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CENSORED MAIL ITALY WORLD WAR 2 * POSTAL MANUAL - new
Country: ITALY
Condition: CENSORED MAIL ITALY WORLD WAR 2 * POSTAL MANUAL - new
Description: CIVIL CENSORSHIP ITALY : POSTAL MANUAL In English, 88 pages, 8" x 11", Spiral bound Postal Historian Russ Carter found this Postal Manual during his extensive research in the archives. This most important document gives a detailed picture of the Allied censorship organization in Italy during the last two years of World War 2. This precious manual gives instructions on how to handle special classes of mail; how to report to central authority, and administer the personnel; the ROUTING OF MAIL; "FRINGE" CENSORSHIP; types of mail authorized; PROVINCIAL CENSORSHIP PROCEDURE; ALLIED AUTHORIZED PERIODICALS & PUBLICATIONS; CENSORSHIP FORMS. The publication benefits from a "Report on Italian Censorship" dated October 1941. This appendix is extremely important for a number of good reasons: it links names of Italian towns with their corresponding censor numbers and it provides information that will generate further debate as to whether or not Germany performed censorship in Italy. THIS BOOK IS INDISPENSABLE TO THE COLLECTOR OF CENSORED MAIL DURING WORLD WAR 2 ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Questa pubblicazione riproduce due importantissimi documenti sulla censura della posta dei civili durante la Seconda Guerra Mondiale. Ancorche' in Inglese il volume e' di facile traduzione e getta luce su dettagli importanti e finora sconosciuti anche agli studiosi piu' agguerriti. Vi e' perfino un elenco dei periodici approvati dalla censura alleata con il numero di copie stampate. Si riproducono alcuni bolli e moduli interni e si danno notizie importanti sulle rotte postali e sulla procedure da usarsi per i vari tipi di corrispondenze sia per l'interno che per l'estero. Assolutamente indispensabile al collezionista serio e allo studioso WE SHIP WORLDWIDE
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ITALY SOCIAL REPUBLIC RSI POSTE DA CAMPO FELDPOST
Country: ITALY
Condition: ITALY SOCIAL REPUBLIC RSI POSTE DA CAMPO FELDPOST
Description: RARE BOOK **** WE ARE OFFERING A USED BOOK OF REPUBBLICA SOCIALE ITALIANA: POSTE DA CAMPO & FELDPOST— ******* Very minor shelf life and use signs, mostly VERY FINE TO ALMOST NEW, no pen or pencil marks, no dog ears etc ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ The only standard reference book on the FPOs of Mussolini's Army after he managed to escape to Northern Italy By BUZZETTI & VIRONDA FOREIGN UNITS IN ITALY UNDER GERMANY RUSSIANS CZECHS & SLOVAKS FELDPOSTS USED BY GERMAN UNITS IN ITALY -- KENN No and APM number MATCHING OF FPO NUMBERS AND UNITS OZAK ALPENVORLAND & ADRIATISCHES KUSTENLAND and their Post Offices AEGEAN ISLANDS: FELDPOST & INSELNPOST with all FPO numbers SOCIAL REPUBLIC REPUBBLICA SOCIALE ITALIANA (RSI) POSTA DA CAMPO FELDPOST NUMBERS USED BY THE RSI ARMY FELPOST 80000 SERIES NUMBERS ALLOCATED TO RSI ARMY RSI's NAVY RSI's AIR FORCE SMALL USEFUL DICTIONARY (ITALIAN- GERMAN) OF POSTAL HISTORY TERMS RELATING FELDPOSTS IN ITALY THIS IS A MUST HAVE RARE bibliophile publication OUT OF PRINT FOR SEVERAL YEARS. MISS IT & REGRET IT FOR A LONG TIME 412 pages - in Italian but easy to use - illustrations throughout - WITH EVALUATIONS - highly recommended - WE SHIP WORLDWIDE
Price: $120.00
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THE PORT OF LIVORNO  Maritime Postal History by Alan BECKER
Country: TUSCANY
Condition: THE PORT OF LIVORNO Maritime Postal History by Alan BECKER
Description: Alan Becker, The Port of Livorno - A Survey of its Maritime Postal History -- 17th to the 20th Centuries. in English, 74 pages (A4) spiral bound, color illustrations throughout. *************** This book brings together into one volume the current knowledge of the postal history of the port of Livorno. Although touched on in several other more general works, the last book covering this specific subject was published some 50 years ago. The Author is a long-time specialist of Livorno’s maritime mail postal history with related extensive collections on the various aspects. In 1676 Livorno was officially declared a free port, thus consolidating a pre-existing situation that dated back to the 1500s. During the ensuing decades many foreigners settled in Livorno forming sizable communities of French, Jewish, Dutch, Greek, Armenian and Levantine expatriates. In due course Livorno became the most important seaport of the Mediterranean, especially for importation of salted fish, cereals and grains. The Author begins with the 1600s mail of the Medici era which illustrates the great postal interaction the port had with import-export traders all over the Mediterranean and throughout Italy and Northern Europe. The end of the Medici dynasty and the inception of the Habsburg-Lorraine dynasty characterized the 1700s; these were the years that saw the post office revenue increase substantially. By the end of the 1700s, although the port’s traffic is said to have slowed down, Livorno was attracting an average 5,000 ships of all kinds and descriptions each year. Contemporaries described it as a chronically crowded port. The British had warehouses and their presence was rather important since Livorno imported spices, fabrics and manufactured goods from Britain; at