ETHIOPIA

As early as 1892, Menelik II was discussing the issuing of postage stamps and silver coins. A postal system was introduced in 1894 and on 27 January 1895 the first set of stamps was issued. The two designs for the new stamps were taken from the first modern Ethiopian coins engraved in France by Legrange and minted in Paris. A famous artist by the name of Eugene Mouchon, well known for having created the designs of many French and foreign stamps, engraved the first stamps of Ethiopia. The first four stamps of the 1895 set depict Menelik II (the Neguse Negest, or Negus Negesti: the King of Kings); the three top denominations feature the heraldic Lion of Judah holding a banner on a pole which is topped by a golden cross. The head of the lion is crowned -- this design representing the arms of the country, the pennant being in green, yellow and red, the national colours of Ethiopia. All the inscriptions are in Amharic, and Mouchon’s name is featured on the bottom margin of each stamp at right. Historical and symbolic designs such as these, the Star of David and the Throne of Solomon are to be found on the early stamps of Ethiopia. Additionally both designs of the first stamps feature the war sword of the emperor at the bottom of the vignette, with a cotton tree at the right end and a coffee tree at the left.

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ETHIOPIA: INTRODUCTION TO THE STAMPS OF ETHIOPIA
Country: ETHIOPIA
Condition: ETHIOPIA: AN INTRODUCTION TO THE STAMPS BRAND NEW
Description: An Introduction to the STAMPS OF ETHIOPIA by Giorgio Migliavacca in English, 48 pages, replete with illustrations, all in color ** printed on high quality paper ** A useful guide for those who start to collect Ethiopian stamps ** The first of its kind ** This booklet covers the basic information a collector needs when embarking on collecting a new and unusual area like Ethiopia. Most aspects of Ethiopian philately and the historical background are provided in a concise and easy-to-follow format. There is more than one hint to specialisation but it is kept at a level that will not intimidate the beginner. The booklet gives the reader a comprehensive view of related subjects such as philatelic literature, forgeries, and internet resources. In the end it will be easier for the collector to make informed decisions and the money invested in this book will pay dividends. FROM THE QUEEN OF SHEBA TO RAS TAFARI ** THE LION OF JUDAH ** EARLY MAIL ** OVERPRINTS OF THE EARLY 1900s ** MENELIK II DEFEATS ITALIAN ARMY ** TAYTU: TRIUMPS AND TRAGEDIES ** THE RISE OF TAFARI ** THE ITALIAN OCCUPATION 1936-1941 ** RESTORATION...RECONSTRUCTION... ** POST-WAR YEARS ** THE DAWNING OF A NEW ERA ** THEMATIC STAMPS ** SIEMEN FOX AND LATER DEFINITIVES ** ETHIOPIAN ARTISTS DESIGN LOCAL STAMPS ** POSTAGE DUE STAMPS ** PHILATELIC LITERATURE ** FORGERIES & REPRINTS - an introduction ** FORGED OBELISK OVERPRINTS ** INTRODUCTION TO SPECIALISATION ** FURTHER READING ** USEFUL LINKS ** BRAND NEW (2011 edition)
Price: $22.00
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ETHIOPIA 1867-1936: STAMPS, POSTAL HISTORY & HISTORY
Country: ETHIOPIA
Condition: ETHIOPIA 1867-1936: STAMPS, POSTAL HISTORY & HISTORY
Description: Ethiopia 1867-1936 - History, stamps and postal history - by Roberto Sciaky, published 1999 Hardbound 8” x 11 3/4”, color dust jacket, 224 pages, 3 maps, 16 color plates, over 200 black and white illustrations. A REVIEW BY GIORGIO MIGLIAVACCA (copyright) Although this impressive volume ends with an extensive bibliography taking up two pages, the available literature on this country is limited and sometimes difficult to obtain. In 1961 Ivan Adler’s “Handbook of the postage stamps of the Empire of Ethiopia and her postal system” was published, and it was divided into two booklets; one focusing on the historical background and philatelic information of the various issues and the other actually being a specialized catalogue. This work has served collectors well and despite a few inaccuracies is still a useful source of information. Ten years later the Ethiopian Ministry of Posts & Telecommunications published a lavish “Ethiopian Stamp Catalogue”, with color illustrations and new information. This catalogue is still highly prized by collectors despite the fact that it has a few understandable inaccuracies. Then, in 1977 came Henry Tristant’s invaluable “Postal History of Ethiopia during the Reign of Emperor Menelik II”. Unfortunately only 100 copies were printed and given to friends and correspondents of the author. Twenty-four years later I can still recall the frustration I felt about this type of “limited edition” approach. It is indeed really true that the road to hell is paved with good intentions! This unfortunate situation was remedied in 1995 by Huguette Gagnon, president of the Ethiopian Philatelic Society, who translated the original work and published 100 copies of it in two volumes. Needless to say, the book is now out of print. In the interim however, the Rev. Payne wrote eight