ITALY 1860-1900

The Early Definitives and the rapid growth of the postal network in Unified Italy is an endless source of new and interesting research for the collector who wants rewards without necessarily having to spend huge amounts of money. After the death of King Victor Emmanuel II his stamps continued to be used in combination with definitive stamps of King Umberto I. The opening of a large number of rural post offices, the introduction of new services such as express mail, money orders, and parcel post - to name a few - have contributed to a vast field of postal history that will keep the specialist very busy for many years to come.

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THE PORT OF LIVORNO  Maritime Postal History by Alan BECKER
Country: TUSCANY
Condition: THE PORT OF LIVORNO Maritime Postal History by Alan BECKER
Description: Alan Becker, The Port of Livorno - A Survey of its Maritime Postal History -- 17th to the 20th Centuries. in English, 74 pages (A4) spiral bound, color illustrations throughout. *************** This book brings together into one volume the current knowledge of the postal history of the port of Livorno. Although touched on in several other more general works, the last book covering this specific subject was published some 50 years ago. The Author is a long-time specialist of Livorno’s maritime mail postal history with related extensive collections on the various aspects. In 1676 Livorno was officially declared a free port, thus consolidating a pre-existing situation that dated back to the 1500s. During the ensuing decades many foreigners settled in Livorno forming sizable communities of French, Jewish, Dutch, Greek, Armenian and Levantine expatriates. In due course Livorno became the most important seaport of the Mediterranean, especially for importation of salted fish, cereals and grains. The Author begins with the 1600s mail of the Medici era which illustrates the great postal interaction the port had with import-export traders all over the Mediterranean and throughout Italy and Northern Europe. The end of the Medici dynasty and the inception of the Habsburg-Lorraine dynasty characterized the 1700s; these were the years that saw the post office revenue increase substantially. By the end of the 1700s, although the port’s traffic is said to have slowed down, Livorno was attracting an average 5,000 ships of all kinds and descriptions each year. Contemporaries described it as a chronically crowded port. The British had warehouses and their presence was rather important since Livorno imported spices, fabrics and manufactured goods from Britain; at the same time it exported to Britain silk, wine, olive oil, olives, cumin, straw hats, cheese, capers, camel and goat’s hair etc. The Napoleonic period brought the first maritime postmark “COLONIES PAR/LIVOURNE” and a better organized postal service. The Lorraine Grand Duke was restored in 1814; from a postal history viewpoint the 1820s, 30s and 40s, saw greater maritime traffic and with it more mail and more maritime mail postmarks. In 1843, provenance, instructional, routing and accessory hand-stamps were introduced for mail carried to Livorno by French Navy Steamers. Indeed, Becker visits all aspects of maritime mail and succeeds in presenting a clear picture of a rather complex subject matter. The 1859 Second War of Independence inflicted a severe blow on Austria and Tuscany went through a Provisional Government followed by a plebiscite that confirmed the wish of the people to have the Grand Duchy become part of the Kingdom of Italy. The transition period resulted in the adoption of Provisional Government stamps followed by those of the 4th issue of the Kingdom of Sardinia and later on those of the Kingdom of Italy. This is reflected on the covers of the time which become even more interesting with maritime mail postmarks. Mail disinfection was a major task for Livorno’s four lazarettos; they certainly were busy with bigger tasks but the postal aspect was one that was at the top of the priority list of health authorities. From the 1600s to the 1800s the lazarettos were the first to handle and disinfect incoming mail. Becker examines health passports - a corollary collecting area that appeals to specialists of disinfected mail. The steamers’ age saw the opening of French, Sardinian and Neapolitan steamship agencies in Livorno. The Grand Duchy launched the Tuscan Steamship Company in 1834 with a fleet of two vessels operating routes to Genoa, Naples and Sicily. Many hand-stamps of the agencies used on their mail feature a steamship making them particularly endearing to postal historians. With so many ships arriving every day of the week at Livorno, the port was also a major mail sorting hub; the lion’s share was secured by forwarding agents - 160 of them so far recorded as operating at Livorno. Their activity is documented by their endorsements on the letters and in many cases by the use of hand-stamps. The book ends with a very useful catalogue of cancellations used on maritime mail, and hand-stamps and seals used on disinfected mail. The English-speaking reader has now the opportunity to benefit from information and research not available before in his/her language. The Author is well aware of the needs of those who would venture in a rather complex field. A one town postal history with focus on maritime mail may look like an easy task, but experienced collectors will tell you differently. In this specific case we have a cosmopolitan town and port interacting with North Africa, Mediterranean islands, the Near East, Turkey, France and quite a number of countries in Europe. This is a fascinating book and an eye-opener for those who want to venture into new areas of research and collecting. [Reviewed by Giorgio Migliavacca]
Price: $58.00
Item Id #013104    See Details...
LLOYD AUSTRIACO AUSTRIA ITALY HUNGARY LEVANT TURKEY IONIAN GREECE
Condition: LLOYD AUSTRIACO AUSTRIA ITALY HUNGARY LEVANT TURKEY IONIAN GREECE
Description: This is the monumental standard reference work by Umberto Del Bianco THE AUSTRIA LLOYD AND MARITIME POSTMARKS OF AUSTRIA AND HUNGARY (3 huge volumes, in Italian but with charts, maps, and evaluations, so easy to use) - lavishly illustrated, over 1350 pages. Volume 1: The Adriatic; Volume 2: Levant Danube, Turkey and Austria routes; Volume 3: Italian Ports, Ionian Islands and Greece - if you collect LLOYD AUSTRIACO and maritime mail and river mail this set of 3 volumes is an absolute must - long long out of print and seldom offered - VOLUME 1 & 2 BRAND NEW - VOLUME 3 USED BUT IN FINE CONDITION -- VERY HEAVY TO SHIP (we cannot break up this set to offer Volume 3 separately, but we do have a Volume 1 and Volume 2 which we can sell separately, if interested please let us know
Price: $250.00
Item Id #003387    See Details...
