ITALY AND ITALIAN AREA CATALOGUES & PHILATELIC & POSTAL HISTORY LITERATURE INCLUDING: VATICAN * ITALIAN STATES * POWS MAIL * SAN MARINO * POSTAL STATIONERY ITALIAN AREA * TRIESTE * ITALIAN OCCUPATIONS OF ALBANIA, FRANCE, GREECE, MONTENEGRO, IONIAN ISLANDS

ITALY AND ITALIAN AREA CATALOGUES & PHILATELIC & POSTAL HISTORY LITERATURE INCLUDING: VATICAN * ITALIAN STATES * POWS MAIL * SAN MARINO * POSTAL STATIONERY ITALIAN AREA * TRIESTE * ITALIAN OCCUPATIONS OF ALBANIA, FRANCE, GREECE, MONTENEGRO, IONIAN ISLANDS, CORFU, AEGEAN ISLANDS * ITALIAN COLONIES LIBYA ERITREA SOMALIA FIUME TRENTINO

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AEGEAN ISLANDS POSTAL HISTORY VOL. 1
Country: ITALY
Condition: AEGEAN ISLANDS POSTAL HISTORY VOL. 1
Description: POSTAL HISTORY OF THE DODECANESE AEGEAN ISLANDS ** VOLUME I: THE CIVILIANS MAILS ** STORIA POSTALE DEL DODECANESO VOLUME I — LA POSTA CIVILE ** By Carloni—Cercena’ (2006) ** 270 pages, (20 x 30 cm), supplemented by a separate volume of 56 pages Catalogue giving illustrations and evaluations of all known postmarks, instructional and accessory marks of the post offices opened by various countries in the Aegean Isles. ALL IN COLOUR, lavish large format production, hard bound, already out of print. Absolutely first class book that will remain standard reference for decades to come. In ITALIAN with abridged but extensive sections translated into ENGLISH for each of the various chapters. The main volume deals with: HISTORICAL BACKGROUND THE FORERUNNERS THE AUSTRIAN POST OFFICES THE FRENCH POST OFFICES THE RUSSIAN POST OFFICE THE OTTOMAN POST THE EGYPTIAN POST THE GREEK POST THE BRITISH POST THE ITALIAN CIVIL POST RHODES THE ITALIAN POST OFFICES THE ITALIAN POST OFFICES OF THE SMALLER ISLANDS ITALIAN MARITIME MAIL ITALIAN AIR MAIL & FIRST FLIGHTS ***** HUGE & HEAVY BOOK ***** CHECK OUT OUR LISTINGS FOR VOLUME 2
Price: $88.00
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AEGEAN ISLANDS POSTAL HISTORY VOL. 2
Country: United States
Condition: AEGEAN ISLANDS POSTAL HISTORY VOL. 2
Description: POSTAL HISTORY OF THE DODECANESE AEGEAN ISLANDS VOLUME II: THE MILITARY MAIL ITALY * GERMANY * THE BRITISH & GREEK ADMINISTRATION STORIA POSTALE DEL DODECANESO VOLUME 2 196 pages, (20 x 30 cm), supplemented by a separate volume of 40 pages Catalogue giving illustrations and evaluations of all known postmarks, instructional and accessory marks ALL IN COLOUR, lavish large format production, hard bound, already out of print. Absolutely first class book that will remain standard reference for decades to come. In ITALIAN with abridged but extensive sections translated into ENGLISH for each of the various chapters. CHECK OUT MY LISTINGS FOR VOLUME 1 This is VOLUME 2 and deals with: MILITARY MAIL WW1 & WW2 FREE FRANK & CENSOR MARKS NAVY & SHIPS MAIL AIRFORCE MAIL GERMAN FELDPOST GERMAN INSELPOST BRITISH MILITARY ADMINISTRATION & MEF STAMPS USED IN AEGEAN GREEK MILITARY ADMINISTRATION POSTAL RATES POSTAGE STAMPS USED IN THE AEGEAN ISLANDS CORRECTIONS & ADDENDA TO VOLUME I BIBLIOGRAPHY ***** HUGE & HEAVY BOOK ***** THIS IS A MUST HAVE bibliophile publication.
