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The E-Sylum: Volume 3, Number 41, October 8, 2000, Article 8


David Lange writes: "The second edition of my book, The Complete Guide to Buffalo Nickels, is now at the printer and is expected in about four-six weeks. The publisher is again DLRC Press. John Feigenbaum of DLRC tells me that he is doing the entire standard edition in pictorial hardcover. The printer is the same one used by Bowers & Merena, so the book should be similar in treatment to their recent publications, such as QDB's books on the 1804 dollar and early American numismatics. I don't yet know the retail price, but I would estimate it around $40.

I'm pleased to say that this book is a tremendous advance over the first edition, which has been sold out for the past three years. It is nearly 200 pages and includes an extremely thorough, fully documented history of the creation of Fraser's nickel. Letters that were only excerpted or paraphrased by Taxay and Breen will appear in their entirety for the first time. All other chapters have likewise been expanded and updated.

As with my previous books on Mercury Dimes and Lincoln Cents, I'm planning to have Alan Grace bind 25 numbered, signed and dated copies in quarter calf with marbled boards and endpapers. E-Sylum readers probably know already that Alan was the binder for Armand Champa's library, and his work is of incomparable quality. As may be expected, costs have risen. The price of this edition will therefore be $185, which represents my combined cost for the unbound signatures and Alan's services. Since I will be offering this at no profit to myself, I will do it only if there is sufficient interest to cover my investment.

Of course, previous purchasers of my limited edition books will have the right of first refusal to their established numbers. Since a few of the previous buyers have either passed away or withdrawn from collecting, there will also be some slots available for new purchasers. I ask that anyone interested in ordering this limited edition, whether a previous or new buyer, contact me ASAP. My email address is, and my mailing address is POB 288, Morris Plains, NJ 07950-0288. If you know someone who may be interested in this edition and does not have email access, please pass this notice on to them. I'd really like to produce this edition, but I cannot unless there is sufficient response from bibliophiles."

Wayne Homren, Editor

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