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The E-Sylum:  Volume 3, Number 52, December 17, 2000, Article 5

PERKINS' BANK BILL TEST ROUNDUP 

   Charlie Davis writes: "In answer to Eric Newman's note about 
   the Perkins' Bank Bill Test, I had the honor of viewing three 
   copies within four weeks in mid 1999. 

   The first belongs to a suburban Boston collector who was 
   offered it about 20 years ago by Goodspeed's. Leonard Finn 
   had first refusal, but with five kids in college, he passed (at 
   something like $350.00!) and the present owner snapped 
   it up. 

   The second I "discovered" in the Rare Book Room at the 
   A.N.A. during the 1999 Summer Seminar where its presence 
   was undocumented. Bob Hoge, ANA Curator, seems to 
   remember that it came from Roy Pennell. 

   And the third, the Fuld copy, was shown to me at the Chicago 
   ANA by George Kolbe just prior to its being included in the 
   Bass III sale. 

   Years ago,  I saw the copy in the library of the Massachusetts 
   Historical Society, and something tells me there is one in the 
   American Antiquarian Society in Worcester as well but that is 
   not substantiated.  That would make the population five for sure 
   (Fuld, Streeter/Newman, Goodspeeds/Boston collector, MHS, 
   and Pennell/ANA), and possibly six." 

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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