David Perkins forwarded the following press release for Holabird-Kagin Americana's 2008 America's Gold Rushes catalog. -EditorWe are pleased to announce that the printed version of the brand new 2008 Holabird-Kagin Americana America's Gold Rushes catalog is now available for ordering. This exciting 560 page, full color book is far more than just a catalog, it is also a valuable reference piece covering the most important Gold Rush-related items ever! This is a must have for collectors, historians, researchers, librarians, and everyone with an interest in knowing more about the people and places that made the Gold Rush era such an exciting time in American history.
Printed copies are $50 shipped to US addresses. To order your copy, please call Holabird-Kagin Americana at (775) 852-8822. You may also send your address information to email@example.com or
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Interested in a Special Collector's Edition?
We are considering producing a special, limited Collector's Edition of America's Gold Rushes. At $300 each, this special edition isn't for everyone, but for serious collectors and researchers who want a long-lasting reference piece, the cost will be easily justified. This will be a hard-cover, sewn binding, numbered and autographed edition that will be a great addition to any rare book, Americana, or numismatic library. If you would like a chance to obtain the Collector's Edition, please contact us immediately.
Fred Holabird sent me a review copy of this massive fixed price list. It's no ordinary dealer FPL - the 559-page book is packed with full-color illustrations of gold rush Americana. At least half a page is devoted to most of the items, which are arranged chiefly by state of origin. The state of California takes up nearly half the book, but Colorado, Nevada, and even Virginia and Vermont are represented.
The largest single class of items is assay receipts, but many other interesting types of items are included, such as gold-rush related letters, photos, books and pamphlets. Pioneer gold coins, ingots and related medals are featured as well. Some of my favorites are the Harvey Harris assay ingots, and the 1856 Vigilance Committee medals. Perhaps the most unusual item is #2, a Western Cattle Horn Chair, circa 1895.
Fred has done a good deal of research, and it shows in the pages of this catalog. One key reference source on gold rush banking and bankers was Ira Cross' Financing an Empire: History of Banking in California, as well as contemporary newspapers. I wouldn't be surprised to see this catalog become one of those rare Fixed Price Lists which become a standard reference in their field.
Wayne Homren, Editor
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