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This is perhaps the largest for-sale offering of titles on Ethnographic Monies (Primitive, Odd & Curious, Traditional). Listings are bibliographic by region or category and include useful titles not currently in stock. Listings with blue background are standard references in their subject areas, though the two must-have general works are Opitz and Quiggin. Red author name links to a scan of the cover, and red title links to a sample page, or contents page. [Estimates] in parentheses are informational, not a for-sale offer. There has been a lot of African ethnographic money coming out; I've done a special report.. Please let me know of any new or missed works not listed here. I buy books. Libraries and single copies are wanted. Small Order Charge under $10.

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GENERAL WORKS
Opitz, CharlesAn Ethnographic Study of Traditional Money   Not just a new edition of Odd & Curious, this is a whopping 411 page 8.5x11 hardcover with descriptions, essays, and photos of thousands of primitive, odd & curious monies, arranged alphabetically by collector name. Though not a scholarly work like Quiggin in the sense of analyzing money use by region, the information from hundreds of anthropological studies, gallery catalogs, art, and collector works has been distilled into this amazing volume. Separate 31p price supplement .    411p, hc, 8.5x11", 2001, List $8068.50
Opitz, CharlesOdd & Curious and Traditional Money   A CD updating and expanding Ethnographic Study. 840p, 2800 pictures.   Available from the author for US$8.00 postpaid anywhere in the world and can be paid by Paypal.NOT IN STOCK
Quiggin, Alice.H.A Survey of Primitive Money   Well-illustrated anthropological study of primitive monies with extensive bibliography. The unchallenged standard for student and collector. The 1949 original [Est. Market Value: $100] and 1963, 1978 reprints [Est. Market Value: $85] are all good quality with a color bead plate. The 1970 and 1979 reprints [Est. Market Value: $45-60] have a b&w bead plate and the other plates are less clear. A 1992 softcover [Est. Market Value: $50-60] exists. All editions OP; DOWNLOAD.   366p+33pl, 5.5x9", 1949RNOT IN STOCK
Leonard, Robert L.Curious Currency The Story of Money From the Stone Age to the Internet Age   Both a popular work with 200 color photos, and a meticulously researched reference with footnotes, bibliography, and good index. Objects are grouped by themes such as "useful objects," ornaments, "money substitutes", etc. Less comprehensive than Opitz, but we learn why & how these objects served their cultures as money.   160p, hc, 6x9", 2010;NOT IN STOCK
Aumann, Dr. G.Primitives Geld   Describes & illustrates some of the more spectacular primitive money items. German text.   69p, sc, 6x8, c.1985?10.00
Dillingham, PaulPricelists 1968-85  For many years Paul was THE primitive money dealer. This complete reprint of his 27 usually-illustrated price lists is a fountain of information on attributions and market values. Many otherwise unpublished African items, such as bracelets, are attributed from his personal knowledge.  380p, 8.5x14, Loose, R1995   BACKORDERED
Einzig, PaulPrimitive Money in its Ethnological, Historical and Economic Aspects  Along with Quiggin this is one of the classic texts on the subject. Although not illustrated and not as "object oriented" as Quiggin, it consists of 101 short chapters on particular monies or money systems, organized by continent, plus 150pp devoted to theory, history, economics, and special aspects of ethnographic money. Bibliography, good Index.   517p, hc, 5.5x9", 1948R1951, OP (1st ed. signed & dedicted $85)60.00
Fusco, VLuci e ombre della premonetazione / Licht und Schatten der prämonetären Zeit   Introductory work on ethnographic money, with color photos of some unusual and peripheral items; bilingual German/Italian.   153p, hc, 8.5x8.5", 1992NOT IN STOCK
Gibbs, Howard D.Odd & Curious Money of the World - A Complete Register    Alphabetic price list of about 1000 primitive monies with some background info and illustrations. Published in1946 as part of Hans Schulman fixed price list #26. Pre-Quiggin, it was the Opitz of its day. A later, poor quality reprint exists. Revised reprint of 1956 "Third Edition", 40p, sc, 1946NOT IN STOCK
Khijnsberg, P.H.Hoekig  Catalog of "odd" coins: Siege, Klippe, non-round, bonks, plate money, die hubs, trial strikes, patterns, tokens, ship-money, counterfeits, etc., etc., with emphasis on Dutch. A fascinating array. Just brief attributions but decent plates despite xerographic printing. Dutch text. 32p+80pl, 21x30c, sc, 198447.50
Gozalbes, ManuelHistoria del dinera   Una gu’a bien ilustrada al dinero expone en el Museo de Prehistória de Valéncia, que se concentra en monedas primitivas.     70p, sc, 8.75x8.75", 20117.50
Kierans, AnthonyPrimitive Currency  Brief illustrated introductory essay.  40p, sc, 19884.75
Kimpel, HorstTraditionelle Zahlungsmittel  Substantial work, regionally organized history & descriptions of many traditional monies with photo or drawing illustrations. Museums list, bibliography. German text.  164p, 6x8.5", hc, 199419.95
Opitz, CharlesOdd & Curious Money: Descriptions & Values   Less comprehensive version of Ethnographic Study but still covering most important items; pricing in text  (1st Ed. 1986, sc, 90p $10) 2nd Ed 1991, sc, 134p 25.00
Opitz, CharlesSpecial topic booklets:   #1 Cowry Shells 14p, 1992;   #2 Yap Stone 18p, 1993;    #3 Kula Ring 26p, 1994;   #4 Potlatch 16p, 1994;   #5 Wampum 28p, 1995;   #6 Solomon Islands, Pt. 1 27p, 1996;   #7 Solomon Islands, Pt. 2 30p, 1997     Each profusely photo-illustrated, with bibliography, 5.5x8.5", sc, List $3   Each:2.75
Opitz, CharlesTraditional Money of the World   Exhibit catalog for part of author's collection. Text discusses better-known monies by region; heavily illustrated, color cover  41p, sc, 7x9, 1998  L$106.00
Pitt Rivers Mus.(Primitive Money Postcard)  150x105mm color with Katanga cross, Tea brick, 5 others. Nice! ($6/10).75
Quiggin, Alice H.The Story of Money   Drawing-illustrated childrens book half on traditional money, half on coins.   73p, 7x8.5, hc, 1956R1960,61,63,RNOT IN STOCK
Reed, MortOdd & Curious  Compilation of Ripleyesque vignettes on coins and primitive or unusual monies from Coin World's staff illustrator. More sizzle than solid information, but the drawings are fun. The 1979 (Durst) title has very little overlap with the 1963 (Amos Press) title - they are two different books. Indexed.  1963: 124p, 6x8.5", sc, OP $18.50;     1979: 123p, 6x9", sc (Hardcover: $11.50); Softcover, List $107.50
Ridgeway, WilliamThe Origin of Currency and Weight Standards   Antique but scholarly work on early weight systems and primitive monies from Homeric Greece to China; replete with illustrations of early weights and primitive money.    417p, hc, 1892R1976NOT IN STOCK
Schulman, HansHoward Gibbs Sale Parts I-VI Near-complete set of 10/70+ sales of the most important primitive money collection ever auctioned (excludes Part 5 which includes Kann Chinese)    (Part 1,3 $25 Ea; Part 2 $10; Part 4,6 $20 Ea.)    Parts I-IV, excluding Kann Chinese & Gibbs Jade $75;    Parts I-IV & VI, excluding Kann Chinese90.00
Sigler, PharesStrange (Odd & Curious) Money of the World  Introductory article from The Numismatist poorly reprinted as a booklet. 36p, sc, 5.5x8.5", 1962R 1.50
Victoor, R.Monnaies Premiéres   Apparently a detailed, geographically arranged narrative work on ethnographic monies, with catalog numbers and illustrations interpolated to form a catalog. French text.   262p, sc?, 1985, OP?NOT IN STOCK
AFRICA
SEE ALSO: Bead and Shell Money sections below.    Henry Collection     Museum of Making.
