A HISTORIC SKETCH OF THE COINS OF NEW JERSEY

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A Historic Sketch Of The Coins Of New Jersey


The One Hundred Greatest Items Of United States Numismatic Literature Rank: Number 18



Clain-Stefanelli 12225*. Davis 655. Sigler 1683.

The bane of the small bookshelf, Maris’ 18.5” x 12” folio-sized tome would more properly be titled A Plate of New Jersey Coins with a Historic Sketch, for the ginormous plate, presented in two facing pages, is immediately the focus of the bibliophile. With 140 obverses and reverses depicted, a nineteenth century collector could immediately begin attribution of New Jersey coppers with the Maris plate at hand. (Further discussion of this plate is found in The Colonial Newsletter, August 2003, serial no. 123.) The remainder of the volume includes the four page “sketch,” while ten are dedicated to detailing the die varieties and evaluating the rarity thereof. Maris, an ANS member, gifted a copy with matching slipcase to the ANS in 1881, which remains in the library today. Maris was proud of the work – when, in 1885, he offered his collection of New Jersey coinage en bloc to T. Harrison Garrett, he noted that “one of my finest books” would accompany the cabinet, perhaps a copy similar to that of the ANS Library.


Advertising Flyer

Image courtesy of George Frederick Kolbe - Fine Numismatic Books.

New York: Lyman Low, October 1886
1 page
Octavo: 21.5 x 13.5 cm
Selfcovered


First Edition

Image courtesy of Kolbe & Fanning Numismatic Booksellers.

MARIS, Edward. A HISTORIC SKETCH OF THE COINS OF NEW JERSEY, WITH A PLATE CONTAINING SPECIMENS OF THE MARK NEWBIE COPPERS, AND THE ISSUES OF 1786-7-8: WITH THE OBVERSES, REVERSES AND COMBINATIONS OF THE DIFFERENT VARIETIES OF THE LATTER; AND A DETAILED DESCRIPTION OF THE DISTINCTIVE DIFFERENCES AND RARITY.
Philadelphia: Printed by William K. Bellows, 1881
16, (2) pages, 1 double-page Phototype plate
Folio: 48.5 x 30 cm
Hardbound: Maroon-brown blind-stamped cloth, lettered in gilt. Also known in morocco grained dark blue cloth. [1]


Unidentified Reprint

Image courtesy of Ray Williams.

MARIS, Edward. A HISTORIC SKETCH OF THE COINS OF NEW JERSEY.
n.p., 1962
16 pages, 1 fold-out plate
Folio
Hardbound: Maroon Cloth

Inferior quality reproduction plate


Morrison Reprint

Image courtesy of Charles Davis Numismatic Literature.

MARIS, Edward. A HISTORIC SKETCH OF THE COINS OF NEW JERSEY.
n.p.: Ken Morrison, 1965
16pp, 1 8.5 x 11" Photographic plate
Quarto
Softbound: Yellow card covers


Quarterman Reprint

Image courtesy of Mark Borckardt Numismatic Library.
Image courtesy of Charles Davis Numismatic Literature.

MARIS, Edward. A HISTORIC SKETCH OF THE COINS OF NEW JERSEY.
Lawrence: Quarterman Publications Inc., 1974
viii, 21 pages, 1 Photographic double-page plate
Folio
Hardbound: Blue cloth, lettered in gilt, dust jacket

Considered the best of the reprints with both format and plate quality. An introduction by Walter Breen is not present in all copies.


Durst Reprint

MARIS, Edward. A HISTORIC SKETCH OF THE COINS OF NEW JERSEY.
New York: Durst, 1981
17 pages, 1 fold-out plate
Octavo
Softbound: White card covers

“The 1981 reprint is simply an insult to the dignity of this work.” [2]


CFG Reprint

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MARIS, Edward. A HISTORIC SKETCH OF THE COINS OF NEW JERSEY.
Glen Rock: CFG Publications, 1987
17 pages, 1 double page plate
Folio: 42 x 28 cm
Hardbound: Dark green pebbled cloth, lettered in gilt

“This reprint is also faithful to the original in terms of size and quality.” [2]


Kesse Reprint Plate

Image courtesy of Mark Borckardt Numismatic Library.

Glen Rock: Bruce Kesse, 1987
Reprint plate only, 22 x 28 cm


Kesse Reprint

Image courtesy of Mark Borckardt Numismatic Library.

MARIS, Edward. A HISTORIC SKETCH OF THE COINS OF NEW JERSEY.
Glen Rock: Bruce Kesse, 1988
22 pages, 1 double-sided plate
Oblong Octavo
Hardbound: Navy blue cloth, lettered in gilt


References

  1. George Frederick Kolbe, Fine Numismatic Books. THE HARRY W. BASS, JR. NUMISMATIC LIBRARY PARTS 1–4. September 25, 1999, Lot 275
  2. 2.0 2.1 DAVIS, Charles. AMERICAN NUMISMATIC LITERATURE. Quarterman Publications, Inc., 1992