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734532
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The Beginners Guide to Stamp Collecting: [Granger, 1991] 96 numbered pages with beautiful illustrations and crisp, clear text. Large, "coffee table format" with dust jacket in perfect condition. The author presents a how-to in an engaging and informative presentation... without getting boring. This would be a great gift to a budding collector. One could also leave it out in a professional or medical office waiting room as a sneaky way to inform potential new collectors! Though from an estate, it looks never used! Priced low in the hope that it will get into the hands of a new collector.

6.00

734474
Philately and the Computer: (Wolf, Dick and Mary, Alj; 1994) A fascinating 272-page book subtitled "Illustrated guide to using the personal computer as a philatelic tool". While enough years have passed that this book is obviously less useful in terms of specific software programs or other such product references (which the authors seemed to try to avoid for this reason), the concepts, general methods, and ideas discussed are extremely useful to this day. This is one of those books that will give you at least one (if not ten!) "AHA!!" ideas on every page! Appears to be brand new. This always sells very quickly whenever it is offered.

16.00

2 available.

734258
How to Build a Stamp Collection: (Prescott Thorp, 1935; second Tower Books printing 1941) Hardbound, 116 pages classic how-to stamp collecting book my an important philatelic author of the day. At the time this book was published, hundreds of thousands of (mostly younger) people had entered or were entering stamp collecting. Books such as this built the foundation that guided the development of the hobby for the next 50+ years. Written in a friendly, "join with us", conversational manner, this book invited many youngsters into the hobby. This example is, of course, pre-owned, but is in virtually brand new condition (except no dust jacket; well, it is present and included but it is a shambles). This example is as nice and fresh as one could possibly hope for.

6.00

734261
Stamp Collecting: An Illustrated Guide and Handbook for Adult Collectors: (Krause, 1989) A modern take on the "how to collect stamps" book, in this case mostly presented in a "question and answer" format. Packed with tons of useful information and an easy way for a new or beginning collector to learn about stamps and for an intermediate collector to broaden their knowledge. 152 pages with index, 8.5 x 11 inch format, soft/perfect bound. Extremely gently used; near-new.

6.00

734470
The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Stamp Collecting: (Hornung, Otto; 1970 first edition) Hardbound, 319 numbered pages with index, it is exactly what the title states. It is one of, if not the most, heavily illustrated such references. The author has a refreshing outside-the-USA view of philately, having been born in Eastern Europe and after WWII making his way to and living in London. An very experienced and well-known philatelist, in the collecting, exhibiting, and professional realm, the author does an excellent job of expanding our knowledge. Very gently used (though dust jacket damaged). Will be tremendously helpful to most collectors.

10.00

734260
The Stamp Collectors Encyclopedia: Sixth Edition: (R.J. Sutton, compiler; Sixth revision by K.W. Anthony; 1966) An extremely useful 370-page hardbound volume with lots of illustrations. This book guided tens of thousands of young collectors in the 1950s and 1960s. No worldwide collector should be without this treasure of a book. Gently used.

7.00

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734295
The Stamp Collectors Encyclopedia: Revised (2nd?) Edition: (R.J. Sutton, compiler; Revised [2nd?] edition, 1956) 370 numbered pages hardbound volume. While certainly dated, the vast majority of the information is still valid today. This book guided tens of thousands of young collectors in the 1950s and 1960s. No worldwide collector should be without some sort of reference like this. Gently used (plus worn dust jacket) condition; note that the original inexpensive paper has yellowed.

3.00

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

734140
Webbs Postal Stationery Catalog of Canada and Newfoundland - 5th Edition (1988): (Covert and Walton, 1988) Though certainly an older edition, this handy 136-page edition is certainly an excellent and inexpensive introduction to the subject. While not an in-depth handbook, this is well detailed, with illustrations, and priced (Canadian dollars). A great way to start out. [If you want the latest, a new edition was just released (2019/2020), which I may be able to provide; though it is several times the size and many times the cost!] Used, with owner penciled notations in some sections, but still very useful.

