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PHILATELIC DICTIONARY ITALIAN-GERMAN-ITALIAN
Country: ITALY
Condition: PHILATELIC DICTIONARY ITALIAN-GERMAN
Description: DIZIONARIO FILATELICO TEDESCO - ITALIANO ITALIANO - TEDESCO PHILATELIC DICTIONARY ITALIAN-GERMAN-ITALIAN By Vanni Alfani, 2002 edition, 100 pages Simply the best Italian-German-Italian philatelic dictionary ever written. Most useful to both the beginner and to the specialist. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED ***************** di Vanni Alfani, 100 pagine, edizione 2002 Dizionario dei termini filatelici più usati e più comuni per aiutare i collezionisti a capire ed utilizzare in maniera più semplice i cataloghi e i volumi scritti in lingua tedesca che spesso sono alla base di numerose collezioni e studi anche dell’area italiana. VERAMENTE INDISPENSABILE
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ITALY CANADA: MOTONAVE
Country: ITALY
Condition: MOTONAVE MARIA FAUSTA G * ITALIA AL LAVORO
Description: MONTREAL cds on Italian Definitive stamps "Italy at Work" - scarce cover, signed Migliavacca
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ITALY 1918-9 BOZEN SOUTH TYROL POSTAGE DUE STAMPS new
Country: ITALY
Condition: SOUTH TYROL POSTAGE DUE WW1 - BOOK
Description: BILINGUAL TEXT: ITALIAN & GERMAN ** 128 pages, illustrated throughout in colour ** For many years the status of these Postage Due stamps was that of semi-official issues until recently, when Carlo Ciullo found documentation proving their legitimate status. In recent years the Sassone catalogue has listed them under TRENTINO ALTO ADIGE ** When this book was published in 1999 it was sold out in a matter of weeks. We deemed ourself lucky to get a copy from a London philatelic supplies dealer for GBP 40 plus Shipping & Handling - ** That was then! Your opportunity to get your copy at a more down to earth price. ** PLEASE READ THE ITALIAN & GERMAN INTRODUCTION to get more details ** WE SHIP WORLDWIDE * HANDLING & POSTAGE: TO USA — $7.00 ~~~~~~ TO ALL OTHER DESTINATIONS via AIRMAIL (only) : $16.00 ~~~~~ WHEN POSSIBLE WE WILL COMBINE MULTIPLE PURCHASES INTO ONE SHIPMENT TO SAVE YOU MONEY ON POSTAGE
Price: $46.00
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TRIESTE BETWEEN ALLIES & CLAIMANTS AMG VG ETC
Country: TRIESTE
Condition: TRIESTE BETWEEN ALLIES & CLAIMANTS AMG VG ETC
Description: In Italian - Published in 1999, long out of print - 176 pages - A4 size - with lots of illustrations - very useful, well documented, well research INDISPENSABLE TO THE COLLECTOR OF THE 1944-1954 TRIESTE POSTAL HISTORY & STAMPS GERMAN DIENST POST TRIESTE RED STAR ON VENEZIA GIULIA SOCIAL REPUBLIC STAMPS USED IN TRIESTE AMG VG OVERPRINTS (postal history & varieties) * FREE TERRITORY OF TRIESTE & ITS STAMPS IN DEPTH POST OFFICES OF VENETIA JULIA & ISTRIA 1943-1954 POSTAL RATES * FIELD POST OFFICES & APOs
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FORGERIES ITALY STATES SARDINIA ROMAGNE ROMAN STATES
Country: ITALY
Condition: * FORGERIES ITALY STATES SARDINIA ROMAGNE ROMAN STATES
Description: ITALIAN STATES FORGERIES FALSI DEGLI ANTICHI STATI ITALIANI -- Étude sur les Faux Timbres de Deux Siciles * Etats de l’Eglise * Lombardo-Venetie * Modene * Parme * Romagne Sardaigne * Toscane ~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Seminal work by A. De Haene , in French, plenty of good useful information throughout. Easy reading even for those with rather limited knowledge of French. It includes forgeries of the Italian States stamps: contemporary forgeries to defraud the post office, later forgeries, bogus and altered items, forged cancellations, Reprints. TWO SICILIES * NAPLES * SICILY * PAPAL STATES * LOMBARDY VENETIA * MODENA * PARMA * ROMAGNE * SARDINIA * TUSCANY Studio pionieristico di DE HAENE sui falsi degli Antichi Stati Italiani compresi falsi per posta, falsi per filatelisti, alterazioni e trucchi, annulli falsi, ristampe. In Francese, facile da usare. Reprint of the rare 1926 edition, fine quality, printed on high quality, white paper from short fibre pulp from eucalyptus trees, chlorine free. 40 pages with black & white illustrations. MANY ILLUSTRATIONS HAVE BEEN ADDED TO THE ORIGINAL EDITION and where possible the original edition has been digitally improved. LIMITED EDITION. THIS IS A MUST HAVE bibliophile publication.
