Sewickley: 1931. Tall 4to, original black and blue cloth, gilt. 64 pages; 2 fine photographic plates. Spine head a bit worn; very good or better. Item #5750
No. 59 of only 126 copies bound in cloth, of an entire edition of 135. A classic work, the photographic plates of which are the finest of any large cent reference. This handsome production and Newcomb’s 1925 work before it set a new standard. Carefully written, painstakingly researched and wonderfully illustrated, they eclipsed all previous efforts. One of the founders and president of Aluminum Company of America, Clapp wrote in a 1932 letter to Michael Powills that “there is no doubt but that I was foolish in putting out the book in such an expensive form, but I took a pride in my work and wanted it to be a credit to the subject, so hunted up the best printer that I could find and told him to do his best.” Clapp included the 1799 varieties only after realizing that his 1799 No. 1 was struck before 1798 Nos. 46 and 47. Davis 239.