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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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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 -- 14-page INDEX -- TIMELINE of HISTORY, POSTAL HISTORY and ECONOMY showing progress made and interdependence of the three aspects **** this is partly the translation by the author of his 2016 156-page volume in Italian which was out of print in less than one month; the author has added new and mostly previously unpublished information from over 3,000 documents he has researched in Spanish archives **** THIS IS A LIMITED EDITION AND THE COPIES IN STOCK ARE A HANDFUL, available on a first come first served basis *** SEE SCANS OF REVIEWS *** HEAVY BOOK PRINTED ON FIRST CLASS STOCK (postage commensurate)
Price: $75.00
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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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INTERITALIA  2016 - 2018 EDITION * ITALIAN AREA POSTAL STATIONERY CATALOGUE
Country: ITALY
Condition: INTERITALIA 2016 - 2018 EDITION * ITALIAN AREA POSTAL STATIONERY CATALOGUE
Description: >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> SHIPPING TO ANY DESTINATION OTHER THAN USA & TERRITORIES REQUIRES AN ** EXTRA ** $25 ADDED TO THE $10 automatically billed: THE EXTRA POSTAGE CAN BE PAID VIA PAYPAL <<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<< ITALY VATICAN SAN MARINO COLONIES & OCCUPATIONS POSTAL STATIONERY CATALOG 2011 Description: IN ITALIAN AND ENGLISH!! HIGH QUALITY PAPER, COLOR ILLUSTRATED THROUGHOUT UPDATED EVALUATIONS INCLUDES ITALY, ITALIAN STATES, ITALIAN COLONIES, OCCUPIED TERRITORIES WORLD WAR I & WORLD WAR II TRENTO * TRIESTE * DALMATIA * AEGEAN ISLANDS * LUBIANA * VENEZIA GIULIA * FIUME * ISTRIA ITALIAN POST OFFICES ABROAD (ALBANIA, CHINA, EGYPT, CRETE,TUNISIA) ITALIAN COLONIES SAN MARINO * VATICAN * SOVEREIGN MILITARY ORDER OF MALTA * ITALIANA: FOREIGN POSTAL STATIONERY WITH ITALIAN TEXTS AND/OR CONNECTIONS this is a "WOW" book BUY IT NOW & YOU WILL BE GLAD WE SHIP WORLDWIDE ****************************************************************************** BOOK REVIEW ******************************************** INTERITALIA, Manuale Catalogo Specializzato degli Interi Postali dell’area italiana [Italian Postal Stationery Specialized Catalogue] by Franco Filanci, Carlo Sopracordevole, and Domenico Tagliente. Published 2016 by Laser Invest, Mantova, Italy. Perfect bound 6 1/2” x 9 1/2” card cover, dust jacket, 416 pages, well over 1500 colour illustrations, including maps. Available from: virginstamps.com; issun@candwbvi.net. Since we last reviewed this catalogue of Italian area postal stationery in 2000 the number of pages alone has gone from 256 to 416, and the illustrations, now in brilliant colours, have gone up proportionately. In the meantime there has been a 2011 edition that marked the giant leap to more pages and full colour; Domenico Tagliente is now one of the authors while, most unfortunately in Summer 2015, Carlo Sopracordevole has returned to his Maker. His input as editor was not only remarkable but also invaluable, he will be sadly missed. The first catalogue entirely devoted to postal stationery of the Italian area was compiled by Poggio Poggi earlier last century; a new and expanded edition of his work was finally published in Genoa in 1926 by La Rivista Filatelica d’Italia - the magazine that had serialized his listings. It consisted of no less than 239 pages and was titled, Catalogo Generale degli Interi d’Italia. The work proved both useful and successful and new editions were published for a few years. Then, in the post World War II years, Luigi Pértile revitalized the postal stationery collecting specialization. In due course, Pértile became a household name in Italian philatelic circles, very much like Bolaffi, Sassone and Diena. In the early 1960s Luigi Pértile (1906-1989) - a Verona-based contractor with a penchant for the unusual - decided to venture into collecting postal stationery of the Italian area. At the time the stamp market was struggling to recover from a severe crisis caused by unscrupulous speculators who had invaded the world of philately with massive amounts of cash. In 1964 and early 1965 stamp prices went through the roof, but eventually they came down and there they stayed for almost a generation. Man never learns certain lessons and at the beginning of this century history repeated