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Lowe, Robson - The British Postage Stamp being the history of the nineteenth century postage stamps based on the collection presented to the Nation by Reginald M. Phillips of Brighton
Lowe, Robson - The British Postage Stamp
being the history of the nineteenth century postage stamps based on the collection presented to the Nation by Reginald M. Phillips of Brighton

Publisher: The National Postal Museum, London, 1979.
Second edition, hardback, dustwrapper, viii + 272 pages, including 32 colour plates, in Very Good condition.
Classic work on the Queen Victoria issues of Great Britain. Very well illustrated.
£15.00Quantity:

Mackay, James A. - Sub Office Rubber Datestamps of England & Wales
Mackay, James A. - Sub Office Rubber Datestamps of England & Wales
Publisher: privately publiahed by the author, Dumfries, 1986.
Large (A4) paperback, illustrated, 466 pages, in Very Good condition.
A very large work dealing with the rubber datestamps (or Climax daters to give them their official name) issued to minor sub-offices from the 1880s through to the 1930s. Profusely illustrated, with more than ten thousand postmarks illustrated!
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Mackay, James A. - Scottish Post Offices
Mackay, James A. - Scottish Post Offices
Publisher: privately published by the author, Dumfries, 1989.
Large (A4) paperback, 127 pages, in Very Good condition.
A detailed study of Scotland's Post Offices, with a comprehensive alphabetical listing. Includes their inception, grade of office, closure where applicable, and any related history.
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Mackay, James A. - Scottish Numeral Postmarks
Mackay, James A. - Scottish Numeral Postmarks
Publisher: privately published, Dumfries, 1987.
Large (A4) paperback, illustrated, 196 pages, in Very Good condition.
This book deals with the numbers allocated to Post Offices in Scotland from 1844 onwards, and used in obliterators, double stamps and combined date and obliterating stamps down to the beginning of the twentieth century. From the 1880s until 1924, these numbers were also employed in charge and explanatory marks and in examiners' triangular stamps, all of which are surveyed here for the first time in depth. Well illustrated.
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Wiggins, W.R.D. and Tonna, G.C. - The Plating of Alphabet III PL22 to 68 & R17, together with Alphabet IV (PL50 & 51), Alphabet II (R15 & R16)
Wiggins, W.R.D. and Tonna, G.C. - The Plating of Alphabet III
PL22 to 68 & R17, together with Alphabet IV (PL50 & 51), Alphabet II (R15 & R16)

Publisher: G.C. Tonna, 1973.
Complete set of 5 volumes, paperback (pictorial card covers), spiralbound, circa 250 pages, a few occasional slight marks to the covers but contents clean, in Good condition.
The original five volume plating study of the 'Penny Red Stars'. With thousands of half-tone (black & white) illustrations of the stamps arranged by the corner letters. The standard reference on the subject, providing a visual aid to plating these stamps.
£40.00Quantity:

Brown, Roland and Fisher, Harold W. - The Plating of the Penny 1840-1864 Volume I, Die 1, Plates 1a to 45 (revised edition); Volume II, Die 1, Plates 46 to 91; Volume III, Die 1, Plates 92 to 131; Volume IV, Die 1, Plates 132 to 175; Volume V, Die 1, Plates 176 to 204, Reserve Plates 1 to 6
Brown, Roland and Fisher, Harold W. - The Plating of the Penny 1840-1864
Volume I, Die 1, Plates 1a to 45 (revised edition); Volume II, Die 1, Plates 46 to 91; Volume III, Die 1, Plates 92 to 131; Volume IV, Die 1, Plates 132 to 175; Volume V, Die 1, Plates 176 to 204, Reserve Plates 1 to 6

Publisher: The Great Britain Philatelic Society, 1972-1984.
Complete set of five volumes, pictorial card covers, spiralbound, 754 pages, with the plating gauges in pocket at front of each volume, occasional small marks and slight browning to rear covers, else in Very Good condition.
The complete five volume set. Out of print and hard to find set.
£180.00Quantity:

Fryer, Gavin and Whiteside, John - The Silver Yardstick: 1840-1871 Currencies Applied to Postal Rates in the Nineteenth Century
Fryer, Gavin and Whiteside, John - The Silver Yardstick: 1840-1871
Currencies Applied to Postal Rates in the Nineteenth Century

Publisher: The Royal Philatelic Society, London, 2003.
Supplement to The London Philatelist, paperback, illustrated, iv + 60 pages, covers lightly creased else in Very Good condition.
Interesting work on the postal history aspects of nineteenth century currencies. Well illustrated, including some in colour.
£8.50Quantity:

Robinson, Howard - Carrying British Mails Overseas
Robinson, Howard - Carrying British Mails Overseas
Publisher: George Allen & Unwin, London, 1964.
Hardback, original blue cloth, dustwrapper, 327 pages + plates, short tear to dustwrapper, a few tiny spots of foxing to page-edges, else in Very Good condition.
Excellent history of Britain's overseas postal service.
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Baldwin, N.C. - Great Britain Airway Letter Stamps and Services
Baldwin, N.C. - Great Britain Airway Letter Stamps and Services
Publisher: Francis J. Field, Sutton Coldfield, 1966.
Paperback, illustrated, 20 pages, slight creasing to front cover, in Good condition.
Useful booklet with Checklist of B.E.A., Cambrian Airways, etc. Well illustrated in black & white.
£6.50Quantity:

Shackleton, Tim - 1840-1990 The Penny Black Anniversary Book
Shackleton, Tim - 1840-1990 The Penny Black Anniversary Book
Publisher: Royal Mail Stamps, London, 1990.
Paperback (thin card covers), dustwrapper, illustrated, 40 pages, mild shelfwear else in Very Good condition.
Souvenir book celebrating the 150th anniversary of the Penny Black. Very well illustrated in colour. Complete with the five anniversary stamps, miniature sheet and facsimile Mulready envelope.
£9.50Quantity:

Chauvet, Michèle - Les Relations de la France avec l
Chauvet, Michèle - Les Relations de la France avec l'Espagne de 1660 à 1849
Publisher: Brun & Fils, 2002.
La Poste Internationale Tome 2. Large format (A4) paperback, illustrated, 286 pages, text in French, a few tiny marks to the covers, slight creasing to the covers and page-edges, inscription to previous owner to title-page signed by the author (?), in Good condition.
An important work on the postal history of the mails between France and Spain prior to the introduction of adhesive postage stamps in France. Very scarce and sought after.
£60.00Quantity:

Alexandre, J.-P.; Barbey, C.; Brun, J.-F.; Desarnaud, G. and Joany, Dr. R. - Les Tarifs Postaux Français 1627-1969
Alexandre, J.-P.; Barbey, C.; Brun, J.-F.; Desarnaud, G. and Joany, Dr. R. - Les Tarifs Postaux Français
1627-1969

Publisher: Éditions Loisirs et Culture, Le Havre, 1982.
Hardback, illustrated, 383 pages, text in French, ex libris Canadian Postal Museum with bookplate inside front cover, label to spine and library pocket at rear, covers a little rubbed, in Good condition.
Rare and important handbook.
£120.00Quantity:

Oxley, G.F. - British Postal Rates to Europe, 1836-1876
Oxley, G.F. - British Postal Rates to Europe, 1836-1876
Publisher: The Postal History Society, 1992.
Large paperback, illustrated, ix + 130 pages, spine slightly sunned, slight shelfwear, else in Very Good condition.
Detailed and well-researched work. Scarce.
£26.00Quantity:

Danzig, Robert and Goldsmith, David - The Cancellations of the 1841 Penny Red Illustrated Guide and Catalogue
Danzig, Robert and Goldsmith, David - The Cancellations of the 1841 Penny Red
Illustrated Guide and Catalogue

