Few library sales catalogues have generated as much interest at the time or subsequently as that printed for the sale of the library of Mr le Comte J.-N.-A. de Fortsas on the 10 August 1840. The auction report appeared in a local newspaper, describing the strong bidding, along with some of the prices realised and names of the buyers. Original copies of the catalogue were selling at a significant premium shortly after the date of the sale and it has been reprinted and translated several times. Chapters of books have also been written describing the build-up to the sale, the day of the sale and its aftermath. This note will describe details of the sale and then three numismatic and bibliophilic connections that came to light whilst looking into the related literature, though all is not as it initially appears.
This brief article refers to an antique vessel, probably used by an apothecary, and discusses it’s decorative design in relation to Commonwealth coins of the period.
This is the second installment of a series of articles detailing insights into medieval die production based on my own work.
This article was recently published in “Cæsaromagus”, the Journal of the Essex Numismatic Society, and is reproduced here by kind permission of the author. It should prove of interest to archaeologists and detectorists as well as numismatists.
This brief article was first published in 2014 on the henry3.com website; however, as that site is due soon to be retired, the article, with minor updates, is now being reproduced here.
A recent sorting and tidying of my bookcases revealed a range of different editions of the Seaby/Spink standard catalogues, acquired over some decades. In this brief article I chart the growth of this highly successful publication.
The present note explains the treatment of offprints in the late Harry Manville’s Numismatic Guide to British and Irish Printed Books 1600-2004; points out the difference between offprints that are repaginated and offprints which are simply bound from original printed sheets; identifies the point in time when the change from one type of offprint to the other was respectively made for BNJ and for NC; and makes some further observations about the utility of offprints and the number likely to have been printed of any given offprint of an article published in the major numismatic periodicals.
The long term effects of inflation have left us with a debased coinage that is overdue for reform. Our highest denomination circulation coin – the £2 piece – is no longer even capable of buying a copy of the Sunday Times or a Starbucks coffee. Lower denominations are fast becoming functionally useless. Rishi Sunak’s COVID-19 stimulus programme represents money printing on an unprecedented scale and this heaps further inflationary pressure into the system. Contactless payments are on the rise and without some drastic action coin use may become obsolete. What should the Royal Mint do? Perhaps go back to basics rather than deluging us with yet more “collectible” and “commemorative” offerings.