BALLARINI, Roberto
The Perfect Form: On the Track of African Tribal Currency   Ballarini's new work is a comprehensive, visually rich, highly informative catalogue of African ethnographic currencies in metal. Imagine a gallery show curated by a fanatic: The finest specimens of known currency types are collected from multiple owners, beautifully displayed and lighted. Next, the literature, from travelers', accounts to anthropological studies to sales literature is woven together and integrated with the display. Finally, suffering no constraints of budget, the curator creates a 400+ page hardcover footnoted catalogue, organized and numbered by regions with stunning color images — supplemented with drawings for types known only by description, and archival photos of use or manufacture — and rounded out with extensive summaries of specialized literature, maps, object-name index, and bibliography. The exhibition is imaginary, of course, but the catalogue is not. Owner of Africacurio.com in Milan, the premier commercial gallery for this series, Ballarini has produced not only a gorgeous art book, but a reference work in an under-referenced field, the standard for the foreseeable future. The only weak areas are manillas and bracelet monies, with minimal coverage, and neither Akan goldweights (well catalogued elsewhere) nor metal beads are included. All of Ballarini's former works are out of print, as are the specialized works he so ably extracts, and the collector who misses this one will surely suffer regret. The €100 list price is reasonable for a specialized art book of this quality. Europeans may save on shipping costs by ordering from Galleria Africacurio directly.175.00
Althoff, R.Sammlung Köhler-Osbahr Band II/2: Südostasien, Afrike   Catalog of 314 primitive money items from Asia & Africa, strength is in Thai material & some good African bracelets. German text. The photos of some unusual specimens are worth the cost of the book. Some color.   150p, 8.5 x12", sc, 1993 40.00
Althoff, R. & Lux, StefanieKissipenny und Manilla: Geld und Handel im alten Afrika   Well-illustrated articles on a wide variety of money forms, most by Eucoprimo authors. In-depth articles on weapon-monies (Kimpel), Manillas, and Katanga crosses (Denk); German text.   101p, sc, 8.5x11", 1995 BACKORDERED20.00
Appiah, PeggyBoo Me Be: Akhan Proverbs    Appiah is well known for a series of childrens' books featuring Akhan wisdom as illustrated by the figural brass "Ashanti gold weights." I am trying to obtain a copy of this posthumous work collecting and expanding upon these tales. Please advise if you know of a source!
Appiah, PeggyWhy the Hyena Does Not Care for Fish and Other Tales from the Ashanti Gold Weights   Several "childrens" books of Ashanti folk tales illustrated with drawings of gold weights by this serious collector and folklorist. Produced 1966-89 & all out of print, they can be found used under $12 or so.NOT IN STOCK
Ballarini, RobertoBlack Africa's Traditional Arms   Essay and excellent color catalog of 100+ items, most with monetary uses, plus important non-weapon money items. Zapozaps, throwing knives, Congo dowry knives. More listings and depth of information on weapons than in Perfect Form Focus on items which have come on the market in the 1990s. Beautiful.  128p, 8.5x11, sc, 1992, OP [Est. Market Value: $100.00+]NOT IN STOCK
Ballarini, RobertoFerri e Monete dell'Africa Equatoriale  Not as lavish as 1992 work but shows 37 iron types, most of which have been new on the market since 1997. "Perfect Form" has much better coverage of all items included here.  37p, sc, 1998   NOT IN STOCK
Bartolomucci, AdolfoAfrican Currency (Monete tribali dell'Africa subsahariana)    Richly illustrated catalog of metallic (and some other) currencies, as held in the author's collection (which is for sale). Similar in format to the work of fellow gallery-owner Ballarini, it is less comprehensive and far less informational, but useful for its 320 excellent color photos of additional varieties and examples - perhaps more bracelet monies and hoe types than Ballarini, and with nods to Akan gold weights, ivory, and beads. Some questionable pieces & information. Italian & English.   Available from author at €40 plus shipping.   189p, hc, 23x30c, 2012 NOT IN STOCK
Blandin, AndreAfrique de l'ouest: Bronzes et autres alliages   Decent b&w (some color) photos of hundreds of objects from the author's vast collection in geographical chapters with in-plate notes on attribution and usage or meaning. Incl. many currency objects such as bracelets, figural Akan weights. French text. Bibliography; no contents or index.   288pp, sc, 8x12", 1988 [$250+]NOT IN STOCK
Blandin, Andre Fer Noir d'Afrque de L'Ouest   Decent b&w (some color) photos of hundreds of objects from the authors collection in geographical chapters with in-plate notes on attribution and usage or meaning. Incl. some currency and weapons but no spades. Chapter on history, manufacture, and regional practices. Supplement to "Bronzes". French text. Bibliography; no contents or index.   239pp, sc, 8x12", 1992 [$200+]NOT IN STOCK
Eerhart, Frank The Power of Iron in Africa   Excellent color photos, descriptions, of hunreds of objects from the author's collection with general info on history and use by chapter. All iron was "money" in Africa, but focus is chapters on musical instruments, adornment, aanc currency. No weapons. Bibliography; no index.   218p, 8.5x12", hc, 2012NOT IN STOCK
Elsen, JanBeaute Fatale: Armes d'Afrique Centrale   In-depth exhibition catalog of 506 Zaire functional, ceremonial, and monetary weapons by region. Chapters on iron mining & forging, weapon design, types & uses, war, impact of colonialization, and general-purpose weapon monies. Author is est known authority on African metal work. French text.   263p, 8.5x11.5, sc, 1992, OP [Est. Market Value: $100+]NOT IN STOCK
Eyo, EkpoNigeria and the Evolution of Money   Copiously illustrated account of W. African primitive money, BWA and Nigerian coins & paper, and banking.   117p, sc/hc, 7.5x9.5", 1979   Supposedly still in print in Nigeria, but impossible to find.    NOT IN STOCK
Felix, Marc L.Kipinga: Throwing-Blades of Central Africa   Evolution, manufacture, use as weapons, prestige objects & currency; 96 pieces catalogued by style & location. Far more information on a wider number of types than found in more generalized works on African weapons. Excellent photos. Bilingual English/German 205p, 8.5x11", hc, 1991, map   NOT IN STOCK
Fischer, Werner & Zirngibl, ManfredAfrikanische Waffen / African Weapons   Catalogs 367 items (mostly knives) with tribal attributions, notes on use, development & artistic qualities, tribal map.. Bilingual. Includes most types of Zaire dowry knives. Unlike exhibition catalogs which show just one exceptional piece of a type, this is more of a collector's catalog with numerous varieties of the commoner types.  204p, 9.5x12, hc, 1978   (See Zirngibl for supplemental volume.)NOT IN STOCK
Zirngibl, ManfredRare African Short Weapons   A Supplement to African Weapons, its focus is on Congo knives, throwing knives, and Zapozap with much attention to the monetary aspects. Beautiful color photos, extensive research. Trilingual English / French / German.   145p, 9.5x12, hc, 1983 135.00
Zirngibl, Manfred & Kubetz, AlexanderPanga na Visu   Excellent photos, specs, discussion of 649 Congo dowry knives, throwing knives, shields, axes, and other ceremonial / status weapons. German text.   350p, 9x12", hc, 2009NOT IN STOCK
Fisher, AngelaAfrica Adorned    Money items shown in use as jewelry. Color photos & useful text.  304p, 10.5x14", hc/sc, 1984RNOT IN STOCK
Florine, Ivan Africa Mint Catalog   Both a marketing tool for a series of African collector-coins and a pictorial gallery of African ethnographic monies. Some coins show money forms (Katanga cross, Mambilla, Manilla, throwing knife, etc.) and not all variants are catalogued in KM. Gallery of 231 ethnographic monies (30pp.) is not comprehensive nor referenced (and some of dubious monetary status), but the photos and tribal attributions are useful. Multilingual. Insert with specs. & valuations.   105p, sc, 5.75x8.25", 200629.50