itself. Back in the mid-960s, collectors began visiting other facets of the hobby such as postal history, military mail, thematics and the like. Postal stationery collecting had its heyday in the early part of the 1900s, but in the 1960s very few were interested in it. Pértile started with serialized articles in major stamp magazines (including the much revered Notiziario ASIF) and in 1970 proceeded to launch a study group known as the Unione Filatelisti Interofili (UFI for short, Postal Stationery Collectors’ Club). In February 1972 Pértile published the first edition of his specialized catalogue of Italian postal stationery. It was sold out in no time and a second edition was published in 1977, followed by an expanded version in 1982. By then, even among specialists worldwide, the name Pértile had become synonymous with Italian postal stationery. Following Pértile’s untimely death in 1989, Franco Filanci and Carlo Sopracordevole - two staunch aficionados of postal stationery - became the catalogue’s editors. They were young, energetic and very knowledgeable. They were lucky too - as they found a publisher willing to distribute the catalogue free of charge to further promote interest in the specialty. In the process, the catalogue was re-named Il Nuovo Pértile and was divided into three volumes: volume one included Italy and States; volume two, Occupied Territories and Annexations, Fiume, Trieste, Italian POs Abroad, Colonies and Dominions, occupations of Corfu, Montenegro and Ionian Islands, as well as listings for San Marino, Vatican, and the Sovereign Military Order of Malta; and volume three, postal stationery for the armed forces. During the last fifty years the number of postal stationery collectors has increased tremendously, to the point that in Italy there are stamp auction houses holding regular sales featuring several hundred lots of postal stationery, and since the late 1980s another publisher producing his own catalogue and regular price lists and newsletters has come on the scene, and - as expected - all the major stamp catalogues now have a respectable section devoted to postal stationery. In the meantime Il Nuovo Pértile went from strength to strength with the addition of more detailed technical information, more illustrations, and listings and prices that kept a keen eye on the postal history aspect of the specialty. Since the 1999 edition Interitalia has benefitted from several improvements such as a better lay-out, added footnotes and a larger number of illustrations. But Filanci and Sopracordevole went the extra mile by convincing this writer to translate relevant sections into English, the purpose being the increased popularity of the specialty on the world market in the wake of the switch of the Lira to the Euro currency. The new edition expanded its listings to the Venetian AQs letter-sheets of the 1600s. Collectors had become aware of the existence of AQs in the early 1950s following Giorgio dal Gian’s publication of his catalogue on postmarks and AQs of the Republic of Venice (I timbri postali ed i tagli delli soldi 4 per lettera della Repubblica di Venezia, published in Venice, 1950). The AQs never raised great enthusiasm among collectors but it is worth mentioning them to the vast number of collectors who are unaware of their existence and significance. These letter-sheets remained in use for almost two-hundred years, between 1608 and the fall of the Venetian Republic in 1797. A 4 pence levy was collected for each of them and the revenue from their sale was allotted to the Magistrate of Waters, whence the heading AQe used for this type of stationery. Funds were then used for dredging and land reclaiming projects of the Brenta, Muson and Bottenigo Rivers. Charts of Italian postal rates between 1874 and 2000 are placed at the beginning of the catalogue to impart clarity to the subject matter. This is followed by listings for the Cavallini of the Kingdom of Sardinia and the stationery issued by Austria in the 1860s for its territories in the Venetian region. The catalogue then proceeds with listings of post cards, envelopes, lettercards and letter-sheets, aerogrammes etc. Many Italian postal stationery items have features that make them particularly appealing to the thematic collector. They include post cards with commercial or propaganda mini-display advertisements and post cards with pictures on the address side. The heavy demand by philatelists who want to spice-up their collections with the unusual and