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Title: New Books for me -- Barrington Atlas, RBW Collection, and more
Post by: PMah on February 13, 2019, 07:38:52 pm
February isn't half over, but it is numismatically going extremely well for me.  The books are stacking up:

The Barrington Atlas of the Greek and Roman World -- a giant book, not easy to find, pre-loved, but only the dust jacket needs repair. (And is about 32 by 48 cms!)

New, and not any easier to lug home:

The RBW Collection, from the sale catalogs, consolidated by NAC with additional notes, including from Andrew McCabe.
Fides, the ANS festschrift for RBW (also with McCabe article) (and 500 pgs+)

And, the current AJN has arrived!

Not only that, I have a few great books from Forum that are soon to arrive.  I am not sure I want an early Spring!


Title: Re: New Books for me -- Barrington Atlas, RBW Collection, and more
Post by: Jay GT4 on February 13, 2019, 07:43:17 pm
Great pick ups!  I've been looking for an affordable Barrington's for a long time.


Title: Re: New Books for me -- Barrington Atlas, RBW Collection, and more
Post by: PMah on February 13, 2019, 07:55:25 pm
Thank you, Jay.  It took a great deal of patience and a bit of bargaining to get to "affordable".  I actually picked up the 2 volume companion directory/notes sooner than the Atlas itself.  I think a large portion of a bottom shelf will become home to the atlas; too dangerous to have above one's head. 

I will post some notes in a few weeks as I get more familiar with it.


Title: Re: New Books for me -- Barrington Atlas, RBW Collection, and more
Post by: Carausius on February 13, 2019, 08:09:17 pm
Wonderful books PMah!  I don't yet have the Barrington Atlas in my library.  It's perpetually on my book want list.  Alas, it's expensive and oversized. Neither my wallet nor bookshelf have room.


Title: Re: New Books for me -- Barrington Atlas, RBW Collection, and more
Post by: Equity on February 13, 2019, 08:40:24 pm
The iPad version of the Barrington atlas, modulo a few minor bugs, was quite usable in my experience. It cost about 20 USD a few years ago.


Title: Re: New Books for me -- Barrington Atlas, RBW Collection, and more
Post by: PMah on February 13, 2019, 09:32:36 pm
If only it came with a free IPad!


Title: Re: New Books for me -- Barrington Atlas, RBW Collection, and more
Post by: Molinari on February 14, 2019, 04:46:53 am
The Barrington Atlas is outstanding—nice pick up.


Title: Re: New Books for me -- Barrington Atlas, RBW Collection, and more
Post by: otlichnik on February 16, 2019, 10:23:59 am
I bought a non-cheap Barrington several years ago.  Can't say I have yet to get my money's worth in terms of real use - but I have more than made up for that in sheer pleasure.  Just browsing through it, looking at routes and regions and imagining that world....

SC


Title: Re: New Books for me -- Barrington Atlas, RBW Collection, and more
Post by: David Atherton on February 18, 2019, 04:48:43 pm
I bought a non-cheap Barrington several years ago.  Can't say I have yet to get my money's worth in terms of real use - but I have more than made up for that in sheer pleasure.  Just browsing through it, looking at routes and regions and imagining that world....

SC


This is exactly my situation with the Atlas. Purchased mine at a Borders Books many years ago (full price!) and now only use it occasionally, but gosh it's a pleasure when I do!


Title: Re: New Books for me -- Barrington Atlas, RBW Collection, and more
Post by: PMah on February 18, 2019, 06:48:39 pm
Sheer pleasure! An investment in precision and accuracy,  which do not always go together!


Title: Re: New Books for me -- Barrington Atlas, RBW Collection, and more
Post by: PMah on February 22, 2019, 06:30:16 pm
To update my earlier post

February isn't half over, but it is numismatically going extremely well for me.  The books are stacking up:

.....
Not only that, I have a few great books from Forum that are soon to arrive.  I am not sure I want an early Spring!


My Forum books arrived today !  Let me praise a bit before the reveal:  Forum ships in new boxes, solidly packed.  In this photo, the books are each separately wrapped and sealed. Essays... Hersh is basically shrink-wrapped.  They are in pristine condition.    PLUS -- and this is a big plus depending on where you live -- Forum goes through the effort of sending books by Media Mail/Book Rate, which is well under 75% of most forms of shipping today.  That essentially saves the cost of a book with each shipment.

