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BRUNEI, by Fred Melville,  2007 Reprint
Country: BRUNEI
Condition: BRUNEI, by Fred Melville, 2007 Reprint
Description: BRUNEI, by Fred Melville, 2007 Reprint of the 1932 edition, in English, with many illustrations, one map, larger size than the original , 40 pages, truly high quality paper, printing quality far superior to the 1980 reprint. Highlights include: the Concession Hunter and his stamps; the Provisional First Issue, the definitive type, colour changes 1908-1924; the Exhibition Overprints; the script watermark; Bibliography; Check List. Melville’s book remains required reading for both the newcomer to this fascinating collecting area and the specialist.
Price: $27.00
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GERMANY: FOREIGN RATES SOUTHERN STATES by ZANGERLE
Country: GERMANY
Condition: GERMANY: FOREIGN RATES SOUTHERN STATES by ZANGERLE
Description: Foreign Rates of the South-German Postal Districts, Guilder Currency Handbuch der Auslandstaxen der süddeutschen Postgebiete, Gulden Währung 1850 - 1875 by Dr. Karl Zangerle Bavaria, Baden, Württemberg, Turn & Taxes, German - Austrian Postal Union. It covers mail to foreign destinations in great detail including USA, Canada, European States, South America, Australia, Africa and Asia In German, data is mostly in tables and easy to understand and use. 1990, 300 pages A4, hardbound, a few illustrations and a map Used, in good conditions, mostly like new INDISPENSABLE FOR THE SERIOUS COLLECTOR BIG BOOK & VERY HEAVY TO SHIP
Price: $123.00
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FORGERIES & REPRINTS BELGIUM 1849-1928  (Billig)
Country: BELGIUM
Condition: FORGERIES & REPRINTS BELGIUM 1849-1928 (Billig)
Description: Otto E. Stiedl and Fritz Billig *** BELGIEN FAELSCHUNGEN 1849-1928 *** Original Publisher: Billig, Vienna, 1937. Recent reprint in larger size, with some improvements to the illustrations In German; paperback, 115 illustrations showing blown-up characteristics of forgeries, 36 pages [8" x 11"] ~~~~ THIS RESEARCH IS STILL VERY USEFUL TO THE COLLECTOR WHO NEEDS TO WEED OUT THE FORGERIES * 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 * ON THE WHOLE THIS IS A VERY GOOD AND MOST USEFUL REPRINT, IF YOU ARE VERY DEMANDING PLEASE KEEP THE FOLLOWING IN MIND: DO NOT EXPECT 2011 photography: DO NOT!! (some of the original photography is a bit problematic and the publisher has done his best to improve it - but he is not yet capable of performing miracles) ~~~ DO NOT EXPECT: state-of-the-art typographical and lay-out quality in a reprint of a 1937 monograph - if those are your expectations do not buy or criticize this reprint unless you have actually produced a better one (it won't be easy!!) ~~~ 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
Price: $41.00
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GRAND DUCHY OF TUSCANY * PLATING VARIETIES AND PLATE FLAWS
Country: TUSCANY
Condition: GRAND DUCHY OF TUSCANY * PLATING VARIETIES AND PLATE FLAWS
Description: “Granducato di Toscana: I Francobolli e le Varietà di Cliché” by Emilio Calcagno and Vittorio Morani; in Italian, card cover, 192 pages (6.3/4” x 9.1/2”); about 1,000 colour illustrations; published 2014. Available at: Virginstamps.com PO Box 7007, St. Thomas, VI 00801-0007 USA (issun@candwbvi.net) ****** “Hic sunt leones” [Here are the lions] the Romans used to say to indicate uncharted or troublesome areas on a map. This colourful expression has remained in the western world for centuries and has gradually shifted from cartography to modern colloquialism to describe a situation or condition for which it is wise to pay attention. We doubt ancient Etruria (today’s Tuscany and Umbria) had lions, unless they had escaped from the Coliseum after their lunch bravados so colourfully depicted by the “kolossal” movies of the 1950s. Nonetheless, in the early 1400s the Etrurian lion became Florence’s heraldic symbol. It consists of a seated lion with his right paw supporting a shield featuring the town’s coat of arms, the fleur de lys. It became popularly known as “Marzocco”. Most collectors are familiar with Donatello’s Marzocco because a crowned version is featured on the stamps of the Grand Duchy of Tuscany. Sometime in December 1850, Grand Duke Leopold II was submitted a number of options for the stamp design, including his own portrait or his own coat of arms. Vienna was watching, of course, and after