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USA WESTERN ROUNDUP BY W T CROWE PHILATELIC FOUNDATION book No. 1
Country: USA
Condition: USA WESTERN ROUNDUP BY W T CROWE PHILATELIC FOUNDATION book No. 1
Description: USA WESTERN ROUNDUP BY WILLIAM T CROWE PHILATELIC FOUNDATION book No. 1 1990 - 120 pages large format, many many illustrations - essays include: TERRITORIAL COVERS WYOMING TERRITORY WESTERN EXPRESSES FOREIGN ORIGINS AND DESTINATIONS ANNOTATED BIBLIOGRAPHY Series Editor M. X. Zelerax
Price: $38.00
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FORGERIES RUSSIA BOSNIA BULGARIA COREA CZECHOSLOVAKIA
Country: RUSSIA
Condition: FORGERIES RUSSIA BOSNIA BULGARIA COREA CZECHOSLOVAKIA
Description: FORGERIES RUSSIA BOSNIA BULGARIA COREA CZECHOSLOVAKIA FORGERIES RUSSIA BOSNIA BULGARIA COREA CZECHOSLOVAKIA, DANISH WEST INDIES FIUME FIJI LATVIA NORWAY NEWFOUNDLAND ROMANIA SPAIN USA URUGUAY FORGERIES OLD AND NEW by ALDEN C. JOHNSON, Part I. (Look out for Part II in my listings) **** Seminal work in English, 42 pages, illustrated throughout, easy reading. It deals with the forgeries of BOSNIA, BRITISH EAST AFRICA, BULGARIA, COREA, CZECHOSLOVAKIA (extensive section), DANISH WEST INDIES, DENMARK, DOMINICAN REPUBLIC FIUME, FIJI, LATVIA, MONTENEGRO, NEWFOUNDLAND, NORWAY, ROMANIA, RUSSIA (extensive section), SERBIA, SHANGHAI, SIBERIA, SPAIN, UNITED STATES, URUGUAY and other countries such as BRITISH EAST AFRICA, ETHIOPIA, AUSTRIA, AZORES, BOLIVIA, CANADA, CUBA, SLOVAKIA, DANZIG, FINLAND, GERMANY, NEW BRUNSWICK, NEW CALEDONIA, NOVA SCOTIA, OBOCK, PERU, POLAND, SWITZERLAND, TURKEY, WHITE RUSSIA, and ZULULAND. Filled with very useful information complemented by a good INDEX. Pavia Reprint of the rare 1941 EMCO edition, fine quality. The lay-out of the original work has been improved where possible and this reprint is printed on high quality, extra white paper from short fibre pulp from eucalyptus trees, chlorine free. *** MISSING FROM 98% OF THE LIBRARIES!!! THIS IS A MUST HAVE bibliophile publication. LOOK OUT FORT PART II in my upcoming auctions .
Price: $33.00     Sale Price! $29.00
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CANADA POST OFFICES BY CAMPBELL 1972 EDITION rare HARDBOUND USED
Condition: CANADA POST OFFICES BY CAMPBELL 1972 EDITION rare HARDBOUND USED
Description: SEE SCANS IN ENGLISH * HARD BOUND * MANY ILLUSTRATIONS * 210 PAGES * 1972 reprint IMPORTANT REFERENCE WORK THIS IS A USED BOOK WITH A FEW MINOR PROBLEMS, for example: THE BINDING IS STILL STRONG BUT HAS SEEN BETTER DAYS, SCOTCH TAPE STAINS (SEE SCAN) AND SOME MINOR INSECT NIBBLING. THE TEXT PAGES HOWEVER ARE WELL PRESERVED AND IN FINE TO VERY FINE CONDITION AFTER 40 YEARS ON THE SHELVES OF TWO LIBRARIES * NOT FOR THE PERFECTIONIST BUT PERFECTLY FINE FOR THE WISE SCHOLAR EX LIBRIS WESTERN PHILATELIC LIBRARY, and stamp of SUNNYVALE PUBLIC LIBRARY
Price: $69.00
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ITALY 1848 1861 FIELD POST OFFICES Posta Militare
Condition: ITALY 1848 1861 FIELD POST OFFICES Posta Militare
Description: POSTMARKS & POSTAL HISTORY OF THE ROYAL FIELD POST OFFICES OF THE KINGDOM OF SARDINIA AND VOLUNTEERS 1848-1861 FPOs OF THE INDEPENDENCE WARS OF ITALY BY POZZOLINI GOBBI in Italian, paperback, 1973, 220 pp, many illustrations Used, some storage scuffs and minor "age" problems - otherwise the book is fine
Price: $45.00
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SPAIN FORGERIES 1850 to 1925 by De Haene RARE
Country: SPAIN
Condition: SPAIN FORGERIES 1850 to 1925 by De Haene RARE
Description: SPAIN FORGERIES 1850-1925 SPAIN FORGERIES 1850-1925 ETUDE SUR LES FAUX TIMBRES DE ESPAGNE seminal work by A. De Haene , in French, plenty of good useful information throughout. Easy reading even for those with rather limited knowledge of French. It includes forgeries of stamps issued between 1850 and 1925: Most Early Issues, Don Quixote, War Tax, Carlist Insurrection, forged inverted centers, color alteration, 1868 overprints, forged cancellations, Reprints. Reprint of the rare 1926 edition, fine quality, printed on high quality, white paper . 24 pages with some black and white illustrations.
