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BELGIUM NETHERLANDS LUXEMBOURG REVENUES IN ENGLISH incl CONGO & DUTCH INDONESIA
Country: BELGIUM
Condition: BELGIUM NETHERLANDS LUXEMBOURG REVENUES incl CONGO & DUTCH INDONESIA
Description: Standard guide to the revenues of Belgium, Belgian Congo, Luxembourg, Netherlands, and Netherlands Colonies. Includes Municipals for some areas. The listings are roughly double in quantity compared with the previous 1st edition, and of course many price changes too. A4 format, 3 columns, illus and priced throughout. Also a supplememnt on the Telegraph & Telephone stamps of all three countries, plus a listing of Netherlands railway parcel stamps. 122 pages.
Price: $52.00
Item Id #007169    See Details...
ETHIOPIA TEWODROS TO MENELIK 1867-1908 POSTAL HISTORY
Country: ETHIOPIA
Condition: ETHIOPIA TEWODROS TO MENELIK 1867-1908 POSTAL HISTORY
Description: Ethiopia 1867-1908 TEWODROS TO MENELIK Postal History by Roberto Sciaky, published 2002 Perfect bound 160 pages 8” x 11 3/4”, 132 black and white illustrations. IN ENGLISH FROM NAPIER TO INDEPENDENT IMPERIAL POST IN-DEPTH ANALYSIS OF COMBINATION COVERS, FRANKINGS ETC ETC INDISPENSIBLE TO ASSESS VALUE OF COVERS INCLUDES INVENTORY OF ALL KNOWN COVERS (in print and on floppy disc) INCLUDES VALUABLE INFORMATION NOT AVAILABLE ELSEWHERE (not available in previous books by Sciaky) *************************************
Price: $99.00
Item Id #014593    See Details...
MOTION PICTURES IN ITALY * METER MARKS CATALOGUE
Condition: MOTION PICTURES IN ITALY * METER MARKS
Description: MOTION PICTURES IN ITALY * METER MARKS by Paolo Padova & Manlio De Min * LIMITED EDITION ** 110 pages - in color - in Italian and ENGLISH!!! very easy to use ** The Catalogue lists all the known Italian meter marks advertising actual movies (only) ** i.e.: AFRICAN QUEEN * BRIDGE ON KWAI RIVER * OKLAHOMA * JOHNNY GUITAR * WAR AND PEACE * WAY OF A GAUCHO etc etc etc ** Cast, Director etc etc given ALSO VERY USEFUL INDEX ** HIGHLY RECOMMEND TO THE THEMATIC COLLECTOR ** ************ WE SHIP WORLDWIDE ** HANDLING & POSTAGE: FREE SHIPPING ** When possible we will combine multiple purchases into one shipment to save you money on postage *** POSTAL DELIVERY TIME: varies from 15 to 30 days; or more *** PAYMENT PAYPAL accepted.
Price: $36.00
Item Id #001282    See Details...
BRITISH WEST INDIES FORGERIES * ANTIGUA * BVI * NEVIS ETC new reprint
Country: British Virgin Islands
Condition: BRITISH WEST INDIES FORGERIES * ANTIGUA * BVI * NEVIS ETC new reprint
Description: ROBERT BRISCO EAREE ***BRITISH WEST INDIES FORGERIES ** EARLY PERIOD ** 44 Pages, in English, with Illustrations including some very useful new ones of genuine and forged stamps/overprints/postmarks PLUS 30 COLOR illustrations which help in the detection of forgeries. A dated work but a great start, this book will pay for itself in due course *** 2017 Reprint of the 1905 3rd and last compilation from Earee's 3rd Edition of "ALBUM WEEDS - or How To Detect Forged Stamps" -- Earee illustrates (1905 style) some stamps and gives detailed descriptions for every forged stamp and postmark then known or recorded ANYWHERE in the world. The book gives simple ways to pick the genuine from the forgeries. COLONIES INCLUDED (Victorian Era ONLY) ANTIGUA * JAMAICA * MONTSERRAT * NEVIS * ST. CHRISTOPHER * ST LUCIA * ST VINCENT * TRINIDAD * TURKS ISLANDS * VIRGIN ISLANDS * [The missing British Caribbean colonies are included in a separate 2011 reprint of this series). An essential work for collectors of classic issues LIMITED EDITION *** NOT TO BE MISSED!!! USEFUL REFERENCE FOR THE SERIOUS COLLECTOR
Price: $25.00
Item Id #014594    See Details...