ITALY SARDEGNA ANNUNZI LEGALI SASSARI Official Gazette
Country: ITALY
Condition: ITALY SARDEGNA ANNUNZI LEGALI SASSARI Official Gazette
Description: 1889 - ANNUNZI LEGALI Gazette (4 pages) 1 Cent Definitive cancelled SASSARI cds Very interesting Signed by expert Dr. Migliavacca WE SHIP WORLDWIDE
Price: $40.00
Item Id #007233    See Details...
POSTAL MONEY ORDER 1894 with added STRIP OF 3 10c UMBERTO rare
Country: ITALY
Condition: POSTAL MONEY ORDER 1894 with added STRIP OF 3 10c UMBERTO rare
Description: POSTAL MONEY ORDER FROM Margherita di Savoia (province of Foggia) for NEWSPAPER SUBSCRIPTION - impressive - signed Migliavacca
Price: $37.00
Item Id #010902    See Details...
1864 COVER with 15c DE LA RUE LONDON PRINTING cds RAPALLO
Country: ITALY
Condition: 1864 COVER with 15c DE LA RUE LONDON PRINTING cds RAPALLO
Description: Signed Migliavacca
Price: $16.90
Item Id #010905    See Details...
ITALY 1897 PERFIN ON EARLY ADVERTISING COVER Very Rare
Country: ITALY
Condition: ITALY 1897 PERFIN ON EARLY ADVERTISING COVER Very Rare
Description: 1897 ADVERTISING COVER of the Arts & Literature magazine LA SCENA ILLUSTRATA from FLORENCE to TORINO The 20c definitive stamp of King Umberto I is PERFIN The cover is possibly one of the very early examples of advertising covers and certainly unique in its size (15.5 cm x 12 cm) and design (Florence Cathedral) The box below the address panel lists some of the contributors to the arts & literature fortnightly, among them LUIGI CAPUANA EDMONDO DE AMICIS G. GIACOSA E. PANZACCHI MATILDE SERAO GIOVANNI VERGA EMILE ZOLA A very unusual and truly rare if not unique item Signed by expert Dr. Migliavacca WE SHIP WORLDWIDE
Price: $250.00
Item Id #008898    See Details...
ITALY RURAL POST OFFICE MONTE SAN MARTINO + PENNA SAN GIOVANNI + MONTE GIORGIO
Country: ITALY
Condition: ITALY RURAL POST OFFICE MONTE SAN MARTINO + PENNA SAN GIOVANNI + MONTE GIORGIO
Description: 9 MARCH 1871 ENTIRE LETTER WITH TEXT FROM MONTE SAN MARTINO MARCHE with many transit postmarks a nice conversation piece or showstopping page in your display Signed by Expert, Dr. Migliavacca WE SHIP WORLDWIDE
Price: $29.00
Item Id #009166    See Details...
ITALY 1866 SORESINA COMANDO DELLA GUARDIA NAZIONALE rare
Country: ITALY
Condition: ITALY 1866 SORESINA COMANDO DELLA GUARDIA NAZIONALE rare
Description: Entire Letter with text, in fine condition to BARZANIGA
Price: $18.00
Item Id #009167    See Details...
ITALY SCHIO FRANCHIGIA 1865 LETTER WITH TEXT
Country: ITALY
Condition: ITALY SCHIO FRANCHIGIA 1865 LETTER WITH TEXT
Price: $9.00
Item Id #009169    See Details...
ITALY 1863 PERUGIA R. POSTE TRIBUNALE MILITARE PERUGIA rare
Condition: ITALY 1863 PERUGIA R. POSTE TRIBUNALE MILITARE PERUGIA rare
Description: 18 May 1863 Entire Letter with text, in fine condition to NORCIA cds on back - transit cds SPOLETO
Price: $14.00
Item Id #009178    See Details...
ITALY RAILWAY POSTMARK STAZIONE ALESSANDRIA
Country: ITALY
Condition: ITALY RAILWAY POSTMARK STAZIONE ALESSANDRIA
Description: Entire Letter 1860 to Torino with railway station postmark STAZIONE DI ALESSANDRIA signed by noted expert Dr. Migliavacca
Price: $19.00
Item Id #009189    See Details...
 ITALY TELEGRAM TELEGRAPH Genova Spezia 1870s
Country: ITALY
Condition: ITALY TELEGRAM TELEGRAPH Genova Spezia 1870s
Description: TELEGRAFI ITALIANI UFFICIO CENTRALE GENOVA from SPEZIA - most likely 1870s or earlier - very rare TELEGRAM with DRY SEAL at top - impressive
Price: $39.00
Item Id #009191    See Details...
1894 TPO FUCECCHIO (Tuscany) to PISA Railway postmark
Country: ITALY
Condition: 1894 TPO FUCECCHIO (Tuscany) to PISA Railway postmark
Price: $8.00
Item Id #011253    See Details...