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732545
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
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

734086
NEW
(Scott) The Micarelli Identification Guide to U.S. Stamps: Regular Issues 1847-1934: (Micarelli, 1991 edition) While there is one later edition published in 2001, this is still one of the most useful books available for sorting and identifying early U.S. stamps. This is not intended to be deeply specialized book -- it is intended, as the title states, to be a guide to identification. Each face-different stamp issue has its own page or two, listing the primary identification differences (perforations, watermarks, types, grills, papers, etc.), and the Scott number for each. Where type differences are involved, they are illustrated and explained. Thus if you have a 1912-21 design Washington "2 CENTS 2" red, offset printed, on one page, you can quickly and easily determine which of the five perforated or five imperforate stamps you have. It is a life-saver and a huge time-saver. I only wish I had discovered this book back when it was originally published! It is out of print (all editions) and now hard to find. It can be found on the internet at prices ranging from $75 to $130 -- that may seem high, but it is worth every penny in the results it will help you produce. Hardbound, 156 pages. This example is gently used and it already has a few (old) catalog values penciled in. [PRO TIP: Pencil in catalog values so that you know which stamps are the common ones and which you deserve to get excited about.]

59.00

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

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

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

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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

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

734087
NEW
[Non-Philatelic] "Redrawing Boundaries: Perspectives on Western American Art": (Institute of Western American Art, Denver Art Museum, 2007) Nothing about this book is directly philatelic. However, some of the themes and subjects covered can be found on American postage stamps. In a sense, art is art, whether on a postage stamp or a painting hanging on a wall. I know that more than a few stamp collectors are also appreciators of American Western Art. Fascinating text and beautiful illustrations. "Art book quality", 80 pages, perfect bound. Very gently used. Used examples on Amazon range from $17 to $45.

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