(Full disclosure -- I have coins consigned to Forum, so I am focusing today only on books recently purchased from Forum)


Title: Re: New Books for me -- Barrington Atlas, RBW Collection, and more
Post by: PMah on February 22, 2019, 06:32:55 pm
And, now the “reveal”, in chronological order:

T.V. Buttrey, Jr., “The Triumviral Portrait Gold of the Quattuorviri Monetales of 42 B.C.”, ANS Numismatic Notes No. 137 (1956)

ANS, Museum Notes No. 21 (1976), incl. T.V. Buttrey, The Denarii of P. Crepusius and Roman Republican Mint Organization, and C.A. Hersh, A Tri-Denominational Hoard of Early Roman Silver Coins from Sicily, among other good things.

ANS, Museum Notes No. 29 (1984), incl. Hersh & Walker , The Mesagne Hoard, , again amid other fine articles.

And, not least,

Coins of Macedonia and Rome, Essays in Honour of Charles Hersh, Burnett, Wartenberg and Witschonke, eds. (Spink 1998), which has so many good things I may just have to keep wrapping and unwrapping it.  

Even though ANS has uploaded many of its publications, it is still great fun to have key writings on topics of core interest directly in hand, especially at very reasonable prices.


Title: Re: New Books for me -- Barrington Atlas, RBW Collection, and more
Post by: Anaximander on February 08, 2020, 02:09:56 pm
It's running on close to one year since your last post in this thread, PMah.  I'm sure you've found some goodies.

I'm just about to hit my one year anniversary since joining the Forvm, and I will tell you I've learned a lot in that year, particularly about references.  References that were once mysterious are now sitting on my shelves or inhabiting my computer.  Others are now on my want list.  Case in point: Your comments in this thread have led me to yearn for the Barrington Atlas. I've always liked cartography, so this one really ticks my boxes. 

My most recent literature acquisitions include:

1. The Gulbenkian Collection (not yet in hand).  Robinson, Hipolito & Jenkins. A Catalogue of the Calouste Gulbenkian Collection of Greek Coins, two parts in four volumes.   
2. RIC II.3.  The new revised edition of the venerable Roman series.
3. Roman Silver Coins.  Vols. I-V.  Another classic.
4. A Dictionary of Ancient Greek Coins and A Dictionary of Ancient Roman Coins, both by John Melville Jones.

Anaximander


Title: Re: New Books for me -- Barrington Atlas, RBW Collection, and more
Post by: quadrans on February 08, 2020, 02:14:02 pm
Your bookshelf will be great... ;) :) +++

Joe


Title: Re: New Books for me -- Barrington Atlas, RBW Collection, and more
Post by: PMah on February 08, 2020, 03:37:44 pm
Very nice additions,  Anaximander!   I am glad you picked up this thread!   I am on vacation in a place 45 deg F warmer than my usual NYC February abode, but I may be home just in timeto update my book postings for a 1 year anniversary  of this thread.
  I am happy to say that -- most of the time -- I make good use of my acquisitions of numismatic literature.
Happy hunting!


Title: Re: New Books for me -- Barrington Atlas, RBW Collection, and more
Post by: Molinari on February 08, 2020, 05:37:46 pm
It's running on close to one year since your last post in this thread, PMah.  I'm sure you've found some goodies.

I'm just about to hit my one year anniversary since joining the Forvm, and I will tell you I've learned a lot in that year, particularly about references.  References that were once mysterious are now sitting on my shelves or inhabiting my computer.  Others are now on my want list.  Case in point: Your comments in this thread have led me to yearn for the Barrington Atlas. I've always liked cartography, so this one really ticks my boxes. 

My most recent literature acquisitions include:

1. The Gulbenkian Collection (not yet in hand).  Robinson, Hipolito & Jenkins. A Catalogue of the Calouste Gulbenkian Collection of Greek Coins, two parts in four volumes.   
2. RIC II.3.  The new revised edition of the venerable Roman series.
3. Roman Silver Coins.  Vols. I-V.  Another classic.
4. A Dictionary of Ancient Greek Coins and A Dictionary of Ancient Roman Coins, both by John Melville Jones.

Anaximander


Gulbenkian collection is excellent!


Title: Re: New Books for me -- Barrington Atlas, RBW Collection, and more
Post by: Anaximander on February 10, 2020, 05:24:57 am
While PMah is sunning in warm climes, he is no doubt reflecting on his 2019 acquisitions of numismatic books (that and hunting down his next banana daquiri).  Given his inclination to take photos of his books to post online, perhaps he will consider gracing us with a 'shelfie.'  That term was used by Wayne Homren (Editor, The E-Sylum) in his 2019 ANA diary, part 2. (https://www.coinbooks.org/v22/club_nbs_esylum_v22n34.html#article20)

I might deign to reciprocate, but it's going to be a while.  I'm boxing up the house, including my books, for yet another long distance move. At least this one isn't trans-Atlantic, like the last two. 

