New York: Published at the Office of the Banker’s Magazine, Sold by G.P. Putnam & Co. 1857. Early edition. Hardcover. 192, ,  pp. Original reddish-brown cloth, with a gilt stamped title on the front cover, and embossed ornamental designs on the spine and covers. The text block edges have the publisher's red stain. Good only. Corners slightly exposed. Spine lightly sunned with thin losses to the head and foot. The text block is cracked multiple times, and it is pulling away from the backstrip at the title page. Bookbinder’s blind stamp on the front free endsheet. On the reverso of the title page: "Entered according to Act of Congress, in the year 1851, by J. Smith Homans, In the Clerk’s Office of the District Court for the District of Massachusetts." Item #43611
The book contains the following essays on banking: I. A Treatise on Banking by A.B. Johnson, II. Ten Minutes’ Advice on Keeping A Banker by J.W. Gilbart, III. Byles on the Foreign Law of Bills of Exchange, IV. Remarks on Bills of Exchange, V. Forms of Bills of Exchange, in Eight European Languages, VI. Forms of Notice of Protest, With Remarks, VII. Synopsis of the Bank Laws of Massachusetts, VIII. Decisions on Banking. By the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts, IX. Suggestions to Young Cashiers on the Duties of Their Profession, X. On the Duties and Misdoings of Bank Directors by A.B. Johnson, XI. A Numismatic Dictionary; or, An Account of Coins of All Countries. The preface of the books states: "The following treatise on Banking, written by, perhaps, the oldest practical banker in America, was published originally in the June number of the Bankers’ Magazine, for 1849. It was extensively noticed by the daily press in many parts of our Union, and its information on the subject of banking was deemed so useful to every class of persons, that several of the papers in the State of New York recommended that a copy of the treatise should be placed in every school district library in the State…in the whole, a volume that cannot fail of being useful to bankers, and to readers of every kind who desire knowledge of what has heretofore been deemed the occult science of Banking."