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1977 SCULPTURES FROM EARLY CHRISTIAN SARCOPHAGI  3 First Day Covers
Country: VATICAN
Condition: 1977 SCULPTURES FROM EARLY CHRISTIAN SARCOPHAGI 3 First Day Covers
Description: Depicting THE CREATION OF MANKIND * THE 3 YOUTHS IN THE FURNACE * THE ADORATION OF THE MAGI * LAZARUS RESUSCITATION * GOOD SHEPHERD * THE RESURRECTION
Price: $14.50
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MICHELANGELO 450th ANNIV DEATH *FIRST DAY COVER  ST PETER & ST PAUL
Country: VATICAN
Condition: MICHELANGELO 450th ANNIV DEATH *FIRST DAY COVER ST PETER & ST PAUL
Description: FIRST DAY COVER LIMITED EDITION
Price: $7.75
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THE PORT OF LIVORNO  Maritime Postal History by Alan BECKER
Country: TUSCANY
Condition: THE PORT OF LIVORNO Maritime Postal History by Alan BECKER
Description: Alan Becker, The Port of Livorno - A Survey of its Maritime Postal History -- 17th to the 20th Centuries. in English, 74 pages (A4) spiral bound, color illustrations throughout. *************** This book brings together into one volume the current knowledge of the postal history of the port of Livorno. Although touched on in several other more general works, the last book covering this specific subject was published some 50 years ago. The Author is a long-time specialist of Livorno’s maritime mail postal history with related extensive collections on the various aspects. In 1676 Livorno was officially declared a free port, thus consolidating a pre-existing situation that dated back to the 1500s. During the ensuing decades many foreigners settled in Livorno forming sizable communities of French, Jewish, Dutch, Greek, Armenian and Levantine expatriates. In due course Livorno became the most important seaport of the Mediterranean, especially for importation of salted fish, cereals and grains. The Author begins with the 1600s mail of the Medici era which illustrates the great postal interaction the port had with import-export traders all over the Mediterranean and throughout Italy and Northern Europe. The end of the Medici dynasty and the inception of the Habsburg-Lorraine dynasty characterized the 1700s; these were the years that saw the post office revenue increase substantially. By the end of the 1700s, although the port’s traffic is said to have slowed down, Livorno was attracting an average 5,000 ships of all kinds and descriptions each year. Contemporaries described it as a chronically crowded port. The British had warehouses and their presence was rather important since Livorno imported spices, fabrics and manufactured goods from Britain; at the same time it exported to Britain silk, wine, olive oil, olives, cumin, straw hats, cheese, capers, camel and goat’s hair etc. The Napoleonic period brought the first maritime postmark “COLONIES PAR/LIVOURNE” and a better organized postal service. The Lorraine Grand Duke was restored in 1814; from a postal history viewpoint the 1820s, 30s and 40s, saw greater maritime traffic and with it more mail and more maritime mail postmarks. In 1843, provenance, instructional, routing and accessory hand-stamps were introduced for mail carried to Livorno by French Navy Steamers. Indeed, Becker visits all aspects of maritime mail and succeeds in presenting a clear picture of a rather complex subject matter. The 1859 Second War of Independence inflicted a severe blow on Austria and Tuscany went through a Provisional Government followed by a plebiscite that confirmed the wish of the people to have the Grand Duchy become part of the Kingdom of Italy. The transition period resulted in the adoption of Provisional Government stamps followed by those of the 4th issue of the Kingdom of Sardinia and later on those of the Kingdom of Italy. This is reflected on the covers of the time which become even more interesting with maritime mail postmarks. Mail disinfection was a major task for Livorno’s four lazarettos; they certainly were busy with bigger tasks but the postal aspect was one that was at the top of the priority list of health authorities. From the 1600s to the 1800s the lazarettos were the first to handle and disinfect incoming mail. Becker examines health passports - a corollary collecting area that appeals to specialists of disinfected mail. The steamers’ age saw the opening of French, Sardinian and Neapolitan steamship agencies in Livorno. The Grand Duchy launched the Tuscan Steamship Company in 1834 with a fleet of two vessels operating routes to Genoa, Naples and Sicily. Many hand-stamps of the agencies used on their mail feature a steamship making them particularly endearing to postal historians. With so many ships arriving every day of the week at Livorno, the port was also a major mail sorting hub; the lion’s share was secured by forwarding agents - 160 of them so far recorded as operating at Livorno. Their activity is documented by their endorsements on the letters and