George F. Kolbe’s Reference Library

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Kolbe, George F. THE REFERENCE LIBRARY OF A NUMISMATIC BOOKSELLER. Cedarpines Park, 2012. Tall 8vo, original green textured Japanese bookbinding cloth; brown morocco spine label, gilt. 335, (1) pages; illustrated. Fine. Edition limited to 150 copies. An essential work for those interested in numismatic literature. The book begins with a foreword by Jonathan H. Kagan and the preface traces the early years of Kolbe’s career as a numismatic bookseller. It is followed by a brief introduction. Interesting and informative notes and commentary will be found throughout the book, including anecdotes, observations on the importance and rarity of certain titles, including their scope and content, etc. The volume comprises a detailed catalogue of the compiler’s reference library, formed over four decades as a dealer in rare and out-of-print numismatic publications. In essence it is a bibliography of numismatic bibliographies and related publications. While the author makes no claim of completeness, well over one thousand publications are listed and described.