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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

734478
The United States 1 cent Franklin 1861-1867: (Evans, Don L., and Christian, C.W. Bert; Linns Handbook Series; 1997) Without a doubt, a must-have book for all collectors of classic U.S. stamps and postal history. Subtitled "...and an Introduction to the Postal History of the Period" which points out a very important feature of this book. While a reader may or may not have a special interest in the specific 1 cent stamp subject, the information presented, from design, production, distribution, varieties, through its uses, can be applied to the other U.S. stamp issues of the era. International lop-level award-winning collections have been built based only on this stamp design. The breadth and depth of information present is hard to comprehend until you see the book. From essays through production, issuance, and use, with resulting postal history, postmarks, etc. Softcover, 8.5 x 11, 418 numbered pages, with excellent index. Loaded with illustrations. This not just a dry reference book, it is very readable. Online prices for used examples at the moment seem to range from $50 to $75, with some higher! This example is very gently used and looks great, in sound condition. If you enjoy classic U.S. stamps, you will enjoy this book.

40.00

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

734449
Postage Stamps of the United States 1847-1953: Though the title was slightly changed, this is in the same series as the "Description...." book issued by the post office. An excellent example of this extremely interesting and useful official post office book issued at the end of 1953. 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, 211 pages. The binding, which is usually terrible, is strong on this example, but has cosmetic issues on the spine. Overall the quality is in "very good used" condition; the pages are excellent. This is the only example of this edition that I have recorded having. There is a wealth of knowledge in this book!

7.00

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

734267
Linns U.S. Philatelic Yearbook 1984, 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. 285 pages, softbound. This edition seems to be offered in the market between $10 and $24! Very gently used condition with just some minor scuffs on the cover; probably never actually used as the binding seems to never have been opened fully. [If you want to build a set of the whole range of these, please let me know.]

9.50

734268
Linns U.S. Philatelic Yearbook 1985, 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. 302 pages, softbound. This edition seems to be offered in the market between $10 and $24! Very gently used condition with just some minor scuffs on the cover; probably never actually used as the binding seems to never have been opened fully. [If you want to build a set of the whole range of these, please let me know.]

9.50

734269
Linns U.S. Philatelic Yearbook 1987, 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. 255 pages, softbound. This edition seems to be offered in the market between $10 and $24! Very gently used condition with just some light-fading on the spine; probably never actually used as the binding seems to never have been opened fully. [If you want to build a set of the whole range of these, please let me know.]

9.50

734476
(U.S.) Preliminary Inventory of the Records of the Post Office Department: (Hecht, etc.; revised by Holdcamper; National Archives publication 68-1; 1967) This is a modern comb-bound printing of this important 54-page research document. This is a "finding aid" for postal documents, Record Group 28. The range of reference materials is amazing. Just a couple samples: "Record of Appointment of Postmasters 1832-1930" in 98 volumes taking up 33 feet of shelf space. "Maps Showing Landing Fields and Airmail Routes 1918-1941." "Records of the Division of Rural Mails" including regarding the establishment of rural free delivery. The contents also touches on other countries, with many postal conventions outside the UPU (such as parcel post) -- these references can be found in the appendices. A key tool for a U.S. postal history researcher.

12.00

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

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734225
USPS Guide to U.S. Stamps with Updated Values: 39th Edition (2012): Published for the USPS, USING SCOTT CATALOGUE NUMBERS. This is a somewhat simplified stamp catalog (but with 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 2011 stamps, very useful if you only need information before that. New this sold for a hihg price (the most recent new edition is over $80).

8.00

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

734292
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. At least good used condition (I have a couple copies; the best [excellent] quality goes to the first order). I see this exact book offered for $26-32, so if you miss out on this example, find one someplace!

19.00

734481
Treasury of Stamps: (Text by David Lidman, Photographs by H. Landshoff, Harry N. Abrams, Inc. Publishers, 1975) Large coffee-table book with more than 1,200 color illustrations. Mostly pictures, but the text tells the story of postage stamps. A wide range of stamps and a few covers from many countries included. Size about 11 inches x 12 inches with 303 pages, hardbound, including a useful index. Would make a good conversation piece to get family and friends interested in your hobby. Used in reasonably good looking condition, but binding has been broken thus there is a break between two chunks of pages, but the book is still perfectly useful. (Otherwise would be $12.)

4.00

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