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734079
NEW
2013 Stanley Gibbons "Stamps of the World" Catalogs Volumes 1-3 and 5, (A-Jas and New S. Wales - Singapore Countries): This is the famed Stanley Gibbons WORLDWIDE Catalog, not something we often see in the U.S. SG has a somewhat different listings policy compared to Scott, thus sometimes you can find items listed in SG that you will not find in Scott and that can be extremely helpful. This group of 4 volumes came to me as they are; I do not know if the previous owner ever had the other two volumes (4 and 6). They are in like-new condition; I do not think the previous owner ever did more than glance at them. These volumes cover the countries of A - Jasdan and New South Wales - Singapore. Extremely clean and fresh, in like-new condition with strong bindings, etc. In color and recent enough to still be very useful! Only for shipping within the U.S. Considering that current new volumes cost about $70 EACH (and shipping them to the U.S. is very costly), this is a great deal.

49.00

Only shipped within the U.S.

734019
The Aerogrammes of Australia and Its Dependencies 1944-1980: (Stein, 1984, APS) A very interesting handbook of this area of postal stationery. Hardbound, 188 pages. Very gently used condition with only a couple blemishes on the cover.

5.00

734066
Fundamentals of Philately: (L.N. Williams, 1990 Revised Edition) Hardbound, 862 pp. This is the encyclopedic reference with information for every collector, exhibitor, or dealer from beginner to specialist. It explains printing, ink, paper, watermarks, gum, perforations, stamp design and production, etc. Hundreds of illustrations. Extremely useful, must-have for every collector. Extremely gently used, near-new. No dust jacket. New copies are also available: #1000013 for $59.00. General new retail is $60.00.

SOLD

733998
SET: Worlds Greatest Stamp Collectors and More of The Worlds Greatest Stamp Collectors: (Bierman, 1990 for both) A pair of fascinating and inspiring books with extensive text about the greatest earlier stamp collectors. The first volume covers 19 collectors in 269 pages and the second volume covers 16 collectors in 215 pages. Not only is this an impressive work, but it makes for really good reading. Included are stories of the kinds of "finds" that all collectors dream of making. I would absolutely keep this for myself if I did not already have a set! Softbound, extensive indexes and bibliography. This set appears to be in brand new condition and never having been "opened".

SOLD

734016
Washington 2006 World Philatelic Exhibition "Catalog": While this is primarily a guide to this hugely successful stamp show and its exhibits, it also includes a couple articles and great images of many philatelic rarities. Plastic coil (the good kind; easily lays flat) bound, 336 pages. Very good used condition.

4.00

733845
The World Encyclopedia of Stamps and Stamp Collecting: (Mackay, 2017) This is a BRAND-NEW looking copy of a very modern book. Though it has a very reasonable original retail price of $10.99, this is a hardbound, full color, 256-page book absolutely crammed with useful information and illustrations. As the title suggests, this takes an encyclopedic approach, but is extremely readable. Mackay is an excellent author for such a book and this would be very useful to virtually any collector at any stage or level of collecting. This 7x9 inch format is basically the same book as another "complete guide" by Mackay.

9.00

733846
The Complete Guide to Stamps and Stamp Collecting: (Mackay, 2017) This is a BRAND-NEW looking (but has a "hidden" dent in the front cover) copy of a very modern book. Though it has a very reasonable original retail price of $14.99, this is a softbound, full color, 256-page book absolutely crammed with useful information and illustrations. Though the title suggests that this is different from the Mackay Encyclopedia, this is essentially the same book that takes an encyclopedic approach, but is extremely readable. Mackay is an excellent author for such a book and this would be very useful to virtually any collector at any stage or level of collecting. This 9x11.75 inch format is basically the same book as another "encyclopedia" by Mackay -- it is just larger format with larger text and pictures (better for older eyes).

10.00

734084
NEW
Linns Stamp Identifier: (Linns; OKeefe and Miller; 2004) A "revised and expanded edition", so not the first edition. Perfect bound version. The introduction states that this is "the stamp identifier to end all stamp identifiers" -- while that is a big claim, I think the authors deserve to make that claim. Includes an important "how to use" section, huge listing of inscriptions found on stamps, illustrations of the "non-Latin" alphabets you are likely to encounter, and then well-organized hundreds of illustrations of stamps that are difficult to identify. This belongs on every worldwide collectors philatelic bookshelf. Gently used example. This appears to be out of print. As a testament to its value, most of the (few) copies that I could find offered ranged from $47 to over $100! That may be far too much, but it is a useful book. Perfect bound, 190 pages. This is only the second copy I have had; the last one (spiral bound) was in 2016 and quickly sold for $36.