the same time it exported to Britain silk, wine, olive oil, olives, cumin, straw hats, cheese, capers, camel and goat’s hair etc. The Napoleonic period brought the first maritime postmark “COLONIES PAR/LIVOURNE” and a better organized postal service. The Lorraine Grand Duke was restored in 1814; from a postal history viewpoint the 1820s, 30s and 40s, saw greater maritime traffic and with it more mail and more maritime mail postmarks. In 1843, provenance, instructional, routing and accessory hand-stamps were introduced for mail carried to Livorno by French Navy Steamers. Indeed, Becker visits all aspects of maritime mail and succeeds in presenting a clear picture of a rather complex subject matter. The 1859 Second War of Independence inflicted a severe blow on Austria and Tuscany went through a Provisional Government followed by a plebiscite that confirmed the wish of the people to have the Grand Duchy become part of the Kingdom of Italy. The transition period resulted in the adoption of Provisional Government stamps followed by those of the 4th issue of the Kingdom of Sardinia and later on those of the Kingdom of Italy. This is reflected on the covers of the time which become even more interesting with maritime mail postmarks. Mail disinfection was a major task for Livorno’s four lazarettos; they certainly were busy with bigger tasks but the postal aspect was one that was at the top of the priority list of health authorities. From the 1600s to the 1800s the lazarettos were the first to handle and disinfect incoming mail. Becker examines health passports - a corollary collecting area that appeals to specialists of disinfected mail. The steamers’ age saw the opening of French, Sardinian and Neapolitan steamship agencies in Livorno. The Grand Duchy launched the Tuscan Steamship Company in 1834 with a fleet of two vessels operating routes to Genoa, Naples and Sicily. Many hand-stamps of the agencies used on their mail feature a steamship making them particularly endearing to postal historians. With so many ships arriving every day of the week at Livorno, the port was also a major mail sorting hub; the lion’s share was secured by forwarding agents - 160 of them so far recorded as operating at Livorno. Their activity is documented by their endorsements on the letters and in many cases by the use of hand-stamps. The book ends with a very useful catalogue of cancellations used on maritime mail, and hand-stamps and seals used on disinfected mail. The English-speaking reader has now the opportunity to benefit from information and research not available before in his/her language. The Author is well aware of the needs of those who would venture in a rather complex field. A one town postal history with focus on maritime mail may look like an easy task, but experienced collectors will tell you differently. In this specific case we have a cosmopolitan town and port interacting with North Africa, Mediterranean islands, the Near East, Turkey, France and quite a number of countries in Europe. This is a fascinating book and an eye-opener for those who want to venture into new areas of research and collecting. [Reviewed by Giorgio Migliavacca]
Price: $58.00
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GRAND DUCHY OF TUSCANY * PLATING VARIETIES AND PLATE FLAWS
Country: TUSCANY
Condition: GRAND DUCHY OF TUSCANY * PLATING VARIETIES AND PLATE FLAWS
Description: “Granducato di Toscana: I Francobolli e le Varietà di Cliché” by Emilio Calcagno and Vittorio Morani; in Italian, card cover, 192 pages (6.3/4” x 9.1/2”); about 1,000 colour illustrations; published 2014. Available at: Virginstamps.com PO Box 7007, St. Thomas, VI 00801-0007 USA (issun@candwbvi.net) ****** “Hic sunt leones” [Here are the lions] the Romans used to say to indicate uncharted or troublesome areas on a map. This colourful expression has remained in the western world for centuries and has gradually shifted from cartography to modern colloquialism to describe a situation or condition for which it is wise to pay attention. We doubt ancient Etruria (today’s Tuscany and Umbria) had lions, unless they had escaped from the Coliseum after their lunch bravados so colourfully depicted by the “kolossal” movies of the 1950s. Nonetheless, in the early 1400s the Etrurian lion became Florence’s heraldic symbol. It consists of a seated lion with his right paw supporting a shield featuring the town’s coat of arms, the fleur de lys. It became popularly known as “Marzocco”. Most collectors are familiar with Donatello’s Marzocco because a crowned version is featured on the stamps of the Grand Duchy of Tuscany. Sometime in December 1850, Grand Duke Leopold II was submitted a number of options for the stamp design, including his own portrait or his own coat of arms. Vienna was watching, of course, and after careful evaluation of the proposed designs it was decided to use the Marzocco, even though it was linked to the Tuscan activists seeking independence of the Duchy. This choice has been described by philatelists and postal historians as curious and interesting. The Marzocco stamps had a relatively long life, eight years and nine months, and - from a 21st century perspective - a rather intricate currency mirrored by the face value of the various denominations: 1 Tuscany Lira = 12 Crazie = 20 Soldi = 60 Quattrini. The crown was also a significant component of