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GREAT BRITAIN * GREECE * HUNGARY EARLY FORGERIES BOOK
Country: GREECE
Condition: GREAT BRITAIN * GREECE * HUNGARY EARLY FORGERIES BOOK
Description: GREAT BRITAIN GREECE HUNGARY EARLY FORGERIES & REPRINTS Seminal work by A. De Haene , in French, 1926, plenty of useful information throughout. Easy reading even for those with rather limited knowledge of French. It includes EARLY forgeries (1840s-1920s), reprints, alterations, forged postmarks, forged overprints, phantom issues: GREAT BRITAIN, GREECE and HUNGARY. 2009 Reprint of the rare 1926 edition, fine quality, printed on high quality, white paper 20 pages * with a few black & white illustrations. Illustrations of 3 FOURNIER and 1 DE SPERATI FORGERIES have also been added. LIMITED EDITION.
Price: $24.00
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CAYMAN ISLANDS by Fred J. Melville - 2009 REPRINT
Country: CAYMAN ISLANDS
Condition: CAYMAN ISLANDS by Fred J. Melville - 2009 REPRINT
Description: THE POSTAGE STAMPS OF THE CAYMAN ISLANDS by Fred J. Melville Reprint of the 1920 Edition, in English, 24 pages, 8" x 11" Illustrations, and two maps TABLE OF CONTENTS THE POSTS OF THE CAYMANS "BORROWED" STAMPS THE QUEEN'S HEAD THE KING'S HEAD THE "ALL-OVER" WATERMARK THE "BI-COLOURED" SERIES THE PROVISIONAL "ONE HALFPENNY" THE PROVISIONAL "1/2 D" AND "1 D" THE "ZENAIDA" THE "POSTAGE & REVENUE" ISSUE ONE FARTHING THE FISCAL "1 D" THE GEORGIAN SERIES WAR STAMPS POSTMARKS THE SCANDAL BIBLIOGRAPHY CHECK LIST Seminal work with lots of information. Printed in larger size than the original, this reprint is much more easy on the eye of the reader. The original edition being printed on acid paper will not survive the next few decades. The reprint is printed on high quality paper. IMPORTANT BIBLIOGRAPHIC REFERENCE HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
Price: $21.00
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EARLY HISTORY OF THE BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS From Columbus to Emancipation: 4th EDITION 2014
Country: BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS
Condition: EARLY HISTORY OF THE BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS From Columbus to Emancipation: 4th EDITION 2014
Description: FOR SHIPMENT TO DESTINATIONS OTHER THAN USA WE WILL ADD $35 to the BASIC POSTAGE OF $10 automatically invoiced at check out point - therefore when we receive orders for This Book from places <<<< OUTSIDE OF USA >>>> we will send you a Paypal invoice for an additional $35 to complete postage costs. ******************************************** ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ********** The fourth edition of the BVI’s best selling book, “Early History of the British Virgin Islands – From Columbus to Emancipation” has been published. The hardbound, A4, 248 page volume has over 60 large size illustrations and maps, including some historic documents and old prints, as well as colour plates and the colour reproduction of an 1819 historic map of the Virgin Islands. All previous editions of this popular book were sold out in 12 to 18 months. This book tells about the vicissitudes of the British Virgin Islands from their discovery to the days when the premises for a more humane society were introduced. These pages of History are full of well-known and less-famous characters — Francis Drake, Samuel Nottingham, William Thornton, John Pickering, Blackbeard and Columbus. Here and there you can catch a glimpse of the glitter of fabulous hidden treasures, you can leer at the grim shadows of pirates and buccaneers. The picture becomes lively from these pristine and peaceful beaches when the calm sea suddenly ripples and sometimes rises threateningly as a reflection of the “great” events which occur on both sides of the Atlantic Ocean. It would seem that these islands have very little historical importance but if we read the book carefully we are forced to change our opinion. When Samuel Nottingham emancipated his slaves some sixty years before the emancipation proclamation, he set an unheard of precedent. The capital punishment inflicted upon Arthur Hodge, a white man, accused of having tortured and killed many of his slaves, was an absolute first. These two events influenced and may have accelerated some major historical developments. We can also find a thorough examination of the African roots of many Virgin Islanders, with the portrayal of human beings cruelly torn from Black Africa and condemned to slavery. The immaculate scenery of these enchanting islands underlines each event, bluntly exposes and gives prominence to many details which would have failed to be observed elsewhere. Harsh contrasts are made evident: order and smuggling, superstition and religion, piracy and trade. Even Napoleon’s ghost is evoked with icy and equivocal irony when the name of Bonaparte is given to a freed slave. In the placid waters we can see the ships of Columbus and Drake, the boats of the smugglers and the packets which allow the European continent to communicate with all of the islands, great and small, of the West Indies. Impressive and not very well known aspects of the Virgin Islands are outlined: the horror of the missionaries for the lascivious dances of the Negroes; the Postmaster’s susceptibility in submitting letters to censorship; the contradictions of a religion professed to the point of bigotry, but almost never put into practice; and an eyewitness report on the working conditions at the Mount Healthy sugar works. An overall view, which embraces Ursula’s legend, the adventures of the buccaneers, the transient conquests of the Quakers, the battles and the subterfuges for a government, and the rebellions of the slaves, throws new light on the hidden folds of a little known but fascinating past. ************ A FEW COMMENTS FROM THE AUTHOR *********** “Having familiarised myself with the history of the BVI over a period of almost thirty years I have come to the conclusion that BVI history defies a simple description. In fact, the BVI is not only the repository of Nature’s Little Secrets but also the repository of History’s Little Secrets”, says Vernon Pickering. He added: “BVI history is not the conventional history of a small British colony; compared with the histories of its neighbours, the history of the BVI is not the usual quiet procession of events. As with its landscape, the smallest undulations relieve its cultural monotony, and it is exactly for this reason that the BVI is a most interesting laboratory for the study of the human response to landscape, geography and history — all prime ingredients of a people’s culture.” Pickering further commented: “It is for this reason that Falcon Publications International have not remained insensitive to the need for a fourth edition of “Early History of the BVI”. In these days of fleeting change the need for cultural identity is becoming more and more evident. Additionally, our heritage has its foundations solidly planted in our history.” ******** COMMENTS FROM THE PUBLISHER’S CONSULTANT *********** Falcon Publications International consultant, Dr. Giorgio Migliavacca said that “Pickering’s book has the distinctive quality of bringing together in an accessible and attractive form, information scattered over a wide and often difficult-to-trace variety of sources. Fascinating information about almost extinct folk culture, or surprising but “unknown” facts from earlier centuries have been included in Pickering’s book. Falcon Publications International are sincerely convinced that this new book will increase the widespread enthusiasm to know more and more about BVI history and heritage.” ********* A RECENT REVIEW OF THE BOOK PUBLISHED IN NEW YORK ******** Mekeel’s has published a lengthy review of the book: “In my experience, there have been few definitive books about history of individual Caribbean islands…For the British Virgin Islands at least, Mr. Pickering has filled a need for a well researched and nicely executed hardcover book,” Everett L. Parker writes in his column This Week in Literature. “As the name implies, the book is chronological, covering the period from discovery by Columbus in 1493 through the abolition of slavery in 1834. Pickering briefly touches on the earlier period when the islands were inhabited by Arawaks and later Carib Indians. We are treated to vignettes of early explorers in addition to Columbus, such as Francis Drake, and even so-called pirates such as Blackbeard. But perhaps even more importantly, we are treated to a thorough examination of African roots in the Virgin Islands,” Mr. Parker says. “It’s a bleak history in many ways as the author traces the desperate conditions of people snatched from their homes in Africa and forced into slavery. It’s a story of deprivation and cruelty as they are forced onto ships and transported to the islands. “Harsh contrasts are made evident: order and smuggling, superstition and religion, piracy and trade. Even Napoleon’s ghost is evoked with icy and equivocal irony when the name of Bonaparte is given to a freed slave. Impressive and not very well known aspects of the Virgin Islands are dutifully outlined, including the horror of the early missionaries at what they considered the lascivious dances of the Africans, the contradiction of a religion professed to the point of bigotry, but almost never put into practice, and an eyewitness report on working conditions at the Mount Healthy sugar works.” The reviewer continues by stating that “the book is in three parts; the first is titled “From Columbus to Emancipation” and chapter outlines include the Quaker tradition, establishment of a civil government, Methodists in the islands, Negroes and other slaves, and the abolition of slavery.” “The second part presents biographies of famous Virgin Islanders such as John Coackley Lettsom, William Thornton and the Humphreys. The third part — and which will be of most interest to philatelists — covers communications, and postal history of the islands.” “Running to 248 pages, the book has an attractive burgundy cloth cover stamped in gold. And there is a nice dustcover, also in burgundy and gold, with the reproduction of a color aquatint View of Tortola from Ruthy Hill.”
