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Auction 161  18 Sep 2021
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Starting price: 3250 USD
Price realized: 35 000 USD

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Felix Schlessinger's Bound Volumes of Auction Records Continued by His Son, Mark Salton
Schlessinger, Felix [continued by Mark Salton]. AUCTION RECORDS. Seven bound volumes of original typewritten leaves on which have been recorded auction sale records of tens of thousands of different coins, nearly all of them European coins of the medieval and modern periods. Continued through the 1950s in ink by Mark Salton, adding information to the typewritten leaves and recording new entries on the otherwise blank versos. As follows: I. Empires, Kingdoms. Title page reads Erster Teil / Inhalt: Oesterreich, Böhmen, Ungarn, Russland, Polen, Dänemark, Schweden, England, Schottland, Irland, Frankreich, Spanien, Portugal. "Kaiser- und Königreiche" is added in ink. 471 typewritten leaves plus dividers between sections. Felix Schlessinger's ink stamp is on the title. II. Ecclesiastical Rulers. Title page reads Zweiter Teil: Geistliche. / Inhalt: Päpste, Erzbischöfe, Bischöfe, Orden, Abteien und Propsteien. 451 typewritten leaves plus dividers between sections. Mark M. Salton's ink stamp is on the title. III. Old Principalities, Anhalt–Hesse. Title page reads Dritter Teil: Altfürstliche, 1. Abteilung. / Inhalt: Anhalt, Baden, Bayern, Berg, Brandenburg-Preussen, Brandenburg-Franken, Braunschweig, Cleve, Fränkischer Kreis, Henneberg, Hessen, Königreich Westfalen. 477 typewritten leaves plus dividers between sections. Felix Schlessinger's ink stamp is on the title. IV. Old Principalities, Holstein–Würrtemberg. Title page reads Vierter Teil: Altfürstliche, 2. Abteilung. / Inhalt: Holstein, Jülich; Jülich, Kleve und Berg, Lauenburg, Leuchtenberg, Lothringen, Mecklenburg, Nassau, Oldenburg, Pfalz, Pommern, Sachsen, Schlesien, Schwäbischer Kreis, Siebenbürgen, Württemberg. 408 typewritten leaves plus dividers between sections. V. New Principalities. Title page reads Fünfter Teil. Neufürstliche. 260 typewritten leaves plus dividers between sections. VI. Cities. Title page reads Sechster Teil. Städte. 416 typewritten leaves. VII. Italy, Switzerland. Title page reads Siebter Teil. Italien, Schweiz. (ohne Päpste und Johanniter). 409 typewritten leaves plus divider between sections. Mark M. Salton's ink stamp is on the title. Seven volumes. Folio [34.5 by 21.5 cm], original matching maroon pebbled cloth; spines ruled and lettered in gilt in English. 2892 typewritten leaves total, many of them annotated in ink, and many of the otherwise blank versos also annotated in ink. Various inserts laid in, including letters and postcards, newspaper clippings, coin images, and so on. Very good or better. An extraordinary item with which to close the present sale. These volumes constitute a multi-generational attempt to compose an encyclopedia of sale prices of (mostly) European coins of the post-Renaissance era. By recording data from notable auction sales over the course of decades, the father and son team of Felix Schlessinger and Max Schlessinger/Mark Salton did far more than simply trace price trends, however. These records are of considerable interest to anyone conducting provenance research on rare coins, and a sense of rarity can also often be determined. Nearly 2900 typewritten pages are present. Even if we ignore at first the handwritten additions to the text-which are in some places copious-a conservative estimate would be that information is recorded on some 25,000 different coin issues. The sheer amount of time that has been devoted to compiling these volumes is difficult to comprehend. That they were continued, decades after they were begun and thousands of miles away from Berlin-Charlottenburg, underscores their value as a living document that holds real value to today's researchers, collectors and dealers.
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