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Greatest reference work for collectors of “Art Medals” - available online


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The single greatest reference work for collectors of “Art Medals” is the Biographical Dictionary of Medallists by L. Forrer. It was originally published in London (1902-1930) and later reprinted in 8 volumes by Spinks (London - 1965), Franklin (New York - 1970) and Baldwin/van der Dussen (Belgium - 1980).

 

Original copies are very expensive and even the reprints runs to several hundreds of dollars. However, you might want to be aware that much of the work is freely available on line, courtesy of the University of Michigan at:

 

http://www.digitalbookindex.com/_search/refsearchbiodict.asp

 

Ironically, the online copy is not complete and the volume numbering is incorrect. Nevertheless, it remains a valuable resource.

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