Price: $25.00     Sale Price! $23.00
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FORGERIES TURKEY OVERPRINTS 1879-1911 STIEDL BILLIG * REPRINT
Country: TURKEY
Condition: FORGERIES TURKEY OVERPRINTS 1879-1911 new Reprint
Description: Otto E. Stiedl and Fritz Billig TURKEI II AUFDRUCK FAELSCHUNGEN 1879-1911 *** Original Publisher: Billig, Vienna, 1937. Recent reprint in larger size, with some improvements to the illustrations In German; paperback, 64 illustrations showing blown-up characteristics of forgeries, 21 pages [8" x 11"] Useful guide to forgeries of overprints of the years between 1879 and 1911 with enlarged black & white photo illustrations of forged and genuine overprints; also some "invented" overprints (phantasie...as Billig called them) THIS RESEARCH IS STILL VERY USEFUL TO THE COLLECTOR WHO NEEDS TO WEED OUT THE BAD OVERPRINTS * KNOWLEDGE OF GERMAN IS NOT ESSENTIAL BECAUSE WITH AN INTERNET TRANSLATOR (ie BABEL FISH) YOU CAN TRANSLATE THE FEW ESSENTIAL TERMS YOU NEED TO UNDERSTAND THE CLUES THAT DISTINGUISH GENUINE FROM FORGERY LIMITED EDITION EXPECT: Research that was compiled in 1937 EXPECT: Good production with printing quality based on an original that was produced 75 years ago DO NOT EXPECT 2011 photography, or state-of-the-art typographical and lay-out quality in a reprint of a 1937 monograph BEING THE EARLIEST DETAILED RESEARCH ON THE SUBJECT MATTER, THE VALUE OF THIS BOOKLET IS ESSENTIALLY ITS GREAT BIBLIOGRAPHIC RELEVANCE LIMITED EDITION *** NOT TO BE MISSED!!! ESSENTIAL BIBLIOGRAPHIC REFERENCE FOR THE SERIOUS COLLECTOR WE SHIP WORLDWIDE
Price: $26.00     Sale Price! $23.00
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USA TEN CENT STAMPS 1855-1859 BY NEINKEN used
Country: USA
Condition: USA TEN CENT STAMPS 1855-1859 BY NEINKEN used
Description: BY MORTIMER NEINKEN 252 PAGES HARDBOUND ILLUSTRATIONS THROUGHOUT BINDING FINE except for SOME BRUISE at top left visible in Scan AND OVERALL CONDITION VERY FINE (dust jacket shows considerable wear & tear...obviously the book was read time and again) In English
Price: $69.00
Item Id #004138    See Details...
PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND EARLY FORGERIES AND STAMPS
Country: PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND
Condition: PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND EARLY FORGERIES AND STAMPS
Description: EARLY FORGERIES OF THE STAMPS OF PRINCE EDWARD ISLAND by Robert E. Earee (in English); and LES TIMBRES DE L’ILE DU PRINCE EDOUARD by Georges Brunel (in French). Illustrated throughout, fine quality, limited edition reprint for the discerning bibliophile. This 20-page booklet presents some of the early research on the stamps of P.E.I. These two seminal works by famous scholars are still very important and very useful. The lay-out of the original work has been improved where possible and this reprint is printed on high quality, extra white paper ~~~~ THIS IS A MUST HAVE bibliophile publication.
