George Kolbe writes:
Your "1876" Haseltine looks like it may be the unidentified facsimile reprint (the double-rule border does not look like the original, nor does the color and texture of the cover appear to be 'right').
A Large Paper copy is featured in my January 10, 2009 sale. I believe the printing is identical to the regular 1876 edition.
What George says makes sense. I wasn't aware of a reprint, but having seen many publications of the 1876 era, I would agree with George that my copy doesn't quite look "right". Just as with coins, it pays to see in person as many items as you can to become familiar with the appearance and diagnostics of genuine and imitation items. I did not purchase this copy from anyone who passed it off as an original. I don't recall where I bought it, but it was probably part of a larger accumulation.
George added the following notes on how to identify the Haseltine reprint:
1) It is printed by an offset process, not the letterpress or stereotype method used at the time, i.e., printed from type which is impressed into the paper, whereas offset printing deposits the ink on the surface of the paper;
2) The paper and cover stock is quite different from that manufactured in the nineteenth century;
3) the cover border already mentioned (in the original the inner line is quite thin and was probably too difficult to replicate with the technology of the time and in the reprint both lines are of similar width).
Wayne Homren, Editor
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