6.00

734503
NEW
The Canadian Military Posts, Volume 1, Colonial to 1919 (from Special Autographed Edition of 20): (W.J. Bailey and E.R. Toop, mid-1980s) The extremely important primary reference on this subject, and thus needed by anybody interested in many aspects of Canadian postal history. This first volume, Colonial to 1919, was published in the Proud series and format; Proud is listed as editor. Includes an extremely useful "point system" for relative rarity and pricing. Has dust jacket, though jacket is slightly worn. The book itself is in like-new condition except for the front page for the special edition which were handmade in an unfortunate fashion (thus all those front pages in the edition of 20 have the same appearance). This volume (1) is no longer available from the successor of the publisher. However, I have seen used copies (of the normal edition) online between $65 and $82! 269 numbered pages, hardbound, completely in English. Offered at what I consider to be a very low price, with nothing extra for being one of a numbered, signed edition of only 20, of which the normal edition is out of print.

49.00

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The Canadian Military Posts, Volume 3, 1947-1989 (from Special Autographed Edition of 20): (W.J. Bailey and E.R. Toop, 1990) The extremely important primary reference on this subject, and thus needed by anybody interested in many aspects of Canadian postal history. Subtitled "Operations in NATO, UNITED NATIONS, and CANADA" -- a very important reference also for collectors of UN postal history. This third volume, 1947-1989, was published in the Proud series and format; Proud is listed as editor. Includes an extremely useful "point system" for relative rarity and pricing. The book and dust jacket are in like-new condition except for the front page for the special edition which were handmade in an unfortunate fashion (thus all those front pages in the edition of 20 have the same appearance). This volume (3) (but in the normal edition) is still available new from the successor of the publisher, at around $45 for just this one volume, plus overseas shipping from the UK. I have seen used copies online listed for more! 264 numbered pages, hardbound, completely in English. Offered at what I consider to be a very low price, with nothing extra for being one of a numbered, signed edition of only 20

29.00

734505
NEW
The Canadian Military Posts, Volume 3, 1947-1989: (W.J. Bailey and E.R. Toop, 1990) The extremely important primary reference on this subject, and thus needed by anybody interested in many aspects of Canadian postal history. Subtitled "Operations in NATO, UNITED NATIONS, and CANADA" -- a very important reference also for collectors of UN postal history. This third volume, 1947-1989, was published in the Proud series and format; Proud is listed as editor. Includes an extremely useful "point system" for relative rarity and pricing. The book and dust jacket are in like-new condition. This volume (3) is still available new from the successor of the publisher, at around $45 for just this one volume, plus overseas shipping from the UK. I have seen used copies online listed for more! 264 numbered pages, hardbound, completely in English. Offered at what I consider to be a very low price.

25.00

734125
(Great Britain) Newspaper Postage Stamps: The De La Rue Dies 1860-1870: (Robson Lowe and John Chandler, 1980) A famous publisher of significant philatelic monographs, RL presents important information on this out-of-the-way, but interesting, subject. I suspect that the area cannot be knowledgeably collected without having this reference. Self-cover saddle-stitched 12-page booklet. Very well illustrated. Looks brand new other than a bend on one corner that might flatten out.

7.00

734421
Stanley Gibbons Collect British Stamps - Great Britain Catalog - 2014 Edition: (2014, 65th Edition) This 250-page catalog is a concise, non-specialized catalog with great color illustrations and a convenient check-list format. In addition to the stamp pricing, there are prices for first day covers, PHQ cards, presentation packs, and gutter pairs, as well as the annual collectors packs and year books. The Regional Issues have a section, as well as the interesting "Post and Go" stamps from self-service machines. This is a very attractive and handy catalog intended for the general collector of GB, not for the specialist. This edition is still recent enough to be useful. Gently used condition.