the watermark’s design and the stamps were printed by letterpress in sheets of 240 stamps (three panes of 80 stamps - five rows of 16 stamps - stacked on one another, leaving a space between each pane of 1.5 millimeters). Unfortunately, budgetary constraints caused the 240 stamps to be squeezed so close that the vertical distance from one stamp to the next is hardly one millimeter; and worse yet, horizontally the distance is a lilliputian 0.8 millimeter, except for the two 1.5 millimeter inter-panneau spaces between panes mentioned earlier. The truly narrow space between stamps was no big concern at the time, but in due course it turned into a nightmare for collectors who demanded even margined examples. In this little, fussy some may say, drawback has flourished for generations the prejudice that has impacted negatively on the popularity of these stamps. Philately shows various positive aspects of the many fine individuals involved in it, but their pursuit for perfection, at times, can show their limitations as well as unrealistic expectations. From the Ministry of Finance point of view, money had been saved; the hastily conceived layout of 240 stamps avoided the paper wastage generated by the first Austria and Lombardy-Venetia issues which resulted in the inclusion of coveted St. Andrew’s Crosses to fill the empty spaces on the plate. Florence was determined to meet the deadline and to save time and money used a master plate that had suitable plugs to insert the value tablets. The technique for creating chalk moulds for stereotyping had been perfected by Turin-based printing specialist Giuseppe Giozza in 1842. [see article on page 199] Stereotype plates for the various denominations of the Grand Duchy stamps were thus created which resulted in a more consistent quality and the possibility of easy replacement of worn-out plates. This however, as we shall see, could complicate the task of plating these stamps. The Florence Mint chief engraver Giuseppe Niederost engraved the die and the printing was executed by the Grand-Duchy Printing Works owned by Francesco Cambiagi & Co. The paper was supplied by the old-reliable Cini paper mills. Among Italian States stamps, those featuring the Tuscan lion are unique when it comes to being printed on paper that is watermarked from top to bottom. This often overlooked detail permitted the vast majority of stamps of the first issue to have a watermark; in the eyes of post office’ top executives this was believed to be a great deterrent for forgers. It seems to have worked because there is no recorded occurrence of Tuscany stamps forged for the purpose of defrauding the post office. It goes without saying that the very few stamps positioned in such a way that they would not have any watermark are quite scarce. Selected denominations of the first series of the Grand Duchy made their debut on Fools’ Day. In fact, seven denominations were issued between Spring and Summer 1851: 1 Soldo ochre; 2 Soldi scarlet; 1 Crazia carmine; 2 Crazie blue; 4 Crazie green; 6 Crazie slate; and a 9 Crazie maroon. In 1852, a 1 Quattrino black (September), and a 60 Crazie scarlet (November) were added. Bluish tinted paper was used for the early printings; but later printings were on greyish tinted paper that had a subtle hue of blue. The lateness of the 60 Crazie caused it to be printed solely on the greyish tinted paper. In 1857, six denominations with the very same design were issued on white paper with diagonal wavy lines as watermark. This is traditionally referred to as the second issue which included the following values: 1 Quattrino, and 1, 2, 4, 6, and 9 Crazie. Incidentally, the watermark was designed in such a way that every single stamp had to have portions of it. The most impressive achievement of this book is to have plated 230 out of 240 stereotypes. One lone, ground-breaking article on the subject had been written in 1960 by the prolific philatelic writer Professor Cesco Giannetto and it triggered greater attention to recurrent flaws. This was duly reflected in the subsequent updates of both the Bolaffi Encyclopaedic Catalogue of Old Italian States and the C.E.I. (Catalogo Enciclopedico Italiano). The plating, however, looked like an herculean endeavour because due to the vulnerable nature of the plates, warts and blemishes were added to the congenital flaws. Additionally the position of a given stamp was not always the same and when new plates were made “musical chairs” took place; the same song and dance applied to the plate composition of the different denominations. With so many capricious variables there was no pun intended in uttering “Here are the lions” - at least until now. Meanwhile a collector-dealer by the name of Lorenzo Veracini had accumulated a huge amount of these lions, irrespective of poor margins and blemishes. His 20 years pursuit became a truly impressive collection that he exhibited at national philatelic events. This stirred great interest and became the launch pad for the co-authors of the monograph under review who had been pursuing similar endevours for quite some time. Mapping these stamps was not an easy task but, Calcagno and Morani received encouragement by the Society for the Study of the Postal History of Tuscany (A.S.Po.T.). To a large extent this was successfully accomplished, and the plating (in the old sense) was achieved for the 