in many cases by the use of hand-stamps. The book ends with a very useful catalogue of cancellations used on maritime mail, and hand-stamps and seals used on disinfected mail. The English-speaking reader has now the opportunity to benefit from information and research not available before in his/her language. The Author is well aware of the needs of those who would venture in a rather complex field. A one town postal history with focus on maritime mail may look like an easy task, but experienced collectors will tell you differently. In this specific case we have a cosmopolitan town and port interacting with North Africa, Mediterranean islands, the Near East, Turkey, France and quite a number of countries in Europe. This is a fascinating book and an eye-opener for those who want to venture into new areas of research and collecting. [Reviewed by Giorgio Migliavacca]
Price: $58.00
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2016 EASTER STAINED GLASS Miniature sheet  MINT NEVER HINGED MNH
Country: VATICAN
Condition: 2016 EASTER STAINED GLASS Miniature Sheet MINT NEVER HINGED MNH
Price: $9.00
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CATHEDRAL FERMO * ARCHITECTURE 2012 MINT NEVER HINGED
Country: ITALY
Condition: CATHEDRAL FERMO * ARCHITECTURE 2012 MINT NEVER HINGED
Description: mnh
Price: $3.20
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FIUME ITALY POSTAGE DUES RED & BLACK FIGURES on cover
Country: FIUME
Condition: FIUME ITALY POSTAGE DUES RED & BLACK FIGURES on cover
Description: Elusive Cover with POSTAGE DUE STAMPS RED FIGURES 1 F. 15 F (hand overprint Type II) ** 30 F (hand overprint Type IV) BLACK FIGURES 6 F and 50 F (hand overprint Type II) ** 12 F ( hand overprint Type IV) Over $650 Sassone as Used stamps without considering the premium as a Cover all genuine GUARANTEED cancelled FIUME "I c" cds 1919 - superb reference material Signed by noted Experts Dr. Migliavacca and Silvano Sorani
Price: $250.00
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1932 NORTH ATLANTIC BALBO FLIGHT MINI SHEET green & carmine - certificate
Country: ITALY
Condition: 1932 NORTH ATLANTIC BALBO FLIGHT MINI SHEET green & carmine - certificate
Description: FROM DR MIGLIAVACCA'S CERTIFICATE -- ITALY, JULY-AUGUST 1933, 10th Anniversary of Italy's Royal Airforce: NORTH ATLANTIC MASS FLIGHT (Orbetello-Chicago-New York-Rome) led by General Italo Balbo, in which 25 S.I.A.I. Marchetti S.55X Seaplanes participated. Miniature Sheet of 6 green and carmine Poster Stamps. [Longhi: Aerofilia Italiana 2970 33AAe; 150 Euros]. I have examined the above-described Miniature Sheet which is photographically reproduced* here. In my opinion the said Miniature Sheet is genuine in all respects and in very fine condition. I signed it on the recto upper right margin with my initials - “GM” - in pencil ————————
Price: $120.00
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971 AIR MAIL * 4 EVANGELISTS by Beato Angelico 2 FIRST DAY COVERS
Country: VATICAN
Condition: 971 AIR MAIL * 4 EVANGELISTS by Beato Angelico 2 FIRST DAY COVERS
Price: $13.70
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2014 SHAKESPEARE FIRST DAY COVER LIMITED EDITION
Country: VATICAN
Condition: 2014 SHAKESPEARE FIRST DAY COVER LIMITED EDITION
Price: $7.00
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GRAND DUCHY OF TUSCANY * PLATING VARIETIES AND PLATE FLAWS
Country: TUSCANY
Condition: GRAND DUCHY OF TUSCANY * PLATING VARIETIES AND PLATE FLAWS
Description: “Granducato di Toscana: I Francobolli e le Varietà di Cliché” by Emilio Calcagno and Vittorio Morani; in Italian, card cover, 192 pages (6.3/4” x 9.1/2”); about 1,000 colour illustrations; published 2014. Available at: Virginstamps.com PO Box 7007, St. Thomas, VI 00801-0007 USA (issun@candwbvi.net) ****** “Hic sunt leones” [Here are the lions] the Romans used to say to indicate uncharted or troublesome areas on a map. This colourful expression has remained in the western world for centuries and has gradually shifted from cartography to modern colloquialism to describe a situation or condition for which it is wise to pay attention. We doubt ancient Etruria (today’s Tuscany and Umbria) had lions, unless they had escaped from the Coliseum after their lunch bravados so colourfully depicted by the “kolossal” movies of the 1950s. Nonetheless, in the early 1400s the Etrurian lion became Florence’s heraldic symbol. It consists of a seated lion with his right paw supporting a shield featuring the town’s coat of arms, the fleur de lys. It became popularly known as “Marzocco”. Most collectors are familiar with Donatello’s Marzocco because a crowned version is featured on the stamps of the Grand Duchy of Tuscany. Sometime in December 1850, Grand Duke Leopold II was submitted a number of options for the stamp design, including his own portrait or his own coat of arms. Vienna was watching, of course, and after careful evaluation of the proposed designs it was