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The E-Sylum: Volume 12, Number 23, June 7, 2009, Article 13

FRED REED OFFERS ENCASED POSTAGE BOOK "TRUE FIRST EDITION"

While we don't ordinarily publish "For Sale" listings, I made an exception in this case because of the great background information Fred Reed provided here. Thanks! -Editor
Reed 1994 CWES Title Page I was cleaning out a storage facility and came across four boxed sets of unbound first edition signatures printed on oversize paper of my award winning book Civil War Encased Stamps: the Issuers and their Times.

This is the true FIRST EDITION printed by R.R. Donnelley in Houston, Texas in late 1994 to satisfy the ANA deadline that the book be published within a time certain in accord with the $5,000 research grant they gave me.

As most readers of The E-Sylum know the book on their shelves, which received widespread acclaim and ultimately won many numismatic and philatelic awards (incl. NLG "Best Book", a lifetime achievement award from Krause Publications and SPMC, and international philatelic gold and gold vermeil medals), is the 550-page 1995 book in green covers with the fancy dust jacket.

The 1994 book was necessarily VERY RARE. It was published as 484 pages, to the extent of 22 copies only. Five were bound in brown covers. Two were sent to the American Numismatic Association to fulfill my obligation to them, and also so that then Executive Director Robert Leuver could write a blurb for the back cover of the 1995 revised first edition dust jacket. One was sent to BNR publisher Fred Schwan, and I retained two bound copies, which remain on my shelves today.

This would make a nice item for the bibliomaniac since virtually nobody has a copy, errors appear which were corrected in the subsequent printing, and especially topical since a revised second edition of the book is now nearing completion.

Of the remaining unbound copies, I gave several away over the years, sold several to interested collectors, and destroyed about a half dozen in 2002 cleaning out another storage facility. I wish I hadn't destroyed those copies then, but I believe these to be the last four remaining of the unbound original 17. Consider this a pattern or "trail strike" of the 1995 book.

Readers of The E-Sylum can have one for $75 (plus $9 shipping and insurance) while the four copies remain. Contact fred@spmc.org for information on ordering. A detailed back story on how, when and under what conditions this first edition came to be published will be furnished book buyers.



Wayne Homren, Editor

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