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The E-Sylum:  Volume 11, Number 5, February 3, 2008, Article 11

INFORMATION ON THE BROWN & DUNN GRADING GUIDE

Kenneth Bressett writes: "The E-Sylum newsletter keeps
getting better with each issue. It makes Monday morning
worth starting the week. Below is a sketchy response to
the inquiry for information on the Brown and Dunn book.

"I found a number of early editions of Brown and Dunn on my
bookshelf. I am sure I must have more packed away elsewhere
but can't locate them at the moment. These notations may be
of some help in figuring out what was printed:

All with soft brown covers, various sizes. Published by
Brown and Dunn:

First printing, February 1958
Second printing, August 1958
Third printing, January 1959
Fourth printing, April 1959
Fifth printing, September 1959
Sixth printing, October 1959
Ninth printing, April 1960
Thirteenth printing, April 1961
Revised edition 1961. 112 pages, halftone pictures.

Printed by Whitman Publishing with hard cover and line drawings beginning in
1964 (probably through 1977):

Fourth Edition, 1964

Published by Brown and Dunn through General Distributors, Inc, Denison, TX.
Hard cover and line drawings:

Seventh Edition 1980.

Various copyright dates noted are 1958, 1961, 1963, 1964, 1966, 1969, and
1980."

James Higby writes: "I have all seven editions here.

The first is copyright 1958 and has no pictures.
5" x 7 1/2"

The next is called "revised", is copyright 1961, and
has photos of the coin types.  111 numbered pages.

The next is also called "revised", is copyright 1963,
and has photos of the coin types.  101 numbered pages.
A difference in pagination accounts for the anomaly
between these last 2 editions.

All three of the above are perfectbound in textured,
tan covers and are identical in height and width.

The fourth edition, so designated, is copyright 1964 by
Whitman and has 206 numbered pages.  For the first time
it includes line drawings of the different grades described.
It is hardbound in wrinkle-textured tan cloth, 5 1/4"
x 7 3/4"

The fifth edition, so designated, is copyright 1969,
but mentions a 1966 copyright on the verso of the title
page as well.  It has a linen-textured, pictorial
hardcover with a red, white, and blue motif.  206 pages.

The sixth edition is similar to the last.
Copyright 1975.

The seventh edition shows a 1980 copyright on the verso,
but omits 1975 from the list.  Published by General
Distributors, 260 pages, in glossy brown pictorial
hardcover.

All four of the above are identical in height and width. "

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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