Forien de Rochesnard, JeanAlbum des Poids d'Afrique    Alphabetical by country, the great majority (hundrreds) being Akhan, with sections on Egyptian, Phonecian, and Islamic weights. Drawing-illustrated with weight & provenance where known. French text. Poorly bound.   2nd ed., 287p, 8x11.5", sc, 1978, OP (comb-bound photocopy of presumed 1st ed, not much different $40) NOT IN STOCK
Förster, TillGlänzwend wie Gold   Gelbguss bei den Senufo, Elfenbeinküste. Appears to be an extensive history and catalog of Senufo bronzes with monetary and magical functions, such as bracelets, legbands, animal figures. More bracelets than any other single work, well catalogued. German text.    252p, 9x8.5", hc/sc, 1987 [Est. Market Value: $30]   Selective photocopy of 110p. only:7.00
Francis, PeterGhana: Where Beads are Loved    A brief but colorfully illustrated primer on the most important European-made trade beads and how they are used in West Africa.  Color  22p+3cpl, 8.5x11", sc, 1993NOT IN STOCK
Garrard, TimothyAkhan Weights & the Gold Trade   The definitive work on "Ashanti" weights, scholarly yet readable. Not a catalog, but hundreds of photos. Recommended.   393p, hc, 1980, OP [Est. Market Value: $100+?]NOT IN STOCK
Garrard, TimothyGold of Africa   Exhibit catalog of jewellery and ritual objects from Ghana, Cote dÕIvoire, Mali and Senegal from Barbier-Mueller Museum. Chapter on the Akan, who used gold dust as money. Hundreds of objects color plated with detailed attributions, historical background and analysis.   247p, 9x12", hc/sc, 1989 [Est. Market Value: $35-40]NOT IN STOCK
Glar, WilfriedAfrikanische Reife (Series)   A series of five books covering African bracelets by tribal groups: V.1, Senufo, 78p, 2002R07, 250+ items; V.2, Kapsiki, 80p, 2003, 100 items; V.3, Lobi, 222p, 2003; V.4, Grunshi Culture, 158p, 2004; V.5, Gurma, 148p?, 2006, 244 items? Most 8.25x11.75', spiral-bind photocopies.   Excellent color photos of some outstanding pieces, arranged by tribe (or sub-tribe) and series, with remarks on symbolism, use, etc. Large bibliography. German text. (These are available individualy from the author at €30 each, plus postage.) Full set in stock:300.00
Guyer, JaneMoney Matters: Instabilities, Values, and Social Payments in the Modern History of West African Communities    Papers on African monetary history, including Raffia cloth (Teke), cowries & Gold in Dahomey, Mandjong (iron anchor monies) of the Kwele, Monetization of the Asante, changes in Igbo (Nigeria) money systems.  331p, 6x9, sc, 1995, Out of Print30.00
Herbert, EugeniaRed Gold of Africa: Copper in Precolonial History and Culture   Scholarly yet readable illustrated historical account of metal usage and trade in Africa through the 19th century which deemphasizes the role of gold. Much info on rod, bracelet & "cross" monies, others.  436p, hc/sc, 6x9, 1984  [Est. Market Value: $30]NOT IN STOCK
Hogendorn, J. & Johnson, M.The Shell Money of the Slave Trade    Detailed, scholarly work on the European trade between the Maldives and Africa in the world's most universal currency. Includes resurgance of use in the 1930's and current use.   229p, 6x9", sc, 1986, OP [Est. Market Value: $30] NOT IN STOCK
Hugon, AnneThe Exploration of Africa: From Cairo to the Cape   Readable overview of the subject crammed with pictures, many color.  175p, sc, 5x7, 1993, List 12.959.25
Johansson, Sven-OlofNigerian Currencies   Standard work with history, many illustrations, fold-out charts for manilla types, iron hoe types; valuations. Long out of print.  2 vols, 93p+13pl, sc, 6x8.25", 1967 (signed copy available, no extra charge.)35.00
Joyce, TomLife Force at the Anvil: The Blacksmith's Art from Africa    Exhibit catalog from U. North Carolina. 42 prestige and monetary items with good b&w photos & attributions. Good tribal map, bibliography.   32p, sc, 8.5x11", 1998   May be available from author.
Kriger, C.E.Pride of Men: Ironworking in 19th C. West Central Africa    Much on monies. 288p, sc, 6x9 , 1999   Sample Page   NOT IN STOCK
Mitton, CharlesEthnic Groups, Artifacts and Traditional Money of Africa Cross Reference Guide  Traditional money names sorted by name, description, and country, indexed to Opitz & other English-language references. Also Tribes sorted by country. Useful.   173p, sc, 8.5x11, 2005   Available from author at $33 + postage.
Ngam, OusmanouArmes-Monnaies D'Afrique Noire  Photos, specs, map & tribal attributions for ±40 monetary items of west & central Africa, particularly Cameroun, some of them not covered in Opitz or Ballarini. Small maps show exact areas of circulation. Author is from Cameroun. English.   30p, sc, 8x12, c.1998 [Est. Market Value: $20]NOT IN STOCK
Ngam, OusmanouArmes-Monnaies D'Afrique Noire   Photos, specs, tribal attributions for ±40 monetary items of west & central Africa, particularly Cameroun, some of them not covered in Opitz or Ballarini. Small maps show tribal locations. Author is from Cameroun. English.   30p, sc, 8x12, c.199, OP. Photocopy:5.00
Niangoran-Bouah, GeorgesThe Akan World of Gold Weights)   Exhaustive and well-illustrated treatment of the weights: V.1 Abstract Design Weights: The Dja and the apparatus, Abstract design weights, Akan weights and the archaeology of writing in West Africa; V.2 The Figurative Weights: The creatures of God, Creations of man, Technology and Manipulation. Though not presented as a catalog, there are hundreds of b&w and color photos. Bilingual English/French. Published in Ivory Coast, op and hard to find.   311+313p, 9.5x12", hc, 1985NOT IN STOCK
Nitecki, AndreEqual Measure for Kings and Commoners: Goldweights of the Akhan   Attractive "museum store" booklet on Ashanti weights, with brief accounts of weight typology, making, use and - most interesting - proverbs & significance of common shapes. Many photos; maps, drawings.  69p, sc, 9x10 198215.00
Rivallain, JosettePaleo-Monnaies Africaines  Extensive discussion of pre-modern African monies with catalogue and plates of about 67 metallic, glass, cloth, etc. including "Guindja" (Spades?) which I havent seen before. 2 color bead plates. French text.  91p+32, sc, 8x12", 1986NOT IN STOCK
Rivallain, JosettePoids Akans a Peser la Poudre D'Or: Collection Abel  100pp discussion of Akan weights, plate-catalogue (with weights) of 930 geometrical and 130 figural pieces collected by the Abels on the Ivory Coast before 1952. French text.   253p, sc, 8x12", 1989NOT IN STOCK
Robertson, Eric D.The Art of Money - African Metalwork and Currency   Well illustrated and informative catalog of an exhibit at the Zora Neale Hurston National Museum of Fine Arts in Etonfille, FL , May-Aug 2007. Please request bRobArts.pdf and I can email you a copy of the pdf file.
Schaedler, K.F.Earth and Ore: 2500 Years of African Art in Terracotta and Metal   Catalogs 677 metal & terracotta items from private collections, with excellent color photo, specs & art-history descriptive text. Short chapters on primitive money (unusual items) & status weapons plus others throughout; detailed tribal maps.  382p, hc, 9x11", 1997, OP [Est. Market Value: $150] German edition exists.NOT IN STOCK
Semans, ScottArican Traditional Monies: A Market Report   An online article about the Africa Traders and their supply of money items to the American and European markets since about 1990.
Semans, ScottManilla: Money of the Slave Trade   An online article.
Semans, ScottAfrican Bracelet Money: Unanswered Questions   An online article.
Sundström, LarsThe Exchange Economy of Pre-Colonial Tropical Africa   A citation-heavy account and analysis of pre-Colonial trade. Focus on W. Africa, internal trade, 18-early 20th Cent., cowries, salt, iron, copper, brass, textiles but little notice given of their forms. No(??) mention of beads. No index. No illustrations. An important background work. 262p,7.5x10", hc, 1974NOT IN STOCK
Westerdijk, H.Ijzerwerk van Centraal-Afrika   Text and attribution guide to (mainly) Congo ceremonial, dowry, and throwing knives and adzes. Good line drawings matched to multi-tribal groups. Chapters on general-purpose monies and musical instruments. Dutch text.   154p, 6.5x9.5, sc, 1975 [Est. Market Value: $50+]NOT IN STOCK
THAILAND - BURMA - SOUTH EAST ASIA
SEE ALSO: THAILAND (coins) for Bullet Money.
