Treasury Department. Washington, D. C., 1869. Oblong 13 x 9. 3 leaves, 100 pages, 31 plates. The text is arranged in two sections followed by an Index. Pages 1-36 concern bonds, and are followed by 22 hinged-in engraved specimens. Pages 37-66 concern coinage, and are followed by 9 embossed plates printed with metallic inks in copper, bronze, silver, & gold. The silver ones have oxidized, but the gold ones are amazing. Corner of title page and of leaf 151/152 torn away (text not affected); first 6 leaves chipped along fore edge, as are the final 6 leaves. Engraved bonds have foxing. Original pebble grain brown morocco boards embossed and gilt, with a new morocco spine, titled in gilt on both covers, edges & turn-ins gilt, marbled endpapers. Some old scuffing, but very good. Item #17844
The only edition and very rare. The publishers call attention to the superb illustrations in genuine tints. Printed from the original dies, and in the original colors, are all bonds issued by Acts of Congress from July 17, 1861 to March 3, 1868. Along with a "full description of all genuine plates, and complete rules for the detection of counterfeits." Railroad bonds and revenue stamps for whisky & cigars are also present. One counterfeit bond was printed "from the plate recently captured by the Secret Service Division." The striking coins --raised by embossing--were printed on maroon paper by J. Haennlen at the Goldsmith's Hall in Philadelphia. Congress interdicted further use of the plates. The partial copy at AAS (the bond section only) appears to be made up of extra/remaindered sheets from the government printing office, given a new title page.