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CENSOR MARKS MEDITERRANEAN & MIDDLE EAST WORLD WAR 2
Condition: CENSOR MARKS MEDITERRANEAN & MIDDLE EAST WORLD WAR 2
Description: 2011 EDITION INCLUDES CIVIL CENSORSHIP OF GIBRALTAR MALTA CYPRUS RHODES PALESTINE SYRIA ALEPPO TRANS-JORDAN IRAN IRAQ BAHRAIN KUWAIT MUSCAT ADEN ITALY ALLIED OCCUPATION 1943-5 TRIESTE & VENEZIA GIULIA 1946-7 TRANS ADRIATIC CENSORSHIP IN ENGLISH, spiral bound 168 pages (8" x 11"), ILLUSTRATED THROUGHOUT, VALUATION BY POINTS ESSENTIAL REFERENCE FOR THE SERIOUS COLLECTOR WE SHIP WORLDWIDE
Price: $75.00
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BULGARIA 1840 - 1908: STAMPS, POSTAL HISTORY
Country: BULGARIA
Condition: BULGARIA 1840 - 1908: STAMPS, POSTAL HISTORY
Description: BULGARIA FROM THE OTTOMAN EMPIRE TO THE KINGDOM BULGARIA FROM THE OTTOMAN EMPIRE TO THE KINGDOM 1840-1908 HISTORY * STAMPS * POSTAL HISTORY by Roberto Sciaky, 120 pages A4, in English, many illustrations throughout OTTOMAN PERIOD RUSSIAN PERIOD ALEXANDER PERIOD ORGANIZATION OF BULGARIAN POST 1879-1908 stamp issues PRE PHILATELY POSTMARKS ETC BULGARIAN POSTMARKS VILLAGE POSTMARKS POSTAL RATES MAIL SENT VIA RIVER ROUTE: THE DANUBE RIVER REGISTRATION POSTMARKS ETC ETC VERY USEFUL BOOK
Price: $67.00
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ROMANIA FORGERIES 1856-1869 by Earee
Country: ROMANIA
Condition: ROMANIA FORGERIES 1856-1869 by Earee
Description: ROBERT BRISCO EAREE ** ROMANIA: EARLY FORGERIES 1856-1869 ** A good and comprehensive, but by no means complete, description of a good number of the existing forgeries of ROMANIA from 1856 to 1869 The differences between the genuine stamps and the forgeries are described in great detail. 52 Pages, in English, with Illustrations including few new ones of forged 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: $29.00
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RUSSIAN RURAL STAMPS - ZEMSTVOS, by W. Herrick, from Alatyr to Zolotonoscha
Country: RUSSIA
Condition: RUSSIAN RURAL STAMPS - ZEMSTVOS, by W. Herrick, from Alatyr to Zolotonoscha
Description: RUSSIAN RURAL STAMPS - ZEMSTVOS, by W. Herrick, from Alatyr to Zolotonoscha, 1978 reprint of 150 copies, hardbound, only ONE COPY available. Very rare book and equally hard to find reprint, first class publication missing in most libraries, large format
Price: $175.00
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LES MARQUES POSTALES DE LA GRANDE ARMEE  by DE FRANK
Country: FRANCE
Condition: LES MARQUES POSTALES DE LA GRANDE ARMEE by DE FRANK
Description: 1948 one and only edition: GRANDE ARMEE POSTAL HISTORY & POSTMARKS 1805-1808 by PHILIP F. DE FRANK * 285 pages, in French, hundreds of illustrations - USED WITH MINIMAL TRACES OF USE OR SHELF LIFE, VERY FINE COPY - no pen or pencil marks - binding in very good condition ****** 285 pagine, con oltre cento pagine dedicate al catalogo dei timbri postali utilizzati nella corrispondenza dell'armata napoleonica . Ottimo esemplare dei 600 stampati.
