Philadelphia: Lippincott, Son & Co., May 30-31, 1911. 4to, later red cloth, gilt; original gilt-printed white paper front cover bound in. 94 pages; 1242 lots; 7 very fine photographic plates of coins; additional plate depicting State House or Independence Hall Philadelphia from the Window of S.H. Chapman in the Drexel Building bound in. Halftone photograph of Chapman affixed to Plate I verso. Plate I creased through lower corner. Near fine. Item #5216
Adams 8. Rated A- by Adams: ìFine ancients, English. Obsidional. 1783 Washington 50¢. N.Y. in America. RR Bechtlers. Proclamation medals.î The Brown catalogue is one of the scarcest large format Chapman sales, featuring fine ancient, English and European coins, pioneer gold and choice United States silver and copper coins. Plate one depicts choice gold ancient Roman, Byzantine, and a few Greek coins, and is exceptionally well-executed. Plates two and three mainly illustrate British coins and medals, along with several ancient Greek silver coins, a year two shekel, and a Chalmers sixpence. Plate four depicts important European gold coins, and plate five illustrates choice early American federal and pioneer gold coins, along with a few gold patterns. Plate six mainly depicts choice American silver coins, and the final plate is almost entirely devoted to illustrating the highlights of Brownís large cent collection. The plate depicting Independence Hall from Samuel Hudsonís office window is only occasionally seen, not having been included in most copies. Davis 219. Ex Lester Merkin, with his bookplate (Kolbe Sale 18, lot 236, at $900 hammer); ex John W. Adams Library.