THE BROTHERHOOD OF MONEY: THE SECRET WORLD OF BANK NOTE PRINTERS. Murray Teigh Bloom.

THE BROTHERHOOD OF MONEY: THE SECRET WORLD OF BANK NOTE PRINTERS.

Port Clinton, Ohio: BNR Press, 1983. 8vo, original blue cloth, gilt. (4), 365, (5) pages. Spotting to top page edges; near fine. Item #6413

A fabled modern rarity. Bloom’s book provides what is widely held to be the best overall portrayal of the modern bank note printing business, an international industry made up of very few people who operate in extreme secrecy. Bloom’s volume looks at the money makers themselves, counterfeiting, and the dangers of paper money economies. It has been speculated that representatives of the banknote industry bought nearly the entire edition on its publication and pulped it to avoid having its information become public. Whether this story is true or apocryphal, copies are rarely encountered.

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