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The Honolulu Advertiser Collection, Parts 1-3, Siegel-Weill 1995 Auction Catalogs (Hawaii): (Auction Catalog: Robert A. Siegel [in conjunction with Raymond H. Weill Co.] #769, 1995) Pristine set of three catalogs, in slip case, of this extremely important "name" auction. This collection of Hawaii has been called by some experts the greatest collection every assembled of the stamps and postal history of a single country. The collection was owned by the Honolulu Advertiser newspaper, though it was carefully and lovingly built by the chairman of the newspaper, Thurston Twigg-Smith. This set of catalogs is part handbook and part auction -- the volumes contain invaluable reference literature that is not available gathered in any other single source. The catalogs are brand new, the pages/spines never opened, and are completely unmarked. Each volume is accompanied by a prices realized for the entire sale. I have seen a couple other sets for sale at prices ranging from $105 to $135 and a couple others that have sold at the $100 level. This set is critically important to any collector who wants to learn about the philately of Hawaii or who appreciates important philatelic literature. If you enjoy the philately of Hawaii, you owe it to yourself to get this set!

85.00

734000
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Brookman: The United States Postage Stamps of the 19th Century (1966-1967 Second/Final Edition, Set of 3 Volumes): (Brookman, 1966-67 edition) This is THE "bible" for the first 53 years of U.S. stamps. One could write several pages about the contents of and the importance of this set of books for collectors of classic U.S. stamps. The simplest thing to say is that if you collect and enjoy early U.S. stamps, you are really missing out if you do not have this reference set. While there is some discussion of the use (covers, postmarks) of these stamps, the focus is on the development, printing and other production, and varieties of the classic stamps. The first edition was published in 1947 in two volumes. Then in 1966 H.L. Lindquist published this second (and final) edition, with revisions to the first two volumes, plus a new third volume with "additions and corrections". They have 280, 342, and 278 pages. Hardbound (cloth). In 1989 a reprint of the 3-volume set was published, but the printing quality was not as good and the photos are not as clear -- still that set generally sells for $120-$135! This is truly a philatelic masterwork written by a legend of U.S. philately. This set is previously owned: All three have the original dust jackets (worn); the bindings and pages look absolutely brand new, with the exception that a previous owner name is inside the front cover of the 3rd volume. For this original 2nd edition, I have found prices ranging from $150 for "used" to $250 for "like new". This is certainly in the "like new" category of quality.

210.00

733975
United States Postage Stamps of 1869: (Rose, Jon; Linns Handbook Series; 1996) Without a doubt, must-have book for specialists in the fascinating 1869 pictorial stamp issue and for all collectors of classic U.S. stamps and postal history. From essays through production, issuance, and use, with resulting postal history, known cancellations per stamp, etc. Softcover, 191 8.5 x 11 pages, with excellent index and bibliography. Lots of illustrations. This not just a dry reference book, it is very readable. Online prices for used examples at the moment seem to range from $40 to $70 and as high as $129! This example is pre-owned, but it is near new; there is very little indication that it had actually been used.

40.00

733999
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The United States Two Cent Red Brown of 1883-1887 (Set of 2 Volumes): (Willard, 1970) The "bible" for this stamp issue! Coming later in the classic period, and being an "ordinary" stamp, this issue has not gotten the attention of some other issues that have been collected by big-name super-star collectors. However, the stamps of this issue are more plentiful and less costly and exist with a wide variety of variations and especially postmarks -- they make the perfect subject for either a small or large specialized collection that could be built with a modest outlay. The first volume covers the background of the issue, the development, printing and other production aspects, varieties, etc., and starts on the uses and postmarks. The second volume focuses exclusively on the tremendous range of postmarks found on these stamps. Hardbound (cloth), EACH 164 pages, printed on high quality slick paper to best show the huge number of illustrations. This example is pre-owned, but looks absolutely brand new, with no indication that it had actually been used! Warning: I cannot be held responsible if this opens up a new collecting area for you!

