First Edition Dickeson

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First Edition Dickeson
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Dickeson, Montroville Wilson. THE AMERICAN NUMISMATICAL MANUAL OF THE CURRENCY OR MONEY OF THE ABORIGINES, AND COLONIAL, STATE, AND UNITED STATES COINS. WITH HISTORICAL AND DESCRIPTIVE NOTICES OF EACH COIN OR SERIES. First edition. Philadelphia: J.B. Lippincott & Co., 1859. 4to, original blindstamped maroon-brown cloth, gilt; professionally rebacked with new spine and endpapers. Handsome lithographic frontispiece portrait of the author; additional frontispiece of the Libertas Americana medal; 256 pages; illustrated throughout and on 19 attractive lithographic plates of coins and currency printed in colors and metallic tints. Very near fine, with clean contents and vibrant plates. Breen Encyclopedia page 680: “A pioneering effort to cover the same material as this Encyclopedia, before the necessary comparison methods were developed.” Clain-Stefanelli’s appraisal is less flattering: “Many misinformations.” While both are correct, this landmark work remains a remarkable achievement. Until the appearance of Breen’s magnum opus in 1988, it remained the only comprehensive work on American numismatics ever published.