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SPAIN ITALY SICILY 1779 Barcelona to Palermo RATES
Country: SICILY
Condition: SPAIN TO SICILY 1779 Barcelona to Palermo INTERESTING RATES
Description: Entire Letter from BARCELONA 14 August 1779 11 September 1779 (docketed on back flap) B CATALVUNA post mark VARIOUS INTERESTING POSTAL RATES HANDWRITTEN on address side SUPERB POSTAL HISTORY ITEM Signed by noted Expert Dr. Migliavacca
Price: $115.00
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RUSSIA UKRAINE BERDYANSK 1852 LETTER TO ODESSA
Condition: RUSSIA UKRAINE BERDYANSK 1852 LETTER TO ODESSA
Description: RUSSIA UKRAINE BERDYANSK, 9 OCTOBER 1852, ENTIRE LETTER TO ODESSA, postal rate at verso "13" + BERDYANSK postmark also at verso, a bit weak as usual but well above average for this type of postmarks. Italian text deals with availability and market prices for grains and situation regarding ships sailing for Marseille -- SCARCE & IMPRESSIVE
Price: $50.00
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Country: GREAT BRITAIN
Condition: "GEESTSTAR" Boston - BARBADOS TO LONDON Posted on Board BOXED 1976
Price: $13.90
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1850s COVER FROM NAPLES * boxed UFFIZIO DI SANITA BOCCA DEL PORTO * rare
Country: TUSCANY
Condition: 1850s COVER FROM NAPLES * boxed UFFIZIO DI SANITA BOCCA DEL PORTO * rare
Description: OVAL HANDSTAMP STEAMER "ELBE" FRAISSINET - *** INITIALLED IN PENCIL BY POSTAL HISTORIAN DR MIGLIAVACCA
Price: $135.00
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1844 E L  ROVERETO TO TRIENT
Country: AUSTRIA
Condition: 1844 E L ROVERETO TO TRIENT
Description: Trient date stamp struck on back on arrival, opens well for display, overall very fine and interesting - signed by postal history expert Dr Migliavacca
Price: $21.00
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RUSSIA UKRAINE BERDYANSK 1844 LETTER TO ODESSA
Country: RUSSIA
Condition: RUSSIA UKRAINE BERDYANSK 1844 LETTER TO TAGANROG
Description: RUSSIA UKRAINE BERDYANSK, 16 OCTOBER 1844, ENTIRE LETTER TO TAGANROG, postal rate at verso "7" + BERDYANSK postmark also at verso, 2 lines with date, very clearly struck (RARE THUS)OPENS WELL FOR DISPLAY!. Docketed as arrived on 17 October. Italian text deals with availability and market prices for grains, SEEDS (flaxseed, kale) situation regarding ships including Brig. Ivan of Captain JEROME TCHIBENCOF; another ship with Captain Garibaldi, and Captain Gennaro Lauro -- SCARCE, GOOD QUALITY & IMPRESSIVE
Price: $70.00
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1847 Letter from CONSTANTINOPLE boxed DISINFETTATA NEL LAZZERETTO ST ROCCO LIVORNO
Country: TUSCANY
Condition: 1847 Letter from CONSTANTINOPLE boxed DISINFETTATA NEL LAZZERETTO ST ROCCO LIVORNO
Description: 1847 ENT LETTER from CONSTANTINOPLE boxed DISINFETTATA NEL LAZZERETTO ST ROCCO DI LIVORNO - VERY FINE * SCARCE *** INITIALLED IN PENCIL BY POSTAL HISTORIAN DR MIGLIAVACCA
Price: $88.00
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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...
1841 E L  ROVERETO TO TRIENT
Country: AUSTRIA
Condition: 1841 E L ROVERETO TO TRIENT
Description: Trient date stamp struck on back on arrival, opens well for display, overall very fine and interesting - signed by postal history expert Dr Migliavacca
Price: $21.00
Item Id #002318    See Details...
