Kolbe & Fanning, USA-New York

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08-01-2016 – 01-01-1970

New York Book Auction

Kolbe & Fanning’s 2016 New York Book Auction to Feature the RBW Library

Kolbe & Fanning announce that their 2016 New York Book Auction will feature the celebrated RBW Library and other important properties. Focusing on Roman Republican coinage, the RBW Library includes both the essential standard works on the subject as well as many rarely seen and little-known publications. RBW’s collections of antiquarian books, auction catalogues and numismatic offprints add to the utility and comprehensiveness of the library, which had become famous among his fellow collectors.

The sale also includes a fine selection of works on other ancient coins, medieval and modern foreign coins, and U.S. numismatics. Over 450 lots are included in the sale. 

Some highlights include the following:

Lot 29: Bahrfeldt’s three-part revision of Babelon on Roman Republican coins
Lot 55: the Duke of Devonshire’s exceptional copy of the 1532 Paris folio edition of Budé’s De asse et partibus eius

Lot 110: the 1517 first edition of Fulvio’s Illustrium images, the first illustrated numismatic book
Lot 142: Hess’s 1912 catalogue of the Count Tolstoi collection of Roman Republican coins

Lot 195: Morell’s 1734 Thesaurus Morellianus, with the rare 1752 continuation
Lot 229: a rare complete run of 23 Rodolfo Ratto fixed-price catalogues

Lot 369: Duby’s extraordinary works on obsidional and French feudal coins, in Louis XVI bindings
Lot 377: Hess’s 1913 catalogue of the Count Tolstoi collection of 19th-century Russian coins

Lot 423: Bushnell’s legendary 1864-66 Crumbs for Antiquarians, including the second edition of his 1859 work on New York tokens
Lot 428: an original manuscript record of Cogan’s 1859 Charles B. Foote sale.

The sale will take place on Saturday, January 9, 2016, beginning at 12:30 p.m. eastern time, at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel in Manhattan in conjunction with the 2016 New York International Numismatic Convention. 

Printed catalogues are being mailed to established clients and a PDF of the catalogue has been posted here. In about two weeks, prospective bidders will be able to access the live online catalogue and register to bid through this website

As usual, viewing of selected lots will be held in the Library Suite on the 18th Floor of the Waldorf-Astoria in the days leading up to the sale. 

For more information, please see the Kolbe & Fanning website.