As noted last week, the next Kolbe & Fanning numismatic literature sale features the P. Scott Rubin library. Here's the announcement.
Kolbe & Fanning Numismatic Booksellers are announcing our Sale 157, which will be held on Saturday, October 24, 2020. The 500-lot sale features highlights from the extraordinary library of American coin catalogues collected over the course of more than 50 years by P. Scott Rubin. Including catalogues published between 1851 and 2020, the Rubin Library is the most extensive and wide-ranging library of American coin catalogues to be offered in many years—and perhaps ever. While most of the catalogues focus on U.S. coins, it should be noted that quite a number of them feature ancient and world coins, and the sale includes something for everybody.
Some highlights of the sale include:
Lots 4 and 92
Lot 4: the extremely rare photographic plates issued for Geoffrey Charlton Adams's November 1906 Dixie Land Collection sale
Lot 92: S.H. and H. Chapman's April 13–14, 1896 catalogue of the John W. Kline collection, a stamp sale, but one of the true rarities of the Chapman series
Lots 195 and 235
Lot 195: a rare plated copy of Tom Elder's October 14–15, 1907 sale, featuring material from the J.N.T. Levick collection, Elder's first plated catalogue
Lot 235: an exceptional collection of 49 different auction catalogues issued by William Hesslein, the most complete set we have ever offered
Lots 308 and 326
Lot 308: a complete set of B. Max Mehl's auction catalogues, 1906–1955
Lot 326: a remarkable bound volume including a fine plated copy of the New York Coin & Stamp Company's April 1892 George D. Woodside sale and Frossard's A.H. Saltmarsh sale, also with plates and held the same month
Lots 410 and 435
Lot 410: the most comprehensive set of Stack's catalogues we have ever offered, featuring over 900 catalogues from the firm's first offering in 1935 to earlier this year
Lot 435: Richard Wistar David's priced and named copy of the February 20, 1851 sale of the Dr. Lewis Roper collection, conducted in Philadelphia by M. Thomas & Sons, and considered the first significant coin sale held in the United States
Lots 441 and 442
Lot 441: W. Elliot Woodward's very rare "A" sale, his first cataloguing effort, held on June 27–28, 1860 by Leonard & Co.
Lot 442: Woodward's extremely rare Sale 1 (July 31, 1860), the first solo copy we have offered since we sold this same copy in 1998.
The printed catalogue has been mailed to active customers. A PDF of the printed catalogue has been posted to our main website at
numislit.com for those who prefer that format. Bids placed via post, email, fax or phone must be received by Friday, Oct. 23, the day before the sale, in order for them to be processed. Advance absentee bids may also be placed at any time online at
bid.numislit.com; 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
bid.numislit.com or email David Fanning at
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Whitman Encyclopedia of Colonial and Early American Coins:
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