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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
Item Id #007209    See Details...
POSTAL HISTORY OF PAVIA Poste Hosti Peste RARE
Country: LOMBARDY VENETIA
Condition: POSTAL HISTORY OF PAVIA Poste Hosti Peste RARE
Description: POSTAL HISTORY OF PAVIA (and Lombardy for that matter) from 100 BC to 1790 AD there is also an important section devoted to plague, epidemics and DISINFECTION OF MAIL In Italian, 168 pages, illustrated throughout * useful index Good reference for the serious scholar Used with some shelf and time wear, otherwise fine and very presentable copy
Price: $79.00
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KINGDOM OF SARDINIA: 2nd & 3rd ISSUES: PROOFS, ESSAYS, REPRINTS by Cardillo
Country: SARDINIA
Condition: KINGDOM OF SARDINIA: 2nd & 3rd ISSUES: PROOFS, ESSAYS, REPRINTS by Cardillo
Description: “Prove, Saggi e Ristampe della II e III emissione del Regno di Sardegna" - [Proofs, Essays and Reprints of the Second and Third Issues of the Kingdom of Sardinia] by Paolo Cardillo, 144 pages (6.5" x 9.5"), colour illustrations throughout, including 16 colour plates, in Italian with English translation, sewn quality soft cover - published [2013] **************** The stamps of the Kingdom of Sardinia had four distinctive issues that epitomize the great creative skills of their engraver and printer — Francesco Matraire. The postal reform, introduced in late 1850, envisaged postage stamps. The Kingdom's ambassador in Paris contacted engravers and printers in the French capital, but due to their high prices and the impending deadline for the introduction of stamps it was decided to give the job to the less expensive Turin-based Matraire. The first issue (1 January 1851), depicting King Victor Emmanuel II facing right, was executed entirely in lithography. The head of the monarch was modeled after the one on the gold 20 Lire coin, commonly known as Marengo, engraved by a man who later, as we shall see, collaborated with Matraire. In late September, early October 1853 the second issue was distributed to post offices. The new three-value set had the same denominations (5c, 20c, and 40c) of the first issue, however, this time they were printed by colorless embossing on colored paper. The design of the embossing includes an ornate frame inscribed vertically FRANCO and BOLLO, at left and right respectively. Horizontally, at the frame top, the tablet shows the face value expressed in figures and POSTE in the middle (ie: C. POSTE 5), while at the bottom the face value is expressed in words, C. CINQUE. The frame is a device leaving an oval inner frame to highlight the embossed head of the monarch. Unfortunately, the embossing and the pallid color of the paper required a lambent light rather than the poor lighting from the post office candles and oil lamps in order to ensure that the right stamp or stamps had been affixed to the letter. In less than six months, by mid-April 1854, a redesigned issue was printed and distributed to the post offices. Good quality, white paper was utilized, the embossing printing remained the same but the colored frame was executed in lithography using somewhat brighter colors. The fourth issue of the Kingdom of Sardinia is very popular with collectors because the endless pressure on Matraire's staff resulted in several printings of virtually all denominations which in turn forced the pressman to use inks that did not quite match the required nuance. As would be expected, for the second, third and fourth issues there are proofs, essays, authorised reprints executed in 1863 by the enterprising Matraire, not to mention later reprints carried out in Florence in 1877 by argonauts. Imitations, so to speak, of some denominations of the fourth issue were printed in Berlin in 1889-90, followed by more blatant forgeries in the ensuing years. To complicate things, between 1900 and 1910, the new owners of Matraire's business sold his archives which included large quantities of printer's waste of the fourth issue as well as unfinished sheets without the embossed head. Such material was like a gargantuan banquet invitation for forgers who created double embossings, inverted heads, double heads, one inverted, you name it, they did it. All of this material, the good, the bad and the ugly, created uncertainty and prejudice and, to this day, Italian experts routinely receive the post Matraire creations from the four corners of the globe for verification. In very few cases genuine Matraire items surface. The footnotes in the standard catalogues give scanty or no details on how to detect the original Matraire proofs, essays and reprints. Now, comes this new book by Professor Paolo Cardillo to fill many gaps. A truly enthusiastic scholar, Cardillo was fortunate enough to acquire important files from the Matraire archive which had been retrieved by Emilio Diena in the early 1900s. It sounds like a fairy tale, but it is true. Apart from important documents and notes, proofs, essays and related items were found in these files. These certainly helped, but the Author of this book went the extra mile and consulted with all the major Italian experts, specialists and dealers. In the process, he accumulated a wealth of information that he decided to share in book form. The focus of this book is on proofs and essays of the second and third issues and related items such as color trials and embossing tests; additionally a chapter is devoted to Matraire's reprints. All of these items are duly catalogued in a scientific manner and carefully evaluated. Plates have been added to show the differences between essays, proofs, and issued stamps; the same is the case for paper color, thickness, and type as well as for the differences between sharp and worn-out impressions of the embossed head and frame. The book is illustrated by no less than 160 high definition, enlarged photographs. Cardillo presents the subject matter in terse language; the succession of chapters is sensible; and finally, the catalogue and plates are a true joy both for the beginner and the specialist. There is a good English translation of the entire book, the binding is excellent as is the layout. If you collect Italian States, this book belongs to your bookshelf. Reviewed by Giorgio Migliavacca - copyright
Price: $75.00
Item Id #009332    See Details...
