David Fanning kindly forwarded the following notes regarding Dye's Coin Encyclopedia. -Editor Here is how I described it last time I sold a copy:
"Dye, John S. [with Ebenezer Locke Mason and Edward Maris]. Dye’s Coin Encyclopædia: A Complete Illustrated History of the Coins of the World. Philadelphia: Bradley and Company, 1883. 8vo., illustrated boards. 1152, (10) pages, plus 4-page tabulation between pages 6 and 7.
A large compendium of numismatic knowledge with hundreds of illustrations throughout, Dye’s work was only half finished when he died. Unknown to most today, the work was completed by Ebenezer Locke Mason and Edward Maris, which certainly increases the volume’s importance. Oddly, Dr. Maris doesn’t seem to have written the section on the New Jersey coppers, despite the publication of his magnum opus two years before. Dye is more numismatically well-known today for being the publisher of a number of counterfeit detectors. Davis 334."
I doubt much of the information was new at the time. As you point out, Crosby had been published by this time. That said, it's a good book (with terrible illustrations) and probably accurately reflected the state of the art in numismatic knowledge reasonably well.
Wayne Homren, Editor
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