London: Effingham Wilson, Royal Exchange, 1870. Second Edition. Small 4to [28.5 by 19.5 cm], original russet cloth, paneled in blind; spine and upper cover lettered in gilt. vi, 124 pages; tables; 23 text figures; 3 finely rendered lithographic plates of minting machinery and operations. Clipped newspaper review from The Standard laid in. Binding a bit worn and dusty. Very good or better. Item #5924
The “second edition,” though as the first edition is a 32-page booklet published eight years earlier, it really should be considered a separate work (though an 1871 revision of the present work stated as the third edition forces the issue). Inscribed, “To my Mother — In affectionate remembrance of her birthday. (signed) Geo. F. Ansell / February 27th, 1870.” A charming association copy, regardless of what one might think of its suitability as a maternal birthday present. Ansell was employed as a chemist at the Royal Mint from 1856 to 1867. His work is rightly regarded as a key reference on 19th-century minting technology, and copies have always been scarce. Clain-Stefanelli 15750.