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733977
The Prexies [Book: the 1938 U.S. Presidential series]: (Rustad; 1994) I cannot imagine how specializing in this fascinating series of stamps was possible for the issuance of this book. The 343 pages of this book are absolutely packed with critically important information, from the development of the series, through the production, the issuance, the varieties and philatelic aspects, the use, the covers and postal history, and more. Softcover, with index and bibliography. Organized by stamp denomination and well illustrated. Rather few used copies of this book are offered online -- and I can guess why: No sensible collector would be willing to part with their copy while they are still alive, and Prexie specialists will take it with them to the stamp club in the sky! However, online prices for USED examples at the moment seem to range from $55 to $77 (and seem to sell!) even though it is still available new (if you can figure out how to find them) for $30! This example is pre-owned (from an estate) and appears to be absolutely BRAND-NEW, never "opened". A must-have reference -- and readable book -- for anybody interested in mid-20th-century U.S. philately.

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733838
A Description of United States Postage Stamps 1847-1942: An excellent example of this extremely interesting and useful official post office book issued in 1942. Remarkably well-done handbook with LOTS of interesting and quite readable text about the stamp issues, etc. If you collect U.S. stamps, you will find this fascinating. Softbound, 149 pages. The binding, which is usually terrible for such books (though I have not previously had this particular edition), is excellent, in "excellent used" condition; the pages are virtually pristine. This war-time edition, printed on surprisingly good paper, is seldom offered

7.00

733906
A Description of United States Postage Stamps 1847-1943: An excellent example of this extremely interesting and useful official post office book issued in 1943. Remarkably well-done handbook with LOTS of interesting and quite readable text about the stamp issues, etc. If you collect U.S. stamps, you will find this fascinating. Softbound, 152 pages. The binding, which is usually terrible for such books (though I have not previously had this particular edition), is very strong, though has some visual wear on the spine. It is in "very fine used" condition; the pages are virtually pristine. This war-time edition, printed on surprisingly good paper, is seldom offered

7.00

733453
A Description of United States Postage Stamps 1847-1945: An excellent example of this extremely interesting and useful official post office book issued in 1945 or 1946 (the print date says 1943, but that would be impossible). Remarkably well-done handbook with LOTS of interesting and quite readable text about the stamp issues, etc. If you collect U.S. stamps, you will find this fascinating. Softbound, 156 pages. The binding, which is usually terrible, is excellent, in "excellent used" condition; the pages are virtually pristine; there are age spots on the first and last page which were in contact with the cover, but otherwise very fresh. This immediate post-war edition is not so often offered.

7.00

733979
United States Savings Stamps: (Charles; 2012; United States Stamp Society) Though I have known the author for many years in other contexts -- and know him to be an astute student of philately -- I did not know about this book. I do not know how I could have missed it -- it is superb! All that needs to be said is that this covers every aspect of officially issued United States savings stamps, including postal savings, war savings, and anything related to this subject. Wonderfully produced and packed full of terrific color illustrations on high quality paper, this 245 page book, with index, is softcover perfect bound. This example is from an estate, but by the appearance of the book, it is still in BRAND-NEW condition; it has never been "opened". If you have any interest in U.S. back of book stamps, you will want this masterpiece! Still available new for the moment at $28, but this example is a little less and is more convenient.

24.00

733980
Series of 1941 Wine Revenue Stamps of the United States of America: (Bidwell, 1965) If you collect U.S. Revenues, or have a thematic interest in Wine, you will want this book. I find the U.S. Wine Revenues to be fascinating with their large size and strange denominations (the front cover depicts two stamps: 1/5 cent and $4,000 -- or how about $1.60 4/5-cent!). Every aspect of these issues is discussed, from production to different plate types, from use to printing errors. This copy is in excellent gently used condition, but "Desk Copy" has been written on the front cover -- inside the front cover is something I have never seen, the marking of Raymond H. Weill Co., the very famous stamp dealer firm of New Orleans. 44 pages, saddle-stitched, high quality printing with many illustrations.

SOLD

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United States Match and Medicine Stamps [Revenues]: (West, Christopher [aka Perry, Elliot]; 1980) A key reference for this fascinating subject of private die proprietary revenue stamps. Among many other revenue stamps used to raise money following the Civil War, revenue stamps were required for five main groups: medicines, matches, perfumery, playing cards, and certain canned foods. Rather than using generic government-issued revenue stamps, manufacturers were allowed to have their own designs printed by approved printing firms, thus the stamps became yet another form of fancy advertising. The designs of these stamps are ornate and often very beautiful. They present a wonderful collecting area. This hardcover volume includes 64 regular pages, plus 64 plate pages of superb illustrations. Get started in this collecting area with a full understanding of these stamps and the story behind them. From an estate, but so gently used it looks absolutely brand new.

