Santa Ana: George F. Kolbe, 1979. 4to, original blue leatherette, gilt. Frontispiece portrait; 120, (8) pages; illustrated throughout. Signed by the author. Heavily annotated throughout, in several different colors of ink, by Walter Breen. A bit musty; very good or better. Item #6714
An important copy of this significant work on the subject, used by Walter Breen as he compiled information for his own work on small-size California gold, written with Ronald Gillio and published in 1983. This copy bears extensive annotations in Breen’s handwriting, commenting on Lee’s descriptions, adding updated auction sale information, providing attributions corresponding to other works on the topic, and correcting errors. The blank pages between chapters are frequently used by Breen to compile tables on the varieties. The Breen & Gillio publication was based on the Lee collection, making this an especially noteworthy copy.