 ITALY FRANCE OCCUPATION APENNIN DEPT CHIAVARI SARZANA
Country: ITALY
Condition: ITALY FRANCE OCCUPATION APENNIN DEPT CHIAVARI SARZANA
Description: POSTAL HISTORY OF THE DEPARTEMENT DES APENNINS 1805-184 By Raffaele Ciccarelli in Italian, paperback, 2005, 138 pp, many illustrations POSTAL LAWS POSTAL ORGANIZATION POST OFFICES OF THE DEPARTMENT POSTMARKS POSTAL RATES COURIERS ESTAFETTES FOOT COURIERS END OF THE FRENCH OCCUPATION
Price: $33.00
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NEW NEW NEW EDITION: THE POSTAL HISTORY OF LOMBARDY UNDER AUSTRIAN RULE: 1707-1796 -- by Giorgio Migliavacca
Country: ITALY
Condition: LOMBARDY UNDER AUSTRIA 1707-1796
Description: NEW NEW NEW EDITION: THE POSTAL HISTORY OF LOMBARDY UNDER AUSTRIAN RULE: 1707-1796 -- by Giorgio Migliavacca *************** 64 pages - beautifully illustrated throughout LARGE FORMAT 8 inches x 11 inches - in English - fantastic INDEX, Huge Bibliography, MANY MAPS Limited Edition of 100 copies, most copies have been placed to subscribers!!! already **** FROM Dr. McCann's FOREWORD **** This book fills a major gap in the published literature on the postal history of Northern Italy during the 1700s. Drawing on research published in the early 1980s in Italy, Switzerland, England and USA, Giorgio Migliavacca offers here a more comprehensive look at the postal history of Lombardy under Austrian rule. The main body of this research, was published by the Postal History Journal in 1983-1984, and was favourably reviewed in The London Philatelist two years later. It has now been augmented here by the first-ever Chronology of the Posts in Lombardy from 200 BC to 1800 AD, as well as a very informative Timeline of major historical developments affecting Milan and its territory from 1700 to 1800. New illustrations have been added and the reader can now benefit from a more complete picture of a very important but little known chapter of Italian postal history. Since the days of Charles V, Milan had been deemed the key to the Italian peninsula and the richest city in all of Italy, which was itself then the richest country in Europe. During the 172 years of Spanish rule that followed the economy witnessed a steady deterioration, but the strategic and postal pre-eminence of Milan had not lost its lustre. In 1706 Milan entered Vienna’s orbit and, apart from the traumatizing Napoleonic interlude, was to remain in it until 1859. What the author tells is the result of a thorough investigation based on documentation in the Italian and other European Archives, and on a wide range of unusual literary references. Although this book focuses on postal communications it also provides the reader vivid insights into socio-economic and political aspects of the day-to-day life of the people of the Lombardy region during the 1700s. The introduction of postmarks, the postal and administrative reforms, the postal relations and agreements with nearby states are discussed with a wealth of details disclosing much information never published before. A large section is devoted to postal communications in times of epidemics and public health precautions and measures affecting communications in general. Special emphasis is placed on health passports. Previously unpublished and hitherto unavailable data on the subject is divulged here for the first time. The narrative, which is lively but historically verified, is full of stories which should interest even the general reader. For example, a nobleman living on a tiny island in Lake Maggiore wanted the courier to pick up his mail. Having his request refused, Count Federico Borromeo recruited a rogue Captain to threaten the courier. In another incident, Marquis Antonio Maria Melzi interfered with and actually censored the mails for almost twenty years. In fact, he was an undercover spy for Vienna, even reporting on the private correspondence of the Governors of Milan. From the newly added Postal Chronology the reader will learn about many significant postal developments. In compiling this specific section the author has revised, updated, incorporated and expanded research published by himself and leading Italian scholars in recent years, most notably Clemente Fedele, Franco Filanci, Vito Salierno and Bruno Caizzi. The Chronology further benefits from original research carried out by the Author some twenty-five years ago at the State Archive of Milan where he studied documents of the Postal Archive of Lombardy. These, together with similar documentation retrieved from Spanish archives will form the basis of a new book in Italian by Migliavacca. The appendixes focus on postal rates; coins used in Lombardy in the 1700s; and the 1785 postal agreement with the Republic of Venice (transcribed in its entirety, in its first-ever English translation). A very useful index, a list of additional sources, and a select bibliography complete this book. Famous historians such as James West Davidson and Mark Hamilton Lytle wrote that “being courier to the past is not enough; for better or worse, historians inescapably leave an imprint as they go about their business: asking interesting questions about apparently dull facts, seeing connections between subjects that had not seemed related before, shifting and rearranging evidence until it assumes a coherent pattern. The past is not history: only the raw material of it.” *** Peter P. McCann, PhD, FRPSL Vice President, FIP
Price: $49.00
Item Id #009796    See Details...