2 and 9 Crazie, but - due to the variables mentioned earlier - research on the other denominations is still underway. This book has a lot to offer to both the newcomer and the specialist; it is divided into two main sections: the first is entirely devoted to introducing the stamps of the Grand Duchy of Tuscany and the second delves into the plating and other highly specialised aspects of these stamps. Far from being a simple refresher course, part one outlines the postal history of the region; currencies, coins, and weights; postal rates; hand-stamps and cancellations; the context in which the postage stamps were adopted and the motivations for their introduction and use. Then the stamps, the paper, the watermark, the making of plates; the main characteristics of the stamp design; and the printing aspects. This lavishly produced monograph examines plate flaws and varieties in great detail - a task made easier in recent times thanks to the great technological progress made by digital photography, scanners and digital microscopes. All aspects that can contribute to the plating of the various stamps are examined and the wealth of illustrations makes you look at your Tuscany stamps from an entirely new perspective. Some positional flaws are positively eye-catching such as the “backpack”; the malformed “T” that looks like a cross; the flawed “B” that turns “FRANCOBOLLO” into “FRANCOROLLO”; the little cloud that makes one think that the lion is smoking; and (coincidence?) the uncoloured flaw that looks like a cigar the lion is holding with his right paw; just to mention a few. This book leaves no stones un-turned, and is a labour of love that fills a large void in the study of these interesting stamps. We are confident it will generate a greater interest in these classic issues. It is produced and printed at state-of-the-art level; the illustrations are of the highest quality; and for the many challenges a production like this may pose, the lay-out is brilliantly devised. The language barrier is not an issue here because all the pictures and blow-ups are worth a trillion words. Additionally the Authors use straight-to-the-point, simple language. This book is both highly recommended and a wise, long-lasting investment. Reviewed by Giorgio Migliavacca
Price: $73.00
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LA GUERRA DIMENTICATA  -- Crete and the Aegean Islands - a forgotten war, 1943-1945
Country: AEGEAN ISLANDS
Condition: LA GUERRA DIMENTICATA -- Crete and the Aegean Islands - a forgotten war, 1943-1945
Description: Gianfranco Mattiello, Crete and the Aegean Islands - a forgotten war, 1943-1945. In ITALIAN, 362 pages (A4), perfect-bound, black and white illustrations and maps throughout. ****** The Author is a well-known postal historian who has written important books and articles on Prisoners of War in Germany during World War II, Censorship of the Third Reich, Italian POWs in Rhodes, German Concentration Camps Censorship, and much more. Published in 2006. This book sheds much light on a tragic chapter of World War II that, due to post-war political correctness, many historians have often glossed over. Collectors of World War II postal history followed the same path, simply because the subject matter required serious research on existing literature and - more importantly - on archival sources. The latter were decimated by fire and war events. Mattiello is one of a few Italian postal history scholars who was not intimidated by such a challenge. Cephalonia is only 200 miles from the Italian coast, at the mouth of the Gulf of Corinth. What happened at Cephalonia with the massacre of the Acqui Division was not the best kept secret, but there was some reluctance in gathering solid information and evidence of what actually happened after the Germans discovered that their best ally had signed an armistice with the enemy. Of the 12,000 Italian soldiers on Cephalonia, 1,250 died in combat, and 5,000 were executed by the Germans. About 4,000 who had surrendered were imprisoned and in October shipped to camps in Greece. A rather detailed account of the war crimes perpetrated on Cephalonia landed on Mussolini’s desk at Salò and was stamped “Seen by the Duce”; as would be expected, he made no protests to the Germans! Italian civilians and soldiers in the Aegean and on Cephalonia found themselves in a terrible situation stemming from the poor coordination and strategy of prime minister Pietro Badoglio - a large number of them paid with their lives for other people’s awful mistakes. Mattiello carried out massive research at the Military Archives of Freiburg; the documentation he retrieved would make serious professional historians turn pale. He had no hesitation in using such important evidence as a blueprint of his book, and he must be highly commended for this. The trial and tribulations of Italians based in Cephalonia and the Aegean Islands after the fateful 8 September 1943 are mirrored in this book. A year later the German Army left the South-West sector of Europe leaving a few garrisons in the islands who resisted and persisted until May 1945. The German Army devised a special postal service known as “Inselpost” - this aspect is thoroughly explored and will prove of great interest to both the postal history specialists and the average readers who will discover how much postal history can