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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
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USA TELEGRAPH ISSUES by J S & S RICH 1947
Country: USA
Condition: USA TELEGRAPH ISSUES by J S & S RICH 1947
Description: 76 PAGES illustrated throughout IN ENGLISH * 1947 TELEGRAPH COMPANIES SEALS & ENVELOPES STAMPS & FRANKS PUERTO RICO COUNTERFEITS PRICES Used, but really in good condition VERY INFORMATIVE & VERY IMPORTANT BOOK if you are a perfectionist BEWARE this book is USED INDESPENSABLE TO THE SERIOUS COLLECTOR
Price: $40.00
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SWITZERLAND POSTAL STATIONERY H & G CATALOG
Country: SWITZERLAND
Condition: SWITZERLAND POSTAL STATIONERY H & G CATALOG
Description: SWITZERLAND * 45 PAGES ************************************ We are offering the pages of SINGLE COUNTRIES from a used set in good condition. They have punch holes at left to fit appropriate 3-ring binders - no binder is included in this lot. Some countries have updates pasted at the proper point of the listings; in rare cases a few listings are marked, or "ticked" with v (this is mentioned for accuracy but it does not detract from usefulness) -- THE PAGES are ORIGINAL PAGES from the editions of the 1970s (do not expect listings to go beyond the early 1970s) -- these pages ARE NOT PHOTOCOPIES Higgins & Gage, World Postal Stationery Catalogue, the definitive work on postal stationery issues of the world. HIGGINS & GAGE is to postal stationery what Scott, Michel, Yvert Tellier and Stanley Gibbons are to stamps. You will find listings for all Postal Cards, Letter Cards, Envelopes, Letter Sheets, Wrappers, Aerogrammes, Telephone Forms, Registry, Special Delivery, Pneumatic Post, Parcel Post, COD, Post Office Forms, Insurance, Receipts, Franked Envelopes and much more information. In English, priced in US $. VERY USEFUL WIKIPEDIA describes the Higgins and Gage opus as "the only encyclopaedic catalogue of POSTAL STATIONERY covering the whole world. Despite most volumes not having been updated for over twenty years, the catalogue and the H & G numbering system are still widely used by philatelists and stamp dealers as although the values given in the catalogue are out of date, there is no other comprehensive listing of world postal stationery."
Price: $24.50
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ITALY AREA FORGERIES: SAN MARINO ITALY LEVANT FIUME
Country: ITALY
Condition: ITALY AREA FORGERIES: SAN MARINO ITALY LEVANT FIUME
Description: ITALIAN AREA FORGERIES *** FALSI DELL’AREA ITALIANA *** Étude sur les Faux Timbres de ITALIE * FIUME * ILES DE LA MER EGEE * LEVANT: BUREAUX ITALIENS * SAINT MARIN * CRÈTE Seminal work by A. De Haene , in French, plenty of good useful information throughout. Easy reading even for those with rather limited knowledge of French. ~~~~~~~ It includes forgeries, forgeries to defraud the post office, reprints, alterations, forged postmarks, forged overprints: ITALY * AUSTRIAN OCCUPATION OF ITALY * TRENTINO ISSUES * VENEZIA GIULIA * ITALIAN POST OFFICES IN THE LEVANT * FIUME * AEGEAN ISLANDS * SAN MARINO * CRETE: LA CANEA Reprint of the rare 1926 edition, fine quality, printed on high quality, white paper from short fibre pulp from eucalyptus trees, chlorine free. 20 pages with black & white illustrations. QUITE A FEW ILLUSTRATIONS HAVE BEEN ADDED TO THE ORIGINAL EDITION and where possible the original edition has been digitally improved. LIMITED EDITION. THIS IS A MUST HAVE bibliophile publication. *~*~*~*~*~*~*~**~*~*~*~*~*~*~* Studio pionieristico di DE HAENE sui falsi dell’area italiana compresi falsi per posta, falsi per filatelisti, alterazioni e trucchi, annulli falsi, ristampe. In Francese, facile da usare. Comprende: ITALIA EMISSIONI FINO AGLI ANNI 20 * OCCUPAZIONE AUSTRIACA * TRENTINO & VENEZIA GIULIA * UFFICI ITALIANI NEL LEVANTE COMPRESE LE SOVRASTAMPE “ESTERO” * FIUME * EGEO * SAN MARINO * LA CANEA: CRETA *~*~*~*~*~*~*~* 20 PAGINE
Price: $26.00     Sale Price! $24.00
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POLAND LOCALS 1918 - 1999 edition in English USEFUL
Country: POLAND
Condition: POLAND LOCALS 1918 - 1999 edition in English USEFUL
Description: by J. Barefoot. Handbook covering the private or municipal Local delivery Posts operating 1915-1919 during the period of civilian postal disruption owing to occupation by German forces in WWI and the vacuum following their retreat, along with the 1918 Polish Postmasters provisional overprints. Totally reworked since its ancestor which was published in 1981. Text in English, 92 pages, published 1999.
