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The E-Sylum:  Volume 9, Number 19, May 7, 2006, Article 5

BOWERS, PAPER MONEY ISSUED BY BANKS IN THE UNITED STATES 1782-1866

Whitman Publishing forwarded the press release for their newest
title.  Here are some excerpts:

"Whitman Publishing announces the forthcoming release of one of
the most comprehensive, fact-filled, and interesting books on
American paper money ever produced:  Paper Money Issued by Banks
in the United States 1782-1866, with the subtitle, The Engraving,
Printing, and Circulation of Bank Notes with Aspects of Collecting
Obsolete Currency. The author is Q. David Bowers... The book will
include a foreword by Eric P. Newman, patriarch of paper money
research and collecting.

The book will be an estimated 500 to 600 pages in length, large
8 ½ by 11 inches in format, full color throughout, printed on
high quality paper, and hardbound with a decorative cover as well
as a book jacket. It is anticipated that these books will be
available for distribution by autumn. The cover price is $69.95.
In addition, a limited number of leather bound copies will be
produced for those who wish to have a very special volume for
their library, these for $99.95.

The book is arranged in 20 chapters, each of which is extensively
illustrated... The contributors to the new book constitute a
veritable Who’s Who in American Paper Money, providing hundreds
of images of individual notes, vignettes, full sheets, and more.
Never before has so much information and so many illustrations
been combined in a single volume.

Bowers, who has been studying the subject and keeping notes for
several decades, draws primarily upon original bank documents,
contemporary newspapers, state bank commission reports, and other
contemporary information, bringing to light many interesting,
indeed remarkable facts never before presented in a numismatic
publication."

"Concluding the book is a color gallery, “Treasures of the American
Bank Note Company Archives,” illustrating and describing many of
the bank note plates, vignettes, and other items that were sold in
2005 by the American Bank Note Company to John Albanese and Steve
Blum, with many of the important items going to American Numismatic
Rarities. The book, the work of years of research by Dave Bowers,
would probably still be in the compilation stage were it not for
the planned offering of American Note Bank Note Company plates and
other items on the market, beginning later this year. This
precipitated a drawing together of information, resulting in the
book here announced."

[I'm looking forward to seeing Dave's latest work.  The book will
be available through numismatic literature dealers later this year.
For more information, see the Whitman web site:
whitmanbooks.com -Editor]

  Wayne Homren, Editor

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