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MARITIME MAIL OF THE TYRRHENIAN SEA by UMBERTO DEL BIANCO
Country: Italy
Condition: MARITIME MAIL OF THE TYRRHENIAN SEA by UMBERTO DEL BIANCO
Description: LE COMUNICAZIONI POSTALI MARITTIME DEL MAR TIRRENO - 270 A4 pages, in ITALIAN, hundred of illustrations in black and white and a good amount of color illustrations - published 2016 ** FRENCH MARITIME SERVICES * PORTS OF THE TYRRHENIAN SEA AND MARITIME POSTAL SERVICES 1830s-1860s * NAPLES * LEGHORN * CIVITAVECCHIA * GENOA-LEGHORN LINE * MARITIME MAIL CONVEYED BY ITALIAN POSTAL ADMINISTRATION * VALERY FRERES LINES * FLORIO LINES * BENUCCI & CALABRO SICULA * THE GENOESE RIVIERA * MARITIME POSTAL COMMUNICATIONS WITH SARDINIA *** LIMITED EDITION
Price: $145.00
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ITALY FRANCE 1915-1919 FRENCH TROOPS IN ITALY BY TRAPNELL
Country: ITALY
Condition: ITALY FRANCE 1915-1919 FRENCH TROOPS IN ITALY BY TRAPNELL
Description: A Special Item FROM THE ANTIQUARIAN & MODERNARIAN OF POSTAL HISTORY & PHILATELY THE POSTAL HISTORY OF THE FRENCH IN ITALY 1915-1919 & THE FRENCH MILITARY MISSION 38 pages A4 full color, illustrated throughout, spiral bound LOADED WITH VALUABLE INFORMATION
Price: $34.00
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ITALY SPAIN ITALIAN FORCES IN SPAIN CIVIL WAR 1936-9
Condition: ITALY SPAIN ITALIAN FORCES IN SPAIN CIVIL WAR 1936-9
Description: ITALY SPAIN ITALIAN FORCES IN SPAIN'S CIVIL WAR 1936-39 by Cadioli & Cecchi, in Italian with rarity scale and evaluations. 350 pages many illustrations, chronology, organisation of FPOs, shipping, rates, free franks, mail from Legionari POWs, Posta Speciale 500, stamps and postmarks, checking the mails, consular post at Tangeri, ` FPOs POSTA SPECIALE, MIS mails of MISSIONE ITALIANA, extensive bibliography - this book is over 2 lbs in weight - THE DEFINTIVE WORK & A MUST HAVE!!! almost as new L'INTERVENTO ITALIANO NELLA GUERRA CIVILE SPAGNOLA 1936-1936 - di Cadioli & Cecchi - volume pregevolissimo ed indispensabile - CON VALUTAZIONI - quasi come nuovo WE SHIP WORLDWIDE
Price: $84.00
Item Id #003398    See Details...
ITALY GERMANY ADRIA ALPENWORLAND KUSTENLAND 1943-1945
Condition: ITALY GERMANY ADRIA ALPENWORLAND KUSTENLAND 1943-1945
Description: IN ITALIAN (2001 first and only edition) 21 cm x 29 cm - 288 pages - hundreds of black & white illustrations including maps, virtually new GERMAN FELDPOST IN THE ADRIA & ALPENWORLAND DEUTSCHE DIENSTPOST ALPENWORLAND GERMAN POSTAL SERVICE & FELDPOST IN THE ADRIA REGION very easy to use despite the language barrier not to be missed
Price: $62.00
Item Id #003409    See Details...
PERFINS ITALY 2009 EDITION WITH CD & TRANSPARENCIES
Condition: PERFINS ITALY 2009 EDITION WITH CD & TRANSPARENCIES
Description: 2009 EXPANDED REVISED IMPROVED EDITION WITH EVALUATIONS BILINGUAL TEXT: ITALIAN & ENGLISH 300 pages, illustrated throughout in black & white CD with 608 colour scans of postal items franked with Italian Perfins 32 TRANSPARENCIES with 1107 actual size OUTLINES of the perfins that will allow you to superimpose to covers and stamps to identify the correct type of your perfin PLEASE READ THE ITALIAN & ENGLISH INTRODUCTION to get more details WE SHIP WORLDWIDE
Price: $93.00     Sale Price! $63.00
Item Id #003400    See Details...