Price: $39.00
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GRAF ZEPPELIN IN AUSTRIA by Duggan 80 pages OUT OF PRINT
Country: AUSTRIA
Condition: GRAF ZEPPELIN IN AUSTRIA by Duggan 80 pages OUT OF PRINT
Description: A truly important book (82 pages) replete with excellent illustrations -- well researched - English text - this book is an absolute must for the specialist. Examines flights from 1929 to 1931 in great detail including postal rates, postmarks and cachets, flight routes etc. Much information not found elsewhere: highly recommended.
Price: $29.00
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TURKEY & CRETE FORGERIES - De Haene - rare booklet
Country: TURKEY
Condition: TURKEY & CRETE FORGERIES - De Haene - rare booklet
Description: TURKEY & CRETE FORGERIES Étude sur les Faux Timbres de TURQUIE et CRÈTE ~~~~~~~~ Seminal work by A. De Haene , in French, plenty of good useful information throughout. Easy reading even for those with rather limited knowledge of French. ~~~~~~~~ It includes forgeries, reprints, alterations, forged postmarks, forged overprints, phantom creations: TURKEY from 1862 to 1916; CRETE: FRENCH, ENGLISH, RUSSIAN, CRETAN, AUSTRIAN, and ITALIAN POST OFFICES Reprint of the rare 1926 edition, fine quality, printed on high quality, white paper. 16 pages with black & white illustrations. QUITE A FEW ILLUSTRATIONS HAVE BEEN ADDED TO THE ORIGINAL EDITION and where possible the original edition has been digitally improved. LIMITED EDITION. THIS IS A MUST HAVE bibliophile publication.
Price: $22.00
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ITALY TURKEY: ITALIAN POST OFFICES IN CONSTANTINOPLE 1908-1923 in English
Country: ITALY
Condition: ITALY TURKEY: ITALIAN POST OFFICES IN CONSTANTINOPLE 1908-1923 in English
Description: THE ITALIAN POST OFFICES IN CONSTANTINOPLE 1908-1923 By Mario Chesne Dauphine and Colin Pilkington In English, 2007 reprint of the 1988 Edition. A4, 76 pages, illustrated throughout. SPIRAL BOUND Brief History of the Offices 1908-1923 * Exchange Rates and Postal Rates * Stamps issued for, and used in, Constantinople * Postal markings, labels and cachets * Mixed Frankings * Bibliography The most complete work in English on this fascinating postal history chapter. Required reading for the specialist and the astute collector who wants to know the real importance and value of certain items. A very useful reference that will enable you to mount your postal history collection in a sensible way and in a way that will greatly enhance its value and relevance.
Price: $53.00
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CLOUTH THE AIRSHIP FROM COLOGNE by Duggan Woodward
Condition: CLOUTH THE AIRSHIP FROM COLOGNE by Duggan Woodward
Description: A truly important book replete with excellent illustrations and well researched - English and German text side by side - deals with the history of this airship and give many details about its flights - 32 pages --- Valuable source of information for the specialised collector.