careful evaluation of the proposed designs it was decided to use the Marzocco, even though it was linked to the Tuscan activists seeking independence of the Duchy. This choice has been described by philatelists and postal historians as curious and interesting. The Marzocco stamps had a relatively long life, eight years and nine months, and - from a 21st century perspective - a rather intricate currency mirrored by the face value of the various denominations: 1 Tuscany Lira = 12 Crazie = 20 Soldi = 60 Quattrini. The crown was also a significant component of the watermark’s design and the stamps were printed by letterpress in sheets of 240 stamps (three panes of 80 stamps - five rows of 16 stamps - stacked on one another, leaving a space between each pane of 1.5 millimeters). Unfortunately, budgetary constraints caused the 240 stamps to be squeezed so close that the vertical distance from one stamp to the next is hardly one millimeter; and worse yet, horizontally the distance is a lilliputian 0.8 millimeter, except for the two 1.5 millimeter inter-panneau spaces between panes mentioned earlier. The truly narrow space between stamps was no big concern at the time, but in due course it turned into a nightmare for collectors who demanded even margined examples. In this little, fussy some may say, drawback has flourished for generations the prejudice that has impacted negatively on the popularity of these stamps. Philately shows various positive aspects of the many fine individuals involved in it, but their pursuit for perfection, at times, can show their limitations as well as unrealistic expectations. From the Ministry of Finance point of view, money had been saved; the hastily conceived layout of 240 stamps avoided the paper wastage generated by the first Austria and Lombardy-Venetia issues which resulted in the inclusion of coveted St. Andrew’s Crosses to fill the empty spaces on the plate. Florence was determined to meet the deadline and to save time and money used a master plate that had suitable plugs to insert the value tablets. The technique for creating chalk moulds for stereotyping had been perfected by Turin-based printing specialist Giuseppe Giozza in 1842. [see article on page 199] Stereotype plates for the various denominations of the Grand Duchy stamps were thus created which resulted in a more consistent quality and the possibility of easy replacement of worn-out plates. This however, as we shall see, could complicate the task of plating these stamps. The Florence Mint chief engraver Giuseppe Niederost engraved the die and the printing was executed by the Grand-Duchy Printing Works owned by Francesco Cambiagi & Co. The paper was supplied by the old-reliable Cini paper mills. Among Italian States stamps, those featuring the Tuscan lion are unique when it comes to being printed on paper that is watermarked from top to bottom. This often overlooked detail permitted the vast majority of stamps of the first issue to have a watermark; in the eyes of post office’ top executives this was believed to be a great deterrent for forgers. It seems to have worked because there is no recorded occurrence of Tuscany stamps forged for the purpose of defrauding the post office. It goes without saying that the very few stamps positioned in such a way that they would not have any watermark are quite scarce. Selected denominations of the first series of the Grand Duchy made their debut on Fools’ Day. In fact, seven denominations were issued between Spring and Summer 1851: 1 Soldo ochre; 2 Soldi scarlet; 1 Crazia carmine; 2 Crazie blue; 4 Crazie green; 6 Crazie slate; and a 9 Crazie maroon. In 1852, a 1 Quattrino black (September), and a 60 Crazie scarlet (November) were added. Bluish tinted paper was used for the early printings; but later printings were on greyish tinted paper that had a subtle hue of blue. The lateness of the 60 Crazie caused it to be printed solely on the greyish tinted paper. In 1857, six denominations with the very same design were issued on white paper with diagonal wavy lines as watermark. This is traditionally referred to as the second issue which included the following values: 1 Quattrino, and 1, 2, 4, 6, and 9 Crazie. Incidentally, the watermark was designed in such a way that every single stamp had to have portions of it. The most impressive achievement of this book is to have plated 230 out of 240 stereotypes. One lone, ground-breaking article on the subject had been written