Boston and Washington: Heath, 1870. Third edition, second printing. Newman 3-P-2 (variant). 16mo, original blindstamped green cloth; front cover decoratively lettered in gilt. 40, (2) pages; 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 Merchants National Bank of Chicago note in green and black; text illustrations of four Heath microscopes; 2 unnumbered fractional currency plates; 10 engraved plates mostly depicting bank note design elements, numbered 2–6, 8–11, and 17, plate 4 printed in green ink [plates numbered 1, 7, and 12–16 not present in this edition, though the text refers to the three counterfeit notes as plates 12–14 (on page 11) and as plates 13–15 (on page 28)]. A final added leaf of text describing the “Counterfeit $10 National Bank Note” follows Plate 17. Binding spotted, but sound, and with mostly clean plates (some discoloration to versos). Very good or better, but with contents closer to fine. Item #5568
Newman 3-P-2. There would appear to be at least three variants of Newman 3-P-2. According to Newman’s description of 3-P-2, “The impression of the counterfeit $10 Philadelphia note has sometimes been replaced by an impression of the face and unfinished back of the newly captured counterfeit plates for the $10 Merchants National Bank of Chicago and a printed page is inserted describing its dangerous quality.” We actually have no record of a 3-P-2 existing with the $10 First National Bank of Philadelphia note included in 3-P-1, but feel inclined to accept Newman’s statement that it is only sometimes replaced by the $10 Merchants National Bank of Chicago note (which is actually the only way we’ve encountered it). This emission marks the only appearance of the Merchants National Bank note and the added final leaf, which either precedes the $10 note or is added at the very end (as here). Ex Eric P. Newman Library.