Boston: Heath, 1864. First edition, no stated printing or imprint. Newman 1-P-20. 16mo, original blindstamped brown cloth; front cover lettered in gilt, without price. 32 pages; 10 engraved plates of bank note design elements, with original tissue guards, interspersed in the text, with plate 6 serving as a frontispiece, plate 4 printed in red ink, plate 8 printed in green ink, an unnumbered plate being an engraved folding Heath bank note facsimile, and a final unnumbered plate being a folding facsimile of a counterfeit $5 Bank of Orleans note taken from captured engraved plates. Minor wear; near fine. Item #6101
Newman 1-P-20. An unusual issue. Eric P. Newman wrote of it that “This printing may be from handset type instead of stereotype.” It could have been issued at any time after Newman 1-P-3, as it includes the two unnumbered folding plates, but before Type 2-P. It is also the only variety of the first edition not printed throughout within double borders. The lack of a price on the front cover would suggest that it fell later in the lifetime of the first edition. Quite rare. This is the nicest copy of this intriguing edition that we recall handling, and is substantially better than the Eric P. Newman copy. Ex Heather Hardin-Hudson Library.