Publisher: Philatelic Imprint, London, 1991.
Hardback, dustwrapper, illustrated, 168 pages, slight creasing to the dustwrapper, mild signs of use, in Good condition.
Important and sought after handbook, with extensive section on the Maltese Cross cancel, plus numeral cancels, duplex cancels, cancellations unofficially used during the Maltese Cross period, Scottish Locals, unusual cancellations, used abroad, and a concluding chapter on the late use of the 1841 Penny Red.
£55.00Quantity:

Galland, Robert B. and Louis, Karl - Great Britain Surface Printed Postage Stamps 1855-1883 Low Values 2½d to 2s
Galland, Robert B. and Louis, Karl - Great Britain Surface Printed Postage Stamps 1855-1883
Low Values 2½d to 2s

Publisher: Great Britain Philatelic Society, 2009.
Large format hardback, dustwrapper, illustrated, xii + 236 ages, slight warping (bend) to the covers, in Good condition.
Superb handbook. Colour illustrated.
£40.00Quantity:

Gillmor, Robert - Birds, Blocks & Stamps Post & Go Birds of Britain
Gillmor, Robert - Birds, Blocks & Stamps
Post & Go Birds of Britain

Publisher: Two Rivers Press, 2012.
Paperback (pictorial card covers), illustrated, 55 pages, in Very Good+ condition.
"Robert Gillmor, ornithologist, artist, illustrator and author, was commissioned by Royal Mail to produce four series of stamps featuring British birds. Brought together for the first time in larger-than-stamp size, these prints demonstrate the author's lifelong love and appreciation of our nation's garden birds. The pictures are brought to life by the author's own account of the process by which his lino-cuts are made, along with anecdotal descriptions of his bird encounters along the way. This beautifully-produced collection will be coveted by wildlife lovers, artists and stamp collectors alike."
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Robinson, Howard - The British Post Office A History
Robinson, Howard - The British Post Office
A History

Publisher: Greenwood Press, Connecticut, 1970.
Reprint, hardback, xvii + 467 pages + plates + maps, in Very Good condition.
Reprint of the scarce classic work originally published in 1948.
£30.00Quantity:

Apaire, Annette et al - Le Tresor des Timbres-Poste de France
1849-1973

Publisher: Musée de la Poste, Paris, 1981.
Hardback in slipcase, 215 pages + 36 colour plates, text in French, tear to the card pocket holding the plates else in Very Good condition.
Large volume in slipcase, text plus superb colour plates in pocket.
£45.00Quantity:

Gomez-Guillamon, F. - The Republican Political Labels 1936-1939
Gomez-Guillamon, F. - The Republican Political Labels 1936-1939
Publisher: R.G. Shelley, Hove, 1988.
Large format hardback, illustrated, 248 pages, text in English, no dustwrapper, slight hint of spine-lean, mild dusty marks to the covers, pages fine, in Good condition.
Scarce handbook listing the multitude of labels issued by the central offices of Republican organisations, Societies, etc during the Spanish Civil War (not those issued in specific locations which were covered in the author's earlier book: The Republican Local War Tax Stamps 1936-39).
£36.00Quantity:

Gomez-Guillamon, F. - The Republican Local War Tax Stamps (1936-1939)
Gomez-Guillamon, F. - The Republican Local War Tax Stamps (1936-1939)
Publisher: R.G. Shelley, Hove, 1977.
Large format paperback, illustrated, 124 pages, text in English, covers worn and repaired with brown parcel-tape, manuscript markings to pages throughout, an acceptable working copy only.
Limited edition of 500 copies only, this copy not numbered. Very useful handbook/catalogue of war tax stamps issued in specific places in the Republican (anti-Franco) Zone during the Spanish Civil War. With scarcity ratings and illustrations in black & white.
£10.00Quantity:

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