Numismatics and the Fortsas Library Sale of 1840 – Gary Oddie

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.

BNS Video: The last golden age of British Numismatics; Reflections from the Stewartby Archive of English numismatic papers – Dr. William Day

This video begins by summarising the correspondence in the Stewartby Archive, focusing on that of Christopher Blunt, which constitutes the most voluminous component, and drawing attention to other highlights of the collection, for example the correspondence of Michael Dolley. It also discusses Lord Stewartby’s intense collaborations with Philip Grierson, which eventually evolved into some of Grierson’s more significant contributions to the discipline, and it reviews some of the general areas of Lord Stewartby’s academic interests. William Day has a background in Economic History, Medieval History and Numismatics. He came to Cambridge twenty years ago to work with Philip Grierson on the remaining Italian components of the Medieval European Coinage series, publishing vol. 12 on Northern Italy with Michael Matzke and Andrea Saccocci in 2016. He is also author of numerous articles on Italian Medieval Economic History and Numismatics. He is currently working on vol. 13 in the MEC series, which covers Central Italy.

Laurie Asher Lawrence and his First Collection, Part I: Professional Life, Playing Cards, Family, Houses – Hugh Pagan

This note will deal, in two parts, with the professional life and family circumstances of the eminent numismatic scholar and coin collector, Laurie Asher Lawrence (1857-1949) ; and with the evidence that his surviving manuscript catalogue provides for the content of his first coin collection, disposed of by him in 1903.

JONATHAN RASHLEIGH, 1820-1905 – Hugh Pagan

This note sets out what is known about the life and coin collecting career of Jonathan Rashleigh (1820-1905), and draws attention to the fact that the evidence for his acquisitions of coins in the sale room provided by the 1909 Sotheby auction catalogue of the Rashleigh family collection can be supplemented by the presence of Rashleigh’s own name as a purchaser in marked copies of the catalogues of other coin auction sales dating from the late 1840s onwards.