in 1960 by the prolific philatelic writer Professor Cesco Giannetto and it triggered greater attention to recurrent flaws. This was duly reflected in the subsequent updates of both the Bolaffi Encyclopaedic Catalogue of Old Italian States and the C.E.I. (Catalogo Enciclopedico Italiano). The plating, however, looked like an herculean endeavour because due to the vulnerable nature of the plates, warts and blemishes were added to the congenital flaws. Additionally the position of a given stamp was not always the same and when new plates were made “musical chairs” took place; the same song and dance applied to the plate composition of the different denominations. With so many capricious variables there was no pun intended in uttering “Here are the lions” - at least until now. Meanwhile a collector-dealer by the name of Lorenzo Veracini had accumulated a huge amount of these lions, irrespective of poor margins and blemishes. His 20 years pursuit became a truly impressive collection that he exhibited at national philatelic events. This stirred great interest and became the launch pad for the co-authors of the monograph under review who had been pursuing similar endevours for quite some time. Mapping these stamps was not an easy task but, Calcagno and Morani received encouragement by the Society for the Study of the Postal History of Tuscany (A.S.Po.T.). To a large extent this was successfully accomplished, and the plating (in the old sense) was achieved for the 2 and 9 Crazie, but - due to the variables mentioned earlier - research on the other denominations is still underway. This book has a lot to offer to both the newcomer and the specialist; it is divided into two main sections: the first is entirely devoted to introducing the stamps of the Grand Duchy of Tuscany and the second delves into the plating and other highly specialised aspects of these stamps. Far from being a simple refresher course, part one outlines the postal history of the region; currencies, coins, and weights; postal rates; hand-stamps and cancellations; the context in which the postage stamps were adopted and the motivations for their introduction and use. Then the stamps, the paper, the watermark, the making of plates; the main characteristics of the stamp design; and the printing aspects. This lavishly produced monograph examines plate flaws and varieties in great detail - a task made easier in recent times thanks to the great technological progress made by digital photography, scanners and digital microscopes. All aspects that can contribute to the plating of the various stamps are examined and the wealth of illustrations makes you look at your Tuscany stamps from an entirely new perspective. Some positional flaws are positively eye-catching such as the “backpack”; the malformed “T” that looks like a cross; the flawed “B” that turns “FRANCOBOLLO” into “FRANCOROLLO”; the little cloud that makes one think that the lion is smoking; and (coincidence?) the uncoloured flaw that looks like a cigar the lion is holding with his right paw; just to mention a few. This book leaves no stones un-turned, and is a labour of love that fills a large void in the study of these interesting stamps. We are confident it will generate a greater interest in these classic issues. It is produced and printed at state-of-the-art level; the illustrations are of the highest quality; and for the many challenges a production like this may pose, the lay-out is brilliantly devised. The language barrier is not an issue here because all the pictures and blow-ups are worth a trillion words. Additionally the Authors use straight-to-the-point, simple language. This book is both highly recommended and a wise, long-lasting investment. Reviewed by Giorgio Migliavacca
Price: $73.00
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TONGA, by Fred Melville,  2007 Reprint
Country: TONGA
Condition: TONGA, by Fred Melville
Description: TONGA, by Fred Melville, 2007 Reprint of the 1909 edition, in English, with many illustrations, one map, larger size than the original , 68 pages, truly high quality paper.Highlights include: the Islands and their Posts; Issues of 1886-88; overprinted stamps of 1891; issue of 1892; overprinted stamps of 1893, 184, 1895; issues of King George II 1895-6; De La Rue issue 1897-99; Official Stamps; Bibliography; Check List. Melville’s book remains required reading for both the newcomer to this fascinating collecting area and the specialist.