Price: $21.00
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GRAND-DUCHY TUSCANY PREPHILATELIC POSTMARKS 1760s-1851 NEW FABULOUS CATALOGUE HARDBOUND
Country: ITALY
Condition: GRAND-DUCHY TUSCANY PREPHILATELIC POSTMARKS 1760s-1851 NEW FABULOUS CATALOGUE HARDBOUND
Description: IN ITALIAN HARDBOUND, HIGH QUALITY PAPER, LAVISHLY PRODUCED 220 PAGES + TRANSPARENCIES TO FIND CORRECT TYPES & SUB-TYPES ILLUSTRATED THROUGHOUT ALL THE PRE-PHILATELIC POSTMARKS OF TUSCANY FROM 1760s TO 1851 IT INCLUDES POSTMARKS OF THE VARIOUS POST OFFICES FROM ARCIDOSSO TO VOLTERRA, IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER RAILWAY POSTMARKS DISINFECTED MAIL HANDSTAMPS PROVENANCE & ROUTING HANDSTAMPS ACCOUNTANCY MARKS & ARRANGEMENTS SEA MAIL AS WITH THE EARLIER VOLLMEIR WORK ON THE SAME SUBJECT, ONCE SOLD OUT THIS BOOK WILL BECOME A RARITY IN ITSELF BUY IT NOW & YOU WILL BE GLAD WE SHIP WORLDWIDE
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 ITALY ALL ITALIAN STATES FORGERIES IN COLOR best book
Condition: ITALY ALL ITALIAN STATES FORGERIES IN COLOR best book
Description: SIMPLY THE BEST *** IN ITALIAN *** BEST INVESTMENT YOU CAN MAKE!!! 128 pages, illustrated throughout, high quality pictures in COLOR GIVES CHARACHTERISTICS OF GENUINE AND FORGED STAMPS OF LOMBARDY VENETIA SARDINIA TUSCANY PAPAL STATES - ROMAN STATES ROMAGNE MODENA PARMA NAPLES SICILY provides concise and clear background to All States and their issues highlights clues and details of genuine (in bold font) and forgeries (in script, italic) even if you do not know Italian in a few minutes, and with the help of a dictionary (Babel & others on the Internet) you will be able to use this book proficiently It is a bit expensive but the production is truly lavish, and if it saves you from buying the wrong stamp, as it will, then it's cheap, very cheap -- ALSO nowadays expertisers and expert committees charge up to $40-$50 per stamp even if forged...once you expertise a couple stamps by yourself with the help of this book you paid for it A BEAUTIFUL & MOST USEFUL BOOK LIMITED, BIBLIOPHILE EDITION: once sold out this will be a very difficult book to buy THIS IS A MUST HAVE bibliophile publication. WE HAVE SEVERAL OTHER BOOKS ON FORGERIES -- USE OUR SEARCH ENGINE FOR "FORGERIES"
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ITALY AREA FORGERIES: SAN MARINO ITALY LEVANT FIUME
Country: ITALY
Condition: ITALY AREA FORGERIES: SAN MARINO ITALY LEVANT FIUME
Description: ITALIAN AREA FORGERIES *** FALSI DELL’AREA ITALIANA *** Étude sur les Faux Timbres de ITALIE * FIUME * ILES DE LA MER EGEE * LEVANT: BUREAUX ITALIENS * SAINT MARIN * CRÈTE Seminal work by A. De Haene , in French, plenty of good useful information throughout. Easy reading even for those with rather limited knowledge of French. ~~~~~~~ It includes forgeries, forgeries to defraud the post office, reprints, alterations, forged postmarks, forged overprints: ITALY * AUSTRIAN OCCUPATION OF ITALY * TRENTINO ISSUES * VENEZIA GIULIA * ITALIAN POST OFFICES IN THE LEVANT * FIUME * AEGEAN ISLANDS * SAN MARINO * CRETE: LA CANEA Reprint of the rare 1926 edition, fine quality, printed on high quality, white paper from short fibre pulp from eucalyptus trees, chlorine free. 20 pages with black & white illustrations. QUITE A FEW ILLUSTRATIONS HAVE BEEN ADDED TO THE ORIGINAL EDITION and where possible the original edition has been digitally improved. LIMITED EDITION. THIS IS A MUST HAVE bibliophile publication. *~*~*~*~*~*~*~**~*~*~*~*~*~*~* Studio pionieristico di DE HAENE sui falsi dell’area italiana compresi falsi per posta, falsi per filatelisti, alterazioni e trucchi, annulli falsi, ristampe. In Francese, facile da usare. Comprende: ITALIA EMISSIONI FINO AGLI ANNI 20 * OCCUPAZIONE AUSTRIACA * TRENTINO & VENEZIA GIULIA * UFFICI ITALIANI NEL LEVANTE COMPRESE LE SOVRASTAMPE “ESTERO” * FIUME * EGEO * SAN MARINO * LA CANEA: CRETA *~*~*~*~*~*~*~* 20 PAGINE
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Fiume 1918—1924—I servizi postali e la filatelia * BY OLIVIERO - HEAVY BOOK check out postage costs
Country: FIUME
Condition: Fiume 1918—1924—I servizi postali e la filatelia * BY EMOROSO - 5 pounds BOOK read carefully for postage costs
Description: ******** LAST COPIES IN STOCK **** THIS BOOK IS NOW OUT OF PRINT IN ITALY **** VERY IMPORTANT * WHEN BUYING THIS BOOK IGNORE THE AUTOMATIC $10 charge [we will send you a Paypal invoice or equivalent for the exact amount] -THIS IS a 5 Pounds PACKET- *** SHIPPING COSTS: TO USA $24 ** TO CANADA $43 ** TO OTHER COUNTRIES IN THE AMERICAS & EUROPE $55 ** AFRICA, AUSTRALIA, ASIA & FAR EAST $65 *********** Fiume 1918—1924—I servizi postali e la filatelia tra vicende storiche e vita di tutti i giorni, by Oliviero Emoroso, Published 2013, by the Author. Perfect bound 8 1/4” x 11 3/4”, card cover, 424 pages, in Italian, hundreds of colour illustrations. Available from: Virginstamps.com PO Box 7007, St. Thomas, VI 00801-0007 USA (issun@candwbvi.net) Two years ago I heard through the grapevine that a Croatian specialist was publishing a new book on the stamps of Fiume, and a website on the same topic was supposed to be launched by the same person. “Fra il dire e il fare c’è di mezzo il mare” (between words and deeds there is a sea) is an Italian adage that I have learned the hard way that it is true. Philatelic publishing is not a money-making venture, it is an expression of love, an ideal way of sharing one’s knowledge for many years to come, while promoting our favourite hobby. The latest news is that the Croatian specialist is finally putting his last touches to both website and book. Others, however, seem to have been working on similar pursuits with impressive results. It is always a pleasure to hold in one’s hands a new book on the stamps and postal history of Fiume, especially this massive new volume by Emoroso. The first attempt to make a listing of these intriguing stamps came with the Fiume chapter of the Catalogo Storico e Descrittivo dei francobolli d’Italia published in 1923, under the supervision of the great Emilio Diena, based