contribute to a greater understanding of global catastrophes like World War II. The book delves into the early Autumn 1943 developments when Germans created transit camps for Italian prisoners of war from the islands in Athens, Salonika, Belgrade, and Crete. In fact, as early as mid-September the Germans held some 40,000 Italian prisoners of war. In due course more camps mushroomed in Greece; meanwhile in the Aegean the Italian resistance was short-lived. On taking over Kos the Germans found themselves with 1,388 English and 3,245 Italian prisoners of war; on instructions issued by Hitler, the Italian commander and hundreds of officers were executed. At Leros the Germans captured 3,200 British and 5,350 Italian prisoners of war. More POWs were captured in Samos, and camps were created at Rhodes, Asguro, Afando, Damatra, Kalato and Vati. The developments on Crete are discussed in great detail with much information never investigated before. By 1944 the situation in the Balkans became even more complex and the late Summer advance of the Russian Army generated a domino effect that caused havoc on the German forces. Mattiello documents each phase of this debacle. This important book explores the postal services with the Greek islands, with major emphasis on the German Feldpost and its offspring, the Inselpost. As would be expected, the Author provides us with lots of information not available before. This highly informative book is a must have for serious collectors. [Reviewed by Giorgio Migliavacca]
Price: $135.00
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1590 FLORENCE TO CALCIONE * Firenze PRINCISVALLE DELLA STUFA
Country: TUSCANY
Condition: 1590 FLORENCE TO CALCIONE * Firenze PRINCISVALLE DELLA STUFA
Description: 26 APRIL 1590: 425 YEAR OLD ENTIRE LETTER from FLORENCE, from PRINCISVALLE DELLA STUFA, signed by ELISABETTA DELLA STUFA. The Della Stufa were a noble family dating back to the 1200s, they were the owners of the famous CALCIONE CASTLE. They were also relatives and loyal allies of the MEDICIS. This letter informs the Captain of the Calcione Castle that Princisvalle is going to Loreto and needs his favourite horse and two "well groomed men" to accompany him; he also makes arrangements for his return to Badia and later to Calcione. The signature of Elisabetta is in conjunction with further instructions; at this time in history it is VERY RARE to encounter a woman's signature complete with her family name on a letter!!! CALCIONE IS STRATEGICALLY LOCATED BETWEEN SIENA AND AREZZO. Princisvalle and his brother Pandolfo invested large amounts of money to restore the nearby Badia; Princisvalle was also instrumental in refurbishing the Calcione Palace and turn it into a most impressive Castle [see images on the Internet]. In 1632 Calcione was elevated to Marquisate. The Della Stufa first-born male lineage came to an end in 1662 and the Marquisate and most assets were passed on to the second-born lineage. The only survivor of the first lineage, Teresa della Stufa (daughter of Domenico) married Giovanni di Antonio di Corsi. *** Overall condition of this important and UNIQUE letter: fine to very fine. Signed in pencil by noted expert Dr. Migliavacca to attest authenticity. ************ COPYRIGHT: We own the copyright in this site and in material published on it such as articles, technical profiles, technical information, general information, descriptions and photographs of all items. Those works and the entire content of this website are protected by copyright laws around the world. All our rights are reserved. All images, text and stamps featured on this site (virginstamps.com) are our SOLE PROPERTY and may not be copied or reproduced in any form whatsoever. Swift legal action will be taken against any individual, organisation, group, or company found to have violated our copyright in any form or reproduced any of the webpages, images or content without prior written permission.
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1591 FLORENCE TO BORGO SANSEPOLCRO Arezzo * to PRINCISVALLE DELLA STUFA
Country: TUSCANY
Condition: 1591 FLORENCE TO BORGO SANSEPOLCRO Arezzo * to PRINCISVALLE DELLA STUFA
Description: FLORENCE 29 MAY 1591: 425 YEAR OLD ENTIRE LETTER to PRINCISVALLE DELLA STUFA Special Commissioner at BORGO SANSEPOLCRO (near Arezzo). The letter is from LORENZO BERARDI and refers to the incarceration of a cavalryman in Borgo Sansepolcro. The Della Stufa were a noble family dating back to the 1200s, they were the owners of the famous CALCIONE CASTLE. They were also relatives and loyal allies of the MEDICIS. In 1632 the first-born lineage of the family was given the title of MARQUIS in perpetuity. *** Large portion of the “nizza” used to seal the letter has survived. The use of sealing letters with a NIZZA began in the fifteenth century; a NIZZA is a strip of paper on which it is struck a dry seal - the nizza is glued to the letter by wax or binding substance. The final (triangular) tongue of the nizza went through a slit of the folded letter reaching the address side. The tongue had to be torn to open the letter. If the nizza was not intact when delivered to the addressee it would be evidence that the letter had been violated. ****** Overall condition of this important and UNIQUE letter: fine to very fine. Signed in pencil by noted expert Dr. Migliavacca to attest authenticity.
