03-10-2012 – 01-01-1970
Strong results for early catalogues at Kolbe & Fanning
Kolbe & Fanning Numismatic Booksellers held their 126th sale of important numismatic literature from around the world on October 4. The 1092-lot sale featured material from several different consignors, including a significant number of lots from the library of the late F. Gordon Frost. The Frost consignment featured an important offering of classic 19th- and early 20th-century American numismatic auction catalogues, including a number of rarities. Works on ancient and foreign numismatics were also offered, with special sections devoted to specialized works on British tokens and Russian numismatics.
The sale results were good, with strong competition being encountered for the early U.S. catalogues in particular. The prices realized list was posted to the Kolbe & Fanning website within 24 hours of the sale’s close, from which it can be downloaded.
A few notable lots are as follows:
- A fine, plated example of W. Elliot Woodward’s important “All the Kingdoms of the World” sale, featuring his personal collection, sold for $1,840 (all prices included the 15% buyer’s premium).
- David Proskey’s heavily annotated copy of Haseltine’s 1876 work on Confederate currency sold for $1,437.50 on a bid reduced by more than half.
- A bound volume of 19th-century U.S. auction catalogues, including four with plates, sold for $1,092.50.
- A plated copy of W. Elliot Woodward’s 71st sold for $977.50 on a $200 estimate.
- Woodward’s very rare Sale 76 sold for $977.50 on a $150 estimate. This appears to have been the first solo offering of this catalogue in about four decades.
- Works on ancient and foreign coins also brought strong prices, led by a nearly complete set of the American Numismatic Society’s Numismatic Notes and Monographs series, which sold for $5,175.
- A fine priced and named copy of the very rare 1755 sale of the Richard Mead collection sold for $1,725 after very heavy competition, on what proved to be a very conservative $300 estimate.
- An interleaved, original Dalton & Hamer brought $1,265.
- A fine copy of the quarter morocco edition of the 1990 reprint of Dalton & Hamer brought $1,150.
- Providing further proof that a book need not be old to be in demand, a copy of Biaggi’s 1992 work on medieval Italian coins brought $833.75.
Printed catalogues were sent to active bidders on our mailing list. A limited number remain and are available for purchase at $15 postpaid ($20 outside the U.S.).
Kolbe & Fanning are still accepting consignments of important numismatic books for our January 12, 2013 public auction at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in New York City, held in conjunction with the New York International Numismatic Convention. Interested consignors should contact the Kolbe & Fanning office as soon as possible to discuss including items in this significant sale.
You will find all information and contact details at the Kolbe & Fanning website.