THE FIRST PUBLISHED list of stamps for collectors came from a young artist residing in Brighton. Mr. Frederick Booty was aged 20 when he issued his “Aids to Stamp Collectors” in April 1862. Mr. Mount Brown was 25 when his “Catalogue of British, Colonial, and Foreign Stamps” appeared in May of the same year. The wide difference of years among the enthusiasts of this time is notable in the third of the early English chroniclers, Dr. Gray, the eminent naturalist and all-round scientist of the British Museum, who published his first “Hand Catalogue of Postage Stamps” towards the end of 1862, the author being then 62 years of age. The first three catalogues represent three distinct independent aspects of the collecting of the time. [Fred J. Melville, 1911]

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