Anaximander


Title: Re: New Books for me -- Barrington Atlas, RBW Collection, and more
Post by: PMah on February 27, 2020, 07:46:56 pm
I did not want February to expire without fulfilling Anaximander's wish in part.  I was able to secure large quantities of near-frozen mixed drinks.

I cannot provide a "shelfie" this year, as most of my books are in storage, pending an eternal renovation.  It quite literally looks like this: 

(Those of you in the USA will recognize the cold, hard, corrugated steel of a storage unit.)



Title: Re: New Books for me -- Barrington Atlas, RBW Collection, and more
Post by: PMah on February 27, 2020, 07:52:50 pm
However, I can supply "deskies" -- numismatic books so poorly organized that they have remained on my desk for months.
 At least they were not banished to a storage unit in Long Island City, Queens.

I can start with the Two Michaels:

 Michael Grant, From Imperium to Auctoritas: A Historical Study of Aes Coinage in the Roman Empire, 49 B.C.–A.D. 14. Cambridge University Press, 1946.

and
Michael H Crawford, Roman Republican Coin Hoards, RNS, 1969



Title: Re: New Books for me -- Barrington Atlas, RBW Collection, and more
Post by: PMah on February 27, 2020, 08:01:13 pm
I really should apologize for the photos.  The phone photo taken inside a storage unit is sharper than an older digital camera taken under three halogen lights.

In any case,speaking of things that need cases, here is an unusual acquisition, 

E. Haeberlin, "Aes Grave, das Schwergeld Roms und Mittelitaliens", plates volume, 103 plates, and a whopping 13 1/2" x 18".  These cast pieces are reproduced essentially at actual size.

This is the Forni reprint, c. 1967.   (One of our colleagues on this board kindly put it out for adoption.)

To give a sense of the size, I have placed one of my specimens atop the relevant page, Tafel 31.


Title: Re: New Books for me -- Barrington Atlas, RBW Collection, and more
Post by: PMah on February 27, 2020, 08:08:24 pm
But I do not merely forget to shelve coin books.  I often forget to shelve other books, including ancient history and archaeology.  
Here are just two examples that I forgot to shelve from 2019 acquisitions:


Eric E. Poehler, The Traffic Systems of Pompeii, Oxford Univ Press, 2017

and

Erich S. Gruen, Culture and National Identity in Republican Rome, Cornell Univ Press, 1992

The Poehler book was quite interesting on a (literally) narrow topic.  It suffers a bit from extremely small, often unlabelled, street maps that use nearly microscopic shading to distinguish important features.

Gruen is on the "to read" pile.



Title: Re: New Books for me -- Barrington Atlas, RBW Collection, and more
Post by: PMah on February 27, 2020, 08:30:50 pm
Do I simply purchase books and not shelve them?  No.  Sometimes I am given books, and who am I to shelve a gift?



Title: Re: New Books for me -- Barrington Atlas, RBW Collection, and more
Post by: PMah on February 27, 2020, 08:40:43 pm
Finally, and I hope I am not reposting this, I leave catalogs unshelved just as easily as I leave books unshelved.

Here are three Italo Vecchi catalogs, Nos. 3, 5, and 9.  Number 3 from Sept 1996 is particularly interesting as it consists entirely of struck bronze coins of the Roman Republic. 

Here are three NAC catalogs, 6, 11, and 23, nice in themselves.  But more importantly, they are from Forum Ancient Coins.  As I have previously noted, Forum wraps and ships numismatic literature very carefully.  Some day, I will unwrap these, but I will never re-wrap them as well as Forum.

Finally, those of you wondering if I only purchase catalogs in groups of three can put your concerns to rest.  I have proof that sometimes I pile up just a single catalog:  here is Sternberg XXXII, just a few weeks later in 1996 than Vecchi 3.   Many Roman Republic coins with useful notes.    This catalog proved difficult to find, and I grabbed it the first time I could.  (Thanks also to board member Andrew McCabe, for citing this catalog among his notes on his website.)


Title: Re: New Books for me -- Barrington Atlas, RBW Collection, and more
Post by: Jay GT4 on February 27, 2020, 08:52:35 pm
Wow!  That E. Haeberlin, "Aes Grave, das Schwergeld Roms und Mittelitaliens" is fantastic!  I'd love to get a copy of that.  And HN Italy!  I've been after one of those for a while.  Nice books Pmah


Title: Re: New Books for me -- Barrington Atlas, RBW Collection, and more
Post by: PMah on February 27, 2020, 09:04:01 pm
For those of you who have not yet run screaming for the exits, I promise this is the last post of this bunch.

Here is a slightly different type of acquisition.