Price: $175.00
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GREAT BRITAIN POSTAGE STAMPS 1840 - 1853 2ND EDITION BY J B SEYMOUR
Country: GREAT BRITAIN
Condition: GREAT BRITAIN POSTAGE STAMPS 1840 - 1853 2ND EDITION BY J B SEYMOUR
Description: Hardbound, in English, 256 pages illustrated profusely, 1950 Edition - scarce - USED FINE COPY showing minor signs of shelf life and use (especially the dust jacket...otherwise binding fine, pages have no pencil or pen marks and the book is in sound condition)
Price: $47.00
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MAIL TO & FROM ITALY STATES 1850-1870 - IN ENGLISH 320 pages NEW NEW
Condition: MAIL TO & FROM ITALY STATES 1850-1870 - IN ENGLISH 320 pages + CD * 5 POUNDS TO SHIP SEE SHIPPING COSTS before ordering
Description: VERY IMPORTANT * WHEN BUYING THIS BOOK IGNORE THE AUTOMATIC $10 charge [we will send you a Paypal invoice or equivalent for the exact amount] -THIS IS a 5 Pounds PACKET- *** SHIPPING COSTS: TO USA $24 ** TO CANADA $43 ** TO OTHER COUNTRIES IN THE AMERICAS & EUROPE $55 ** AFRICA, AUSTRALIA, ASIA & FAR EAST $65 ******* FINALLY!!! LETTER MAIL FROM AND TO THE OLD ITALIAN STATES 1850-1870 - by Mario Mentaschi & Thomas Matha; 320 pages * 717 illustrations in b & w (repeated in color in the CD) - HARDBOUND A4 - ENTIRELY IN ENGLISH This is possibly the most useful postal history book published in Italy in recent years MAIN FOCUS: postal rates and routes of mail addressed to the Italian States in the years that saw the Risorgimento wars which resulted in its unification (1861); similarly mail from the Italian States to various countries all over the globe is examined in great detail. The 1850-1861 period is extended to 1866 for Austrian Venetia and to 1870 for the Papal States. In a nutshell this is the postal history of the fall of the colonial eagles in the Italian peninsula Well researched, magnificently illustrated, a true eye-opener and a pleasure for the eyes and the mind Incoming mail to Italy and outgoing: to from... to from AUSTRIAN EMPIRE ALGERIA ARGENTINA BAHAMAS BELGIUM BRAZIL CHILE CHINA IONIAN ISLANDS GREECE MALTA INDIA FRANCE GERMANY you name it.... THIS IS A MUST HAVE bibliophile publication. very heavy and large book weighing 5 pounds when packed to ship Once sold out this book's price will skyrocket ***************************** VERY IMPORTANT * WHEN BUYING THIS BOOK IGNORE THE AUTOMATIC $10 charge [we will send you a Paypal invoice or equivalent for the exact amount] -THIS IS a 5 Pounds PACKET- *** SHIPPING COSTS: TO USA $24 ** TO CANADA $43 ** TO OTHER COUNTRIES IN THE AMERICAS & EUROPE $55 ** AFRICA, AUSTRALIA, ASIA & FAR EAST $65 *******
Price: $115.00     Sale Price! $93.00
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ITALY TURKEY: ITALIAN POST OFFICES IN CONSTANTINOPLE 1908-1923 in English
Country: ITALY
Condition: ITALY TURKEY: ITALIAN POST OFFICES IN CONSTANTINOPLE 1908-1923 in English
Description: THE ITALIAN POST OFFICES IN CONSTANTINOPLE 1908-1923 By Mario Chesne Dauphine and Colin Pilkington In English, 2007 reprint of the 1988 Edition. A4, 76 pages, illustrated throughout. SPIRAL BOUND Brief History of the Offices 1908-1923 * Exchange Rates and Postal Rates * Stamps issued for, and used in, Constantinople * Postal markings, labels and cachets * Mixed Frankings * Bibliography The most complete work in English on this fascinating postal history chapter. 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.
Price: $53.00
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CONSTANTINOPLE * AUSTRIAN POST OFFICE  by VON EBERHORST * REPRINT
Condition: CONSTANTINOPLE * AUSTRIAN POST OFFICE by VON EBERHORST * REPRINT
Description: Austrian Post Office in Constantinople until the middle of the 18th century -- IN GERMAN, 39 pages + MAP 1994 reprint of the 1903 Vienna Edition ** Research focuses on the 1700s ** Introduction to Turkish Postal Service * Representation of Austria in Constantinople * couriers and janissaries post orders * the quarantine of Parakin (Semlin) ** beginning of delivery of private mail ** delivery of mail from HOLLAND & ENGLAND ** postal rates ** monthly postal course stabilisation ** arrangements of post offices in Constantinople ** control of the oriental postage in Vienna ** twice a month postal delivery ** POSTAL ROUTES ********* Die Österreichische Post in Konstantinopel : von ihrem Entstehen bis zur Mitte des 18. Jahrhunderts -- Author: Alexander Eberan von Eberhorst -- Publisher: Pavia, Italy : G. Migliavacca, 1994.