AUSTRIA ITALY LOMBARDY VENETIA CAPELLARO COLLECTION
Country: LOMBARDY-VENETIA
Condition: AUSTRIA ITALY LOMBARDY VENETIA CAPELLARO COLLECTION
Description: LOMBARDY-VENETIA FIRST ISSUE: THE CAPELLARO COLLECTION LOMBARDO-VENETIEN—CENTESIMI AUSGABE: DIE CAPELLARO COLLECTION LOMBARDO-VENETO PRIMA EMISSIONE: LA COLLEZIONE CAPELLARO 260 pp. - 600 illustrations FULL COLOR— HARDBOUND DELUXE, LAVISH PRODUCTION in ITALIAN * ENGLISH * GERMAN La Collezione Emil Capellaro e’ a dir poco leggendaria: fu formata negli anni 70 e 80 quando le maggiori collezioni di Lombardo Veneto furono vendute sia privatamente che all’asta. Tra le acquisizioni importanti che Capellaro fece in quegli anni rientra la raffinata collezione di uno studioso di Pavia. Vengono qui presentati tutti i pezzi (oltre 600) della collezione Capellaro. La presentazione e’ divisa nel modo tradizionale: Francobolli Tipo, Multipli, varieta’ ecc. — ANNULLAMENTI—AFFRANCATURE— AFFRANCATURE MISTE—MARCHE DA BOLLO USATE PER POSTA—SEGNATASSE PER GIORNALI The legendary Capellaro Collection was formed in the 1970s and ‘80s when some of the major Lombardy Venetia collections came on the market, including the famous Rivolta collection. Capellaro also bought extremely impressive collections of Lombardy Venetia directly from specialists, these include an outstanding Lombardy Venetia collection formed in the 1930s-50s by a Pavia collector. The entire Capellaro collection is presented here (over 600 breathtaking items) in the traditional manner: 1st Issues, Various Denominations: varieties, multiples etc; CANCELLATIONS—FRANKINGS—MIXED FRANKINGS—REVENUE STAMPS POSTALLY USED—POSTAGE DUE FOR NEWSPAPERS -- A MUST HAVE BOOK
Price: $92.00     Sale Price! $69.00
Item Id #003422    See Details...
TRIESTE POLA FIUME ISTRIA SLOVENE LITTORAL 1945-47
Country: TRIESTE
Condition: TRIESTE POLA FIUME ISTRIA SLOVENE LITTORAL 1945-47
Description: TRIESTE, POLA, FIUME, ISTRIA & SLOVENE LITTORAL UNDER YUGOSLAV ADMINISTRATION: 1945-1947 STAMPS & POSTAL HISTORY BY DAMIR NOVAKOVIC Hardbound; 912 pages (17 cm x 24 cm); hundres of colour illustrations; IN ENGLISH with evaluations plating charts; Historical & Political Background POLA: Provisional Issue & Postal History TRIESTE: Provisional Issue & Postal History TRIESTE ZONE B & FIUME: 1945-1847 Provisional Issues & Postal History AIRMAIL * CENSORSHIP * MILITARY MAIL * STAMPLESS MAIL POSTAL STATIONERY * POSTAL RATES PLATING OF STAMPS & OVERPRINTS PLATING DICTIONARY PLACE NAMES CROAT SLOVENE ITALIAN APPENDIX MONETARY SYSTEM MAPS WITH POST OFFICES LOCATIONS You name it; this book got it beware: from 1945 to 1947 VERY HEAVY TO SHIP * WE SHIP ONLY BY AIRMAIL (allow 4 to 8 weeks for postal delivery)
Price: $140.00     Sale Price! $99.00
Item Id #003434    See Details...
TRIESTE BETWEEN ALLIES & CLAIMANTS AMG VG ETC
Country: TRIESTE
Condition: TRIESTE BETWEEN ALLIES & CLAIMANTS AMG VG ETC
Description: In Italian - Published in 1999, long out of print - 176 pages - A4 size - with lots of illustrations - very useful, well documented, well research INDISPENSABLE TO THE COLLECTOR OF THE 1944-1954 TRIESTE POSTAL HISTORY & STAMPS GERMAN DIENST POST TRIESTE RED STAR ON VENEZIA GIULIA SOCIAL REPUBLIC STAMPS USED IN TRIESTE AMG VG OVERPRINTS (postal history & varieties) * FREE TERRITORY OF TRIESTE & ITS STAMPS IN DEPTH POST OFFICES OF VENETIA JULIA & ISTRIA 1943-1954 POSTAL RATES * FIELD POST OFFICES & APOs
Price: $65.00     Sale Price! $49.00
Item Id #001930    See Details...
