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Erewhon, Or, Over the Range
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Erewhon, Or, Over the Range

Samuel Butler

Published by Rarebooksclub.com | Language - English | Binding - Paper Back

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1880 edition. Excerpt: ... only, that the money given out at the musical banks is not the current coin of the realm. It is not the money with which the people do as a general rule buy their bread, meat, and clothing. It is like it; some coins very like it; and it is not counterfeit. It is not, take it all round, a spurious article made of base metal in imitation of the money which is in daily use; but it is a distinct coinage which, though I do not suppose it ever actually superseded the ordinary gold, silver, and copper, was probably issued by authority, and was intended to supplant those metals. Some of the pieces were really of exquisite beauty; and some were, I do verily believe, nothing but the ordinary currency, only that there was another head and name in place of that of the commonwealth. And here was one of the great marvels; for those who were most strongly in favour of this coinage maintained, and even grew more excited if they were opposed here than on any other matter, that the very self-same coin with the head of the commonwealth upon it was of little if any value, while it became exceedingly precious if stamped with the other image. Some of the coins were plainly bad; of these last there were not many; till there were enough for them to be not uncommon. These seemed to be entirely composed of alloy; they would bend easily, would melt away to nothing with a little heat and were quite unsuited for a currency. Yet there were few of the wealthier classes who did not maintain that even these coins were genuine good money, though they were chary of taking them. Every one knew this, so they were seldom offered; but all thought it incumbent upon them to retain a good many in their possession, and to let them be seen from time to time in their hands and purses. Of...

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Book: Erewhon, Or, Over the Range
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ISBN-13: 9781459045071
Product Code 9781459045071
Binding: Paper Back
Publishing Date: 2012-07-10
Publisher: Rarebooksclub.com
Number of Pages: 00064
Language: English

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