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YoungCollector
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So, @GregAlex might know about this, or perhaps there is already a thread.
There seem to be a lot of different Heath detectors and I was wondering if they are indexed anywhere?
It would be particularly interesting if there were a guide to the vignettes in them all ...
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Steve in Tampa
My understanding, which is limited, is by examining the book and determining if pages have been removed. I’ve heard of books being cherry-picked of individual pages and engravings.
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GregAlex
This article from 1991 is probably the closest anyone has come to cataloging these. It's available through the Newman Portal:  https://nnp.wustl.edu/library/book/554229?page=0
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Steve in Tampa
Sorry @YoungCollector , I misunderstood your question.
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YoungCollector
Sorry @YoungCollector , I misunderstood your question.
 

still - good advice for anyone looking to buy one!
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YoungCollector
GregAlex wrote:
This article from 1991 is probably the closest anyone has come to cataloging these. It's available through the Newman Portal:  https://nnp.wustl.edu/library/book/554229?page=0


A trove of info - I shall read.

But kinda feels like where we are with the BEP vignette books .... "someone" should make an index - hee hee hee
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MEC2
"someone" should make an index - hee hee hee

someone

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pronoun

somebody, not me.
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Smc
The HA sale of the Newman Library that was held in November 2018  is the best reference I have found. It was cataloged by David Fanning. The catalog has the entire Newman article and pictures of Heath's (30+ pages of text) and listed right a 60 different ones for sale. Each described meticulously and heavily photographed.  

As a fractional collector, I started out with 1-2 with the fractional plates and then got really interested in them when I disposed of most of my fractional collection. My favorite memory was going to the Newman museum with the FCCB at one of the St. Louis shows and Mr. Newman was there and showed us around. All the Heath's were neatly arranged on shelves.

I now have 24 different ones and really only need 3 more to have what I consider a somewhat variety collection.  I had a really nice exhibit of them for KC, but alas.....
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GregAlex
Wow - glad to have you as a new member Smc! Your expertise will be greatly appreciated here. Out of curiosity, which of the Heath Detectors would you say are the hardest to find?
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Smc
by far the rarest is the Household Edition. The one in HA's Newman auction went for $7,800.  I have seen them (rarely do they come up) for up to $14K. 

My opinion of the next rarest is the 1873 11th edition with BUBLISHED instead of PUBLISHED on the title page. then the ones with the Casilear business card tipped in. 
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newenglandnotes
Found this last summer in an antique shop out in the middle of nowhere.  How rare is the "bublished" version?  

  
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Springfield

Thanks for sharing information on these special guides.  

With all the advances in technology that is now being used for bad purposes, would it be useful to have an updated version of these detection manuals.  I know scammers always want to get the upper hand but hopefully they can be slowed down if not fully stopped. 

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Smc
It is not rare price wise--about the same as the others $300-400 range depending on condition. Rare in the sense of finding one.  I have been looking for a year and have not found one since. 
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