Price: $31.00
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USA EMBOSSED REVENUE 2nd FEDERAL ISSUE BY COMBS used
Country: USA
Condition: USA EMBOSSED REVENUE 2nd FEDERAL ISSUE BY COMBS used
Description: 1988, FIRST EDITION BY W. V. COMBS 158 PAGES HARDBOUND ILLUSTRATIONS THROUGHOUT BINDING QUITE FINE AND OVERALL CONDITION VERY FINE In English
Price: $49.00
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 ITALY ALL ITALIAN STATES FORGERIES IN COLOR best book
Condition: ITALY ALL ITALIAN STATES FORGERIES IN COLOR best book
Description: SIMPLY THE BEST *** IN ITALIAN *** BEST INVESTMENT YOU CAN MAKE!!! 128 pages, illustrated throughout, high quality pictures in COLOR GIVES CHARACHTERISTICS OF GENUINE AND FORGED STAMPS OF LOMBARDY VENETIA SARDINIA TUSCANY PAPAL STATES - ROMAN STATES ROMAGNE MODENA PARMA NAPLES SICILY provides concise and clear background to All States and their issues highlights clues and details of genuine (in bold font) and forgeries (in script, italic) even if you do not know Italian in a few minutes, and with the help of a dictionary (Babel & others on the Internet) you will be able to use this book proficiently It is a bit expensive but the production is truly lavish, and if it saves you from buying the wrong stamp, as it will, then it's cheap, very cheap -- ALSO nowadays expertisers and expert committees charge up to $40-$50 per stamp even if forged...once you expertise a couple stamps by yourself with the help of this book you paid for it A BEAUTIFUL & MOST USEFUL BOOK LIMITED, BIBLIOPHILE EDITION: once sold out this will be a very difficult book to buy THIS IS A MUST HAVE bibliophile publication. WE HAVE SEVERAL OTHER BOOKS ON FORGERIES -- USE OUR SEARCH ENGINE FOR "FORGERIES"
Price: $109.00
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ETHIOPIA 1867-1936: STAMPS, POSTAL HISTORY & HISTORY
Country: ETHIOPIA
Condition: ETHIOPIA 1867-1936: STAMPS, POSTAL HISTORY & HISTORY
Description: Ethiopia 1867-1936 - History, stamps and postal history - by Roberto Sciaky, published 1999 Hardbound 8” x 11 3/4”, color dust jacket, 224 pages, 3 maps, 16 color plates, over 200 black and white illustrations. A REVIEW BY GIORGIO MIGLIAVACCA (copyright) Although this impressive volume ends with an extensive bibliography taking up two pages, the available literature on this country is limited and sometimes difficult to obtain. In 1961 Ivan Adler’s “Handbook of the postage stamps of the Empire of Ethiopia and her postal system” was published, and it was divided into two booklets; one focusing on the historical background and philatelic information of the various issues and the other actually being a specialized catalogue. This work has served collectors well and despite a few inaccuracies is still a useful source of information. Ten years later the Ethiopian Ministry of Posts & Telecommunications published a lavish “Ethiopian Stamp Catalogue”, with color illustrations and new information. This catalogue is still highly prized by collectors despite the fact that it has a few understandable inaccuracies. Then, in 1977 came Henry Tristant’s invaluable “Postal History of Ethiopia during the Reign of Emperor Menelik II”. Unfortunately only 100 copies were printed and given to friends and correspondents of the author. Twenty-four years later I can still recall the frustration I felt about this type of “limited edition” approach. It is indeed really true that the road to hell is paved with good intentions! This unfortunate situation was remedied in 1995 by Huguette Gagnon, president of the Ethiopian Philatelic Society, who translated the original work and published 100 copies of it in two volumes. Needless to say, the book is now out of print. In the interim however, the Rev. Payne wrote eight booklets in the Cockrill series devoted to Ethiopian philately from 1894 to 1943. These were published in 1981-82 and proved very popular, but the author’s approach was strictly philatelic and only just occasionally were postal history aspects mentioned. From the 1960s to the early 1990s collectors who embarked on Ethiopian philately and postal history had a rather limited amount of literature to rely on, some of it virtually impossible to obtain, whilst additional and useful information was scattered through articles published in a variety of magazines over a long span of time. Sciaky’s book comes to fill a gap, and it does so by utilizing a lot of published information and sifting through it carefully to avoid perpetuating old mistakes and inaccuracies. However, the new book goes much further and gives a concise and useful summary of the history of Ethiopia, followed by a detailed study of the stamps and postal history of the period 1867-1936. Each chapter begins with a historical profile, followed by a thorough discussion about the relevant stamp issues, and concluded with postal history aspects as well as postal rates and cancellations. Quite often the Author provides certain elements for the detection of reprints and fakes, and the various stamps are illustrated, including a