Mihailovs, V., & Krisadaolarn, R.Siamese Coins: From Funan To The Fifth Reign   A rich sourcebook for the study of Thai numismatics in general, and a functional catalog for three series currently lacking comprehensive coverage: The Mon / Pyu symbolic coinage, the "ingot" coinages of Northern Thailand (tok, lat, flower, c'ieng, etc.) and pod-duang, or bullet coinage. For the first time excellent color photos and descriptive data are given for nearly all known types and varieties, even while questions of attribution remain. There are fascinating discoveries in the flat coinage of 1835-1910 as well as good, non-comprehensive coverage of south Thai jokoh and other tin tokens, Prakab, early gambling tokens, and Patani-Kelantan gold. The inclusion of old and new forgeries and fantasies, and summaries of Thai collector opinion and market wisdom are two features very useful to the Western collector. Includes brief political and monetary histories of Siam and 130pp of early travellers' accounts, Royal monetary proclamations, and other documents, all translated to English. Bibliographic notes throughout point to deeper discussions of topics. The excellent color plates, which cover most known types and varieties, are coordinated with the text and can be used as catalog references. These are supplemened by an additional 1000? enlarged images on a DVD, showing more specimens, and more angles for the three-dimensional monies, derived from the principal author's collection, various private, and major public collections in Thailand. Winner of 2013 First Prizes for Numismatic Literature from both IAPN and PNG.   251?p+55cpl, hc, slipcase, DVD, 8.5x11", 2012, List price US$ 100.00; Out of Print shortly after release. Check Addall for best price. Search with each author name and "Lesnichenko" to find all sellers. NOT IN STOCK
Althoff, R.Sammlung Köhler-Osbahr Band II/3: Siamesische Porzellantoken   Bilingual section on use, production, inscriptions, money use & other aspects of Thai porcelain gambling tokens; Catalog and 54 oversize color plates of 1400 pcs. Most comprehensive work yet on this topic.   331p + 54cpl, 8x11",sc, 1994   New but bottom of spine slightly crimped on all copies.110.00
Althoff, R.Sammlung Köhler-Osbahr Band II/2: Südostasien, Afrike   Catalog of 314 primitive money items from Asia & Africa, strength is in Thai material & some good African bracelets. German text. The photos of some unusual specimens are worth the cost of the book. Some color.   150p, 8.5 x12", sc, 1993 40.00
Braun, Rolf & IlseOpium Weights / Opium Gewichte   Photos of 630 pcs, German/English/French text. Origin of name, historical aspects, how made, material, weight systems, stamps, motifs.  240p, sc, 8.5x12", 1983, OPNOT IN STOCK
Cresswell, Oliver D.Early Coinage Of South East Asia  Discussing Lat, tiger tongue, boat, C'ieng (Tamlung), and Tok monies in historical context, with some dubious new theories. Mediocre reprints of LeMay and Kneedler plates.  38p+19pl, sc, 5.5x8.5", 19745.00
Daniel, HowardLao Coins and Currency   Definitive work on Laotian numismatic items, including banknotes, patterns, fakes, fantasies, NCLT, medals, tokens, miscellanea. All with full specs, catalog numbers and cross-references, excellent color photos, and prices in three grades. Fully 41 pages devoted to tiger tongue, lat ("leech"), tok, and other pre-coin currencies, broken down by denominations and marks, as well as modern forgeries of same. With a low print run and distribution mainly in Asia, this will be hard to get in future.    233p, 7x10", sc, 2014    Buy it here for the bargain price of $30!NOT IN STOCK
Eur-SereeAuction Catalogs #3-7  Thai coins, medals, decorations, charms, animal weights, banknotes, stamps & related items. Bullet money & some earlier forms. Descriptions of money items are bilingual. Each catalog approx. 700 lots, color plates, incl. CD and prices realized. Set of 5 catalogs 2/03-9/04 (latest). DUE NOVEMBER 04 (Sample catalog $12)45.00
Francis, PeterHeirlooms of the Hills (Southeaast Asia)   Valuable beads in traditional cultures of Thailand, Burma, Taiwan, Southeast Asia, the Philippines & Indonesia.   22p+4cpl, 8.5x11", sc, 1992, OPNOT IN STOCK
Gear, Donald & JoanEarth to Heaven: The Royal Animal-shaped Weights of the Burmese Empires    Complex work on the Bird and Chinthe weights of the Mon and Burmese kingdoms: origin, symbolism, typology, dating. Does not deal with other "zodiac animal" types. Well illustrated.  320p, 6x9, sc, 1992R2002 The hardcover is out of print, but the softcover Thai reprint is available from Paragon Books
Houben, GerardBurmese Bronze Weights  A short distillation of Gear's system for dating the Bird & Beast weights, with chart & illustrations. Poor photocopy of 6p. article from ?.75
Kempers, A.J. B.The Kettledrums of Southeast Asia   Exhaustive scholarly study of Kettle-drums from Burma & Indochina to Indonesia, from Bronze Age to present including monetary use.  471p+126pl, hc, 1988 OP [Est. Market Value: $150]NOT IN STOCK
Kneedler, W.H.The Coins of North Siam    Important early summary work on money forms of .Lanchang & Lannatai (Tok, Lat, Tiger Tongue, C'ieng, etc.) 1937 article from J. SiamSoc, photocopy1.25
Siam SocietyStudies Of Old Siamese Coins   Reprints W.H. Kneedler The Coins of North Siam an important early summary work on Tok, Lat, C'ieng, etc., and four articles by W. Harding Kneedler supplementing LeMays' work on bullet coinage, though including a number of dubious pieces. Plates are not as good as original journal articles, but better than the Anthology reprint.    148p+pl, 7x10", sc, 1937-49R1961NOT IN STOCK
LeMay, Reginald et alSiamese Coins and Tokens: An Anthology   Reprints of LeMay The Coinage of Siam, the pioneering and still very useful work on bullet money, etc., and Guehler's supplements (4 articles from Siam Society Journal) on bullets, Kneedler The Coins of North Siam the basic work for Tok, Lat, C'ieng etc., and Ramsden Siamese Porcelain and Other Tokens.  All important works, though plate reproduction is not good.  389p, R1977, hc  (xerox Kneedler 1.25)35.00
Lewis, Paul & ElainePeoples of the Golden Triangle   Best book yet on the Hill Tribes of Thailand and Burma, emphasis on their crafts. Plate after plate (mostly color) of silver bracelet money, necklace money, beads, etc.  225p, 1984 hc L$40?; sc L25?NOT IN STOCK
Lewis, ElaineAkha Beads: From Whence to Wither  Unpublished? 7p. collector's-eye view of trade beads found among the Akha of Thailand by the co-author of Peoples of the Golden Triangle. Important. Photocopy..85
Mitchiner, MichaelNon-Islamic States & Western Colonies AD600-1979 (OC&V #3)   More than 4750 coins catalogued with photos: 1) India from the fall of the Guptas through rise of Islam, 2) Colonial & modern India & Ceylon, 3) Nepal, Assam, Tripura, Arakan, Burma, Thailand, Cambodia, Malay peninsula & Indonesia 600 AD to present, 4) (less useful) China, Japan, Annam & Korea from T'ang to present. Dynastic tables, historical background. Rendering in original script with translation for most coins. The India section alone is worth the price. Important listings of S.E. Asian odd & curious items. M#'s are widely used and this is still an important reference. Later works expand upon and reattribute certain series: Southern India Part 1 &2, Indian Tokens,Southeast Asia, Bangladesh.  640p, 8.5x12, 1979, List £125, Synopsis225.00
Ramsden, H.A.Siamese Porcelain and Other Tokens  Catalog by shape of 345 Thai and Burmese gambling tokens, giving material and denomination, no transliteration of Hong names. Brief history and description of series. Lovely color plates.   37p+20cpl,6x9,sc,1911R1967, OP Reprints have b&w plates.  See LeMay et. al Anthology    DOWNLOAD NOT IN STOCK
Semans, ScottVietnam 10 Lang Silver Bars   An online article.
