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ROMAN STATES JESI 1861 WRAPPER TO ANCONA * MUNICIPALITA' DI ROSORA
Country: ROMAN STATES
Condition: ROSORA JESI ANCONA 1861
Description: APRIL 1861 - Wrapper (Sovracoperta) from MUNICIPALITA' DI ROSORA (oval) to ANCONA via JESI (cds), ANCONA cds on arrival on back flap - very fine, signed Migliavacca
Price: $15.00
Item Id #000544    See Details...
RUSSIA 1851 ENTIRE LETTER FROM ODESSA TO ODESSA - TOWN MAIL rare
Country: RUSSIA
Condition: RUSSIA ODESSA TOWN MAIL 1851
Description: 14 November 1851 - Entire Letter from Odessa to addressee in town - TOWN MAIL - very scarce example rarely seen - overall VERY FINE with text - signed by noted expert Dr Migliavacca to attest authenticity
Price: $75.00
Item Id #000548    See Details...
1811 ISLAND OF ELBA * PORTOFERRAIO DR. C. LAPI  MAYOR
Country: TUSCANY
Condition: PORTOFERRAIO ELBA 1811 LAPI MAYOR
Description: Portoferraio 5 August 1811 * Entire Letter from Dr. C. Lapi Mayor of Portoferraio and Acting Administrator of the Elba Jurisdiction - rare elliptic handstamp of Lapi (indistinct as usual), his seal on back flaps. Text deals with budget matters - Extremely rare item in fine to very fine condition * Signed by noted expert Dr. Migliavacca to attest authenticity.
Price: $175.00
Item Id #000557    See Details...
112 FLORENCE INTENDT DU TRESOR PUBLIC G DUCHE DE TOSCANE 1810
Country: United States
Condition: 1810 112 FLORENCE INTENDT DU TRESOR
Description: Florence 8 April 1810: Entire Letter from the Auditor of the Treasury and signed by him. 112 FLORENCE departmental postmark plus red script handstamp INTENDT DU TRESOR PUBLIC G. DUCHE DE TOSCANE *** Fine to very fine; quite interesting item *** Signed by noted expert Dr. Migliavacca to attest authenticity
Price: $47.00
Item Id #000558    See Details...
LUBIANA LJUBLJANA POW 1942, ITALY 30c POSTCARD FROM MOHRONOG
Country: LJUBLJANA
Condition: LJUBLJANA POW 1942 MOHRONOG
Description: MOHRONOG 6 FEBRUARY 1942 TO LUBIANA UNDER ITALIAN OCCUPATION; UNUSUAL ITEM IN VERY FINE CONDITION - signed by noted expert Dr. Migliavacca
Price: $85.00
Item Id #000738    See Details...
SOUTH AFRICA  ANDALUSIA INTERNMENT CAMP 1943
Country: United States
Condition: SOUTH AFRICA 1943 ANDALUSIA INTERNEE
Description: From German Internee at Andalusia to Germany, showing oval bilingual internment camp handstamp, and bilingual censor mark (G12), as well as Munich (Ab) censor mark. South African Censor Label tied by censor mark, and German Censor Tape. The return address is: INTERNMENT CAMP ANDALUSIA, VIA CENSORS OFFICE BLOEMFONTEIN, SOUTH AFRICA - The original typed letter is still inside the envelope. Overall quality very fine to extra fine - signed by noted expert Dr. Migliavacca
Price: $45.00
Item Id #000740    See Details...
GERMANY * POLISH POW AT STALAG XB  from WARSAW 1942 CENSORED
Country: GERMANY
Condition: POLISH POW AT STALAG X B GERMANY
Description: Censored card from Polish POW
Price: $13.00
Item Id #000966    See Details...
EGYPT * GERMAN POW: 2 CARDS & 1 ENVELOPE 1946 *
Country: EGYPT
Condition: 2 CARDS & 1 ENVELOPE GERMAN POW 1946
Description: 1 item datelined CAIRO * 2 datelined FAYED * SEPTEMBER TO DECEMBER 1946 * APPARENTLY NO CENSOR MARKS - interesting lot of 3 items
Price: $24.00
Item Id #000967    See Details...