Price: $89.00
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AUSTRIA THE FIRST ISSUE 1850-54 CAPELLARO COLLECTION
Country: AUSTRIA
Condition: AUSTRIA THE FIRST ISSUE 1850-54 CAPELLARO COLLECTION
Description: AUSTRIA'S FIRST ISSUE 1850-4: THE CAPELLARO COLLECTION 206 plates with illustrations FULL COLOR— HARDBOUND DELUXE, LAVISH PRODUCTION in GERMAN The legendary Capellaro Collection A MUST HAVE BOOK
Price: $118.00
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CANADA FANCY CANCELLATIONS 1800s by Day & Smythies
Country: CANADA
Condition: CANADA FANCY CANCELLATIONS 1800s by Day & Smythies
Description: IN ENGLISH * 158 PAGES * 1973 many illustrations With very minor signs of use and shelf life, otherwise very fine used copy NOT TO BE MISSED!!! ESSENTIAL REFERENCE FOR THE SERIOUS COLLECTOR
Price: $26.00
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GREECE ITALY IONIAN ISLANDS OVERPRINTS 1941-1943
Country: IONIAN ISLANDS
Condition: GREECE ITALY IONIAN ISLANDS OVERPRINTS 1941-1943
Description: in English - by MOSES CONSTANTINIS, reference work often cited by all later works -- reprint of the 1964 research paper with quite a few color illustrations, 24 pp - quite rare- Seminal work very useful, and required reading for the specialist THIS IS A MUST HAVE bibliophile publication. ********** ALSO CONSIDER BUYING LOT 3425 and LOT 3768 - look at these before you finalise your order
Price: $24.00
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 ITALY ARGENTINA URUGUAY SEA MAIL - large book HB
Country: ITALY
Condition: ITALY ARGENTINA URUGUAY SEA MAIL - large book HB
Description: SEA MAIL BETWEEN ITALY, ARGENTINA & URUGUAY I Servizi Marittimi Italiani tra Genova e i porti dell’America Meridionale By UMBERTO DEL BIANCO 190 pages, hard bound, in Italian (8” x 11.5”). Well illustrated with covers and markings Italian Maritime services between Genoa and the Ports of South America during the second half of the 1800s. Written by the “authority” on the subject. the Italian Agencies in Montevideo and Buenos Aires; the Estero postage stamps, the postmarks; evaluations and market trends. Table of contents and Bibliography. LIMITED EDITION
Price: $99.00     Sale Price! $74.00
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OLD GERMANY HELIGOLAND LUBECK by MULLER MARK
Country: GERMANY
Condition: OLD GERMANY HELIGOLAND LUBECK by MULLER MARK
Description: IN GERMAN * 75 PAGES * many illustrations With clear signs of use and shelf life, cover split and repaired with tape, otherwise very fine used copy, main text pages are fine NOT TO BE MISSED!!! ESSENTIAL REFERENCE FOR THE SERIOUS COLLECTOR
Price: $30.00
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SOUTH AFRICA ARMY POSTAL SERVICE BY PROUD 155 pages 1989 edition
Country: SOUTH AFRICA
Condition: SOUTH AFRICA ARMY POSTAL SERVICE BY PROUD 155 pages 1989 edition
Description: RARE BOOK SOUTH WEST AFRICA EAST AFRICA WORLD WAR I EGYPT & FRANCE WORLD WAR 2 S A A P S WW2 FPO LIST WW2 BIBLIOGRAPHY IN ENGLISH HORDBOUND + DUST JACKET USED, EXTRA FINE, WITH SOME VERY VERY MINOR SHELF LIFE SIGNS ESSENTIAL FOR THE SERIOUS SCHOLAR WE SHIP WORLDWIDE
Price: $74.00
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Fiume 1918—1924—I servizi postali e la filatelia * BY OLIVIERO - HEAVY BOOK check out postage costs
Country: FIUME
Condition: Fiume 1918—1924—I servizi postali e la filatelia * BY EMOROSO - 5 pounds BOOK read carefully for postage costs
Description: ******** LAST COPIES IN STOCK **** THIS BOOK IS NOW OUT OF PRINT IN ITALY **** VERY IMPORTANT * WHEN BUYING THIS BOOK IGNORE THE AUTOMATIC $10 charge [we will send you a Paypal invoice or equivalent for the exact amount] -THIS IS a 5 Pounds PACKET- *** SHIPPING COSTS: TO USA $24 ** TO CANADA $43 ** TO OTHER COUNTRIES IN THE AMERICAS & EUROPE $55 ** AFRICA, AUSTRALIA, ASIA & FAR EAST $65 *********** Fiume 1918—1924—I servizi postali e la filatelia tra vicende storiche e vita di tutti i giorni, by Oliviero Emoroso, Published 2013, by the Author. Perfect bound 8 1/4” x 11 3/4”, card cover, 424 pages, in Italian, hundreds of colour illustrations. Available from: Virginstamps.com PO Box 7007, St. Thomas, VI 00801-0007 USA (issun@candwbvi.net) Two years ago I heard through the grapevine that a Croatian specialist was publishing a new book on the stamps of Fiume, and a website on the same topic was supposed to be launched by the same person. “Fra il dire e il fare c’è di mezzo il mare” (between words and deeds there is a sea) is an Italian adage that I have learned the hard way that it is true. Philatelic publishing is not a money-making venture, it is an expression of love, an ideal way of sharing one’s knowledge for many years to come, while promoting our favourite hobby. The latest news is that the Croatian specialist is finally putting his last touches to both website and book. Others, however, seem to have been working on similar pursuits with impressive results. It is always a pleasure to hold in one’s hands a new book on the stamps and postal history of Fiume, especially this massive new volume by Emoroso. The first attempt to make a listing of these intriguing stamps came with the Fiume chapter of the Catalogo Storico e Descrittivo dei francobolli d’Italia published in 1923, under the supervision of the great Emilio Diena, based on information provided by the top brass of the Fiume Philatelic Society, Vincenzo Antoniazzo and Umberto Riccotti. In 1981, I published a reprint of this section of the first scientific catalogue of the Italian area. The Fiume listings were deemed incomplete and not reliable by contemporaries (see Rivista Filatelica d’Italia, July 1924, p. 204-5). To complicate things, the bad publicity about the endless number of forged overprints and forged stamps, compounded by the apparent difficulties in deciphering the six hand overprints was a big deterrent. The few articles written on the subject were in Italian and occasionally in German; finally, in 1958, Guglielmo Oliva published his Razionale Catalogazione dei Francobolli di Fiume which was a far from complete compendium that provided a solid starting point and a definite blueprint for other catalogues to build on. Oliva had also written some good articles on the subject. However, the language barrier, technicalities, missing pieces of the puzzle, and intricacies were eased during the 1970s and 1980s when Roy Dehn began to publish a series of articles on Fiume in Italian and British magazines. This was indeed a breath of fresh air and the feedback was so positive that in 1998, Dehn published his handbook and compendium The Stamps and Postal History of Fiume 1600-1924 which remains a cornerstone of the literature on these stamps. In the meantime, Francesco Carlotto had published a well-researched series of articles on the postal history of Fiume (Nuovo Corriere Filatelico, and Bollettino prefilatelico e storico postale, 1983-4). Finally there was light at the end of the tunnel, some cadavers had come out of the closet and information jealously held back in some quarters began to circulate. In 2006, Ivan Martinas, a Croatian expertiser, published his 250-page bilingual (Croatian-English) catalogue Stamps of Rijeka, Fiume 1918-1924 — yes, you read correctly 250 pages! Immediately after, in February 2007, C.E.I. published Carlo Ciullo’s Fiume: Sintesi Prefilatelica e Storico-Postale — a book that was an eye opener for Italian collectors resulting in many cobwebs being removed and quite a few myths unveiled. Fil-Italia, the Italy & Colonies Study Circle quarterly, during the course of its 40 years has published many articles on Fiume, especially about postmarks and postal history aspects. As a result, in 2007 the ICSC published a volume by John F. Gilbert titled The Postmarks of Fiume 1809-1945, and in 2009 a sequel by the same Author titled The Postmarks of the Province of Fiume, 1924-1943 including precursors followed. Having examined the major bibliographic entries on Fiume, it will be useful to the reader who is not too familiar with Fiume to spend a couple minutes on a brief outline of its history and philatelic ramifications. At the end of World War One the Croatian port of Fiume (now called Rijeka) on the east side of the Northern Adriatic Sea became the subject of controversy between the new nation of Yugoslavia and Italy. Fiume’s origins go back to Roman times when it was called “Tarsatica” or “Terra Fluminis Sancti Viti” (the river-land of St Vitus); Fiume, in fact, means river. In 1465, the Waldsee dynasty came to an end and the Habsburgs inherited Fiume from them. This was a valuable acquisition since it gave Austria a much needed outlet on the sea. It later became Hungary’s only major port when it was annexed to that country in 1776 by a decree of Empress Maria Theresa. In 1809, Fiume was incorporated into the Napoleonic province of Illyria, but in 1814 it was returned to Austria, and eight years later assigned to Hungary. In 1848, despite the city’s adverse feelings to ‘Croatisation’, it became part of the Croatian Crownland. In 1870 the postal network was controlled by Hungary. Stamps of Austria were used at Fiume until 1871 when Hungarian stamps were introduced. The secret Treaty of London (26 April 1915) envisaged Fiume becoming part of Croatia, while Italy was to annex Dalmatia. Things went differently, and when the “October Revolution” forced Russia to withdraw, Italy found herself bearing the burden. Thus, expectations of greater rewards were fuelled by public opinion, and while Dalmatia had only marginal connections with Italy, Fiume had a strong ethnic presence of Italians. The suburb of Susak had 11,000 Croats and 1,500 Italians, but the rest of Fiume was said to have 22,488 Italians and 13,351 Croats. On 28 October 1918, the Italian flag was raised on the Civic Tower of Fiume (A4 type: Scott 30-32; SG 36) heralding the strong wind of change. Two days later a plebiscite called for annexation to Italy, and an inter-Allied force (British, French and American) had to intervene to prevent a clash. From a strictly postal viewpoint, the “de facto” Italian annexation resulted in the overprinting of stocks of Hungarian stamps with the name “FIUME” in capital letters. This operation was carried out by letterpress for the post office stocks and by hand for part sheets or single stamps, as well as similar stamps that the public was returning to the post office in order to obtain the new ones. The provisional (overprinted) issue of Fiume (Scott 1-23; SG 1-28) is familiar to specialists for its complexities. Many of these stamps are known to have two distinct types of letterpress overprints and as many as six distinct types of hand overprints. Forgeries abound, but Fiume overprints, as Dehn explained in his monograph, are not exceedingly difficult to assess once some genuine reference copies of each overprint are acquired. Eventually Rome twisted the arm of the Allies and on 22 February 1923 (Scott 184-195; SG 217-224) Fiume was annexed to Italy. The process had been far from painless as it involved the highly embarrassing intervention of Gabriele d’Annunzio - a charismatic hero, poet, aviator, and seducer with a penchant for flamboyance - and his “Arditi” paramilitary force. After the Rapallo Treaty was signed (11 November 1920) it became necessary to get rid of the belligerent poet-hero and his Legionari and on Christmas Eve the battleship Andrea Doria shelled d’Annunzio headquarters and his men capitulated. Between December 1918 and March 1924 (“Annessione” set: Scott 196-207, SG 225-238) Fiume had issued no less than 280 stamps. This figure (which is taken from Sassone - the standard Italian catalogue) excludes the Legionari stamps overprinted for the offshore islands of Arbe and Veglia (now known as Rab and Krk respectively). With virtually no exception all the series issued by Fiume between 1918 and 1923 have been forged. The proliferation of these forgeries was fuelled in the post World War One years when demand for “war stamps” was at its peak. The 1918-1924 issues of Fiume have witnessed a great revival in popularity during the last 30 years. The specialist’s appetite is greater than ever and the advanced collector is always on the lookout for something impressive to add to his collection. The “unique” 1920 d’Annunzio “Pro Fondazione” 15c. soi-disant stamp was until recent times Fiume’s most elusive acquisition. Recent research has proved that the stamp is not “unique” and that some books, a philatelic encyclopedia, some Italian catalogues, and a few over-zealous auctioneers had been deceived by d’Annunzio’s lie. The stamp depicting the poet wearing a lancers beret to disguise his bald head was welcomed by d’Annunzio but was not readily available to the general public. Until recently only one cover with this semi-stamp was known; it was autographed by d’Annunzio himself to give it the needed “pedigree” and attest its “uniqueness”. In due course the cover was auctioned for 50,000 Lire (or today’s equivalent of $35,000). In recent times two postcards with the same unique d’Annunzio stamp have surfaced on the market; needless to say, the perspective buyers feared that many more would come out of the drawer and one such item offered at auction with an estimate of $3,000 found no buyers. To clear d’Annunzio’s reputation from allegations of getting rich at the expense of stamp collectors, suffice it to say that the proceeds from the sale of the “unique” stamp were donated to a Fiume welfare institution. After a few weeks of life the 1920 Legionari issue (Scott type A12; SG type M17) was overprinted and all the Lira denominations were handstamped on the gummed side with the emblem of the Arditi - a snake swallowing its own tail symbolizing eternity and Rome the eternal city. As would be expected, this overprint has been forged causing great concern among collectors. Unfortunately the Arditi handstamp, or backprint, is not illustrated in major catalogues, except for Catalogo Enciclopedico Italiano and Michel. But such illustrations are of little help to the collector who wants to detect forged backprints. This critical information is now available in both Dehn’s handbook and Emoroso’s monograph. With the advent of the Fascist party to power, the 1920 Rapallo Treaty, which envisaged a free state of Fiume-Rijeka with an Italo-Fiuman-Yugoslav consortium for the port, was ignored despite the fact that such a solution had been approved by the Fiuman electorate on 24 April 1921. Benito Mussolini’s pressures resulted in a new Italo-Yugoslav treaty (Rome, 27 January, 1924) recognizing Fiume itself as Italian while Susak was given to Yugoslavia. Emoroso’s book is a dream come true, no exaggeration at all. In 32 well-articulated chapters the Author gives us an in-depth survey of all the stamp issues of Fiume. It is a work of love indeed and one of the reasons is that the family roots of the Como-based Author are in Fiume. The Author points out that all too often philatelists are jealous of their knowledge but — he insists — when it comes to Fiume stamps “it is best to relinquish our protectiveness of petty interests and divulge as much as possible every aspect of our knowledge, thereby creating confidence and promoting interest for this collecting area. This is the only way to disperse the fog and the fear that surround it.” No wonder, that with such a philosophy he has given us an unprecedented amount of information. As stated in the title of the book, ample information on the history of Fiume and day-to-day life is provided so that the reader can land on the philatelic and postal aspect with good knowledge of what was happening. From the outset, Emoroso deals with the first overprint — the large sans-serif provisional type — examining all the evidence and the conflicting reports, as well as the flip-flops of the experts. As you finish reading chapter II you may wonder what is coming in later chapters because this Author seems to leave no stones unturned. In fact, he does that relentlessly and passionately. Two chapters, 21 pages, deal with the Machine overprint I and II on the Reapers and Parliament definitive stamps of Hungary as well on the War Charity stamps, the 2 filler newspaper stamp, and the postage due stamps. Chapter V takes another 20 pages for the six types of hand overprints which brings back memories of when after acquiring the Riccotti collection of Fiume - and a few years later the Bernardelli one - I often went to visit the much revered Milanese expert Commendator Fiecchi who had his office in an hotel room a few yards (yes yards) away from the Cathedral Square. I remember that invariably, when I returned a few days later to get the verdicts, Mr. Fiecchi repeated himself saying “these hand overprints are much more rare than we are made to believe, you should visit Commendator Mondolfo in Rome [publisher of the Sassone catalogue and an avid Fiume specialist] to add this variant and that one and that one, all unlisted and extremely rare, to the Sassone listings”. These hand overprints became necessary to recycle post office remainders that would not be suitable for the typographical system because of being in quarter sheets, multiples, blocks and even single stamps. This process was carried out during late 1918, and as a courtesy the public, and to gather up more old regime stamps for overprinting, the public could surrender them at the post office in exchange for the Fiume ones. Some of the hand overprints are truly rare and some are surrounded by mystery. The latter flourished on the failure of Antoniazzo and Riccotti to publish a second edition of their listings and research that were supposed to include all the relevant information on these hand overprints and their sub-types. This remains a rather important missing piece of the puzzle. The next chapter delves into nuances, old controversies plagued with philatelic convenience, and printed quantities. The section devoted to forged overprints of the early issues is exhaustive and the main focus is on the truly dangerous imitations that can fool even the most advanced collectors. Postal stationery is discussed in great detail and then we go on with the Pictorial series and the various types of paper used to print it, plus plate flaws, as well as printed quantities. The Students’ Education Fund issue is next, followed by a very informative chapter on currency and bank notes. Valuable information also comes from the section devoted to the re-organization of the postal service where we also learn about postal money orders, parcel post and their forms. The chapter on postal rates is very useful and well articulated and the same can be said of the one on postmarks, date stamps, as well as labels for registered and express mail. Emoroso reserves a lot of his energies to shed more light on field post offices operating in the region and their handling and censorship; the same applies to mail from sailors of the Royal Navy as well as the mails from the USA, French, and British Forces stationed in the area. The arrival of d’Annunzio and his Legionari had its philatelic impact, beginning with the Valore Globale overprints on the earlier mentioned Students’ Education Fund stamps. Then came the stamps denominated in Italian currency and featuring the head turned left of d’Annunzio himself. The Lira was not yet the legal tender in Fiume, for that to happen it took years (March 1924); it was, however, used as an accounting currency, and Italian coins were gradually seeing more circulation. The Legionari issues and overprints are examined in great detail and no less than 60 pages are devoted to them. The Provisional Government and the New Constitution overprints get their share of attention. The final pages of this veritable tour de force examine the St. Vitus pictorial series of 1923 and its overprints of 1924 to announce Fiume’s Annexation to Italy. This authoritative and readable volume is lavishly produced with hundreds of high quality illustrations; it is ideal for the beginner, irrespective of his language, and even the most advanced collector will benefit from it as a reference and a source of information that is otherwise scattered over dozens of stamp magazines and catalogues. No matter at what level of Fiume collecting you are, you will find this book to be indispensable. [Review by Giorgio Migliavacca] ******************** VERY IMPORTANT * WHEN BUYING THIS BOOK IGNORE THE AUTOMATIC $10 charge [we will send you a Paypal invoice or equivalent for the exact amount] -THIS IS a 5 Pounds PACKET- *** SHIPPING COSTS: TO USA $24 ** TO CANADA $43 ** TO OTHER COUNTRIES IN THE AMERICAS & EUROPE $55 ** AFRICA, AUSTRALIA, ASIA & FAR EAST $65 **********************
Price: $120.00
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ITALY DISINFECTED MAIL ROMAGNE PAPAL STATES TRIESTE
Condition: ITALY DISINFECTED MAIL ROMAGNE PAPAL STATES TRIESTE
Description: A Special Item FROM THE ANTIQUARIAN & MODERNARIAN OF POSTAL HISTORY & PHILATELY DISINFECTED MAIL IN ITALY La Sanita’ nella Storia Illustrata dai Documenti Postali By Various Authors 86 pages, lavishly illustrated and produced, in Italian. Includes articles and research by prominent specialists. Topics include: MAIL DISINFECTION IN TRIESTE PREVENTION & CONTROL OF EPIDEMICS IN THE ROMAGNE MAIL DISINFECTION IN THE BOLOGNESE AREA PAPAL STATES DISINFECTED MAIL PROCEDURES PROPOSAL FOR THE CREATION OF A DATA BASE RE ITALIAN DISINFECTED MAIL DISINFECTION OF MAILS DURING THE 21st CENTURY WORLDWIDE LIMITED EDITION
Price: $31.00
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WEST INDIES & FALKLAND ISLANDS CENSORSHIP WORLD WAR 2
Country: WEST INDIES
Condition: WEST INDIES & FALKLAND ISLANDS CENSORSHIP WORLD WAR 2
Description: WORLD WAR 2 POSTAL CENSORSHIP IN THE BRITISH WEST INDIES AND FALKLAND ISLANDS -- 242 pages (8"x11"), 2010, SPIRAL BOUND -- IN ENGLISH * ILLUSTRATIONS THROUGHOUT LOOK AT THE SCANS TO READ DETAILS OF THE CONTENT ESSENTIAL REFERENCE FOR THE SERIOUS SCHOLAR ****************** WE SHIP WORLDWIDE ~~~ HANDLING & POSTAGE: VARIES DEPENDING ON DESTINATION
Price: $60.00
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GRAF ZEPPELIN TO THE BALKANS by Duggan 48 pages
Condition: GRAF ZEPPELIN TO THE BALKANS by Duggan 48 pages
Description: A truly important book replete with excellent illustrations -- well researched - English text - this book is an absolute must for the specialist. Examines postal rates, postmarks and cachets, flight routes etc. Much information not found elsewhere: highly recommended.