Shaw, W & Ali, M.Tin Hat and Animal Money   Describes use of tin ingots, their development into "hats," use of tin animal shapes in Malaya.  17p+8pl, sc, 19703.00
Singh, SaranEncyclopedia of the Coins of Malaysia,Singapore, and Brunei, 1400-1967 Revised 3rd Ed.    Informative, comprehensive catalog of early, native, colonial, and token coinage of the region. Port. Malacca, Perak tin ingots, tampangs, and animal money, Brunei iron strips, counterfeits, local tokens, tin copies of Chinese cash, etc. Many new types and better layout than 1986 ed, though weaker photos. Far better coverage of Native Malay than KM. Separate price guide.   624p, 7.5x10.5", hc, 1996, OP [Est. Market Value: $100+]    NOT IN STOCK
Thai TreasuryPod Duang (Bullets)  86p sc, 1985  Thai text7.50
ORIENT
SEE ALSO:   CHINA Knife & Spade and Sycee, and also JAPAN for Pre-Meiji silver.
Althoff, R.Sammlung Köhler-Osbahr Band II/1: China, Annam, Korea und Japan   Collection of "odd & curious" monies of the Orient, mainly Chinese knife and spade, but a host of other items not well-catalogued elsewhere: Bridge, bell, lotus-root, grater, sycee (rather ordinary), tallies, Ko (weapon), Ko stones, amuletic knife & key; Korean horse warrants (6 pcs); various Japanese pre-Meiji silver. All well-catalogued & illustrated with references to other published examples. GERMAN TEXT  214p, 8.5x11", sc, 1993 NOT IN STOCK
Cribb, JosephA Catalogue of Sycee in the British Museum: Chinese Silver Currency Ingots c.1750-1933   More than a catalog of the BM (including Kann) collection, over 1300 pieces are actually classified by the shape/size/inscription characteristics used by the issuers to define their place of origin and circulation.  A virtual sycee type catalog of 92 classes & 272 varieties with photos & translations.  Chapters on history, manufacture, use, inscriptions, forgeries; Chinese preface.  Authored by the Curator of Oriental Numismatics at the BM and one of the few serious Western scholars in the field.  Highly recommended despite the price, especially for the non-Chinese reader.  368p+71pl, 9x11, hc, 1992  L£95NOT IN STOCK
Etgen, BillHell Bank Notes  Chinese funeral money  20p + 15 notes included  sc, 19939.00
Francis, PeterChinese Glass Beads: A Review of the Evidence  History of glass bead production in China and their use in trade.   50p, sc, 8.5x11", 1986, OPNOT IN STOCK
Ramsden, H.A.Chinese Early Barter and Uninscribed Money   Catalog of 92 pieces of Spade, Knife, Bell, Gridiron, Nutmeg Grater, Weights, Arrow Head, Halberd Head, Sword, Shield (Carapace), Ring (Disc), Lily Root, Bridge, Comb, and Cicada. Discusses past literature & evidence of money use, typical forms and variants. Three photo plates supplement lovely drawings in text. Many now thought to be charms, burial objects, etc. A separate 21p. 1914 work Model-Insect Money of Ancient China argues for monetary use of Cicada bronzes.   34p+3pl, 6x9, sc, 1912NOT IN STOCK
Tai, StephenWuan Ching Chuan (A Study of Yunnan Saddle Sycee)   The author lists all inscription types in ten issuer categories. Chinese text.  192p, sc, 199622.50
Yu Yan TangQian Chou (Bamboo Money/Tokens)  Story of how bamboo tokens (merchant, general use, labor ticket, etc.) came into use in Kiangsu & Chekiang Provinces 1870s-1938, succeeded by metal tokens from western minting machinery. Not a full catalog but many illos; Chinese text.  188p, 6x9, sc, 1997?, OPNOT IN STOCK
OCEANIA & INDIES
Akin, David & Robbins, Joel, Ed.Money and Modernity: State and Local Currencies in Melanesia   Ten seminar papers by social anthropologists on local monies and their social contexts. A few illustrations. Extensive bibliography, index, 284p, sc, 6x9", 1999  List $19.9518.50
Arifin & AdhyatmanBeads in Indonesia   Beautifully color-illustrated work on the important Indo-Pacific trade beads as well as beads of foreign origin found in Indonesia; introduction by Peter Francis; bilingual.  166p, hc, 8.5x10, 1993RNOT IN STOCK
Barron, ColinA Preliminary Bibliography of the Traditional Curencies and Trade Systems of Oceania  Alphabetical bibliography of published & unpublished works, largely works on cultural anthropology.   184p, sc, 8x12", 198820.00
Barron, ColinA Preliminary Bibliography of the Traditional Curencies and Trade Systems of Oceania, Supplements #1,2  Additional entries, #2 focuses on numismatic sources. At least 5 supplements exist.   Set of 2 only:10.00
Francis, PeterBeads and the Bead Trade in Southeast Asia   Preliminary research on Indo-Pacific or "Tradewind" beads, their sites of manufacture and use in oceanic trade.   36p, sc, 8.5x11", 1989, OPNOT IN STOCK
Kempers, A.J. B.The Kettledrums of Southeast Asia   Exhaustive scholarly study of Kettle-drums from Burma & Indochina to Indonesia, from Bronze Age to present including monetary use.  471p+126pl, hc, 1988 OP [Est. Market Value: $150]NOT IN STOCK
Kreissparkasse KölnFedergeld und Muschelketten: Traditionelle Zahlungsmittel aus Melanesien   Kina (shell rings), Tafuli'ae & feather coils from a 1/92 exhibition; color photos, including modern manufacture. German text.  16p, 6x8.5", sc, 19922.00
Kuhn, GünterMokkos  Informative self-published catalog of 270 Alor drums in European collections, numerous color plates, German text.  65p, 8.5x11, sc, 1996NOT IN STOCK
Lautz, ThomasSteinreich in der Südsee   Exhaustively researched work on history, forms & uses of traditional monies in Micronesia, including Yap stones. Limited edition of 100 copies with over 100 original glossy photos glued in.   231p, 8.5x11.5", hc, 1999, OP [Est. Market Value: $125+]NOT IN STOCK
Lewis, A.Melanesian Shell Money in Field Museum Collections   Discussion and Catalog of about 100 specimens, with good plates.   36p+26pl, sc, 6.5x9.5", 1929; (Pub. 268)NOT IN STOCK
Neich, Roger & Pereira, P.F.Pacific Jewelry and Adornment from the Collections of Auckland Museum   Opitz recommends this for color pictures of many traditional money items.   190p, sc, 11.5x9, 2004 [Est. Market Value: $35]NOT IN STOCK
Opitz, CharlesSpecial topic booklets, Oceania   #1 Cowry Shells 14p, 1992;   #2 Yap Stone 18p, 1993;    #3 Kula Ring 26p, 1994;   #6 Solomon Islands, Pt. 1 27p, 1996;   #7 Solomon Islands, Pt. 2 30p, 1997     Each profusely photo-illustrated, with bibliography, 5.5x8.5", sc, List $3   Each:2.75
Opitz, CharlesTraditional Money on Yap & Palau   In-depth treatment of udoud stone beads of Palau, famous quartz discs and other monies of Yap. Over 130 excellent color photos. Expands on treaatment in Ethnographic Studies   44p, sc, 8.5x11", 2004, List $98.50
Shariffuddin, P.M.Brunei Cannon   Detailed information with over 20 specimens plated. Offprint from Brunei Museum Journal.   .21p+16pl, sc, 7x10", 1969NOT IN STOCK
INDIA & NEAR EAST
Bhatt, S.K.Nishka - The Rig Vedic Money   Arguing that Nishka, small copper beads in the shape of tools, animals, flowers, etc. were money or barter (vs. adornment) in the Vedic age. Other scholars place them at c.200BC - 200AD, about 1000 years later and consider them primarily ornamental.   36p+20pl+8 cpl, sc, 1998 14.50
Francis, PeterIndian Agate Beads   History, manufacture and typology of this widely traded bead category.   52p+2cpl, 5.5x8.5, sc,1982, OPNOT IN STOCK
Balog, PaulUmmayad, Abbasid and Tulunid Glass Weights and Vessel Stamps (ANS#13)   Standard work on early glass "money."   322p+54pl, 8x11", hc, 197647.50
Wood, HowlandThe Gampola Larin Hoard (NNM61)   Best work on the bent-wire Larins, with catalog of a hoard found in Ceylon.    84p+20pl, sc, 193410.00
AMERICAS & EUROPE
SEE ALSO: Ancient coinage page for pre-coin copper monies.