SWITZERLAND POSTAL STATIONERY H & G CATALOG
Country: SWITZERLAND
Condition: SWITZERLAND POSTAL STATIONERY H & G CATALOG
Description: SWITZERLAND * 45 PAGES -- ************************************ We are offering the pages of SINGLE COUNTRIES from a used set in good condition. They have punch holes at left to fit appropriate 3-ring binders - no binder is included in this lot. Some countries have updates pasted at the proper point of the listings; in rare cases a few listings are marked, or "ticked" with v (this is mentioned for accuracy but it does not detract from usefulness) -- THE PAGES are ORIGINAL PAGES from the editions of the 1970s (do not expect listings to go beyond the early 1970s) -- these pages ARE NOT PHOTOCOPIES Higgins & Gage, World Postal Stationery Catalogue, the definitive work on postal stationery issues of the world. HIGGINS & GAGE is to postal stationery what Scott, Michel, Yvert Tellier and Stanley Gibbons are to stamps. You will find listings for all Postal Cards, Letter Cards, Envelopes, Letter Sheets, Wrappers, Aerogrammes, Telephone Forms, Registry, Special Delivery, Pneumatic Post, Parcel Post, COD, Post Office Forms, Insurance, Receipts, Franked Envelopes and much more information. In English, priced in US $. VERY USEFUL WIKIPEDIA describes the Higgins and Gage opus as "the only encyclopaedic catalogue of POSTAL STATIONERY covering the whole world. Despite most volumes not having been updated for over twenty years, the catalogue and the H & G numbering system are still widely used by philatelists and stamp dealers as although the values given in the catalogue are out of date, there is no other comprehensive listing of world postal stationery."
Price: $24.00
Item Id #009219    See Details...
CONFEREDERATE STATES BY EAREE * 2017 reprint with ADDED ILLUSTRATIONS useful
Country: USA
Condition: CONFEREDERATE STATES BY EAREE * 2017 reprint with ADDED ILLUSTRATIONS useful
Description: ROBERT BRISCO EAREE *** CONFEDERATE STATES FORGERIES ** 32 Pages, in English, with Illustrations including some very useful new ones of genuine and forged stamps/overprints/postmarks PLUS COLOR illustrations which help in the detection of forgeries. A dated work but a great start, this book will pay for itself in due course *** 2017 Reprint of the 1905 3rd and last compilation from Earee's 3rd Edition of "ALBUM WEEDS - or How To Detect Forged Stamps" -- Earee illustrates (1905 style) some stamps and gives detailed descriptions for every forged stamp and postmark then known or recorded ANYWHERE in the world. The book gives simple ways to pick the genuine from the forgeries. An essential work for collectors of classic issues LIMITED EDITION *** NOT TO BE MISSED!!! USEFUL REFERENCE FOR THE SERIOUS COLLECTOR
Price: $21.00
Item Id #014595    See Details...
SPAIN POSTAL STATIONERY H & G CATALOG
Country: SPAIN
Condition: SPAIN POSTAL STATIONERY H & G CATALOG
Description: SPAIN * 9 PAGES ************************************ We are offering the pages of SINGLE COUNTRIES from a used set in good condition. They have punch holes at left to fit appropriate 3-ring binders - no binder is included in this lot. Some countries have updates pasted at the proper point of the listings; in rare cases a few listings are marked, or "ticked" with v (this is mentioned for accuracy but it does not detract from usefulness) -- THE PAGES are ORIGINAL PAGES from the editions of the 1970s (do not expect listings to go beyond the early 1970s) -- these pages ARE NOT PHOTOCOPIES Higgins & Gage, World Postal Stationery Catalogue, the definitive work on postal stationery issues of the world. HIGGINS & GAGE is to postal stationery what Scott, Michel, Yvert Tellier and Stanley Gibbons are to stamps. You will find listings for all Postal Cards, Letter Cards, Envelopes, Letter Sheets, Wrappers, Aerogrammes, Telephone Forms, Registry, Special Delivery, Pneumatic Post, Parcel Post, COD, Post Office Forms, Insurance, Receipts, Franked Envelopes and much more information. In English, priced in US $. VERY USEFUL WIKIPEDIA describes the Higgins and Gage opus as "the only encyclopaedic catalogue of POSTAL STATIONERY covering the whole world. Despite most volumes not having been updated for over twenty years, the catalogue and the H & G numbering system are still widely used by philatelists and stamp dealers as although the values given in the catalogue are out of date, there is no other comprehensive listing of world postal stationery."
Price: $12.00
Item Id #009220    See Details...