large number of illustrations devoted to covers and facets of postal history. Sciaky’s book is most welcome for a number of good reasons. First and foremost, it is written in plain language and although the English is not always flawless, the Author gets his points across, much to the benefit of beginners and those who require answers to their many questions. The Author writes with genuine enthusiasm and draws the reader inexorably into seeking out his albums and double checking his or her material. Secondly, Sciaky has obviously gone to some length to double check his facts and verify information published in earlier articles and books. In many cases the existing literature gave him conflicting information and only after systematic research did he come up with his conclusions. It is obvious, and we are already seeing the results, that a book of this caliber will generate new collectors, while the old-timers will find a few details to add or amend. The Author himself has already published a couple of articles giving updates, or expanding upon his research. Sciaky’s monograph is undoubtedly the standard reference for both philatelists and postal historians who specialize in this interesting country. But as thorough as the present book is, further research is critical to the advancement of this specialty and it would be useful to gain a better perspective of postal rates and other involving or controversial philatelic aspects. It would be remiss of me if I did not mention the handsome production of this volume, with its eye-catching color plates and captivating lay-out. The author is to be applauded for sustaining our interest throughout the over two-hundred pages, but at the same time it is somewhat unfortunate that a philatelic editor versed in the many booby-traps the writing of English poses was not recruited by the publisher for this important project. This is very minor criticism and I warmly recommend this volume. GIORGIO MIGLIAVACCA (copyright)
Price: $88.00
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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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THE TASSIS IMPERIAL POSTMASTERS IN VENICE
Country: ITALY
Condition: THE TASSIS IMPERIAL POSTMASTERS IN VENICE: 1500s to 1700s
Description: PLEASE READ THE REVIEW ****
Price: $90.00     Sale Price! $85.00
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ITALY SARDINIA 4TH ISSUE COLOR IDENTIFICATION PLATES
Country: SARDINIA
Condition: ITALY SARDINIA 4TH ISSUE COLOR IDENTIFICATION PLATES
Description: HARDBOUND, IN ITALIAN, 68 pages (8" x 11") FOURTH ISSUE KINGDOM OF SARDINIA 1855-1863 COLOR IDENTIFICATION PLATES (based on colors as listed by Sassone Catalogue 2010) BY UMBERTO BALLABIO LANGUAGE BARRIER: non existant....pictures speak 1000 words...all you have to do is place your stamps side by side with the pictures...if you only get a stamp or two in the right shade or nuance the book has paid for itself and then some The 4th Issue of the Kingdom of Sardinia (initially consisting of Piedmont, Genoese Riviera and Sardinia) has always attracted collectors because it was printed and reprinted over a span of 8 years - in fact these stamps witnessed the unification of Italy and with it the ever increasing stamp demand from the annexed regions and territories. The color shade of each denomination changed every time a new printing was required and some nuances are very scarce, some are priced into the thousands of Euros/Dollars. Color identification plates were printed in the 50s, reprinted in the 90s and then another publisher made a similar attempt. All were sold out and all are bibliographic rarities. This new book stands out for a number of merits that match and surpass previous publications on the same subject for the following reasons: The Author is a seasoned collector of these stamps The book has been vetted by a number of experts Other prominent collectors had their input The color plates are state of the art and have been vetted at the production stage by an expert on light and visual perception of colors (the best way to use this book is at noon time in a room with windows solely facing north....the eyes must be rested and the identification sessions must be short because the eyes tire very quickly...a combination of day light and fluorescent bulbs can also be useful. Never utilize strong daylight and excessive artificial light...never go in spots where there is a strong reflection of sun beams, blue skies or afternoon skies because each will influence a distorted identification). Guidelines can be translated using Babel or similar online translation programs. The book is replete with color illustrations and technical notes accumulated by the Author over a lifetime. IN CONCLUDING: THIS IS THE BEST BOOK YOU COULD EVER BUY ABOUT THESE FASCINATING STAMPS The price is influenced by high production costs, however Italy is well know for real state of the art printing and every penny spent on this book is well spent. INDISPENSABLE & HIGHLY RECOMMENDED LIMITED EDITION!!!
