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734439
Swedish Stamp Issues Handbook 1855-1963 (without reprints) Set of 3 Volumes: (SFF, 1964; Sveriges Frankotecken 1855-1963) The three-volume set with outer case. While parts of a new handbook series has very slowly been published over the decades (future plans are unknown), this important 1963 set is still the most recent handbook reference for many subjects. This handbook only exists in English, though some early sections of this book have been translated into English and are available from me. Used, in excellent condition with virtually none of the usual spine wear. The individual volumes are all in extremely good condition. Does NOT include the 1963 Official Reprints of Scott #6-12 which had been in the third volume. It is hard to find a set, with case, in such nice quality. If this had included the reprints, it would have been $135. But with this example, you can get all the information without all that cost!

49.00

731090
Swedish Stamps 1855-1944 An Overview: (Odfjell, 1946; Sveriges Frimerker 1855-1944) A Norwegian-language handbook of Swedish stamps published as a supplement to Norsk Filatelistisk Tidsskrift. Interesting and quite scarce. Excellent used condition for this scarce book.

15.00

732491
The Treskilling Yellow - The Most Valuable Thing in the World: (Fimmerstad, 2004) A stunning 186-page hardbound book devoted to the history of one single stamp: the famous and unique 1855 3 Skilling Banco of Sweden, printed in yellow instead of green. Said to be, by weight, the most valuable object in the world (the 1 cent Magenta has not been auctioned as of this writing). Completely in ENGLISH and beautifully illustrated, this book discusses every possible aspect of the history of this one stamp. Even a non-collector would find this fascinating. Used copy, with some scuffs on the cover, but the pages are in pristine condition. I have recently seen used copies of this book on offer between $125 and $145.

79.00

733668
(Sweden) The Treskilling Yellow - The Most Valuable Thing in the World: (Fimmerstad, 2004) A stunning 186-page hardbound book devoted to the history of one single stamp: the famous and unique 1855 3 Skilling Banco of Sweden, printed in yellow instead of green. Said to be, by weight, the most valuable object in the world (at least at the time of publication of the book). Completely in ENGLISH and beautifully illustrated, this book discusses every possible aspect of the history of this one stamp. Even a non-collector would find this fascinating. Pre-owned, absolutely pristine like-new copy. I have recently seen used copies of this book on offer between $125 and $145.

89.00

734444
Oscar Period 1885-1911 Handbook A:3: (Falk and Mattson, 1985; Oscarsperiodens Frimärken 1885-1911) The first volume released of a "new" (in 1985) handbook series (very few other volumes in that series have been published), this extremely well-produced book is full of illustrations and important information. Includes all aspects of design and development, essays, proofs, production, paper, watermarks, etc., coils (!!), booklets, varieties and errors, colors, and the intended postal uses. Also includes the four Bicolored Numeral stamps and the 5 Kroner Post Office stamp. Though entirely in Swedish, this is a must-have reference for all Swedish specialists and critically important if you like the beautifully engraved Oscar stamps. Like-new condition, with a clear-plastic professional library-quality protective cover properly installed. This book is now hard to obtain.

28.00

734436
Atlas Booklet Handbook: Machine-Made Booklets (2 Volumes H55-H391): (Åhman, 1989; Atlas Handbook över Svenska Maskintillverkade Posthäften) A tremendous and important work detailing the production of Swedish machine-made booklets (but not the vending machine booklets; they are in a different handbook), with all the varieties, marginal markings, types, cover papers, stamp papers (this is a source of information on different stamp papers that are not listed in the specialized stamp catalogs!!), etc., etc. Looseleaf so that it could be easily amended and supplemented, In two large binders (with room for expansion). Appears to be the original release from the first machine made booklet Atlas/Facit #H55 though H391 (1988). (I do have at least some, if not most/all, supplements that were issued, in stock if you want to carry this forward. Additional cost.) When the supplements were issued, they not only added the new booklets but also included many updates (replacement pages) for previous listings. Entirely in Swedish, but an absolute must-have reference for booklet collectors and stamp specialists. Previously owned, but in fresh like-new condition. Long out of print and extremely hard to find, but when it was last in print, range would have cost about $120 ... many years ago. This is NOT out of date! The information is a useful today as then, but examples of this book are very rarely offered and I have heard of selling prices approaching $300.

125.00

733883
Atlas Booklet Handbook: Vending Machine Booklets: (Fagerström and Åhman, 1998; Atlas Handbook över Svenska Automathäften) A tremendous and important work detailing the production of Swedish vending-machine (i.e. "slots") booklets. The companion volume to the "regular" booklet handbook but issued later as a separate publication. Includes all the varieties, marginal markings, types, cover papers, stamp papers (this is a source of information on different stamp papers that are not listed in the specialized stamp catalogs), etc., etc. Looseleaf so that it could be easily amended and supplemented, In one large binder. Appears to be complete Atlas/Facit #HA26A, HOWEVER, the pages for HA7 (and last page of HA6 and first page of HA8) were missing, so I have added photocopies of those pages. If supplements were issued, I am not aware of them. Entirely in Swedish, but an absolute must-have reference for booklet collectors and stamp specialists. Previously owned, but in fresh near-new condition, except for the noted added pages. As a BONUS, includes the 1998 supplement pages for the "regular" booklets. Long out of print and hard to find, but when it was last in print, I sold for it for $84. The information is a useful today as then, but examples are seldom offered and I have heard of selling prices over $100.