SWEDEN TO PARIS rare Ferry pmk TRELLEBORG SASSNITZ
Country: SWEDEN
Condition: SWEDEN TO PARIS rare Ferry pmk TRELLEBORG SASSNITZ
Description: 1907 Postal Stationery FALUN cds RARE FERRY POSTMARK: TRELLEBORG SASSNITZ 142 A cds
Price: $49.00
Item Id #009486    See Details...
RUSSIA UKRAINE BERDYANSK 1846 LETTER TO ODESSA
Country: RUSSIA
Condition: RUSSIA UKRAINE BERDYANSK 1846 LETTER TO ODESSA
Description: RUSSIA UKRAINE BERDYANSK, 4 APRIL 1846, ENTIRE LETTER TO ODESSA, docketed as arrived on 12 April -- postal rate at verso "6" + Albino BERDYANSK postmark also at verso, 2 lines with date, (Albino postmarks are RARE) Italian text deals with arrivals of ships to be used to deliver grains and seeds -- SCARCE, GOOD QUALITY & IMPRESSIVE
Price: $60.00
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RETURN TO SENDER MAIL DURING WORLD WAR 2
Condition: RETURN TO SENDER MAIL DURING WORLD WAR 2
Description: WORLD WAR 2 RETURN TO SENDER SERVICE SUSPENDED MAILS *** 262 pages (8"x11"), 2011, SPIRAL BOUND ** SPECIAL REPRINT ON GLOSSY PAPER ** IN ENGLISH * ILLUSTRATIONS THROUGHOUT LOOK AT THE SCANS TO READ DETAILS OF THE CONTENTS ESSENTIAL REFERENCE FOR THE SERIOUS SCHOLAR ****************** WE SHIP WORLDWIDE
Price: $63.00
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1849 Letter from GENOA  boxed DISINFETTATA NEL LAZZERETTO ST ROCCO LIVORNO
Country: TUSCANY
Condition: 1849 Letter from GENOA boxed DISINFETTATA NEL LAZZERETTO ST ROCCO LIVORNO
Description: 1849 ENT LETTER from GENOA boxed DISINFETTATA NEL LAZZERETTO ST ROCCO DI LIVORNO - VERY FINE * SCARCE *** INITIALLED IN PENCIL BY POSTAL HISTORIAN DR MIGLIAVACCA
Price: $68.00
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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
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RUSSIA UKRAINE BERDYANSK 1847 LETTER TO ODESSA
Country: RUSSIA
Condition: RUSSIA UKRAINE BERDYANSK 1847 LETTER TO ODESSA
Description: RUSSIA UKRAINE BERDYANSK, April 1847, ENTIRE LETTER TO ODESSA -- postal rate at verso "19" + BERDYANSK postmark, 2 lines with date, (poorly inked as usual) OPENS WELL FOR DISPLAY!! Italian text deals with market situation for grains and seeds -- SCARCE
Price: $50.00
Item Id #010511    See Details...
1836 Letter from GENOA  boxed DISINFETTATA NEL LAZZERETTO ST ROCCO LIVORNO
Country: TUSCANY
Condition: 1836 Letter from GENOA boxed DISINFETTATA NEL LAZZERETTO ST ROCCO LIVORNO
Description: *** INITIALLED IN PENCIL BY POSTAL HISTORIAN DR MIGLIAVACCA
Price: $66.00
Item Id #014351    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
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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
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FRANCE TROOPS IN ITALY TARANTO BASE T&P 525
Country: FRANCE
Condition: FRANCE TROOPS IN ITALY TARANTO BASE T&P 525
Description: 3 OCTOBER 1917 - Picture Postcard to Secteur Postal 62 from Sergeant at the TARANTO BASE ** TRESOR ET POSTES 525 cds SCARCE and very fine *** Signed by expert Dr. Migliavacca
Price: $39.00
Item Id #001298    See Details...