For a variety of reasons, mostly to do with space limitations, I started keeping many of my coins and supplies in briefcases, specifically vintage briefcases of various sorts. The better ones for coins are particularly sturdy.  I came upon the idea about 6 years ago only after thoughtlessly tossing out my Dad's old 1960s Samsonite hardsider.  So, when I come across one at a flea market, I will examine it and sometimes I re-adopt one.

Last weekend, in the recycling area of my building, I came across two Samsonite hard-siders, one with the rotor-combo and one with key locks.  I think circa 1975 models.   They had been heavily used, I think by someone in an optical line of work.  They had also been kept someplace very dusty for many years.  Some of you will have seen such micro-dirt in briefcases; it is very difficult to remove.

On some past attempts, I gave up -- I have been unable to completely rid a case of mold or superfine dust or whatever.  

These two at first did not look good.  I did not take "before" photos, but I did take "in media res" photos.  I was able to strip out the grungy, melting, fake-leather document pockets and do a deep cleaning.  Then, I took heavy acrylic felt (the hobby store kind) and re-lined both the top and the bottom, with almost complete coverage, sealing in any micro-whatevers that survived the Clorox.   I used green felt on these.  

The final photo shows these cases (bottom two) joining a predecessor (top).  Eventually, before a final polish of the exterior, I will use a dremel tool to remove the prior owner's initials from the latch plates (thank you, D.G., wherever you are) and replace them with case numbers.  


Title: Re: New Books for me -- Barrington Atlas, RBW Collection, and more
Post by: PMah on February 29, 2020, 10:17:44 am
Wow!  That E. Haeberlin, "Aes Grave, das Schwergeld Roms und Mittelitaliens" is fantastic!  I'd love to get a copy of that.  And HN Italy!  I've been after one of those for a while.  Nice books Pmah

Thanks, Jay!  I have figured out that the most reliable way to get a numismatic gift, at least from the people who give me gifts, is to have a wish list of books that have International Standard Book Numbers (ISBN).   It only works for books published since the early 1970s, but it avoids disappointment.  It also solves the headaches of my primary gift-giver, who is running low on new ideas after 30 years.

It also avoids a problem I encountered c. 1977, when I suggested "Billy Joel's album" for my birthday and received BJ Thomas's latest.  It may still be in shrinkwrap somewhere.


Title: Re: New Books for me -- Barrington Atlas, RBW Collection, and more
Post by: Anaximander on April 03, 2020, 07:57:38 am
This thread started with the large-format Barrington Atlas of the Greek and Roman World.  Here's some smaller birds of that feather...

The Penguin Historical Atlas of Ancient Rome, by Chris Scarre. Penguin Books, 1995.  144 pages, 60+ maps.  ISBN 0140513299.

Pocket books:
The Anchor Atlas of World History, Volumes I (from the Stone Age to the Eve of the French Revolution) and II (from the French Revolution to the American Bicentennial) by Hermann Kinder, Werner Hilgemann, et al..  Originally published by Deutscher Tashenbuch Verlag (Munchen, Deutschland), 1966, it was translated and published by Doubleday Anchor Press, 1974-1978. 

The Historical Atlas of the World. Originally published by JW Cappelens Forlag (Oslo, Norway), 1962 and reprinted by Barnes & Noble Books 1970, 1972. LCCCN 78-80004.  Ancient Times are maps 1 to 31.

History's Timeline: A 40,000 Year Chronology of Civilization, by Jean Cooke, Ann Kramer, and Theodore Rowland-Entwistle, Barnes & Noble, 1981. ISBN 0760703868. It's a smorgasborg of topics, with timelines (such as the list of Roman Emperors, Holy Roman Emperors, Rulers of France, Britain, etc.  Not in the same category with the preceding books, it has only a smattering of maps. Still useful.

I've unpacked all my books after my move.  "It's like Christmas" says my wife.  You keep finding things.  My only regret is the sorry condition of my 'Historical Atlas' books. Time and water damage have taken their toll. 


Title: Re: New Books for me -- Barrington Atlas, RBW Collection, and more
Post by: Jack S2 on May 03, 2020, 11:33:43 pm
The Anchor Atlas of World History, Volumes I  -  is a great one.


Title: Re: New Books for me -- Barrington Atlas, RBW Collection, and more
Post by: Jack S2 on May 03, 2020, 11:38:56 pm
And talking of which, I would also recommend for reading "History's Timeline: A 40,000 Year Chronology of Civilization", cause it has detailed information about historical timelines, and it's been written by professional for sure. First I found it at PDFMania (https://pdfmania.com/) ebooks database, and simply downloaded it as PDF, didn't know how great was it, but then I was shocked in a good meaning of it.


Title: Re: New Books for me -- Barrington Atlas, RBW Collection, and more
Post by: Jack S2 on May 03, 2020, 11:45:46 pm
Anaximander, you have a nice book collection I should admit.