Price: $21.00
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REAL OR FAKE STUDIES IN AUTHENTICATION BY JOE NICKELL
Condition: REAL OR FAKE STUDIES IN AUTHENTICATION BY JOE NICKELL
Description: SEE SCANS FOR MORE INFORMATION IN ENGLISH * HARD BOUND * MANY ILLUSTRATIONS * 252 PAGES * 2009 edition NOT PHILATELIC BUT QUITE USEFUL TO THE PHILATELIC SHERLOCK HOLMES among topics touched: documents * photographs * artifacts * writing * out of the archives etc WE SHIP WORLDWIDE
Price: $55.00
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SURINAM POSTAL STATIONERY H & G CATALOG
Country: SURINAM
Condition: SURINAM POSTAL STATIONERY H & G CATALOG
Description: SURINAM * 4 PAGES ************************************ We are offering the pages of SINGLE COUNTRIES from a used set in good condition. They have punch holes at left to fit appropriate 3-ring binders - no binder is included in this lot. Some countries have updates pasted at the proper point of the listings; in rare cases a few listings are marked, or "ticked" with v (this is mentioned for accuracy but it does not detract from usefulness) -- THE PAGES are ORIGINAL PAGES from the editions of the 1970s (do not expect listings to go beyond the early 1970s) -- these pages ARE NOT PHOTOCOPIES Higgins & Gage, World Postal Stationery Catalogue, the definitive work on postal stationery issues of the world. HIGGINS & GAGE is to postal stationery what Scott, Michel, Yvert Tellier and Stanley Gibbons are to stamps. You will find listings for all Postal Cards, Letter Cards, Envelopes, Letter Sheets, Wrappers, Aerogrammes, Telephone Forms, Registry, Special Delivery, Pneumatic Post, Parcel Post, COD, Post Office Forms, Insurance, Receipts, Franked Envelopes and much more information. In English, priced in US $. VERY USEFUL WIKIPEDIA describes the Higgins and Gage opus as "the only encyclopaedic catalogue of POSTAL STATIONERY covering the whole world. Despite most volumes not having been updated for over twenty years, the catalogue and the H & G numbering system are still widely used by philatelists and stamp dealers as although the values given in the catalogue are out of date, there is no other comprehensive listing of world postal stationery."
Price: $5.50
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CONSTANTINOPLE * AUSTRIAN POST OFFICE  by VON EBERHORST * REPRINT
Condition: CONSTANTINOPLE * AUSTRIAN POST OFFICE by VON EBERHORST * REPRINT
Description: Austrian Post Office in Constantinople until the middle of the 18th century -- IN GERMAN, 39 pages + MAP 1994 reprint of the 1903 Vienna Edition ** Research focuses on the 1700s ** Introduction to Turkish Postal Service * Representation of Austria in Constantinople * couriers and janissaries post orders * the quarantine of Parakin (Semlin) ** beginning of delivery of private mail ** delivery of mail from HOLLAND & ENGLAND ** postal rates ** monthly postal course stabilisation ** arrangements of post offices in Constantinople ** control of the oriental postage in Vienna ** twice a month postal delivery ** POSTAL ROUTES ********* Die Österreichische Post in Konstantinopel : von ihrem Entstehen bis zur Mitte des 18. Jahrhunderts -- Author: Alexander Eberan von Eberhorst -- Publisher: Pavia, Italy : G. Migliavacca, 1994.
Price: $28.00
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AEROFILATELIA ITALIANA CATALOGO by CORSARI & DE SIMONI
Country: Italy
Condition: AEROFILATELIA ITALIANA CATALOGO by CORSARI & DE SIMONI
Description: RARE BOOK ON ITALIAN AIRMAIL 1784-1940, IN ITALIAN, PUBLISHED IN 1972 230 pages compiled by two top specialists as a chronology with all relevant information, illustrated throughout in black & white - MISSING IN MOST PHILATELIC LIBRARIES
Price: $80.00
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CANADA POSTAL STATIONERY BY BOND * HARDBOUND 1953 FIRST EDITION
Country: CANADA
Condition: CANADA POSTAL STATIONERY BY BOND * HARDBOUND 1953 FIRST EDITION
Description: SEE SCANS IN ENGLISH * HARD BOUND * MANY ILLUSTRATIONS * 144 PAGES * FIRST EDITION IMPORTANT REFERENCE WORK THIS IS A USED BOOK SHOWING SOME SIGNS OF SHELF LIFE AND AGING (60 years on a shelf!!); THE BINDING IS STILL FINE BUT SHOWS SOME VERY FAINT COLOR REMNANTS, MENTIONED FOR ACCURACY AND NOT DISFIGURING; THE PAGES SEEM FINE TO VERY FINE WITH NO PEN OR PENCIL MARKS * NOT FOR THE PERFECTIONIST BUT PERFECTLY FINE FOR THE WISE SCHOLAR WE SHIP WORLDWIDE
Price: $47.00
Item Id #004205    See Details...
