David Fanning writes:
I was interested in reading John Lupia's biographical entry on Nelson Thore Thorson in last week's E-Sylum. John's contributions to the E-Sylum are always worth
reading, and he does a great job at digging out details others have missed. This one caught my eye because I had just recently catalogued George Kolbe's set of the three auction
catalogues issued by the Culkin Stamp Company offering Thorson's numismatic library. I had not been familiar with these, but they are quite interesting and rarely encountered.
Thanks - I had been unaware of those sales as well. I own Thorson's set of the Coin Collectors Journal, which must have come through these sales. Here is the full
lot description. -Editor
Culkin Stamp Co. NELSON T. THORSON LIBRARY AUCTION. Omaha, April 15, 1959. Duplicated typescript leaves [36 by 22 cm] stapled at top left corner. 37, (1) pages; 273 lots. Prices
realized. Very good or better. [with] Culkin Stamp Company. SECOND UNRESERVED AUCTION OF NUMISMATIC LIBRARY ESTATE OF NELSON T. THORSON. Omaha, May 4, 1964. 8vo, self-covered, as
issued. (16) pages; 821 lots. Near fine. [with] Culkin Stamp Company. THIRD & FINAL UNRESERVED AUCTION OF NUMISMATIC LIBRARY ESTATE OF NELSON T. THORSON. Omaha, May 4, 1965.
8vo, self-covered, as issued. (2), 25, (1) pages; 199 lots. Prices realized. Very good. Rather remarkable if little-known sales of antiquarian titles and classic works on ancient,
medieval and modern numismatic topics, many in folio or quarto format. A note at the head of the final prices realized list states: “Lots not listed were not sold/donated to
Philamatic Center/Boys Town Nebr.” Kolbe 960, 961 and 962.
To read the complete lot description, see:
The Nelson Thorson Library
To read the earlier E-Sylum article, see:
NELSON THORE THORSON (1881-1951) (https://www.coinbooks.org/v22/esylum_v22n39a16.html)
Wayne Homren, Editor
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