AUSTRIAN ITALY 1844 RIVA TO LONATO IMP REG GIUDIZIO DI RIVA
Country: AUSTRIA
Condition: AUSTRIAN ITALY 1844 RIVA TO LONATO IMP REG GIUDIZIO DI RIVA
Description: Entire letter - Fine signed by expert Dr Migliavacca
Price: $15.00
Item Id #001810    See Details...
EUROPA POSTALE: EARLY 1600s OTTAVIO CODOGNO'S POSTAL GUIDE
Country: ITALY
Condition: EUROPA POSTALE: EARLY 1600s OTTAVIO CODOGNO'S POSTAL GUIDE
Description: Clemente Fedele, Armando Serra, Marco Gerosa, - Europa Postale - L’opera di Ottavio Codogno luogotenente dei Tasso nella Milano Seicentesca - Postal Europe. The Postal Guides by Ottavio Codogno, Deputy Postmaster General of the Tassis in 1600s Milan. In Italian, with some sections translated into English. 286 pages 6” x 8¼”, perfect bound, illustrations, large map of Postal Routes of Europe, including sea and waterways routes. 2014, Tassis Museum, Camerata Cornello.  Available from virginstamps.com ****** CARNEADES! who was he?—thought Don Abbondio to himself, as he sat in his arm-chair, in a room upstairs, with a small volume lying open before him, just as Perpetua entered to bring him the message.—Carneades! I seem to have heard or read this name; it must be some man of learning—some great scholar of antiquity; it is just like one of their names; but whoever was he? [Alessandro Manzoni, The Bethrothed] So begins Chapter VIII of I Promessi Sposi. The vast majority of readers and even academicians, may ask a similar question: Ottavio Codogno! who was he? Such a reaction would be justified because his name was universally forgotten, not even relegated to footnotes, for a few centuries after his death. Then came the 1970s’ revival of postal history and in 1980 I was so brave - a term actually used by the dean of the history institute at my University - to economically reprint one of Codogno’s postal guides - namely the elusive 1620 Venice edition of his Itinerario. By then, the name of Codogno had already made the rounds among a few postal history scholars; however very little was known about him. This was not to remain so for too long and Armando Serra was the first to carry out serious research about this man and present it as a paper at a 1993 International Congress on Communications between Europe and the Americas held in Madrid. Marco Gerosa has researched and written a biography of Ottavio Codogno who was the Deputy Postmaster General of the State of Milan. Born presumably in 1570, or a year or two later, in his early 20s he was enrolled by the Milanese posts as a courier. After he proved his worth he was given more sensitive assignments. By the turn of the century Ottavio was promoted to the office of Deputy Postmaster General. The son of Simon Tassis, Ruggero, had been Postmaster General from 1556 to 1588, when he died. His widow, Lucina Cattaneo Tassis was given the authority to manage and administer the Milanese post office. Not a small achievement for a woman of those days. Codogno’s first postal guide was published in Milan in 1608, it was titled “The New Itinerary of the Post of the entire world. With addenda on the way to address (mail) to all places. Most Useful not only to the Princes’ Secretaries, but also to the Clergymen and Merchants”. The book had a sensational success and edition after edition, Codogno made revisions and additions. From the 460 pages of the 1608 first edition, Codogno’s 1623 “Compendium of the Posts”, 573 pages, included information for travellers such as currencies “needed for the journeys, the length of the Posts...Journeys for worship, and guide for Pilgrims. With a discourse on the seven Churches of Milan...devotions, and other curious things about the City. As well as the way to address (mail) to all places, and moreover Fairs.” During Codogno’s life time at least seven editions were published (1608, 1611, 1616, 1620, 1623, 1628, and 1630) followed by two reprints (1666, 1676) decades