BRITISH POW IN GERMANY STALAG II A TO RED CROSS SWITZERLAND 1940
Country: ENGLAND
Condition: ENGLISH POW IN GERMANY TO RED CROSS
Description: GERMAN CENSOR TAPE AND CENSOR MARKS IN TRANSIT
Price: $14.00
Item Id #000968    See Details...
GREAT BRITAIN GIFT PARCEL RECEIPT FOR CIGARETTES SENT TO BRITISH POW IN GERMANY 1943
Country: ENGLAND
Condition: RECEIPT CARD FOR GIFT SENT TO POW
Description: OFLAG VII B CENSOR MARK IN RED
Price: $16.50
Item Id #000969    See Details...
PADOVA TO BOLOGNA 1843 PRINTED MATTER WRAPPER rare
Country: ITALY
Condition: PADOVA TO BOLOGNA 1843 PRINTED MATTER WRAPPER rare
Description: 1843 wrappers for Printed Matters from the PADOVA BOTANIC GARDENS to a famous botanist in Bologna who was the head of the Botanic Gardens in that city. Handstamp I.R. UNIVERSITA' DI PADOVA - additionally red wax seal with same inscription and Double-Headed Eagle (coat of arms of Lombardy Venetia) in the middle. On arrival BOLOGNA date stamp 9 January 1843- These wrappers were usually torn away and trashed, or if they survived they were in poor condition. Superb quality by all accounts and extremely rare thus - EXHIBITION PIECE - Signed Migliavacca
Price: $80.00
Item Id #001271    See Details...
FIRST EVER POSTAL GUIDE ITALY & EUROPE - 1562
Country: ITALY
Condition: FIRST POSTAL GUIDE EVER 1562
Description: LE POSTE NECESSARIE A CORRIERI... (Brescia 1562) modern reprint on lignin free and acid free special paper. 72 pages in Italian with very useful PREFACE in ENGLISH. Listing the POSTS and FAIRS of Italy, France, Spain, Germany, France, Belgium etc. Limited HARD BOUND Edition. The first ever postal guide published in 1562 has been reprinted in the British Virgin Islands by stamp expert Dr. Giorgio Migliavacca. “This modern reprint of the 1562 postal guide makes this important book in the history of travel and communications easily available to 21st century readers and scholars,” he said. The limited edition reprint is expected to become a sought after collectible for bibliophiles. The 444 year-old Renaissance book is the oldest traveler’s guide reprinted in its original format in the entire Americas. Dr. Migliavacca explained that many of the early traveler's guides published in Italy between the 1500s and 1800s were almost invariably written by authors who had close ties with the postal service. The first postal guide (Le poste necessarie a' corrieri) was published in Venice and saw three editions between 1560 and 1563 in conjunction with the Catholic Church Council of Trento (Tridentine Council). The well-known postal historian went on to say that during the late 1400s, throughout the 1500s, and beyond, the word "post" did not have the same meaning we give to it nowadays. A post was a place at some junction, in town or in the countryside, where it was possible to hire or change a horse, and in most cases get a meal and some rest. “The distance between one post and the next was also called "post." In some cases this distance could be longer than normal and therefore the measurement between two posts could sometimes be one and a half posts, or two posts. This measurement was important because it affected the cost and fees for hiring horses, postilions and coaches. It must be noted that the posts, or postal inns, also handled mail. In fact, in the course of time, the postal network had facilitated the service of post horses, post chaises and coaches, which was the equivalent of modern public transport,” he said. The earliest surviving edition is that published by Ioanne Battista Bozola and printed in Brescia in 1562 by Damiano Turlino. As the title indicates - "The Posts needed by the Couriers in Italy, France, Spain & Germany..." - this precious, pocket-size, booklet was initially meant for couriers, be they postal couriers, private couriers, merchant couriers, diplomatic couriers, couriers of the municipalities, couriers of the Princes and Kings, and couriers of the Church. The first edition was out of print in a short time because many couriers lived in and/or converged upon Venice from all over Europe. The city also drew huge numbers of businessmen, tourists, and other visitors. It is no surprise that a second and a third edition were published in a rather short time. A lucrative industry of postal guides was born from this little acorn. In due course these booklets (librettos) helped the traveler plan his journey and see which posts were on his route. That the book in its second edition was already targeting travelers and businessmen becomes apparent from the subtitle - "And Also with the Addition of the names of all the Fairs held all over the world". It also had a “Tavola novamente Stampata” - a new Table of Contents “to make it easier to find the route of the journey the man will like to make”. Dr. Migliavacca said that “these postal guides had a utilitarian role - they were meant to disseminate timely information and as such were destined to perish. In fact, of the 1560 edition there does not seem to have survived a single copy, while of the 1562 edition only the Marciana Library in Venice and the Ambrosiana Library in Milan are privileged to have a copy.” “The number of people traveling and writing letters during the Renaissance had increased exponentially and so had their need for detailed and up-to-date information. The many editions of the postal guides suggest that these publications were readily available at retail outlets that have not yet been identified but must have included booksellers, inns, and postal stations.” Dr. Migliavacca is not new to publishing reprints of important books. In fact, in 1980 he published the reprint of another famous postal guide written in the early 1600s by the Deputy Postmaster General of Milan, Ottavio Codogno. The 1620 Venice edition of his 460-pages “Itinerario” was reprinted in limited edition by Dr. Migliavacca and copies of it can now be found in some of the most important libraries worldwide. It is also a highly desirable collectible for bibliophiles and specialists.
