Spring, J. Ancient Coin Auction Catalogues 1880-1980.
Spring, John. Ancient Coin Auction Catalogues 1880-1980. London, 2009. Folio. Pp. xl, 374 pages; black and white photographs in text. Casebound. This is an exhaustive study of ancient coin auction catalogues from all countries of the period between 1881-1980. The author has produced an orderly listing of 886 of these, with a full index of vendors and a series of tables of the most important sales in a number of categories. But there is more. There are fascinating biographies of the principal auctioneers and collectors, towering figures of the numismatic world of the last century, with photographs supplied wherever possible, which add life to these names and events of the past.