Spring is here! Spring is here! Well, at least the Spring issue of The Asylum is on the way from our sponsor, the Numismatic Bibliomania Society. Maria Fanning edits our print journal, and she submitted these society updates from the latest issue. Thanks! Looking forward to it.
Message from the NBS President Tom Harrison
Welcome to the spring 2021 issue of The Asylum. I was saddened to hear of the passing of our friend Syd Martin who served on the NBS Board since 2009. Syd was a staunch supporter of the NBS and will be missed by the many people he touched throughout the numismatic community.
The NBS Constitution requires a call for nominations for officers and board members during the first quarter of odd numbered years. If you have a desire to serve, please send a brief bio and portrait photo via email to Maria Fanning at
email@example.com by May 1st so you can be placed on the ballot to be mailed with the summer issue of The Asylum. You may contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions about serving on the board.
The most recent NBS Bibliotalk, "Special Collections and Art Books," features Cassie Brand, Curator of Rare Books at Olin Library, Washington University in St. Louis. This is another entertaining and informative discussion reflecting the passion of a true book enthusiast. It and all of the previous podcasts can be accessed at the NBS website at
coinbooks.org. Thank you to everyone who has contributed to the success of Bibliotalk!
May your numismatic library provide investigation, discovery and, most of all, enjoyment.
Table of Contents
Syd Martin: A Few Notes and Memories by David F. Fanning
The Clain-Stefanelli Festschrift: A Case Study in Biblio-Gestation by Leonard Augsburger
The Largest and Smallest Books In My Library by Ken Bressett
The Evolution of a Small Numismatic Book by William E. Daehn
A Fascinating Armand Champa Inscription by Cole Hendrickson
Woodward's 96th Sale by David Hirt
The Curious Evolution of a Classic Numismatic Reference by Charles Sullivan
Evans and Smith by Pete Smith
Book Review: Coins Minted by the Knights in Malta by John Gatt by William VanOrnum
A Selected Bibliography of Published Numismatic Works by Richard Margolis by David F. Fanning
NBS Board Election
We are also calling for nominations to our NBS Board of Trustees for the 2021–2023 term, so if you are interested in serving your fellow numismatic bibliomaniacs please send a brief bio (1-2 paragraphs) and photo to
email@example.com by May 1 to be included with the election information. Please contact NBS President Tom Harrison at
firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions about serving on the board. We would love to have you!
NBS Membership Renewal
Please renew your membership in the NBS to continue receiving The Asylum in 2021. Go to
coinbooks.org to pay by PayPal or download a membership form today. Your current expiration date is printed to the right of your name on your subscription envelope, which should be arriving soon.
I read the issue last night and it's excellent from start to finish. I learned a lot, and I've been in this hobby for some 40 years. All of the authors did a great job, and Maria's editing and layout are superb.
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