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Thick-Paper Leatherbound Newcomb on Middle and Late Dates

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Thick-Paper Leatherbound Newcomb on Middle and Late Dates
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Newcomb, Howard R. UNITED STATES COPPER CENTS, 1816-1857. First edition. New York: Numismatic Review, 1944. 4to, original full red morocco, gilt. 284 pages; 11 plates. Printed on thick paper. Only slight shelf rubbing; very near fine. A very well-preserved copy of the deluxe, thick-paper, leatherbound version of the first edition of this important work. Only 75 copies of the thick-paper version were printed. The leather used in the deluxe editions of this work was of poor quality, and scuffs easily. This is the nicest copy this cataloguer has seen. Completed four years earlier, Newcomb's work was not published until 1944 due to the war. One thousand copies were printed. It marked a great improvement over the pioneering work of Frank Andrews, nearly doubling the variety listings, and stood as the standard work for half a century. The result of many years of painstaking study, relatively few new varieties were discovered in the intervening years. Dr. Sheldon noted that "Newcomb's book doubtless achieves the highest pinnacle for numismatic completeness." His contemporary and collaborator George H. Clapp wrote: "In his line,--the Large Cents,--he can well be classed with the late Edward T. Newell in his line of Greece and Rome." Clain-Stefanelli 12326.