DISINFECTED MAIL EUROPE & MEDITERRANEAN AREA: ITALY ONLY
Condition: DISINFECTED MAIL ITALY ONLY
Description: DISINFECTED MAIL Storia della Disinfezione Postale in Europa e nell’area mediterranea - History of the mail disinfection in Europe and Mediterranean area by Luciano De Zanche. 200 pages, 8” x 11 1/2”, many illustrations throughout including color. Perfect bound. 2008 Edition based on the 1997 edition This book is pre-eminently in Italian, but some history background is given in English; and most chapters have a good introduction in English; the technical information is also translated into English. Contrary to what the title of this book may lead you to believe, this monograph deals solely with the disinfection of mails within the Italian peninsula. CONTRARY TO WHAT IS SAID IN THE REVIEW BELOW NO PRICES ARE GIVEN for Disinfection marks It is quite possible that the Author may have thought of this as volume one of a series; unfortunately Professore De Zanche died recently leaving the task of completing the research at a European level to the next generation of postal historians. In dealing with the Italian peninsula De Zanche lavished a considerable amount of information and although the main text is in Italian, many key items are also explained in English in concise but clear and useful abstracts. After examining the approach of medical science on plague, yellow fever and cholera, the Author devotes a chapter to explain why letters and mail in general were subjected to disinfection procedures in times of epidemics. For those who may think that this procedure is a rather empiric and primitive precaution taken in the dark ages, suffice it to say that modern treatment, against smallpox in German and Austrian military hospitals in both World Wars, and the use of autoclaves in leper colonies dates back only a few decades from our days and age. The methods of mail disinfection are examined in great detail and this chapter, like most of the others, is replete with lengthy footnotes. De Zanche answers the frequently asked questions (FAQs) on when and where mail was disinfected, and how the collector or specialist can recognize a “disinfected” letter. On finer points the Author also delves into ways and means of assessing the type of disinfection used to sanitize a certain piece of mail. Multiple disinfection at different points in transit and on arrival are well researched. The catalogue of cachets, seals and notations includes listings for the Republic of Venice, Genoa, Tuscany, the Kingdom of Sardinia, Nice, Lombardy & Venetia, Modena and Reggio, Parma, the Duchy of Lucca, the Papal States, the Kingdom of Naples and Two Sicilies, and finally, San Marino. Adequate references are given for areas that changed their geo-political status as a result of wars, treaties, and revolutions. Controversy being the spice of life, this valuable and exceedingly interesting book is not exempt from it. In introducing his chapter on the Republic of Venice the Author uses much of the information he had divulged in his article for the Postal History Journal [No. 105, 1966 - Republic of Venice: The Disinfection of the Sea Mail coming from the Levant]; in doing so De Zanche finds himself on a collision course with noted Swiss postal history expert Paolo Vollmeier who deems some of the Venetian disinfection marks “stupid marks stamped by the faker”. This material has come under suspicion in the past and De Zanche concedes that some of the seals and hand stamps may prove to be bogus; only new and conclusive evidence can establish their status. In many respects this new book supersedes the pioneer research by Ravasini and Meyer, at least for the Italian area. In comparing De Zanche’s work with the standard reference published by the A.I.S.P. [Bolli e Documenti di Sanita’ dell’area Italiana - Rome 1981] the former has the decidedly apparent advantage of a more scholarly and scientific approach (notwithstanding the leaner listings of notations and hand stamps strictly related to mail disinfection). Furthermore De Zanche has by far surpassed all of his predecessors with time-consuming research on primary sources, unearthing a sizable amount of previously unpublished information. Additionally, the catalogue is cross referenced with Meyer, Ravasini and AISP numbers, which simplifies the task of the specialist; the Author has, however, decided to include a valuation chart to help assess a monetary value for this material. We have mixed feelings about the need for such a chart and we would have rather preferred that the Author had left the task of putting a price to this material to the postal history “merchants” and the auction houses. The footnotes are placed at the bottom of each page and not confined at the end of each chapter, or worse yet, at the end of the book as an appendix, as is often the case with academic works. A very comprehensive bibliography is the crowning point of this major and scholarly effort in divulging this fascinating aspect of postal communications. Given the limited appeal of this book to a relatively small number of specialists we empathize with the Author/Publisher about production costs. Anyone interested in disinfected mail must secure a copy of this book before it’s out of print as we understand it had a very small print run. [review by GIORGIO MIGLIAVACCA] THIS IS A MUST HAVE bibliophile publication. rather heavy and large book -
Price: $145.00     Sale Price! $115.00
Item Id #004244    See Details...
LOMBARDY VENETIA 10 CENTES FIRST ISSUE 1850 new!!
Country: LOMBARDY VENETIA
Condition: LOMBARDY VENETIA 10 CENTES FIRST ISSUE 1850 new!!
