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Auction 168  23 Sep 2023
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Lot 272

Starting price: 3250 USD
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[American Numismatic Society] American Numismatic & Archæological Society; Boston Numismatic Society; American Numismatic Society. AMERICAN JOURNAL OF NUMISMATICS. Volumes I–LIII (New York and Boston, 1866–1924), complete, bound in 17 volumes. Varying 4to sizes, later maroon cloth; spines ruled and lettered in gilt. Separately published Index volume, bound to match, also included. A fine set. A handsomely bound complete set of this extraordinarily important U.S. journal. Even today, the AJN remains an indispensable source of numismatic information and lore. On March 8, 1866, resident member Joseph N.T. Levick proposed the establishment by the American Numismatic and Archæological Society of a journal of "numismatic and archaeological intelligence." His suggestion was quickly adopted and the inaugural issue appeared in late May of the same year. Many of America's greatest contributions to numismatic scholarship first appeared in the pages of this most important publication. Crosby's classic works on large cents, parts of his Early Coins of America, Frey's Dictionary of Numismatic Names, Edgar Adams's extensive work on California pioneer gold coins and, later on, the scholarly, still indispensable studies on ancient Greek coins by Newell, Baldwin Brett, and others are but a small sampling. The version of the Levick plate here present is the second version, with Levick's name typeset, without the Rockwood blindstamp. For American researchers, the Journal is interesting for the reminiscences and other fascinating tidbits of information to be found in the earlier volumes, much of which is little known today except among the few fortunate to possess a set of this remarkable storehouse of knowledge. Later volumes include a number of more intensive articles on American subjects, including Adams on private and territorial gold and Miller and Ryder on state coppers. "The history of the Journal, if it could be given in detail, would be a history of American numismatics." - Volume XLI, 1907, page 105. Clain-Stefanelli 350. Grierson 16. Kolbe 810. Sigler 74. Ex John J. Ford, Jr. Library (Kolbe Sale 93, lot 142); ex Joseph Foster Library; ex Richard Cooper Library.
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