decided to use the Marzocco, even though it was linked to the Tuscan activists seeking independence of the Duchy. This choice has been described by philatelists and postal historians as curious and interesting. The Marzocco stamps had a relatively long life, eight years and nine months, and - from a 21st century perspective - a rather intricate currency mirrored by the face value of the various denominations: 1 Tuscany Lira = 12 Crazie = 20 Soldi = 60 Quattrini. The crown was also a significant component of the watermark’s design and the stamps were printed by letterpress in sheets of 240 stamps (three panes of 80 stamps - five rows of 16 stamps - stacked on one another, leaving a space between each pane of 1.5 millimeters). Unfortunately, budgetary constraints caused the 240 stamps to be squeezed so close that the vertical distance from one stamp to the next is hardly one millimeter; and worse yet, horizontally the distance is a lilliputian 0.8 millimeter, except for the two 1.5 millimeter inter-panneau spaces between panes mentioned earlier. The truly narrow space between stamps was no big concern at the time, but in due course it turned into a nightmare for collectors who demanded even margined examples. In this little, fussy some may say, drawback has flourished for generations the prejudice that has impacted negatively on the popularity of these stamps. Philately shows various positive aspects of the many fine individuals involved in it, but their pursuit for perfection, at times, can show their limitations as well as unrealistic expectations. From the Ministry of Finance point of view, money had been saved; the hastily conceived layout of 240 stamps avoided the paper wastage generated by the first Austria and Lombardy-Venetia issues which resulted in the inclusion of coveted St. Andrew’s Crosses to fill the empty spaces on the plate. Florence was determined to meet the deadline and to save time and money used a master plate that had suitable plugs to insert the value tablets. The technique for creating chalk moulds for stereotyping had been perfected by Turin-based printing specialist Giuseppe Giozza in 1842. [see article on page 199] Stereotype plates for the various denominations of the Grand Duchy stamps were thus created which resulted in a more consistent quality and the possibility of easy replacement of worn-out plates. This however, as we shall see, could complicate the task of plating these stamps. The Florence Mint chief engraver Giuseppe Niederost engraved the die and the printing was executed by the Grand-Duchy Printing Works owned by Francesco Cambiagi & Co. The paper was supplied by the old-reliable Cini paper mills. Among Italian States stamps, those featuring the Tuscan lion are unique when it comes to being printed on paper that is watermarked from top to bottom. This often overlooked detail permitted the vast majority of stamps of the first issue to have a watermark; in the eyes of post office’ top executives this was believed to be a great deterrent for forgers. It seems to have worked because there is no recorded occurrence of Tuscany stamps forged for the purpose of defrauding the post office. It goes without saying that the very few stamps positioned in such a way that they would not have any watermark are quite scarce. Selected denominations of the first series of the Grand Duchy made their debut on Fools’ Day. In fact, seven denominations were issued between Spring and Summer 1851: 1 Soldo ochre; 2 Soldi scarlet; 1 Crazia carmine; 2 Crazie blue; 4 Crazie green; 6 Crazie slate; and a 9 Crazie maroon. In 1852, a 1 Quattrino black (September), and a 60 Crazie scarlet (November) were added. Bluish tinted paper was used for the early printings; but later printings were on greyish tinted paper that had a subtle hue of blue. The lateness of the 60 Crazie caused it to be printed solely on the greyish tinted paper. In 1857, six denominations with the very same design were issued on white paper with diagonal wavy lines as watermark. This is traditionally referred to as the second issue which included the following values: 1 Quattrino, and 1, 2, 4, 6, and 9 Crazie. Incidentally, the watermark was designed in such a way that every single stamp had to have portions of it. The most impressive achievement of this book is to have plated 230 out of 240 stereotypes. One lone, ground-breaking article on the subject had been written in 1960 by the prolific philatelic writer Professor Cesco Giannetto and it triggered greater attention to recurrent flaws. This was duly reflected in the subsequent updates of both the Bolaffi Encyclopaedic Catalogue of Old Italian States and the C.E.I. (Catalogo Enciclopedico Italiano). The plating, however, looked like an herculean endeavour because due to the vulnerable nature of the plates, warts and blemishes were added to the congenital flaws. Additionally the position of a given stamp was not always the same and when new