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FRANCE BALLOON POST 1870 - 1871 BALLON MONTE AIR MAI
Country: FRANCE
Condition: FRANCE BALLOON POST 1870 - 1871 BALLON MONTE AIR MAI
Description: A Special Item FROM THE ANTIQUARIAN & MODERNARIAN OF POSTAL HISTORY & PHILATELY *********** FRANCE BALLOON POST 1870 - 1871 BALLON MONTE rare book ~~~~~~~~~~~~ Balloon Post of the Siege of Paris, 1870-71 by Louis Chaintrier, translated from the French by George W. Angers, Prof. Everett Thompson, and Joseph L. Eisendrath, and edited by Ernst Cohn. This is a 163 page volume containing the series of articles which ran for many years in the Airpost Journal. Also included are many hitherto unpublished photographs, an account of the Pigeon Post of the same era by George Angers, and an updated French Balloon Post Section (excluding prices) from the Fifth Edition of the American Air Mail Catalogue. BRAND NEW!! Hardbound - very impressive!! -
Price: $60.00
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ITALY STATES AND EARLY KINGDOM OF ITALY CATALOGUE
Country: ITALY
Condition: ITALY STATES AND EARLY KINGDOM OF ITALY CATALOGUE
Description: ITALY STATES AND EARLY KINGDOM OF ITALY CATALOGUE 2011-2012 INCL. POSTAL HISTORY *** POSTAGE STAMPS AND POSTAL HISTORY OF THE ITALIAN STATES & EARLY ITALY 1861-1900 *** The best selling Catalogue with accurate/realistic market valuations. HIGHLY SPECIALIZED AND VASTLY IMPROVED AND GREATLY EXPANDED Each State has a postal history synopsis, list of post offices, information about reprints, proofs, and a new and thoroughly researched sub-chapter on postal rates. These are followed by the listings of issued stamps, their varieties, multiples, contemporary forgeries. A chapter is devoted to the stamps, postmarks and postal history of Military Occupations and Provisional Government issues. IT IS SIMPLY AMAZING TO SEE HOW MUCH INFORMATION IS TO BE FOUND IN THIS CATALOGUE. MAPS, CHARTS, CURRENCIES & COINS, GREAT BIBLIOGRAPHY, INDEX *** At its 14th edition, the catalogue’s in-depth treatment is more and more comprehensive thanks to the co-operation of prominent experts. Every chapter is devoted to a specific pre-unity state and the final chapter is about the Kingdom of Italy. Market evaluations, with references to auction results and net price sales *** 496 pp. - more than 1200 colour ill. - cm 17x24 – paperback -- Italian text If you have previous editions of this Catalogue you know that the new edition is A MUST HAVE FOR ANY SERIOUS COLLECTOR OF THESE STAMPS.
Price: $79.00
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PAPAL STATES DISINFECTED SANITA RIMINI 1853 rare
Condition: PAPAL STATES DISINFECTED SANITA RIMINI 1853 rare
Description: OCTOBER 1853 Wrapper (Sopracoperta) - clearly dated and docketed with summary of answer From the Bishop to the Governor of Rimini CURIA VESCOVILE ornate circle stamp with the Papal Tiara chipped out in 1849 during the uprising COMMISSARIATO DI SANITA' RIMINI (HEALTH AUTHORITY RIMINI) ornate circle stamp with the Papal Tiara chipped out in 1849 during the uprising The AISP Catalogue lists this handstamp for 1849 only - this is a very late UNRECORDED USE VERY RARE Signed by expert Dr. Migliavacca ********************
Price: $125.00
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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
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CENSOR MARKS MEDITERRANEAN & MIDDLE EAST WORLD WAR 2
Condition: CENSOR MARKS MEDITERRANEAN & MIDDLE EAST WORLD WAR 2
Description: 2011 EDITION INCLUDES CIVIL CENSORSHIP OF GIBRALTAR MALTA CYPRUS RHODES PALESTINE SYRIA ALEPPO TRANS-JORDAN IRAN IRAQ BAHRAIN KUWAIT MUSCAT ADEN ITALY ALLIED OCCUPATION 1943-5 TRIESTE & VENEZIA GIULIA 1946-7 TRANS ADRIATIC CENSORSHIP IN ENGLISH, spiral bound 168 pages (8" x 11"), ILLUSTRATED THROUGHOUT, VALUATION BY POINTS ESSENTIAL REFERENCE FOR THE SERIOUS COLLECTOR WE SHIP WORLDWIDE
Price: $75.00
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1701 - LYON TO BERGAMO VIA SWITZERLAND DUE TO SPANISH SUCCESSION WAR
Country: LOMBARDY VENETIA
Condition: 1701 - LYON TO BERGAMO VIA SWITZERLAND DUE TO SPANISH SUCCESSION WAR