Price: $27.00
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ZEPPELIN POST LZ 129 beautiful book by Duggan 258 pp
Condition: ZEPPELIN POST LZ 129 beautiful book by Duggan 258 pp
Description: In English, richly illustrated, deals with MAIL CARRIED IN GERMANY, TO SOUTH & NORTH AMERICA, the Hindenburg CRASH MAIL, plus extremely useful appendices on LZ 129 Mail, German postal regulations, US Postal Bulletins, Austrian Postal regulations, Canadian postal regulations, on board post office, transatlantic postage rates, propaganda leaflets, printed memorabilia etc etc. A goldmine!!!
Price: $61.00
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EAST AFRICA ITALY POW INTERNEES 1940-1947 New Edition
Country: KENYA
Condition: EAST AFRICA ITALY POW INTERNEES 1940-1947 BY WEISBECKER ** NEW EDITION
Description: EAST AFRICA ITALY POW INTERNEES 1940-1947 BY WEISBECKER ** NEW EDITION WALTER G. WEISBECKER *** CAMP MAIL OF ITALIAN PRISONERS OF WAR AND CIVILIAN INTERNEES IN EAST AFRICA 1940-1947 *** NEW LIMITED EDITION over 130 illustrations in black & white, spiral bound. 166 pages 8 x 11 - Filled with very useful information complemented by a good 6-page INDEX. Plus a NEW 26-page ADDENDA & UPDATE to the 1981 edition of which only 100 copies had been printed. This research covers POW, Internee and Evacuee Camps in ETHIOPIA, SOMALIA, KENYA, SUDAN, TANGANYIKA, ERITREA, UGANDA, RHODESIA, BRITISH SOMALILAND. The lay-out of the original work has been improved where possible and this reprint is printed on high quality, extra white paper from short fibre pulp from eucalyptus trees, chlorine free. THIS IS A MUST HAVE bibliophile publication. ****** FROM THE Foreword to the New Millennium Edition A native of Seattle, Walter G. Weisbecker was a highly respected senior official of the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) in Rome. He made Italy his home after meeting his future wife Antonietta. Walter was also a recognised authority on the Italian presence in East Africa, particularly Ethiopia, Eritrea and Somalia, with many of his articles being published by leading stamp and postal history magazines in Europe and in the United States. He contacted me in 1980, shortly after the publication of my book on the Italian Prisoners of War in Africa during World War II. Walter told me frankly that he could write a much more exhaustive work on the subject and I did not miss the opportunity to tell him that if ever he needed a publisher I was more than willing to be both his publisher and editor. From this initial conversation that could so easily have generated negative vibes, in fact a very constructive friendship was born. The book that you are holding in your hands was published in less than six months, in mid-1981, and before that year ended Walter had been showered with silver medals at international exhibitions such as Tokyo 81 and WIPA 81. These accolades were buttressed by a series of very favourable reviews and Walter told me that he felt a great sense of achievement. He won silver medals the following year at the First World Philatelic Literature Exhibition in Milan and in Chicago. Walter exhibited his collection at a stamp exhibition in my hometown, Pavia, and won a gold medal. Stuart Rossiter described his collection as one of the top three and probably the best of the three . The best compliment Walter paid to me was his seeking my input on quite a few articles he was writing for Italian and English magazines. His book starts by reproducing some of the relevant articles from the 1929 International (Geneva) Convention on the Treatment of P.O.W.s, followed by a an informative account of the background of the campaign. Chapter I starts with the first East African civilian internment camps in Southern Rhodesia, Kenya and elsewhere in September 1939. It continues with the Italian declaration of War on 10 June 1940 and the enlargement of the camps to take Italians as well as Germans. The Italian invasion of Sudan, British Somaliland and Kenya prompted the British to retaliate early in 1941 and by October camps were needed for 65,000 Italian P.O.W.s. Eventually there were some 200,000 P.O.W.s to accommodate and camps were sited in Sudan, British Somaliland, Italian East Africa, Uganda, Kenya, Tanganyika, Nyasaland, Northern and Southern Rhodesia. The early civilian internment camps at Salisbury and Hartley are dealt with in Chapter II and are followed by the P.O.W./civilian internment camps 1941-1942, the definitive camps, the evacuee and refugee camps from 1942. Postal stationery, much of it captured from the Italians and overprinted and adapted by the British, fills Chapter VI, and is followed by the handstamps, censor markings and labels divided under the East African and the Middle East Commands. There are over ninety covers illustrated and they help to bring this book to life. On the whole, Weisbecker makes this complex subject appear uncomplicated, largely through his skill in organising and presenting the fruits of his research. A six-page index is primarily keyed to camp names and locations. In reviewing Weisbecker s book for The London Philatelist, Stuart Rossiter wrote that it is perhaps ironic that the first comprehensive book in English on this subject should be from an American pen and that it should be published by the author of a briefer work on the same subject as recently as last year. However it is a good combination. Robson Lowe wrote a very positive review for The Philatelist and described the book as a model of the humanity of postal history . Robbie noted that he rarely picked up a volume which contained more interesting information in the text of a time when he was alive. After moving to the other side of the Atlantic, in 1983, I looked forward to continuing my correspondence with Walter, but then, most unexpectedly Antonietta wrote to me with the most sad news of Walter s death. I felt I had lost a true friend. The 1981 edition of Weisbecker s work was out of print in a matter of months, and in later years many collectors contacted me with the hope of obtaining copies. However, only now the opportunity has presented itself to produce a new limited edition. In most instances the illustrations have been improved upon, and borrowing from my personal collection some new and significant illustrations and updates have been added. This 26-page addenda gives more than a glimpse at what a learning experience collecting postal history is. The publication of this new edition is a tribute to a major postal historian whose work is still very much valid and cannot be ignored by the new generation of scholars. I have continued to collect Prisoners Of War postal history material and I have managed to add considerably to my research files. Therefore, I would like to invite collectors to contact me with any supplementary information that can shed new light. In fact, I am planning to publish a new edition in Italian and English of my book that was mentioned earlier. GIORGIO MIGLIAVACCA
Price: $85.00
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FORGED PRE-PHILATELIC POSTMARKS OF LOMBARDY VENETIA by VOLLMEIER
Country: LOMBARDY & VENETIA FORGERIES
Condition: FORGERIES ITALY PRE-ADHESIVES
Description: FALSI PREFILATELICI DI LOMBARDIA E VENETO 1700 & 1800 comprese BOLLI DI DISINFEZIONE - in inglese * FORGED POSTMARKS OF LOMBARDY & VENETIA ON LETTERS OF THE 1700s & 1800s * scholarly work and a standard reference * includes FORGED DISINFECTED MAIL POSTMARKS * * In English * 56 pages * illustrated throughout * virtually new except for some minor postal transit effects * LONG OUT OF PRINT AND DIFFICULT TO OBTAIN
Price: $54.00
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ITALY AMG & POSTAL HISTORY 800 days of Naples & South
Country: ITALY
Condition: ITALY AMG & POSTAL HISTORY 800 days of Naples & South
Description: This is the "Tale" of two Italys - north & south - pro war, anti war - fascist and pro Allies - all of this is evident through the postal history of those fateful 800 days ,magnificent book, in color throughout, 72 page AMG issues for Naples and the South - LUPA stamps depicting She Wolf and postal use of the same -- ALLIED MILITARY POSTAGE STAMPS their use in Sicily and in the Neapolitan and Southern regions - postal communications between north & south etc etc - all in plain easy to understand language - no technicalese here highly recommended
