Towards a Reform of Paper Currency Particularly in Point of its Design


[U. S. paper money] stands as the prime symbol of value in the infinite transactions of a great commercial nation. It is worth its face in gold . . . but, my God! what a face! —W.A. Dwiggins

Towards a Reform of the Paper Currency particularly in point of its design is a passionate and lively little rant with lots of good design ideas for the improvement of banknotes and stamps—and just about anything else. Published in 1932 by the Limited Editions Club in an edition of just 452 copies, this is now one of WAD’s less seen and more expensive books, often selling for one hundred or more times its original publication price of $5.84. With banknotes and stamps issued by the Treasury of Antipodes which Dwiggins found to be exceptional and a potential model for the redesign of U.S. currency, this one is, tragically, just as relevant as ever. Pure delight and a model of design criticism.

  • Author: W.A. Dwiggins 
  • Size: 7.5 × 10.375 inches 
  • Pages: 26
  • Edition: 21 of 452 signed copies 
  • Binding: Hardcover, printed papers over leather spine
  • Condition: Remarkably clean, but the spine has the usual wear and tear often seen with the is book. There are some chips in the leather, but we’ve put it in protective mylar so it sparkles and shines. 
  • Publisher: Limited Editions Club, 1932