the esoteric has caused price increases. Other departments have shown routine or moderate increases but the market for this type of material is - generally speaking - better off than the strictly philatelic one. The prices given in this volume are realistic and remain a good basis for buy and sell transactions; unfortunately the same could not be said for stamp catalogues where lots of difficult to find items are underpriced and so-called rarities are overpriced to an extreme. Interitalia’s approach has proven its worth especially during the complex times we are living in, times that have accentuated the frailties of certain philatelic trends. The specialized listings and detailed descriptions include the following areas: Italian States, Italy proper, Trento, Trieste, Dalmatia, the Aegean Islands, Venezia Giulia, Lubiana and the Dalmatian provinces occupied in 1941, the Italian Post Offices Abroad (Albania, Epirus, Turkey, China, Egypt, Crete, Tripolitania, Tunisia), all the Italian Colonies, Albania 1939-1943, Corfu 1943, Montenegro 1941-1943, San Marino, Vatican City, Sovereign Military Order of Malta, Armed Forces postcards and lettersheets the expeditionary force in Albania (1939), Italo Ethiopian War 1935-7, Italo Turkish War and Libyan operations 1911-1932, War in Spain (1937-1938), World War I and World War II, Air letters, International Reply Coupons, Parcel post dispatch cards, Postal money orders cards, Postal Savings certificates, postcards with advertisements, private essays, private overprints, slot machine cards, Social Republic postal stationery, Stamped-to-order cards, Stationery cut-outs and much more. The retail price of this third edition of the Interitalia catalogue has been kept very low and it would be a good idea for specialists, thematic collectors and those who collect the Italian area to get a copy of this well produced and highly informative publication. Reviewed by Giorgio Migliavacca
Price: $75.00
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CANADA & NEWFOUNDLAND CENSORSHIP WORLD WAR 2
Country: CANADA
Condition: CANADA & NEWFOUNDLAND CENSORSHIP WORLD WAR 2
Description: WORLD WAR 2 POSTAL CENSORSHIP IN CANADA & NEWFOUNDLAND ~~~ 160 pages (8"x11"), 2010, SPIRAL BOUND IN ENGLISH * ILLUSTRATIONS THROUGHOUT LOOK AT THE SCANS TO READ DETAILS OF THE CONTENTS ESSENTIAL REFERENCE FOR THE SERIOUS SCHOLAR ************ WE SHIP WORLDWIDE *** HANDLING & POSTAGE: VARIES DEPENDING ON DESTINATION
Price: $42.00
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BRAZIL AIR MAIL by KRIEBEL exhaustive important book
Country: BRAZIL
Condition: BRAZIL AIR MAIL by KRIEBEL exhaustive important book
Description: A History of the Development of Air Mail Service in Brazil by William Victor Kriebel. This 200+ page book provides comprehensive coverage of the development of the various airlines that have carried mail in and out of Brazil. The mail carrying flights of Aeropostal, Lufthansa, LATI, NYRBA. Pan Am, Varig. Condor and others are chronicled in detail. The book is copiously illustrated with the stamps and covers relevant to the various flights and airlines. 8 1/2 X 11 inch format. 1957.
Price: $48.00
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USA PASSED BY ARMY CENSOR 1941-42 -- fantastic BOOK
Country: USA
Condition: USA PASSED BY ARMY CENSOR 1941-42 -- fantastic BOOK
Description: Passed By Army Censor By Richard W. Helbock 256 pages Hard Bound. in English A catalog of censor markings used on mail from American soldiers and War Department civilians assigned overseas in 1941 and 1942. There are 18 chapters in all and they are organized chronologically and geographically. All Army operations throughout the world are covered. The last chapter deals with Operation Torch (the invasion of North Africa) which involved nearly 200 thousand servicemen and was a turning point in the war in Europe. Well illustrated with covers and markings
Price: $62.00
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URUGUAY: EARLY STAMPS & FORGERIES
Country: URUGUAY
Condition: URUGUAY: EARLY STAMPS & FORGERIES
Description: URUGUAY EARLY STAMPS & FORGERIES URUGUAY 1856-1909 and EARLY FORGERIES **** This little precious 40-page book (in English) is replete with illustrations and includes the following works: EARLY STAMPS OF URUGUAY by C A Howes, 1911; DILIGENCIAS by L.A. Micheloni, 1911; and the 1882 research on MONTEVIDEO and URUGUAY forgeries written by Earee in 1882. Valuable anthology of vintage research for the specialist.