Price: $28.00
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IMPERIAL RUSSIA: DISINFECTED MAIL ANTHOLOGY
Country: RUSSIA
Condition: IMPERIAL RUSSIA: DISINFECTED MAIL ANTHOLOGY
Description: Disinfected Mail Anthology: With Important Articles and Research published in Europe and USA in the 1970s -- CONTRIBUTIONS TO THE STUDY OF MAIL DISINFECTION IN IMPERIAL RUSSIA -- The Anthology includes the following chapters (3 in English, 2 in Italian): *** Giorgio Migliavacca, Russian Practices of Disinfecting Mail Received From Infected Zones *** V. Denis Vandervelde, Russian Quarantine and Disinfection: An Overview *** V. Denis Vandervelde, The Disinfection of Mail, Early Documentary Sources *** Giorgio Migliavacca, Corrispondenza disinfettata dalla Russia *** Giorgio Bellagarda, Il pittore Carlo Bossoli e la quarantena di Odessa ~~~ 52 pages [8" x 11"]; illustrated throughout *** 2007 Reprint; LIMITED EDITION not available elsewhere *** INDISPENSABLE TO THE SERIOUS SCHOLAR
Price: $39.00
Item Id #011994    See Details...
MONACO POSTAL STATIONERY HIGGINS & GAGE CATALOG
Country: MONACO
Condition: MONACO POSTAL STATIONERY HIGGINS & GAGE CATALOG
Description: 4 Original 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. THE PAGES (UNLESS OTHERWISE INDICATED) are ORIGINAL PAGES mostly from the Second and Last edition of the 1980s -- they 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: $4.50
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ITALIAN OCCUPATIONS WWII   **** Occupazioni ed Annessioni Italiane nella Seconda Guerra Mondiale - Albania, Francia, Grecia, Jugoslavia - 1939-1943 La Posta Civile
Country: ITALY
Condition: ITALIAN OCCUPATIONS WW2 * THE TOP REFERENCE BOOK
Description: ITALIAN OCCUPATIONS WWII ****   Occupazioni ed Annessioni Italiane nella Seconda Guerra Mondiale - Albania, Francia, Grecia, Jugoslavia - 1939-1943 La Posta Civile by Valter Astolfi. Published March 1996 by Fiorenzo Zanetti Editore, Milan. 640 pages, several maps; 6 1/2” x 9 1/2”; black and white illustrations throughout. Perfect bound. [Limited edition of Hardbound copies exist - ask for more details] ****   A REVIEW BY GIORGIO MIGLIAVACCA (copyright) ****    Quite a few volumes have been published during the last two decades about Italian military mail of World War II; most of them were well received both by reviewers and the collecting public. Some of their success story is contributed by the information given on the exact location of the various field post offices — a very important detail for postal history collectors of the various countries and territories occupied by Italy. Another crucial factor is that Italian military mail of WWII is still in relatively large supply, and although stocks and trouvailles had been cherry-picked in the 1950s and early 1960s by pioneering specialists, chances of an occasional lucky find keep collectors’ adrenaline going. Once occupied and/or annexed the various territories and countries had to be governed, sometime by a civilian administration, sometime by military rule, and in some instances by a combination of both, depending on circumstances which had strategic, political and diplomatic ramifications. The postal service for civilians was a rather important aspect of public administration and the plethora of occupation stamps listed by the various catalogues is, for the serious specialist or postal historian, the classical “tip of the iceberg”. In some of the occupied territories definitive stamps of Italy were used, in other places specific overprinted stamps were issued, and in one case local definitives continued in use. In each case the adopted course had been influenced by circumstances, and although some mistakes were made, Italy was quite careful not to step on Germany’s toes while devising some long-term policy as to better incorporate the newly acquired territories without hurting local sensitivities and pride. Germany, on the other hand, had none of these complexities to contend with and her approach was - to put it in one word - rather brutal. On the whole, war cover enthusiasts will find this collecting field quite exciting and challenging. On 10 June 1940, Mussolini issued declarations of war against Britain and France; as a result Italian troops began to occupy bordering areas on the western front. Two weeks later France had agreed to sign an armistice. The acquisitions were pitifully modest and included Mentone where Italian stamps were introduced by mid-March 1941. Additionally, as a result of the disruption of postal service between Italy and France, mail from Italians residing in France and her colonies were forwarded through special arrangements and concessions. Covers benefitting from such concessions are usually recognizable by official “straight line” hand-stamps. The partition of Yugoslavia after the annexation by the Axis powers resulted in the birth of two new countries, Croatia and Serbia, and the subdivision of the other areas into smaller entities under German or Italian rule. Southern Slovenia became the Province of Lubiana, the Italianized name of its main city, Ljubljana. Here the annexation caused no disruption of the postal service and Yugoslav stamps continued to be used for a short time. The Fiume-Kupa zone, in the vicinity of Fiume, included Arbe and Veglia - two of the nearby islands - and was eventually incorporated into the pre-existing Province of Fiume. Other acquisitions included the Dalmatian coast where the administrative subdivision included the provinces of Zadar (Zara), Split (Spalato) and the offshore islands, and Kotor (Cattaro). From a strictly philatelic point of view it is interesting to notice that Yugoslav stamps with an Italian (Co.Ci.) overprint were issued for Lubiana, and a similar measure was implemented for the Fiumano-Kupa zone. Montenegro followed a similar pattern but here there were some “sensitivities” that had to be carefully dealt with. Firstly, Queen Helena (nee Petrovic), the consort of King Victor Emmanuel III, was also a Montenegrin princess, and a special administrative arrangement had to be adopted. Therefore, on 