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Adams Library in July book auction

Auction catalogs from the library of noted numismatist John W. Adams will be sold July 14 by Kolbe & Fanning Numismatic Booksellers in the firm’s Sale 150.


The Adams Library includes one of the finest collections of American numismatic auction catalogs ever assembled, according to the firm.

As an example, it said Sale 150 will include every catalog issued by dealers Henry and Samuel Hudson Chapman. Every unplated catalog will be offered, as will every published plated sale. This is the first time such an offering has been made.

Exceptional runs of other catalogers will also be featured, including complete or near-complete sets of the catalogs of Tom Elder, Lyman Low, William Hesslein, Ed Frossard, Ben Green, Charles Fisher, Wayte Raymond, J.W. Scott, New York Coin & Stamp Company, and others.

Included is David Proskey’s priced, named and plated auction room copy of the Chapman Brothers’ Charles I. Bushnell sale.

Virgil Brand’s copy of Tom Elder’s extraordinarily rare J.B. Chase sale with photographic plates also will go on the block.

While the focus of the Kolbe & Fanning sale will be on auction catalogs, a number of books and periodicals will also be included.

The full-color catalog is now available at

The sale will feature live online bidding using Kolbe & Fanning’s custom third-party online bidding platform. Printed catalogs will be mailed to established customers.

Bidders can make an appointment to view auction lots by contacting David Fanning at

Visit the website at, or email David Fanning at for additional details.

The auction firm is licensed and bonded in the State of Ohio.

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