POWs IN GERMANY 1939-1945 [in German & Italian] NEW published 2016
Country: GERMANY
Condition: POWs IN GERMANY 1939-1945 [in German & Italian] NEW published 2016
Description: Prisoners of War in Germany: 1939-1945, by Gianfranco Mattiello, published 2016 perfect bound, 6 ½” x 9 ½”, 420 pages; introduction in Italian, English and German; listings of camps and related population divided by nationality in English, colour plates in German; black and white map, and an 85-page appendix with colour illustrations throughout. In 1986-1987 Dr. Mattiello and Wolfgang Vogt co-authored two books on the topic of this book; it was a seminal work and the first book dealt with the Stalags, the second one with the Oflags and other camps; a total of 2400 handstamps used by the censors of the camps to prove they had examined the POW mail were described and illustrated. Although much information was included in the two books some had to be reserved for a later work because of high printing costs. In fact the two volumes had exceeded 600 pages. In 2003 the author of this book wrote and published a book in German on the same subject. It was a limited edition and was soon out of print. In recent times there has been a noticeable revival of interest on POW mail and this new edition promises to satisfy the demand from those who were not able to secure a copy of the first edition and from new collectors and scholars. This new book provides the information published in 1986-1987 plus the information that had been omitted at the time, minus the illustrations of the censor marks. Needless to say that the author had dug into the files of the Red Cross Archives and spent long hours to retrieve very valuable information. He had tried to do the same at the Information Office of the German Army in Berlin, but was told that they did not have any of the information he was looking for. This means that there remain gaps here and there that will be near to impossible to fill The statistics of the Stalags before July 1941 are very detailed, and the nationalities of the prisoners of war and their number are given for those from: Albania, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia, Denmark, Egypt, France, Great Britain and British Commonwealth, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Norway, The Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Finland, Soviet Union, USA and Yugoslavia. This is no small achievement and the appendix to this volume consists of 85 pages in colour featuring a very impressive selection from Mattiello’s collection. Although the covers and cards are described in German this is a very easy obstacle to overcome with the use of the internet. Additionally, it is very useful to the collector who decides to mount his collection and organise it in a very sensible way. The book includes a cross reference list of nationalities and camps in which they were detained, as well as an alphabetical list of the location of the camps and related camp numbers. The book is well produced and reasonably priced; it will undoubtedly appeal to collectors from countries that had members of their army captured by German forces and detained in POW camps in Germany. Reviewed by Giorgio Migliavacca
Price: $75.00
Item Id #014596    See Details...
WURTTEMBERG POSTAL STATIONERY H & G CATALOG
Country: WURTTEMBERG
Condition: WURTTEMBERG POSTAL STATIONERY H & G CATALOG
Description: WURTTEMBERG * 39 pages ************************************ We are offering the pages of SINGLE COUNTRIES from a used set in good condition. They have punch holes at left to fit appropriate 3-ring binders - no binder is included in this lot. Some countries have updates pasted at the proper point of the listings; in rare cases a few listings are marked, or "ticked" with v (this is mentioned for accuracy but it does not detract from usefulness) -- THE PAGES are ORIGINAL PAGES from the editions of the 1970s (do not expect listings to go beyond the early 1970s) -- these pages ARE NOT PHOTOCOPIES Higgins & Gage, World Postal Stationery Catalogue, the definitive work on postal stationery issues of the world. HIGGINS & GAGE is to postal stationery what Scott, Michel, Yvert Tellier and Stanley Gibbons are to stamps. You will find listings for all Postal Cards, Letter Cards, Envelopes, Letter Sheets, Wrappers, Aerogrammes, Telephone Forms, Registry, Special Delivery, Pneumatic Post, Parcel Post, COD, Post Office Forms, Insurance, Receipts, Franked Envelopes and much more information. In English, priced in US $. VERY USEFUL WIKIPEDIA describes the Higgins and Gage opus as "the only encyclopaedic catalogue of POSTAL STATIONERY covering the whole world. Despite most volumes not having been updated for over twenty years, the catalogue and the H & G numbering system are still widely used by philatelists and stamp dealers as although the values given in the catalogue are out of date, there is no other comprehensive listing of world postal stationery."
Price: $33.00
Item Id #009221    See Details...
