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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
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

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

734200
NEW
A Price Guide to U.S. A.P.O. Cancels of the Second World War: (Forte and Helbock, 1996) This is a valuable reference. While there may have been larger or more detailed listings published, I am not aware of any others that provide price guidance and certainly not to this level of detail. I have this on a bookshelf near my desk because I use it frequently. Includes an excellent introductory section. The listings break down each APO number by the country location (and dates of use in said country), with pricing for each such range. Any one APO number can vary in value by several hundred percent depending upon the date of use (thus country of use). Finding just one scarcer APO number in a dealers dollar box pays for this book many times over. Softbound, 136 pages, excellent, gently used condition.

11.00

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

734166
USPS Guide to U.S. Stamps with Updated Values: 40th Edition (2013): Published for the USPS, USING SCOTT CATALOGUE NUMBERS. This is a somewhat simplified stamp catalog (much more detail than the pocket size books), listing every major stamp and many minors; includes back of book stamp issues (but not revenues and such) and some postal stationery. Full color, every stamp appears to be illustrated. Includes the necessary information to identify the early issues, etc. Includes price columns for unused, used, plate block (or line pair or plate number strip), and first day cover. Also provides printing quantity information where known. This is remarkably useful for the new to intermediate collector. 400 pages, high quality printing with great illustrations, comb bound. Virtually-new condition. Though only goes up through the 2012 stamps, very useful if you only need information before that. New this sold for somewhere around $80 (the most recent new edition is over $80).

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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

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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