George Kolbe will hold two important auctions of numismatic books New York City in January.
Kolbe Auction 107 features only 100 lots, on American numismatics, including fantastic rarities I'd never heard of before such as Johnathan Swift's A Defence of the Conduct of the People of Ireland in their unanimous Refusal of Mr. Wood's Copper-Money, &c. (1724). Yes, this the author of Gulliver's Travels! (I don't think Kolbe is pulling our leg here...)
Kolbe Auction 108 is 275 lots from the library of Ferdinando Bassoli (author of Antiquarian Books on Coins and Medals from the 15th to the 19th Century — which is a good book that belongs in the library of everyone interested in the history of numismatics, book-collector or not.)
Auction 108 is the first part of Bassoli's library; the second part will be sold by Kolbe later in 2009.
Those book cards - Although it seems old fashioned — well let us be honest it is old fashioned! — the cards which are used to lend books to members are a fascinating historic...
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