Collecting Medals and Decorations Hardcover by Alec A. Purves-First printed in 1967 this is the third edition printed in 1978. The author Purves is a Fellow of the Royal Numismatic Society and a founding member of the Orders and Medals Research Society. This hardcover book has 237 pages and is in very good condition. The dust cover is in good shape, some slight folding, but the hard cover and the inside pages are very clean, and in great shape. This book is known for covering things that aren’t discussed in other books on medals, it sets out to provide a lot of additional information of value to the novice and the more advanced collector. This extra material covers the work of fakers, forgeries, die varieties, re-strikes, assessing the state of preservation etc.