Price: $59.00
Item Id #001229    See Details...
FRANCE ITALY 1919 LIVORNO: BERSAGLIERS DE LA MORT
Country: FRANCE
Condition: FRANCE ITALY 1919 LIVORNO: BERSAGLIERS DE
Description: POSTCARD BERSAGLIERI (nice) 9 January 1919 LIVORNO FERROVIA cds "ARMEE ITALIENNE" 13e REGIMENT DE BERSAGLIERS DE LA MORT LIVOURNE A very unusual and truly rare item - VERY FINE QUALITY Signed by expert Dr. Migliavacca
Price: $45.00
Item Id #001287    See Details...
FRANCE ITALY 1918 ARMEE FRANCAISE EN ITALIE TRESOR ET P
Country: FRANCE
Condition: FRANCE ITALY 1918 ARMEE FRANCAISE EN ITALIE TRESOR ET P
Description: COVER TO ABBEVILLE 17 FEBRUARY 1918 straight line ARMEE FRANCAISE TRESOR ET POSTES cds double circle blue: ARMEE FRANCAISE EN ITALIE COMMANDEMENT D'ETAPES DE GARE Signed by expert Dr. Migliavacca
Price: $55.00
Item Id #001288    See Details...
FRANCE ITALY 1918 HOPITAL D'EVACUATION DE TARENTE
Country: FRANCE
Condition: FRANCE ITALY 1918 HOPITAL D'EVACUATION DE TARENTE
Description: Postcard to PARIS 14 April 1918 HOPITAL D'EVACUATION DE TARENTE straight line at top part of card TRESOR ET POSTS cds Signed by expert Dr. Migliavacca
Price: $55.00
Item Id #001289    See Details...
FRANCE ITALY 1917 LIVORNO COMM MILIT FRANC LIVOURNE
Country: FRANCE
Condition: FRANCE ITALY 1917 LIVORNO COMM MILIT FRANC LIVOURNE
Description: GENOA POSTCARD FROM LIVORNO TO ST PATRICE, FRANCE, 1917 DETACHEMENT SE RENDANT A ORIENT handwritten on address side cote vue stamped double circle red: COMMISSION MILITAIRE FRANCAISE GITE D'ETAPE DE LIVOURNE LE LT COLONEL COMMANDANT
Price: $55.00
Item Id #001290    See Details...
FRANCE ITALY 1917 AMBASSADE FRANCAISE A ROME FRANCHISE
Country: FRANCE
Condition: FRANCE ITALY 1917 AMBASSADE FRANCAISE A ROME FRANCHISE
Description: POSTCARD - SPANISH STEPS - FRENCH OFFICER IN TRANSIT 6 JANUARY 1917 ROMA cds Double circle & Allegory: AMBASSADE FRANCAISE A ROME ATTACHE MILITAIRE straight line: FRANCHISE POSTALE Signed by expert Dr. Migliavacca
Price: $45.00
Item Id #001291    See Details...