on information provided by the top brass of the Fiume Philatelic Society, Vincenzo Antoniazzo and Umberto Riccotti. In 1981, I published a reprint of this section of the first scientific catalogue of the Italian area. The Fiume listings were deemed incomplete and not reliable by contemporaries (see Rivista Filatelica d’Italia, July 1924, p. 204-5). To complicate things, the bad publicity about the endless number of forged overprints and forged stamps, compounded by the apparent difficulties in deciphering the six hand overprints was a big deterrent. The few articles written on the subject were in Italian and occasionally in German; finally, in 1958, Guglielmo Oliva published his Razionale Catalogazione dei Francobolli di Fiume which was a far from complete compendium that provided a solid starting point and a definite blueprint for other catalogues to build on. Oliva had also written some good articles on the subject. However, the language barrier, technicalities, missing pieces of the puzzle, and intricacies were eased during the 1970s and 1980s when Roy Dehn began to publish a series of articles on Fiume in Italian and British magazines. This was indeed a breath of fresh air and the feedback was so positive that in 1998, Dehn published his handbook and compendium The Stamps and Postal History of Fiume 1600-1924 which remains a cornerstone of the literature on these stamps. In the meantime, Francesco Carlotto had published a well-researched series of articles on the postal history of Fiume (Nuovo Corriere Filatelico, and Bollettino prefilatelico e storico postale, 1983-4). Finally there was light at the end of the tunnel, some cadavers had come out of the closet and information jealously held back in some quarters began to circulate. In 2006, Ivan Martinas, a Croatian expertiser, published his 250-page bilingual (Croatian-English) catalogue Stamps of Rijeka, Fiume 1918-1924 — yes, you read correctly 250 pages! Immediately after, in February 2007, C.E.I. published Carlo Ciullo’s Fiume: Sintesi Prefilatelica e Storico-Postale — a book that was an eye opener for Italian collectors resulting in many cobwebs being removed and quite a few myths unveiled. Fil-Italia, the Italy & Colonies Study Circle quarterly, during the course of its 40 years has published many articles on Fiume, especially about postmarks and postal history aspects. As a result, in 2007 the ICSC published a volume by John F. Gilbert titled The Postmarks of Fiume 1809-1945, and in 2009 a sequel by the same Author titled The Postmarks of the Province of Fiume, 1924-1943 including precursors followed. Having examined the major bibliographic entries on Fiume, it will be useful to the reader who is not too familiar with Fiume to spend a couple minutes on a brief outline of its history and philatelic ramifications. At the end of World War One the Croatian port of Fiume (now called Rijeka) on the east side of the Northern Adriatic Sea became the subject of controversy between the new nation of Yugoslavia and Italy. Fiume’s origins go back to Roman times when it was called “Tarsatica” or “Terra Fluminis Sancti Viti” (the river-land of St Vitus); Fiume, in fact, means river. In 1465, the Waldsee dynasty came to an end and the Habsburgs inherited Fiume from them. This was a valuable acquisition since it gave Austria a much needed outlet on the sea. It later became Hungary’s only major port when it was annexed to that country in 1776 by a decree of Empress Maria Theresa. In 1809, Fiume was incorporated into the Napoleonic province of Illyria, but in 1814 it was returned to Austria, and eight years later assigned to Hungary. In 1848, despite the city’s adverse feelings to ‘Croatisation’, it became part of the Croatian Crownland. In 1870 the postal network was controlled by Hungary. Stamps of Austria were used at Fiume until 1871 when Hungarian stamps were introduced. The secret Treaty of London (26 April 1915) envisaged Fiume becoming part of Croatia, while Italy was to annex Dalmatia. Things went differently, and when the “October Revolution” forced Russia to withdraw, Italy found herself bearing the burden. Thus, expectations of greater rewards were fuelled by public opinion, and while Dalmatia had only marginal connections with Italy, Fiume had a strong ethnic presence of Italians. The suburb of Susak had 11,000 Croats and 1,500 Italians, but the rest of Fiume was said to have 22,488 Italians and 13,351 Croats. On 28 October 1918, the Italian flag was raised on the Civic Tower of Fiume (A4 type: Scott 30-32; SG 36) heralding the strong wind of change. Two days later a plebiscite called for annexation to Italy, and an inter-Allied force (British, French and American) had to intervene to prevent a clash. From a strictly postal viewpoint, the “de facto” Italian annexation resulted in the overprinting of stocks of Hungarian stamps with the name “FIUME” in capital letters. This operation was carried out by letterpress for the post office stocks and by hand for part sheets or single stamps, as well as similar stamps that the public was returning to the post office in order to obtain the new ones. The provisional (overprinted) issue of Fiume (Scott 1-23; SG 1-28) is familiar to specialists for its complexities. Many of these stamps are known to have two distinct types of letterpress overprints and as many as six distinct types of hand overprints. Forgeries abound, but Fiume overprints, as Dehn explained in his monograph, are not exceedingly difficult to assess once some genuine reference copies of each overprint are acquired. Eventually Rome twisted the arm of the Allies and on 22 February 1923 (Scott 184-195; SG 217-224) Fiume was annexed to Italy. The process had been far from painless as it involved the highly embarrassing intervention of Gabriele d’Annunzio - a charismatic hero, poet, aviator, and seducer with a penchant for flamboyance - and his “Arditi” paramilitary force. After the Rapallo Treaty was signed (11 November 1920) it became necessary to get rid of the belligerent poet-hero and his Legionari and on