3 October 1941 Mussolini issued a special decree making Montenegro an Italian Governorship. The special status of Montenegro under Italian occupation is also reflected by its stamps, which include a set commemorating Prince Bishop Petrovic Njegosh, author of the Montenegrin national poem. Each of the ten stamps bore a few lines of the poem inscribed on the back. Undoubtedly Queen Helena had a lot of influence in all of this; and having a famous Sicilian collector at the top of the newly established Governorship made things easier. In 1901 Italy opened a post office at Scutari; the following year two additional offices were opened at Janina and Durazzo (Durres) and in 1908 Valona (Vlone) also had its Italian post office. This was simply another indication of Italian long-term interest in the area. The 1913 Treaty of London gave independence to Albania; the stamps of the new country depicting Skander-Beg (also known as Gjergji Kastrioti) were printed by the Italian Government Printing Works in Turin. Following a period of anarchy and unrest during World War I, and with the help of Italy, the country stabilized itself. The cordial relationship with Rome improved as years went by, and quite a few pre-war stamp issues of Albania were printed by the Italian Government Printing Works which had by then moved to Rome. The situation deteriorated in 1939, when King Zog refused to align Albania with the Axis; Mussolini, who wouldn’t take no for an answer, occupied the country in a matter of days. On 12 April 1939 Victor Emmanuel III became King of Albania and Albanian stamps were overprinted at first, to be followed by definitives depicting the Italian monarch. The idea of overprinting Italian definitives was discarded because it would have met with stern resistance and incensed the Albanians whose national pride was well known. Instead, a definitive series blending the image of Victor Emmanuel with local pictorial elements and featuring Albanian inscriptions and currency was issued. The inevitable fasces were also a design element, but to circumvent local criticism many of the later issues also featured the Albanian coat of arms. Metropolitan postal rates were adopted and the use of Italian definitives was tolerated for about twelve months. In 1941 Albania expanded its boundaries at the expense of Yugoslavia. As a result some 15 post offices became part of the Albanian postal network. Covers with stamps of Albania under Italian rule cancelled by postmarks of these post offices are quite elusive, and even the advanced collector would never know what he is dealing with unless he has Astolfi’s book.   After declaring war on Greece (28 October 1940), Italy found out that it was not an easy task and only in the spring of 1941 with massive help from Berlin the occupation was successfully completed. From a postal history point of view evidence of the Italian occupation on the mainland was only marginal. Stamps featuring King George II and/or members of the royal family were declared obsolete and withdrawn; however, all the other definitives remained in use. The only postal vestiges of the Italian occupation of Greece to be found on mails from civilians are the often bi-lingual (Italian and Greek) censor marks and labels. The approach with the offshore islands was quite different. In the Ionian Islands, at first, Greek stamps were overprinted locally at Corfù, Cephalonia, Ithaca, and Zante; then, in an attempt to wipe out even the minutest visual link with the mainland, Italian definitives overprinted “ISOLE JONIE” were introduced. On Crete and throughout the Cycladian and Sporades Islands Greek stamps were used. The occasional use of Italian and Rhodes’ definitives was only marginal. Astolfi makes a very good point when he discusses the Cephalonia and Ithaca overprints in used condition. As we all know the format of these rather large and clumsy overprints required two stamps to leave a full impression. The acquisitive mind of collectors combined with the money-grabbing attitude of most dealers resulted in marketing these issues as “pairs”. As such they have been catalogued and collected from day one, irrespective of evidence to the contrary; in fact, the overprint did not actually modify the face value of each stamp. It was simply an expedient method due to the emergency. For generations now, catalogues have been penalizing single stamps with half of the overprint, but the often rare pieces of mail of non-philatelic origin that have been recorded so far show clearly that the overprinted pairs were invariably separated to make up the required postal rates. Scott says that used halves (sic!) are worth 50% of their already ridiculously low-priced pair counterparts. Sassone, who should know better, adopts an even more absurd approach when it states that used “singles” (a more fitting description than halves) with half impression of the overprint are worth 10% of the price given for used pairs. However, Sassone says, such “singles” on cover are worth the same as pairs. Ironically enough, Sassone does not give prices for pairs on cover — a clear indication that the right hand does not know what the left hand is doing. Unsevered pairs are usually found on philatelic covers which can be easily recognized since they are invariably “over-paid” and do not reflect an actual postal rate of any kind. In this respect Astolfi’s book is a very valuable tool for spotting philatelic covers since he devotes detailed chapters to the various postal rates used in the occupied territories.   