LA POSTA MILITARE CON L’AFRICA ORIENTALE
Country: ITALIAN EAST AFRICA
Condition: LA POSTA MILITARE CON L’AFRICA ORIENTALE
Description: Typology of the various postmarks * Censor Marks * Accessorial & Instructional markings used by most FPOs * Air Mail delivery and routes * Checklist of the FPOs and Units they served * Use of postage free forces postal stationery and its discontinuation * FPOs opening dates and closing dates * Italian East Africa Civilian Post Offices as of 1 January 1938 * FPOs Basic Check List and Evaluations * Italian East Africa—A Chronology, 1888-1952. THIS IS A MUST HAVE bibliophile publication. 36 pages - 28 centimeters high - many illustrations - highly recommended - limited edition reprint of 75 copies, many already sold to subscribers - ************ PREFAZIONE ALLA RISTAMPA Questo progetto editoriale si propone di offrire al collezionista di poste militari l’occasione per rivisitare una serie di articoli di Virgilio Lunardon sulla campagna nell’Africa Orientale del 1936- 1937 pubblicati dalla gloriosa Rivista Filatelica d’Italia mentre la campagna era in corso. Senza alcun dubbio gli articoli hanno tutti i pregi dell’attualità storico postale dell’epoca e, rileggendoli, ci si rende subito conto che dopo 70 anni le notizie tecniche contenute sono ancora valide e restano un punto di riferimento di grande rilievo. Inoltre, ho ritenuto opportuno pubblicare un elenco di tutti gli annulli noti utilizzando i dati pubblicati nella pregevolissima antologia sulle poste militari in Africa stilata dai membri dell’Associazione Italiana Collezionisti Posta Militare, aggiungendovi le quotazioni aggiornate usando come base le aste AICPM, i listini di vendita di commercianti e vari cataloghi d’asta. Al fine di rendere fruibile il volume anche per i lettori che non parlano l’italiano, è stata inserita la cronologia dell’AOI dal 1888 and 1952 oltre che note, appunti e didascalie in inglese, intercalate nei punti opportuni. Nel riproporre gli scritti di Lunardon spero di aver fatto cosa gradita ai collezionisti e mi auguro che questa pubblicazione possa contribuire ad un maggiore sviluppo del settore. Giorgio Migliavacca ***************** PREFACE TO THE 2007 REPRINT This reprint gives the opportunity to the increasing number of military mail collectors to re-visit a very interesting series of articles on the 1936-7 campaign in East Africa written by Virgilio Lunardon, and published by the renowned Rivista Filatelica d’Italia while the campaign was still in progress. In fact, Lunardon’s articles have all the qualities of eyewitness news reports of postal history in the making. The reader will also realise that although 70 years have elapsed since their publication, these articles hold their ground and remain required reading for both the novice and the specialist. A checklist of all known FPO postmarks has been added; it is largely based on the research presented in the splendid volume on Italian FPOs in Africa published by AICPM (the Italian Society of Military Mail Collectors) about 30 years ago. Additionally, the checklist gives the market value for each postmark based on recent AICPM auctions, public auctions, and dealers price lists. Captions and annotations in English have been inserted where appropriate to disseminate the information on an international scale. Similarly a chronology of Italian East Africa covering the events, both historical and philatelic, between 1888 and 1952, has been added. I sincerely hope that the publication of this reprint will increase the number of collectors of this most interesting chapter of Italian and East African postal history. --- Giorgio Migliavacca
Price: $39.00
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EAST AFRICA ITALY POW INTERNEES 1940-1947 New Edition
Country: KENYA
Condition: EAST AFRICA ITALY POW INTERNEES 1940-1947 BY WEISBECKER ** NEW EDITION
Description: EAST AFRICA ITALY POW INTERNEES 1940-1947 BY WEISBECKER ** NEW EDITION WALTER G. WEISBECKER *** CAMP MAIL OF ITALIAN PRISONERS OF WAR AND CIVILIAN INTERNEES IN EAST AFRICA 1940-1947 *** NEW LIMITED EDITION over 130 illustrations in black & white, spiral bound. 166 pages 8 x 11 - Filled with very useful information complemented by a good 6-page INDEX. Plus a NEW 26-page ADDENDA & UPDATE to the 1981 edition of which only 100 copies had been printed. This research covers POW, Internee and Evacuee Camps in ETHIOPIA, SOMALIA, KENYA, SUDAN, TANGANYIKA, ERITREA, UGANDA, RHODESIA, BRITISH SOMALILAND. 