Detroit: 1925. 4to, original brown cloth, gilt. 85, (1) pages; 5 fine photographic plates; addition slip tipped in on page 73. Green silk marker with the cardboard cent gauge present. A few authorial annotations in pencil. January 1928 photographic supplemental plate describing and depicting a new 1803 variety present. A clean and very nearly fine copy of this important large cent publication. Item #726
One of the major pre-Sheldon works on U.S. large cents. Concerning Newcomb and this work, Dr. Sheldon wrote: ìduring the first quarter of the twentieth century and until his death in 1945, Howard R. Newcomb was so closely identified with the big cents that to mention cents was to mention Newcomb... The United States Cents of the Years 1801-1802-1803 ... marks a milestone in the cent literature. Approaching a field which had been left almost in chaos by the Doughty book, Newcomb assembled a vast quantity of numismatic material, ordered and reordered it, finally set up a new classificational system and a list which seemed adequate; and after testing the new list for upwards of a decade, published. The verdict of time on this work has been favorable.î Davis 745. Voted as one of the Numismatic Bibliomania Society's "One Hundred Greatest Items of United States Numismatic Literature."