Price: $175.00
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1811 NAPOLEON'S DECREE LIMITING FREEDOM OF THE PRESS
Country: ITALY
Condition: 1811 NAPOLEON'S DECREE LIMITING FREEDOM OF THE PRESS
Description: DECRETO DI NAPOLEONE EMESSO DAL VICERE DEL REGNO D'ITALIA - restringe la liberta' di stampa e limita il numero dei giornali e periodici ammessi per la circolazione *********** THE DECREE ISSUED IN MILAN BY THE VICEROY OF THE KINGDOM OF ITALY LIMITS THE NUMBER OF PERIODICALS AND NEWSPAPERS CIRCULATING IN THE KINGDOM AND FORBIDS LITERARY AND SCIENTIFIC PERIODICALS TO CARRY ANY POLITICAL NEWS OR COMMENTARIES ****OTTIMA QUALITA' *** IMPRESSIVE & IN EXCELLENT CONDITION * lightly folded as expected
Price: $110.00
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COMPENDIO DI STORIA DELLE POSTE IN ITALIA DALL'ANTICHITA' AL TERZO MILLENNIO
Country: ITALY
Condition: COMPENDIO DI STORIA DELLE POSTE IN ITALIA DALL'ANTICHITA' AL TERZO MILLENNIO
Description: ESSENZIALE PER LO STUDIOSO DI STORIA POSTALE *** IN ITALIAN 144 A4 pages illustrated Color Throughout ** Perfect Bound ** lengthy indexes [Names; Places; Topics] * Extensive Selected Biography * Introduction by CLEMENTE FEDELE ********* THE ENGLISH EDITION WILL BE PUBLISHED IN AUTUMN 2016 ********* 2,200 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 economic and communications 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, from Avignon to Constantinople, from Venice to Crimea,Crete, Syria 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 during the last 100 years; 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. Myths, misconceptions and erroneous information passed on by earlier printed sources (from the 1600s to date) are discussed and placed in the proper perspective. The book opens with a preface by one of the top five Italian postal history scholars and includes very detailed indexes, interesting appendixes, and a comprehensive bibliography. The academician, the newcomer and the specialized researcher will benefit from this compendium.
Price: $44.00
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ITALY NAPLES 1737 SUPERB POSTAL DELIVERY NOTE PROCIDA
Country: NAPLES
Condition: ITALY NAPLES 1737 SUPERB POSTAL DELIVERY NOTE PROCIDA
Description: THIS IS AN EXCEEDINGLY RARE ITEM *** PRICE ON REQUEST ONLY ** English version below FOGLIO DI ACCOMPAGNAMENTO DELLA STAFFETTA POSTALE STAFFETTA IN "TUTTA DILIGENZA" DA PROCIDA A NAPOLI a mezzo "CORREO DE A CAVALLO" "PARTE DE PROCIDA A 18 DICIEMBRE DE 1737 A MEDIA NOCHE" Firmato da DON JOSEPH JOACHIN DE MONTE ALEGRE - SEGRETARIO REALE DEL DISPACCIO Il testo interno consiste in "fede" di transito e arrivo della staffetta a destinazione confermante la consegna di plichi vari a grandi personalita' del Regno di Napoli Questo magnifico pezzo e' illustrato nel'opus magnum di Vollmeier sulla STORIA POSTALE DI NAPOLI - Figura 549 Una gemma unica della Storia Postale del Regno di Napoli firmata dal noto perito Dr. Migliavacca ********************** POSTAL DELIVERY NOTE ESTAFETTE IN "ALL DILIGENCE" (i.e. maximum speed) from THE ISLAND OF PROCIDA to NAPLES by MOUNTED COURIER "Correo de a cavallo" "Leaves Procida on 18 December 1737 at midnight" SIGNED BY DON JOSEPH JOACHIN DE MONTE ALEGRE State Counsel, and Secretary of the (postal) Despatch the 2-page text consist of handwritten testimonials of due delivery of the important letters address to prominent personalities and officials of the KINGDOM OF NAPLES This magnificent item is illustrated in a plate of the opus magnum by Paolo Vollmeier on the POSTAL HISTORY OF THE KINGDOM OF NAPLES - Picture 549 A UNIQUE GEM OF NEAPOLITAN POSTAL HISTORY - simply superb! Signed by noted expert Dr. Migliavacca ******************************************************** ELUSIVE ITEM FOR THE SPECIALIST- ******* PAYMENT ONLY BY BANK CHECK IN US$ DRAWN ON A USA BANK WHICH CAN BE OBTAINED FROM YOUR BANK ****
Price: $2,900.00
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Postal History of the Italian Mail Steamers in the Mediterranean – 1840 - 1850 – Vol. II
Country: ITALY
Condition: Postal History of the Italian Mail Steamers in the Mediterranean – 1840 - 1850 – Vol. II