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. THIS IS A MUST HAVE bibliophile publication. ****** FROM THE Foreword to the New Millennium Edition A native of Seattle, Walter G. Weisbecker was a highly respected senior official of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) in Rome. He made Italy his home after meeting his future wife Antonietta. Walter was also a recognised authority on the Italian presence in East Africa, particularly Ethiopia, Eritrea and Somalia, with many of his articles being published by leading stamp and postal history magazines in Europe and in the United States. He contacted me in 1980, shortly after the publication of my book on the Italian Prisoners of War in Africa during World War II. Walter told me frankly that he could write a much more exhaustive work on the subject and I did not miss the opportunity to tell him that if ever he needed a publisher I was more than willing to be both his publisher and editor. From this initial conversation that could so easily have generated negative vibes, in fact a very constructive friendship was born. The book that you are holding in your hands was published in less than six months, in mid-1981, and before that year ended Walter had been showered with silver medals at international exhibitions such as Tokyo 81 and WIPA 81. These accolades were buttressed by a series of very favourable reviews and Walter told me that he felt a great sense of achievement. He won silver medals the following year at the First World Philatelic Literature Exhibition in Milan and in Chicago. Walter exhibited his collection at a stamp exhibition in my hometown, Pavia, and won a gold medal. Stuart Rossiter described his collection as one of the top three and probably the best of the three . The best compliment Walter paid to me was his seeking my input on quite a few articles he was writing for Italian and English magazines. His book starts by reproducing some of the relevant articles from the 1929 International (Geneva) Convention on the Treatment of P.O.W.s, followed by a an informative account of the background of the campaign. Chapter I starts with the first East African civilian internment camps in Southern Rhodesia, Kenya and elsewhere in September 1939. It continues with the Italian declaration of War on 10 June 1940 and the enlargement of the camps to take Italians as well as Germans. The Italian invasion of Sudan, British Somaliland and Kenya prompted the British to retaliate early in 1941 and by October camps were needed for 65,000 Italian P.O.W.s. Eventually there were some 200,000 P.O.W.s to accommodate and camps were sited in Sudan, British Somaliland, Italian East Africa, Uganda, Kenya, Tanganyika, Nyasaland, Northern and Southern Rhodesia. The early civilian internment camps at Salisbury and Hartley are dealt with in Chapter II and are followed by the P.O.W./civilian internment camps 1941-1942, the definitive camps, the evacuee and refugee camps from 1942. Postal stationery, much of it captured from the Italians and overprinted and adapted by the British, fills Chapter VI, and is followed by the handstamps, censor markings and labels divided under the East African and the Middle East Commands. There are over ninety covers illustrated and they help to bring this book to life. On the whole, Weisbecker makes this complex subject appear uncomplicated, largely through his skill in organising and presenting the fruits of his research. A six-page index is primarily keyed to camp names and locations. In reviewing Weisbecker s book for The London Philatelist, Stuart Rossiter wrote that it is perhaps ironic that the first comprehensive book in English on this subject should be from an American pen and that it should be published by the author of a briefer work on the same subject as recently as last year. However it is a good combination. Robson Lowe wrote a very positive review for The Philatelist and described the book as a model of the humanity of postal history . Robbie noted that he rarely picked up a volume which contained more interesting information in the text of a time when he was alive. After moving to the other side of the Atlantic, in 1983, I looked forward to continuing my correspondence with Walter, but then, most unexpectedly Antonietta wrote to me with the most sad news of Walter s death. I felt I had lost a true friend. The 1981 edition of Weisbecker s work was out of print in a matter of months, and in later years many collectors contacted me with the hope of obtaining copies. However, only now the opportunity has presented itself to produce a new limited edition. In most instances the illustrations have been improved upon, and borrowing from my personal collection some new and significant illustrations and updates have been added. This 26-page addenda gives more than a glimpse at what a learning experience collecting postal history is. The publication of this new edition is a tribute to a major postal historian whose work is still very much valid and cannot be ignored by the new generation of scholars. I have continued to collect Prisoners Of War postal history material and I have managed to add considerably to my research files. Therefore, I would like to invite collectors to contact me with any supplementary information that can shed new light. In fact, I am planning to publish a new edition in Italian and English of my book that was mentioned earlier. GIORGIO MIGLIAVACCA