Price: $24.00
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FORGERIES OF COLOMBIA BY EAREE NEW REPRINT 60 pages 40 ILLUSTRATIONS
Country: COLOMBIA
Condition: FORGERIES OF COLOMBIA BY EAREE NEW REPRINT 60 pages 40 ILLUSTRATIONS
Description: A good and comprehensive, but by no means complete, description of a good number of the existing forgeries of COLOMBIA (1859-1870). The differences between the genuine stamps and the forgeries are described in great detail. 60 Pages, in English, with 40 Illustrations including some new ones of forged and genuine stamps as a bonus. 2013 Reprint of the 1905 last and best compilation from Earee's 3rd Edition of "ALBUM WEEDS - or How To Detect Forged Stamps" Earee gives details for every forged stamp and postmark known at that time. The book gives simple ways to pick the genuine from the forgeries. A essential work for collectors of classic issues. THIS REPRINT MAKES AVAILABLE -- FOR THE FIRST TIME --RESEARCH FROM EAREE'S WORK IN CONVENIENT REPRINTS OF SINGLE COUNTRIES (before you had to buy a book that now retails for $200 with countries A to Z; or at best a modern reprint in 6 volumes that would cost you $150 to $200 -- both long out of print!!!) EXPECT: Research that was compiled at the end of the 1800s EXPECT: Good production with printing quality based on an original that was produced 108 years ago DO NOT EXPECT 2013 photography, or state-of-the-art typographical and lay-out quality in a reprint of a 1905 book . BEING THE EARLIEST DETAILED RESEARCH ON THE SUBJECT MATTER THE VALUE OF THIS BOOKLET IS ESSENTIALLY ITS GREAT BIBLIOGRAPHIC RELEVANCE LIMITED EDITION *** NOT TO BE MISSED!!! ESSENTIAL BIBLIOGRAPHIC REFERENCE FOR THE SERIOUS COLLECTOR WE SHIP WORLDWIDE HANDLING & POSTAGE: FREE SHIPPING 5 WORKING DAYS HANDLING TIME and then Postal Delivery Time as follows: POSTAL DELIVERY TIME: varies from 15 to 30 WORKING days (weekends & holidays are not working days and cannot be counted as shipping days); postal service delays are quite possible at either end or in transit!! PAYMENT PAYPAL accepted.
Price: $27.00
Item Id #003829    See Details...
FORGERIES ARGENTINA & BUENOS AYRES 1856-1892 by Earee
Country: ARGENTINA
Condition: FORGERIES ARGENTINA & BUENOS AYRES 1856-1892 by Earee
Description: ROBERT BRISCO EAREE *** ARGENTINA & BUENOS AYRES FORGERIES 1856-1892 *** 32 Pages, in English, with Illustrations *** 2011 Reprint of the 1905 3rd and last compilation from Earee's 3rd Edition of "ALBUM WEEDS - or How To Detect Forged Stamps" Earee illustrates and gives details for every forged stamp and postmark then known or recorded ANYWHERE in the world. The book gives simple ways to pick the genuine from the forgeries. An essential work for collectors of classic issues of Argentina. NOT TO BE MISSED!!! ESSENTIAL REFERENCE FOR THE SERIOUS COLLECTOR
Price: $25.00     Sale Price! $22.00
Item Id #003921    See Details...
FORGERIES IRAN PERU PHILIPPINES by Earee
Country: PHILIPPINES
Condition: FORGERIES PERSIA IRAN PERU PHILIPPINES by Earee
Description: ROBERT BRISCO EAREE **** PERSIA ** PERU ** PHILIPPINES: FORGERIES A good and comprehensive, but by no means complete, description of a good number of the existing forgeries of Iran (1875-1886), Peru (1858-1884) and the Philippines(1854-1864). The differences between the genuine stamps and the forgeries are described in great detail. 24 Pages, in English, with Illustrations including some new ones of forged [or genuine] stamps as a bonus 2011 Reprint of the 1905 last and best compilation from Earee's 3rd Edition of "ALBUM WEEDS - or How To Detect Forged Stamps" Earee gives details for every forged stamp and postmark known at that time. The book gives simple ways to pick the genuine from the forgeries. An essential work for collectors of classic issues. THIS REPRINT MAKES AVAILABLE -- FOR THE FIRST TIME --RESEARCH FROM EAREE'S WORK IN CONVENIENT REPRINTS OF SINGLE COUNTRIES (before you had to buy a book that now retails for $200 with countries A to Z; or at best a modern reprint in 6 volumes that would cost you $150 to $200 -- both long out of print!!!) EXPECT: Research that was compiled at the end of the 1800s EXPECT: Good production with printing quality based on an original that was produced 106 years ago DO NOT EXPECT 2011 photography, or state-of-the-art typographical and lay-out quality in a reprint of a 1905 book BEING THE EARLIEST DETAILED RESEARCH ON THE SUBJECT MATTER THE VALUE OF THIS BOOKLET IS ESSENTIALLY ITS GREAT BIBLIOGRAPHIC RELEVANCE LIMITED EDITION *** NOT TO BE MISSED!!! ESSENTIAL BIBLIOGRAPHIC REFERENCE FOR THE SERIOUS COLLECTOR WE SHIP WORLDWIDE
Price: $22.00
Item Id #003922    See Details...
