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Champa's Deluxe Copy of Lee on California Gold

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Champa's Deluxe Copy of Lee on California Gold
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Lee, Kenneth W. CALIFORNIA GOLD DOLLARS, HALF DOLLARS, QUARTER DOLLARS. AN ILLUSTRATED DESCRIPTIVE LISTING OF THE VARIETIES OF THE FRACTIONAL PIECES, MOST OF WHICH ARE IN THE PERSONAL COLLECTION OF THE AUTHOR. Santa Ana: Kolbe, 1979. 4to, original dark blue cowhide, gilt; Cibachrome (Ilfochrome) color photograph of octagonal $1 piece inset in recess on front cover. Frontispiece; 120, (8) pages; 2 Cibachrome plates with descriptive tissue guards; illustrated throughout. Valuation list tipped in. Ex Armand Champa, with his ex libris on the pastedown. Fine or very near so. One of only 15 copies of the deluxe edition, featuring outstanding color photographs printed with the Cibachrome (now Ilfachrome) process, which is preferred for archival photographs due to its stability and vibrancy of color. It was originally planned to issue 50 copies of a deluxe edition of this book on thick paper and with the added photographs. As it turned out, 10 copies were bound as a "super deluxe" edition, featuring color photos in the chapter openers; then, 15 "regular deluxe" copies were made in the present format. The 15 copies were randomly numbered from 11 to 50, so that this copy is number 45 of 15 issued. From the Armand Champa library (Sale III, lot 2422). Clain-Stefanelli 12474. Davis 612. Ex Raymond Hale library.