Price: $95.00
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POWs IN GERMANY 1939-1945 [in German & Italian] NEW published 2016
Country: GERMANY
Condition: POWs IN GERMANY 1939-1945 [in German & Italian] NEW published 2016
Description: Prisoners of War in Germany: 1939-1945, by Gianfranco Mattiello, published 2016 perfect bound, 6 ½” x 9 ½”, 420 pages; introduction in Italian, English and German; listings of camps and related population divided by nationality in English, colour plates in German; black and white map, and an 85-page appendix with colour illustrations throughout. In 1986-1987 Dr. Mattiello and Wolfgang Vogt co-authored two books on the topic of this book; it was a seminal work and the first book dealt with the Stalags, the second one with the Oflags and other camps; a total of 2400 handstamps used by the censors of the camps to prove they had examined the POW mail were described and illustrated. Although much information was included in the two books some had to be reserved for a later work because of high printing costs. In fact the two volumes had exceeded 600 pages. In 2003 the author of this book wrote and published a book in German on the same subject. It was a limited edition and was soon out of print. In recent times there has been a noticeable revival of interest on POW mail and this new edition promises to satisfy the demand from those who were not able to secure a copy of the first edition and from new collectors and scholars. This new book provides the information published in 1986-1987 plus the information that had been omitted at the time, minus the illustrations of the censor marks. Needless to say that the author had dug into the files of the Red Cross Archives and spent long hours to retrieve very valuable information. He had tried to do the same at the Information Office of the German Army in Berlin, but was told that they did not have any of the information he was looking for. This means that there remain gaps here and there that will be near to impossible to fill The statistics of the Stalags before July 1941 are very detailed, and the nationalities of the prisoners of war and their number are given for those from: Albania, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czechoslovakia, Denmark, Egypt, France, Great Britain and British Commonwealth, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Norway, The Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Finland, Soviet Union, USA and Yugoslavia. This is no small achievement and the appendix to this volume consists of 85 pages in colour featuring a very impressive selection from Mattiello’s collection. Although the covers and cards are described in German this is a very easy obstacle to overcome with the use of the internet. Additionally, it is very useful to the collector who decides to mount his collection and organise it in a very sensible way. The book includes a cross reference list of nationalities and camps in which they were detained, as well as an alphabetical list of the location of the camps and related camp numbers. The book is well produced and reasonably priced; it will undoubtedly appeal to collectors from countries that had members of their army captured by German forces and detained in POW camps in Germany. Reviewed by Giorgio Migliavacca
Price: $75.00
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ITALY * SQUARED-CIRCLE POSTMARKS * NUOVO GAGGERO 2016
Country: Italy
Condition: ITALY * SQUARED-CIRCLE POSTMARKS * NUOVO GAGGERO 2016
Description: Il Nuovo Gaggero - Catalogo dei bolli tondo-riquadrati del Regno d’Italia 2016 [The New Gaggero - Catalogue of the Squared-Circle Date Stamps of the Kingdom of Italy, 2016] edited by Daniele Prudenzano, published 2016 by Vaccari, perfect bound, 6 ½” x 9 ½”, 296 pages, in Italian, black and white illustrations; with evaluations. After the unification of Italy in 1861 the postal administration had to reform and harmonise the postal service of the old regimes with that of the new nation, the Kingdom of Italy. It was not an easy task and one of the major administrative efforts was to have uniformity also on the way mail was processed and postmarked. The first step was to introduce numeral postmarks to cancel stamps together with circle date stamps that gave the name of the post office and date. This double postmarking was not a major problem for small post offices, but it surely was for those of major cities and in due course it became obvious that something had to be done. The post office started to concentrate on the design of a new postmark and the job was given to a truly talented engraver by the name of Lodovico Josz who gave serious consideration to the design of the British “squared-circle” postmark. On 31 December 1889 a directive was issued to discontinue the use of the numeral obliterators. By the end of 1889 Josz was given the ‘go ahead’ and from that moment he began to produce squared-circle date stamps for a grand-total of 230. To speed up the process the post office sourced other engravers, and between 1890 and 1920 over 8000 squared-circle date stamps were produced to satisfy the demand. These squared-circles were also used by colonial post offices and post offices abroad such as: Massaua (Eritrea), Bengasi (Libya), Tunisi, Salonicco, Smirne, Tripoli di Barberia, Mogadiscio, Durazzo (Albania), Gerusalemme, and La Canea (Crete) to name a few. The first scholar to pay attention to these specific postmarks was Giuseppe Gaggero who wrote the first monograph on the subject. In 2002 Bruno Crevato-Selvaggi edited the first edition of a vastly expanded catalogue listing about 7000 different squared-circles; the 2016 edition edited by Daniele Prudenzano includes an additional 1243 squared circles bringing the grand-total to 8204. The postmarks are listed by region and its provinces giving the earliest and latest known date of use as well as an indication of a realistic market value. An alphabetical index with the names of the post offices using the squared-circle postmark, and the provinces they belonged to, makes it very easy to go to the relevant page of the catalogue. A very extensive bibliography completes this well produced and highly informative catalogue. Reviewed by Giorgio Migliavacca
