The Newman Numismatic Portal (NNP) has uploaded about 1,435 Glendining auction catalogues dating back to December 1901.
A U.K. auction house, Glendining was acquired by Bonham’s, another British firm with offices around the world, in 2005. According to an update posted to the NNP website, the catalogues “form a near-endless series” and were processed at the American Numismatic Society (ANS), whose library held the comprehensive set.
“Many thanks are in order to David Hill, ANS librarian, Lara Jacobs, Internet Archive scanning associate, Bonham’s for granting permission to scan this series, and collector and author Eric Hodge for originally facilitating this project.”
Archivists noted one “interesting” catalogue for a March 12, 1958, sale featuring a comprehensive collection of medals, plaques and tokens related to printers, printing, booksellers, publishers, authors, engravers and papermakers.
“This collection included several hundred such pieces, generally 18th- and 19th-century European, which are featured mostly in group lots,” reads the NNP update. “Examples such as 1836 Leipzig gold medal commemorating the opening of the Booksellers Exchange are found or an 1823 Haarlem gold medal marking the fourth centenary of printing.”
While neither of those print-related pieces is plated in the catalogue, it “will still serve as a reference resource for the genre,” the archivists added.