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    A Second Subscription Set of Crosby
    In Original Paper Covers

    Crosby, Sylvester S. The Early Coins of America; and the Laws Governing Their Issue. Comprising Also Descriptions of the Washington Pieces, the Anglo-American Tokens, Many Pieces of Unknown Origin, of the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries, and the First Patterns of the United States Mint. Boston: Published by the New England Numismatic and Archaeological Society, 1873 / Published by the Author, 1875. 4to [30.5 by 24.5 cm], as originally issued in 11 fascicules numbered 1-12 with printed paper covers. 1873 and 1875 title pages and introductions present. (2), v, (5), 11-381, (1) pages [different pages (2), v, (1), comprising the revised title and introduction, laid into Fascicule 11-12]; 110 wood engravings in the text; 2 folding heliotype manuscript facsimiles; 10 fine heliotype plates of coins and tokens.

    State with overprinted coin numbers on Plates IV and V. Coin 15a on Plate VII hand-numbered in pencil, apparently as always. Without the handwritten correction, occasionally seen, to Miss Eliza Susan Quincy's name in the subscribers' list on page 381. Clain-Stefanelli 12115*. Davis 291. Grierson 218. Sigler 603. Having two subscription sets of Crosby's masterpiece in the original printed paper covers is unheard of. As discussed above, the 12 parts (issued in 11) were published individually and sent to subscribers in printed paper covers. It was up to the subscriber to bind his or her copy if desired. This set was apparently used, with the first folding facsimile plate being taped and with the spines of most fascicules being worn, with covers detached but present; the covers of the final part are heavily chipped. The paper is somewhat brittle, and the final part is missing the marginal corner of the first several leaves, not affecting the text. Very good or so. Sets in their original state are very rarely encountered.
    Estimate $7500.
    Ex: Eric P. Newman Numismatic Education Society.


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