What has just been said reminds us of what Walter G. Weisbecker wrote in 1958 in an article on WWII Occupation Overprints published by “Stamps” magazine (4 January): “The failure of the Scott catalogue to provide detailed listings of these occupation series (in particular, the recognized varieties and reasonable price quotations) is, in the final analysis, really a matter of no great importance except to the collector who relies upon it. Every leading European catalogue...carries the great majority of them as readily marketable items. Scott, I fear, is still struggling off to a very late start. Thus, assuming that you recognize that Scott is certainly no collector’s ‘bible’ in this field, the way lies open for you to probe a highly specialized, little known area that may well be as profitable as it is fascinating.” This is certainly a mouthful, especially knowing that it was said almost 40 years ago and that Scott has made little progress since then. What are the “shakers and movers” of the American philatelic world doing? Sleeping, we assume. By mid-1943 Hitler was already highly suspicious that the Italians were going to betray him. After Mussolini’s ousting (25 July) Italy signed an armistice with the Allies (8 September), followed by a declaration of war on Germany (13 October). German take-over of just about all territories and islands occupied by Italy was marked by a series of atrocities. Those perpetrated in Yugoslavia and Greece have been widely publicised, but little has been said about the 5,000 Italians on Cephalonia put to death by the Germans after the surrender. The remaining 4,000 were embarked for Greece but their ships hit mines and sank. The few who jumped into the sea were machine-gunned by the Germans. Similar atrocities were committed in Corfu and Rhodes involving thousands. But Astolfi’s book does not deal with the German take-over and his postal history of civilian mails ends exactly on that fateful 8 September 1943. Astolfi hopes to tackle the postal history of civilian mails in former Italian territories taken over by Germany in a separate volume to be published at a later date. We wish him every success in this new venture. What Astolfi has provided for us in these 640 pages will keep us busy long enough for him to accomplish his new project. Astolfi is not one of Italy’s most prolific writers, but when he decides to put pen to paper he does so in the most authoritative fashion. This is all too evident in the volume under review which, interestingly enough, belongs to a new series appropriately named “Le Pietre Miliari” (The Milestones). What we have here is a monumental monograph filled with previously unpublished research. One only needs to look at the existing bibliography to realise how little had been written previously on the postal history of civilian mails from Italian Occupations of World War II. Each section has substantial chapters outlining the historical events, the administrative status, stamps and postal stationery, postal rates, post offices, postal service, postmarks, stampers, registration labels, and censorship. Additionally, for those who want to put a cash value on everything, Astolfi’s book also provides evaluations based on a point system. Stamp issues of the occupied territories are not the main objective of this publication; however, the clarity imparted by Astolfi to his listings and the added information gathered by him make this section alone worth buying this book. His approach is realistic and unbiased and, therefore, at times conflicting with time-honoured but not time-tested sources such as stamp catalogues. He sticks to the facts and as a postal historian his penchant for detail is never fastidiously boring. The reader’s reaction is quite often - “Oh, I didn’t know that”. Astolfi also gives clear exhaustive explanations on various “too good to be true” bogus overprints; these include the 1940 “SOLLUM” overprints on stamps of Libya; the 1942 Siwa overprints (“OCCUPAZIONE ITALIANA” on two lines) on Egyptian definitives to celebrate the Axis counter-offensive in Libya; and the hilarious 1942 “TOBRUCH” overprints on the Rome-Berlin Axis stamps. Justifiably maligned, these stamps were also the target of another invention of forgers when a two line overprint “C.S.I.R. / VINCEREMO” (Italian Expeditionary Force in Russia / We will Win) was added to them by some practical joker. The bogus overprints of Santa Maura, Cerigo, and Paxo on Greek stamps; and the Lassithi (Crete) overprints on stamps of Rhodes are also discussed. The book requires a good knowledge of the Italian language, but don’t let this influence you because the many illustrations and the abundance of maps, charts, synoptic tables and Astolfi’s use of plain language will make your task rather easy. The information is carefully researched and well documented, and all the pertinent facts are discussed in a lucid style. If criticism, for the sake of criticism, must be made, then it may be said that an index would have been an added asset; but, quite honestly, the subject matter is arranged and organized in such a way that the lack of an index is only to the regret of the printer who would have benefitted from printing the few extra pages. From a practical point of view, most postal history material of these territories is far from common; additionally this collecting area is marred by dressed-up (philatelic) covers and outright forgeries. Putting all of these in the right contest and finding out their relevance and worth from a collecting point of view can be rewarding and can easily justify the purchase of this book. For the specialist, this is a veritable goldmine; you will go back to it time and again and you either purchase two copies (one for your bookshelf and one for research purposes and annotations) or you make sure you go to a bookbinder to give it a solid hardback. All the illustrations are crisp and clear, including maps and postmarks; the book is lavisly produced and is complimented by a dust jacket. From a commercial point of view, Fiorenzo Zanetti, the publisher, has been very generous because this is clearly “five books in one”. He could have easily serialized this “opus magnus” in five tomes, but then Fiorenzo comes from a family of collectors/dealers that has earned the highest accolades in Italian philately. This is his way to contribute to the hobby and we are very grateful. This book is a must for all philatelic libraries and for anyone interested in this rather difficult collecting area. — Giorgio Migliavacca (COPYRIGHT) ******   VERY HEAVY BOOK TO SHIP
Price: $145.00     Sale Price! $99.00
Item Id #012673    See Details...