Carter, WillNorth American Trade Silver  Reorganized reprint of this hard-to-find work on the fur trade, barter goods, silver beavers, crosses, etc, their makers, hallmarks, collecting & rarity, much background & anecdotal material, many photos.  256p, sc, 5.5x8.5, 1988NOT IN STOCK
DeWidrangesDesAnneaux et Der Rouelles, Antique Monnaie des Gaulo’s   French pamphlet on Celtic base-metal ring money (see Quiggin p.288-89)   16p+6pl, 5.5x8.5", 1861R PhotocopyNOT IN STOCK
Francis, PeterThe Glass Trade Beads of Europe   History and identification of Venetian, Dutch, etc. beads traded into Africa, Asia & the Americas. One of few useful works on trade beads.   Color  70p+1cpl, 8-1/2x11", sc, 1988  OP and scarce.NOT IN STOCK
Francis, PeterBeads and the Discovery of the New World   Bead use among the Amerinds and the beginnings of the bead trade from Europe.   66p, sc, 8.5x11", 1986, OPNOT IN STOCK
Fredrickson, N.J.The Covenant Chain; Indian and Ceremonial Trade Silver   Exhibit catalog of 210 trade silvers, mdedals & related items with chapters on the fur & silver trades. Does not cover beavers or animal forms.   168p, sc, 8x9", 1980 [Est. Market Value: $20-25]NOT IN STOCK
Hayes, Charles F.Proceedings of the 1982 Glass Trade Beads Conference  Twenty scholarly articles from a conference on beads made or traded into North America.   290p, 8.5x11", sc, 1983NOT IN STOCK
Hedges, KenMoney in Medieval Mexico  Axe money & others, 12p photocopy from World Coin News, 19701.00
Hosler, Lecht, & HolmAxe-Monies and Their Relatives   Serious archaeological study of axe (hoe), hide & "feather" monies of Mexico, Ecuador & Peru: dispersal, dating, metal analysis, use in trade, religious aspects, etc. (Dumbarton Oaks, Studies in Pre-Columbian Art & Archaeology #30)  103p, 7.5x10.5", sc, 1990NOT IN STOCK
Opitz, CharlesSpecial topic booklets, Americas   #4 Potlatch, 16p., 1994;   #5 Wampum, 28p., 1995    Each profusely photo-illustrated, with bibliography, 5.5x8.5", sc, Each:2.75
Ponterio & Assoc.Auction: Swedish Plate Money   1/27/90; 498 lots; Offering of sea-salvaged Nicobar specimens with essays on plate money and the Nicobar wreck.   56p, 8.5x11", sc, 1990 [Est. Market Value: $20]NOT IN STOCK
Taxay, DonMoney of the American Indians and Other Primitive Currencies of the Americas    Well-illustrated comprehensive survey by region of pre- and early Colonial monies of North and South America.   158p, 6.5x9.5", hc, 1970, OPNOT IN STOCK
Vecchi, I.G & Thurlow, B.K.Italian Cast Coinage: Italian Aes Grave / Italian Aes Rude Signatum and the Aes Grave of Sicily   Standard introduction and catalog for the earliest and proto-coinage of the Romans. Political, social, economic, numismatic history plus detailed catalog, maps, x-ref to older works, valuations.   50p+82pl, 7.5x10", hc, 1979. This hardcover with 82 plates is still in print at the publisher's original price of $15, but my price is even lower:9.75
Tingström, BertelPlate Money: The World's Largest Currency   The definitive work on history & use of stamped copper plate money 1644-1776. Also a census and illustrated specimen catalog of all known pre-Nicobar pieces. Excellent plates.    .344p, 8.5x12", hc, 1986NOT IN STOCK
BEADS
Arifin & AdhyatmanBeads in Indonesia   Beautifully color-illustrated work on the important Indo-Pacific trade beads as well as beads of foreign origin found in Indonesia; introduction by Peter Francis; bilingual.  166p, hc, 8.5x10, 1993RNOT IN STOCK
Dubin, LoisHistory of Beads   Probably the best all-around title on bead history and collecting, including the European, Chinese, and other types produced primarily for trade. The substantial 8-page foldout identification chart has been printed separately in an enlarged version.  The original 1987 edition was revised and the bead chart renumbered in 2009; there are stripped-down "concise" editions, and softcover editions also.    364p & color pl, 9x12, sc, hc, 1987R2009
Simak, Evelyn & Dreibelbis, CarlAfrican Beads: Jewels of a Continent   Thorough account of history, making, and use of beads in Africa from earliest times, as well as modern workshops, the import of European beads, and today's Trader exporters. Hundreds of gorgeous, enlarged photos. Focus on Ostrich Eggshell, amber, heishi, metal, stone, powder glass (Krobo, Bodom, Akoso, Kano, Kiffa, etc.), Includes Tuareg pendants, Coptic crosses: CONTENTS; Introduction by Lois Sher Dubin; 216p, hc, 10.5x11.25", 2010 List price $69.9560.00
Fenstermaker, Gerald B.(Amerind Beads Series)    A group of over 100 pamphlets, many with color plates, dealing with particular bead finds in North America or trade beads by type. A review of the series and how to obtain them is here.
