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Kolbe & Fanning Booksellers – 1792: Birth of a Nation’s Coinage Special Editions

Birth of a Nation's Coinage

Kolbe & Fanning Numismatic Booksellers have announced the availability of a limited Special Edition produced on commission for last year’s NLG Book of the Year winner 1792: Birth of a Nation’s Coinage , written by Pete Smith, Joel J. Orosz, and Leonard Augsburger.

Thirty copies of the book have been hand-bound in green quarter morocco with Japanese cloth sides. The high quality of the leather used, in combination with the luxurious feel of the Japanese cloth, make this an unusually pleasing Special Edition. Twenty-five copies were reserved for sale, and they can be ordered from the Kolbe & Fanning website at numislit.com for $325 USD.

Kolbe & Fanning also had 10 copies of the book hand-bound in red full morocco, with an accompanying slipcase. The front cover of this Deluxe Edition is impressed with a depiction of the obverse of the 1792 half disme. Hand-marbled paper was used for the endpapers and for the interior of the Japanese cloth slipcase. Only five copies were available for sale and were quickly sold to clients who contacted us when we announced last year that we would be undertaking the project.

Though not available for sale, we also had five copies produced for those involved in this special edition project. Also hand-bound in red full morocco, this Authors’ Edition features the 1792 half disme image in silver on the front cover and in blind on the rear cover, different hand-marbled endpapers, a silk marker, speckled page edges, and a spine with five raised bands decorated with a custom-engraved eagle device adapted from the 1792 half disme reverse. The book itself is housed in an accompanying Japanese cloth clamshell box.

Similar special editions were produced by Kolbe & Fanning for the 2011 Secret History of the First U.S. Mint, by Orosz and Augsburger. Those sold out very quickly, and it is anticipated that the current special editions will not be available for long. Those interested are encouraged to order copies from the Kolbe & Fanning website at numislit.com as soon as possible.

Kolbe & Fanning are pleased to discuss bespoke binding projects with authors and publishers, and are also available to consult with clients on individual works requiring binding or conservation work. Please contact David Fanning at [email protected] for more information.

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