plates were made “musical chairs” took place; the same song and dance applied to the plate composition of the different denominations. With so many capricious variables there was no pun intended in uttering “Here are the lions” - at least until now. Meanwhile a collector-dealer by the name of Lorenzo Veracini had accumulated a huge amount of these lions, irrespective of poor margins and blemishes. His 20 years pursuit became a truly impressive collection that he exhibited at national philatelic events. This stirred great interest and became the launch pad for the co-authors of the monograph under review who had been pursuing similar endevours for quite some time. Mapping these stamps was not an easy task but, Calcagno and Morani received encouragement by the Society for the Study of the Postal History of Tuscany (A.S.Po.T.). To a large extent this was successfully accomplished, and the plating (in the old sense) was achieved for the 2 and 9 Crazie, but - due to the variables mentioned earlier - research on the other denominations is still underway. This book has a lot to offer to both the newcomer and the specialist; it is divided into two main sections: the first is entirely devoted to introducing the stamps of the Grand Duchy of Tuscany and the second delves into the plating and other highly specialised aspects of these stamps. Far from being a simple refresher course, part one outlines the postal history of the region; currencies, coins, and weights; postal rates; hand-stamps and cancellations; the context in which the postage stamps were adopted and the motivations for their introduction and use. Then the stamps, the paper, the watermark, the making of plates; the main characteristics of the stamp design; and the printing aspects. This lavishly produced monograph examines plate flaws and varieties in great detail - a task made easier in recent times thanks to the great technological progress made by digital photography, scanners and digital microscopes. All aspects that can contribute to the plating of the various stamps are examined and the wealth of illustrations makes you look at your Tuscany stamps from an entirely new perspective. Some positional flaws are positively eye-catching such as the “backpack”; the malformed “T” that looks like a cross; the flawed “B” that turns “FRANCOBOLLO” into “FRANCOROLLO”; the little cloud that makes one think that the lion is smoking; and (coincidence?) the uncoloured flaw that looks like a cigar the lion is holding with his right paw; just to mention a few. This book leaves no stones un-turned, and is a labour of love that fills a large void in the study of these interesting stamps. We are confident it will generate a greater interest in these classic issues. It is produced and printed at state-of-the-art level; the illustrations are of the highest quality; and for the many challenges a production like this may pose, the lay-out is brilliantly devised. The language barrier is not an issue here because all the pictures and blow-ups are worth a trillion words. Additionally the Authors use straight-to-the-point, simple language. This book is both highly recommended and a wise, long-lasting investment. Reviewed by Giorgio Migliavacca
Price: $73.00
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2016 JUBILEE YEAR MINIATURE SHEET MINT NEVER HINGED
Country: VATICAN
Condition: 2016 JUBILEE YEAR MINIATURE SHEET MINT NEVER HINGED
Price: $16.50
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RELIGION POPE JOHN PAUL I VATICAN MAXIMUM CARD 2012 LIMITED EDITION
Condition: RELIGION POPE JOHN PAUL I VATICAN MAXIMUM CARD 2012 LIMITED EDITION
Description: A Maximum Card is a picture postcard (normally about 4" x 6") with a postage stamp affixed on the view side cancelled (postmarked) with maximum concordance between elements (depiction on stamp matching the depiction on postcard - or elements of it -- with a postmark that is as closely related as possible to what is depicted on stamp and postcard) A Special Item FROM THE ANTIQUARIAN & MODERNARIAN OF POSTAL HISTORY & PHILATELY
Price: $14.50
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POPE BONIFACE VIII WATER SPRINGS FIUGGI ARCHITECTURE 2011
Country: ITALY
Condition: POPE BONIFACE VIII WATER SPRINGS FIUGGI ARCHITECTURE 2011
Description: mnh
Price: $4.95
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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"
Price: $109.00
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1968 AIR MAIL ANNUNCIATION ANGEL by Fra Angelico FIRST DAY COVER
Country: VATICAN
Condition: 1968 AIR MAIL ANNUNCIATION ANGEL by Fra Angelico FIRST DAY COVER
Price: $10.00
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PAUL VI VISIT TO HOLY LAND 50th ANNIV. AEROGRAMME
Country: VATICAN
Condition: PAUL VI VISIT TO HOLY LAND 50th ANNIV. AEROGRAMME
Description: MINT UNUSED
Price: $7.50
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2016 JUBILEE YEAR 4 values Set MINT NEVER HINGED