Description: Postal History of the Italian Mail Steamers in the Mediterranean – 1840 - 1850 – Vol. II ***************** ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: Storia della Navigazione a Vapore e dei Servizi Postali sul Mediterraneo, Vol. II — 1840- by Alessandro Arseni. Published 2016. Perfect bound 8 1/2” x 11 3/4”, card cover, 192 pages, in Italian; colour and black and white illustrations, maps and charts throughout. >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> 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) :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: In the first volume of this series, the author stressed that 1839 was a turning point in the history of Italian Mail Steamers. The importance of their service increased exponentially during the 1840s and 1850s, and French, British and Austrian competitors prompted the Italian operators to offer a reliable, flexible and timely conveyance of mail and passengers. These were the years when the world was rapidly getting smaller and the Mediterranean even more so. The second volume of this impressive series on the history and postal history of the Italian Steam Packets operating in the Mediterranean deals with the history of steamships of the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies and of the Grand-Duchy of Tuscany during the decade from 1840 to 1850. Their role in the conveyance of mails of various States to destinations in the Mediterranean, including the islands of Corsica, Malta and Sicily is the focus of the volume. During these years the steamship fleet of King Ferdinand II was enlarged, and privately owned steam navigation companies also strengthened their presence and capabilities. This scenario offered more reliability, choice and flexibility for the prompt conveyance of an increasing volume of mail that could be expedited like never before, thanks to the absence of many of the obstacles, borders and complexities typical of overland routes. Amongst other things we learn too of the growth and demise of Tuscan steamship navigation, as well as the story of the Valery Bros. Steam Packet Company which monopolized the sea route between Bastia and Livorno. The era of uprisings era spanning the years 1848 and 1849 has been painstakingly examined by Arseni, thus providing reliable and detailed information about the steam packets utilized to convey mail between Naples and Sicily during the months of the Sicilian insurgency. There are many echoes of economic and political history in this book; one shining example is the Livorno-built steamship Il Lombardo which in 1860 transported many of Garibaldi’s “Thousand” to Sicily for the epic liberation of the South. The steamer ran aground at Marsala where it was welcomed by the cannon ballsof King Bomba’s army: the rest is history. Arseni’s work relies on extensive research carried out on 21,500 letters, and includes 600 footnotes, plus a most impressive picture gallery of 85 scholarly described letters, as well as fundamental documentation such as Treaties, Postal Conventions, and Decrees that had a direct impact on the postal activities of steam packets. This unprecedented wealth of information benefits from hitherto unpublished documents and research; Volume II is definitely a substantial contribution to the history and postal history of Italian Steam Packet Mail in the Mediterranean. Both the specialist and the general collector of maritime mail will greatly profit from Arseni’s books. [Review by Giorgio Migliavacca]
Price: $94.00
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1816 - MAG[ISTRAT]O / DI SANITA' / MARITTIMA / DI / VENEZIA (MARITIME HEALTH MAGISTRATE OF VENICE)
Country: ITALY
Condition: 1816 - MAG[ISTRAT]O / DI SANITA' / MARITTIMA / DI / VENEZIA (MARITIME HEALTH MAGISTRATE OF VENICE)
Description: 1816 Entire Letter from ROME to VENICE - opened and DISINFECTED on arrival, then re-sealed and hand-stamped twice MAG[ISTRAT]O / DI SANITA' / MARITTIMA / DI / VENEZIA (MARITIME HEALTH MAGISTRATE OF VENICE) - well struck at left being the first strike - not always struck twice, and very early date for this disinfection hand-stamp. De Zanche 7.3.1; RAVASINI p. 208; MEYER p. 262; AISP Disinfected Mail Handbook Type 9 p. 64 -- RARE by all accounts - Signed Migliavacca
Price: $185.00
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ITALY: ROMAGNE ROMAN STATES Postmarks 1700s to 1880
Country: ITALY
Condition: ITALY: ROMAGNE ROMAN STATES Postmarks 1700s to 1880
Description: THE ROMAGNE POSTMARKS FROM PRE-ADHESIVES TO 1880s I BOLLI DELLE ROMAGNE By Mario Gallenga (1968) This is the elusive PART 1 of the Gallenga series on Papal States postmarks, which is missing in most sets of this series. In Italian, 160 pp, illustrated throughout, with evaluations. It includes introductions on the early posts, use of regular and accessory postmarks, as well as much useful information and research - DISINFECTED MAIL AND HEALTH AUTHORITIES MARKS AND STAMPERS ARE ALSO INCLUDED AND given a market value - THIS BOOK AFTER 40 YEARS REMAINS THE STANDARD REFERENCE FOR THE POSTMARKS OF THE AEMILIA AND BOLOGNA REGION POSTMARKS A most useful book with lots of information; easy to use even for those who know little or no Italian. Long out of print and RARE THIS IS A MUST HAVE bibliophile publication. A Special Item FROM THE ANTIQUARIAN & MODERNARIAN OF POSTAL HISTORY & PHILATELY