after his death by plague in 1630 - the very same plague Manzoni adopted as the backdrop of his masterpiece of Italian literature mentioned earlier. After four centuries, the best selling travel and postal guide by Codogno is back in a new and masterfully annotated edition. Indeed, this is a unique opportunity to learn first-hand about the communications modalities of early modern Europe. This guide enhances our appreciation of the history of a technique that is often underestimated and misunderstood. In a few words, Codogno’s book tells us with a wealth of details about a genuine history-changing Italian success story, beginning with the original name brand “poste”, coined for the first time ever in Northern Italy and exported all over the globe. The great importance of this volume is further augmented by a preface in English and Italian by Professor Mark Brayshay of the University of Plymouth, UK, and by remarkable contributions and essays by Clemente Fedele, “The Postal Geography of Ottavio Codogno” (with an English translation); Marco Gerosa, “For a biography of Ottavio Codogno, lieutenant of the posts of Milan and author of postal guides (in Italian); and Armando Serra, “Treatise, Itinerary by Codogno, especially the 1608, 1616 and 1623 editions, with notes about before and after Codogno’s times, up until the 1800s twilight of the horse-powered posts” (in Italian). As Fedele points out, “this new edition of Codogno’s itineraries is characterised by the identification of the ancient post horse stations with a view, when possible, to associate the old names with the modern ones. Such details would broaden the interest while catching the attention of local scholars and cultural institutions, and, in turn, generate reverberations in the tourism sector.” The special touch of this production is a postal map, in Fedele’s words: “the attached postal map will give a clear image of the postal geography of the times of Codogno. It offers a birds-eye view, not exclusively of the European posts as it spans from Constantinople to the ports to and from the Americas. There is special consideration for the postal highways Italy-Spain, made even more important strategically because of the centrality of Milan, the town that was the Author’s operational base and where he lived too.” This well produced book has the undeniable virtue of shedding much light and providing new and valuable information on organised European postal communications between the end of the 16th century and the dawn of the 17th. Last but not least, the introduction, in Italian and English, by Gianfranco Lazzarini, Mayor of Camerata Cornello, “soul and engine” of all the initiatives that orbit around the Tassis Museum, delves into the two emerging forms of communication that changed Europe, from the 1400s onward, and became known throughout the old continent and beyond as horse post and letter post. This publication is a “must have” for any serious postal historian and for those who are interested in communications in general. Reviewed by Giorgio Migliavacca
Price: $68.00
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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
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1835 FORLI TO CASOLA VALSENIO CORDONE SANITARIO
Country: PAPAL STATES
Condition: 1835 FORLI TO CASOLA VALSENIO CORDONE SANITARIO
Description: ENTIRE LETTER from the headquarters of the SANITARY CORDON of the provinces of FORLI' and RAVENNA - CARABINIERI PONTIFICJ handstamp + FORLI' straight line postmark - Letter deals with troops stationed at the cordon. Signed by postal history expert Dr. Migliavacca
Price: $45.00
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The Tassis Family and the European Postal Service - First International Symposium.
Country: ITALY
Condition: The Tassis Family and the European Postal Service - First International Symposium.