ITALY SOCIAL REPUBLIC RSI POSTE DA CAMPO FELDPOST
Country: ITALY
Condition: ITALY SOCIAL REPUBLIC RSI POSTE DA CAMPO FELDPOST
Description: RARE BOOK **** WE ARE OFFERING A USED BOOK OF REPUBBLICA SOCIALE ITALIANA: POSTE DA CAMPO & FELDPOST— ******* Very minor shelf life and use signs, mostly VERY FINE TO ALMOST NEW, no pen or pencil marks, no dog ears etc ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ The only standard reference book on the FPOs of Mussolini's Army after he managed to escape to Northern Italy By BUZZETTI & VIRONDA FOREIGN UNITS IN ITALY UNDER GERMANY RUSSIANS CZECHS & SLOVAKS FELDPOSTS USED BY GERMAN UNITS IN ITALY -- KENN No and APM number MATCHING OF FPO NUMBERS AND UNITS OZAK ALPENVORLAND & ADRIATISCHES KUSTENLAND and their Post Offices AEGEAN ISLANDS: FELDPOST & INSELNPOST with all FPO numbers SOCIAL REPUBLIC REPUBBLICA SOCIALE ITALIANA (RSI) POSTA DA CAMPO FELDPOST NUMBERS USED BY THE RSI ARMY FELPOST 80000 SERIES NUMBERS ALLOCATED TO RSI ARMY RSI's NAVY RSI's AIR FORCE SMALL USEFUL DICTIONARY (ITALIAN- GERMAN) OF POSTAL HISTORY TERMS RELATING FELDPOSTS IN ITALY THIS IS A MUST HAVE RARE bibliophile publication OUT OF PRINT FOR SEVERAL YEARS. MISS IT & REGRET IT FOR A LONG TIME 412 pages - in Italian but easy to use - illustrations throughout - WITH EVALUATIONS - highly recommended - WE SHIP WORLDWIDE
Price: $120.00
Item Id #012675    See Details...
LEVANT SALONIKA & LONG ISLAND WAR STAMPS GREECE
Country: GREECE
Condition: LEVANT SALONIKA & LONG ISLAND WAR STAMPS GREECE
Description: FRED J MELVILLE ** WAR STAMPS OF SALONIKA & LONG ISLAND ** 2011 Reprint of the 1916 first and only edition 44 Pages, in English, with Illustrations Melville traces the history and explores in great detail the fascinating issues of Salonika (Levant overprints) and Long Island typewritten stamps during the Spring of 1916 A good and comprehensive work on these popular stamps EXPECT: Good production with printing quality based on an original that was produced 95 years ago DO NOT EXPECT 2011 photography, or state-of-the-art typographical and lay-out quality in a reprint of a 1916 book - the publisher, however, has improved on the size which is 30% larger than the original LIMITED EDITION *** NOT TO BE MISSED!!! ESSENTIAL BIBLIOGRAPHIC REFERENCE FOR THE SERIOUS COLLECTOR
Price: $28.00
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GEORGIA (Russia) STAMPS & EARLY POSTMARKS & REVENUES
Country: GEORGIA
Condition: GEORGIA (Russia) STAMPS & EARLY POSTMARKS & REVENUES
Description: by Barefoot & Hall. Covers the Russian period, 1917-18 provisionals, National Republic and Soviet stamps with detailed listing, Batum, Transcaucasia, list of Post Offices, and Revenues. This is a limited reprint of the European Philately book that has been out of print for a number of years. Text in English, 66 pages, published 1983.
