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Rare Numismatic BookOn September 18th, 2008, George Frederick Kolbe/Fine Numismatic Books will conduct their 106th auction. Some highlights include an 1861 handwritten letter from James Ross Snowden to Jeremiah Colburn about his book on Washington medals and the restriking of medals; 19th and 20th century auction sale catalogues from the library of John J. Ford, Jr., featuring a number of sales room copies annotated by Ford and by Walter Breen; runs of W. Elliot Woodward, Ed. Frossard, Barney Bluestone, and M. H. Bolender auction sale catalogues; scarce Lyman Low sales; Ford’s complete set of Kolbe’s The Numismatic Bookseller; Ford’s annotated Alexander Vattemare Presentation Album sales; a fine copy of Vattemare’s 1861 “first comprehensive catalogue of American Numismatics” from the numismatic department of the French National Library; Ford’s set of annotated NASCA sale catalogues; an exceptional, complete set of Ruddy’s Review; a complete original subscriber’s set of hardbound Remy Bourne sales; Elder’s 1908 James B. Wilson Sale with 28 photographic plates; a copy of Henry Chapman’s 1916 Bement sale catalogue with six unique photographic trial plates; standard multi-volume works on ancient coins; Meili’s monumental 1903 work on Brazilian paper money; a set of Calciati’s Pegasi; Storer’s 1931 Medicina in Nummis, etc.

Copies of the printed catalogue may be obtained by sending $15.00 to George Frederick Kolbe, P. O. Box 3100, Crestline, CA 92325. Telephone: (909) 338-6527; Fax: (909) 338-6980; Email: The catalogue will also be accessible free of charge, several weeks before the sale, at the firm’s web site:

Kolbe Books is also pleased to announce the sale of the highlights of two important numismatic libraries on January 10, 2009 in New York City at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel, during the New York International Numismatic Convention.

The first is the superb library of antiquarian numismatic books dating from the early 1500s, along with classic works on Italian numismatics from the library of Dr. Ferdinando Bassoli of Turin, Italy.

Following it will be a select but remarkable collection of classic works on United States large cents and auction sale catalogues with photographic plates, featuring some three dozen plated Chapman Brother catalogues and nearly all the great large cent literature rarities, including an 1881 Andrews and leather-bound editions of Newcomb on 1801-1803 cents and Clapp on 1799 cents.

Copies of either printed catalogue may be obtained by sending $25.00 to George Frederick Kolbe or $35.00 for the pair.

About the Author

George Frederick Kolbe/Fine Numismatic Books is the largest and longest currently active rare numismatic literature auction firm in the world. Established in 1967, our first auction was held in 1976 and today we average four auctions per year.

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