8.00

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

734502
NEW
History of the New Zealand Military Postal Services (from Special Autographed Edition of 20): (R.M. Startup and Edward B. Proud, 1992) The extremely important primary reference on this subject, and thus needed by anybody interested in most aspects of New Zealand postal history. All in one volume, 1845-1991, published in the Proud series and format even though Proud is not listed as the primary author. Includes an extremely useful "point system" for relative rarity and pricing. Like-new condition except for the front page for the special edition which were handmade in an unfortunate fashion (thus all those front pages in the edition of 20 have the same appearance). This (in the normal edition) is still available new from the successor of the publisher, at around $65 for just that one volume, plus overseas shipping from the UK. I have seen used copies online between $30 and $90! 377 numbered pages, hardbound, completely in English. Offered at what I consider to be a very low price, with nothing extra for being one of a numbered, signed edition of only 20!

SOLD

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

734466
The New Philatelic Exhibitors Handbook (1995; Revised Second Edition), Hardbound: (Neil, 1995) Though titled on the cover and/or spine as a "New" handbook, this really seems to be the revised second edition the handbook, though that is not to say that they are not many changes and improvements over the first edition -- there are. (A third edition does exist.) You will find so much tremendously useful information about stamp exhibiting and preparing your collection for display or exhibit, that this book will "hook" you. It is said that to really learn a subject you need to teach the subject. That is what stamp exhibiting really does -- in the process of sharing your subject with others, you learn tremendously more about it yourself! Even if you just want to get some ideas about making attractive album pages for your own personal use, you will find this book a goldmine of ideas. From an estate, this is brand-new-looking HARDBOUND version (the only hardbound example I have seen).

16.00

734467
The New Philatelic Exhibitors Handbook (1995; Revised Second Edition), Softbound: (Neil, 1995) Though titled on the cover and/or spine as a "New" handbook, this really seems to be the revised second edition the handbook, though that is not to say that they are not many changes and improvements over the first edition -- there are. (A third edition does exist.) You will find so much tremendously useful information about stamp exhibiting and preparing your collection for display or exhibit, that this book will "hook" you. It is said that to really learn a subject you need to teach the subject. That is what stamp exhibiting really does -- in the process of sharing your subject with others, you learn tremendously more about it yourself! Even if you just want to get some ideas about making attractive album pages for your own personal use, you will find this book a goldmine of ideas. From an estate, this is brand-new-looking SOFTBOUND version.

12.00

734468
The Philatelic Exhibitors Handbook (1988; First Edition), Softbound: (Neil, 1988) Though there were other books on stamp exhibiting before this one, this handbook made the subject much more accessible to collectors. This contains tremendously useful information about stamp exhibiting and preparing your collection for display or exhibit -- this book will "hook" you. It is said that to really learn a subject you need to teach the subject. That is what stamp exhibiting really does -- in the process of sharing your subject with others, you learn tremendously more about it yourself! Even if you just want to get some ideas about making attractive album pages for your own personal use, you will find this book a goldmine of ideas. There are benefits to the later editions, but to just get your feet wet, this is an excellent an inexpensive place to start. From an estate, the binding "cracked" in one spot, this is otherwise brand-new-looking.

7.00

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How to Prepare Stamp Exhibits (Fourth Printing, 1977) PLUS "FIP" Exhibiting References: (Foster, C.E.;1970; Fourth Printing 1977) Though this book, one of the first if not the first large books on the subject, may seem a bit quaint now in terms of production style and presentation, much of the information is as relevant today as it was then. Many details and rules for stamp exhibiting have changed since 1970, but there is still lots to be gleaned from this and it can certainly be applied to ones own collection if one is not exhibiting. Softbound, 212 numbered pages. Excellent, gently used condition. ALSO included are two FIP (international exhibiting) publications. The first is a 1993 publication "Guide to Exhibiting and judging Traditional Philately and Postal History Exhibits"; the other is a color photo plate book, using a "The Postal History of Egypt" exhibit that references the information in the other volume. Very interesting and useful information.