ITALY * SQUARED-CIRCLE POSTMARKS * NUOVO GAGGERO 2016
Country: Italy
Condition: ITALY * SQUARED-CIRCLE POSTMARKS * NUOVO GAGGERO 2016
Description: Il Nuovo Gaggero - Catalogo dei bolli tondo-riquadrati del Regno d’Italia 2016 [The New Gaggero - Catalogue of the Squared-Circle Date Stamps of the Kingdom of Italy, 2016] edited by Daniele Prudenzano, published 2016 by Vaccari, perfect bound, 6 ½” x 9 ½”, 296 pages, in Italian, black and white illustrations; with evaluations. After the unification of Italy in 1861 the postal administration had to reform and harmonise the postal service of the old regimes with that of the new nation, the Kingdom of Italy. It was not an easy task and one of the major administrative efforts was to have uniformity also on the way mail was processed and postmarked. The first step was to introduce numeral postmarks to cancel stamps together with circle date stamps that gave the name of the post office and date. This double postmarking was not a major problem for small post offices, but it surely was for those of major cities and in due course it became obvious that something had to be done. The post office started to concentrate on the design of a new postmark and the job was given to a truly talented engraver by the name of Lodovico Josz who gave serious consideration to the design of the British “squared-circle” postmark. On 31 December 1889 a directive was issued to discontinue the use of the numeral obliterators. By the end of 1889 Josz was given the ‘go ahead’ and from that moment he began to produce squared-circle date stamps for a grand-total of 230. To speed up the process the post office sourced other engravers, and between 1890 and 1920 over 8000 squared-circle date stamps were produced to satisfy the demand. These squared-circles were also used by colonial post offices and post offices abroad such as: Massaua (Eritrea), Bengasi (Libya), Tunisi, Salonicco, Smirne, Tripoli di Barberia, Mogadiscio, Durazzo (Albania), Gerusalemme, and La Canea (Crete) to name a few. The first scholar to pay attention to these specific postmarks was Giuseppe Gaggero who wrote the first monograph on the subject. In 2002 Bruno Crevato-Selvaggi edited the first edition of a vastly expanded catalogue listing about 7000 different squared-circles; the 2016 edition edited by Daniele Prudenzano includes an additional 1243 squared circles bringing the grand-total to 8204. The postmarks are listed by region and its provinces giving the earliest and latest known date of use as well as an indication of a realistic market value. An alphabetical index with the names of the post offices using the squared-circle postmark, and the provinces they belonged to, makes it very easy to go to the relevant page of the catalogue. A very extensive bibliography completes this well produced and highly informative catalogue. Reviewed by Giorgio Migliavacca
Price: $57.00
Item Id #014597    See Details...
FORWARDERS IN ITALIA * ITALIAN FORWARDING AGENTS
Country: ITALY
Condition: FORWARDING AGENTS IN ITALY
Description: ITALIAN FORWARDING AGENTS by G. Migliavacca, in Italian, 1975, with evaluations, mails from various Italian cities despatch through forwarding agents 66pp, long out of print WITH EVALUATIONS ** *************** I FORWARDERS IN ITALIA con dettagliata introduzione e poi elenco dei forwarders conosciuti per le varie localita' dalla A alla Z ANCONA a Verona Venezia - opera ancora valida e molto utile su un argomento poco noto CON VALUTAZIONI
Price: $38.00
Item Id #000518    See Details...
CENSOR MARKS CENSORSHIP OF MAIL IN IRELAND
Condition: CENSOR MARKS CENSORSHIP OF MAIL IN IRELAND
Description: 2003 EDITION IN ENGLISH, spiral bound 125 pages (8" x 11"), ILLUSTRATED THROUGHOUT INCLUDES WORLD WAR I & II CENSORSHIP IN THE 1920s S P I LABEL INTERNMENT CAMPS 1939-46 IRA PRISONERS INTERNMENT 1957-1960 etc etc ESSENTIAL REFERENCE FOR THE SERIOUS COLLECTOR
Price: $62.00
Item Id #002054    See Details...
TURKEY POSTAL STATIONERY H & G CATALOG
Country: TURKEY
Condition: TURKEY POSTAL STATIONERY H & G CATALOG
Description: TURKEY * 11 PAGES ************************************ We are offering the pages of SINGLE COUNTRIES from a used set in good condition. They have punch holes at left to fit appropriate 3-ring binders - no binder is included in this lot. Some countries have updates pasted at the proper point of the listings; in rare cases a few listings are marked, or "ticked" with v (this is mentioned for accuracy but it does not detract from usefulness) -- THE PAGES are ORIGINAL PAGES from the editions of the 1970s (do not expect listings to go beyond the early 1970s) -- these pages ARE NOT PHOTOCOPIES Higgins & Gage, World Postal Stationery Catalogue, the definitive work on postal stationery issues of the world. HIGGINS & GAGE is to postal stationery what Scott, Michel, Yvert Tellier and Stanley Gibbons are to stamps. You will find listings for all Postal Cards, Letter Cards, Envelopes, Letter Sheets, Wrappers, Aerogrammes, Telephone Forms, Registry, Special Delivery, Pneumatic Post, Parcel Post, COD, Post Office Forms, Insurance, Receipts, Franked Envelopes and much more information. In English, priced in US $. VERY USEFUL WIKIPEDIA describes the Higgins and Gage opus as "the only encyclopaedic catalogue of POSTAL STATIONERY covering the whole world. Despite most volumes not having been updated for over twenty years, the catalogue and the H & G numbering system are still widely used by philatelists and stamp dealers as although the values given in the catalogue are out of date, there is no other comprehensive listing of world postal stationery."
