Ken Bressett writes:
Regarding the Whitman Black Books. I edited and published them all. The list that you have is complete. They sold for about $1 each at the time, with press runs of 10,000 for most of them.
Neil Shafer writes:
On the question of the Whitman dollar series of little black books, the number of basic titles is indeed 13, but there are still some additions to include if you want to be technically complete.
For Slabaugh's Confederate States Paper Money, there were three distinctly separate books. The first was published in 1958. There was a Second Edition with publication date of 1959. The Third and last edition had a different cover design with same basic title but with a Stars-and-Bars design underneath and words "Centennial Edition", published in 1961.
The Hawaiian Coins, Tokens and Paper Money book of Gould (without Bressett) was published in 1960. The dual authorship version came out in 1961 as a Second Revised Edition.
A small correction in a title: there is no "The" in "Foreign Coins Struck At United States Mints."
John Mutch writes:
On the Whitman Black Books, in addition to the Hawaiian Coins, Tokens and Paper Money by Maurice M. Gould and Kenneth Bressett listed, which in my copy is shown as "Second Revised Edition" dated 1961, I have a (water damaged) Hawaiian Coins, Tokens and Paper Money By Maurice M. Gould, dated 1960. This original one has 45 numbered pages whereas the 1961 version has 48.
Fred Lake reserves a special section in his numismatic literature sale catalogs for the Whitman black books. He kindly provided the following complete list, including editions. Thanks, everyone!
Fred Lake writes:
I have the attached file from one of our sales (Feb, 1999, I think) that lists a complete set. You will see that there are thirteen titles in eighteen editions. I believe the lot sold for $150.00 back then.
WHITMAN PUBLISHING-1958 to 1965-this lot contains all 18 of the so-called "Whitman
Black Books". Each subject, author and edition is included. Some of the editions are rather scarce
and the storehouse of knowledge contained in these pages is remarkable. Here is an opportunity
to acquire a complete set of these marvelous little books. Thus you will be acquiring thirteen
titles in eighteen editions.
ALTZ, C.and BARTON, E.-1965-"Foreign Coins Struck at United States Mints"-63pp,ills,black
DAVENPORT, John S.-1959-"The Silver Dollars of Africa"-42 pages,
illustrations, valuations,black flex-card covers,gilt,12mo.
DODSON, O.H.-1962-"Money Tells the Story"-64pp,ills,black flexcard
FULD, George & Melvin-
1960-First Edition-"Patriotic Civil War
Tokens"-77pp,22pls,black flex-card covers,12mo.
1960-Second Revised Edition-"Patriotic Civil War Tokens"-
77pp,22pls,ills,rarity scale, black flex-card covers,12mo.
1965-Whitman-Third Rev. Edit.-"Patriotic Civil War Tokens"-
77pp,22 pls,black flex-card covers,12mo.
1962-"A Guide to Civil War Store Card
Tokens"-96pp,ills,rarity scales, black flex-card covers,12mo.
GOULD, Maurice M.-1960-"Hawaiian Coins, Tokens and Paper Money"-
45pp,pls,ills,black flex-card covers,gilt,12mo.
GOULD, Maurice and BRESSETT,Ken-1960-"Alaska's Coinage Through the Years"-46pp,
ills,black flex-card covers,12mo.
GOULD, Maurice & BRESSETT,Ken-1961-Second Edition-"Hawaiian Coins,
Tokens and Paper Money"-48pp,ills,flex-card covers,gilt,12mo.
GOULD, Maurice and HIGGIE, Lincoln W.-1962-"The Money of
Puerto Rico"-83pp,ills,vals,black flex-card covers,12mo.
HIGGIE, Lincoln W.-1962-"The Colonial Coinage of the U.S. Virgin Islands"-61pp,ills,black
ROTHERT, Matt-1963-"A Guide Book of United States Fractional Currency"-81pp,ills,black
SHAFER, Neil-1961-"United States Territorial Coinage for the Philippine Islands"-63pp,ills,
black flex-card covers,12mo.
SLABAUGH, Arlie-1958-"Confederate States Paper Money",48pp,
ills,valuations,black flex-card covers,12mo.
SLABAUGH, Arlie-1959-2nd Edition-"Confederate States Paper
Money"-48pp,ills,valuations,black flex-card covers,12mo.
SLABAUGH, Arlie-1961(Centennial Edition)-"Confederate States
Paper Money"-48pp,ills,valuations,black flex-card covers,12mo.
YEOMAN,R.S.-1961-"Moneys of the Bible"-61pp,ills,black flex-card covers,12mo
The Rothert Fractional Currency book and the Fuld Civil War Token books were my collecting bibles for years. I learned a great deal about Civil War numismatics just from reading their short introductions.
These little volumes helped set me on my collecting path for a lifetime.
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