Ralf W. Boepple writes:
Regarding Howard Daniel's review of Gadoury's Olympic Medals book, Baden-Baden is part of Baden-Wurttemberg, not Bavaria, which changes neither the beauty of the town nor the usefulness and recommendability of any numismatic work published under the name of Mr. Gadoury.
William P. Houston of Frankfurt am Main writes:
In the last edition of the E-Sylum Mr. Howard Daniel offered some notes about the late Victor Gadoury and his catalog Olympic Medals and Coins. (First edition; Monte-Carlo, Monaco; 1996).
I too knew Victor for many years and was quite saddened by his early death. I have a number of his books in my library, some with nice endorsements to me.
I bought a copy of the Olympic book immediately after it was published. I still have the promotional flyer for the book. Herein it says the edition of the English language translation was 2000 copies and the list price then was USD 80.00. The French edition had a run of 1000 and cost FF 395.00.
As far as I know there are no later editions of the catalogs. And this despite the popularity of Olympic items and the tons of coins struck for larger and larger series every couple of years now. It seems to me that the catalogs are actually little known.
A slight problem I have observed while using (not only) this catalog is that the English is sometimes unclear to baffling. The proofreading seems not to have been overly exact. Thru personal experience I have come to the conclusion that it is extremely difficult to be entirely fluent in a foreign language. It seems to me that persons thinking of writing or publishing a book or article in a foreign language should, if at all possible, at the end make efforts to find a native speaker to check the text for problems. Even if the writer is considered proficient in the foreign language.
And finally a quick correction for Mr. Daniel. The city or town (it has about 50,000 residents) of Baden-Baden is not in Bavaria. The name of the place is trying to tell us something -- it is the town/city of Baden in the duchy/grand duchy of Baden. Not to be confused with Baden bei Wien (Baden by Vienna) -- both places are spas. The arms of the Austrian Baden show a man and a woman in a bath tub. The arms of the German Baden are just a heraldic shield. To be entirely correct, today Baden-Baden is in the Land (state) of Baden-Württemberg.
Wayne Homren, Editor
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