SOUTH AUSTRALIA POSTAL STATIONERY H & G CATALOG
Country: SOUTH AUSTRALIA
Condition: SOUTH AUSTRALIA POSTAL STATIONERY H & G CATALOG
Description: SOUTH AUSTRALIA * 4 PAGES ************************************ We are offering the pages of SINGLE COUNTRIES from a used set in good condition. They have punch holes at left to fit appropriate 3-ring binders - no binder is included in this lot. Some countries have updates pasted at the proper point of the listings; in rare cases a few listings are marked, or "ticked" with v (this is mentioned for accuracy but it does not detract from usefulness) -- THE PAGES are ORIGINAL PAGES from the editions of the 1970s (do not expect listings to go beyond the early 1970s) -- these pages ARE NOT PHOTOCOPIES Higgins & Gage, World Postal Stationery Catalogue, the definitive work on postal stationery issues of the world. HIGGINS & GAGE is to postal stationery what Scott, Michel, Yvert Tellier and Stanley Gibbons are to stamps. You will find listings for all Postal Cards, Letter Cards, Envelopes, Letter Sheets, Wrappers, Aerogrammes, Telephone Forms, Registry, Special Delivery, Pneumatic Post, Parcel Post, COD, Post Office Forms, Insurance, Receipts, Franked Envelopes and much more information. In English, priced in US $. VERY USEFUL WIKIPEDIA describes the Higgins and Gage opus as "the only encyclopaedic catalogue of POSTAL STATIONERY covering the whole world. Despite most volumes not having been updated for over twenty years, the catalogue and the H & G numbering system are still widely used by philatelists and stamp dealers as although the values given in the catalogue are out of date, there is no other comprehensive listing of world postal stationery."
Price: $6.00
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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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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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USA SPECIAL DELIVERY SERVICE
Condition: USA SPECIAL DELIVERY SERVICE "THE SPEEDY" BY GOBIE used
Description: IN ENGLISH - HARD BOUND 296 PAGES - many illustrations 1976, LONG OUT OF PRINT - RARE SUPERB STANDARD REFERENCE WORK USED, very minor or hardly noticeable shelf life signs -- overall VERY FINE
Price: $64.00
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CHINA PEOPLE'S REPUBL STATIONERY HIGGINS GAGE CATALOG
Country: CHINA
Condition: CHINA PEOPLE'S REPUBL STATIONERY HIGGINS GAGE CATALOG
Description: 6 Original Pages ************************************ We are offering the pages of SINGLE COUNTRIES from a used set in good condition. They have punch holes at left to fit appropriate 3-ring binders - no binder is included in this lot. THE PAGES (UNLESS OTHERWISE INDICATED) are ORIGINAL PAGES mostly from the Second and Last edition of the 1980s -- they ARE NOT PHOTOCOPIES Higgins & Gage, World Postal Stationery Catalogue, the definitive work on postal stationery issues of the world. HIGGINS & GAGE is to postal stationery what Scott, Michel, Yvert Tellier and Stanley Gibbons are to stamps. You will find listings for all Postal Cards, Letter Cards, Envelopes, Letter Sheets, Wrappers, Aerogrammes, Telephone Forms, Registry, Special Delivery, Pneumatic Post, Parcel Post, COD, Post Office Forms, Insurance, Receipts, Franked Envelopes and much more information. In English, priced in US $. VERY USEFUL WIKIPEDIA describes the Higgins and Gage opus as "the only encyclopaedic catalogue of POSTAL STATIONERY covering the whole world. Despite most volumes not having been updated for over twenty years, the catalogue and the H & G numbering system are still widely used by philatelists and stamp dealers as although the values given in the catalogue are out of date, there is no other comprehensive listing of world postal stationery."