Christmas Eve the battleship Andrea Doria shelled d’Annunzio headquarters and his men capitulated. Between December 1918 and March 1924 (“Annessione” set: Scott 196-207, SG 225-238) Fiume had issued no less than 280 stamps. This figure (which is taken from Sassone - the standard Italian catalogue) excludes the Legionari stamps overprinted for the offshore islands of Arbe and Veglia (now known as Rab and Krk respectively). With virtually no exception all the series issued by Fiume between 1918 and 1923 have been forged. The proliferation of these forgeries was fuelled in the post World War One years when demand for “war stamps” was at its peak. The 1918-1924 issues of Fiume have witnessed a great revival in popularity during the last 30 years. The specialist’s appetite is greater than ever and the advanced collector is always on the lookout for something impressive to add to his collection. The “unique” 1920 d’Annunzio “Pro Fondazione” 15c. soi-disant stamp was until recent times Fiume’s most elusive acquisition. Recent research has proved that the stamp is not “unique” and that some books, a philatelic encyclopedia, some Italian catalogues, and a few over-zealous auctioneers had been deceived by d’Annunzio’s lie. The stamp depicting the poet wearing a lancers beret to disguise his bald head was welcomed by d’Annunzio but was not readily available to the general public. Until recently only one cover with this semi-stamp was known; it was autographed by d’Annunzio himself to give it the needed “pedigree” and attest its “uniqueness”. In due course the cover was auctioned for 50,000 Lire (or today’s equivalent of $35,000). In recent times two postcards with the same unique d’Annunzio stamp have surfaced on the market; needless to say, the perspective buyers feared that many more would come out of the drawer and one such item offered at auction with an estimate of $3,000 found no buyers. To clear d’Annunzio’s reputation from allegations of getting rich at the expense of stamp collectors, suffice it to say that the proceeds from the sale of the “unique” stamp were donated to a Fiume welfare institution. After a few weeks of life the 1920 Legionari issue (Scott type A12; SG type M17) was overprinted and all the Lira denominations were handstamped on the gummed side with the emblem of the Arditi - a snake swallowing its own tail symbolizing eternity and Rome the eternal city. As would be expected, this overprint has been forged causing great concern among collectors. Unfortunately the Arditi handstamp, or backprint, is not illustrated in major catalogues, except for Catalogo Enciclopedico Italiano and Michel. But such illustrations are of little help to the collector who wants to detect forged backprints. This critical information is now available in both Dehn’s handbook and Emoroso’s monograph. With the advent of the Fascist party to power, the 1920 Rapallo Treaty, which envisaged a free state of Fiume-Rijeka with an Italo-Fiuman-Yugoslav consortium for the port, was ignored despite the fact that such a solution had been approved by the Fiuman electorate on 24 April 1921. Benito Mussolini’s pressures resulted in a new Italo-Yugoslav treaty (Rome, 27 January, 1924) recognizing Fiume itself as Italian while Susak was given to Yugoslavia. Emoroso’s book is a dream come true, no exaggeration at all. In 32 well-articulated chapters the Author gives us an in-depth survey of all the stamp issues of Fiume. It is a work of love indeed and one of the reasons is that the family roots of the Como-based Author are in Fiume. The Author points out that all too often philatelists are jealous of their knowledge but — he insists — when it comes to Fiume stamps “it is best to relinquish our protectiveness of petty interests and divulge as much as possible every aspect of our knowledge, thereby creating confidence and promoting interest for this collecting area. This is the only way to disperse the fog and the fear that surround it.” No wonder, that with such a philosophy he has given us an unprecedented amount of information. As stated in the title of the book, ample information on the history of Fiume and day-to-day life is provided so that the reader can land on the philatelic and postal aspect with good knowledge of what was happening. From the outset, Emoroso deals with the first overprint — the large sans-serif provisional type — examining all the evidence and the conflicting reports, as well as the flip-flops of the experts. As you finish reading chapter II you may wonder what is coming in later chapters because this Author seems to leave no stones unturned. In fact, he does that relentlessly and passionately. Two chapters, 21 pages, deal with the Machine overprint I and II on the Reapers and Parliament definitive stamps of Hungary as well on the War Charity stamps, the 2 filler newspaper stamp, and the postage due stamps. Chapter V takes another 20 pages for the six types of hand overprints which brings back memories of when after acquiring the Riccotti collection of Fiume - and a few years later the Bernardelli one - I often went to visit the much revered Milanese expert Commendator Fiecchi who had his office in an hotel room a few yards (yes yards) away from the Cathedral Square. I remember that invariably, when I returned a few days later to get the verdicts, Mr. Fiecchi repeated himself saying “these hand overprints are much more rare than we are made to believe, you should visit Commendator Mondolfo in Rome [publisher of the Sassone catalogue and an avid Fiume specialist] to add this variant and that one and that one, all unlisted and extremely rare, to the Sassone listings”. These hand overprints became necessary to recycle post office remainders that would not be suitable for the typographical system because of being in quarter sheets, multiples, blocks and even single stamps. This process was carried out during late 1918, and as a courtesy the public, and to gather up more old regime stamps for overprinting, the public could surrender them at the post office in exchange for the Fiume ones. Some