Price: $57.00
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FORWARDERS IN ITALIA * ITALIAN FORWARDING AGENTS
Country: ITALY
Condition: FORWARDING AGENTS IN ITALY
Description: ITALIAN FORWARDING AGENTS by G. Migliavacca, in Italian, 1975, with evaluations, mails from various Italian cities despatch through forwarding agents 66pp, long out of print WITH EVALUATIONS ** *************** I FORWARDERS IN ITALIA con dettagliata introduzione e poi elenco dei forwarders conosciuti per le varie localita' dalla A alla Z ANCONA a Verona Venezia - opera ancora valida e molto utile su un argomento poco noto CON VALUTAZIONI
Price: $38.00
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MODENA POSTS POSTMARKS CATALOGUE 2016
Country: MODENA
Condition: MODENA POSTS POSTMARKS CATALOGUE 2016
Description: Poste Estensi - Trattato Storico e Storico Postale 1453-1852: Catalogo dei bolli, 2016 [Este’ Posts - History and Postal History 1453-1852: Postmarks Catalogue, 2016] by Giuseppe Buffagni, published 2016 by Vaccari, perfect bound, 8” x 12” (A4), 64 pages, in Italian, black and white illustrations throughout, and evaluations. The first book on the postal history of the Duchy of Modena is Vittorio Mioni’s ‘La Storia Postale dei Domini Estensi 1598-1859’ published in 1975. It was most welcome, well researched and it remains an important source of information. In 2001 the Modenese publisher Paolo Vaccari courageously published the 4-volume opus by Giuseppe Buffagni on the Este’ Posts and postal history, totalling 1544 pages and over 3000 colour and black and white illustrations. To put it mildly, it was a colossal achievement. Fifteen years after that milestone in philatelic and postal history publishing both the publisher and the author realised that new postmarks and several handwritten marks, as well as complementary postmarks such as registration marks, post paid, posted after departure (of courier) postmarks of the various post offices of the former Duchy have been recorded during the last 15 years. Of course, this was due to an appreciable extent to discoveries made by collectors who had bought Buffagni’s volumes. To these discoveries one must add similar finds by the author and publisher which included more specific dates of use extending the earliest and latest date of use, plus the color of the ink used for the postmarks. As the information exceeded the most optimistic expectations it became increasingly clear that the section devoted to the postmarks of Buffagni’s 2001 work had to be be updated, revised and expanded by publishing a separate catalogue in tune with the new finds and with the market. This catalogue does not include administrative and free-frank handstamps which are dealt with in the main opus. For the collector or scholar who needs more information about the use of the Duchy’s postmarks the 2001 volumes are indispensable; there would be little excuse for the buyer to escape the temptation because the 2001 price was €335, while now you can buy it for €100, a giveaway for four hardbound lavishly produced volumes. Reviewed by Giorgio Migliavacca
Price: $55.00
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UMBRIA * TRE SECOLI DI STORIA POSTALE 1300s-1800s
Country: PAPAL STATES
Condition: UMBRIA * TRE SECOLI DI STORIA POSTALE 1300s-1800s
Description: Umbria: Tre Secoli di Storia Postale [Umbria: Three Centuries of Postal History] by Paolo Marcarelli, published in 2016 by Fondazione proPosta, Rome; perfect bound, 8” x 12” (A4), 194 pages, replete with illustrations, many in colour. There are a number of us who can claim that postal history ‘for better or for worse’ was ‘love at first sight’: an encounter that changed the course of our life. When we consider how many lives are wasted on trivial pursuits, especially in our internet era, we may be considered a bit extravagant by some ignoramus, but to all effects we are blessed and very, very lucky. By the same token, as we all know, our first love is never forgotten and this is undoubtedly what happened to the author of this fascinating book. It all started in 1987 at the University of Perugia where he presented his doctoral thesis centetring on the postal history of Umbria; renowned Roman postal historian Mario Gallenga publicly praised the thesis suggesting to publish it without delay. Although Dr. Marcarelli did not pursue an academic career, his interest for the postal history of his region never relented as he pursued new research as well as the acquisition of letters and collectables relating to his favoured theme. As pointed out in his preface to Marcarelli’s book, learned postal historian Clemente Fedele, explains that this book focuses on a postal geography of Perugia and Umbria that due to its peripheral location is still able to convey starting points of great interest. The region was a major transit traversed by the Via Flaminia which was the major north-south postal artery of the Papal posts linking Rome to Bologna and beyond via the Marche region. In his narration the author tells us about the early 1300s presence in Perugia of merchant couriers, and the existence of an ‘Ufficio delle Bollette’ at Gubbio in 1384. Similar offices existed in other Italian states and their main task was to examine all letters brought into the state or sent outside of it; officers had the right to examine and censor the letters if deemed necessary; however, so far, there is no evidence that the Ufficio executed or facilitated mail delivery on a regular basis. As we move into the 1400s we find the Venetian couriers on the route from Rome to Bologna and Venice, later modified to follow the Foligno, Ancona and Ravenna route, and tweaked again in 1508 to include a transit through Gubbio and Assisi. In the course of time the papal posts took direct control of mail conveyance to destinations outside the Pope’s states. In the 1700s the preeminence of the Via Flaminia as a major postal highway continued to benefit the post offices of Umbria, including Perugia, Assisi, Spoleto and Terni, to name a few. In 1789 the French descended on Italy bringing innovations and