Price: $33.00
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POLAND LEGIONS (FRANCE) IN ITALY 1797-1806 last copies in stock
Country: ITALY
Condition: POLAND LEGIONS (FRANCE) IN ITALY 1797-1806 last copies in stock
Description: A Special Item FROM THE ANTIQUARIAN & MODERNARIAN OF POSTAL HISTORY & PHILATELY *** POLISH LEGIONS IN ITALY 1797-1806 by Luciano Previato, in Italian, French, English, 52 pp A4 format, with many illustrations VERY RARE NOW - in good condition, almost as new **** QUESTO pregevole e RARO Volume e' indispensabile ai collezionisti del settore e a tutti quelli che studiano il periodo NAPOLEONICO, tutti i bolli di franchigia sono illustrati - - solo 150 copie stampate - copia in buono stato quasi come nuova WE SHIP WORLDWIDE
Price: $60.00     Sale Price! $39.00
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HUNGARY AIRMAIL PIONEER by Berecz - Superb, useful
Country: HUNGARY
Condition: HUNGARY AIRMAIL PIONEER by Berecz - Superb, useful
Description: The Pioneer Period of Hungarian Air Mail by Victor C Berecz Jr. This 200+ page monograph is the definitive English language history of the airmail stamps and covers of Hungary from the late 1800s through World War II. Heavily illustrated, the work has an emphasis on pioneer airmails during and just after World War I. Backed by years of wide-ranging and original discoveries, this is the epitome of a single country airmail handbook. Perfect bound
Price: $39.00
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ITALY STATES AND EARLY KINGDOM OF ITALY CATALOGUE
Country: ITALY
Condition: ITALY STATES AND EARLY KINGDOM OF ITALY CATALOGUE
Description: ITALY STATES AND EARLY KINGDOM OF ITALY CATALOGUE 2011-2012 INCL. POSTAL HISTORY *** POSTAGE STAMPS AND POSTAL HISTORY OF THE ITALIAN STATES & EARLY ITALY 1861-1900 *** The best selling Catalogue with accurate/realistic market valuations. HIGHLY SPECIALIZED AND VASTLY IMPROVED AND GREATLY EXPANDED Each State has a postal history synopsis, list of post offices, information about reprints, proofs, and a new and thoroughly researched sub-chapter on postal rates. These are followed by the listings of issued stamps, their varieties, multiples, contemporary forgeries. A chapter is devoted to the stamps, postmarks and postal history of Military Occupations and Provisional Government issues. IT IS SIMPLY AMAZING TO SEE HOW MUCH INFORMATION IS TO BE FOUND IN THIS CATALOGUE. MAPS, CHARTS, CURRENCIES & COINS, GREAT BIBLIOGRAPHY, INDEX *** At its 14th edition, the catalogue’s in-depth treatment is more and more comprehensive thanks to the co-operation of prominent experts. Every chapter is devoted to a specific pre-unity state and the final chapter is about the Kingdom of Italy. Market evaluations, with references to auction results and net price sales *** 496 pp. - more than 1200 colour ill. - cm 17x24 – paperback -- Italian text If you have previous editions of this Catalogue you know that the new edition is A MUST HAVE FOR ANY SERIOUS COLLECTOR OF THESE STAMPS.
Price: $79.00
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INTRODUCTION TO BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS STAMPS new revised 2012 Edition
Country: VIRGIN ISLANDS
Condition: INTRODUCTION TO BRITISH VIRGIN ISLANDS STAMPS new revised 2012 Edition
Description: The Treasured Stamps of the British Virgin Islands *** All you wanted to know about BVI Stamps & Coins *** By Giorgio Migliavacca, 2012 Revised Edition ** Introduces and outlines all major aspects of BVI Philately & Coinage EARLY POSTAL ARRANGEMENTS EARLY POSTAGE STAMPS: REIGN OF QUEEN VICTORIA THE MISSING VIRGIN LEEWARD ISLANDS STAMPS USED IN THE VIRGIN ISLANDS THE THREE KINGS ERA THEMATIC ASPECTS PHILATELIC TRIBUTE TO SIR FRANCIS DRAKE FAMOUS VIRGIN ISLANDERS HURRICANE STAMPS & WRECKS UNIQUE FEATURES OF BVI STAMPS USEFUL INFORMATION FOR COLLECTORS THE STAMP ROOM *** BIBLIOGRAPHY *** FROM "BITTS" TO US DOLLARS: AN OVERVIEW OF VIRGIN ISLANDS CURRENCIES -- SOCIO-ECONOMIC, POSTAL AND PHILATELIC ASPECTS * MODERN COINAGE * 20 pages with black & white and color illustrations. THIS IS A MUST HAVE bibliophile publication. -
Price: $8.00
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MAIL TO & FROM ITALY STATES 1850-1870 - IN ENGLISH 320 pages NEW NEW
Condition: MAIL TO & FROM ITALY STATES 1850-1870 - IN ENGLISH 320 pages + CD * 5 POUNDS TO SHIP SEE SHIPPING COSTS before ordering
Description: VERY IMPORTANT * WHEN BUYING THIS BOOK IGNORE THE AUTOMATIC $10 charge [we will send you a Paypal invoice or equivalent for the exact amount] -THIS IS a 5 Pounds PACKET- *** SHIPPING COSTS: TO USA $24 ** TO CANADA $43 ** TO OTHER COUNTRIES IN THE AMERICAS & EUROPE $55 ** AFRICA, AUSTRALIA, ASIA & FAR EAST $65 ******* FINALLY!!! LETTER MAIL FROM AND TO THE OLD ITALIAN STATES 1850-1870 - by Mario Mentaschi & Thomas Matha; 320 pages * 717 illustrations in b & w (repeated in color in the CD) - HARDBOUND A4 - ENTIRELY IN ENGLISH This is possibly the most useful postal history book published in Italy in recent years MAIN FOCUS: postal rates and routes of mail addressed to the Italian States in the years that saw the Risorgimento wars which resulted in its unification (1861); similarly mail from the Italian States to various countries all over the globe is examined in great detail. The 1850-1861 period is extended to 1866 for Austrian Venetia and to 1870 for the Papal States. In a nutshell this is the postal history of the fall of the colonial eagles in the Italian peninsula Well researched, magnificently illustrated, a true eye-opener and a pleasure for the eyes and the mind Incoming mail to Italy and outgoing: to from... to from AUSTRIAN EMPIRE ALGERIA ARGENTINA BAHAMAS BELGIUM BRAZIL CHILE CHINA IONIAN ISLANDS GREECE MALTA INDIA FRANCE GERMANY you name it.... THIS IS A MUST HAVE bibliophile publication. very heavy and large book weighing 5 pounds when packed to ship Once sold out this book's price will skyrocket ***************************** VERY IMPORTANT * WHEN BUYING THIS BOOK IGNORE THE AUTOMATIC $10 charge [we will send you a Paypal invoice or equivalent for the exact amount] -THIS IS a 5 Pounds PACKET- *** SHIPPING COSTS: TO USA $24 ** TO CANADA $43 ** TO OTHER COUNTRIES IN THE AMERICAS & EUROPE $55 ** AFRICA, AUSTRALIA, ASIA & FAR EAST $65 *******
Price: $115.00     Sale Price! $93.00
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STRAITS SETTLEMENTS * NATIVE STATES MALAYA 1981 reprint
Country: STRAITS SETTLEMENTS
Condition: STRAITS SETTLEMENTS * NATIVE STATES MALAYA 1981 reprint
Description: SCARCE HARDBOUND 1981 TAN REPRINT IN ENGLISH - 306 pages INCLUDES REPRINTS OF EARLY WORKS LIKE STRAITS SETTLEMENTS POSTAGE STAMPS by F. E. WOOD THE POSTAGE STAMPS OF THE NATIVE PROTECTED STATES OF MALAYA PARTS 1 & 2 by F. E. WOOD USED: SOME MINOR SHELF LIFE WEAR BUT VERY FINE OVERALL NOT TO BE MISSED!!! ESSENTIAL REFERENCE FOR THE SERIOUS COLLECTOR
Price: $55.00
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ITALY OCCUPATION WORLD WAR 2 FRANCE GREECE ALBANIA
Country: ITALY
Condition: ITALY OCCUPATION WORLD WAR 2 FRANCE GREECE ALBANIA