booklets in the Cockrill series devoted to Ethiopian philately from 1894 to 1943. These were published in 1981-82 and proved very popular, but the author’s approach was strictly philatelic and only just occasionally were postal history aspects mentioned. From the 1960s to the early 1990s collectors who embarked on Ethiopian philately and postal history had a rather limited amount of literature to rely on, some of it virtually impossible to obtain, whilst additional and useful information was scattered through articles published in a variety of magazines over a long span of time. Sciaky’s book comes to fill a gap, and it does so by utilizing a lot of published information and sifting through it carefully to avoid perpetuating old mistakes and inaccuracies. However, the new book goes much further and gives a concise and useful summary of the history of Ethiopia, followed by a detailed study of the stamps and postal history of the period 1867-1936. Each chapter begins with a historical profile, followed by a thorough discussion about the relevant stamp issues, and concluded with postal history aspects as well as postal rates and cancellations. Quite often the Author provides certain elements for the detection of reprints and fakes, and the various stamps are illustrated, including a large number of illustrations devoted to covers and facets of postal history. Sciaky’s book is most welcome for a number of good reasons. First and foremost, it is written in plain language and although the English is not always flawless, the Author gets his points across, much to the benefit of beginners and those who require answers to their many questions. The Author writes with genuine enthusiasm and draws the reader inexorably into seeking out his albums and double checking his or her material. Secondly, Sciaky has obviously gone to some length to double check his facts and verify information published in earlier articles and books. In many cases the existing literature gave him conflicting information and only after systematic research did he come up with his conclusions. It is obvious, and we are already seeing the results, that a book of this caliber will generate new collectors, while the old-timers will find a few details to add or amend. The Author himself has already published a couple of articles giving updates, or expanding upon his research. Sciaky’s monograph is undoubtedly the standard reference for both philatelists and postal historians who specialize in this interesting country. But as thorough as the present book is, further research is critical to the advancement of this specialty and it would be useful to gain a better perspective of postal rates and other involving or controversial philatelic aspects. It would be remiss of me if I did not mention the handsome production of this volume, with its eye-catching color plates and captivating lay-out. The author is to be applauded for sustaining our interest throughout the over two-hundred pages, but at the same time it is somewhat unfortunate that a philatelic editor versed in the many booby-traps the writing of English poses was not recruited by the publisher for this important project. This is very minor criticism and I warmly recommend this volume. GIORGIO MIGLIAVACCA (copyright)
Price: $88.00
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NATIONAL COSTUMES 1968 FIRST DAY COVER
Country: ETHIOPIA
Condition: NATIONAL COSTUMES 1968 FIRST DAY COVER
Price: $12.00
Item Id #005079    See Details...
1965 AIR MAIL STATE VISIT QUEEN ELIZABETH II FIRST DAY COVER rare
Condition: 1965 AIR MAIL STATE VISIT QUEEN ELIZABETH II FIRST DAY COVER rare
Description: 1965 AIR MAIL STATE VISIT QUEEN ELIZABETH II FIRST DAY COVER rare
Price: $19.00
Item Id #005249    See Details...
1965 AIR MAIL STATE VISIT QUEEN ELIZABETH II FLOWN REGISTERED COVER
Country: ETHIOPIA
Condition: 1965 AIR MAIL STATE VISIT QUEEN ELIZABETH II FLOWN REGISTERED COVER
Price: $19.00
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1968 AIR MAIL COVER ADDIS ABABA TO STOCKHOLM SWEDEN 5 Birds stamps 60c
Country: ETHIOPIA
Condition: 1968 AIR MAIL COVER ADDIS ABABA TO STOCKHOLM SWEDEN 5 Birds stamps 60c
Price: $14.00
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1964 INAUGURAL JET FLIGHT ON COVER TO SWEDEN special postmark
Country: ETHIOPIA
Condition: 1964 INAUGURAL JET FLIGHT ON COVER TO SWEDEN special postmark
Price: $18.00
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1964 FIRST FLIGHT ADDIS ABABA TO ROME REGISTERED TO SWEDEN
Country: ETHIOPIA
Condition: 1964 FIRST FLIGHT ADDIS ABABA TO ROME REGISTERED TO SWEDEN
Price: $25.00
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1967 EXPO MONTREAL REGISTERED FIRST DAY COVER rare
Country: ETHIOPIA
Condition: 1967 EXPO MONTREAL REGISTERED FIRST DAY COVER rare
Price: $15.00
Item Id #005254    See Details...
1967 MICRO BIOLOGY MICROSCOPE REGISTERED FIRST DAY COVER rare
Country: ETHIOPIA
Condition: 1967 MICRO BIOLOGY MICROSCOPE REGISTERED FIRST DAY COVER rare
Price: $22.00
Item Id #005255    See Details...
