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A Fairly New And Likely Rare Q. David Bowers Book Arrived Today In My Mailbox.

 
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 Posted 12/07/2021  4:17 pm Show Profile   Check westcoin's eBay Listings Bookmark this topic Add westcoin to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
I just received an unknown book (to me) titled:

Coin Collecting: Those who led the way

It's an octavo sized volume by Q. David Bowers published by Stack's/Bowers in 2020.

I found out that it was produced by the firm as a holiday gift for clients and consignors. It was never available for sale.

Nicely illustrated in color, The twelve chapters (presented in alphabetical order) are:


Harry W. Bass, Jr.
Virgil Brand
The Chapman Brothers
Walter H. Childs & the Childs Family
Louis E. Eliasberg, Sr.
John J. Ford, Jr.
The Garrett Family
Col. E.H.R. Green
B. Max Mehl
Eric P. Newman (this chapter was contributed by Len Augsburger).
Emery May Holden Norweb
Joseph & Morton Stack







Keep an eye out for a copy for your library, it's a very good book on the historical figures that made our hobby what it is today. I found my copy on Amazon through a reseller, they still show one left. I did see this book offered previously at a fairly high price ($75.00) from others, I was able to get my copy for around $25 shipped. I imagine it will become a collectible book in the near future due to it's not ever being sold retail.
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 Posted 12/07/2021  4:29 pm  Show Profile   Bookmark this reply Add Coinfrog to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply
Curious as to why they would not make this generally available.
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That's nice! I had to google "octavo volume", and I hate to admit that I don't think I fully understand the format.
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 Posted 12/07/2021  10:16 pm  Show Profile   Check westcoin's eBay Listings Bookmark this reply Add westcoin to your friends list Get a Link to this Reply

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That's nice! I had to google "octavo volume", and I hate to admit that I don't think I fully understand the format.


It's a bit confusing I must admit. The names are just about the sizes of books.

BOOK SIZES (Thanks to George Kolbe and David Fanning):

F (folio) over 13 inches
4to (quarto) 12 inches
8vo (octavo) 9 inches
12mo (duodecimo) 7-8 inches
16mo (sextodecimo) 6-7 inches
24mo (vigesimoquarto) 5-6 inches
32mo (trigesimosecundo) 4-5 inches

Quarto (4to) - A book between octavo and folio in size; approximately 11 to 13 inches tall. To make a quarto, a sheet of paper is folded twice, forming four leaves (eight pages). So size is based on the leave of paper and how it is folded, from old printer terminologies in Latin, books began being printed primarily in Latin to begin with in the 1400's.


Here is another good site on literature pertaining to numismatics, the Numismatic Bibliomania Society site (NBS), and a description of common terms of books and catalogs:

http://wiki.coinbooks.org/index.php..._Definitions

That whole website is pretty neat in general, also it's where the free weekly e-sylum comes from , if you have any interest in coins or medals, you should get on the mailing list, it's free!

Other great place to look up literature and book/printing descriptions is Abe Books rare books glossary section:

https://www.abebooks.com/books/rare...ossary.shtml
"Buy the Book Before You Buy the Coin" - Aaron R. Feldman - "And read it" - Me 2013!
ANA Life Member #3288 in good standing since 1982, EAC Member #6202, C4, & NBS Member, 2 variety collector.

See my want page: http://goccf.com/t/140440
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