Price: $20.00     Sale Price! $18.00
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POLAND, THE KINGDOM OF POLAND, POLAND NO. 1 BOJANOWICZ
Country: POLAND
Condition: POLAND, THE KINGDOM OF POLAND, POLAND NO. 1 BOJANOWICZ
Description: Poland, The Kingdom of Poland, Poland No. 1 and Associated Postal History by Miroslav A. Bonjanowicz in English published by the Royal of London 1979, 188 pages, cloth, Numbered edition of 500 copy #223 signed by the Author insignificant signs of shelf life, very fine - RARE BOOK
Price: $115.00
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CYPRUS MAIL SERVICE PRE 1974 PERIOD by Brenda Goodwin
Country: CYPRUS
Condition: CYPRUS MAIL SERVICE PRE 1974 PERIOD by Brenda Goodwin
Description: 48 pages replete with useful information not available elsewhere - -- in English, many illustrations - second hand, but overall like new - indispensible to the specialist or serious collector
Price: $28.00
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GERMANY FELDPOST WW 1 IN SERBIA BULGARIA HUNGARY
Country: GERMANY
Condition: GERMANY FELDPOST WW 1 IN SERBIA BULGARIA HUNGARY
Description: GERMAN FELDPOST IN SERBIA, SOUTH HUNGARY, AND BULGARIA IN WORLD WAR I by Borlinghaus 2002, in German, 178 pages, illustrated throughout including many maps Indispensible THE REFERENCE BOOK
Price: $95.00     Sale Price! $89.00
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USA BUREAU OF ENGRAVING & PRINTING 1862-1962 used
Country: USA
Condition: USA BUREAU OF ENGRAVING & PRINTING 1862-1962 used
Description: 1978, REPRINT 218 PAGES HARDBOUND ILLUSTRATIONS THROUGHOUT BINDING VERY FINE AND OVERALL CONDITION VERY FINE (hardly any shelf life wear) In English
Price: $55.00
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BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS NATURAL RESOURCES rare
Country: VIRGIN ISLANDS
Condition: BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS NATURAL RESOURCES rare
Description: LARGE FORMAT replete with illustrations, reference work by Lettsome & Clarke includes chapters on GEOLOGY, VEGETATION, COASTAL PLANTS, FLORA, FAUNA, TURTLES, LIZARDS CORAL REEFS you name it - seminal work long out of print!!- no philatelic content - ALMOST AS NEW * FINE
Price: $40.00
Item Id #008493    See Details...
FORGERIES EARLY SWITZERLAND De Haene 2007 Reprint rare
Country: SWITZERLAND
Condition: FORGERIES EARLY SWITZERLAND De Haene 2007 Reprint rare
Description: A. DE HAENE *** ETUDE SUR LE FAUX TIMBRES DE LA SUISSE SWITZERLAND FORGERIES ** 2007 REPRINT OF THE EARLY 1920s BIBLIOGRAPHIC RARITY *** ** 20 pages, illustrations added to the original edition, IN FRENCH NOT TO BE MISSED!!! ESSENTIAL REFERENCE FOR THE SERIOUS COLLECTOR
Price: $21.00
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ITALY VATICAN SAN MARINO COLONIES & OCCUPATIONS POSTAL STATIONERY CATALOG 2011
Country: ITALY
Condition: ITALY VATICAN SAN MARINO COLONIES & OCCUPATIONS POSTAL STATIONERY CATALOG 2011
Description: IN ITALIAN AND ENGLISH!! HIGH QUALITY PAPER, LAVISHLY PRODUCED 392 PAGES COLOR ILLUSTRATED THROUGHOUT UPDATED EVALUATIONS INCLUDES ITALY, ITALIAN STATES, ITALIAN COLONIES, OCCUPIED TERRITORIES WORLD WAR I & WORLD WAR II TRENTO * TRIESTE * DALMATIA * AEGEAN ISLANDS * LUBIANA * VENEZIA GIULIA * FIUME * ISTRIA ITALIAN POST OFFICES ABROAD (ALBANIA, CHINA, EGYPT, CRETE,TUNISIA) ITALIAN COLONIES SAN MARINO * VATICAN * SOVEREIGN MILITARY ORDER OF MALTA * ITALIANA: FOREIGN POSTAL STATIONERY WITH ITALIAN TEXTS AND/OR CONNECTIONS this is a "WOW" book BUY IT NOW & YOU WILL BE GLAD WE SHIP WORLDWIDE
Price: $78.00     Sale Price! $58.00
Item Id #003630    See Details...
USA EMBOSSED REVENUE 1st FED ISSUE BY COMBS used
Country: USA
Condition: USA EMBOSSED REVENUE 1st FED ISSUE BY COMBS used
Description: 1979, FIRST EDITION BY W. V. COMBS 134 PAGES HARDBOUND (spine discoloured by sun otherwise fine) ILLUSTRATIONS THROUGHOUT BINDING QUITE GOOD AND OVERALL CONDITION FINE In English
Price: $48.00
Item Id #004142    See Details...
