CNG OFFERS NUMISMATIC LITERATURE IN E-SALE 393
The E-Sylum (3/5/2017)
Classical Numismatic Group Electronic Auction 393, an online auction closing on March 15, 2017, features approximately 297 lots of books and other numismatically-related references, including a substantial offering from both the Arthur A. Houghton III and J. Eric Engstrom Libraries, as well as a second selection of duplicate auction catalogs from the Library of the American Numismatic Society.
The Arthur A. Houghton III library specialized in materials related to the study of Seleukid coins and contains a number of items of particular interest to that field, including an antiquarian copy of the Matthew Duane collection, published in 1803, a specially-bound copy of Arthur's first volume of his published collection [CSE], and an original copy of Ars Classica I, the sale of the Pozzi Collection in 1921.
As a well-known collector and numismatist, several association copies of works by other major numismatists are also offered, inscribed by the authors to Arthur. The lots from the J. Eric Engstrom Library consist of volumes of Numismatic Notes and Monographs, published by the American Numismatic Society. Rather than offering them as a single lot, these volumes are offered thematically, so that collectors in those specialized fields may have an opportunity to acquire pertinent volumes in their specialized fields.
In addition to the Duane volume, the book portion also includes a rare copy of Francesco de Ficoroni's I piombi antichi. Opera di Francesco De Ficoroni dedicata alla santita di Nostro Signore papa Benedetto XIV, and Johann Jacob Gessner's 1738 Specimen rei nummariæ, cum prolegomenis et amplissima veterum numismatium collectione, as well as a 2010 Folio Society reprint edition of David Roberts' 1849 THE HOLY LAND and EGYPT AND NUBIA.
The sale of duplicates from the Library of the American Numismatic Society is CNG’s second offering (the first was in Electronic Auction 371), allowing collectors to supplement their reference libraries with some earlier, hard-to-find sales of some of the major firms of the past century or more.
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