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CIVIL WAR TOKENS AND TRADESMEN';S STORE CARDS - Hetrich, George, and Julius Gutt - 1924. 
(Kutztown, Pennsylvania) 1924 - Large 8vo [25 by 19 cm], original limp blue suede with overlapping or Yapp edges; upper cover lettered in gilt; speckled page edges. 289, (1) pages; 16 fine linen-backed photographic plates depicting 672 tokens with a number of corrected illustrations cut to size and pasted over the original token illustration, as issued; errata sheet tipped in; interleaved. Binding a trifle faded and worn at extremities, as often seen. Very good. The De Luxe Edition, limited to only 15 copies. Early in life Hetrich became a collector and, in his later years, selected Civil War tokens as his numismatic specialty, forming one of the finest collections of the time. Julius Guttag referred to him as "the first person systematically collecting these coins with whom I became acquainted." Their collaborative effort was the first substantial work on the topic ever published and it remained the standard work for close to fifty years. Rarely offered, the deluxe edition features sixteen actual photographs of tokens, which, in the regular edition, consist of mediocre halftones. One of the rarest twentieth century American numismatic books. The binding is notoriously fragile. The binding style is named after William Yapp, who designed and sold small bibles in the mid-nineteenth century in a limp binding whose overlapping flaps protected the page edges when carried in the owner's pocket. Clain-Stefanelli 14031*. [Attributes: Hard Cover]
[Bookseller: Kolbe and Fanning Numismatic Booksellers]
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