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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AEGEAN ISLANDS POSTAL HISTORY VOL. 1
Country: ITALY
Condition: AEGEAN ISLANDS POSTAL HISTORY VOL. 1
Description: POSTAL HISTORY OF THE DODECANESE AEGEAN ISLANDS ** VOLUME I: THE CIVILIANS MAILS ** STORIA POSTALE DEL DODECANESO VOLUME I — LA POSTA CIVILE ** By Carloni—Cercena’ (2006) ** 270 pages, (20 x 30 cm), supplemented by a separate volume of 56 pages Catalogue giving illustrations and evaluations of all known postmarks, instructional and accessory marks of the post offices opened by various countries in the Aegean Isles. ALL IN COLOUR, lavish large format production, hard bound, already out of print. Absolutely first class book that will remain standard reference for decades to come. In ITALIAN with abridged but extensive sections translated into ENGLISH for each of the various chapters. The main volume deals with: HISTORICAL BACKGROUND THE FORERUNNERS THE AUSTRIAN POST OFFICES THE FRENCH POST OFFICES THE RUSSIAN POST OFFICE THE OTTOMAN POST THE EGYPTIAN POST THE GREEK POST THE BRITISH POST THE ITALIAN CIVIL POST RHODES THE ITALIAN POST OFFICES THE ITALIAN POST OFFICES OF THE SMALLER ISLANDS ITALIAN MARITIME MAIL ITALIAN AIR MAIL & FIRST FLIGHTS ***** HUGE & HEAVY BOOK ***** CHECK OUT OUR LISTINGS FOR VOLUME 2
Price: $88.00
Item Id #000513    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...
FIUME PROVINCE POSTMARKS 1924 -1943 INCL. PRECURSORS
Country: FIUME
Condition: FIUME PROVINCE POSTMARKS 1924 -1943 INCL. PRECURSORS
Description: THE POSTMARKS OF THE PROVINCE OF FIUME 1924- 1943 INCLUDING PRECURSORS BY JOHN F GILBERT In English, 134 (A4) Pages, Illustrated Throughout, spiral bound HISTORICAL OVERVIEW: MAPS & GENERAL INFORMATION POSTMARKS OF THE PROVINCE OF FIUME: A STUDY BY PROF. FRANCESCO GERINI BASIC DESIGN TYPES OF MARKINGS POSTMARKS: A TO V INDEX OF TOWN NAMES FIUMANO KUPA ZONE FIUME LITORALE VEGLIA AND ARBE SLOVENIA & CROATIA: A POSTSCRIPT This Volume completes the Study of This fascinating Area: see my store for the 1st Volume HANDLING & POSTAGE: TO USA: FREE SHIPPING TO OTHER DESTINATIONS: $12.00 When possible we will combine multiple purchases into one shipment to save you money on postage
Price: $56.00
Item Id #001851    See Details...
LAKE MAGGIORE: HISTORY, POSTS & STEAMERS 1800s 1900s
Country: ITALY
Condition: LAKE MAGGIORE: HISTORY, POSTS & STEAMERS 1800s 1900s
Description: LAKE MAGGIORE ITS HISTORY, POSTS & STEAMERS 1800S & 1900S BY ALAN BECKER In English, 76 (A4) Pages, Illustrated Throughout (including colour), spiral bound Undoubtedly the best book on this fascinating area of Italian Lake Mail Well researched and truly useful ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ WE SHIP WORLDWIDE HANDLING & POSTAGE: TO USA: FREE SHIPPING TO OTHER DESTINATIONS: $9.00
Price: $63.00
Item Id #001852    See Details...
AUSTRIA LOMBARDO VENETO 1st Issue DE FRANK NEW NEW
Country: ITALY
Condition: AUSTRIA LOMBARDO VENETO 1st Issue DE FRANK NEW NEW
Description: AUSTRIA First Issue LOMBARDO VENETO ITALY: DE FRANK, 1933 RARE NEW MILLENNIUM REPRINT Originally published in Paris in 1933, in English, this book provides the specialist and the beginner with very useful information. De Frank is a easy to use compendium of the works by Kropf, Ladurner, Emilio Diena, and Muller with a considerable number of new facts added by the Author. The work is complemented by a 3-page tabulation of the varieties and types. If you collect Austria and Lombardy-Venetia’s first issue (1850-1858) this book is an absolut must have. The various chapters deal with: Essays & Unissued Stamps, the first plates of the 45c and 9 k, Type 2 of the 9 k and 45c., origins of the Type 2 15c., the so-called Type 2 3 k., the assemblage of the cliches and making of plates, Saint Andrew’s Crosses, the paper, types and sub types. Part II deals with each value in centes and kreutzer individually, each denomination being given 3 to 4 pages each. NEW MILLENNIUM LIMITED EDITION published by Giorgio Migliavacca — over 130 illustrations in black & white 84 pages 8 inches x 11 inches - Only 100 copies printed, mostly sold to subscribers The lay-out of the original work has been improved where possible and this reprint is printed on high quality, off white paper.