Fenstermaker, G.B & Williams, Alice T.The Chinese Bead   History and identification of Venetian, Dutch, etc. beads traded into Africa, Asia & the Americas. One of few useful works on trade beads.   Color  70p+1cpl, 8-1/2x11", sc, 1988  OP and scarce.NOT IN STOCK
Francis, PeterBeads of the World   Replete with lovely color plates, this mass-market book is both a handbook and an inducement to what may be America's fastest growing hobby, "margaretology". Written by the foremost bead researcher it discusses beads by material and region/country of origin. Though barter and purely monetary use of beads is not addressed specifically, the bead trade is a constant subtext. Price gude (per bead & per strand) covers all illustrated types; 2nd ed. has revised prices. Bibliography & list of bead collector societies.    142p, 8.5x11, sc, 1994  List $20NOT IN STOCK
Francis, PeterThe Glass Trade Beads of Europe   History and identification of Venetian, Dutch, etc. beads traded into Africa, Asia & the Americas. One of few useful works on trade beads.   Color  70p+1cpl, 8-1/2x11", sc, 1988  OP and scarce.NOT IN STOCK
Francis, PeterBeads and the Discovery of the New World   Bead use among the Amerinds and the beginnings of the bead trade from Europe.   66p, sc, 8.5x11", 1986, OPNOT IN STOCK
Francis, PeterChinese Glass Beads: A Review of the Evidence  History of glass bead production in China and their use in trade. The Chinese "Padre" bead was traded widely into Canada, U.S. Southwest, and Africa.   50p, sc, 8.5x11", 1986,NOT IN STOCK
Francis, PeterGhana: Where Beads are Loved   A brief but colorfully illustrated primer on the most important European-made trade beads and how they are used in West Africa.  Color  22p+3cpl, 8.5x11", sc, 199314.95
Francis, PeterHeirlooms of the Hills (Southeaast Asia)   Valuable beads in traditional cultures of Thailand, Burma, Taiwan, Southeast Asia, the Philippines & Indonesia. These are wealth-storage rather than trade beads.   22p+4cpl, 8.5x11", sc, 1992, OPNOT IN STOCK
Francis, PeterBeads and the Bead Trade in Southeast Asia   Preliminary research on Indo-Pacific or "Tradewind" beads, their sites of manufacture and use in oceanic trade.   36p, sc, 8.5x11", 1989NOT IN STOCK
Francis, PeterIndian Agate Beads   History, manufacture and typology of this widely traded bead category.   52p+2cpl, 5.5x8.5, sc,1982, OPNOT IN STOCK
Francis, PeterTwenty Easy Steps to Identifying Most beads in Most Collections   Manual for the annual Bead Identification Workshop   Color  21p, 8.5x11", sc, 1992NOT IN STOCK
Francis, PeterAdvanced Bead Identification   Advanced manual for the annual Bead Identification Workshop   Color  20p, 8.5x11", sc, 1992NOT IN STOCK
Harris, ElizabethThe Russian Bead    "Russian blue" & other Alaska trade beads, history & typology.  13p+2pl, 5.5x8.5", sc, 1985, photocopy1.00
Hayes, Charles F.Proceedings of the 1982 Glass Trade Beads Conference  Twenty scholarly articles from a conference on beads made or traded into North America.   290p, 8.5x11", sc, 1983NOT IN STOCK
Jargstorf, SibylleGlass Beads from Europe   Ornament rather than trade-oriented, but text & 475 color photos chronicle development of Phonecian thru Viking, Venetian, Bohemian, Dutch, Russian, etc. beads. Price guide.    192p, 8.5x11, sc, 1995R97 [Est. Market Value: $20-25]NOT IN STOCK
Lewis, ElaineAkha Beads: From Whence to Wither  Unpublished? 7p. collector's-eye view of trade beads found among the Akha of Thailand by the co-author of Peoples of the Golden Triangle. Important. Photocopy..85
Liu, Robert K.Collectible Beads   Beautiful book by the editor of Ornament magazine.  256p, 9.5x11.5, hc , 1995NOT IN STOCK
Liu, Robert K.Collectible Beads   Beautiful book by the editor of Ornament magazine.  256p, 9.5x11.5, hc , 1995 [Est. Market Value: $40]NOT IN STOCK
Panini, AugustoMiddle Eastern and Venetian Glass Beads   Focus on manufacturing techniques & periods, and archaeological finds in Africa (esp. Mali) of the rarest, high-value beads, but ignores many types, such as white hearts. Scholarly approach with rather stiff, cite- laden text and odd classifications, but full of gorgeous pictures. Index lacks bead names. Far from a complete guide, but well worth the usual $60 retail.    311p, 9.5x11.5", hc, 2007NOT IN STOCK
Picard, JohnBeads from the West African Trade, Vol 1-2   Chevron & Tubular Beads Fantastic color plates with catalog and brief text on thse high value bead types.   10p+12cpl, 8.5x11", sc, 1986, OPNOT IN STOCK
Picard, JohnBeads from the West African Trade, Vol 3-4   "Fancy" Beads, White Heart, and Feather-&-Eye Beads Fantastic color plates with catalog and brief text on the Òhigh valueÓ bead types.   7p+45cpl, 8.5x11", sc, 1987-88 Set:16.50
Picard, JohnBeads from the West African Trade, Vol 5: Russian Blues   This bead is best known from the Russian-American trade; also used in Africa. Gorgeous color plates.   10p+34cpl, 8-1/2x11", sc, 1989, OP15.00
Picard, JohnBeads from the West African Trade, Vol 6: Millifiore   Multicolor, tubular beads, so-called "Aggries" best known and most beautiful of trade beads. Substantial publication with nearly 3000 individual beads catalogued.   20p+68cpl, 8-1/2x11",sc, 199125.00
Picard, JohnBeads from the West African Trade, Vol 7: Chevron and Nueva Cadiz Beads   Cataloguing 1371 examples of the oldest and most valuable types of European trade beads.   128p+40cpl, 11x9", hc, 1993   Available from the author.NOT IN STOCK
Winona Trading Post (Pierre & Sylvia Bovis)Trade Beads of the World   Retail catalog about 1985 of 120 types of trade beads, mostly higher value, from Venice, Bohemia, Tibet/Nepal, Africa, Ancient, stone, amber, finished African necklaces, etc., each with b&w photo of multiple srands, attribution, and price. Useful for identifying beads still offered by strand today and a peek at the "bead trade" in its early years.  32p, 8,5x11, sc, c.1985?  Some humidity wrinkling & rusted staples. Five for $10.3.00
SHELLS
SEE ALSO: Regional sections above, especially Africa and Oceania.
Hofrichter,P.Kauri Kulturgeschichte  Illustrated catalog of 223 monetary cowries including actual shells, Chinese burial imitations & I-pi, Thai "pee," and cowrie images on coins with explanatory text & bibliography. The only unified treatment of the subject. pp. 127-222 of Hanseatische Münzengilde 2/94. German text.  8x12, sc,1994, OPNOT IN STOCK
Hogendorn, J. & Johnson, M.The Shell Money of the Slave Trade    Detailed, scholarly work on the European trade between the Maldives and Africa in the world's most universal currency. Includes resurgance of use in the 1930's and current use.   229p, 6x9", sc, 1986, OP [Est. Market Value: $30] NOT IN STOCK
Lewis, A.Melanesian Shell Money in Field Museum Collections   Discussion and Catalog of about 100 specimens, with good plates.   36p+26pl, sc, 6.5x9.5", 1929; (Pub. 268)NOT IN STOCK
Safer, J & Gill, F.Spirals From the Sea   Lovely book full of color photos on anthropology of shells. Chapter (35p.) on shells as wealth.   192p, hc, 1982 L$3522.50
Opitz, CharlesSpecial Topic Booklets: Shell Monies   #1 Cowry Shells World's most universal money. 14p, 1992;   #5 Wampum Shell money of the Amerinds. 28p, 1995   Each 5.5x8.5", sc:2.75
SCHOLARLY WORKS
Titles from academic presses & museums.   SEE ALSO Quiggin and Einzig under General works above.
Akin, David & Robbins, Joel, Ed.Money and Modernity: State and Local Currencies in Melanesia   Ten seminar papers by social anthropologists on local monies and their social contexts. A few illustrations. Extensive bibliography, index, 284p, sc, 6x9", 1999  List $19.9518.50
Barron, ColinA Preliminary Bibliography of the Traditional Curencies and Trade Systems of Oceania  Alphabetical bibliography of published & unpublished works, largely works on cultural anthropology.   184p, sc, 8x12", 198820.00
Barron, ColinA Preliminary Bibliography of the Traditional Curencies and Trade Systems of Oceania, Supplements #1,2  Additional entries, #2 focuses on numismatic sources. At least 5 supplements exist.   Set of 2 only:10.00
Garrard, Timothy<Akhan Weights & the Gold Trade   The definitive work on "Ashanti" weights, scholarly yet readable. Not a catalog, but hundreds of photos. Recommended.   393p, hc, 1980, OP [Est. Market Value: $100+?]NOT IN STOCK
Guyer, JaneMoney Matters: Instabilities, Values, and Social Payments in the Modern History of West African Communities    Papers on African monetary history, including Raffia cloth (Teke), cowries & Gold in Dahomey, Mandjong (iron anchor monies) of the Kwele, Monetization of the Asante, changes in Igbo (Nigeria) money systems.  331p, 6x9, sc, 1995, Out of Print30.00
Herbert, EugeniaRed Gold of Africa: Copper in Precolonial History and Culture  Scholarly yet readable illustrated historical account of metal usage and trade in Africa through the 19th century which deemphasizes the role of gold. Much info on rod, bracelet & "cross" monies, others.  436p, hc/sc, 6x9, 1984  [Est. Market Value: $15]NOT IN STOCK
Hogendorn, J. & Johnson, M.The Shell Money of the Slave Trade    Detailed, scholarly work on the European trade between the Maldives and Africa in the world's most universal currency. Includes resurgance of use in the 1930's and current use.   229p, 6x9", sc, 1986, OP [Est. Market Value: $30] NOT IN STOCK
Kempers, A.J. B.The Kettledrums of Southeast Asia  Exhaustive scholarly study of Kettle-drums from Burma & Indochina to Indonesia, from Bronze Age to present including monetary use.  471p+126pl, hc, 1988 OP130.00
Kriger, C.E.Pride of Men: Ironworking in 19th C. West Central Africa    Much on monies. 288p, sc, 6x9 , 1999   Sample Page   NOT IN STOCK
RivallainPaleo-Monnaies Africaines  Extensive discussion of pre-modern African monies with catalogue and plates of about 67 metallic, glass, cloth, etc. including "Guindja" (Spades?) which I havent seen before. 2 color bead plates. French text.  91p+32, sc, 1986NOT IN STOCK
Rivallain, JosettePoids Akans a Peser la Poudre D'Or: Collection Abel  100pp discussion of Akan weights, plate-catalogue (with weights) of 930 geometrical and 130 figural pieces collected by the Abels on the Ivory Coast before 1952. French text.   253p, sc, 8x12", 1989NOT IN STOCK
Rivallain, JosetteÉchanges et pratiques monétaires en Afrique du XVe au XIXe siécle á travers les récits des voyageurs  Sounds fascinating. Has anyone seen it?   150p, 1994, LyonNOT IN STOCK
Sundström, LarsThe Exchange Economy of Pre-Colonial Tropical Africa   A citation-heavy account and analysis of pre-Colonial trade. Focus on W. Africa, internal trade, 18-early 20th Cent., cowries, salt, iron, copper, brass, textiles but little notice given of their forms. No(??) mention of beads. No index. No illustrations. An important background work. 262p,7.5x10", hc, 1974NOT IN STOCK
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NOTE: Many catalogs include valuations or rarity guides. I have noted this in the descriptions. See categories above.
