Philadelphia: April 16-17, 1897. 8vo, original gilt-printed white paper covers. 56 pages; 1261 lots. Hand-priced in pencil. Very good. Item #5516
Adams 51. Adams A–: “3 RRR gold patterns. Gold proof sets. Proof 1840 $1. MS chain 1¢ (3). Discovery S-53. XF 1799 1¢. MS 1823 1¢. Proof 1820 1¢.” The M.A. Brown sale was to be the first Chapman catalogue issued with actual photographic prints as plates (all of the earlier Chapman sale plates had been produced by various photographic printing processes). According to Jack Collins, the glass negatives for the plates were seized by the government on the grounds of being unauthorized reproductions of U.S. money, but not before two sets of proof prints had been made. One set was cut in half by the Chapmans to fit into their bidbook of the sale. The other set was acquired privately by Collins, and was subsequently sold privately. The sale itself is important for a very fine collection of choice large cents, eighty-four obverses and reverses of which are depicted on the four plates. Henry Chapman ended up assisting the passage of legislation allowing dealers to illustrate their coins; in the interim, however, there were no plated Chapman catalogues until 1904. Ex Phil Carrigan Library.