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733982
A Census of United States Match and Medicine Stamps [Revenues]: (Aldrich, 1997) It is said that knowledge is power. In philately almost no other knowledge is more powerful or valuable than to know the true rarity of a stamp: How many were issued and how many examples are known to exist, and in what condition/quality. For the Match and Medicine proprietary die revenue stamps, a census was taken in 1934 (UCPS/Drummond) and then another by Aldrich in 1987. However the 1987 census was of limited usefulness due to knowledge of, but lack of access to, some major collections. Eventually those collections became available for census and Aldrich completed a new census in 1994. This important volume presents the 1934 and 1994 data, including quantities known at both times along with their condition/quality. Furthermore it illustrates each stamp, provides quantity issued, Scott values from 1973 to 1993 with percentage change, etc. Additional notes and observations are included. The rarity of each stamp is also ranked. Just picking out one example, Scott #RO182b, of the 141,000 issued, only 8 (eight!!!!) examples are recorded by the census (only one was recorded in 1934); 6 of the 8 are Fine, while 2 are "very good"; Also of that same 8, only 2 are in sound condition, the other 6 are faulty. This type of information is a gold mine! Hardbound, 220 pages, with index. High quality printing with excellent illustrations. Absolutely BRAND NEW condition.

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733983
An Introduction to Revenue Stamps [United States]: (Castenholz, 1994) This well-written and very readable book is intended, as the title states, to provide an introduction to the subject so that a new collector can quickly get up to speed or so that a collector can decide if they wish to collect U.S. revenues and possible areas for specialization. A very valuable reference. Absolutely packed full of excellent illustrations. 90 pages, soft cover, perfect bound. Online I see a few offered USED at prices ranging from $25 to $60 (and one at $90!). This example is in absolutely BRAND NEW condition.

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733783
Linns U.S. Philatelic Yearbook 1983, Softcover: Despite the title, the books of this series are not ephemeral. They are one of the "publications of record" for the details of the U.S. stamps issued in the title year. Each stamp issue typically gets 3-4 pages of coverage, with details and statistics, followed by sections about the stamp subject, the design, essays (proposed stamp designs), first day information, special production issues such as selvage markings, varieties, etc. Includes all the issues: commemoratives, definitives, special and official stamps, duck stamps, postal stationery, souvenir cards, etc. If you just like to fully understand and write up the stamps in your collection, or if you are preparing an exhibit or display, this annual information is a philatelic gold mine. This edition seems to be offered in the market between $12 and $25! Very gently used condition. [If you want to build a set of the whole range of these, please let me know.]

9.95

733984
The Confederate States Post-Office Department Its Stamps and Stationery, Second Edition (Revised): (Dietz, August; 1950) Subtitled "A Record of Achievement", this is an important small book by one of the key figures in CSA philately (born soon after the Civil war; October 19, 1869 - September 26, 1963), written fairly late in his philatelic career and reflecting his accumulated wealth of knowledge. This 48-page saddle stitched book is not a catalog or handbook, but is more of a detailed, very well illustrated (including two color plates) introduction to the stamp issues. This is a great way to get an overview of the CSA stamps without having to slog through a big book. Though published in 1950, this example is as fresh and bright (with beautiful front cover artwork) as the day it was printed -- I believe that this is quite scarce thus. I have managed to find a couple examples offered online in the $50-72 range, but at the lower end the quality is poor. Though from an estate, this appears to be in perfect, brand-new condition.

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732678
Confederate States of America Stampless Cover Catalog - 1980, First Edition: (David G. Phillips; Wishnietsky, Hudson; 1980) An important new catalog in its time, with pricing, but long since eclipsed by later publications. Still interesting philatelic history. Very gently used.