Description: ITALIAN OCCUPATIONS WWII Occupazioni ed Annessioni Italiane nella Seconda Guerra Mondiale - Albania, Francia, Grecia, Jugoslavia - 1939-1943 La Posta Civile by Valter Astolfi. Published March 1996 by Fiorenzo Zanetti Editore, Milan. 640 pages, several maps; 6 1/2” x 9 1/2”; black and white illustrations throughout. Perfect bound. [Limited edition of Hardbound copies exist - ask for more details] A REVIEW BY GIORGIO MIGLIAVACCA (copyright) Quite a few volumes have been published during the last two decades about Italian military mail of World War II; most of them were well received both by reviewers and the collecting public. Some of their success story is contributed by the information given on the exact location of the various field post offices — a very important detail for postal history collectors of the various countries and territories occupied by Italy. Another crucial factor is that Italian military mail of WWII is still in relatively large supply, and although stocks and trouvailles had been cherry-picked in the 1950s and early 1960s by pioneering specialists, chances of an occasional lucky find keep collectors’ adrenaline going. Once occupied and/or annexed the various territories and countries had to be governed, sometime by a civilian administration, sometime by military rule, and in some instances by a combination of both, depending on circumstances which had strategic, political and diplomatic ramifications. The postal service for civilians was a rather important aspect of public administration and the plethora of occupation stamps listed by the various catalogues is, for the serious specialist or postal historian, the classical “tip of the iceberg”. In some of the occupied territories definitive stamps of Italy were used, in other places specific overprinted stamps were issued, and in one case local definitives continued in use. In each case the adopted course had been influenced by circumstances, and although some mistakes were made, Italy was quite careful not to step on Germany’s toes while devising some long-term policy as to better incorporate the newly acquired territories without hurting local sensitivities and pride. Germany, on the other hand, had none of these complexities to contend with and her approach was - to put it in one word - rather brutal. On the whole, war cover enthusiasts will find this collecting field quite exciting and challenging. On 10 June 1940, Mussolini issued declarations of war against Britain and France; as a result Italian troops began to occupy bordering areas on the western front. Two weeks later France had agreed to sign an armistice. The acquisitions were pitifully modest and included Mentone where Italian stamps were introduced by mid-March 1941. Additionally, as a result of the disruption of postal service between Italy and France, mail from Italians residing in France and her colonies were forwarded through special arrangements and concessions. Covers benefitting from such concessions are usually recognizable by official “straight line” hand-stamps. The partition of Yugoslavia after the annexation by the Axis powers resulted in the birth of two new countries, Croatia and Serbia, and the subdivision of the other areas into smaller entities under German or Italian rule. Southern Slovenia became the Province of Lubiana, the Italianized name of its main city, Ljubljana. Here the annexation caused no disruption of the postal service and Yugoslav stamps continued to be used for a short time. The Fiume-Kupa zone, in the vicinity of Fiume, included Arbe and Veglia - two of the nearby islands - and was eventually incorporated into the pre-existing Province of Fiume. Other acquisitions included the Dalmatian coast where the administrative subdivision included the provinces of Zadar (Zara), Split (Spalato) and the offshore islands, and Kotor (Cattaro). From a strictly philatelic point of view it is interesting to notice that Yugoslav stamps with an Italian (Co.Ci.) overprint were issued for Lubiana, and a similar measure was implemented for the Fiumano-Kupa zone. Montenegro followed a similar pattern but here there were some “sensitivities” that had to be carefully dealt with. Firstly, Queen Helena (nee Petrovic), the consort of King Victor Emmanuel III, was also a Montenegrin princess, and a special administrative arrangement had to be adopted. Therefore, on 3 October 1941 Mussolini issued a special decree making Montenegro an Italian Governorship. The special status of Montenegro under Italian occupation is also reflected by its stamps, which include a set commemorating Prince Bishop Petrovic Njegosh, author of the Montenegrin national poem. Each of the ten stamps bore a few lines of the poem inscribed on the back. Undoubtedly Queen Helena had a lot of influence in all of this; and having a famous Sicilian collector at the top of the newly established Governorship made things easier. In 1901 Italy opened a post office at Scutari; the following year two additional offices were opened at Janina and Durazzo (Durres) and in 1908 Valona (Vlone) also had its Italian post office. This was simply another indication of Italian long-term interest in the area. The 1913 Treaty of London gave independence to Albania; the stamps of the new country depicting Skander-Beg (also known as Gjergji Kastrioti) were printed by the Italian Government Printing Works in Turin. Following a period of anarchy and unrest during World War I, and with the help of Italy, the country stabilized itself. The cordial relationship with Rome improved as years went by, and quite a few pre-war stamp issues of Albania were printed by the Italian Government Printing Works which had by then moved to Rome. The situation deteriorated in 1939, when King Zog refused to align Albania with the Axis; Mussolini, who wouldn’t take no for an answer, occupied the country in a matter of days. On 12 April 1939 Victor Emmanuel III became King of Albania and Albanian stamps were overprinted at first, to be followed by definitives depicting the Italian monarch. The idea of overprinting Italian definitives was discarded because it would have met with stern resistance and incensed the Albanians whose national pride was well known. Instead, a definitive series blending the image of Victor Emmanuel with local pictorial elements and featuring Albanian inscriptions and currency was issued. The inevitable fasces were also a design element, but to circumvent local criticism many of the later issues also featured the Albanian coat of arms. Metropolitan postal rates were adopted and the use of Italian definitives was tolerated for about twelve months. In 1941 Albania expanded its boundaries at the expense of Yugoslavia. As a result some 15 post offices became part of the Albanian postal network. Covers with stamps of Albania under Italian rule cancelled by postmarks of these post offices are quite elusive, and even the advanced collector would never know what he is dealing with unless he has Astolfi’s book. After declaring war on Greece (28 October 1940), Italy found out that it was not an easy task and only in the spring of 1941 with massive help from Berlin the occupation was successfully completed. From a postal history point of view evidence of the Italian occupation on the mainland was only marginal. Stamps featuring King George II and/or members of the royal family were declared obsolete and withdrawn; however, all the other definitives remained in use. The only postal vestiges of the Italian occupation of Greece to be found on mails from civilians are the often bi-lingual (Italian and Greek) censor marks and labels. The approach with the offshore islands was quite different. In the Ionian Islands, at first, Greek stamps were overprinted locally at Corfù, Cephalonia, Ithaca, and Zante; then, in an attempt to wipe out even the minutest visual link with the mainland, Italian definitives overprinted “ISOLE JONIE” were introduced. On Crete and throughout the Cycladian and Sporades Islands Greek stamps were used. The occasional use of Italian and Rhodes’ definitives was only marginal. Astolfi makes a very good point when he discusses the Cephalonia and Ithaca overprints in used condition. As we all know the format of these rather large and clumsy overprints required two stamps to leave a full impression. The acquisitive mind of collectors combined with the money-grabbing attitude of most dealers resulted in marketing these issues as “pairs”. As such they have been catalogued and collected from day one, irrespective of evidence to the contrary; in fact, the overprint did not actually modify the face value of each stamp. It was simply an expedient method due to the emergency. For generations now, catalogues have been penalizing single stamps with half of the overprint, but the often rare pieces of mail of non-philatelic origin that have been recorded so far show clearly that the