Description: LOMBARDY-VENETIA FIRST ISSUE: 10 CENTES. by Ferroni & Serone 150 pages * 17 x 24 cm IN ITALIAN AND ENGLISH HUNDREDS OF ILLUSTRATIONS INCLUDING COLOUR IN DEPTH STUDY OF THIS STAMP INCLUDING POSTAL USE AS WELL AS ALL POSSIBLE VARIATIONS AND VARIETIES A MUST FOR THE SPECIALIST WE SHIP ONLY BY AIRMAIL (allow 4 to 8 weeks for postal delivery)
Price: $88.00     Sale Price! $68.00
Item Id #011956    See Details...
 ROMAN STATES: THE FIRST STAMPS IN ROME
Country: PAPAL STATES
Condition: ROMAN STATES: THE FIRST STAMPS IN ROME ROMAN STATES: THE FIRST STAMPS IN ROME
Description: Stamp Exhibition Catalogue, Braschi Palace, Rome, 1978 ************ In Italian (with French, German, English introduction), 180 A4 pages, hardbound, replete with gorgeous illustrations (color and black and white) - LAVISH PRODUCTION. Long out of print - THE POSTAGE STAMPS INTRODUCED DURING THE PAPACY OF PIOUS IX * THE FRENCH ARMY UNITS IN ROME * THE FIRST ISSUE * THE 20 BAJ ESSAY * SHEETS OF THE FIRST ISSUE * BISECTED STAMPS * SENIGALLIA’S POSTAL HISTORY * MULTIPLES, BLOCKS, VARIETIES, FORGERIES TO DEFRAUD THE POST OFFICE * RARE POSTMARKS * MIXED FRANKINGS: ITALY-ROMAN STATES * THE CENTESIMI DENOMINATED ISSUE * MIXED FRANKING AFTER 20 SEPTEMBER 1870 * If you collect Italian States this book is a must, besides, it’s a joy to behold and a bargain
Price: $86.00     Sale Price! $58.00
Item Id #002492    See Details...
ITALY OCCUPATION WORLD WAR 2 FRANCE GREECE ALBANIA
Country: ITALY
Condition: ITALY OCCUPATION WORLD WAR 2 FRANCE GREECE ALBANIA
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 perpretrated in Juguslavia 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 exaustive 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: $125.00     Sale Price! $91.00
Item Id #003315    See Details...
ITALY * SQUARED-CIRCLE POSTMARKS * NUOVO GAGGERO 2016
Country: Italy
Condition: ITALY * SQUARED-CIRCLE POSTMARKS * NUOVO GAGGERO 2016
Description: Il Nuovo Gaggero - Catalogo dei bolli tondo-riquadrati del Regno d’Italia 2016 [The New Gaggero - Catalogue of the Squared-Circle Date Stamps of the Kingdom of Italy, 2016] edited by Daniele Prudenzano, published 2016 by Vaccari, perfect bound, 6 ½” x 9 ½”, 296 pages, in Italian, black and white illustrations; with evaluations. After the unification of Italy in 1861 the postal administration had to reform and harmonise the postal service of the old regimes with that of the new nation, the Kingdom of Italy. It was not an easy task and one of the major administrative efforts was to have uniformity also on the way mail was processed and postmarked. The first step was to introduce numeral postmarks to cancel stamps together with circle date stamps that gave the name of the post office and date. This double postmarking was not a major problem for small post offices, but it surely was for those of major cities and in due course it became obvious that something had to be done. The post office started to concentrate on the design of a new postmark and the job was given to a truly talented engraver by the name of Lodovico Josz who gave serious consideration to the design of the British “squared-circle” postmark. On 31 December 1889 a directive was issued to discontinue the use of the numeral obliterators. By the end of 1889 Josz was given the ‘go ahead’ and from that moment he began to produce squared-circle date stamps for a grand-total of 230. To speed up the process the post office sourced other engravers, and between 1890 and 1920 over 8000 squared-circle date stamps were produced to satisfy the demand. These squared-circles were also used by colonial post offices and post offices abroad such as: Massaua (Eritrea), Bengasi (Libya), Tunisi, Salonicco, Smirne, Tripoli di Barberia, Mogadiscio, Durazzo (Albania), Gerusalemme, and La Canea (Crete) to name a few. The first scholar to pay attention to these specific postmarks was Giuseppe Gaggero who wrote the first monograph on the subject. In 2002 Bruno Crevato-Selvaggi edited the first edition of a vastly expanded catalogue listing about 7000 different squared-circles; the 2016 edition edited by Daniele Prudenzano includes an additional 1243 squared circles bringing the grand-total to 8204. The postmarks are listed by region and its provinces giving the earliest and latest known date of use as well as an indication of a realistic market value. An alphabetical index with the names of the post offices using the squared-circle postmark, and the provinces they belonged to, makes it very easy to go to the relevant page of the catalogue. A very extensive bibliography completes this well produced and highly informative catalogue. Reviewed by Giorgio Migliavacca
Price: $57.00
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MODENA POSTS POSTMARKS CATALOGUE 2016
Country: MODENA
Condition: MODENA POSTS POSTMARKS CATALOGUE 2016