of the hand overprints are truly rare and some are surrounded by mystery. The latter flourished on the failure of Antoniazzo and Riccotti to publish a second edition of their listings and research that were supposed to include all the relevant information on these hand overprints and their sub-types. This remains a rather important missing piece of the puzzle. The next chapter delves into nuances, old controversies plagued with philatelic convenience, and printed quantities. The section devoted to forged overprints of the early issues is exhaustive and the main focus is on the truly dangerous imitations that can fool even the most advanced collectors. Postal stationery is discussed in great detail and then we go on with the Pictorial series and the various types of paper used to print it, plus plate flaws, as well as printed quantities. The Students’ Education Fund issue is next, followed by a very informative chapter on currency and bank notes. Valuable information also comes from the section devoted to the re-organization of the postal service where we also learn about postal money orders, parcel post and their forms. The chapter on postal rates is very useful and well articulated and the same can be said of the one on postmarks, date stamps, as well as labels for registered and express mail. Emoroso reserves a lot of his energies to shed more light on field post offices operating in the region and their handling and censorship; the same applies to mail from sailors of the Royal Navy as well as the mails from the USA, French, and British Forces stationed in the area. The arrival of d’Annunzio and his Legionari had its philatelic impact, beginning with the Valore Globale overprints on the earlier mentioned Students’ Education Fund stamps. Then came the stamps denominated in Italian currency and featuring the head turned left of d’Annunzio himself. The Lira was not yet the legal tender in Fiume, for that to happen it took years (March 1924); it was, however, used as an accounting currency, and Italian coins were gradually seeing more circulation. The Legionari issues and overprints are examined in great detail and no less than 60 pages are devoted to them. The Provisional Government and the New Constitution overprints get their share of attention. The final pages of this veritable tour de force examine the St. Vitus pictorial series of 1923 and its overprints of 1924 to announce Fiume’s Annexation to Italy. This authoritative and readable volume is lavishly produced with hundreds of high quality illustrations; it is ideal for the beginner, irrespective of his language, and even the most advanced collector will benefit from it as a reference and a source of information that is otherwise scattered over dozens of stamp magazines and catalogues. No matter at what level of Fiume collecting you are, you will find this book to be indispensable. [Review by Giorgio Migliavacca] ******************** VERY IMPORTANT * WHEN BUYING THIS BOOK IGNORE THE AUTOMATIC $10 charge [we will send you a Paypal invoice or equivalent for the exact amount] -THIS IS a 5 Pounds PACKET- *** SHIPPING COSTS: TO USA $24 ** TO CANADA $43 ** TO OTHER COUNTRIES IN THE AMERICAS & EUROPE $55 ** AFRICA, AUSTRALIA, ASIA & FAR EAST $65 **********************
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I FRANCOBOLLI ITALIANI * FEDERICO ZERI *
Country: ITALY
Condition: I FRANCOBOLLI ITALIANI * FEDERICO ZERI * "The Italian stamps - Graphics and ideology from the origins to 1948"
Description: 86 pages (10.5 x 16 cm) - over 100 illustrations - Paperback - 1993 FIRST EDITION!!! In Italian **** Italian art historian Federico Zeri offers a new way to look at the stamps of Italy for those who want to go beyond the simple vignette of the stamp and get a higher appreciation of the artistry of stamp design. Originally part of the 1980 great opus "Italian Art History" published by Einaudi, the essay by Federico Zeri entitled "The Italian stamps - Graphics and ideology from the origins to 1948" has become a solid reference for those who like to learn more about Italian stamps, and in the process reach a much higher level of their appreciation of them, beyond the philatelic platform to the level of stamps as an art form. He also delves into the use of stamps as a propaganda tool, and examines the conciseness of the message and of the design which in a number of cases is not as simple as it may appear. Federico Zeri (1921-1998), goes beyond appearances examining stamp design and choice o colors, as well as printing techniques from the Italian States to the early years of the Italian Republic. Thanks to his long stay in England and USA, his international reputation as a great art connoisseur made Zeri the most famous and respected Italian art historian in the world,
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1902 ALBANIA POSTCARD 20 PARA MINT  VERY FINE
Country: ALBANIA
Condition: 1902 ALBANIA POSTCARD 20 PARA MINT VERY FINE
Price: $25.00
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AEGEAN ISLANDS POSTAL HISTORY VOL. 1
Country: ITALY
Condition: AEGEAN ISLANDS POSTAL HISTORY VOL. 1
Description: POSTAL HISTORY OF THE DODECANESE AEGEAN ISLANDS ** VOLUME I: THE CIVILIANS MAILS ** STORIA POSTALE DEL DODECANESO VOLUME I — LA POSTA CIVILE ** By Carloni—Cercena’ (2006) ** 270 pages, (20 x 30 cm), supplemented by a separate volume of 56 pages Catalogue giving illustrations and evaluations of all known postmarks, instructional and accessory marks of the post offices opened by various countries in the Aegean Isles. ALL IN COLOUR, lavish large format production, hard bound, already out of print. Absolutely first class book that will remain standard reference for decades to come. In ITALIAN with abridged but extensive sections translated into ENGLISH for each of the various chapters. The main volume deals with: HISTORICAL BACKGROUND THE FORERUNNERS THE AUSTRIAN POST OFFICES THE FRENCH POST OFFICES THE RUSSIAN POST OFFICE THE OTTOMAN POST THE EGYPTIAN POST THE GREEK POST THE BRITISH POST THE ITALIAN CIVIL POST RHODES THE ITALIAN POST OFFICES THE ITALIAN POST OFFICES OF THE SMALLER ISLANDS ITALIAN MARITIME MAIL ITALIAN AIR MAIL & FIRST FLIGHTS ***** HUGE & HEAVY BOOK ***** CHECK OUT OUR LISTINGS FOR VOLUME 2
