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The E-Sylum: Volume 22, Number 40, October 6, 2019, Article 3


This press release provides more highlights from the upcoming Kolbe & Fanning sale of the George F. Kolbe library. A great opportunity for bibliophiles and researchers alike. There is some amazing, one-of-a-kind material offered here, the product of a lifetime of thoughtful collecting. -Editor

Kolbe-Fanning sale 154 cover On October 26, Kolbe & Fanning Numismatic Booksellers will be offering for sale at auction the personal library formed by founder George F. Kolbe. The live internet auction can be accessed via our online auction platform at, and a PDF of the printed catalogue can be downloaded from the main Kolbe & Fanning website at The 166-page printed catalogue mailed Thursday to active clients on our mailing list.

The auction of the Kolbe Library includes the works catalogued by George in his 2012 book, The Reference Library of a Numismatic Bookseller, as well as 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 fifty years.

A few selected highlights include:

K-F sale 154 lot 1 K-F sale 154 lot 15

Lots 1 and 15

Lot 1: a handsome copy of Antoine Le Pois's 1579 Discours sur les medalles et graveures antiques, featuring the first numismatic bibliography

Lot 15: one of three copies bound in full morocco of the 2004 translation of Ernest Babelon's Ancient Numismatics and Its History, Including a Critical Review of the Literature

K-F sale 154 lot 261
Lot 261

Lot 261: a fine complete bound set of the American Journal of Numismatics, with the first 32 volumes being from the library of William Sumner Appleton

K-F sale 154 lot 270
Lot 270

Lot 270: a complete bound set of The Essay-Proof Journal, an outstanding resource for information on paper money and philately

K-F sale 154 lot 276 K-F sale 154 lot 442
Lots 276 and 442

Lot 276: an extraordinary set of The Asylum, bound in full green morocco and housed in matching clamshell boxes

Lot 442: Pierre Louis Surugue's fine 1743 engraving of Jean-Baptiste-Siméon Chardin's The Antiquarian, or the Monkey Coin Collector

K-F sale 154 lot 449 K-F sale 154 lot 469
Lots 449 and 469

Lot 449: an extremely rare and visually impressive 1863 numismatic broadside printed for the first numismatic auction held in Cincinnati

Lot 469: one of four copies produced of the Authors' Edition, bound in blue full morocco, of Orosz & Augsburger's 2011 The Secret History of the First U.S. Mint

K-F sale 154 lot 479 K-F sale 154 lot 497
Lots 479 and 497
Lot 479: George Kolbe's own complete set of his very rare early fixed price catalogues, issued between 1967 and 1980

Lot 497: a unique full morocco combined edition copy of the Ford Library sales, presented to George Kolbe by Kater-Crafts Bookbinders, the firm commissioned to prepare the various special editions of those catalogues.

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. Please note that as this is a third-party site, your login information for the main K&F site will not work for the auction site: you need to establish a separate account. Those wishing to participate on their devices can download the Kolbe & Fanning app through the Apple or Google Play Store.

Bids also may be placed via post, email, fax or phone. 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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