Boston and Washington: Heath, 1870. Third edition, first printing. Newman 3-P-1. 16mo, original blindstamped green cloth; front cover decoratively lettered in gilt. 44 pages; text illustrations of four Heath microscopes; 2 unnumbered fractional currency plates; 13 engraved plates mostly depicting bank note design elements, numbered 2-9, 11–14 and 17, plate 5 printed in green ink; unnumbered folding plate showing both sides of a counterfeit $100 First National Bank of Boston note in green and black; unnumbered folding plate showing both sides of a counterfeit $20 Fourth National Bank of New York note in green and black; unnumbered folding plate showing both sides of a counterfeit $10 First National Bank of Philadelphia note in green and black. Minor discoloration; front flyleaf with missing corner. Very good to near fine. Item #5566
Newman 3-P-1. The first printing of the third edition, with three beautiful folding counterfeit plates. Plates numbered 1, 10, 15 and 16 are not present in this edition, though the text refers to the three counterfeit notes as plates 15, 16, and 18. Of the counterfeit notes found in this new edition, Heath writes: “Plate 15 gives an impression of front and back of counterfeit $100 National Bank Note. This plate was engraved by ‘Ulric,’ one of the most successful counterfeiters known. It has been estimated that there has been over one hundred thousand dollars of this note in circulation. It deceived many good judges, and a number of our banks were unfortunate enough to receive them.”.