FORGERIES VENEZUELA EARLY ISSUES by Earee REPRINT
Country: VENEZUELA
Condition: FORGERIES VENEZUELA EARLY ISSUES by Earee REPRINT
Description: ROBERT BRISCO EAREE ~~~~ VENEZUELA FORGERIES 1850s-1860s ~~~ IN ENGLISH, 40 pages, with illustrations of the 1906 Edition + Added a few Illustrations of genuine and forged stamps as a bonus **** Also included as an added feature is a chapter by Dr. Giorgio Migliavacca, titled ROBERT BRISCO EAREE: THE PIONEER ENCYCLOPAEDIST OF STAMP FORGERIES *** A good and comprehensive, but by no means complete, description of a good number of the existing forgeries of Venezuelan stamps of the 1850s-1860s. The differences between the genuine stamps and the forgeries are described in great detail [the focus of the Author is to give ample descriptions, since at the time stamp photography was in its infancy]. *** BEING THE EARLIEST DETAILED RESEARCH ON THE SUBJECT MATTER THE VALUE OF THIS BOOKLET IS ESSENTIALLY ITS GREAT BIBLIOGRAPHIC RELEVANCE *** 2011 Reprint of the 1906 3rd and last compilation from Earee's 3rd Edition of "ALBUM WEEDS - or How To Detect Forged Stamps" *** Earee illustrates and gives details for every forged stamp and postmark then known or recorded ANYWHERE in the world. The book gives simple ways to pick the genuine from the forgeries. An essential work for collectors of classic issues. *** THIS REPRINT MAKES AVAILABLE -- FOR THE FIRST TIME --RESEARCH FROM EAREE'S WORK IN CONVENIENT REPRINTS OF SINGLE COUNTRIES (before you had to buy a book that now retails for $200 with countries A to Z; or at best a modern reprint in 6 volumes that would cost you $150 to $200 -- both long out of print!!!) ~~~ EXPECT: Research that was compiled at the end of the 1800s ** EXPECT: Good production with printing quality based on an original that was produced 106 years ago ~~~ DO NOT EXPECT 2011 photography, or state-of-the-art typographical and lay-out quality in a reprint of a 1906 book *** BEING THE EARLIEST DETAILED RESEARCH ON THE SUBJECT MATTER THE VALUE OF THIS BOOKLET IS ESSENTIALLY ITS GREAT BIBLIOGRAPHIC RELEVANCE ~~~ LIMITED EDITION *** NOT TO BE MISSED!!! ESSENTIAL BIBLIOGRAPHIC REFERENCE FOR THE SERIOUS COLLECTOR *** WE SHIP WORLDWIDE
Price: $24.00     Sale Price! $22.00
Item Id #003923    See Details...
CANADA POST OFFICES BY CAMPBELL 1972 EDITION rare HARDBOUND USED
Condition: CANADA POST OFFICES BY CAMPBELL 1972 EDITION rare HARDBOUND USED
Description: SEE SCANS IN ENGLISH * HARD BOUND * MANY ILLUSTRATIONS * 210 PAGES * 1972 reprint IMPORTANT REFERENCE WORK THIS IS A USED BOOK WITH A FEW MINOR PROBLEMS, for example: THE BINDING IS STILL STRONG BUT HAS SEEN BETTER DAYS, SCOTCH TAPE STAINS (SEE SCAN) AND SOME MINOR INSECT NIBBLING. THE TEXT PAGES HOWEVER ARE WELL PRESERVED AND IN FINE TO VERY FINE CONDITION AFTER 40 YEARS ON THE SHELVES OF TWO LIBRARIES * NOT FOR THE PERFECTIONIST BUT PERFECTLY FINE FOR THE WISE SCHOLAR EX LIBRIS WESTERN PHILATELIC LIBRARY, and stamp of SUNNYVALE PUBLIC LIBRARY
Price: $69.00
Item Id #004137    See Details...