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AEGEAN ISLANDS POSTAL HISTORY VOL. 2
Country: United States
Condition: AEGEAN ISLANDS POSTAL HISTORY VOL. 2
Description: POSTAL HISTORY OF THE DODECANESE AEGEAN ISLANDS VOLUME II: THE MILITARY MAIL ITALY * GERMANY * THE BRITISH & GREEK ADMINISTRATION STORIA POSTALE DEL DODECANESO VOLUME 2 196 pages, (20 x 30 cm), supplemented by a separate volume of 40 pages Catalogue giving illustrations and evaluations of all known postmarks, instructional and accessory marks ALL IN COLOUR, lavish large format production, hard bound, already out of print. Absolutely first class book that will remain standard reference for decades to come. In ITALIAN with abridged but extensive sections translated into ENGLISH for each of the various chapters. CHECK OUT MY LISTINGS FOR VOLUME 1 This is VOLUME 2 and deals with: MILITARY MAIL WW1 & WW2 FREE FRANK & CENSOR MARKS NAVY & SHIPS MAIL AIRFORCE MAIL GERMAN FELDPOST GERMAN INSELPOST BRITISH MILITARY ADMINISTRATION & MEF STAMPS USED IN AEGEAN GREEK MILITARY ADMINISTRATION POSTAL RATES POSTAGE STAMPS USED IN THE AEGEAN ISLANDS CORRECTIONS & ADDENDA TO VOLUME I BIBLIOGRAPHY ***** HUGE & HEAVY BOOK ***** THIS IS A MUST HAVE bibliophile publication.
Price: $95.00
Item Id #000514    See Details...
LA GUERRA DIMENTICATA  -- Crete and the Aegean Islands - a forgotten war, 1943-1945
Country: AEGEAN ISLANDS
Condition: LA GUERRA DIMENTICATA -- Crete and the Aegean Islands - a forgotten war, 1943-1945
Description: Gianfranco Mattiello, Crete and the Aegean Islands - a forgotten war, 1943-1945. In ITALIAN, 362 pages (A4), perfect-bound, black and white illustrations and maps throughout. ****** The Author is a well-known postal historian who has written important books and articles on Prisoners of War in Germany during World War II, Censorship of the Third Reich, Italian POWs in Rhodes, German Concentration Camps Censorship, and much more. Published in 2006. This book sheds much light on a tragic chapter of World War II that, due to post-war political correctness, many historians have often glossed over. Collectors of World War II postal history followed the same path, simply because the subject matter required serious research on existing literature and - more importantly - on archival sources. The latter were decimated by fire and war events. Mattiello is one of a few Italian postal history scholars who was not intimidated by such a challenge. Cephalonia is only 200 miles from the Italian coast, at the mouth of the Gulf of Corinth. What happened at Cephalonia with the massacre of the Acqui Division was not the best kept secret, but there was some reluctance in gathering solid information and evidence of what actually happened after the Germans discovered that their best ally had signed an armistice with the enemy. Of the 12,000 Italian soldiers on Cephalonia, 1,250 died in combat, and 5,000 were executed by the Germans. About 4,000 who had surrendered were imprisoned and in October shipped to camps in Greece. A rather detailed account of the war crimes perpetrated on Cephalonia landed on Mussolini’s desk at Salò and was stamped “Seen by the Duce”; as would be expected, he made no protests to the Germans! Italian civilians and soldiers in the Aegean and on Cephalonia found themselves in a terrible situation stemming from the poor coordination and strategy of prime minister Pietro Badoglio - a large number of them paid with their lives for other people’s awful mistakes. Mattiello carried out massive research at the Military Archives of Freiburg; the documentation he retrieved would make serious professional historians turn pale. He had no hesitation in using such important evidence as a blueprint of his book, and he must be highly commended for this. The trial and tribulations of Italians based in Cephalonia and the Aegean Islands after the fateful 8 September 1943 are mirrored in this book. A year later the German Army left the South-West sector of Europe leaving a few garrisons in the islands who resisted and persisted until May 1945. The German Army devised a special postal service known as “Inselpost” - this aspect is thoroughly explored and will prove of great interest to both the postal history specialists and the average readers who will discover how much postal history can contribute to a greater understanding of global catastrophes like World War II. The book delves into the early Autumn 1943 developments when Germans created transit camps for Italian prisoners of war from the islands in Athens, Salonika, Belgrade, and Crete. In fact, as early as mid-September the Germans held some 40,000 Italian prisoners of war. In due course more camps mushroomed in Greece; meanwhile in the Aegean the Italian resistance was short-lived. On taking over Kos the Germans found themselves with 1,388 English and 3,245 Italian prisoners of war; on instructions issued by Hitler, the Italian commander and hundreds of officers were executed. At Leros the Germans captured 3,200 British and 5,350 Italian prisoners of war. More POWs were captured in Samos, and camps were created at Rhodes, Asguro, Afando, Damatra, Kalato and Vati. The developments on Crete are discussed in great detail with much information never investigated before. By 1944 the situation in the Balkans became even more complex and the late Summer advance of the Russian Army generated a domino effect that caused havoc on the German forces. Mattiello documents each phase of this debacle. This important book explores the postal services with the Greek islands, with major emphasis on the German Feldpost and its offspring, the Inselpost. As would be expected, the Author provides us with lots of information not available before. This highly informative book is a must have for serious collectors. [Reviewed by Giorgio Migliavacca]
Price: $135.00
Item Id #013107    See Details...