Description: Poste Estensi - Trattato Storico e Storico Postale 1453-1852: Catalogo dei bolli, 2016 [Este’ Posts - History and Postal History 1453-1852: Postmarks Catalogue, 2016] by Giuseppe Buffagni, published 2016 by Vaccari, perfect bound, 8” x 12” (A4), 64 pages, in Italian, black and white illustrations throughout, and evaluations. The first book on the postal history of the Duchy of Modena is Vittorio Mioni’s ‘La Storia Postale dei Domini Estensi 1598-1859’ published in 1975. It was most welcome, well researched and it remains an important source of information. In 2001 the Modenese publisher Paolo Vaccari courageously published the 4-volume opus by Giuseppe Buffagni on the Este’ Posts and postal history, totalling 1544 pages and over 3000 colour and black and white illustrations. To put it mildly, it was a colossal achievement. Fifteen years after that milestone in philatelic and postal history publishing both the publisher and the author realised that new postmarks and several handwritten marks, as well as complementary postmarks such as registration marks, post paid, posted after departure (of courier) postmarks of the various post offices of the former Duchy have been recorded during the last 15 years. Of course, this was due to an appreciable extent to discoveries made by collectors who had bought Buffagni’s volumes. To these discoveries one must add similar finds by the author and publisher which included more specific dates of use extending the earliest and latest date of use, plus the color of the ink used for the postmarks. As the information exceeded the most optimistic expectations it became increasingly clear that the section devoted to the postmarks of Buffagni’s 2001 work had to be be updated, revised and expanded by publishing a separate catalogue in tune with the new finds and with the market. This catalogue does not include administrative and free-frank handstamps which are dealt with in the main opus. For the collector or scholar who needs more information about the use of the Duchy’s postmarks the 2001 volumes are indispensable; there would be little excuse for the buyer to escape the temptation because the 2001 price was €335, while now you can buy it for €100, a giveaway for four hardbound lavishly produced volumes. Reviewed by Giorgio Migliavacca
Price: $55.00
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UMBRIA * TRE SECOLI DI STORIA POSTALE 1300s-1800s
Country: PAPAL STATES
Condition: UMBRIA * TRE SECOLI DI STORIA POSTALE 1300s-1800s
Description: Umbria: Tre Secoli di Storia Postale [Umbria: Three Centuries of Postal History] by Paolo Marcarelli, published in 2016 by Fondazione proPosta, Rome; perfect bound, 8” x 12” (A4), 194 pages, replete with illustrations, many in colour. There are a number of us who can claim that postal history ‘for better or for worse’ was ‘love at first sight’: an encounter that changed the course of our life. When we consider how many lives are wasted on trivial pursuits, especially in our internet era, we may be considered a bit extravagant by some ignoramus, but to all effects we are blessed and very, very lucky. By the same token, as we all know, our first love is never forgotten and this is undoubtedly what happened to the author of this fascinating book. It all started in 1987 at the University of Perugia where he presented his doctoral thesis centetring on the postal history of Umbria; renowned Roman postal historian Mario Gallenga publicly praised the thesis suggesting to publish it without delay. Although Dr. Marcarelli did not pursue an academic career, his interest for the postal history of his region never relented as he pursued new research as well as the acquisition of letters and collectables relating to his favoured theme. As pointed out in his preface to Marcarelli’s book, learned postal historian Clemente Fedele, explains that this book focuses on a postal geography of Perugia and Umbria that due to its peripheral location is still able to convey starting points of great interest. The region was a major transit traversed by the Via Flaminia which was the major north-south postal artery of the Papal posts linking Rome to Bologna and beyond via the Marche region. In his narration the author tells us about the early 1300s presence in Perugia of merchant couriers, and the existence of an ‘Ufficio delle Bollette’ at Gubbio in 1384. Similar offices existed in other Italian states and their main task was to examine all letters brought into the state or sent outside of it; officers had the right to examine and censor the letters if deemed necessary; however, so far, there is no evidence that the Ufficio executed or facilitated mail delivery on a regular basis. As we move into the 1400s we find the Venetian couriers on the route from Rome to Bologna and Venice, later modified to follow the Foligno, Ancona and Ravenna route, and tweaked again in 1508 to include a transit through Gubbio and Assisi. In the course of time the papal posts took direct control of mail conveyance to destinations outside the Pope’s states. In the 1700s the preeminence of the Via Flaminia as a major postal highway continued to benefit the post offices of Umbria, including Perugia, Assisi, Spoleto and Terni, to name a few. In 1789 the French descended on Italy bringing innovations and progress even on the postal front; nevertheless all the achievements came