Washington DC: Published by the American Bond and Currency Detector Company, 1869. Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1869, by John P. Dale, in the Clerk's Office of the District Court for the District of Massachusetts. Oblong folio [24.5 by 33.5 cm], original brown half morocco, gilt; spine with four raised bands, ruled, lettered and decorated in gilt; marbled endpapers; all page edges red. (6), 100 pages; 22 superb steel-plate intaglio printed plates, several in two colors, of United States bonds and design elements; 9 handsome plates printed by J. Haehnlen of Philadelphia, depicting American and foreign coins in relief and in metallic tints on a rich brown background. Binding lightly rubbed; near fine. Item #5341
A handsome copy in a deluxe binding of the only work of its kind ever published. Two of the plates depict a counterfeit $1,000 Coupon Bond; one depicts distilled spirits, beer, cigar, and Internal Revenue stamps; the remainder depict genuine bonds, some combining design elements from different denominations. The plates are of exceptional quality and are boldly printed examples of some of the finest intaglio printing of the period. The nine embossed coin plates were adapted from Snowden's 1861 A Description of Ancient and Modern Coins, in the Cabinet Collection at the Mint of the United States. The laws regarding the publication of these engravings changed while the book was being prepared, with the result being that the volume received far more limited distribution than originally intended. It is quite rare today, and this exceptional copy stands out among the survivors as one of the very best. According to Eric P. Newman, only a few were issued (as this copy is) with the name of John P. Dale on the copyright notice found on the title verso. Most feature the name of Nehemiah George Ordway and were entered in New Hampshire. The work has, consequently, sometimes been attributed to Ordway. Though he apparently had a hand in the physical arrangement of the work, Newman's research strongly infers that the author was actually Heath. Clain-Stefanelli 13461. Sigler 72. Ex John Robinson, with his bookplate; the Essex Institute, with their bookplate and label; George F. Kolbe (6/81); George F. Kolbe (7/94); Eric P. Newman Library.