USA PRIVATE DIE PROPRIETARY PROOFS Joyce Collection
Country: USA
Condition: USA PRIVATE DIE PROPRIETARY PROOFS Joyce Collection
Description: COLLECTOR'S HANDBOOK FOR PRIVATE DIE PROPRIETARY PROOFS & CENSUS OF THE JOYCE COLLECTION by Richard Friedberg Stapled vertically at left, 34 (letter size) pages, no date Used copy, with minimal shelf life signs, otherwise very fine
Price: $31.00
Item Id #009518    See Details...
FORGERIES CUBA SPANISH COLONIAL PERIOD by Earee
Country: CUBA
Condition: FORGERIES CUBA SPANISH COLONIAL PERIOD by Earee
Description: ROBERT BRISCO EAREE ~~~~ CUBA FORGERIES SPANISH COLONIAL **** A good and comprehensive, but by no means complete, description of a good number of the existing forgeries of Cuban stamps from the Spanish colonial period. The treatment starts with the Queen Isabella issue of 1855 and ends with the King Alfonso XIII issue of 1898. The differences between the genuine stamps and the forgeries are described in great detail. 20 Pages, in English, with Illustrations including some new ones of genuine and forged stamps/overprints 2011 Reprint of the 1905 3rd and last compilation from Earee's 3rd Edition of "ALBUM WEEDS - or How To Detect Forged Stamps" Earee illustrates and gives details 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!!! ESSENTIAL REFERENCE FOR THE SERIOUS COLLECTOR
Price: $21.00     Sale Price! $19.00
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 ITALY MAIL SERVICE 1943 1945 WORLD WAR 2 by Bagni
Condition: ITALY MAIL SERVICE 1943 1945 WORLD WAR 2 by Bagni
Description: ITALY: POSTAL HISTORY OF THE MAIL SERVICE FROM 1943 to 1945 THE POSTAL SERVICE AND THE WAR: 1943-1945 by Nello Bagni and other Authors In Italian, 96 pages, replete with color illustrations, perfect bound, 16 cm x 24 centimeters During the second half of 1943 many developments impacted the postal service in Italy: the most important of them being the liberation of the South, the signing of an armistice with the Allies, and the splitting of the country into two parts with the North in the hands of Mussolini (better yet, Germany). 1944 and 1945 saw also new dramatic developments and as the Allies moved North the Bolognese region found itself between the devil and the deep blue sea. Mail from those days provides an unsuspected and faithful mirror that chronicled the various phases. The book reproduces many archive documents and delves into both civilian and military mails.
Price: $29.00
Item Id #013102    See Details...
GRAND-DUCHY TUSCANY PREPHILATELIC POSTMARKS 1760s-1851 NEW FABULOUS CATALOGUE HARDBOUND
Country: ITALY
Condition: GRAND-DUCHY TUSCANY PREPHILATELIC POSTMARKS 1760s-1851 NEW FABULOUS CATALOGUE HARDBOUND
Description: IN ITALIAN HARDBOUND, HIGH QUALITY PAPER, LAVISHLY PRODUCED 220 PAGES + TRANSPARENCIES TO FIND CORRECT TYPES & SUB-TYPES ILLUSTRATED THROUGHOUT ALL THE PRE-PHILATELIC POSTMARKS OF TUSCANY FROM 1760s TO 1851 IT INCLUDES POSTMARKS OF THE VARIOUS POST OFFICES FROM ARCIDOSSO TO VOLTERRA, IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER RAILWAY POSTMARKS DISINFECTED MAIL HANDSTAMPS PROVENANCE & ROUTING HANDSTAMPS ACCOUNTANCY MARKS & ARRANGEMENTS SEA MAIL AS WITH THE EARLIER VOLLMEIR WORK ON THE SAME SUBJECT, ONCE SOLD OUT THIS BOOK WILL BECOME A RARITY IN ITSELF BUY IT NOW & YOU WILL BE GLAD WE SHIP WORLDWIDE
Price: $99.00
Item Id #003631    See Details...