Price: $53.00
Item Id #001866    See Details...
NAPLES NAPOLI The Stamps of Naples by Diena - RARE
Country: ITALY
Condition: NAPLES NAPOLI The Stamps of Naples by Diena - RARE
Description: A Special Item FROM THE ANTIQUARIAN & MODERNARIAN OF POSTAL HISTORY & PHILATELY DIENA—I FRANCOBOLLI DEL REGNO DI NAPOLI DIENA—THE STAMPS OF THE THE KINGDOM OF NAPLES By Emilio Diena, 294 pages , 7.5 ” x 10.5” - in Italian, replete with illustrations, plates and charts— 1992 reprint of the 1932 edition - STANDARD REFERENCE WORK indispensable to the serious collector of the Stamps and Cancellations of NAPLES, including the transitional 1860 Half Tornese issues (Crocetta & Trinacria). Chapters include: the 1849 Essays; rates before and after the reform; phase leading to the issue in 1858; Plates and Plating of the various denominations; typography essays; the 1860 Provisional Issues; use of bisect stamps; phasing-in of the 1861 definitive issue with Neapolitan currency; reprints of the 1858 series; Cancellations; Railway Travelling Post Offices; Field Post during the annexation period; forgeries; bibliography. A DIFFICULT TO FIND BOOK Insuperata dopo 75 anni dalla sua prima edizione questa ristampa della monografia di Emilio Diena e’ indispensabile al collezionista serio e al cultore dei classici del Regno di Napoli. Diena seppe dare una risposta esauriente a tutti gli interrogativi. Oltre 294 pagine, comprese tavole e capitoli sul plattaggio di tutti i valori, il collezionista trovera’ capitoli dedicati ai saggi, prove, ristampe, falsi, annullamenti, annulli posta militare e ferroviari. UN VOLUME DIFFICILE DA TROVARE.
Price: $65.00
Item Id #002512    See Details...
ITALY STATES AND EARLY KINGDOM OF ITALY CATALOGUE
Country: ITALY
Condition: ITALY STATES AND EARLY KINGDOM OF ITALY CATALOGUE
Description: ITALY STATES AND EARLY KINGDOM OF ITALY CATALOGUE 2011-2012 INCL. POSTAL HISTORY *** POSTAGE STAMPS AND POSTAL HISTORY OF THE ITALIAN STATES & EARLY ITALY 1861-1900 *** The best selling Catalogue with accurate/realistic market valuations. HIGHLY SPECIALIZED AND VASTLY IMPROVED AND GREATLY EXPANDED Each State has a postal history synopsis, list of post offices, information about reprints, proofs, and a new and thoroughly researched sub-chapter on postal rates. These are followed by the listings of issued stamps, their varieties, multiples, contemporary forgeries. A chapter is devoted to the stamps, postmarks and postal history of Military Occupations and Provisional Government issues. IT IS SIMPLY AMAZING TO SEE HOW MUCH INFORMATION IS TO BE FOUND IN THIS CATALOGUE. MAPS, CHARTS, CURRENCIES & COINS, GREAT BIBLIOGRAPHY, INDEX *** At its 14th edition, the catalogue’s in-depth treatment is more and more comprehensive thanks to the co-operation of prominent experts. Every chapter is devoted to a specific pre-unity state and the final chapter is about the Kingdom of Italy. Market evaluations, with references to auction results and net price sales *** 496 pp. - more than 1200 colour ill. - cm 17x24 – paperback -- Italian text If you have previous editions of this Catalogue you know that the new edition is A MUST HAVE FOR ANY SERIOUS COLLECTOR OF THESE STAMPS.
Price: $79.00
Item Id #002544    See Details...
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
Item Id #002612    See Details...
VATICAN 2009 METER MARKS CATALOGUE 100 pages NEW
Country: VATICAN
Condition: VATICAN 2009 METER MARKS CATALOGUE 100 pages NEW
Description: METER MARKS OF THE VATICAN: 2009 CATALOGUE by Nino Barberis * Angelo Caprinali * Angelo Consolini 100 pages illustrated throughout - in Italian but pictures speak 1000 words This second and newest edition reproduces no less than 152 meter marks (vs 99 listed in the first edition) The various meter marks of the departments, agencies, administrative boards, councils, institutions, printed and electronic media, as well as secretariat, telecom office, information desk, and Urbanian University are, for the first time, listed in alphabetical order EXTREMELY USEFUL TO THE THEMATIC COLLECTOR
Price: $24.00
Item Id #003290    See Details...