Price: $85.00
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IONIAN ISLANDS Greece Italy by Bernardelli 1790-1920s
Condition: IONIAN ISLANDS Greece Italy by Bernardelli 1790-1920s
Description: IONIAN ISLANDS—LE ISOLE JONIE by Bernardelli, in Italian, 12 pages with many illustrations, modern reprint of the 1943 article serialised in Rivista Filatelica d’Italia— still very useful, giving information about postmarks from late 1700s to the 1920s- Seminal work very useful, and required reading for the specialist THIS IS A MUST HAVE COMPENDIUM WE SHIP WORLDWIDE
Price: $9.50
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POSTAL HISTORY OF THE DODECANESE (AEGEAN) ISLANDS
Country: AEGEAN ISLANDS
Condition: POSTAL HISTORY OF THE DODECANESE (AEGEAN) ISLANDS
Description: REPRINT OF THE 1965 ARTICLE BY MOSES C. CONSTANTINIS, 20 pages, with illustrations, good information for starters, covering the years from 1912 to 1947
Price: $14.00
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BRITAIN OCC ITALY COLONIES Study P. 3 incl Forgeries
Country: BOFIC
Condition: BRITAIN OCC ITALY COLONIES Study P. 3 incl Forgeries
Description: BRITISH OCCUPATION OF FORMER ITALIAN COLONIES by GBOS: POSTAGE STAMP ISSUES (study paper 3) spiral bound, in English, 38 pages with useful blow-ups of overprints including forgeries volume indispensabile per lo specialista
Price: $33.00
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BRITAIN OCCUPATION RHODES LIBYA SOMALIA ERITREA Supplement TO PART 1 & 2
Country: BOFIC
Condition: BRITAIN OCCUPATION RHODES LIBYA SOMALIA ERITREA Supplement TO PART 1 & 2
Description: British Occupation of Former Italian Colonies - SUPPLEMENT to study paper 1 & 2 - in English - deals with CANCELLATIONS & POSTMARKS including AIR MAIL and FPOs plus Registration, Postal Stationerey etc - long out of print and difficult to find GOOD QUALITY PHOTOCOPIED REPRINT BY PUBLISHER volume indispensabile per lo specialista
Price: $36.00
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SOMALIA STAMPS & THEIR STORY by Migliavacca
Country: SOMALIA
Condition: SOMALIA STAMPS & THEIR STORY by Migliavacca
Description: THE STAMPS OF SOMALIA AND THEIR STORY - by Giorgio Migliavacca; 112 pages illustrated throughout, 1860s-1990s chronology, Lion & Elephant definitives, postage due, air mail, parcel post. Grand Award winning handbook in English, very useful, limited stock, perfect bound GRAND AWARD WITH FELICITATIONS & VERMEIL: COLOPEX 97 VERMEIL: STAMPSHOW 97 VERMEIL: CHICAGOPEX 97 VERMEIL: OKPEX 98 VERMEIL: CNPLE CANADA
Price: $44.00
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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
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FIUME STAMPS & POSTAL HISTORY BY DEHN in English
Country: FIUME
Condition: FIUME STAMPS & POSTAL HISTORY BY DEHN in English
Description: The Stamps and Postal History of Fiume 1600-1924, by Roy A. Dehn, Published 1998 by the Author. Perfect bound 6 1/2 x 9 1/2 card cover, 120 pages, 141 black and white illustrations - ISBN 0 9532797 0 7. When looking at the vast amount of literature on the stamps and postal history of the Italian area published in the English language, most philatelists will realize that this is not only a fascinating area but also one where scholarly research can be accessed quite easily. Sometimes, as is the case with the book under review, the information is first published in English; and this does not happen with English-speaking authors only but with Italian scholars too. Emilio Diena, to cite a major example, published his opus magnus on the stamps of Sicily in English, and there are many similar cases where Italian readers have to wait in line for quite a few years before the information becomes available in their own language. Up until the publication of this book there virtually was no monograph on the stamps and postal history of Fiume. The Fiume section of the Catalogo Storico e Descrittivo dei francobolli d’Italia published in 1923 was not reliable (see Rivista Filatelica d’Italia, July 1924, p. 204-5). To complicate things the bad publicity about the endless number of forged overprints and forged stamps, compounded by the apparent difficulties in deciphering the six hand overprints was a big deterrent. The few articles written on the subject were in Italian and occasionally in German; but things improved during the 1970s and 1980s when Dehn began to publish a series of articles in Italian and British magazines. Nevertheless it was not enough and the need for a monograph was all too evident. We are glad that the project has finally come to fruition. Now, of course, Italian publishers want to publish an Italian edition of Dehn’s book to satisfy