Norman F. Gorny:
Northern Song Dynasty Cash Variety Guide
Volume 2, Kosen Daizen, Song Yuan to Jing You

Northern Song Dynasty Cash Variety Guide - Volume 2: Kosen Daizen, Song Yuan to Jing You        Announcing: Northern Song Dynasty Cash Variety Guide - Volume 2, Kosen Daizen, Song Yuan to Jing You, by Norman F. Gorny.

       By way of explanation, here are some excerpts from the Introduction:

       "The catalog you are now holding in hand is the key to studying, understanding, and collecting Northern Song dynasty Chinese cash. It will enable you to reference and build your collection intelligently. It can lead you to new discoveries. It will encourage you to buy bulk quantities of inexpensive cash from this dynasty and sort through them. That is the way to build a comprehensive collection. Start with an unsearched string of at least 100 cash. If you can get about five strings of 100, you will be able to find them all in the volumes of this series and own a very impressive attributed collection.

       "Volume 2 of Northern Song Dynasty Cash Variety Guide is a re-presentation in English of the varieties of Northern Song cash from Song Yuan to Jing You found in volume 3 of KOSEN DAIZEN by Imai Teikichi (1888). This monumental work on Chinese cash by a formidable Japanese scholar builds upon numismatic research done two generations earlier by Yamada Kosho and published in FUGO SENSHI (two volumes, 1827-1829). Volume 1 of the present catalog is a numeric classification of Fugo Senshi and a primer on the Chinese variety names used by both Japanese works. Fugo Senshi deals only with the dui qian (matching coin) value-1 cash of Northern Song. Kosen Daizen incorporates the classification found in Fugo Senshi (though not necessarily in the same order) and uses the same principles to examine and classify all cash coins of this dynasty. Thus, Volume 1 Fugo Senshi is the beginners guide, and Volume 2 and subsequent volumes Kosen Daizen are the advanced collector's guides to the Northern Song series. If you happen to have skipped Volume 1, you may find this volume a bit difficult to comprehend at first; and, if you have started with Volume 1, you will see that your experience will enable you to find your way around the present volume quickly and easily."

       My original plan was to simply publish in a single second volume a sequel to my first book, which was based on Fugo Senshi. The sequel is based on Kosen Daizen. This work was started and then put on hold for many months, and the projected publication date was over a year late. As the work progressed it became obvious that the sequel would be too large to publish as a single book. Meanwhile, technology advanced to the point where I can conveniently publish what was intended to be volume 2 in smaller segments, as 40-page journal-sized books.

       With this new format, Volume 2, Kosen Daizen, Song Yuan to Jing You, is currently available.
       It is published in large easy-to-read 8-1/2 x 11" format, 40 pages, stapled binding. Here are shown: (1) Front cover, (2) Table of Contents, (3) Example of page from Introduction (4) Example page 34 and page 35 from the body of the catalog.
       Price is $8 each, plus postage (USA, $1.50; Canada, $1.85; Other Countries, $4.50.).

       Volume 3, Kosen Daizen, Huang Song to Xi Ning will be ready by September 1, 2003 at the same prices.

       My intention is to publish 4 volumes per year until the entire Northern Song series has been covered.

       Payment can be made by personal check (USA only) or M/O to: Norman F. Gorny, 6007 S.E. Taylor Ct., Portland, Oregon 97215, U.S.A., or through PAYPAL to: Other payment methods possible, please enquire.

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