at a price as the French stole works of art all over the region and used couriers to deliver them to the other side of the Alps. The author does not mince words when he says that “Napoleon is a conqueror, he is not an emancipator, he does not free Italy, he conquers it.” Although the innovations introduced by the French were not always great,nonetheless, their implementation was systematic and uniform, even though at times slow paced. When the old regime was restored it could not deny that some positive reforms had been introduced by the French. In this vein the postal regulations issued at the end of 1815 contained an unprecedented 206 sections addressing every administrative and operational aspect of the Papal posts. The chapters dealing with the postal history of Umbria from 1815 to the 1860 arrival of the Piedmontese forces and the ensuing plebiscite sanctioning the annexation to what was soon to become the Kingdom of Italy are well knitted with very detailed information on postal developments such as the introduction of a telegraphic service which played its part in the liberation of the region. The volume ends with very informative chapters on the mailcoach service, the postal highways, the post horse, postilions, couriers, cholera and mail disinfection, and the changing locations of the General Post Office of Perugia. The bibliography is extensive; the 553 footnotes are very useful, and the author knows how to keep the reader’s attention with a good and balanced blend of history and postal history. The illustrations are captivating and the book is well produced and rather inexpensive. If you collect Papal States postal history this is a “must have” volume. Reviewed by Giorgio Migliavacca
Price: $50.00
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Postal History of the Italian Mail Steamers in the Mediterranean – 1818-1839 – Vol.
Country: ITALY
Condition: Postal History of the Italian Mail Steamers in the Mediterranean – 1818-1839 – Vol. I
Description: Postal History of the Italian Mail Steamers in the Mediterranean – 1818-1839 – Vol. I ***************** POSTAGE FOR BUYERS IN COUNTRIES OTHER THAN USA IS AS FOLLOWS: WHEN YOU RECEIVE THE INVOICE FOR YOUR PURCHASE THERE WILL BE $10 CHARGE FOR POSTAGE TO USA - FOR OTHER DESTINATIONS THE FOLLOWING COSTS MUST BE ADDED TO THE $10 INITIALLY CHARGED: TO CANADA & EUROPE $15 (+$10 of course) --- TO CENTRAL & SOUTH AMERICA $25 (+10 of course) --- TO THE REST OF THE WORLD $30 (+$10 of course) :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: Storia della Navigazione a Vapore e dei Servizi Postali sul Mediterraneo, Vol. I — 1818-1839, by Alessandro Arseni. Published 2013. Perfect bound 8 1/2” x 11 3/4”, card cover, 126 pages, in Italian; mostly colour and some black and white illustrations throughout, plus maps and charts. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ By the early 1800s the postal service of most countries was a state monopoly, nevertheless such a service was, in many instances, dependent on conveyance by sea using ships owned by private enterprises. Postal traffic was quite heavy in many of the various ports in the Mediterranean and to protect its monopoly, in due course, postal administrations entered into special arrangements and conventions with ship owners and ship lines. Until 1892, when circular date stamps with the ship names were introduced in Italy, mention of the ship’s name may be deduced from the text of the missive or from handwritten endorsements on the address side of the letter. Such instances, while being sporadic, left much guess work for other letters that did not bear any reference to the ship that conveyed them. The postal history of mail delivered by steamships in the Mediterranean has always been popular with European collectors and with Italian ones in particular. A pioneer of this facet of postal history, Umberto Del Bianco, in 1968, saw his Gli annulli marittimi italiani in uso anteriormente al 1891 published in Rome by a prominent philatelic publisher. His book was compiled and formatted as a catalogue of the various hand-stamps, postmarks, and cancellations found on Italian sea-mail up to 1891. The actual postal history was often in the background and the postmarks and hand-stamps (and their market value) to the forefront. The book is still widely used and sought after by new generations of collectors. Then, between 1976 and 1982, a Milanese philatelic publisher published his three volumes titled II Lloyd Austriaco e gli Annullamenti marittimi dell’Austria e Ungheria. This opus, totalling 1,380 pages, remains a widely used reference. In 2006, his book on postal links between Genoa and South America (namely, Uruguay and Argentina), I servizi marittimi Italiani tra Genova e i porti dell’America Meridionale, was published by another philatelic publisher. What I must point out, though, is that Del Bianco — a very successful publisher in his own right — chose to rely on philatelic publishers. In addition to these important publications he also authored three volumes on the postal history of Lombardy-Venetia as well as a series of articles