Description: FROM DR. MIGLIAVACCA'S CERTIFICATE: -- FRANCE – 11 January 1701, entire letter from LYON to a merchant at Bergamo (Republic of Venice). The address side of the letter shows a red crayon mark indicating postage paid at destination for delivery from the Swiss border. Red crayon marks and postal rates are typical of the Republic of Venice. The verso shows remnants of the dry seal that secured the two joining portions of the folded letter sheet. The letter was delivered by the Lyon couriers, routed via Switzerland, Geneva, Bellinzona, and Chiavenna. The traditional route via Piedmont and Milan was discontinued due to a realistic threat of hostilities stemming from the impending War of Spanish Succession. The unusually long text deals with bales of fabric that reached Lyon. The agent of the Bergamo merchant points out that one of the bales suffered from water damage due to poor packaging, it was however sold at a reduced price. In concluding, the agent elaborates about the market situation.   I have examined the above captioned letter, the address side of which is photographically reproduced* here. In my opinion, the document is genuine in all respects and in fine condition. I initialled it “GM” in pencil————— This certificate is printed on acid-free High Security paper with features that may partially show if photocopied or scanned, including microprint, watermark, hidden pantograph, erasure protection etc.  
Price: $395.00
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ITALIAN POWs AND INTERNEES IN AFRICA WORLD WAR II 1983 edition
Country: EAST AFRICA
Condition: ITALIAN P.O.W.s AND INTERNEES IN AFRICA WW2, 2014 REPRINT with ADDENDA
Description: ITALIAN P.O.W.s AND INTERNEES IN AFRICA WW2, 2014 REPRINT of the Second Revised edition 1983, WITH ADDED INFORMATION & ADDED ILLUSTRATIONS -- 72 pages, with many illustrations throughout. Countries covered include: Libya, Kenya, Uganda, Tanganyka, Palestine, Rhodesia, Egypt, Sudan, Nigeria, Somaliland, Eritrea, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Algeria, Tunisia, Morocco, Congo, Ivory Coast, South Africa, Madagascar; plus a section on related Italian FPOs, Airmail Routes, Stationery, and Censor marks. For more in-depth information we suggest Migliavacca’s book on Italian POWs in North Africa and Weisbecker’s Camp Mail in East Africa. All in short supply. All 3 books are essential to the serious collector of POW Mail.
Price: $38.00
Item Id #010590    See Details...
GERMANY  DEC 1943 ITALIAN POW STAMMLAGER X A KDO  CENSORED
Country: GERMANY
Condition: GERMANY DEC 1943 ITALIAN POW STAMMLAGER X A KDO CENSORED
Description: 10 December 1943 Letter Form from Italian POW to ALBINO BERGAMO - arrival cds 17 January 1944 - signed Migliavacca
Price: $17.00
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NOV 1945 USA POW CAMP FORT CROOK NEBRASKA from ITALIAN POW censored card
Country: USA
Condition: NOV 1945 USA POW CAMP FORT CROOK NEBRASKA from ITALIAN POW censored card
Description: PASSED BY ARMY EXAMINER censor mark -------- IMPORTANT: it is a well-known and widely accepted fact that POW Mail and Disinfected Mail have blemishes or defects such as staples holes, slits,punched holes, tears, rust spots, water or liquids damage etc - therefore this is no ground for returns
Price: $19.00
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JAN 1945 USA POW CAMP FORT SILL GERMAN POW to Vienna CENSORED
Country: USA
Condition: JAN 1945 USA POW CAMP FORT SILL GERMAN POW to Vienna CENSORED
Description: AIR MAIL LETTER FORM on tamper proof sensitive paper tha would change color, CENSORED IN USA & GERMANY - signed Migliavacca -------- IMPORTANT: it is a well-known and widely accepted fact that POW Mail and Disinfected Mail have blemishes or defects such as staples holes, slits,punched holes, tears, rust spots, water or liquids damage etc - therefore this is no ground for returns
Price: $25.00
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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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LES MARQUES POSTALES DE LA GRANDE ARMEE  by DE FRANK
Country: FRANCE
Condition: LES MARQUES POSTALES DE LA GRANDE ARMEE by DE FRANK
Description: 1948 one and only edition: GRANDE ARMEE POSTAL HISTORY & POSTMARKS 1805-1808 by PHILIP F. DE FRANK * 285 pages, in French, hundreds of illustrations - USED WITH MINIMAL TRACES OF USE OR SHELF LIFE, VERY FINE COPY - no pen or pencil marks - binding in very good condition ****** 285 pagine, con oltre cento pagine dedicate al catalogo dei timbri postali utilizzati nella corrispondenza dell'armata napoleonica . Ottimo esemplare dei 600 stampati.