a sizable demand on the domestic market. At the end of World War One the Croatian port of Fiume (now called Rijeka) on the East side of the Northern Adriatic Sea became the subject of controversy between the new nation of Yugoslavia and Italy. Fiume dates back to Roman times when it was called “Tarsatica” or “Terra Fluminis Sancti Viti” (the river-land of St Vitus); Fiume, in fact means river. In 1465 the Waldsee dynasty came to an end and the Habsburgs inherited Fiume from them. This was a valuable acquisition since it gave Austria a much needed outlet on the sea. It later became Hungary’s only major port when it was annexed to that country in 1776 by a decree of Empress Maria Theresa. In 1809 Fiume was incorporated into the Napoleonic province of Illyria, but in 1814 it was returned to Austria, and eight years later re-assigned to Hungary. In 1848, despite the city’s adverse feelings to ‘Croatisation’, it became part of the Croatian Crownland. In 1870 the postal network was controlled by Hungary. Stamps of Austria were used at Fiume until 1871 when Hungarian stamps were introduced. The secret Treaty of London (26 April 1915) assigned Fiume to Croatia, while Italy was to annex Dalmatia. But when the “October Revolution” forced Russia to withdraw, Italy found herself bearing the burden; thus, expectations of greater rewards were fuelled by public opinion, and while Dalmatia had only marginal connections with Italy, Fiume had a strong ethnic presence of Italians. The suburb of Susak had 11,000 Croats and 1,500 Italians, but the rest of Fiume was said to have 22,488 Italians and 13,351 Croats. On 28 October 1918 the Italian flag was raised on the Civic Tower of Fiume (A4 type: Scott 30-32) heralding the strong wind of change. Two days later a plebiscite called for annexation to Italy, and an inter-Allied force (British, French and American) had to intervene to prevent a clash. From a strictly postal viewpoint, the “de facto” Italian annexation resulted in overprinting stocks of Hungarian stamps with the name “FIUME” in capital letters. This operation was carried out by letterpress for the post office stocks and by hand for privately held part sheets or single stamps. The provisional (overprinted) issue of Fiume (Scott 1-23; SG 1-28) is familiar to specialists for its complexities. Many of these stamps are known to have two distinct types of letterpress overprints and as many as six distinct types of hand overprints (Scott 7, SG 5 exists with hand overprints but the rare letterpress type is known only with the overprint inverted, while regular - upright - letterpress overprints of this stamp are forgeries). Forgeries abound, but Fiume overprints, as Dehn explains in his monograph, are not exceedingly difficult to assess once some genuine reference copies of each overprint are acquired. Eventually Rome twisted the arm of the Allies and on 22 February 1923 (Scott 184-195) Fiume was annexed to Italy. The process had been far from painless as it involved the highly embarrassing intervention of Gabriele d’Annunzio - a charismatic hero and poet with a penchant for flamboyance - and his “Arditi” paramilitary force. After the Rapallo Treaty was signed (11 November 1920) it became necessary to get rid of the belligerent poet-hero and his Legionari and on Christmas Eve the battleship “Andrea Doria” shelled d’Annunzio headquarters and his men capitulated. Between December 1918 and March 1924 (“Annessione” set: Scott 196-207, SG 225-238) Fiume had issued no less than 280 stamps. This figure (which is taken from Sassone - the standard Italian catalogue) excludes the offshore islands of Arbe and Veglia (now known as Rab and Krk respectively). With only one exception (Scott B4-B15, SG 71-82) all the series issued by Fiume between 1918 and 1923 have been forged. The proliferation of these forgeries was fuelled in the post World War One years when demand for “war stamps” was at its peak. The 1918-1924 issues of Fiume have witnessed a great revival in popularity during the last fifteen-to-twenty years. The specialist’s appetite is greater than ever and the advanced collector is always on the lookout for something impressive to add to the collection. The “unique” 1920 d’Annunzio “Pro Fondazione” 15c. stamp was until recent times Fiume’s most elusive acquisition. Recent research has proved that the stamp is not “unique” and that some books, a philatelic encyclopedia, some Italian catalogues, and a few over-zealous auctioneers had been deceived by d’Annunzio’s lie. The stamp depicting the poet wearing a Lancers beret to disguise his bald head was welcomed by d’Annunzio but was not readily available to the general public. Until recently only one cover with this semi-stamp was known; it was autographed by d’Annunzio himself to give it the needed “pedigree” and attest its “uniqueness”. In due course the cover was auctioned for 50,000 