FFE No. 4 FORGERIES HUNGARY AEGEAN ISLANDS WENDEN
Country: AEGEAN ISLANDS
Condition: FFE No. 4 FORGERIES HUNGARY AEGEAN ISLANDS WENDEN
Description: WE HAVE MOST OF THESE FANTASTIC PUBLICATIONS * CONTACT US ** FAKES FORGERIES EXPERTS VOL. 4 194 pages, in color, illustrated throughout many important articles on FORGERIES OF VARIOUS COUNTRIES including: IDENTIFYING ENGRAVED FORGERIES FORGERIES CLASSIC STAMPS OF HUNGARY CZECH SIBERIAN LEGION MANIPULATED COVERS -- IMPORTANT, LENGTHY ARTICLE ON AEGEAN ISLANDS: ITALIAN ISSUES FORGED OVERPRINTS WITH A VERY GOOD INTRODUCTION TO THE STAMPS OF THIS AREA -- WENDEN No. 1 ON COVER FORGED NATIONEN COVERS EUROPA CEPT ANDORRA FORGERY FORGED POSTMARKS ON SAAR MINIATURE SHEETS 1 & 2 INDONESIA INVERTED & DOUBLE OVERPRINTS SICILY FAKE COVERS ITALY FORGERIES POLAND MICHEL 131 D forgeries NETHERLANDS PRE-ADHESIVE COVERS ALTERATIONS FIRST ZEPPELIN MAIL FORGERY IDENTIFYING GENUINE BUENOS AIRES BARQUITOS ESSENTIAL REFERENCE FOR THE SERIOUS COLLECTOR
Price: $96.00
Item Id #014352    See Details...
SOMALIA ITALIANA MANZONI 6 BESA USED FINE scarce
Country: SOMALIA
Condition: MANZONI 6 BESA USED FINE
Description: SOMALIA ITALIANA MANZONI 6 BESA USED FINE scarce - Sassone Catalogue 55, 50 Euros ** Remaindered stocks of Italian definitives were used for overprinted stamps of the Colonies. Typically such stamps originated from sheets that had not passed the quality check for use in Italy because of poor centering and other inconsistencies. Colonial definitive stamps with overprints are normally poorly centered or at best Fine. Very Fine centering is the exception and commands a premium as reflected in all Italian catalogues. To expect Very Fine centering for most Colonial issues is rather naïve. _______________________________________________ WE SHIP WORLDWIDE When possible we will combine multiple purchases into one shipment to save you money on postage SHIPPING & HANDLING: ALWAYS CONTACT US BEFORE MAKING YOUR PAYMENT TO CONFIRM CORRECT AMOUNT FOR SHIPPING & HANDLING PAYMENT PAYPAL accepted. _________________________________________________ RETURN POLICY: if an item is not as described you may return it within 7 days. A full refund will be paid after the lot reaches us in the same condition it was originally sold.
Price: $27.00
Item Id #000571    See Details...
SOMALIA * MANZONI 13 BESA USED SASSONE 57
Country: SOMALIA ITALIANA
Condition: MANZONI 13 BESA USED a VF
Description: SOMALIA * MANZONI 13 BESA USED SASSONE 57, 50 Euros, almost very fine centering, fresh color *** ******************************************* Remaindered stocks of Italian definitives were used for overprinted stamps of the Colonies. Typically such stamps originated from sheets that had not passed the quality check for use in Italy because of poor centering and other inconsistencies. Colonial definitive stamps with overprints are normally poorly centered or at best Fine; this also applies to a number of commemorative and pictorial issues. Very Fine centering of most colonial issues is the exception and commands a premium as reflected in all Italian catalogues. To expect Very Fine centering for most Colonial issues is rather naïve. _______________________________________________ WE SHIP WORLDWIDE When possible we will combine multiple purchases into one shipment to save you money on postage SHIPPING & HANDLING: ALWAYS CONTACT US BEFORE MAKING YOUR PAYMENT TO CONFIRM CORRECT AMOUNT FOR SHIPPING & HANDLING PAYMENT PAYPAL accepted. _________________________________________________ RETURN POLICY: if an item is not as described you may return it within 7 days. A full refund will be paid after the lot reaches us in the same condition it was originally sold.
Price: $28.00
Item Id #000572    See Details...
