Santa Ana: George Frederick Kolbe, 1979. First illustrated edition. 4to, original blue full cowhide, gilt; enlarged color Cibachrome print of an octagonal gold dollar mounted in a recessed panel on the upper cover. 120, (8) pages; frontispiece portrait of the author; enlarged coin illustrations throughout the text; 2 superb color Cibachrome prints depicting 56 of the finest coins, with descriptive tissue guards; 15 greatly enlarged Cibachrome prints cut to size and mounted over the original halftone illustrations on the title and chapter headings; valuation list tipped in. Nicely housed in a well-crafted gray cloth folder, within a gray cloth slipcase featuring a rounded “spine” and two blue leather labels, ruled and lettered in gilt. Fine. Item #5617
The “Super Deluxe” Leatherbound Edition, extra-illustrated and specially printed on thick paper. No. 2 of only 10 copies issued and one of only two examples housed in a protective case specially crafted to house copy numbers 1 and 2, reserved for the author and the publisher. Sadly, Kenny Lee died on July 3, 1980, before his copy could be given to him. It was subsequently presented to Lee’s spouse Ruby, who in turn gave it Paul Koppenhaver, a close friend of the family, and it was sold with many of Koppenhaver’s books in our Sale 121 (lot 1301). Fifty copies of this work were printed on thick paper in anticipation of a special edition. Initially, fifteen copies were bound with the two added plates and an additional ten “super deluxe” copies were identically bound with the addition of color Cibachrome prints mounted over the enlarged halftone illustrations on the chapter headings (there is a single photo mounted on the title page and a total of seven coins depicted on 14 separate obverse and reverse photos mounted throughout: in the past, this has been described as eight photos, which may be confusing). The ten “super deluxe” copies sold immediately as did all but one or two of the “regular deluxe” copies. The “super deluxe” copies were numbered 1 through 10 but the remaining 15 copies were assigned random numbers between 11 and 50 since, at the time, it was intended that all fifty copies be issued and it was not thought wise to distribute all the lower numbers initially. The remaining twenty-five copies of text were never bound and the remaining plates were subsequently purchased by Ronald J. Gillio. They were utilized, along with additional prints supplied by Jack Collins, in the deluxe edition of the Breen/Gillio work (vide lot 1280), which was based on the Lee collection.