Christie's Neil Kent Becker Collection of Primitive Money  2/7/81; 182 lots. Neil was an enthusiastic collector and promoter of "primitive" money who worked for Hans Schulman and died tragically young. This was one of his attempts to mainstream the collecting of primitives. With (unissued) Prices Realized list showing what sold and what didn't.17.50
Dillingham, PaulPricelists 1968-85  For many years Paul was THE primitive money dealer, issuing 27 price lists with hand-drawn illustrations. The set is a fountain of information on attributions and market values. In 1995 I did a limited reprint.   ±380p, 8.5x14, Loose, R1995   (Original of List #25 $5.00)NOT IN STOCK
Eur-SereeAuction Catalogs #3-7  Thai coins, medals, decorations, charms, animal weights, banknotes, stamps & related items. Bullet money & some earlier forms. Descriptions of money items are bilingual. Each catalog approx. 700 lots, color plates, incl. CD and prices realized. Set of 5 catalogs 2/03-9/04 (latest). DUE NOVEMBER 04 (Sample catalog $12)45.00
Money Co. (R. Nelson) Auctions, incl. Hong Kong venues  Some of the most varied and unusual material found at auction, with specialty in China, Japan, Asia, odd & curious, exonumia. Most available: #1 (6/78)-13,15,17,20,25,26 (11/93) $10 each; #14,18,19,21,22,23  $12 each; #24  $15; #16 $40
Ponterio & Assoc.Auction: Swedish Plate Money   1/27/90; 498 lots; Offering of sea-salvaged Nicobar specimens with essays on plate money and the Nicobar wreck.   56p, 8.5x11", sc, 1990 [Est. Market Value: $20]NOT IN STOCK
Schulman, HansHoward Gibbs Sale Parts I-VI Near-complete set of 10/70+ sales of the most important primitive money collection ever auctioned (excludes Part 5 which includes Kann Chinese)    (Part 1,3 $25 Ea; Part 2 $10; Part 4,6 $20 Ea.)    Parts I-IV, excluding Kann Chinese & Gibbs Jade $75;    Parts I-IV & VI, excluding Kann Chinese90.00
Schulman, HansAuction Sales  Schulman sales usually had "odd & curious" monies. Besides the Gibbs, I have several other important sales.
Schulman, HansPrimitive Money  Informative 1967 pricelist of 714 items, mostly odd & curious monies, many photo-illustrated. (Original, with ink notations $17; clean 20.00); xerox reprint:11.00
Sotheby'sGibbs Sale  I5/14/79   170 "remaining" Gibbs primitive money lots not offered by Schulman. 20.00
Winona Trading PostTrade Beads of the World   Priced catalog, b&w bead photos  32p, 8,5x11, sc, c.1985?2.00
ANTIQUITIES / WEAPONS / JEWELRY
SEE ALSO: Africa for knife & spear monies, Thailand and Africa for bracelet monies.
Elsen, JanBeaute Fatale: Armes d'Afrique Centrale   In-depth exhibition catalog of 506 Zaire functional, ceremonial, and monetary weapons by region, mainly knives, but spears, daggars, bows, arrows, shields, etc. Chapters on iron mining & forging, weapon design, types & uses, war, impact of colonialization, and general-purpose weapon monies. Author is a top authority on African metal work. French text.   263p, 8.5x11.5, sc, 1992, OP [Est. Market Value: $100+]NOT IN STOCK
Fischer, Werner & Zirngibl, ManfredAfrikanische Waffen / African Weapons   Catalogs 367 items (mostly knives) with tribal attributions, notes on use, development & artistic qualities, tribal map.. Bilingual. Includes most types of Zaire dowry knives. Unlike exhibition catalogs which show just one exceptional piece of a type, this is more of a collector's catalog with numerous varieties of the commoner types.  204p, 9.5x12, hc, 1978   (See Zirngibl for supplemental volume.)NOT IN STOCK
Zirngibl, ManfredRare African Short Weapons   A Supplement to African Weapons, its focus is on Congo knives, throwing knives, and Zapozap with much attention to the monetary aspects. Beautiful color photos, extensive research. Trilingual English / French / German.   145p, 9.5x12, hc, 1983 135.00
Zirngibl, ManfredRare African Short Weapons   A Supplement to African Weapons, its focus is on Congo knives, throwing knives, and Zapozap with much attention to the monetary aspects. Beautiful color photos, extensive research. Trilingual English / French / German.   145p, 9.5x12, hc, 1983 135.00
Zirngibl, Manfred & Kubetz, AlexanderPanga na Visu   Excellent photos, specs, discussion of 649 Congo dowry knives, throwing knives, shields, axes, and other ceremonial / status weapons. German text.   350p, 9x12", hc, 2009NOT IN STOCK
Fisher, AngelaAfrica Adorned   Money items shown in use as jewelry. Color photos & useful text.  304p, 10.5x14", hc/sc, 1984RNOT IN STOCK
Garwer, CorneliaSammlung Kšhler-Osbahr: Auswahlkatalog MŸnzen und Antiken   Highlights of this collection of Classical & Asian coins, ceramics & terracottas German text. 70,000 coins & 500 antiquities from Ancient Mediterranean world & East Asia in collection with catalogs in preparation. This is an overview volume, picturing cataloguing 184 terracotta & metal objects, and 133 Asian coins & ethnographic monies.   143p,8.5x12,sc,199018.50
Malloy, AlexAntiquities of Ancient Civilizations  2300+ items described, generally clips from his old price lists. Not money items. Of minimal value.   258p+34pl, 8.5x11", sc, 1997,List 19.95   Malloy has owed me over $1000 since 1999; when are you going to pay me, Alex? Blowout:9.95
Moorey, P.R.S.Ancient Bronzes from Luristan   Brief illustrated history of these extremely early Persian bronzes (including arrows). Not money items.   51p+18pl, sc, 19748.50
Schulman, HansGibbs Jade Sale (Gibbs VI)    797 lots, mainly jade but including Chinese bronzes and a fair amount of primitive money. 61p+23pl, 3/7220.00
Shariffuddin, P.M.Brunei Cannon   Detailed information with over 20 specimens plated. Offprint from Brunei Museum Journal.   .21p+16pl, sc, 7x10", 1969NOT IN STOCK
Stone, George CameronGlossary of the Construction, Decoration & Use of Arms and Armor in all countries and in all times    Catalog of world weaponry, emphasizing ethnographic and antique. Format very much like Opitz's book. Brief entries, but well illustrated. Monetary weapons & many weapons with secondary exchange uses are included. A popular old work that stays in print. 698p, 9x11", hc,1934R196155.00


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