progress even on the postal front; nevertheless all the achievements came at a price as the French stole works of art all over the region and used couriers to deliver them to the other side of the Alps. The author does not mince words when he says that “Napoleon is a conqueror, he is not an emancipator, he does not free Italy, he conquers it.” Although the innovations introduced by the French were not always great,nonetheless, their implementation was systematic and uniform, even though at times slow paced. When the old regime was restored it could not deny that some positive reforms had been introduced by the French. In this vein the postal regulations issued at the end of 1815 contained an unprecedented 206 sections addressing every administrative and operational aspect of the Papal posts. The chapters dealing with the postal history of Umbria from 1815 to the 1860 arrival of the Piedmontese forces and the ensuing plebiscite sanctioning the annexation to what was soon to become the Kingdom of Italy are well knitted with very detailed information on postal developments such as the introduction of a telegraphic service which played its part in the liberation of the region. The volume ends with very informative chapters on the mailcoach service, the postal highways, the post horse, postilions, couriers, cholera and mail disinfection, and the changing locations of the General Post Office of Perugia. The bibliography is extensive; the 553 footnotes are very useful, and the author knows how to keep the reader’s attention with a good and balanced blend of history and postal history. The illustrations are captivating and the book is well produced and rather inexpensive. If you collect Papal States postal history this is a “must have” volume. Reviewed by Giorgio Migliavacca
Price: $50.00
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POSTAL HISTORY OF ITALY & EUROPE RENAISSANCE
Country: ITALY
Condition: RENAISSANCE POSTS ITALY & EUROPE
Description: POSTAL HISTORY OF ITALY & EUROPE RENAISSANCE NEW NEW POSTAL COMMUNICATIONS DURING THE RENAISSANCE IN EUROPE ************** SIMONE TASSO E LE POSTE DI MILANO NEL RINASCIMENTO ************ SIMON TAXIS AND THE POSTS OF THE STATE OF MILAN DURING THE RENAISSANCE ************* By Giorgio Migliavacca & Tarcisio Bottani -- 1st Edition, May 2008 -- HARD BOUND, COLOR DUST JACKET -- 238 pages, 8" x 12", illustrations throughout, mostly in color -- In Italian and English -- This book deals with the creation of a modern postal service in Italy and Europe. A fast and reliable postal service that also served private citizens and businessmen was introduced by the Taxis family in the early 1500s. Simon Taxis was one of the top three members of the family and his great contribution to the creation of a modern postal system is discussed in great detail in this exceedingly interesting book. The efficiency and speed of the postal system created by the Taxis remained unchallenged until the introduction of the train in the 1800s. ************ Scholars and researchers of postal history and postal communications, and historians in general, will find this volume extremely useful as it unearths a huge amount of new research and information not only at an Italian level but at a European level with emphasis on FRANCE * GERMANY * SPAIN * BELGIUM * AUSTRIA ******* From the foreword to this impressive volume we quote: *** FOREWORD *** The Taxis postal empire that began in the 14th century in northern Italy flourished in the social and cultural transformations of the Renaissance. Timely, reliable communication – the hallmark of the Taxis system and a transformative force throughout history – still underpins civilization in the 21st century. During the Renaissance and in the ensuing centuries, the Taxis system spread throughout Europe and the family's rise to the highest ranks of nobility made them prominent personages in the history of their respective countries. Thanks to research by European scholars during the last 120 years, the Taxis family boasts a rich bibliography. During the last decades of the 20th century, the growing popularity of postal history generated greater interest and the information gathered by earlier scholars has been supplemented by new research in archival sources. The book you hold in your hands is the result of just such new, in-depth research carried out by the co-authors in archives in Italy, Spain, France, Belgium, Germany, and Austria over a span of three decades. In 1991, under the auspices of the local municipality, a Taxis Postal History and History Museum was opened at Cornello dei Tasso, near Bergamo – the cradle of the dynasty. The Cornello museum has gathered a remarkable quantity of documentation on the Taxis family – as postmasters general, art collectors, and members of the European nobility – that makes clear their vital and varied contributions to economic life, culture, religion, and diplomacy. Torquato Tasso, a relative of Simon Taxis and best known for his epic Jerusalem Delivered, remains to this day at the pinnacle of Italian poetry. Among its many praiseworthy initiatives, the Cornello museum has been instrumental in publishing an impressive series of volumes on major personalities of the Taxis family. The museum has also established an ongoing cultural collaboration with the princely family of Thurn und Taxis, who own and oversee a prestigious postal museum at Regensburg. With its array of detail on rates and routes and relationships, this new volume brings to life the colorful, challenging world of the Taxis postal couriers in the 16th century. **** Bill Welch *** THIS IS A MUST HAVE bibliophile publication. *** VERY HEAVY BOOK TO SHIP
Price: $90.00
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EUROPA POSTALE: EARLY 1600s OTTAVIO CODOGNO'S POSTAL GUIDE
Country: ITALY
Condition: EUROPA POSTALE: EARLY 1600s OTTAVIO CODOGNO'S POSTAL GUIDE
