The recommended reference works below are but a few out of a sea of important collectibles publications. However, in spite of in several cases their out-of-print status and subsequent higher cost, they are still considered the key works that would make important and valuable additions to the serious enthusiast's library.

   
  The Rare Art Traditions
Joseph Alsop - Harper & Row - 1987

An important, informative work that examines the relationship between art collecting, art history, and the art market in first century China, classical Greece, Renaissance Italy, modern Japan, and the Middle East. Enlightening view of what drives the collector of not only art, but collectibles as well. The Andrew W. Mellon lectures in the fine arts delivered by Alsop at the National Gallery in 1978 were entirely based on this essay.

 
       
  The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Meteorites
O. Richard Norton - Cambridge University Press - 2002

A reference work for collector and scientist alike that supercedes all others, O. Richard Norton's The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Meteorites delves into microscopic detail the inner contents as well as the external identifying factors of these fascinating inanimate visitors from outer space. Extensively illustrated in vivid color, this volume is a necessary addition to the enthusiast's library covering these compelling rocks from space.

 
       
  The Encyclopedia of Dinosaurs
Philip J. Currie/Kevin Padian - Academic Press - 1997

This 1997 book is one of the most authoritative encyclopedias ever prepared on dinosaurs and dinosaur science. In addition to entries on specific animals such as Tyrannosaurus, Triceratops, and Velociraptor, the Encyclopedia of Dinosaurs covers reproduction, behavior, physiology, as well as extinction. Generously illustrated with many detailed drawings and photographs, the Encyclopedia includes up-to-date references that encourage the reader to investigate personal interests. Key Features include comprehensively cross-referenced alphabetical entries with internal references, as well as references at the conclusion of each entry. Highly readable and well worth the investment.

 
           
  Gold - The Noblest Metal
O. Richard Norton - Cambridge University Press - 2002

Extensive information on all aspects of the yellow metal, from atomic structure and natural occurrence, to its history, uses, and display examples. Lushly illustrated, this brief, difficult to find paperback issued through an affiliation with the Tucson Gem and Mineral show is an important addition to the collector's library.

 
           
  The Error Coin Encyclopedia
Arnold Margolis - 2004

Fred Weinberg and Arnold Margolis' joint effort on mint error coins of the United States titled the Error Coin Encyclopedia is the reference for this esoteric yet extremely popular field of numismatics. Now in its fourth printing, this work is filled with photos and detailed information about all types of major errors that have befallen coinage behind the doors of the Mint that are commercially available.

 
           
  Greek Coins and their Values
David R. Sear - Sanford J Durst - 1980

David R. Sear's comprehensive reference titled Greek Coins and their Values was published in 1979 in two parts; Volume 1 covered coinage issued throughout Europe while Asian and African coins were found in Volume 2. Fully illustrated and filled with valuable background information covering five centuries of coinage, this set is an important addition to the library of any serious collector or enthusiast of ancient Greek coinage.

 
           
 

Shabtis: A Private View
Glenn Janes - Cybele - 2002

This large volume presents a catalogue of 115 shabtis, or funerary statuettes, that are now held in private collections across Europe. The study stands out in particular for its high-quality lifesize colour photographs which illustrate the back and front of each shabti. The catalogue, which is arranged chronologically from the Middle Kingdom to the Ptolemaic period, includes transcriptions and translations of hieroglyphic inscriptions, descriptions of condition and provenance and a discussion of comparative examples and their location. Line drawings in the appendices illustrate types, hand positions, implements, baskets, amulets and positions of text. The included CD presents full color images of each of the shabtis.

 
           
  Roman Mold Blown Glass
E. M. Stern - Lerma Di Bretschneider - 1995

An extensive, illustrated catalog of ancient glass from the collection of the Toledo Museum of Art. Photos document rare and beautiful examples, along with historical data and technical aspects of their formation. A critical reference work on the subject.

 
           
  The Compendium of Seashells
R. Tucker Abbott - Odyssey Publishers - 2000

With a focus on the amateur collector, this excellent and well organized reference work contains thousands of full colour photos of both common and rare seashells. All categories of marine shells are described and illustrated from all the oceans of the world. It includes geographical and ecological information on over 180 species of cowries, 334 cones, 132 volutes and 140 scallops. An important reference for any choosing the study of the beautiful vacant homes of this wandering marine life.

 
           
  Standard Catalog of World Crowns
Chester L. Krause, Clifford Mishler and Colin R. Bruce - Krause - 1994

Thorough listing of crown or dollar sized coinage of all countries of the world from 1601 to 1992. Extensively illustrated with representative photos in black and white along with mintage figures and general pricing in several grades, this important reference, although showing some obsolescence in pricing figures is a library necessity for the collector and enthusiast alike.

 
           
  All the Monies of the World - A Chronicle Of Currency Values
Franz Pick/Rene Sedillot - Pick Publishing - 1971

Intricate documentation of hyperinflationary effects on the currencies of all nations of the world to 1970. Listed in alphabetical order of denomination, the sobering data is preceeded by a chapter on the repetitive causes of severe inflation that the reader can learn from but nations apparently cannot.

 
           
 
         
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