USA SAN FRANCISCO THE BEGINNINGS BY SKINNER ELDREDGE
Country: USA
Condition: USA SAN FRANCISCO THE BEGINNINGS BY SKINNER ELDREDGE
Description: 433 PAGES ILLUSTRATIONS THROUGHOUT INCLUDING A CALIFORNIA MAP (small sealed tear not detracting) BINDING SUN DISCOLORATION & INK BLOTS, HANDWRITING ON BOARDS INSIDE, OTHERWISE IN GOOD TO FINE QUALITY, THE REFINED COLLECTOR MAY CONSIDER A NEW BINDING FOR THIS RARE AND IMPORTANT VOLUME FIRST EDITION 1912 ************* NON PHILATELIC - NON POSTAL HISTORY!!!!! ******** In English
Price: $60.00
Item Id #004143    See Details...
BRITISH GUIANA & BRITISH HONDURAS FORGERIES NEW REPRINT
Country: GUYANA
Condition: BRITISH GUIANA & BRITISH HONDURAS FORGERIES NEW REPRINT
Description: ROBERT BRISCO EAREE ** FORGERIES OF BRITISH GUIANA (1850-1875) & BRITISH HONDURAS (1866-1884) ** A late 1800s good and comprehensive, but by no means complete, description of a good number of the existing forgeries of British Guiana and British Honduras The differences between the genuine stamps and the forgeries are described in great detail. 28 Pages, in English, with Illustrations including few new ones of forged and genuine stamps as a bonus 2011 Reprint of the 1905 last and best compilation from Earee's 3rd Edition of "ALBUM WEEDS - or How To Detect Forged Stamps" Earee gives details for every forged stamp and postmark known at that time. The book gives simple ways to pick the genuine from the forgeries. An essential work for collectors of classic issues. THIS REPRINT MAKES AVAILABLE -- FOR THE FIRST TIME --RESEARCH FROM EAREE'S WORK IN CONVENIENT REPRINTS OF SINGLE COUNTRIES (before you had to buy a book that now retails for $200 with countries A to Z; or at best a modern reprint in 6 volumes that would cost you $150 to $200 -- both long out of print!!!) *** EXPECT: Research that was compiled at the end of the 1800s ~~~ EXPECT: Good production with printing quality based on an original that was produced 106 years ago *** DO NOT EXPECT 2011 photography, or state-of-the-art typographical and lay-out quality in a reprint of a 1905 book *** BEING THE EARLIEST DETAILED RESEARCH ON THE SUBJECT MATTER THE VALUE OF THIS BOOKLET IS ESSENTIALLY ITS GREAT BIBLIOGRAPHIC RELEVANCE ~~~ LIMITED EDITION *** NOT TO BE MISSED!!! ESSENTIAL BIBLIOGRAPHIC REFERENCE FOR THE SERIOUS COLLECTOR *** WE SHIP WORLDWIDE
Price: $19.00
Item Id #010543    See Details...
FFE #7 FORGERIES LOMBARDY VEN SICILY BRAZIL SPAIN
Country: ITALY
Condition: FFE #7 FORGERIES LOMBARDY VEN SICILY BRAZIL SPAIN
Description: FAKES FORGERIES EXPERTS VOL. 7 190 pages, in color, illustrated throughout many important articles on FORGERIES OF VARIOUS COUNTRIES including: SPAIN CARLISTA FORGERIES ZP 3 ZEPPELIN FORGED OVPT SERBIA NEWSPAPER STAMPS ITALY 1911 AERIAL RALLY HUNGARY-AUSTRIA COVERS SWITZERLAND STRUBEL BISECTS COLOMBIA PRE PHILATELY ESSENTIAL REFERENCE FOR THE SERIOUS COLLECTOR
Price: $95.00
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FORGERIES AND FAKES BY SEFI 2011 REPRINT NEW
Condition: FORGERIES AND FAKES BY SEFI 2011 REPRINT NEW
Description: ALEXANDER J. SEFI -- FORGERIES AND FAKES ** in English, 28 pages, with illustrations -- 2011 New Reprint of the 1929 lecture by Sefi, with the original illustrations plus a few very interesting illustrations added to this reprint as a bonus ~~~ also added is a short biography of Sefi. The booklet is a solid introduction to forgeries and fakes and remains very useful 80 years after it was first published. We have noticed on the internet dealers offering the first edition and the 1960 reprint at prices ranging from $40 to over $200. TOPICS COVERED INCLUDE: FORGERIES OF WHOLE OR PART OF THE STAMP "CLEANED STAMPS" FAKED & REPAIRED STAMPS REPRINTS STAMPS POSTMARKED TO ORDER BOGUS STAMPS METHODS OF DETECTION THE ULTRA-VIOLET RAY LAMP METHODS OF MEASUREMENT ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ An essential work for serious collectors NOT TO BE MISSED!!! WE SHIP WORLDWIDE
Price: $19.00     Sale Price! $17.00
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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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