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The E-Sylum: Volume 24, Number 35, August 29, 2021, Article 2


Kolbe & Fanning have announced their next numismatic literature sale. -Editor

Salton Library to be sold September 18

KF 2021-08 Salton sale cover Kolbe & Fanning Numismatic Booksellers are proud to announce that on September 18, 2021, we will be selling at auction the extraordinary library formed by Mark and Lottie Salton. The Salton Library is especially rich in works devoted to ancient coins and the medallic arts, and is notable for its extensive holdings of European auction catalogues, many of which are heavily annotated. The couple's broad numismatic interests are reflected in their wide-ranging library, which includes material on coins from all over the world. We are offering the library in cooperation with Fritz Rudolf Künker, of Osnabrück, Germany.

Some highlights of the sale include:

KF 2021-08 sale lot 005 Babelon monnaies grecques et romaines
Lot 5

Lot 5: an original set of Ernest Babelon's classic Traité des monnaies grecques et romaines

KF 2021-08 sale lot 051 Medaglioni romani KF 2021-08 sale lot 083 Numismatique constantinienne
Lots 51 and 83

Lot 51: Francesco Gnecchi's magnificent three-volume I Medaglioni romani (1912), an extraordinary work on Roman medallions

Lot 83: a complete set of Jules Maurice's scarce and important Numismatique constantinienne

KF 2021-08 sale lot 114 Vicomte de Sartiges catalog KF 2021-08 sale lot 147 Vienna cabinet
Lots 114 and 147

Lot 114: the best edition of the rare illustrated catalogue of the collection formed by the Vicomte de Sartiges, complete with supplement and 48 very fine plates

Lot 147: both volumes of the magnificent 1759–1770 folio catalogues of the Vienna cabinet, prepared for Empress Maria Theresa, with both supplements

KF 2021-08 sale lot 174 Belfort's Description générale des monnaies mérovingiennes KF 2021-08 sale lot 222 Italian Medals of the Renaissance
Lots 174 and 222

Lot 174: an original set of Auguste de Belfort's Description générale des monnaies mérovingiennes...

Lot 222: Mark & Lottie Salton's working copy of Hill's extraordinary 1930 Corpus of Italian Medals of the Renaissance before Cellini

KF 2021-08 sale lot 241 medallic work of Johann Carl Hedlinger
Lot 241

Lot 241: a very rare 1782 folio by Jean Gaspard Fuesli on the medallic work of Johann Carl Hedlinger, illustrated with exceptional mezzotint engravings

KF 2021-08 sale lot 368 Lot Jacob Hirsch's 1908 Weber sale Lot 368: Jacob Hirsch's 1908 auction catalogue of the Eduard Friedrich Weber collection of Greek coins (Hirsch's catalogue of Weber's Roman coins is also featured, as lot 370)

KF 2021-08 sale lot 424 Felix Schlessinger bidbooks
Lot 424

Lot 424: the original bidbooks for the auctions held by Felix Schlessinger (Mark Salton's father) between 1928 and 1937, recording bids received, buyers, prices, etc., and with additional materials laid in.

Register early to bid online
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. Auction Mobility is an app-based platform allowing users the ability to participate in the sale through phones, tablets and computers. To register for the sale, bidders must 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 online. Those wishing to participate on their devices can download the Kolbe & Fanning app through the Apple or Google Play Store.

The printed catalogue of the Salton Library will soon be mailed to all active customers on our mailing list. As international mail speeds have been slow in recent months, we encourage our international clients to consult the electronic catalogue in case their printed catalogue does not arrive promptly. A PDF of the printed catalogue has been posted to our main website at for those who prefer that format. Bids placed via post, email, fax or phone must be received by September 17, 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.

Mark and Lottie Salton represented a transitional period in the numismatic trade, being direct links between the European dealers of the era before the Second World War and the modern American coin trade of the post-war years. They were erudite and sophisticated in a manner rarely encountered today, and their generosity is well-known to many. We are honored to have been asked to catalogue the library, and are grateful to our partners at Fritz Rudolf Künker for their cooperation in what should be a memorable auction.

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 We look forward to your participation.

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Wayne Homren, Editor

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