THE HARRY W. BASS, JR. NUMISMATIC LIBRARY

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The Harry W. Bass, Jr. Numismatic Library


The One Hundred Greatest Items Of United States Numismatic Literature Rank: Number 47



A two thousand lot celebration of American numismatic literature, this writer’s task might have been considerably simplified given a few days inside the Bass library - but more likely we would have been distracted to the point of paralysis. Where to begin? Bid books of all flavors abound, while plated versions of the important early sales seem prolific as kudzu. Impossible items like Thian’s Register Of The Confederate Debt, or the E. H. R. Green eagle and half eagle photographic plates seem to appear every few pages. Other delicacies include Bushnell’s copy of the Roper sale, Hart’s treatise on colonial paper money with historical chart, and The Numismatist from the first President of the ANA. Beyond individual rarities, the capable executive Bass was more than happy to leverage the efforts of others, in particular Melvin and George Fuld, who contributed to the Bass collection Woodward, Low, Haseltine, Frossard and Elder sets, among other items. A decade later, many of the prices realized in the Bass sale seem quite attractive – yet another reminder that today’s record price is often tomorrow’s bargain.

Part 1

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KOLBE, George Frederick. THE HARRY W. BASS, JR. NUMISMATIC LIBRARY PART I.
Crestline: George Frederick Kolbe, Fine Numismatic Books, December 12, 1998
140 pages, 500 lots, illustrated
Quarto: 26.5 x 19 cm
Softbound: Tan card covers


Part 2

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KOLBE, George Frederick. THE HARRY W. BASS, JR. NUMISMATIC LIBRARY PART II.
Crestline: George Frederick Kolbe, Fine Numismatic Books, June 5, 1999
175 pages, 650 lots, illustrated
Quarto: 26.5 x 19 cm
Softbound: Tan card covers


Part 3

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KOLBE, George Frederick. THE HARRY W. BASS, JR. NUMISMATIC LIBRARY PART III.
Crestline: George Frederick Kolbe, Fine Numismatic Books, September 25, 1999
147 pages, 651 lots, illustrated
Quarto: 26.5 x 19 cm
Softbound: Tan card covers

A four page one lot addendum is available.


Part 4

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KOLBE, George Frederick. THE HARRY W. BASS, JR. NUMISMATIC LIBRARY PART IV.
Crestline: George Frederick Kolbe, Fine Numismatic Books, June 10, 2000
171 pages, 600 lots, illustrated
Quarto: 26.5 x 19 cm
Softbound: Tan card covers


Hardbound Catalogs

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KOLBE, George Frederick. THE HARRY W. BASS, JR. NUMISMATIC LIBRARY PARTS I-IV.
Crestline: George Frederick Kolbe, Fine Numismatic Books, 1998-2000
633 pages, 2,401 lots, illustrated
Quarto
Hardbound: Four volumes, tan cloth, lettered in gilt

Subscribers hardbound set, approximately 30 or so sets issued


Deluxe Hardbound Catalogs

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KOLBE, George Frederick. THE HARRY W. BASS, JR. NUMISMATIC LIBRARY PARTS I-IV.
Crestline: George Frederick Kolbe, Fine Numismatic Books, 1998-2000
633 pages, 2,401 lots, illustrated
Quarto
Hardbound: Four volumes, green Japanese cloth, lettered in black and color, card covers laid on, matching the style of the Bowers & Merena deluxe Bass hardbound sales.

Edition limited to 90 sets


Deluxe Limited Edition Catalog

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KOLBE, George Frederick. THE HARRY W. BASS, JR. NUMISMATIC LIBRARY PARTS I-IV.
Crestline: George Frederick Kolbe, Fine Numismatic Books, 1998-2000
633 pages, 2,401 lots, illustrated
Quarto
Hardbound: Four volumes bound as one. Black half morocco, green Japanese cloth sides, page edges gilt, matching slipcase

Edition limited to 10 copies