Price: $135.00     Sale Price! $99.00
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COLLECTING AIR MAIL: USEFUL INTRODUCTION
Country: USA
Condition: COLLECTING AIR MAIL: USEFUL INTRODUCTION
Description: Collecting Air Mail Edited by Cheryl Ganz. A twenty-six page booklet describing the joys of collecing Air Mail stamps and postal history. BASICS COLLECTING COVERS AIR MAIL STAMPS LITERATURE PIONEER PERIOD DEVELOPMENTAL & MODERN PERIOD COLLECTING BY COUNTRIES, ROUTE, AIRLINE VIA BALLOON VIA ZEPPELIN GLIDER, ROCKET, RECOVERED MAIL AIRCRAFT ON STAMPS AVIATORS ASTROPHILATELY EXHIBITING GLOSSARY MOST USEFUL Booklet (8.5" x 11") 26 PAGES 8" x 11"
Price: $14.00
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POW IN ITALY WORLD WAR ONE Prigionieri in Italia
Country: ITALY
Condition: POW IN ITALY WORLD WAR ONE Prigionieri in Italia
Description: Prisoners of War Regulations: PRISONERS OF WAR ON ITALIAN TERRITORIES WORLD WAR I by Migliavacca, in English - illustrated throughout 12pp - PRIMA GUERRA MONDIALE: PRIGIONIERI DI GUERRA IN ITALIA E TERRITORI ITALIANI in Inglese ALMOST LIKE NEW LAST COPIES AVAILABLE
Price: $14.00
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 JAMAICA PHILATELIC HANDBOOK VOLUME 2 BY AGUILAR
Country: JAMAICA
Condition: JAMAICA PHILATELIC HANDBOOK VOLUME 2 BY AGUILAR
Description: 1959 * STITCHED AT LEFT , paperback 129 pages - many illustrations SECOND VOLUME -- STAMPS, POSTMARKS, & RUBBER STAMPS OF THE COLONY USED COPY WITH MINOR WEAR & TEAR -- IN FINE CONDITION
Price: $41.00
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Postal History of Mail Steamers of the Mediterranean – Vol. III (1840-1850
Country: Italy
Condition: Postal History of Mail Steamers of the Mediterranean – Vol. III (1840-1850
Description: Postal History of Mail Steamers of the Mediterranean – Vol. III (1840-1850) ************ The Third Volume of this series on the Postal History of Mail Steamers operating in the Mediterranean has just been published and is ready for shipment. This volume focuses on the history of the steamships of the Kingdom of Sardinia (Sardinian States) and the line connecting Genoa to Cagliari, the capital of the island of Sardinia. It also has specific and well researched chapters on French steamers and mail conveyance by mail steamers to Algeria; the Spanish lines; and the English steamships calling at Italian ports. The chapter dealing with Trieste’s experimental line from 1845 to 1847 facilitating conveyance of mail to and from India is of particular relevance to scholars of intercontinental mail; furthermore the chapter dealing with the misfortune of the “Polluce” and “Mongibello” narrates the first tragedy of two Italian steamers. This volume concludes the trilogy about the Mediterranean mail steamship age from its inception to 1850. The research involves the gathering of 23,000 dates, 480 notes, 26 ordinances and laws and the detailed description of 100 letters. This volume, like the preceding ones, is in Italian, perfect bound, 256 A4 pages, color illustrations throughout
Price: $110.00
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JAPAN: A Specialized Listing of the Japanese Occupation of CHINA
Country: JAPAN
Condition: JAPAN: A Specialized Listing of the Japanese Occupation of CHINA
Description: A Special Item FROM THE ANTIQUARIAN & MODERNARIAN OF POSTAL HISTORY & PHILATELY Jack G. Nielsen, Ralph A. Weil, A Specialized Listing of the Japanese Occupation Stamps of China, 1995 46pp. in English The two authors, both advanced collectors of Japanese Occupation stamps of China, undertook this research study after identifying that the three specialized catalogs on the subject differed substantially in their listings of these stamps. The three catalogs are the Colour-illustrated Stamp Catalogue of China, commonly referred to as 'Chan' after its editor Chan Shu-hou;Ma's Illustrated Catalogue of the Stamps of China, commonly referred to as 'MA'; and the Japanese Stamp Specialized Catalog (JSCA). The stamps are listed in Chan catalog order with the corresponding catalog numbers for not only the MA and JSCA catalogs where listed, but also for the Scott and Stanley Gibbons catalogs. Therefore, the tables in this monograph not only provide information on the disparities in the listings amongst the five catalogs, but also provide a concordance between their catalog numbers. The contents include Japanese Ocupation stamps used in provinces in North China, Inner Mongolia, Central China, and South China. NO ILLUSTRATIONS *** NOT TO BE MISSED!!!