Price: $10.00
Item Id #009222    See Details...
MODENA POSTS POSTMARKS CATALOGUE 2016
Country: MODENA
Condition: MODENA POSTS POSTMARKS CATALOGUE 2016
Description: Poste Estensi - Trattato Storico e Storico Postale 1453-1852: Catalogo dei bolli, 2016 [Este’ Posts - History and Postal History 1453-1852: Postmarks Catalogue, 2016] by Giuseppe Buffagni, published 2016 by Vaccari, perfect bound, 8” x 12” (A4), 64 pages, in Italian, black and white illustrations throughout, and evaluations. The first book on the postal history of the Duchy of Modena is Vittorio Mioni’s ‘La Storia Postale dei Domini Estensi 1598-1859’ published in 1975. It was most welcome, well researched and it remains an important source of information. In 2001 the Modenese publisher Paolo Vaccari courageously published the 4-volume opus by Giuseppe Buffagni on the Este’ Posts and postal history, totalling 1544 pages and over 3000 colour and black and white illustrations. To put it mildly, it was a colossal achievement. Fifteen years after that milestone in philatelic and postal history publishing both the publisher and the author realised that new postmarks and several handwritten marks, as well as complementary postmarks such as registration marks, post paid, posted after departure (of courier) postmarks of the various post offices of the former Duchy have been recorded during the last 15 years. Of course, this was due to an appreciable extent to discoveries made by collectors who had bought Buffagni’s volumes. To these discoveries one must add similar finds by the author and publisher which included more specific dates of use extending the earliest and latest date of use, plus the color of the ink used for the postmarks. As the information exceeded the most optimistic expectations it became increasingly clear that the section devoted to the postmarks of Buffagni’s 2001 work had to be be updated, revised and expanded by publishing a separate catalogue in tune with the new finds and with the market. This catalogue does not include administrative and free-frank handstamps which are dealt with in the main opus. For the collector or scholar who needs more information about the use of the Duchy’s postmarks the 2001 volumes are indispensable; there would be little excuse for the buyer to escape the temptation because the 2001 price was €335, while now you can buy it for €100, a giveaway for four hardbound lavishly produced volumes. Reviewed by Giorgio Migliavacca
Price: $55.00
Item Id #014598    See Details...
PORTUGAL POSTAL STATIONERY H & G CATALOG
Country: PORTUGAL
Condition: PORTUGAL POSTAL STATIONERY H & G CATALOG
Description: PORTUGAL * 11 pages ************************************ We are offering the pages of SINGLE COUNTRIES from a used set in good condition. They have punch holes at left to fit appropriate 3-ring binders - no binder is included in this lot. Some countries have updates pasted at the proper point of the listings; in rare cases a few listings are marked, or "ticked" with v (this is mentioned for accuracy but it does not detract from usefulness) -- THE PAGES are ORIGINAL PAGES from the editions of the 1970s (do not expect listings to go beyond the early 1970s) -- these pages ARE NOT PHOTOCOPIES Higgins & Gage, World Postal Stationery Catalogue, the definitive work on postal stationery issues of the world. HIGGINS & GAGE is to postal stationery what Scott, Michel, Yvert Tellier and Stanley Gibbons are to stamps. You will find listings for all Postal Cards, Letter Cards, Envelopes, Letter Sheets, Wrappers, Aerogrammes, Telephone Forms, Registry, Special Delivery, Pneumatic Post, Parcel Post, COD, Post Office Forms, Insurance, Receipts, Franked Envelopes and much more information. In English, priced in US $. VERY USEFUL WIKIPEDIA describes the Higgins and Gage opus as "the only encyclopaedic catalogue of POSTAL STATIONERY covering the whole world. Despite most volumes not having been updated for over twenty years, the catalogue and the H & G numbering system are still widely used by philatelists and stamp dealers as although the values given in the catalogue are out of date, there is no other comprehensive listing of world postal stationery."