1964 ANCIENT GREAT EMPERORS SET ON REGISTERED FIRST DAY COVER
Country: ETHIOPIA
Condition: 1964 ANCIENT GREAT EMPERORS SET ON REGISTERED FIRST DAY COVER
Description: THIS ITEM HAS GONE THROUGH THE MAIL COVERING THOUSANDS OF MILES AND IT SHOWS: MOSTLY A MINOR CRUSH AT RIGHT SIDE OF ENVELOPE NOT AFFECTING STAMPS, MENTIONED FOR ACCURACY AND FOR THE BENEFIT OF PERFECTIONISTS (the crush most likely occurred when feeding the cover into the cancelling machine). Irrelevant & truly insignificant to the wise collector - how many registered FDCs with this set have you seen??
Price: $25.00
Item Id #005256    See Details...
1967 AIR MAIL BIRDS SET REGISTERED FIRST DAY COVER rare
Country: ETHIOPIA
Condition: 1967 AIR MAIL BIRDS SET REGISTERED FIRST DAY COVER rare
Price: $21.00
Item Id #005257    See Details...
ETHIOPIA 1964 ANCIENT GREAT EMPRESSES SET ON REGISTERED FIRST DAY COVER
Country: ETHIOPIA
Condition: ETHIOPIA 1964 ANCIENT GREAT EMPRESSES SET ON REGISTERED FIRST DAY COVER
Description: FABULOUS FIRST DAY COVER how many registered FDCs with this set have you seen??
Price: $25.00
Item Id #005258    See Details...
ETHIOPIA 1966 MUSIC INSTRUMENTS FIRST DAY COVER
Country: ETHIOPIA
Condition: ETHIOPIA 1966 MUSIC INSTRUMENTS FIRST DAY COVER
Price: $14.00
Item Id #005259    See Details...
1968 STRUGGLE FOR PEACE REGISTERED FIRST DAY COVER rare with TABS
Country: ETHIOPIA
Condition: 1968 STRUGGLE FOR PEACE REGISTERED FIRST DAY COVER rare with TABS
Price: $19.00
Item Id #005260    See Details...
1966 AIR MAIL BIRDS FIRST DAY COVER rare
Country: ETHIOPIA
Condition: 1966 AIR MAIL BIRDS FIRST DAY COVER rare
Price: $24.00
Item Id #005261    See Details...
1968 SPORTS OLYMPIC GAMES REGISTERED FIRST DAY COVER rare
Country: ETHIOPIA
Condition: 1968 SPORTS OLYMPIC GAMES REGISTERED FIRST DAY COVER rare
Price: $15.00
Item Id #005262    See Details...
ETHIOPIA 1965 NATIONAL COMMERCIAL BANK FIRST DAY COVER
Country: ETHIOPIA
Condition: ETHIOPIA 1965 NATIONAL COMMERCIAL BANK FIRST DAY COVER
Price: $13.00
Item Id #005263    See Details...
1968 CENTENARY DEATH EMPEROR THEODORE REGISTERED FIRST DAY COVER rare
Country: ETHIOPIA
Condition: 1968 CENTENARY DEATH EMPEROR THEODORE REGISTERED FIRST DAY COVER rare
Price: $14.00
Item Id #005366    See Details...
1965 INTL TELECOMMUNICATIONS UNION FIRST DAY COVER
Country: ETHIOPIA
Condition: 1965 INTL TELECOMMUNICATIONS UNION FIRST DAY COVER
Price: $12.00
Item Id #005367    See Details...
 REGISTERED AIRMAIL COVER ADDIS ABABA TO SWEDEN 95c rate WATERFALL STAMP
Country: ETHIOPIA
Condition: REGISTERED AIRMAIL COVER ADDIS ABABA TO SWEDEN 95c rate WATERFALL STAMP
Price: $13.00
Item Id #005369    See Details...
1966 PRINTING PRESS FIRST DAY COVER
Country: ETHIOPIA
Condition: 1966 PRINTING PRESS FIRST DAY COVER
Price: $13.00
Item Id #005370    See Details...
POSTS & TELECOM BUILDINGS 1970 Massawa FDC
Country: ETHIOPIA
Condition: POSTS & TELECOM BUILDINGS 1970 Massawa FDC
Price: $12.00
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WORLD POPULATION 1974 Massawa FDC
Country: ETHIOPIA
Condition: WORLD POPULATION 1974 Massawa FDC
Price: $13.00
Item Id #005372    See Details...
MEDICINE 1968 WORLD HEALTH ORGANISATION REGISTERED FIRST DAY COVER rare
Country: ETHIOPIA
Condition: MEDICINE 1968 WORLD HEALTH ORGANISATION REGISTERED FDC
Description: One 80c Birds Air Mail Stamp and One 15c WHO stamp added on back to complete postal rate
Price: $15.00
Item Id #005374    See Details...