Price: $37.00     Sale Price! $30.00
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VARIETIES ETHIOPIA YUGOSLAVIA INDIA AUSTRIA DENMARK
Country: INDIA
Condition: VARIETIES ETHIOPIA YUGOSLAVIA INDIA AUSTRIA DENMARK
Description: VARIETIES WORLDWIDE ETHIOPIA YUGOSLAVIA INDIA AUSTRIA DENMARK ESTONIA GREECE IRAN POLAND ROMANIA RUSSIA TURKEY SUDAN EPIRUS MINOR VARIETIES OF MAJOR INTEREST by Frank Aretz — A magnificent addition to any philatelic library. Seminal work in English, 32 pages, illustrated throughout, excellent coverage, good and clear compilation. Very easy reading as there is detailed information about the characteristics of each variety. Discover some rare stamp variety in your collection, accumulation or job lot. It deals with varieties of ABYSSINIA (ETHIOPIA) ALOUITES AUSTRALIA AUSTRIA BAVARIA BELGIUM BRUNEI COLOMBIA CYPRUS DANZIG DENMARK EAST AFRICA UGANDA EPIRUS ESTONIA ETHIOPIA FRANCE FRENCH COLONIES GERMANY GREECE HONDURAS HONG KONG HUNGARY INDIA COCHIN INDIA PATIALA INDIA TRAVANCORE IRAN JUGOSLAVIA YUGOSLAVIA JUGOSLAVIA SLOVENIA MARIENWERDER MEMEL NEW ZEALAND NICARAGUA NORWAY PAPUA PERSIA PERU ROMANIA RUSSIA SALVADOR SIAM THAILAND SOUTH AUSTRALIA SUDAN SWEDEN SURINAME SWITZERLAND THAILAND TRENTINO—ITALY TURKEY VICTORIA WURTEMBERG YUGOSLAVIA Although no single country is covered in depth (that alone would take many volumes) this booklet is 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.
Price: $17.00
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USA AIR MAIL CATALOGUE VOLUME I 6th EDITION 517 page
Condition: USA AIR MAIL CATALOGUE VOLUME I 6th EDITION 517 page
Description: American Air Mail Catalogue, Sixth Edition, 1998 Volume One consists of 517 pages of listings of: U.S. Pioneer Covers - 1910-1916, U.S. Governmental Flight Covers, U.S. Air Express Covers, Crash Covers, Airport Dedication Covers & Mexico First Flight Covers - 1917-1939 All newly-discovered airmail items as well as all new material since the last edition have been included. This catalogue is profusely illustrated and nearly all items are valued or priced. A TRULY ESSENTIAL BOOK FOR THE AIR MAIL COLLECTOR Very Heavy to ship
Price: $69.00
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 ITALY EGYPT HONG KONG CONFEDERATE SMYRNE GREECE
Country: ITALY
Condition: ITALY EGYPT HONG KONG CONFEDERATE SMYRNE GREECE
Description: STUDI STORICO POSTALI VOL I - in Italian - 116 pp illustrated throughout - with important articles on HONG KONG by Adriano Landini (famous specialist of this area) -- EGYPT: special handstamp for Alexandria Expo 1894...plus an article bi Bianchi on Confederate States -- The Greek Occupation of SMYRNA by Buzzetti...and many more articles on Italian Postal History - a rarely seen publication - 16 oz plus packing - Used, fine
Price: $29.00
Item Id #009527    See Details...