Price: $75.00
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1743 from DANZIG TO FLORENCE VIA MERCHANT MAIL ON THE FLANDERS ROUTE
Country: POLAND
Condition: 1743 from DANZIG TO FLORENCE VIA MERCHANT MAIL ON THE FLANDERS ROUTE
Description: Sent by HEINRICH MARTENS JUNIOR at Danzig on 7 AUGUST 1743 * Docketed: 27 August on arrival - very unusual item **** initials in pencil by postal historian Dr. Migliavacca to attest authenticity *** ALL THE IMAGES, ILLUSTRATIONS & SCANS IN THIS WEBSITE ARE UNDER INTERNATIONAL COPYRIGHT (offenders will be charged with breach of copyright - a CRIMINAL OFFENCE - wherever they are)
Price: $115.00
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1860 NEWSPAPER WITH 20 L GREECE + BOXED PIROSCAFI POSTALI FRANCESI VERY FINE
Country: GREECE
Condition: 1860 NEWSPAPER WITH 20 L GREECE + BOXED PIROSCAFI POSTALI FRANCESI VERY FINE
Description: initialled in pencil by postal historian Dr Migliavacca
Price: $68.00
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P 104 P TURIN IN RED ENTIRE LETTER FRANCE OCCUPATION 1813
Country: ITALY
Condition: P 104 P TURIN IN RED
Description: 6 February 1813 * 2-page Entire Letter with beautiful heading LIQUIDATEUR DES FOURNITURES * nice 70% complete seal with Napoleonic Eagle * overall quality VERY FINE
Price: $48.00
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1808 NOVARA TO DORNO ENTIRE LETTER FROM THE PREFET
Country: ITALY
Condition: NOVARA PREFETTO 1808
Description: 8 SEPTEMBER 1808 * Entire Letter with nice heading of the REGNO D'ITALIA - IL PREFETTO DEL DIPARTIMENTO D'AGOGNA - Oval NOVARA in red and boxed stamp of the PREFETTO DELL'AGOGNA, weakly struck - overall very fine
Price: $13.50
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1819 ALESSANDRIA ISPETTORE DI POLIZIA FERRARI to BASSIGNANA - Entire Letter
Country: ITALY
Condition: ALESSANDRIA POLICE 1819
Description: Entire letter dealing with payment of duty for licencing Dance Halls - Red straight line ALESSANDRIA - overall VERY FINE quality - signed by noted expert Dr. Migliavacca
Price: $19.00
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REGIE POSTE H free frank circle stamp VOGHERA BISHOP
Country: ITALY
Condition: REGIE POSTE H free frank 1820s
Description: Sovracoperta - Wrapper - not dated but datable to 1820s -- signed by noted expert Dr. Migliavacca
Price: $15.00
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INTRA 1838 to SWITZERLAND (SVITTO) 4 clear POSTAL RATES
Country: ITALY
Condition: INTRA 1838 to SWITZERLAND (SVITTO) 4 clear POSTAL RATES
Description: Nice small Entire Letter (Lettera con Testo) 1838 with INTRA date stamp and postal rates "3" "6" "8" very clearly handwritten for this piece of mail bound for SWITZERLAND; another handwritten postal rate on back flap - Signed Migliavacca
Price: $20.00
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INTRA  to PETTINENGO 1855 via ARONA & BIELLA
Country: ITALY
Condition: INTRA to PETTINENGO 1855 via ARONA & BIELLA
Description: Nice small Entire Letter (Lettera con Testo) 1855 with INTRA cds and "DOPO LA PARTENZA" hand stamp. On back transit cds of ARONA and BIELLA - Signed Migliavacca
Price: $16.00
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1809 INTENDENZA DI NOVARA BOXED, ENTIRE LETTER
Country: ITALY
Condition: 1809 INTENDENZA DI NOVARA BOXED, ENTIRE LETTER
Description: Nice Text Heading, very fine and unusual * Signed by Expert Dr. Migliavacca
Price: $19.00
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1810 oval red NOVARA +  PREFETTO DELL'AGOGNA 45 oval
Condition: 1810 oval red NOVARA + PREFETTO DELL'AGOGNA 45 oval
Description: Wrapper, docketed - SOVRACOPERTA senza testo ma datata - very fine * signed by Expert Dr Migliavacca
Price: $13.50
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1832 SALUZZO * COMANDANTE DI SALUZZO oval black
Country: SARDINIA
Condition: 1832 SALUZZO * COMANDANTE DI SALUZZO oval black
Description: Entire Letter signed by Commander Filippi, dealing with bonus paid to daughter of deceased LUDOVICO ORSI commander of the Chiablese Regiment; SALUZZO + DATE STAMP + oval COMANDANTE DI SALUZZO -- all in black and very fine - signed by expert Dr. Migliavacca
Price: $24.00
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1830 SALUZZO * COMANDANTE DI SALUZZO oval red
Country: SARDINIA
Condition: 1830 SALUZZO * COMANDANTE DI SALUZZO oval red
Description: Entire Letter signed by Commander Filippi, SALUZZO + DATE STAMP + red oval COMANDANTE DI SALUZZO --very fine - signed by expert Dr. Migliavacca
Price: $24.00
Item Id #002314    See Details...