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


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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