6.00

734381
1903 World Maps and World Map 250,000 Entry Gazetteer-like Index: This is a non-philatelic book, but would be of tremendous value to a philatelist interested in early postal geography and postal history (or any collector of maps) -- in fact this came from the library of retired well-known postal history dealer. This is a single volume, the maps volume, from the 1903 Encyclopedia Britannica, but it is definitely not what you think of when you think about an encyclopedia. This volume is really is a stand alone publication. "ENCYCLOPEDIA / BRITANNICA / VOL XXXIV / MAPS / NEW VOLUMES". From the title page... "THE / NEW VOLUMES / OF THE / ENCYCLOPEDIA BRITANNICA / THE TENTH EDITION / VOL X. / FORMING VOL XXXIV / OF THE COMPLETE WORK / MAPS". From the reverse of the title page "PUBLISHED BY / ADAM AND CHARLES BLACK / LONDON AND EDINBURGH / THE ENCYCLOPEDIA BRITANNICA COMPANY / NEW YORK / MCMIII". The book has 124 double (facing) pages chronolithograph maps; starting with No.1 THE WORLD (MERCATOR PROJECTION) and ending with No.124. SOUTH AMERICA. SOUTHERN PART. The contents lists the maps alphabetically but the maps are not presented alphabetically; they are organized geographically. The maps take up just over half of the book. After the maps, there is an INDEX TO MAPS that is 498 pages; the introduction says that it contains 250,000 entries of all of the names on the maps. The dimensions of the book are approximately 8 x 11.5 inches by 3 inches thick; the map pages are about 11.5 x 16 inches (when opened out). With margins, the maps are not quite that big. The overall condition of the book is very nice for the age and size; the binding is very strong. The condition of the maps overall is excellent. Each map is a single piece of paper, folded in half, with a "mounting linen (?) strip"; the mounting strip is what is bound into the book, thus each map "floats" freely and could "easily" be cut from the book. I have tried to do some research on the value of the book but I have been unable to find anyone offering the intact book for sale and I could not find any price information from a previous sale of the book. There are several websites selling individual maps removed from this book. Some maps are listed at only $4-$5 dollars while some of the in-demand maps listed at $40 or more. If I had the time or the inclination to break up the book, it appears that, over time, I could expect to realize well over $800, even if some of the maps did not sell. Since I do not have the time, and I would hate to see the book broken up, I would prefer to sell it intact. Payments could be available if that is more convenient. Sample images are available upon request.

450.00

Payments are possible.

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

734395
Collectibles Pricing Reference Books -- LOT OF SIX DIFFERENT: Group of six collectibles pricing books. 1) Baseball cards 1995; not current but helps determine the good from the worthless. 2) U.S. Coins Dealer Buying Prices 1995. Again, not current, but still a useful general guide. 3) Comic Books Price Guide (Overstreet, 1995), useful to sort the better from the worthless. 4) Bottle Pricing Guide, Revised Third Edition (Cleveland, 1980 but that may the first edition; this looks more modern), huge number of illustrations and should be very useful. 5) Christmas and Other Holiday Collectibles (Langley, 2006), very useful. 6) "Wanted to Buy" 2nd edition, 1989. While a bit dated, it gives an excellent idea of what is an is not pursuing to determine current values. ALL SIX AS ONE LOT.

12.00

734479
Carl Faberge: Goldsmith to the Imperial Court of Russia: (Snowman; originally 1979; this is 1998 Gramercy edition) The name of Carl Faberge is spoken with reverence and awe. The objects of art that he created are incomparable. We philatelists know more another family member, one of his sons, Agathon Karlovich Fabergé, who built truly spectacular stamp collections. However, Agathon also joined the family business in 1892, so this book relates to him as well in a way. There is no philatelic content to this book, but if you enjoy incredible objects of art you will enjoy this book. This is pack with images, printed in spectacular quality as befits the objects. Hardbound, 160 numbered pages with bibliography and index. Very gently used, with even the dust jacket in excellent condition.

7.00

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