Price: $10.00
Item Id #009223    See Details...
UMBRIA * TRE SECOLI DI STORIA POSTALE 1300s-1800s
Country: PAPAL STATES
Condition: UMBRIA * TRE SECOLI DI STORIA POSTALE 1300s-1800s
Description: Umbria: Tre Secoli di Storia Postale [Umbria: Three Centuries of Postal History] by Paolo Marcarelli, published in 2016 by Fondazione proPosta, Rome; perfect bound, 8” x 12” (A4), 194 pages, replete with illustrations, many in colour. There are a number of us who can claim that postal history ‘for better or for worse’ was ‘love at first sight’: an encounter that changed the course of our life. When we consider how many lives are wasted on trivial pursuits, especially in our internet era, we may be considered a bit extravagant by some ignoramus, but to all effects we are blessed and very, very lucky. By the same token, as we all know, our first love is never forgotten and this is undoubtedly what happened to the author of this fascinating book. It all started in 1987 at the University of Perugia where he presented his doctoral thesis centetring on the postal history of Umbria; renowned Roman postal historian Mario Gallenga publicly praised the thesis suggesting to publish it without delay. Although Dr. Marcarelli did not pursue an academic career, his interest for the postal history of his region never relented as he pursued new research as well as the acquisition of letters and collectables relating to his favoured theme. As pointed out in his preface to Marcarelli’s book, learned postal historian Clemente Fedele, explains that this book focuses on a postal geography of Perugia and Umbria that due to its peripheral location is still able to convey starting points of great interest. The region was a major transit traversed by the Via Flaminia which was the major north-south postal artery of the Papal posts linking Rome to Bologna and beyond via the Marche region. In his narration the author tells us about the early 1300s presence in Perugia of merchant couriers, and the existence of an ‘Ufficio delle Bollette’ at Gubbio in 1384. Similar offices existed in other Italian states and their main task was to examine all letters brought into the state or sent outside of it; officers had the right to examine and censor the letters if deemed necessary; however, so far, there is no evidence that the Ufficio executed or facilitated mail delivery on a regular basis. As we move into the 1400s we find the Venetian couriers on the route from Rome to Bologna and Venice, later modified to follow the Foligno, Ancona and Ravenna route, and tweaked again in 1508 to include a transit through Gubbio and Assisi. In the course of time the papal posts took direct control of mail conveyance to destinations outside the Pope’s states. In the 1700s the preeminence of the Via Flaminia as a major postal highway continued to benefit the post offices of Umbria, including Perugia, Assisi, Spoleto and Terni, to name a few. In 1789 the French descended on Italy bringing innovations and progress even on the postal front; nevertheless all the achievements came at a price as the French stole works of art all over the region and used couriers to deliver them to the other side of the Alps. The author does not mince words when he says that “Napoleon is a conqueror, he is not an emancipator, he does not free Italy, he conquers it.” Although the innovations introduced by the French were not always great,nonetheless, their implementation was systematic and uniform, even though at times slow paced. When the old regime was restored it could not deny that some positive reforms had been introduced by the French. In this vein the postal regulations issued at the end of 1815 contained an unprecedented 206 sections addressing every administrative and operational aspect of the Papal posts. The chapters dealing with the postal history of Umbria from 1815 to the 1860 arrival of the Piedmontese forces and the ensuing plebiscite sanctioning the annexation to what was soon to become the Kingdom of Italy are well knitted with very detailed information on postal developments such as the introduction of a telegraphic service which played its part in the liberation of the region. The volume ends with very informative chapters on the mailcoach service, the postal highways, the post horse, postilions, couriers, cholera and mail disinfection, and the changing locations of the General Post Office of Perugia. The bibliography is extensive; the 553 footnotes are very useful, and the author knows how to keep the reader’s attention with a good and balanced blend of history and postal history. The illustrations are captivating and the book is well produced and rather inexpensive. If you collect Papal States postal history this is a “must have” volume. Reviewed by Giorgio Migliavacca
Price: $50.00
Item Id #014599    See Details...
