That must be a real old book. I have not found out more about
it but he had another book published in London in 1882.
Abebooks.com and Bookfinder.com yield a number of listings for George
E. Gee ranging from the 1880s through the 1930s. The following in
taken from an Abebooks listing:
"Gee, George E. Gold Alloys, Their Manufacture and Application New
York, NY: Norman W. Henley Publishing Co. 1930. First Edition. Octavo
- over 7 3/4" - 9 3/4" Tall. 336 pgs; index. Bound in blue cloth with
gilt titles. ... "
A practical business guide to the preparation, composition, and
melting of Gold Alloys of every description and caratage, for the use
of Goldbeaters, Goldsmiths, Jewellers, Watchcase Makers, Enamellers,
Setters, Pen Makers, Stampers, Gilders, and all kindred workers in
the precious metals, showing how difficulties and failures are met
with simple remedies; compounding the different colour-tinted alloys;
reducing and improving the various carats of gold; metals which
impair the physical properties of gold and its alloys; fluxes and
their uses; recovering gold from solid waste products; imitation
platinum and palladium alloys; tables of gold values; tables of
weights; and sundry tables of interest to dealers in the precious
metals and diamonds."