This is my copy of Prospecting for Gold, 8th edition, 1943. It is in remarkably good condition, as if it was printed yesterday and never used - especially the inside. The pages and the cover are cut very neatly. In fact pages 29 - 32 and 35 - 42 cannot be opened at the top as the folds are still joined and were never cut. The covers appear to be the dust jacket, sans flaps, pasted very neatly on card. The only markings are the diamond censor's stamp on the front with "3 PASSED BY CENSOR 113" and on the back, in brown ink, "T (or J?) 321/77". The paper is thin (as perhaps were all the 8th and maybe 9th editions (war-time savings?) - much thinner than my 5th PFG edition. The book is about 14mm thick (as opposed to the 5th edition at 27mm). As can be seen it was stapled and taped along the spine. Was this a special library edition - made that way by A & R, or very professionally by a library service afterwards? Was it intended perhaps for a unit of the armed forces? Why would a book on gold prospecting need to be passed by the censor? Does anyone have any information?
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