Price: $5.50
Item Id #006254    See Details...
USA ARCTICA, NOME GOLD, ALASKA by Kenneth Kutz
Country: USA
Condition: USA ARCTICA, NOME GOLD, ALASKA by Kenneth Kutz
Description: Signed by the Author SEE SCAN FOR INTRODUCTION 248 PAGES HARDBOUND ILLUSTRATIONS THROUGHOUT BINDING VERY FINE AND OVERALL CONDITION VERY FINE (some dust jacket discoloration) In English *********** SHIPPING TO PLACES OUTSIDE THE USA PLEASE ADD $20
Price: $47.00
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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
Item Id #013934    See Details...
ITALY 1850s - 1863 FORGERIES TO DEFRAUD THE POST OFFICE
Country: Italy
Condition: ITALY 1850s - 1863 FORGERIES TO DEFRAUD THE POST OFFICE
Description: LOMBARDY-VENETIA * NAPLES * NEAPOLITAN PROVINCES * PAPAL STATES * ITALY (up to 1863) **** FORGERIES TO DEFRAUD THE POST OFFICE ~~~~~~ 40 HIGH DEFINITION (A4 size) LOOSE COLOR PLATES PROVIDING VERY GOOD ILLUSTRATIONS * Detailed information for SPOTTING CLUES IDENTIFYING THE FORGERIES TO DEFRAUD THE POST OFFICE. The plates are inside a hard elegant cardboard file folder - LIMITED EDITION
Price: $90.00
Item Id #014446    See Details...
AUSTRIA LOMBARDO VENETO 1st Issue DE FRANK NEW NEW
Country: ITALY
Condition: AUSTRIA LOMBARDO VENETO 1st Issue DE FRANK NEW NEW
Description: AUSTRIA First Issue LOMBARDO VENETO ITALY: DE FRANK, 1933 RARE NEW MILLENNIUM REPRINT ******* 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
Item Id #014702    See Details...
FRANCE ITALY CISALPINE REPUBLIC AND KINGDOM
Country: ITALY
Condition: FRANCE ITALY CISALPINE REPUBLIC AND KINGDOM
Description: MILITARY FREE FRANK MARKS OF THE CISALPINE REPUBLIC AND KINGDOM OF ITALY by L. Previato, in Italian, large format, over 300pp with 100s of pmks illustrated and priced. Includes Health Authorities, Navy, Polish Legion, artillery, War Commissioners, infantry, cavalry, and Ministry of war chapters. Superb, award-winning publication, rare title impossible to find - USED slight wear and flaw of the dust jacket, but overall in good condition, almost as new ************ QUESTO pregevole e RARO Volume e' indispensabile ai collezionisti del settore e a tutti quelli che studiano il periodo NAPOLEONICO, oltre 300 pagine, tutti i bolli di franchigia sono illustrati e valutati - i vari capitoli esaminano i bolli usati dalla SANITA', MARINA, LEGIONI POLACCHE IN ITALIA, ARTIGLIERIA, COMMISSARI DI GUERRA, FANTERIA, CAVALLERIA, MINISTERO DELLA GUERRA ECC. - solo 100 copie stampate - copia usata con minimo danno alla sovracoperta e comunque in buono stato quasi come nuova
Price: $90.00
Item Id #003439    See Details...
USA POSTAGE STAMPS 1902-1935 by M G JOHL used
Country: USA
Condition: USA POSTAGE STAMPS 1902-1935 by M G JOHL used
Description: IN ENGLISH - HARD BOUND 590 PAGES - many illustrations 1976 Quarterman Reprint - RARE SUPERB STANDARD REFERENCE WORK USED, very minor or hardly noticeable shelf life signs (small tear in dust jacket) -- overall VERY FINE
Price: $99.00
Item Id #004207    See Details...