PRUSSIA POSTAL STATIONERY H & G CATALOG
Country: PRUSSIA
Condition: PRUSSIA POSTAL STATIONERY H & G CATALOG
Description: PRUSSIA * 3 pages ************************************ We are offering the pages of SINGLE COUNTRIES from a used set in good condition. They have punch holes at left to fit appropriate 3-ring binders - no binder is included in this lot. Some countries have updates pasted at the proper point of the listings; in rare cases a few listings are marked, or "ticked" with v (this is mentioned for accuracy but it does not detract from usefulness) -- THE PAGES are ORIGINAL PAGES from the editions of the 1970s (do not expect listings to go beyond the early 1970s) -- these pages ARE NOT PHOTOCOPIES Higgins & Gage, World Postal Stationery Catalogue, the definitive work on postal stationery issues of the world. HIGGINS & GAGE is to postal stationery what Scott, Michel, Yvert Tellier and Stanley Gibbons are to stamps. You will find listings for all Postal Cards, Letter Cards, Envelopes, Letter Sheets, Wrappers, Aerogrammes, Telephone Forms, Registry, Special Delivery, Pneumatic Post, Parcel Post, COD, Post Office Forms, Insurance, Receipts, Franked Envelopes and much more information. In English, priced in US $. VERY USEFUL WIKIPEDIA describes the Higgins and Gage opus as "the only encyclopaedic catalogue of POSTAL STATIONERY covering the whole world. Despite most volumes not having been updated for over twenty years, the catalogue and the H & G numbering system are still widely used by philatelists and stamp dealers as although the values given in the catalogue are out of date, there is no other comprehensive listing of world postal stationery."
Price: $8.00
Item Id #009224    See Details...
SURINAM POSTAL STATIONERY H & G CATALOG
Country: SURINAM
Condition: SURINAM POSTAL STATIONERY H & G CATALOG
Description: SURINAM * 4 PAGES ************************************ We are offering the pages of SINGLE COUNTRIES from a used set in good condition. They have punch holes at left to fit appropriate 3-ring binders - no binder is included in this lot. Some countries have updates pasted at the proper point of the listings; in rare cases a few listings are marked, or "ticked" with v (this is mentioned for accuracy but it does not detract from usefulness) -- THE PAGES are ORIGINAL PAGES from the editions of the 1970s (do not expect listings to go beyond the early 1970s) -- these pages ARE NOT PHOTOCOPIES Higgins & Gage, World Postal Stationery Catalogue, the definitive work on postal stationery issues of the world. HIGGINS & GAGE is to postal stationery what Scott, Michel, Yvert Tellier and Stanley Gibbons are to stamps. You will find listings for all Postal Cards, Letter Cards, Envelopes, Letter Sheets, Wrappers, Aerogrammes, Telephone Forms, Registry, Special Delivery, Pneumatic Post, Parcel Post, COD, Post Office Forms, Insurance, Receipts, Franked Envelopes and much more information. In English, priced in US $. VERY USEFUL WIKIPEDIA describes the Higgins and Gage opus as "the only encyclopaedic catalogue of POSTAL STATIONERY covering the whole world. Despite most volumes not having been updated for over twenty years, the catalogue and the H & G numbering system are still widely used by philatelists and stamp dealers as although the values given in the catalogue are out of date, there is no other comprehensive listing of world postal stationery."
Price: $8.50
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USA PIONEER AIRMAILS - beautiful book, hardbound
Country: USA
Condition: USA PIONEER AIRMAILS - beautiful book, hardbound
Description: The Pioneer Airplane Mails of the United States by Thomas J. O'Sullivan. This 346 page book is the most comprehensive study of U.S. Pioneer airmail flights and mail. It covers 99 different mail-carrying flights during the period between 1910 and 1916. four of which have not yet been included in the American Air Mail Catalogue. In its five chapters, the author provides details of the pioneer flights, their pilots and experiences, and the mail they carried. The book is replete with 273 illustrations of old news accounts, aircraft and covers.
Price: $43.00
Item Id #012044    See Details...
