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Eckfeldt & Du Bois with Gold Samples

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Eckfeldt & Du Bois with Gold Samples
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Eckfeldt, Jacob R., and William E. Du Bois. NEW VARIETIES OF GOLD AND SILVER COINS, COUNTERFEIT COINS, AND BULLION; WITH MINT VALUES. First edition. Philadelphia: Published by the Authors, and for sale by the principal booksellers; also at the agencies of Adams & Co., at Panama and San Francisco, 1850. 12mo, original black paper boards lettered in gilt and silver, featuring embossed illustrations of American gold and silver coins in metallic tints; all edges gilt. 60, (2) pages; 3 text illustrations; fine frontispiece engraving of the Philadelphia Mint building; attractive plate of California and Mormon coins printed in gold and in relief on a royal blue background; two actual samples of California gold on page 45 mounted under a small cardboard rectangle with round windows to allow viewing (the sample on the left contains native grains of gold held in place under mica, and the other sample is a thin sheet of processed ore), tipped-in illustrated sheet at the end describing Mormon coins. Spine chipped; contents a bit foxed. Very good. A very scarce and delightful numismatic memento of California Gold Rush days issued to supplement the author's landmark 1842 work. The original edition of New Varieties appears to have been substantial and copies were bound in several colors: black, blue, red and white, with black the most common and white the least. [Online description truncated; see PDF or printed catalogue for full description.]