Description: Clemente Fedele, Armando Serra, Marco Gerosa, - Europa Postale - L’opera di Ottavio Codogno luogotenente dei Tasso nella Milano Seicentesca - Postal Europe. The Postal Guides by Ottavio Codogno, Deputy Postmaster General of the Tassis in 1600s Milan. In Italian, with some sections translated into English. 286 pages 6” x 8¼”, perfect bound, illustrations, large map of Postal Routes of Europe, including sea and waterways routes. 2014, Tassis Museum, Camerata Cornello.  Available from virginstamps.com ****** CARNEADES! who was he?—thought Don Abbondio to himself, as he sat in his arm-chair, in a room upstairs, with a small volume lying open before him, just as Perpetua entered to bring him the message.—Carneades! I seem to have heard or read this name; it must be some man of learning—some great scholar of antiquity; it is just like one of their names; but whoever was he? [Alessandro Manzoni, The Bethrothed] So begins Chapter VIII of I Promessi Sposi. The vast majority of readers and even academicians, may ask a similar question: Ottavio Codogno! who was he? Such a reaction would be justified because his name was universally forgotten, not even relegated to footnotes, for a few centuries after his death. Then came the 1970s’ revival of postal history and in 1980 I was so brave - a term actually used by the dean of the history institute at my University - to economically reprint one of Codogno’s postal guides - namely the elusive 1620 Venice edition of his Itinerario. By then, the name of Codogno had already made the rounds among a few postal history scholars; however very little was known about him. This was not to remain so for too long and Armando Serra was the first to carry out serious research about this man and present it as a paper at a 1993 International Congress on Communications between Europe and the Americas held in Madrid. Marco Gerosa has researched and written a biography of Ottavio Codogno who was the Deputy Postmaster General of the State of Milan. Born presumably in 1570, or a year or two later, in his early 20s he was enrolled by the Milanese posts as a courier. After he proved his worth he was given more sensitive assignments. By the turn of the century Ottavio was promoted to the office of Deputy Postmaster General. The son of Simon Tassis, Ruggero, had been Postmaster General from 1556 to 1588, when he died. His widow, Lucina Cattaneo Tassis was given the authority to manage and administer the Milanese post office. Not a small achievement for a woman of those days. Codogno’s first postal guide was published in Milan in 1608, it was titled “The New Itinerary of the Post of the entire world. With addenda on the way to address (mail) to all places. Most Useful not only to the Princes’ Secretaries, but also to the Clergymen and Merchants”. The book had a sensational success and edition after edition, Codogno made revisions and additions. From the 460 pages of the 1608 first edition, Codogno’s 1623 “Compendium of the Posts”, 573 pages, included information for travellers such as currencies “needed for the journeys, the length of the Posts...Journeys for worship, and guide for Pilgrims. With a discourse on the seven Churches of Milan...devotions, and other curious things about the City. As well as the way to address (mail) to all places, and moreover Fairs.” During Codogno’s life time at least seven editions were published (1608, 1611, 1616, 1620, 1623, 1628, and 1630) followed by two reprints (1666, 1676) decades after his death by plague in 1630 - the very same plague Manzoni adopted as the backdrop of his masterpiece of Italian literature mentioned earlier. After four centuries, the best selling travel and postal guide by Codogno is back in a new and masterfully annotated edition. Indeed, this is a unique opportunity to learn first-hand about the communications modalities of early modern Europe. This guide enhances our appreciation of the history of a technique that is often underestimated and misunderstood. In a few words, Codogno’s book tells us with a wealth of details about a genuine history-changing Italian success story, beginning with the original name brand “poste”, coined for the first time ever in Northern Italy and exported all over the globe. The great importance of this volume is further augmented by a preface in English and Italian by Professor Mark Brayshay of the University of Plymouth, UK, and by remarkable contributions and essays by Clemente Fedele, “The Postal Geography of Ottavio Codogno” (with an English translation); Marco Gerosa, “For a biography of Ottavio Codogno, lieutenant of the posts of Milan and author of postal guides (in Italian); and Armando Serra, “Treatise, Itinerary by Codogno, especially the 1608, 1616 and 1623 editions, with notes about before and after Codogno’s times, up until the 1800s twilight of the horse-powered posts” (in Italian). As Fedele points out, “this new edition of Codogno’s itineraries is characterised by the identification of the ancient post horse stations with a view, when possible, to associate the old names with the modern ones. Such details would broaden the interest while catching the attention of local scholars and cultural institutions, and, in turn, generate reverberations in the tourism sector.” The special touch of this production is a postal map, in Fedele’s words: “the attached postal map will give a clear image of the postal geography of the times of Codogno. It offers a birds-eye view, not exclusively of the European posts as it spans from Constantinople to the ports to and from the Americas. There is special consideration for the postal highways Italy-Spain, made even more important strategically because of the centrality of Milan, the town that was the Author’s operational base and where he lived too.” This well produced book has the undeniable virtue of shedding much light and providing new and valuable information on organised European postal communications between the end of the 16th century and the dawn of the 17th. Last but not least, the introduction, in Italian and English, by Gianfranco Lazzarini, Mayor of Camerata Cornello, “soul and engine” of all the initiatives that orbit around the Tassis Museum, delves into the two emerging forms of communication that changed Europe, from the 1400s onward, and became known throughout the old continent and beyond as horse post and letter post. This publication is a “must have” for any serious postal historian and for those who are interested in communications in general. Reviewed by Giorgio Migliavacca