MOVIES CINEMA METER MARKS CATALOGUE
Country: METER MARKS
Condition: CINEMA METER MARKS CATALOGUE
Description: 1500 METER MARKS ON THE THEME "MOVIES" - BY NINO BARBERIS - MOST USEFUL CATALOGUE - IN ITALIAN * EVEN A 3 YEAR OLD CAN USE & UNDERSTAND THIS CATALOGUE - 144 PAGES * EACH METER MARK PICTURED - LONG OUT OF PRINT & DIFFICULT TO FIND
Price: $33.00
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TONGA POSTAL STATIONERY H & G CATALOG
Country: TONGA
Condition: TONGA POSTAL STATIONERY H & G CATALOG
Description: TONGA * 4 PAGES ************************************ We are offering the pages of SINGLE COUNTRIES from a used set in good condition. They have punch holes at left to fit appropriate 3-ring binders - no binder is included in this lot. Some countries have updates pasted at the proper point of the listings; in rare cases a few listings are marked, or "ticked" with v (this is mentioned for accuracy but it does not detract from usefulness) -- THE PAGES are ORIGINAL PAGES from the editions of the 1970s (do not expect listings to go beyond the early 1970s) -- these pages ARE NOT PHOTOCOPIES Higgins & Gage, World Postal Stationery Catalogue, the definitive work on postal stationery issues of the world. HIGGINS & GAGE is to postal stationery what Scott, Michel, Yvert Tellier and Stanley Gibbons are to stamps. You will find listings for all Postal Cards, Letter Cards, Envelopes, Letter Sheets, Wrappers, Aerogrammes, Telephone Forms, Registry, Special Delivery, Pneumatic Post, Parcel Post, COD, Post Office Forms, Insurance, Receipts, Franked Envelopes and much more information. In English, priced in US $. VERY USEFUL WIKIPEDIA describes the Higgins and Gage opus as "the only encyclopaedic catalogue of POSTAL STATIONERY covering the whole world. Despite most volumes not having been updated for over twenty years, the catalogue and the H & G numbering system are still widely used by philatelists and stamp dealers as although the values given in the catalogue are out of date, there is no other comprehensive listing of world postal stationery."
Price: $9.00
Item Id #009230    See Details...
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
Item Id #010766    See Details...
TIMOR POSTAL STATIONERY H & G CATALOG
Country: TIMOR
Condition: TIMOR POSTAL STATIONERY H & G CATALOG
Description: TIMOR * 3 PAGES ************************************ We are offering the pages of SINGLE COUNTRIES from a used set in good condition. They have punch holes at left to fit appropriate 3-ring binders - no binder is included in this lot. Some countries have updates pasted at the proper point of the listings; in rare cases a few listings are marked, or "ticked" with v (this is mentioned for accuracy but it does not detract from usefulness) -- THE PAGES are ORIGINAL PAGES from the editions of the 1970s (do not expect listings to go beyond the early 1970s) -- these pages ARE NOT PHOTOCOPIES Higgins & Gage, World Postal Stationery Catalogue, the definitive work on postal stationery issues of the world. HIGGINS & GAGE is to postal stationery what Scott, Michel, Yvert Tellier and Stanley Gibbons are to stamps. You will find listings for all Postal Cards, Letter Cards, Envelopes, Letter Sheets, Wrappers, Aerogrammes, Telephone Forms, Registry, Special Delivery, Pneumatic Post, Parcel Post, COD, Post Office Forms, Insurance, Receipts, Franked Envelopes and much more information. In English, priced in US $. VERY USEFUL WIKIPEDIA describes the Higgins and Gage opus as "the only encyclopaedic catalogue of POSTAL STATIONERY covering the whole world. Despite most volumes not having been updated for over twenty years, the catalogue and the H & G numbering system are still widely used by philatelists and stamp dealers as although the values given in the catalogue are out of date, there is no other comprehensive listing of world postal stationery."
Price: $8.00
Item Id #009231    See Details...
FFE No. 4 FORGERIES HUNGARY AEGEAN ISLANDS WENDEN
Country: AEGEAN ISLANDS
Condition: FFE No. 4 FORGERIES HUNGARY AEGEAN ISLANDS WENDEN
Description: WE HAVE MOST OF THESE FANTASTIC PUBLICATIONS * CONTACT US ** FAKES FORGERIES EXPERTS VOL. 4 194 pages, in color, illustrated throughout many important articles on FORGERIES OF VARIOUS COUNTRIES including: IDENTIFYING ENGRAVED FORGERIES FORGERIES CLASSIC STAMPS OF HUNGARY CZECH SIBERIAN LEGION MANIPULATED COVERS -- IMPORTANT, LENGTHY ARTICLE ON AEGEAN ISLANDS: ITALIAN ISSUES FORGED OVERPRINTS WITH A VERY GOOD INTRODUCTION TO THE STAMPS OF THIS AREA -- WENDEN No. 1 ON COVER FORGED NATIONEN COVERS EUROPA CEPT ANDORRA FORGERY FORGED POSTMARKS ON SAAR MINIATURE SHEETS 1 & 2 INDONESIA INVERTED & DOUBLE OVERPRINTS SICILY FAKE COVERS ITALY FORGERIES POLAND MICHEL 131 D forgeries NETHERLANDS PRE-ADHESIVE COVERS ALTERATIONS FIRST ZEPPELIN MAIL FORGERY IDENTIFYING GENUINE BUENOS AIRES BARQUITOS ESSENTIAL REFERENCE FOR THE SERIOUS COLLECTOR
Price: $96.00
Item Id #014352    See Details...
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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