USA TEN CENT STAMPS 1855-1859 BY NEINKEN used
Country: USA
Condition: USA TEN CENT STAMPS 1855-1859 BY NEINKEN used
Description: BY MORTIMER NEINKEN 252 PAGES HARDBOUND ILLUSTRATIONS THROUGHOUT BINDING FINE except for SOME BRUISE at top left visible in Scan AND OVERALL CONDITION VERY FINE (dust jacket shows considerable wear & tear...obviously the book was read time and again) In English
Price: $69.00
Item Id #004138    See Details...
USA BUREAU OF ENGRAVING & PRINTING 1862-1962 used
Country: USA
Condition: USA BUREAU OF ENGRAVING & PRINTING 1862-1962 used
Description: 1978, REPRINT 218 PAGES HARDBOUND ILLUSTRATIONS THROUGHOUT BINDING VERY FINE AND OVERALL CONDITION VERY FINE (hardly any shelf life wear) In English
Price: $55.00
Item Id #004141    See Details...
USA EMBOSSED REVENUE 1st FED ISSUE BY COMBS used
Country: USA
Condition: USA EMBOSSED REVENUE 1st FED ISSUE BY COMBS used
Description: 1979, FIRST EDITION BY W. V. COMBS 134 PAGES HARDBOUND (spine discoloured by sun otherwise fine) ILLUSTRATIONS THROUGHOUT BINDING QUITE GOOD AND OVERALL CONDITION FINE In English
Price: $48.00
Item Id #004142    See Details...
USA SAN FRANCISCO THE BEGINNINGS BY SKINNER ELDREDGE
Country: USA
Condition: USA SAN FRANCISCO THE BEGINNINGS BY SKINNER ELDREDGE
Description: 433 PAGES ILLUSTRATIONS THROUGHOUT INCLUDING A CALIFORNIA MAP (small sealed tear not detracting) BINDING SUN DISCOLORATION & INK BLOTS, HANDWRITING ON BOARDS INSIDE, OTHERWISE IN GOOD TO FINE QUALITY, THE REFINED COLLECTOR MAY CONSIDER A NEW BINDING FOR THIS RARE AND IMPORTANT VOLUME FIRST EDITION 1912 ************* NON PHILATELIC - NON POSTAL HISTORY!!!!! ******** In English
Price: $60.00
Item Id #004143    See Details...
USA EMBOSSED REVENUE 2nd FEDERAL ISSUE BY COMBS used
Country: USA
Condition: USA EMBOSSED REVENUE 2nd FEDERAL ISSUE BY COMBS used
Description: 1988, FIRST EDITION BY W. V. COMBS 158 PAGES HARDBOUND ILLUSTRATIONS THROUGHOUT BINDING QUITE FINE AND OVERALL CONDITION VERY FINE In English
Price: $49.00
Item Id #004146    See Details...
CANADA CENTENNIAL DEFINITIVES by Gronbeck-Jones used
Condition: CANADA CENTENNIAL DEFINITIVES by Gronbeck-Jones used
Description: IN ENGLISH * 40 PAGES * 1972 With very minor signs of use and shelf life, otherwise very fine used copy NOT TO BE MISSED!!! ESSENTIAL REFERENCE FOR THE SERIOUS COLLECTOR
Price: $21.00
Item Id #004163    See Details...
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA RL AUCTION Bermuda 1975
Country: USA
Condition: UNITED STATES OF AMERICA RL AUCTION Bermuda 1975
Description: 255 lots, auction catalogue Robson Lowe, Bermuda 28 Nov 1975 18th Century Letters EARLY EXPRESS COMPANIES INDEPENDENT MAIL CARRIERS POSTMASTER PROVISIONALS GENERAL ISSUES VIA PANAMA COVERS
Price: $23.00
Item Id #004167    See Details...
UNITED STATES OF AMERICA RL AUCTION Bermuda 1978
Country: USA
Condition: UNITED STATES OF AMERICA RL AUCTION Bermuda 1978
Description: 866 lots, auction catalogue Robson Lowe, Bermuda 26 JAN 1978 - incl Walter Hubbard Collection GOOD SECTIONS OF GENERAL ISSUES INCLUDING COVERS AND RARITIES CALIFORNIA ROUTES CANCELLATIONS PATRIOTIC COVERS CARRIERS LOCAL POSTS WE SHIP WORLDWIDE
Price: $25.00
Item Id #004168    See Details...