Price: $68.00
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The Tassis Family and the European Postal Service - First International Symposium.
Country: ITALY
Condition: The Tassis Family and the European Postal Service - First International Symposium.
Description: ****** THIS IS A VERY HEAVY BOOK TO SHIP: for USA buyers the $10 postage automatically included in the invoice is sufficient --- FOR BUYERS FROM ANY OTHER COUNTRY we need to send you an extra invoice of $40 for postage - first pay the original invoice via PAYPAL, then pay the second $40 invoice sent to you as a Papal payment request -- We understand it is expensive but the lowest postage cost for this book sent to countries outside USA ranges from $48 upwards - we do not use BOOK POST as it is tantamount to losing the book...and the money ***************** ------ ********* Various Authors - I Tasso e le Poste d’Europa - The Tassis Family and the European Postal Service - First International Symposium. Acts of the First International Symposium, Cornello dei Tasso, 1-3 June 2012. In Italian and English, with two papers also in German. 328 pages, 9¼” x 11¾”, perfect bound, illustrated throughout (black & white). Published by Museo dei Tasso e della Storia Postale, Camerata Cornello, 2012. Available from virginstamps.com  ********************** Anyone familiar with symposia and congresses knows well that acts may take years to be published; however, exceptions exists and they are a symptom of vitality and interest in a given discipline or branch of learning. Despite the untouchable August holidays, when 90 percent of Italy comes to a halt, the acts of this symposium were published within three months - need I say that the interest in postal history and in our instance, early modern postal history, is beginning to get the attention of the international world of academia? Papers presented at this symposium were delivered by top Italian, Greek, Austrian, German, Spanish, and Belgian academicians - 22 of them! As would be expected the main focus is on the role played by members of the Tassis family in the development of modern posts. After an introduction by Adriano Cattani, executive director of the Tassis Museum, Tarcisio Bottani dwells upon the wills of Ruggero, Janetto and Leonardo Tassis. As a preamble to his most recent book, Bonaventura Foppolo offers well researched biographies of members of the Venetian branch of the Tassis family who held the post of Imperial Postmaster General in Venice from the early 1500s to the late 1700s. The postal enterprise of the Venetian Tassis was known as the postal service to and from Augusta and the Flanders in the city of Venice. Based on research he carried out at the Venice State Archive, Giorgio Plumidis offers his paper on the organisation of the Tassis family postal service from a Venetian perspective. Hailing from Mantua, noted postal historian Lorenzo Carra is undoubtedly the best qualified scholar to give an exhaustive discourse on the inter-relation his town has had with the Tassis family through the centuries. Clemente Fedele examines the new millennium communications revolution to make us understand better the postal revolution of the 1500s. In his dissertation titled “Which postal service in the XVIth Century?” he explains that the innovation that changed history was the postal speed achieved in the 1500s using mounted couriers and setting up postal stations at regular intervals - the engine was the horse, and it remained so until the railroad arrived. The business sector noticed the speedy delivery of mail and demand, and possible pressure, for extending the service to the general public was palpable and inevitable. Marco Gerosa is a highly skilled researcher and his paper titled “Important figures of the Milanese Postal Service, from Simone to Ruggero Tassis” is truly valuable. Fabrizio Dal Vera illustrates the prospects for research on the Tassis family in Tyrol. The potential of research on the Trent postal stations run by the Tassis Bordogna family is convincigly discussed by Francesca Brunet. Vincenzo Fardella de Quernfort adds new information in his paper on the Tassis documents in Sicily. Bergamo scholar Gianni Molinari makes us aware of the palatial acquisitions of the rich and famous Tassis in the region and beyond. Gabriele Medolago continues on the same theme and elaborates on it. The scholarly presentation on the postal history of Bavaria made by Peter Styra adds a really important tessera to the Tassis mosaic. Equally interesting is the contribution of Fabian Fiederer about the end of the Thurn and Taxis mail system in the XIXth Century. Warmly welcomed is the paper of Julia Benavent about the Tassis family letters at the Biblioteca Nacional de España and Real Biblioteca in Madrid. Also from Spain, Maria Antonia Blat guides us through the Tassis family collections in the Simancas Archive. I must confess that as soon as I received this precious volume I rushed to read Armando Serra’s about Milan’s staffette in the mid-1500s. The Tassis documents preserved at the Municipal Library of Besançon, France, are introduced by Giulia Grata. James Van der Linden, a noted Belgian postal historian, contributes a remarkable essay on the Thurn and Taxis postal administration in the Spanish Netherlands from 1492-1713. To conclude this splendid collection of essays comes Vincent Schouberechts with his paper on the history of the horse post through a postmaster’s family archives in Belgian Luxemburg, 1621-1811. The volume is lavishly produced and replete with good illustrations. It is wise to secure a copy now as many earlier volumes published by the Tassis Museum are now hard to find. Reviewed by Giorgio Migliavacca
Price: $77.00
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LA POSTA MILITARE CON L’AFRICA ORIENTALE
Country: ITALIAN EAST AFRICA
Condition: LA POSTA MILITARE CON L’AFRICA ORIENTALE