on mail delivery performed by steamship companies in Italy and in the Mediterranean. Needless to say, a small army of sea-mail collectors was quickly assembled; this was not a typical Italian fad but a trend worldwide. In the meantime many collectors and collections have come and gone, yet almost half a century after Del Bianco’s first book sea-mail continues to fascinate scores of specialists. A postal history veteran himself, Alessandro Arseni was caressed by the blindfolded goddess in 1990, when he was privileged enough to acquire a 20,000 letters archive of a Leghorn-based agent of the Peninsular & Oriental Steam Navigation Company as well as other merchant shipping lines. One can easily see why this dreamlike acquisition placed him on the driver’s seat. Arseni was flooded with important documents and information. However, he soon realized that more research was required. The result is here for everyone to appreciate: the first in a series of volumes delving into the two decades between 1818 and 1839. Volume I gives all the dates of departure and arrival of all steamships operating between 1824 and 1839, including their transits at ports such as Marseille, Genoa, Leghorn, Civitavecchia, and Naples. This crucial information was gleaned from thousands of contemporary newspapers found in collections at public and university libraries throughout Italy. To further corroborate his data, the Author liaised with auctioneers and specialized collectors. Finding a letter with the words “Via di Mare” (by sea) handwritten or hand-stamped on the address side has always evoked a romantic past as well as a million conjectures. Collectors of air mail or mail transported by train can easily spot the flight or the railway route of such mail, but when it comes to sea-mail the research is complex and intimidating. It is not sufficient to rely on the routing endorsements and the postmarks and hand-stamps found on a cover to tell the whole story. In all fairness, these shortcomings have often highlighted the weakness of the old school of postal history collectors and scholars who are so focused on the cover or document that other crucial sources of information are overlooked or examined only on the surface. To academics, this approach has placed a patina of implausibility on the “postal history” culture harboured in the philatelic world — in some cases to the point of casting doubts or ridiculing it. In fact, all too often, academia is on a track that ignores “postal history” bibliography especially when the articles and essays are not published in academia periodicals, while “postal historians” articles in quite a few instances lack in-depth research that would give greater significance to the subject matter. The reasons for such a predicament are varied, but they often boil down to the fact that a thorough research on primary sources in archives and libraries is time consuming; therefore the collector is quite content with the piecemeal information that surfaces here and there. The Author of this book is all too aware of these issues and while giving prominence to the postal aspects he has directed his writing to other relevant aspects. In the process, his prime objective has been to enable the collector and scholar to identify the steamship that carried a certain piece of mail while presenting new and well researched information on postal rates, fees, postmarks, and administrative or private hand-stamps. The book is well compiled with compact chapters on the Neapolitan, Tuscan, and Roman States steamship lines as well as their English and French counterparts and competitors. Special attention is paid to the lines that connected the larger islands such as Sardinia, Corsica and Sicily. Arseni’s well related presentation concludes with a most useful index of the many steamships involved. A comprehensive bibliography and an extremely handy perpetual calendar from 1800 to 1922 complete this volume. This impressive book is replete with interesting illustrations of covers, hand-stamps, postmarks, steamships, charts and maps. 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. Volume II is scheduled for this year and will cover the 1840-1850 decade. No date has been announced for the third volume but it has been disclosed that it will cover the routes to and from Alexandria, Tunis and South America. But that’s not all, more volumes will follow. [Review by Giorgio Migliavacca]
Price: $80.00
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Postal History of Mail Steamers of the Mediterranean – Vol. III (1840-1850
Country: Italy
Condition: Postal History of Mail Steamers of the Mediterranean – Vol. III (1840-1850