36.00

733626
"Vad Kostade Brevet?" (What Did a Letter Cost?): (Carlin, 1975; Vad Kostade Brevet?) Swedish postal rates and services from 1636 to... Though in Swedish, interesting postal rate/services discussion plus many easy-to-use rate charts. This is a PHOTOCOPY from the library of a postal historian whose interest only extended to the mid-1800s, thus this example ONLY INCLUDES pages complete through page 114 (mid-1800s), plus only some pages after that. The original is hard to obtain. Great for the collector of early postal history and pre-stamp or stampless covers.

5.00

734343
Brevportot i Sverige 1786-1830 (Letter Postage in Sweden 1786-1830): (Ivarsson, 2000) Massive 508-page reference -- the only such on this subject. Opens with a discussion of early types of mail, including nice color illustrations. Then proceeds into tables of postage rates. In this era, the rates were calculated by distance from one town to the next; the tables show the rates from each specific town to a long list of other towns. While the postal clerks in any one town only had to deal with a single list from their town to various destinations, the headquarters post office must have had a difficult time compiling and maintaining all these lists. Because Finland was part of Sweden until 1809, the pre-1809 postal rates from Finnish towns is included, thus this is a very important reference also for Finnish postal history collectors. Hardbound. In Swedish, but since it is mostly (98%) tables, just a little use of the free service at translate.google.com will put you on your way. This is a very high quality book with high standards; published by the Swedish Postal Museum and the Swedish Postal History Society. Though previously owned, this is basically a brand new copy with dust jacket (just a minor mark on the jacket). One can find used copies in Sweden (they were never actively imported to the U.S., not even by me) for around $35, but the postage cost to get one to the U.S. would probably cost that much again.

35.00

733551
Swedish Postal History 1855-1925: (Billgren and Andersson, 1996; Svensk Posthistoria 1855-1925 Handbok D:2) Important and extremely valuable discussion of postal services and postal rates for the first 70 years of Swedish stamps. To illustrate the range of subjects covered, the table of contents is four pages and the index is ten pages! This has a lot of postal rate information, but it is not really a postal rate chart book -- it is discusses, and often illustrates, each mail category and service, along with providing extensive postal rate information. The text is completely in Swedish, however with the assistance of translate.google.com a non-Swede can use it without too much difficulty. (For active clients, I am happy to assist with limited amounts of text if online translation is not completely helpful with the philatelic context.) Nicely illustrated, 329 pages, softbound (the only edition published). This example is very gently used; the nicest example I have had since new copies sold out a very long time ago. This is a genuinely scarce book; I do not know the print quantity, but it was not nearly enough! When new and still in print about 20 years ago, this sold for about $75. Since it sold out, I have only been able to offer one or two examples!

95.00

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734233
[Swedish] Articles on Postal History Nr 2, 1988: [SSPD 1988] Compilation of six important postal history articles published by the Sällskapet för Svensk Posthistorisk Dokumentation (Society for Swedish Postal History Documentation). Their publications tend to be the first or best-to-date on the subject that they address and thus continue to be important over time. To my knowledge, there were only a few annual issues of this publication. The text is only in Swedish, but the illustrations are very useful and the dedicated collector will be able to translate (i.e. translate.google.com) the parts of interest. In this issue: 1) International (from Sweden) Parcel Post Rates and Uses 1855-1920. 2) Express Mail 1864-1922. 3) Free Letter Cancellations in Stockholm 1830-1873. 4) Sweden Post Office in Hamburg Postmarks. 5) Inskeppningsavier (Avis d Embarquement) [Notice of / receipt for international (parcel) mailing] Forms and Uses. 6) Philatelic Cannibalism [about early Swedish Antarctic Expedition covers from which the stamps had been torn off -- will be of great interest to Polar / Antarctic collectors]. Perfect bound, 87 pages. Very useful for any of the six covered subjects. This is hard to obtain. Very gently used condition with only minor colorless scuff on cover; pages like new.

16.00

731304
Facit Swedish Cancellation And Postal History Catalog 1985: (Facit Ortstämplerkatalog Postal History 1985) An older edition (latest 2004 edition is in stock for $69.50), but still very useful for those starting out in collecting Swedish cancels. Lists and prices cancellations and postmarks from the pre-stamp era, through the modern types, with pricing for each era. Also lists ship, railway, rural letter carriers, postal agencies, foreign cancellations on Swedish stamps, etc., etc. In its day, this book was considered to be an incredibly great reference. While you will eventually wish to have the 2004 edition, this book is a great way to get started with Swedish cancels. If you just collect used Swedish stamps or have only a passing interest in postmarks, you will still want this book; just one "find" will pay for it many times over! Brand new condition from a boxed up literature dealers stock.