Description: Typology of the various postmarks * Censor Marks * Accessorial & Instructional markings used by most FPOs * Air Mail delivery and routes * Checklist of the FPOs and Units they served * Use of postage free forces postal stationery and its discontinuation * FPOs opening dates and closing dates * Italian East Africa Civilian Post Offices as of 1 January 1938 * FPOs Basic Check List and Evaluations * Italian East Africa—A Chronology, 1888-1952. THIS IS A MUST HAVE bibliophile publication. 36 pages - 28 centimeters high - many illustrations - highly recommended - limited edition reprint of 75 copies, many already sold to subscribers - ************ PREFAZIONE ALLA RISTAMPA Questo progetto editoriale si propone di offrire al collezionista di poste militari l’occasione per rivisitare una serie di articoli di Virgilio Lunardon sulla campagna nell’Africa Orientale del 1936- 1937 pubblicati dalla gloriosa Rivista Filatelica d’Italia mentre la campagna era in corso. Senza alcun dubbio gli articoli hanno tutti i pregi dell’attualità storico postale dell’epoca e, rileggendoli, ci si rende subito conto che dopo 70 anni le notizie tecniche contenute sono ancora valide e restano un punto di riferimento di grande rilievo. Inoltre, ho ritenuto opportuno pubblicare un elenco di tutti gli annulli noti utilizzando i dati pubblicati nella pregevolissima antologia sulle poste militari in Africa stilata dai membri dell’Associazione Italiana Collezionisti Posta Militare, aggiungendovi le quotazioni aggiornate usando come base le aste AICPM, i listini di vendita di commercianti e vari cataloghi d’asta. Al fine di rendere fruibile il volume anche per i lettori che non parlano l’italiano, è stata inserita la cronologia dell’AOI dal 1888 and 1952 oltre che note, appunti e didascalie in inglese, intercalate nei punti opportuni. Nel riproporre gli scritti di Lunardon spero di aver fatto cosa gradita ai collezionisti e mi auguro che questa pubblicazione possa contribuire ad un maggiore sviluppo del settore. Giorgio Migliavacca ***************** PREFACE TO THE 2007 REPRINT This reprint gives the opportunity to the increasing number of military mail collectors to re-visit a very interesting series of articles on the 1936-7 campaign in East Africa written by Virgilio Lunardon, and published by the renowned Rivista Filatelica d’Italia while the campaign was still in progress. In fact, Lunardon’s articles have all the qualities of eyewitness news reports of postal history in the making. The reader will also realise that although 70 years have elapsed since their publication, these articles hold their ground and remain required reading for both the novice and the specialist. A checklist of all known FPO postmarks has been added; it is largely based on the research presented in the splendid volume on Italian FPOs in Africa published by AICPM (the Italian Society of Military Mail Collectors) about 30 years ago. Additionally, the checklist gives the market value for each postmark based on recent AICPM auctions, public auctions, and dealers price lists. Captions and annotations in English have been inserted where appropriate to disseminate the information on an international scale. Similarly a chronology of Italian East Africa covering the events, both historical and philatelic, between 1888 and 1952, has been added. I sincerely hope that the publication of this reprint will increase the number of collectors of this most interesting chapter of Italian and East African postal history. --- Giorgio Migliavacca
Price: $39.00
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FORGERIES LEVANT: Russia, Austria, Germany, Italy
Country: RUSSIA
Condition: FORGERIES LEVANT: Russia, Austria, Germany, Italy
Description: LEVANT FORGERIES: GERMAN, AUSTRIAN, ENGLISH, FRENCH, ITALIAN, POLISH, ROMANIAN, and RUSSIAN LEVANT, plus MALTA & IONIAN ISLANDS *** Étude sur les Faux Timbres du LEVANT, MALTE & ILES IONIENNES *** 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, and forged overprints. Reprint of the rare 1926 edition, fine quality, printed on high quality, white paper from short fibre pulp from eucalyptus trees, chlorine free. 16 pages with black & white illustrations. A FEW ILLUSTRATIONS HAVE BEEN ADDED TO THE ORIGINAL EDITION and where possible the original edition has been digitally improved. LIMITED EDITION.
Price: $22.00
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ITALY 1848 1861 FIELD POST OFFICES Posta Militare
Condition: ITALY 1848 1861 FIELD POST OFFICES Posta Militare
Description: POSTMARKS & POSTAL HISTORY OF THE ROYAL FIELD POST OFFICES OF THE KINGDOM OF SARDINIA AND VOLUNTEERS 1848-1861 FPOs OF THE INDEPENDENCE WARS OF ITALY BY POZZOLINI GOBBI in Italian, paperback, 1973, 220 pp, many illustrations Used, some storage scuffs and minor "age" problems - otherwise the book is fine
Price: $45.00
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ITALY VATICAN SAN MARINO COLONIES & OCCUPATIONS POSTAL STATIONERY CATALOG 2011
Country: ITALY
Condition: ITALY VATICAN SAN MARINO COLONIES & OCCUPATIONS POSTAL STATIONERY CATALOG 2011
Description: IN ITALIAN AND ENGLISH!! HIGH QUALITY PAPER, LAVISHLY PRODUCED 392 PAGES 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
Price: $78.00     Sale Price! $58.00
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 ITALY MAIL SERVICE 1943 1945 WORLD WAR 2 by Bagni
Condition: ITALY MAIL SERVICE 1943 1945 WORLD WAR 2 by Bagni
Description: ITALY: POSTAL HISTORY OF THE MAIL SERVICE FROM 1943 to 1945 THE POSTAL SERVICE AND THE WAR: 1943-1945 by Nello Bagni and other Authors In Italian, 96 pages, replete with color illustrations, perfect bound, 16 cm x 24 centimeters During the second half of 1943 many developments impacted the postal service in Italy: the most important of them being the liberation of the South, the signing of an armistice with the Allies, and the splitting of the country into two parts with the North in the hands of Mussolini (better yet, Germany). 1944 and 1945 saw also new dramatic developments and as the Allies moved North the Bolognese region found itself between the devil and the deep blue sea. Mail from those days provides an unsuspected and faithful mirror that chronicled the various phases. The book reproduces many archive documents and delves into both civilian and military mails.
Price: $29.00
Item Id #013102    See Details...