Price: $175.00
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JAPANESE MILITARY BURMA THAILAND RAILROAD 1942 1945
Country: JAPAN
Condition: JAPANESE MILITARY BURMA THAILAND RAILROAD 1942 1945
Description: IN ENGLISH ** ILLUSTRATED * 58 pages 8” x 11” + MAPS ------ Herbert S. Herman, has expertly woven a short narrative of the construction of the Burma-Thailand railroad with a study of the railroad's postal facilities, and its outgoing and incoming mail. The majority of the monograph deals with mail to and from the many allied Prisoners of War (POWs) forced to build the railroad by their Japanese captors, although mail from the Japanese military forces and employed Burmese civilians is included as well. It is profusely illustrated with copies of covers and cards, the majority of which have been drawn from the personal collections of correspondence between a small number of allied ex-POWs and their families. Mr. Herman incorporates personal details of some of these ex-servicemen, including their photographs, and biographical details of their capture and internment. The monograph also includes a number of comprehensive and detailed listings, including catalogs of postal stationery, assigned Japanese military units, and locations of POW camps.
Price: $30.00
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1808 DANZIG UNDER NAPOLEON * N.o 59 GRANDE ARMEE, Interesting text
Country: FRANCE
Condition: 1808 DANZIG UNDER NAPOLEON * N.o 59 GRANDE ARMEE, Interesting text
Description: DANZIG UNDER NAPOLEON: 1807-1813. From July 1807 to September 1808, there was a field post office of the Grande Armee (bureau sedentaire) at Danzig. Entire Letter dated 4 February 1808 with red N.o 59 / GRANDE ARMEE in red to Caen, Dept de Calvados. The sender (Aide De Camp to General Lamartiniere) mentions some interesting developments (3 pages) including a major fire that destroyed 60 homes and caused considerable damage and he also speaks of General Oudinot and General Lamartiniere, commander of the Artillery at Danzig. RARE & HIGHLY DESIRABLE, very fine and interesting content! Signed Migliavacca
Price: $600.00
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1808 TO GRANDE ARMEE IN DANZIG, INTERESTING INCOMING MAIL
Country: FRANCE
Condition: 1808 TO GRANDE ARMEE IN DANZIG, INTERESTING INCOMING MAIL
Description: DANZIG UNDER NAPOLEON: 1807-1813. Entire Letter dated 29 November 1808 from Caen, P13P/CAEN, red P.P.P.P. (PORT PAYEE PASSE PARIS), 15 centimes rate for mail to serving officer (on back); addressed to MONSIEUR [Frederic] CAILLY AIDE DE CAMP DU GENERAL LAMARTINIERE COMMANDEUR EN CHEF D’ARTILLERIE DE LA PLACE ET FORTE DE DANTZIK GRANDE ARMEE. Mail from father to son: 3 pages dealing with various developments, including the war in Spain and the ARMEE DU RHIN. RARE & HIGHLY DESIRABLE INCOMING MAIL TO GRANDE ARMEE, interesting content! Signed Migliavacca
Price: $275.00
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EARLY POSTAL HISTORY ITALY (FRANCE SPAIN) 1200s to 1700s
Country: ITALY
Condition: EARLY POSTAL HISTORY ITALY (FRANCE SPAIN) 1200s to 1700s
Description: EARLY POSTAL HISTORY ITALY (FRANCE SPAIN) 1200s to 1700s ******************** POSTAL HISTORY ITALY (FRANCE SPAIN) 1200s to 1700s The Post and Courier Service of Early Modern Italy: Documentation Revealed by Giorgio Migliavacca, in English New Millennium Limited Edition Reprint of 50 copies (most already sold to subscribers) 52 pages large size (8 inches x 11 inches). The lay-out of the original work has been changed and improved where possible, and this reprint is printed on high quality, white paper. New and important illustrations and maps have been added with lengthy and detailed information, some of it never published before in English. This important research won the 1980 Gold Medal for the Best Long Essay published by the Postal History Journal. Of particular merit is the new CHRONOLOGY OF ITALIAN POSTAL HISTORY FROM 200 BC to 1850 AD. This very useful chronology discusses the most significant postal developments spanning 2,000 years. In compiling this specific section, the author has revised, updated, incorporated and expanded research published in recent years by himself and leading Italian scholars. This chronology thus corrects a fair amount of incomplete or partly inaccurate information published in the past by reputed scholars. For those interested in French or Spanish Postal History this book is also very valuable because it discusses the postal communications of the three countries from Medioeval days to late Renaissance and beyond. This book is easy to ready and would fascinate even readers not interested in postal history per se. The bibliography is very extensive. There is quite a lot of new information added as compared to the 1980 work and if you collect Italian Postal History this is a fundamental work to have. ********************************* STORIA POSTALE ITALIANA DAL MEDIOEVO AL RINASCIMENTO, inoltre una nuova cronologia delle Poste in Italia dal 200 AC al 1850. Questa ricerca di Giorgio Migliavacca ricevette la medaglia d'oro della Postal History Society per il miglior articolo pubblicato dal Postal History Journal nel 1980. In inglese, 52 pagine, grande formato, numerose illustrazioni. Questa edizione ampliata e indispensabile allo studioso e al collezionista serio della storia postale italiana.