13.75

734442
Contenta Catalog of Swedish Postmarks 1819-1975: (1978; Contenta Katalog över Svenska Ortstämplar 1819-1975) An early precursor to the well-known Facit "Postal" Cancellation and Postal History Catalog. This older edition has only the town list and railway number list the features of the latter, including the rarity in various periods. In Swedish, but is 99% lists, thus easy to use. Great for starting out or to test the water, or as collectible philatelic literature. Gently used condition; strong binding, very clean, and I do not see any markings in the book.

5.00

734440
Listing of Swedish Post Offices 1636-1910: (SFF, Levin, 1919; Förteckning å Sveriges Postanstalter 1636-1910) A listing, up through 1910, of all the Swedish post offices large and small, plus railway lines, on-board ship post offices, and letter carrier postal routes. While later research has revealed much more and more-detailed information, this is really an amazing work for its time, on 103 pages. In Swedish, but is 99% lists that are easy to use. Includes details such as dates of use, route terminals, class of post office, etc. A fairly scarce book 102 years after issue. This example is "very well loved", with cover and spine faults, corners of pages quite worn, and many penciled markings in the lists (used as a checklist). Still a nice item of philatelic history.

6.00

730776
Sweden Ship Mail Cancellations: (MacFie, 1977; Angbatspost) The primary handbook and catalog of these cancels with illustrations of types, routes, dates of use, ships on which used, rarity factors, etc. See Facit Cancel Catalog for pricing. ENGLISH summary, indexed by region and ship name. Highly recommended. So gently used you will insist that it is brand new. (Old #60558)

22.00

734438
Sweden Ship Mail Cancellations: (MacFie, 1977; Ångbåtspost) The primary handbook and catalog of these cancels with illustrations of types, routes, dates of use, ships on which used, rarity factors, etc. See Facit Cancel Catalog (the "Postal") for pricing. ENGLISH summary, indexed by region and ship name. Highly recommended. Used with a little wear on the spine, but the pages are virtually perfect. This book is now quite difficult to obtain.

21.00

734441
Cancellations on Swedish Oscar-Issue Stamps 1885-1911: (SFF, 1976; Oscars-Katalogen) Listing of town cancels in use during the Oscar stamp period (1885-1911), with rarity factors. Long-since superceded by the Facit "Postal" Cancellation and Postal History Catalog, however, very handy and neat pocket-sized guide to this super-fun area. Very gently used; strong binding, excellent appearance, and only a few neat penciled check-marks indicating items the previous owner had.

5.00

733963
Swedish Pre-Philatelic Cancellations Volume II: "Rectangular" Type: (Stenberg, 1974, first edition; Tidiga Svenska Datumstämplar, Del II, Fyrkantstämplar) The handbook for "rectangular" or "boxed" pre-stamp cancels. Every cancel type illustrated, with dates of use, rarity factors, etc. The Type numbers are used in the Facit Cancel Catalog. Though a second edition exists, this is still very useful. This example looks very gently used but the page block has separated from the binding (a common problem with this book; it could be glued back in); the pages are in perfect condition.

16.00

734319
Swedish Pre-Philatelic Cancellations Volume II: "Rectangular" Type: (Stenberg, 1974, first edition; Tidiga Svenska Datumstämplar, Del II, Fyrkantstämplar) The handbook for "rectangular" or "boxed" pre-stamp cancels. Every cancel type illustrated, with dates of use, rarity factors, etc. The Type numbers are used in the Facit Cancel Catalog. Though a second edition exists it has only minor changes; this is still very useful. Though this example has some marks on the extreme page edges (can only see when the book is closed), it is otherwise in like-new condition and has never been "cracked open" -- the binding is perfect (scarce for this book). A very important reference!

22.00

730787
The Post and Rail in Dal: (SFF, 1983; Post och Jarnvagar pa Dal) Useful group of articles on the history of postal service, including boat and railway postal service as well the railway parcel service and stamps in Dalsland. In Swedish. Excellent used condition. New is $16! (Old #60579)

8.00

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730789
Study of Swedish Postage Due Markings 1843-1874: (Ivarsson, 1974; En Studie av de Svenska Losenstamplarna 1843-1874) Very important and well-illustrated study and cataloging of the early Swedish postage due markings. Includes dates and circumstances of use, and rarity factors. In Swedish. OUT OF PRINT and very difficult to obtain. Spotless, virtually like-new condition. (Old #60561)

38.00

734437
Swedish Railway Stamps: (Reidmar, Wahlbom, 1975) This important work has now been largely superceded by the Facit Sverige 2021 (which has priced listings), but until 2021 this was the only published book on the subject. In Swedish, but well-illustrated and easy to use (not much text). Quite a few comments and notes that may not have made their way into the Facit, thus still valuable to the collector of such stamps. This book has been out-of-print since the 1970s and has always been "rare". This is a PHOTOCOPY with a plastic comb binding. (I did NOT make this copy; it was in a library group I purchased.) As a copy, it is in virtually "new" unhandled condition. If you collect these stamps, even if you have the Facit Sverige 2021, you will still want this book for the additional notes and the historical context.

24.00

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