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Bolen’s Medals-Johnson 1882

This is a brown, hardbound copy with embossed decorative bands and gilt lettering on the cover. It has a Lyman Low sticker at the top of the inside front cover that measures approximately 1 x ½ inches. The book is approximately 8-3/4 x 5-1/2 inches. The spine has separated from the inner pages and there are some stray strings of cloth emerging from the cover, as shown in the image. The issue has good structural integrity, but it is in a delicate state.

This publication was offered as paper covered, full book-cloth with gilt covered and “full morocco gilt covered” with autograph and the entire printing run is believed to be 150-copies. Copies one through ten may have been for the morocco gilt with copies 11-35 reserved for the book-cloth and the remainder for book-cloth (Musante, 2002). The copies were numbered and this book is neatly stamped in blue ink with a “32”. The book has copious pencil notations throughout and is fully illustrated with hand cut-out images that are glued to the blank sides of pages, as issued. There are additional notes in pen, which may have been added as new issues or mules became known. Additionally, the table for “Bolen’s Mules” is heavily annotated. Lastly and interestingly, there is a full-page ad at the back of the book for W. Elliot Woodward, who was instrumental for marketing Bolen’s work. This is an important issue for Bolen medal collectors and historians.

 

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