Description: Postal History of Mail Steamers of the Mediterranean – Vol. III (1840-1850) ************ The Third Volume of this series on the Postal History of Mail Steamers operating in the Mediterranean has just been published and is ready for shipment. This volume focuses on the history of the steamships of the Kingdom of Sardinia (Sardinian States) and the line connecting Genoa to Cagliari, the capital of the island of Sardinia. It also has specific and well researched chapters on French steamers and mail conveyance by mail steamers to Algeria; the Spanish lines; and the English steamships calling at Italian ports. The chapter dealing with Trieste’s experimental line from 1845 to 1847 facilitating conveyance of mail to and from India is of particular relevance to scholars of intercontinental mail; furthermore the chapter dealing with the misfortune of the “Polluce” and “Mongibello” narrates the first tragedy of two Italian steamers. This volume concludes the trilogy about the Mediterranean mail steamship age from its inception to 1850. The research involves the gathering of 23,000 dates, 480 notes, 26 ordinances and laws and the detailed description of 100 letters. This volume, like the preceding ones, is in Italian, perfect bound, 256 A4 pages, color illustrations throughout
Price: $110.00
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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
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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 ******* LAST COPIES ******* 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
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LOMBARDY VENETIA INCL. POST FORGERIES last copies
Country: LOMBARDY-VENETIA
Condition: LOMBARDY VENETIA INCL. POST FORGERIES last copies
Description: · THE STAMPS OF LOMBARDY & VENETIA · LES TIMBRES DE LOMBARDO-VENETIE · Reprint of the 1934 classic French edition penned by GUSTAVE BERTRAND - Many illustrations, two maps and detailed explanation of the various issues and types including POSTAL FORGERIES (large illustrations on plates). 28 pages, a small book but most important for the bibliophile!! · A very useful book missing in most philatelic libraries. in French (very easy to follow) with several illustrations - most useful - quite rare and a must have work for the specialist - LIMITED BIBLIOPHILE EDITION OUT OF PRINT - scarce, hard to find
Price: $19.00
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POSTAL SERVICE ON MAJOR ITALIAN LAKES: MAGGIORE, COMO, GARDA, ISEO in Italian
Country: Italy
Condition: POSTAL SERVICE ON MAJOR ITALIAN LAKES: MAGGIORE, COMO, GARDA, ISEO in Italian
Description: In Italian, LIMITED EDITION, 134 (A4) pages, illustrations throughout including in color, all postmarks listed and discussed, there is also a very useful set of transparencies that can be suprimposed on postmarks in your collection to determine the type; see illustrations which include a sample of the transparencies. USED but virtually new EXCEPT for the cover which has suffered to some degree because of poor storage, nothing disfiguring, just mentioned for accuracy, therefore this book is NOT RETURNABLE because of flaws of the cover; otherwise the 134 pages are in good order and show no wear or damage at all; no pen or pencil marks, no dog ears. LONG OUT OF PRINT and extremely difficult to find. (ORIGINAL RETAIL PRICE WHEN THE EURO WAS 1.35 to the Dollar..was 40 Euros = $54)
Price: $55.00
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COMPENDIUM OF THE HISTORY OF THE POSTS IN ITALY * IN ENGLISH 256 pages 200 illustrations COLOR THROUGHOUT, HARDBOUND
Country: ITALY
Condition: COMPENDIUM OF THE HISTORY OF THE POSTS IN ITALY * IN ENGLISH 256 pages 200 illustrations COLOR THROUGHOUT, HARDBOUND
Description: COMPENDIUM OF THE HISTORY OF THE POSTS IN ITALY from Antiquity to the Third Millennium * IN ENGLISH 256 (A4 size) pages, 200 illustrations COLOR THROUGHOUT HARDBOUND, 127 CHAPTERS, BIBLIOGRAPHY WITH 146 ENTRIES --HEAVY BOOK PRINTED ON FIRST CLASS STOCK 14-page INDEX >>>>>>>>>> 2,300 years of Italian postal history are examined in this volume in a compendium format aimed at those who have an interest in this often underestimated facet of history. It provides the basic information in a concise way, giving a bird’s eye view which will appeal to the scholar, researcher, academician, and collector. From Savoy to Sicily and Malta, the postal history of the Italian States and Kingdoms is narrated in a chronological way, showing the progress made by postal communications from antiquity to the inception of the third millennium. This book is the first of its kind published in English; it benefits from the latest and best research carried out on Italian and European archival sources and from the best printed sources, as well as fifty years of untiring interest and research on the part of the author. The book opens with a preface by one of the top three Italian postal history scholars and includes a timeline of history, postal history and economy showing the progress made by these three interdependent and crucial factors. Very detailed indexes and a comprehensive bibliography conclude this useful volume. . Both the newcomer and the specialized researcher will benefit from the vistas offered by this compendium.. >>>>>>>>> OUT OF PRINT: ONLY VERY FEW COPIES ARE AVAILABLE *** SEE SCANS OF REVIEWS
Price: $79.00
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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
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