Lire (or today’s equivalent of $25,000). In recent times two postcards with the same unique d’Annunzio stamp have surfaced on the market; needless to say, the perspective buyers got suspicious that many more may come out of the drawer and one such item offered at auction with an estimate of $3,000 found no buyers. To clear d’Annunzio’s reputation from allegations of getting rich at the expense of stamp collectors, suffice it to say that the proceeds from the sale of the “unique” stamp were donated to a Fiume welfare institution. After a few weeks of life the 1920 Legionari issue (Scott type A12; SG type M17) was overprinted and all the Lira denominations were handstamped on the gummed side with the emblem of the Arditi - a snake swallowing its own tail symbolizing eternity and Rome the eternal city. Needless to say, this overprint has been forged causing great concern among collectors. Unfortunately the Arditi handstamp, or backprint, is not illustrated in major catalogues, except for Catalogo Enciclopedico Italiano and Michel. But such illustrations are of little help to the collector who wants to detect forged backprints. This critical information is now available in Dehn’s book. With the advent of the Fascist party to power, the 1920 Rapallo Treaty, which envisaged a free state of Fiume-Rijeka with an Italo-Fiuman-Yugoslav consortium for the port, was ignored despite the fact that such a solution had been approved by the Fiuman electorate on 24 April 1921. Benito Mussolini’s pressures resulted in a new Italo-Yugoslav treaty (Rome, 27 January, 1924) recognizing Fiume itself as Italian while Susak was given to Yugoslavia. The Author has divided the subject matter in nineteen concise chapters packed with information. The beginner will find this book exceedingly useful because Dehn does not leave any stone un-turned and takes time out to explain details that other scholars may have omitted as “common knowledge”. The specialist - and even the advanced collector - will find new information and Dehn’s methodical approach will stimulate him/her to delve further. This well written book is replete with very useful and clear illustrations of stamps, overprints, postmarks, forged stamps and forged overprints; it also benefits from a truly exhaustive bibliography. The binding is solid, and the production is excellent. There is no doubt that this is a very useful monograph that will stand the test of time. It is highly recommended to the collector of the Italian area and the philatelist who wants to venture into something new and challengingly exciting. GIORGIO MIGLIAVACCA **** WE SHIP WORLDWIDE When possible we will combine multiple purchases into one shipment to save you money on postage
Price: $85.00
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ITALY NAVY MARKS WW2 MARINA MILITARE Balestra Cecchi
Condition: ITALY NAVY MARKS WW2 MARINA MILITARE Balestra Cecchi
Description: ITALIAN MILITARY NAVY MARKS WW2 by Cecchi & Balestra, in Italian, 220pp, 100s of illustr, standard reference work. In Italian, but very easy to follow, every pmk evaluated. 1974 1st and only edition - ALMOST LIKE NEW QUESTO pregevole e RARO Volume e' indispensabile ai collezionisti del settore -- copia in buono stato quasi come nuova
Price: $59.00     Sale Price! $55.00
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CENSORED MAIL ITALY WORLD WAR 2 * POSTAL MANUAL - new
Country: ITALY
Condition: CENSORED MAIL ITALY WORLD WAR 2 * POSTAL MANUAL - new
Description: CIVIL CENSORSHIP ITALY : POSTAL MANUAL In English, 88 pages, 8" x 11", Spiral bound Postal Historian Russ Carter found this Postal Manual during his extensive research in the archives. This most important document gives a detailed picture of the Allied censorship organization in Italy during the last two years of World War 2. This precious manual gives instructions on how to handle special classes of mail; how to report to central authority, and administer the personnel; the ROUTING OF MAIL; "FRINGE" CENSORSHIP; types of mail authorized; PROVINCIAL CENSORSHIP PROCEDURE; ALLIED AUTHORIZED PERIODICALS & PUBLICATIONS; CENSORSHIP FORMS. The publication benefits from a "Report on Italian Censorship" dated October 1941. This appendix is extremely important for a number of good reasons: it links names of Italian towns with their corresponding censor numbers and it provides information that will generate further debate as to whether or not Germany performed censorship in Italy. THIS BOOK IS INDISPENSABLE TO THE COLLECTOR OF CENSORED MAIL DURING WORLD WAR 2 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Questa pubblicazione riproduce due importantissimi documenti sulla censura della posta dei civili durante la Seconda Guerra Mondiale. Ancorche' in Inglese il volume e' di facile traduzione e getta luce su dettagli importanti e finora sconosciuti anche agli studiosi piu' agguerriti. Vi e' perfino un elenco dei periodici approvati dalla censura alleata con il numero di copie stampate. Si riproducono alcuni bolli e moduli interni e si danno notizie importanti sulle rotte postali e sulla procedure da usarsi per i vari tipi di corrispondenze sia per l'interno che per l'estero. Assolutamente indispensabile al collezionista serio e allo studioso WE SHIP WORLDWIDE