Description: ****** THIS IS A VERY HEAVY BOOK TO SHIP: for USA buyers the $10 postage automatically included in the invoice is sufficient --- FOR BUYERS FROM ANY OTHER COUNTRY we need to send you an extra invoice of $40 for postage - first pay the original invoice via PAYPAL, then pay the second $40 invoice sent to you as a Papal payment request -- We understand it is expensive but the lowest postage cost for this book sent to countries outside USA ranges from $48 upwards - we do not use BOOK POST as it is tantamount to losing the book...and the money ***************** ------ ********* Various Authors - I Tasso e le Poste d’Europa - The Tassis Family and the European Postal Service - First International Symposium. Acts of the First International Symposium, Cornello dei Tasso, 1-3 June 2012. In Italian and English, with two papers also in German. 328 pages, 9¼” x 11¾”, perfect bound, illustrated throughout (black & white). Published by Museo dei Tasso e della Storia Postale, Camerata Cornello, 2012. Available from virginstamps.com  ********************** Anyone familiar with symposia and congresses knows well that acts may take years to be published; however, exceptions exists and they are a symptom of vitality and interest in a given discipline or branch of learning. Despite the untouchable August holidays, when 90 percent of Italy comes to a halt, the acts of this symposium were published within three months - need I say that the interest in postal history and in our instance, early modern postal history, is beginning to get the attention of the international world of academia? Papers presented at this symposium were delivered by top Italian, Greek, Austrian, German, Spanish, and Belgian academicians - 22 of them! As would be expected the main focus is on the role played by members of the Tassis family in the development of modern posts. After an introduction by Adriano Cattani, executive director of the Tassis Museum, Tarcisio Bottani dwells upon the wills of Ruggero, Janetto and Leonardo Tassis. As a preamble to his most recent book, Bonaventura Foppolo offers well researched biographies of members of the Venetian branch of the Tassis family who held the post of Imperial Postmaster General in Venice from the early 1500s to the late 1700s. The postal enterprise of the Venetian Tassis was known as the postal service to and from Augusta and the Flanders in the city of Venice. Based on research he carried out at the Venice State Archive, Giorgio Plumidis offers his paper on the organisation of the Tassis family postal service from a Venetian perspective. Hailing from Mantua, noted postal historian Lorenzo Carra is undoubtedly the best qualified scholar to give an exhaustive discourse on the inter-relation his town has had with the Tassis family through the centuries. Clemente Fedele examines the new millennium communications revolution to make us understand better the postal revolution of the 1500s. In his dissertation titled “Which postal service in the XVIth Century?” he explains that the innovation that changed history was the postal speed achieved in the 1500s using mounted couriers and setting up postal stations at regular intervals - the engine was the horse, and it remained so until the railroad arrived. The business sector noticed the speedy delivery of mail and demand, and possible pressure, for extending the service to the general public was palpable and inevitable. Marco Gerosa is a highly skilled researcher and his paper titled “Important figures of the Milanese Postal Service, from Simone to Ruggero Tassis” is truly valuable. Fabrizio Dal Vera illustrates the prospects for research on the Tassis family in Tyrol. The potential of research on the Trent postal stations run by the Tassis Bordogna family is convincigly discussed by Francesca Brunet. Vincenzo Fardella de Quernfort adds new information in his paper on the Tassis documents in Sicily. Bergamo scholar Gianni Molinari makes us aware of the palatial acquisitions of the rich and famous Tassis in the region and beyond. Gabriele Medolago continues on the same theme and elaborates on it. The scholarly presentation on the postal history of Bavaria made by Peter Styra adds a really important tessera to the Tassis mosaic. Equally interesting is the contribution of Fabian Fiederer about the end of the Thurn and Taxis mail system in the XIXth Century. Warmly welcomed is the paper of Julia Benavent about the Tassis family letters at the Biblioteca Nacional de España and Real Biblioteca in Madrid. Also from Spain, Maria Antonia Blat guides us through the Tassis family collections in the Simancas Archive. I must confess that as soon as I received this precious volume I rushed to read Armando Serra’s about Milan’s staffette in the mid-1500s. The Tassis documents preserved at the Municipal Library of Besançon, France, are introduced by Giulia Grata. James Van der Linden, a noted Belgian postal historian, contributes a remarkable essay on the Thurn and Taxis postal administration in the Spanish Netherlands from 1492-1713. To conclude this splendid collection of essays comes Vincent Schouberechts with his paper on the history of the horse post through a postmaster’s family archives in Belgian Luxemburg, 1621-1811. The volume is lavishly produced and replete with good illustrations. It is wise to secure a copy now as many earlier volumes published by the Tassis Museum are now hard to find. Reviewed by Giorgio Migliavacca
Price: $77.00
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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...