10.00

733934
[U.S. Civil War] Sanitary Fairs: A Philatelic and Historical Study of Civil War Benevolences: (A.R. Kantor and M.S. Kantor, 1992) A very interesting, but little-known to most collectors, area of philately and postal history relating to charity for the soldiers in the American Civil War. Covers the background, political, social, civil and military aspects. It is mostly a Union subject, but the Confederacy is also covered. Each fair is individually discussed with respect to both the philatelic and historic aspects. Many illustrations of the known stamps, covers, and proofs, in addition to the fantasy productions. The Sanitary Fairs Military Mail relating to the Commission is also discussed. If you are interested in wartime postal history, the Civil War, early American postal history, etc., you will find this to be fascinating. Beautifully produced book, originally sold for $75.00 (new). 304 pages, 16 in full color, cloth hardbound. This example is generally in very gently used condition, but the first couple and last couple pages show some foxing -- otherwise it looks great from the exterior and 99% of the interior.

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734018
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Canal Zone Postage Stamps: (Tatelman, 1961; published by the Canal Zone Postal Service) An incredibly useful handbook of all aspects of Canal Zone philately. If you have an interest in this subject, you HAVE TO HAVE this book. With original binding, wrap-around card cover over a stapled page block (not the best idea for such a thick book); perhaps a professional bookbinder could make it easier to use (does not lay flat at all, but that is the only way they were made as far as I know). A surprisingly large book for this subject, 439 pages. The pages are in extremely good condition; the outer binding cover is worn and stained as usual for this. If you collect CZ or U.S. Possessions, you will really find this useful.

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733968
2009 U.S., UN, British North America H. E. HARRIS Priced Catalog: The famous priced catalog (price list used by the Harris company and many small dealers with shops, etc.). Printed in color with excellent images, slick paper, and price columns for NH, Mint, Used, singles, plate blocks, sheets, FDCs, etc., etc. (columns vary with time period). This is a really nice and attractive simplified catalog which does not overwhelm a beginning or intermediate collector. The prices show are often much higher than the levels at which I sell stamps, so a beginner should be advised of that situation. The pages are in excellent near-new condition. The outer binding has a couple mars on front cover. The binding is metal coil, but with a full hard-binding around it with a printed spine (an unusual method that works very well); lay-flat pages. Though a few years old, would be a great help to a newer collector.

5.00

733115
Minkus New American Stamp Catalog 1959: A U.S. specialized catalog from the heyday of the Minkus organization. Especially appealing is that almost every issue has a paragraph about the subject of the stamp -- you can actually learn something! Hardbound, 253 pages. It may seem ancient, but you will find it useful. With worn dust jacket, but otherwise in excellent condition.

6.00

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Minkus The New Worldwide Postage Stamp Catalog, 1958, Volumes I-II (combined): An interesting 1110-page 1958 hardbound catalog of much of the world, Volumes I and II in one physical book. Volume I covers the U.S., UN, and British Commonwealth, while Volume II covers Central and South America, and the Free States of Africa and Asia. Thus this does NOT include Europe and European Colonies. It is fascinating to see how Minkus did things compared to Scott, and the philately of 1958. Minkus often included more textual information than other catalogs. Excellent, gently used condition.

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733173
Nassau Street (1988 7th Edition, 1st Revised Edition): [Herst, Jr., Herman "Pat"] One of the CLASSIC READABLE PHILATELIC BOOKS. Pat Herst had a wonderful way of bringing the reader right into his stamp office. This book is probably responsible for getting many people interested in becoming stamp dealers. Nassau Street was THE place in New York City with the largest concentration of stamp dealers (probably in the world) in the first half of the 20th century -- these stories reveal it all. You will have a hard time putting this book down, so do not start reading it if you have a honey-do list you are supposed to be working on. While used copies of this book are readily available, this has the advantage of being the first REVISED edition; this is the one you want. Softbound. Good used condition. I see this exact book offered for $26-32, so if you miss out on this example, find one someplace!

23.00

733919
Stamping Our History: (Davison and Diamant, 1990) Subtitled "The Story of the United States Portrayed on Its Postage Stamps", this is a beautiful coffee-table book with a stamp image on almost every page, many with highly-detailed blow-ups. The vast majority of the stamps are engraved -- the blow-ups show us the art of the engraver. Extensive historical text with philatelic tie-ins at every point. Interesting even for the most hard-core philatelist. If you have wanted a way to show your friends and family how stamp collecting relates to our history, this is perfect. Leave it out on the coffee table and people will not be able to resist taking a look. Hardbound, 254 pages, with extensive index. Original publication price $49.95. The original dust jacket shows very minor wear, but the book itself is virtually brand new in stunning condition.

10.95

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