GRAND-DUCHY TUSCANY PREPHILATELIC POSTMARKS 1760s-1851 NEW FABULOUS CATALOGUE HARDBOUND
Country: ITALY
Condition: GRAND-DUCHY TUSCANY PREPHILATELIC POSTMARKS 1760s-1851 NEW FABULOUS CATALOGUE HARDBOUND
Description: IN ITALIAN HARDBOUND, HIGH QUALITY PAPER, LAVISHLY PRODUCED 220 PAGES + TRANSPARENCIES TO FIND CORRECT TYPES & SUB-TYPES ILLUSTRATED THROUGHOUT ALL THE PRE-PHILATELIC POSTMARKS OF TUSCANY FROM 1760s TO 1851 IT INCLUDES POSTMARKS OF THE VARIOUS POST OFFICES FROM ARCIDOSSO TO VOLTERRA, IN ALPHABETICAL ORDER RAILWAY POSTMARKS DISINFECTED MAIL HANDSTAMPS PROVENANCE & ROUTING HANDSTAMPS ACCOUNTANCY MARKS & ARRANGEMENTS SEA MAIL AS WITH THE EARLIER VOLLMEIR WORK ON THE SAME SUBJECT, ONCE SOLD OUT THIS BOOK WILL BECOME A RARITY IN ITSELF BUY IT NOW & YOU WILL BE GLAD WE SHIP WORLDWIDE
Price: $99.00
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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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THE TASSIS IMPERIAL POSTMASTERS IN VENICE
Country: ITALY
Condition: THE TASSIS IMPERIAL POSTMASTERS IN VENICE: 1500s to 1700s
Description: PLEASE READ THE REVIEW ****
Price: $90.00     Sale Price! $85.00
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ITALY SARDINIA 4TH ISSUE COLOR IDENTIFICATION PLATES
Country: SARDINIA
Condition: ITALY SARDINIA 4TH ISSUE COLOR IDENTIFICATION PLATES
Description: HARDBOUND, IN ITALIAN, 68 pages (8" x 11") FOURTH ISSUE KINGDOM OF SARDINIA 1855-1863 COLOR IDENTIFICATION PLATES (based on colors as listed by Sassone Catalogue 2010) BY UMBERTO BALLABIO LANGUAGE BARRIER: non existant....pictures speak 1000 words...all you have to do is place your stamps side by side with the pictures...if you only get a stamp or two in the right shade or nuance the book has paid for itself and then some The 4th Issue of the Kingdom of Sardinia (initially consisting of Piedmont, Genoese Riviera and Sardinia) has always attracted collectors because it was printed and reprinted over a span of 8 years - in fact these stamps witnessed the unification of Italy and with it the ever increasing stamp demand from the annexed regions and territories. The color shade of each denomination changed every time a new printing was required and some nuances are very scarce, some are priced into the thousands of Euros/Dollars. Color identification plates were printed in the 50s, reprinted in the 90s and then another publisher made a similar attempt. All were sold out and all are bibliographic rarities. This new book stands out for a number of merits that match and surpass previous publications on the same subject for the following reasons: The Author is a seasoned collector of these stamps The book has been vetted by a number of experts Other prominent collectors had their input The color plates are state of the art and have been vetted at the production stage by an expert on light and visual perception of colors (the best way to use this book is at noon time in a room with windows solely facing north....the eyes must be rested and the identification sessions must be short because the eyes tire very quickly...a combination of day light and fluorescent bulbs can also be useful. Never utilize strong daylight and excessive artificial light...never go in spots where there is a strong reflection of sun beams, blue skies or afternoon skies because each will influence a distorted identification). Guidelines can be translated using Babel or similar online translation programs. The book is replete with color illustrations and technical notes accumulated by the Author over a lifetime. IN CONCLUDING: THIS IS THE BEST BOOK YOU COULD EVER BUY ABOUT THESE FASCINATING STAMPS The price is influenced by high production costs, however Italy is well know for real state of the art printing and every penny spent on this book is well spent. INDISPENSABLE & HIGHLY RECOMMENDED LIMITED EDITION!!!
Price: $135.00     Sale Price! $99.00
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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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ITALY FRANCE 1915-1919 FRENCH TROOPS IN ITALY BY TRAPNELL
Country: ITALY
Condition: ITALY FRANCE 1915-1919 FRENCH TROOPS IN ITALY BY TRAPNELL
Description: A Special Item FROM THE ANTIQUARIAN & MODERNARIAN OF POSTAL HISTORY & PHILATELY THE POSTAL HISTORY OF THE FRENCH IN ITALY 1915-1919 & THE FRENCH MILITARY MISSION 38 pages A4 full color, illustrated throughout, spiral bound LOADED WITH VALUABLE INFORMATION
Price: $34.00
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FIUME POSTMARKS 1809-1945 by Gilbert IMPORTANT BOOK
Country: FIUME
Condition: FIUME POSTMARKS 1809-1945 by Gilbert IMPORTANT BOOK
Description: THE POSTMARKS OF FIUME 1809-1945 By J. F. Gilbert In English, 2007, A4, 164 pages, illustrated throughout, spiral bound Historical & Political background * French Occupation * Austrian period * Hungarian period * World War One: Censor Marks, Feldposts, FPOs, British FPOs, Italian Posta Militare, French & British presence * SHS * D’Annunzio Regime * Free State, Sub post offices, Veglia, Arbe, Fiume annexed to Italy, World War Two: Fiumano-Kupa, Yugoslav Military Occupation, Railway TPO postmarks, Maritime & Paquebot postmarks, Air Mail postmarks, miscellaneous, registered and accessory, instructional postmarks etc etc. 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. WE SHIP WORLDWIDE HANDLING & POSTAGE: TO USA — FREE SHIPPING TO ALL OTHER DESTINATIONS : $4.00
Price: $63.00
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ITALY AIR MAIL BRAZIL ARGENTINA URUGUAY VENEZUELA
Country: ITALY
Condition: ITALY AIR MAIL BRAZIL ARGENTINA URUGUAY VENEZUELA
Description: A Special Item FROM THE ANTIQUARIAN & MODERNARIAN OF POSTAL HISTORY & PHILATELY LATI: ITALIAN SOUTH ATLANTIC AIRLINE 98 pages A4 full color, illustrated throughout, spiral bound LOADED WITH VALUABLE INFORMATION AIRCRAFT * CENSORSHIP * WESTBOUND MAIL * EASTBOUND MAIL * THE AFTERMATH OF LATI SERVICE + APPENDIXES A MUST HAVE FOR ANY SERIOUS COLLECTOR OF THESE RARE POSTMARKS
Price: $79.00     Sale Price! $59.00
Item Id #002618    See Details...