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The E-Sylum: Volume 22, Number 39, September 29, 2019, Article 2


Kolbe & Fanning's next numismatic literature sale featuring the library of George F. Kolbe will close October 26, 2019. Here's the announcement. -Editor

Kolbe-Fanning sale 154 cover Kolbe & Fanning will be offering for sale at auction the personal library formed by numismatic bookseller George F. Kolbe on Saturday, October 26, 2019. The 166-page auction catalogue will mail in about one week to clients currently on our mailing list. A PDF of the printed catalogue is available now on the main Kolbe & Fanning website at, and the live internet auction can be accessed via our online auction platform at

The Kolbe Library was catalogued by George himself in his 2012 book, The Reference Library of a Numismatic Bookseller (now out of print). The auction features not only those works discussed in that volume, but additional items acquired in the years since. It is an outstanding offering of numismatic bibliographies, reference books, catalogues, and special editions from around the world amassed over a career spanning more than half a century.

A few selected highlights include:

Kolbe-Fanning Sale 154 lot 96-1 Kolbe-Fanning Sale 154 lot 133-2

Lot 96: Milford Haven's copy of Medina's rare 1912 Bibliografia Numismática Colonial Hispano-Americana

Lot 133: a fine first edition copy of Emmanuel J. Attinelli's 1876 Numisgraphics

Kolbe-Fanning Sale 154 lot 151-1 Kolbe-Fanning Sale 154 lot 260-1

Lot 151: a complete bound set of Norton's Literary Letter, including the first article about the history of numismatic literature in America

Lot 260: a complete bound set of The Numismatist

Kolbe-Fanning Sale 154 lot 262-1 Kolbe-Fanning Sale 154 lot 323

Lot 262: an exceptional, complete bound set of the ANS Proceedings volumes, a rare and under appreciated source of information

Lot 323: six bound volumes of over 90 antiquarian bookseller catalogues offering numismatic literature, from the library of Emil Bahrfeldt

Kolbe-Fanning Sale 154 lot 329 Kolbe-Fanning Sale 154 lot 443

Lot 329: an outstanding complete set of the 1808 auction catalogues of the Pieter Van Damme coin collection and library, printed on special paper, in contemporary bindings, and entirely priced and named

Lot 443: William Charles's famous caricature (c. 1815) of Philadelphia merchant banker Stephen Girard, The Ghost of a Dollar

Kolbe-Fanning Sale 154 lot 467-3 Kolbe-Fanning Sale 154 lot 482-5

Lot 467: a deluxe edition of Bird & Bull Press's leaf book of Alciato's Emblemata, with an original wood engraving used to print one of the woodcuts commissioned for this work

Lot 482: George Kolbe's complete hardcover set of his own catalogues, including extremely rare individual bindings and other delicacies.

Bids may be placed via post, email, fax or phone, as well as online. Kolbe & Fanning use Auction Mobility as our third-party online bidding platform. To register for the sale, bidders should go to and sign up. Once you have set up an account, you may browse lots, place advance bids, or participate in the live sale on your computer, tablet, or phone. Those wishing to participate on their devices can download the Kolbe & Fanning app through the Apple or Google Play Store.

Bids placed via post, email, fax or phone must be received by October 25, the day before the sale, in order for them to be processed. Advance absentee bids may also be placed at any time online at; live internet bidding will be available during the sale itself through the same platform.

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 or email David Fanning at To register for the sale, go to To sign up to receive Kolbe & Fanning's occasional email announcements, please visit or email Maria Fanning at We look forward to your participation.

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Wayne Homren, Editor

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