Numismatic Art in America (1971) Cornelius Vermeule – Coin Collecting


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Vermeule,  Cornelius. Numismatic Art in America. (Belknap Press of Harvard University Press: Cambridge, MA, 1971)

Large Octavo. xxii, 266 pages.  Profusely illustrated. Hardbound in black cloth-covered boards with silver stamped lettering. White DJ with black printing.

Condition: VG/G+. DJ shows minor soiling and remains of a sticker on rear. 1/2″ tear on DJ along top rear of spine near hinge. Book is in VG+

Cornelius Clarkson Vermeule III (August 10, 1925 – November 27, 2008) was an American scholar of ancient art and curator of classical art at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, from 1957 to 1996. He was also well known as a numismatist. He also used the pseudonyms Wentworth Bunsen, Isao Tsukinabe and Northwold Nuffler.

“From 1953 to 1955 he taught fine arts at the University of Michigan. From there he shifted to Bryn Mawr College as Professor of archaeology until 1957 when was appointed curator of classical collections for the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. While at the Museum, Vermeule was also a Lecturer in fine arts at Smith College. He was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship in 1969.

“Vermeule assumed the directorship of the Museum of Fine Arts in the 1970s. His term as curator was marked by the purchase of two large vases portraying the fall of Troy and the death of Agamemnon, a Roman portrait of an old man, and a Minoan gold double ax. He trained several curators, including Marion True of the J. Paul Getty Museum and Carlos Picon.

“He died at age 83 in Cambridge, Massachusetts on November 27, 2008 of the complications from a stroke.” – Wikipedia