SOMALIA ITALIANA * COLONIAL INSTITUTE Sassone 86-91 nice USED
Country: SOMALIA ITALIANA
Condition: COLONIAL INSTITUTE set USED fine
Description: SOMALIA ITALIANA * COLONIAL INSTITUTE Sassone 86-91 nice USED - Typical centering * Clear BENDER CASSIM cds postmark - 70 Euros *** ******************************************* Remaindered stocks of Italian definitives were used for overprinted stamps of the Colonies. Typically such stamps originated from sheets that had not passed the quality check for use in Italy because of poor centering and other inconsistencies. Colonial definitive stamps with overprints are normally poorly centered or at best Fine; this also applies to a number of commemorative and pictorial issues. Very Fine centering of most colonial issues is the exception and commands a premium as reflected in all Italian catalogues. To expect Very Fine centering for most Colonial issues is rather naïve. _______________________________________________ WE SHIP WORLDWIDE When possible we will combine multiple purchases into one shipment to save you money on postage SHIPPING & HANDLING: ALWAYS CONTACT US BEFORE MAKING YOUR PAYMENT TO CONFIRM CORRECT AMOUNT FOR SHIPPING & HANDLING PAYMENT PAYPAL accepted. _________________________________________________ RETURN POLICY: if an item is not as described you may return it within 7 days. A full refund will be paid after the lot reaches us in the same condition it was originally sold.
Price: $35.00
Item Id #000573    See Details...
SOMALIA ITALIANA: BIRD OSTRICH  2,55 LIRE MINT NH OG VERY FINE rare 750 Euros
Country: SOMALIA ITALIANA
Condition: 2,55 LIRE OSTRICH PERF 14 Sass 226
Description: SOMALIA ITALIANA * OSTRICH * BIRD * 2,55 LIRE * PERF 14 ** VERY FINE, FRESH COLOR * SASSONE CATALOGUE 226 Mint Never Hinged Original Gum Guaranteed * VERY RARE STAMP especially this quality - Catalogue Value 750 Euros+++ SIGNED BY NOTED EXPERT DR MIGLIAVACCA *** ******************************************* Remaindered stocks of Italian definitives were used for overprinted stamps of the Colonies. Typically such stamps originated from sheets that had not passed the quality check for use in Italy because of poor centering and other inconsistencies. Colonial definitive stamps with overprints are normally poorly centered or at best Fine; this also applies to a number of commemorative and pictorial issues. Very Fine centering of most colonial issues is the exception and commands a premium as reflected in all Italian catalogues. To expect Very Fine centering for most Colonial issues is rather naïve. _______________________________________________ WE SHIP WORLDWIDE When possible we will combine multiple purchases into one shipment to save you money on postage SHIPPING & HANDLING: ALWAYS CONTACT US BEFORE MAKING YOUR PAYMENT TO CONFIRM CORRECT AMOUNT FOR SHIPPING & HANDLING PAYMENT PAYPAL accepted. _________________________________________________ RETURN POLICY: if an item is not as described you may return it within 7 days. A full refund will be paid after the lot reaches us in the same condition it was originally sold.
Price: $349.00
Item Id #000575    See Details...
SOMALIA ITALIANA DEFINITIVE OVERPRINTED ONORANZE AL DUCA DEGLI ABRUZZI 50c USED VERY FINE
Country: SOMALIA
Condition: 50c DUCA DEGLI ABRUZZI USED VERY FINE
Description: SOMALIA ITALIANA DEFINITIVE OVERPRINTED ONORANZE AL DUCA DEGLI ABRUZZI 50c USED - clearly struck cds, fresh colour VERY FINE, Sassone Catalogue 187, 30 Euros
Price: $13.00
Item Id #000577    See Details...
SOMALIA ITALIANA PICTORIAL DEFINITIVE 35c PERF 14 VERY FINE USED
Country: SOMALIA
Condition: 35c PICTORIAL PERF 14 VF USED
Description: SOMALIA ITALIANA PICTORIAL DEFINITIVE 35c PERF 14 VERY FINE USED; Sassone Catalogue 220, 50 Euros
Price: $23.00
Item Id #000578    See Details...
SOMALIA ITALIANA PICTORIAL DEFINITIVE 35c PERF 14 VERY FINE USED; Sassone Catalogue 220, 50 Euros
Country: SOMALIA
Condition: 35c PICTORIAL PERF 14 VF USED
Description: SOMALIA ITALIANA PICTORIAL DEFINITIVE 35c PERF 14 VERY FINE USED; Sassone Catalogue 220, 50 Euros
Price: $23.00
Item Id #000579    See Details...
SOMALIA ITALIANA DEFINITIVE 1,25 LIRE PERF 14 MINT HINGED OG SASSONE 223 100 EUROS, FINE
Country: SOMALIA
Condition: 1,25 LIRE DEFINITIVE PERF 14 MINT HINGED
Description: SOMALIA ITALIANA DEFINITIVE 1,25 LIRE FINE PERF 14 MINT HINGED OG, SASSONE 223 100 EUROS
Price: $29.00
Item Id #000580    See Details...
SOMALIA ITALIANA ESPRESSO SPECIAL DELIVERY 1,25 LIRE USED
Country: SOMALIA
Condition: SOMALIA ESPRESSO 1,25 LIRE USED
Description: SOMALIA ITALIANA ESPRESSO SPECIAL DELIVERY 1,25 LIRE USED, TYPICAL CENTERING FOR THIS ISSUE Sassone Espressi 7 18 Euros
Price: $7.00
Item Id #000581    See Details...
SOMALIA ITALIANA AIR MAIL 3 LIRE USED SASSONE A24 Fine
Country: United States
Condition: AIR MAIL 3 LIRE USED SASSONE 24
Description: SOMALIA ITALIANA AIR MAIL 3 LIRE USED SASSONE A24 Fine, 15 Euros
Price: $5.00
Item Id #000582    See Details...