FRANCE ITALY 1918 VERONA TRESOR ET POSTES 112 rare
Country: FRANCE
Condition: FRANCE ITALY 1918 VERONA TRESOR ET POSTES 112
Description: VERONA POSTCARD TO PARIS 26 MARCH 1918 65e DIV INFANTERIE EN ITALIE TRESOR ET POSTES 112 cds Signed by expert Dr. Migliavacca
Price: $58.00
Item Id #001292    See Details...
FRANCE ITALY 1916 FRENCH MILITARY MISSION IN ROME
Country: FRANCE
Condition: FRANCE ITALY 1916 FRENCH MILITARY MISSION IN ROME
Description: 4 NOV 1916 - cover from Rome to Ferrara Roma Ferrovia cds MISSION MILITAIRE FRANCAISE DE RAVITAILLEMENT EN ITALIA double circle and allegory neatly struck and 95% legible FRANCHISE POSTALE straight line A very unusual and truly rare item Signed by expert Dr. Migliavacca
Price: $75.00
Item Id #001294    See Details...
FRANCE ITALY 1915 FRENCH AVIATION IN THE ADRIATIC SEA
Country: FRANCE
Condition: FRANCE ITALY 1915 FRENCH AVIATION IN THE ADRIATIC SEA
Description: 30 July 1915 cover from Venice to Soustons Double circle & Anchor CENTRE AVIATION MARITIME ADRIATIQUE * MARINE FRANCAISE neatly struck and repeated on back flap, equally in top quality SOUSTONS cds on arrival on back flap A very unusual and truly rare item - TOP QUALITY Signed by expert Dr. Migliavacca
Price: $95.00
Item Id #001295    See Details...
FRANCE ITALY 1917 FRENCH BASE IN TARANTO
Country: FRANCE
Condition: FRANCE ITALY 1917 FRENCH BASE IN TARANTO
Description: 18 July 1917 cover from Taranto to France FRENCH BASE IN TARANTO TRESOR ET POSTES 603 -- cds A very unusual and truly rare item - VERY FINE QUALITY Signed by expert Dr. Migliavacca
Price: $45.00
Item Id #001296    See Details...
FRANCE ITALY 1917 FRENCH FORCES AT CORONA GORIZIA
Country: FRANCE
Condition: FRANCE ITALY 1917 FRENCH FORCES AT CORONA GORIZIA
Description: 12 August 1917 cover to France POSTA MILITARE 57 cds (located at Corona, Gorizia) At left double circle in blue: 3e REGIMENT ARTILLERIE A OIED 62e BATTERIE - LE CAPITAINE At top right: INFIRMERIE DE ....SAINT AMOUR - S B M - F M A very unusual and truly rare item - FINE QUALITY for this type of mail Signed by expert Dr. Migliavacca
Price: $65.00
Item Id #001297    See Details...
1918 ITALY FRANCE: ARMEE FRANCAISE EN ITALIE
Country: FRANCE
Condition: 1918 ITALY FRANCE: ARMEE FRANCAISE EN ITALIE
Description: 1918 ITALY FRANCE: ARMEE FRANCAISE EN ITALIE; NEW TYPE OF POSTAL STATIONERY & TRESOR ET POSTES cds -- signed by expert Dr. Migliavacca
Price: $49.00
Item Id #001299    See Details...
ITALY FRANCE 1915 MARINE FRANCAISE A BRINDISI
Country: FRANCE
Condition: ITALY FRANCE 1915 MARINE FRANCAISE A BRINDIS
Description: 1 June 1915: picture postcard from Brindisi with handstamp on picture side MARINE FRANCAISE SERVICE A LA MER - very fine uncommon - signed by noted expert Dr. Migliavacca
Price: $55.00
Item Id #001300    See Details...
1917 ITALY: FRANCE ARMEE D'ORIENT AVIATION PILOT TRANSIT TARANTO
Country: FRANCE
Condition: 1917 ITALY: FRANCE ARMEE D'ORIENT AVIATION PILOT TRANSIT TARANTO
Description: 1917 ITALY: FRANCE ARMEE D'ORIENT AVIATION PILOT IN TRANSIT AT TARANTO * TRESOR ET POSTES 525 cds - VERY FINE & IMPRESSIVE * Signed by expert Dr. Migliavacca
Price: $70.00
Item Id #001302    See Details...