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    The Rare 1869 American Bond Detector
    Bound in Leather and Copyrighted by John Dale

    Heath, Laban [American Bond and Currency Detector Company]. The American Bond Detector; and Complete History of the United States Government Securities; Issued under the Sanction of the United States Treasury Department, and Containing Superb Illustrations, in Genuine Tints, Printed at the Treasury Department, from the Original Dies in Possession of the Government, of All the Bonds Issued under the Acts of Congress from July 17, 1861, to March 3, 1868, Together with a Full Description of All Genuine Plates, and Complete Rules for the Detection of Counterfeits; Also, Valuable Plates of Existing Coins, and Important Statistical Tables. Washington, D.C.: 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.

    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 nine attractive 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. Binding lightly rubbed; near fine. Estimate $2,500.
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    Truth Seeker: The Life of Eric P. Newman (softcover)
    A powerful and intimidating dealer of the 1960s, backed by important colleagues, was accused of selling fraudulent gold coins and ingots to unsuspecting numismatists. Who would go up against a man like that and, over the course of decades, prove the fraud? Who would expose a widely respected scholar as a thief, then doggedly pursue recovery of coins that the scholar had stolen from an embarrassed numismatic organization, all over the objections of influential collectors who had bought coins with clouded titles? Eric P. Newman would - and did. Reserve your copy today.
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