Price: $40.00     Sale Price! $35.00
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ITALIA ENGLISH PHILATELIC  DICTIONARY * DIZIONARIO FILATELICO ITALIANO INGLESE ITALIANO
Country: ITALY
Condition: PHILATELIC DICTIONARY ITALIAN ENGLISH
Description: DICTIONARY OF ENGLISH AND ITALIAN PHILATELIC TERMS DIZIONARIO ITALIANO E INGLESE DI TERMINI FILATELICI by Roy Dehn, SECOND EDITION 2004, 92 pages The best and most useful Italian-English-Italian philatelic and postal history dictionary. It includes appendices dealing with special terms; general categories; abbreviations used in philately; terms and abbreviations in Italian postmarks; place names; colors and their different meaning in the two languages (very tricky area for the inexperienced); typographical terms; and much more. INDISPENSABLE *************** Di Roy Dehn, NUOVA EDIZIONE 2004, 92 pagine Per tutti coloro che consultano cataloghi e letteratura filatelica in lingua, operatori del settore o collezionisti, esiste ora un utile dizionario specifico per i termini filatelici di italiano e inglese. Una parte è dedicata anche alla spiegazione di quei termini, definiti «speciali», che non hanno una traduzione equivalente nell'altra lingua. Ci sono anche le traduzioni dei colori, delle sigle e delle abbreviazioni usate più di frequente. INDISPENSABILE
Price: $49.00
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 ITALY ARGENTINA URUGUAY SEA MAIL - large book HB
Country: ITALY
Condition: ITALY ARGENTINA URUGUAY SEA MAIL - large book HB
Description: SEA MAIL BETWEEN ITALY, ARGENTINA & URUGUAY I Servizi Marittimi Italiani tra Genova e i porti dell’America Meridionale By UMBERTO DEL BIANCO 190 pages, hard bound, in Italian (8” x 11.5”). Well illustrated with covers and markings Italian Maritime services between Genoa and the Ports of South America during the second half of the 1800s. Written by the “authority” on the subject. the Italian Agencies in Montevideo and Buenos Aires; the Estero postage stamps, the postmarks; evaluations and market trends. Table of contents and Bibliography. LIMITED EDITION
Price: $99.00     Sale Price! $74.00
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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
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ITALIAN POWs AND INTERNEES IN AFRICA WORLD WAR II 1983 edition
Country: EAST AFRICA
Condition: ITALIAN P.O.W.s AND INTERNEES IN AFRICA WW2, 2014 REPRINT with ADDENDA
Description: ITALIAN P.O.W.s AND INTERNEES IN AFRICA WW2, 2014 REPRINT of the Second Revised edition 1983, WITH ADDED INFORMATION & ADDED ILLUSTRATIONS -- 72 pages, with many illustrations throughout. Countries covered include: Libya, Kenya, Uganda, Tanganyka, Palestine, Rhodesia, Egypt, Sudan, Nigeria, Somaliland, Eritrea, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Algeria, Tunisia, Morocco, Congo, Ivory Coast, South Africa, Madagascar; plus a section on related Italian FPOs, Airmail Routes, Stationery, and Censor marks. For more in-depth information we suggest Migliavacca’s book on Italian POWs in North Africa and Weisbecker’s Camp Mail in East Africa. All in short supply. All 3 books are essential to the serious collector of POW Mail.
Price: $38.00
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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
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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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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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ITALY FIRST FLIGHTS early research by Linguiti
Country: ITALY
Condition: ITALY FIRST FLIGHTS early research by Linguiti
Description: ITALIAN FIRST FLIGHTS early research by Linguiti, in French. Early flights, incl. Dal Mistro, flights to Sardinia, Turin-Rome-Turin, Naples-Palermo etc 10 pages
Price: $11.50     Sale Price! $10.00
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ITALY GREECE AEROESPRESSO AIRMAIL booklet Raftopoulos
Country: ITALY
Condition: ITALY GREECE AEROESPRESSO AIRMAIL booklet Raftopoulos
Description: GREEK AEROESPRESSO FLIGHTS & STAMPS by Spiro Raftopoulos, in Italian. 1926-28 flights to Athens-Constantinople, 1933 Zeppelin, flights to the Aegean and Brindisi.- Seminal work very useful, and required reading for the specialist 18 pages, saddle stitched THIS IS A MUST HAVE bibliophile publication.
Price: $22.00     Sale Price! $19.00
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