36.00

733997
OAT and AV2 Markings, Second Edition: (Heifetz, 2000) OAT (Onward Air Transport) and AV2 (the number of an international postal form put on the top of bundles of airmail letters) markings were typically applied, worldwide, to covers in which only part of the journey was by air; they apparently alerted the next exchange point that the mail was to be transported by air if possible. The markings were normally applied only to the top item in a bundle of mail, and usually only when there were not enough same-destination bundles to fill a mail bag, thus perhaps only one out of a several hundred covers from a particular route would receive the marking -- thus their scarcity and special collecting interest. Handstamped are known from 1938 to 1974 (AV2 manuscript markings from 1934), and most often seen on WWII-era mail when postal routes were much more disrupted and sometimes military aircraft was used to move the mail. Even at this 2000 writing, there were still open questions about when and how these markings were used. There is a Third Edition (2007) of this reference, but this 2000 edition contains a huge amount of information and illustrations in 143 pages, soft/perfect bound. The author is certainly one of the primary experts in this field. This example appears to be in brand new condition, but the title page is loose (could be carefully tipped in with a couple dots of glue).

19.00

731186
Tristan Da Cunha - Its Postal History and Philately: (Mackay, Crabb, 1965) Important 72-page handbook with emphasis on the postal history of this fascinating area. The only current offering I found for this on the web was at $125! Like-new condition; appears never to have been read.

59.00

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Book: The Imperial Postage Stamp Album, and Catalog... - Primary Source Edition: I was not previously aware of this publication. It is a reproduction, as a softbound book, of the 1874 Gibbons album. It is considered historically important as it helps to document the state of philately in those early years. It is very interesting to see what they knew had been issued and what they did not yet know about! Near-new condition, with just a couple minor bends on the cover.

6.00

734067
Stanley Gibbons Commonwealth and British Empire Stamps 1840-1970 Catalog: (2016, 118th Edition) If you are going to have only one catalog for the subject area, this is the one to have. It often provides more detail than Scott, including watermark variations that Scott does not address. In addition to listing and pricing all the stamps, it includes color variations, attempts to provide pricing information for use on covers, postmarks of British Post Offices Abroad, and much more. It is a massive 633 large-size pages, hardbound. This is the 2016 edition (sold for 84.95) and a 2020 edition was recently released (89.95 plus shipping from the UK); other than price changes, this appears to have all the utility of the latest edition. Perfect, as-new condition; I do not think the previous owner even looked at it.

SOLD

734013
DNK Leuchtturm [Lighthouse] Germany Catalog 2012 (Michel Numbering): "Pocket sized", but about an inch thick, this is a handy color, fully priced (2012) simplified catalog of all the stamps of Germany (all eras), the German States, Berlin, DDR, etc. This has the appearance of having been produced by Michel for the Lighthouse DNK brand -- it uses Michel numbering. Prices in Euro, text in German (but has so many pictures, you may never try to read the text). Good used condition; the binding is strong, but shows a little wear; the pages are excellent.

6.00

731094
Korean Stamp Review: Four quarterly issues: 1991/3, 1991/4, 1992/2, and 1992/3. Quite interesting and well produced. Full color and in ENGLISH. Too nice to discard.

4.00

734014
Stanley Gibbons Stamp Catalogue, Part 9, Portugal and Spain, 5th Edition (2004): This 5th edition (2004) has been superceded by a 6th edition in 2011 which seems to have been sold out (I do not find a 7th), but this one still retains great usefulness. Very oddly, for the first time ever in my attempts to find such information and relevant market prices, I discovered that only couple copies of this book, and the next edition, seem to be on the market in the U.S. at bug-eyed-crazy prices ($600 to over $1000). None of that makes any sense to me and surely has to be wrong. I did find a couple copies in the UK for around $50 plus shipping. If you collect any of the Portuguese or Spanish area, you will find this very useful. Softbound, 547 pages, great color pictures, English text, pricing in British Pounds. This example took a hard bump to the spine that affects it only cosmetically; otherwise it is in excellent, very gently used condition. (If this actually worth over $600, the better for you!)

24.00

733916
A Collectors Guide to Theatrical Postcards: (Boyngne, 1988; 1993 edition) A wonderful illustrated showing of theatrical picture post cards, ranging from the stage to cinema, ballet to opera, playwrights to composers. 209 cards illustrated, 107 in color 102 in duotone. Each is accompanied by extensive text about the subject, person, etc. The author also provides an introduction to collecting such cards. Hardbound, 117 pages, with index. Very gently used -- virtually brand new condition.

14.00

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