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Inscribed by the Author and with a Signed Note from Him

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Inscribed by the Author and with a Signed Note from Him
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Newcomb, Howard R. THE UNITED STATES CENTS OF THE YEARS 1801-1802-1803. Detroit, 1925. 4to, original brown cloth, gilt. 85, (1) pages; 5 fine photographic plates; addition slip tipped in on page 73; green silk marker with the cardboard cent gauge present. A few authorial annotations in pencil; additional pencil annotations in another hand. Loosely laid in are the July 1931 photographic supplemental plate describing and depicting new 1801 varieties and the January 1928 photographic supplemental plate describing and depicting a new 1803 variety. Inscribed to Robert C. Sloane by the author on a front blank. Handwritten note from Newcomb to Sloane laid in. A fine copy. One of the major pre-Sheldon works on U.S. large cents; scarce signed by the author, and rarely seen inscribed. The handwritten note from Newcomb is a nice addition to this copy. Addressed to Sloane, the note comments on the rarest varieties covered by the book and is neatly signed in Newcomb's distinctive hand. Concerning Newcomb and this work, Dr. Sheldon wrote: "during the first quarter of the twentieth century and until his death in 1945, Howard R. Newcomb was so closely identified with the big cents that to mention cents was to mention Newcomb... The United States Cents of the Years 1801-1802-1803 ... marks a milestone in the cent literature. Approaching a field which had been left almost in chaos by the Doughty book, Newcomb assembled a vast quantity of numismatic material, ordered and reordered it, finally set up a new classificational system and a list which seemed adequate; and after testing the new list for upwards of a decade, published. The verdict of time on this work has been favorable." This copy includes both supplemental plates, which are often not encountered. Davis 745. Voted as one of the Numismatic Bibliomania Society's "One Hundred Greatest Items of United States Numismatic Literature."