Country: VATICAN
Condition: 2016 JUBILEE YEAR 4 Values Set MINT NEVER HINGED
Price: $16.50
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STATUE SCULPTURE MICHELANGELO DAVID Tourism Poster MAXIMUM CARD
Country: ITALY
Condition: STATUE SCULPTURE MICHELANGELO DAVID Tourism Poster MAXIMUM CARD
Description: A Maximum Card is a picture postcard (normally about 4" x 6") with a postage stamp affixed on the view side cancelled (postmarked) with maximum concordance between elements (depiction on stamp matching the depiction on postcard - or elements of it -- with a postmark that is as closely related as possible to what is depicted on stamp and postcard)
Price: $13.00
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MEDICINE PHYSICIAN HISTORIAN STATESMAN LUIGI CARLO FARINI
Country: ITALY
Condition: MEDICINE PHYSICIAN HISTORIAN STATESMAN LUIGI CARLO FARINI
Description: mnh
Price: $3.25
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FIUME OVERPRINT 4 COLOR FRANKING REGISTERED rare
Country: FIUME
Condition: FIUME OVERPRINT 4 COLOR FRANKING REGISTERED rare
Description: GENUINE LETTERPRESS (MACHINE) OVERPRINTS rare 4 color franking, registered signed by noted expert Dr. Migliavacca
Price: $87.00
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1962 AIRMAIL ARCHANGEL GABRIEL SCULPTURE 2 VATICAN Venetia First Day Covers Rare
Country: VATICAN
Condition: 1962 AIRMAIL ARCHANGEL GABRIEL SCULPTURE 2 VATICAN Venetia First Day Covers Rare
Price: $16.50
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2014 VATICAN: MICHELANGELO ST PETER CRUCIFIXION & ST PAUL CONVERSION 2 MAXIMUM CARDS
Country: VATICAN
Condition: 2014 VATICAN: MICHELANGELO ST PETER CRUCIFIXION & ST PAUL CONVERSION 2 MAXIMUM CARDS
Description: LIMITED EDITION very few available
Price: $27.00
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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
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2016 INTERNATIONAL EUCHARISTIC CONGRESS Philippines 2 values SET MNH
Country: VATICAN
Condition: 2016 INTERNATIONAL EUCHARISTIC CONGRESS Philippines 2 values SET MNH
Price: $4.50
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ITALY SARDINIA 4TH ISSUE COLOR IDENTIFICATION PLATES
Country: SARDINIA
Condition: ITALY SARDINIA 4TH ISSUE COLOR IDENTIFICATION PLATES
Description: HARDBOUND, IN ITALIAN, 68 pages (8" x 11") FOURTH ISSUE KINGDOM OF SARDINIA 1855-1863 COLOR IDENTIFICATION PLATES (based on colors as listed by Sassone Catalogue 2010) BY UMBERTO BALLABIO LANGUAGE BARRIER: non existant....pictures speak 1000 words...all you have to do is place your stamps side by side with the pictures...if you only get a stamp or two in the right shade or nuance the book has paid for itself and then some The 4th Issue of the Kingdom of Sardinia (initially consisting of Piedmont, Genoese Riviera and Sardinia) has always attracted collectors because it was printed and reprinted over a span of 8 years - in fact these stamps witnessed the unification of Italy and with it the ever increasing stamp demand from the annexed regions and territories. The color shade of each denomination changed every time a new printing was required and some nuances are very scarce, some are priced into the thousands of Euros/Dollars. Color identification plates were printed in the 50s, reprinted in the 90s and then another publisher made a similar attempt. All were sold out and all are bibliographic rarities. This new book stands out for a number of merits that match and surpass previous publications on the same subject for the following reasons: The Author is a seasoned collector of these stamps The book has been vetted by a number of experts Other prominent collectors had their input The color plates are state of the art and have been vetted at the production stage by an expert on light and visual perception of colors (the best way to use this book is at noon time in a room with windows solely facing north....the eyes must be rested and the identification sessions must be short because the eyes tire very quickly...a combination of day light and fluorescent bulbs can also be useful. Never utilize strong daylight and excessive artificial light...never go in spots where there is a strong reflection of sun beams, blue skies or afternoon skies because each will influence a distorted identification). Guidelines can be translated using Babel or similar online translation programs. The book is replete with color illustrations and technical notes accumulated by the Author over a lifetime. IN CONCLUDING: THIS IS THE BEST BOOK YOU COULD EVER BUY ABOUT THESE FASCINATING STAMPS The price is influenced by high production costs, however Italy is well know for real state of the art printing and every penny spent on this book is well spent. INDISPENSABLE & HIGHLY RECOMMENDED LIMITED EDITION!!!
Price: $135.00     Sale Price! $99.00
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