overprinted pairs were invariably separated to make up the required postal rates. Scott says that used halves (sic!) are worth 50% of their already ridiculously low-priced pair counterparts. Sassone, who should know better, adopts an even more absurd approach when it states that used “singles” (a more fitting description than halves) with half impression of the overprint are worth 10% of the price given for used pairs. However, Sassone says, such “singles” on cover are worth the same as pairs. Ironically enough, Sassone does not give prices for pairs on cover — a clear indication that the right hand does not know what the left hand is doing. Unsevered pairs are usually found on philatelic covers which can be easily recognized since they are invariably “over-paid” and do not reflect an actual postal rate of any kind. In this respect Astolfi’s book is a very valuable tool for spotting philatelic covers since he devotes detailed chapters to the various postal rates used in the occupied territories. What has just been said reminds us of what Walter G. Weisbecker wrote in 1958 in an article on WWII Occupation Overprints published by “Stamps” magazine (4 January): “The failure of the Scott catalogue to provide detailed listings of these occupation series (in particular, the recognized varieties and reasonable price quotations) is, in the final analysis, really a matter of no great importance except to the collector who relies upon it. Every leading European catalogue...carries the great majority of them as readily marketable items. Scott, I fear, is still struggling off to a very late start. Thus, assuming that you recognize that Scott is certainly no collector’s ‘bible’ in this field, the way lies open for you to probe a highly specialized, little known area that may well be as profitable as it is fascinating.” This is certainly a mouthful, especially knowing that it was said almost 40 years ago and that Scott has made little progress since then. What are the “shakers and movers” of the American philatelic world doing? Sleeping, we assume. By mid-1943 Hitler was already highly suspicious that the Italians were going to betray him. After Mussolini’s ousting (25 July) Italy signed an armistice with the Allies (8 September), followed by a declaration of war on Germany (13 October). German take-over of just about all territories and islands occupied by Italy was marked by a series of atrocities. Those perpretrated in Juguslavia and Greece have been widely publicised, but little has been said about the 5,000 Italians on Cephalonia put to death by the Germans after the surrender. The remaining 4,000 were embarked for Greece but their ships hit mines and sank. The few who jumped into the sea were machine-gunned by the Germans. Similar atrocities were committed in Corfu and Rhodes involving thousands. But Astolfi’s book does not deal with the German take-over and his postal history of civilian mails ends exactly on that fateful 8 September 1943. Astolfi hopes to tackle the postal history of civilian mails in former Italian territories taken over by Germany in a separate volume to be published at a later date. We wish him every success in this new venture. What Astolfi has provided for us in these 640 pages will keep us busy long enough for him to accomplish his new project. Astolfi is not one of Italy’s most prolific writers, but when he decides to put pen to paper he does so in the most authoritative fashion. This is all too evident in the volume under review which, interestingly enough, belongs to a new series appropriately named “Le Pietre Miliari” (The Milestones). What we have here is a monumental monograph filled with previously unpublished research. One only needs to look at the existing bibliography to realise how little had been written previously on the postal history of civilian mails from Italian Occupations of World War II. Each section has substantial chapters outlining the historical events, the administrative status, stamps and postal stationery, postal rates, post offices, postal service, postmarks, stampers, registration labels, and censorship. Additionally, for those who want to put a cash value on everything, Astolfi’s book also provides evaluations based on a point system. Stamp issues of the occupied territories are not the main objective of this publication; however, the clarity imparted by Astolfi to his listings and the added information gathered by him make this section alone worth buying this book. His approach is realistic and unbiased and, therefore, at times conflicting with time-honoured but not time-tested sources such as stamp catalogues. He sticks to the facts and as a postal historian his penchant for detail is never fastidiously boring. The reader’s reaction is quite often - “Oh, I didn’t know that”. Astolfi also gives clear exaustive explanations on various “too good to be true” bogus overprints; these include the 1940 “SOLLUM” overprints on stamps of Libya; the 1942 Siwa overprints (“OCCUPAZIONE ITALIANA” on two lines) on Egyptian definitives to celebrate the Axis counter-offensive in Libya; and the hilarious 1942 “TOBRUCH” overprints on the Rome-Berlin Axis stamps. Justifiably maligned, these stamps were also the target of another invention of forgers when a two line overprint “C.S.I.R. / VINCEREMO” (Italian Expeditionary Force in Russia / We will Win) was added to them by some practical joker. The bogus overprints of Santa Maura, Cerigo, and Paxo on Greek stamps; and the Lassithi (Crete) overprints on stamps of Rhodes are also discussed. The book requires a good knowledge of the Italian language, but don’t let this influence you because the many illustrations and the abundance of maps, charts, synoptic tables and Astolfi’s use of plain language will make your task rather easy. The information is carefully researched and well documented, and all the pertinent facts are discussed in a lucid style. If criticism, for the sake of criticism, must be made, then it may be said that an index would have been an added asset; but, quite honestly, the subject matter is arranged and organized in such a way that the lack of an index is only to the regret of the printer who would have benefitted from printing the few extra pages. From a practical point of view, most postal history material of these territories is far from common; additionally this collecting area is marred by dressed-up (philatelic) covers and outright forgeries. Putting all of these in the right contest and finding out their relevance and worth from a collecting point of view can be rewarding and can easily justify the purchase of this book. For the specialist, this is a veritable goldmine; you will go back to it time and again and you either purchase two copies (one for your bookshelf and one for research purposes and annotations) or you make sure you go to a bookbinder to give it a solid hardback. All the illustrations are crisp and clear, including maps and postmarks; the book is lavisly produced and is complimented by a dust jacket. From a commercial point of view, Fiorenzo Zanetti, the publisher, has been very generous because this is clearly “five books in one”. He could have easily serialized this “opus magnus” in five tomes, but then Fiorenzo comes from a family of collectors/dealers that has earned the highest accolades in Italian philately. This is his way to contribute to the hobby and we are very grateful. This book is a must for all philatelic libraries and for anyone interested in this rather difficult collecting area. — Giorgio Migliavacca (COPYRIGHT) VERY HEAVY BOOK TO SHIP
Price: $125.00     Sale Price! $91.00
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GREECE POST OFFICES OF THE 20TH CENTURY BY Y DAES
Condition: GREECE POST OFFICES OF THE 20TH CENTURY BY Y DAES
Description: IN ENGLISH * 312 PAGES * 1994 BY PREFECTURES ALPHABETICAL INDEX RURAL ROUTES RENAMINGS ETC many illustrations With very insignificant signs of use and shelf life, otherwise very fine used copy NOT TO BE MISSED!!! ESSENTIAL REFERENCE FOR THE SERIOUS COLLECTOR
Price: $65.00
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