and an entirely complete set of the rare Canadian Antiquarian and Numismatic Journal. Over the next several weeks, we will provide sneak peeks at some of the sale’s highlights.
An extensive, full-color catalogue will be issued, and the sale will feature live online bidding using Kolbe & Fanning’s custom third-party online bidding platform. More information on the sale itself will be
published in the near future.
This is not the first time our firm has been chosen to sell material from the Adams Library, with an excellent selection of catalogues having been offered in 1990 in our Sale 44. We are proud and excited to have been
selected again for this task, and we are looking forward to making further details public in the weeks to come. The catalogue is still being prepared, but should be available online in early June. Bidders wishing to make an
appointment to view auction lots are invited to contact David Fanning at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Kolbe & Fanning Numismatic Booksellers LLC is a licensed and bonded auction firm in the State of Ohio. For more information, please see the Kolbe & Fanning website at numislit.com or email David Fanning at email@example.com.
Wayne Homren, Editor
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