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    American Bank Note Company "The Opening of the West." Produced by the ABNCo. in 1979, this unusual collection is made up of eleven separate booklets, each of which fit into an elaborate board and leather rawhide tied box. Each book contains engravings from the American Bank Note Company files illustrating various aspects of frontier life. These are actual vignettes archivally tipped-in to the beautifully printed work, and are fully removable with no mounting traces should the new owner chose to do so. As an example, one book, entitled "The Indian Nation," has four vignettes of Native Americans, a full size stock certificate of the Tombstone Mill Mining Company, a piece of Union Military Scrip, and a Leavenworth City Obsolete note, all mounted within the well-written and informative pamphlet. The initial book is a history of the American Bank Note Company and its techniques. Among the books are "The Indian Nation," "Gold Rush Days," "The Iron Horse," "Riverboats," "Lumberjacks," "Buffalo Hunters," and others. Undoubtedly scarce, as this is the only set that we have seen. Difficult to estimate, as we have no reference of value here, but we would not be surprised by a four-figure realization.

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    May, 2003
    1st-3rd Thursday-Saturday
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