GERMANY BADEN by MULLER MARK
Country: GERMANY
Condition: GERMANY BADEN by MULLER MARK
Description: IN GERMAN * 74 PAGES * many illustrations With signs of use and shelf life, otherwise very fine used copy, main text pages are fine NOT TO BE MISSED!!! ESSENTIAL REFERENCE FOR THE SERIOUS COLLECTOR PERFECTIONISTS keep in mind this item is used
Price: $32.00
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ITALY FRANCE 1915-1919 FRENCH TROOPS IN ITALY BY TRAPNELL
Country: ITALY
Condition: ITALY FRANCE 1915-1919 FRENCH TROOPS IN ITALY BY TRAPNELL
Description: A Special Item FROM THE ANTIQUARIAN & MODERNARIAN OF POSTAL HISTORY & PHILATELY THE POSTAL HISTORY OF THE FRENCH IN ITALY 1915-1919 & THE FRENCH MILITARY MISSION 38 pages A4 full color, illustrated throughout, spiral bound LOADED WITH VALUABLE INFORMATION
Price: $34.00
Item Id #002617    See Details...
GERMANY BERGEDORF BRUNSWIK BREMEN by MULLER MARK
Country: GERMANY
Condition: GERMANY BERGEDORF BRUNSWIK BREMEN by MULLER MARK
Description: IN GERMAN * 74 PAGES * many illustrations With signs of use and shelf life, otherwise very fine used copy, main text pages are fine NOT TO BE MISSED!!! ESSENTIAL REFERENCE FOR THE SERIOUS COLLECTOR PERFECTIONISTS keep in mind this item is used
Price: $32.00
Item Id #004153    See Details...
FIUME POSTMARKS 1809-1945 by Gilbert IMPORTANT BOOK
Country: FIUME
Condition: FIUME POSTMARKS 1809-1945 by Gilbert IMPORTANT BOOK
Description: THE POSTMARKS OF FIUME 1809-1945 By J. F. Gilbert In English, 2007, A4, 164 pages, illustrated throughout, spiral bound Historical & Political background * French Occupation * Austrian period * Hungarian period * World War One: Censor Marks, Feldposts, FPOs, British FPOs, Italian Posta Militare, French & British presence * SHS * D’Annunzio Regime * Free State, Sub post offices, Veglia, Arbe, Fiume annexed to Italy, World War Two: Fiumano-Kupa, Yugoslav Military Occupation, Railway TPO postmarks, Maritime & Paquebot postmarks, Air Mail postmarks, miscellaneous, registered and accessory, instructional postmarks etc etc. Required reading for the specialist and the astute collector who wants to know the real importance and value of certain items. A very useful reference that will enable you to mount your postal history collection in a sensible way and in a way that will greatly enhance its value and relevance. WE SHIP WORLDWIDE HANDLING & POSTAGE: TO USA — FREE SHIPPING TO ALL OTHER DESTINATIONS : $4.00
Price: $63.00
Item Id #001850    See Details...
ITALY AIR MAIL BRAZIL ARGENTINA URUGUAY VENEZUELA
Country: ITALY
Condition: ITALY AIR MAIL BRAZIL ARGENTINA URUGUAY VENEZUELA
Description: A Special Item FROM THE ANTIQUARIAN & MODERNARIAN OF POSTAL HISTORY & PHILATELY LATI: ITALIAN SOUTH ATLANTIC AIRLINE 98 pages A4 full color, illustrated throughout, spiral bound LOADED WITH VALUABLE INFORMATION AIRCRAFT * CENSORSHIP * WESTBOUND MAIL * EASTBOUND MAIL * THE AFTERMATH OF LATI SERVICE + APPENDIXES A MUST HAVE FOR ANY SERIOUS COLLECTOR OF THESE RARE POSTMARKS
Price: $79.00     Sale Price! $59.00
Item Id #002618    See Details...
GERMANY NORTHERN * ALSACE OLDENBURG by MULLER MARK
Country: GERMANY
Condition: GERMANY NORTHERN * ALSACE OLDENBURG by MULLER MARK
Description: IN GERMAN * 86 PAGES * many illustrations With signs of use and shelf life, cover splitting, otherwise very fine used copy, main text pages are fine NOT TO BE MISSED!!! ESSENTIAL REFERENCE FOR THE SERIOUS COLLECTOR PERFECTIONISTS keep in mind this item is used
Price: $33.00
Item Id #004154    See Details...