Price: $54.00     Sale Price! $51.00
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IMPERIAL RUSSIA: DISINFECTED MAIL ANTHOLOGY
Country: RUSSIA
Condition: IMPERIAL RUSSIA: DISINFECTED MAIL ANTHOLOGY
Description: Disinfected Mail Anthology: With Important Articles and Research published in Europe and USA in the 1970s -- CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE STUDY OF MAIL DISINFECTION IN IMPERIAL RUSSIA -- The Anthology includes the following chapters (3 in English, 2 in Italian): *** Giorgio Migliavacca, Russian Practices of Disinfecting Mail Received From Infected Zones *** V. Denis Vandervelde, Russian Quarantine and Disinfection: An Overview *** V. Denis Vandervelde, The Disinfection of Mail, Early Documentary Sources *** Giorgio Migliavacca, Corrispondenza disinfettata dalla Russia *** Giorgio Bellagarda, Il pittore Carlo Bossoli e la quarantena di Odessa ~~~ 52 pages [8" x 11"]; illustrated throughout *** 2007 Reprint; LIMITED EDITION not available elsewhere *** INDISPENSABLE TO THE SERIOUS SCHOLAR
Price: $39.00
Item Id #011994    See Details...
TURKEY TO RUSSIA 1853 CONSTANTINOPLE TO ODESSA DISINFECTED rare3
Country: RUSSIA
Condition: TURKEY TO RUSSIA 1853 CONSTANTINOPLE TO ODESSA DISINFECTED rare3
Description: Entire Letter from Constantinople, 1853, to Odessa showing the effects of disinfection procedures: discoloration of the paper due to disinfectant liquid, three vertical slits (two at the bottom, one at the top) and several punch holes. The oval disinfection cachet of Odessa (Migliavacca Type E, Fig. 7; Tyukov-Vandervelde 8a; only 8 examples recorded) “CLEANED IN THE ODESSA/DATE/QUARANTINE” (ACHISHCH V ADIESS/ / KARANTIN), struck on the backflaps is (as is often the case) average quality as in most instances and 70% readable. The Disinfection Number “120” is handwritten on the backflap. On the upper blackflap is the fine and rare cds of the Russian Consular Post Office in Constantinople (Tchilinghirian Type 3) where the letter was posted. This rare item is genuine in all respects and keeping in mind this type of mail it is in very fine condition. SIGNED MIGLIAVACCA
Price: $325.00
Item Id #012177    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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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
Item Id #012307    See Details...
ITALY - RUSSIA * DECEMBER 1942 POSTA MILITARE 152 @ MEDOVA
Condition: ITALY - RUSSIA * DECEMBER 1942 POSTA MILITARE 152 @ MEDOVA
Description: ITALY - RUSSIA * DECEMBER 1942 POSTA MILITARE 152 @ MEDOVA scarce - signed by expert Dr. Migliavacca
Price: $39.00
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1947 UKRAINIAN POW IN GREAT BRITAIN CAMP 78 BRAINTREE to CANADA
Country: GREAT BRITAIN
Condition: 1947 UKRAINIAN POW IN GREAT BRITAIN CAMP 78 BRAINTREE to CANADA
Description: TO UKRAINIAN VOICE newspaper ** Signed Migliavacca ** very scarce item in excellent condition
Price: $75.00
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1941 DANISH POW AT STALAG VIII B GERMANY FOR RECEIPT OF DANISH RED CROSS PACKET
Country: DENMARK
Condition: 1941 DANISH POW AT STALAG VIII B GERMANY FOR RECEIPT OF DANISH RED CROSS PACKET
Description: Censored - signed Migliavacca
Price: $35.00
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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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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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