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MICHEL GANZSACHEN KATALOG DEUTSCHLAND 2014 Published by SCHWANEBERGER VERLAG GMBH, Ohmstraße 1, 85716 Unterschleißheim Germany www.michel.de Received 20th December 2013 ISBN 978-3-95402-063-8 €79. £79

The latest edition of this comprehensive catalogue now stretches to over 850pp and is exhaustive of its coverage of all types of Postal Stationery for the whole of the German area, from the early States to the latest Deutsche Post AG issues.
In addition to the basics, it includes Post Offices Abroad, German Colonies, Occupation Issues of the First World War (1914/18), Plebiscite Areas (with Saar), Gdansk, Memel, Sudetenland (1938), Bohemia and Moravia, General Government, Occupation Issues of the Second World War (1939/45), Germany during Allied Occupation 1945/48, and post-war issues up to June 2012. The International Reply Coupon section has been extensively re-written.
There are extensive notes at the beginning, and a useful section with Postage Rate Tables up to 2006. At the back is a handy see-through Envelop Flap Shape template making identification of these so much easier. This edition is now partly in colour, especially for the 1930s Reich and post-war Bundesrepublik issues and those of the Deutsche Post AG. There is also a comprehensive list of experts willing to issue certificates for this material.
As with other Michel specialised catalogues it is difficult to imagine that the dedicated collector of German area postal stationery will not find what he is looking for in here. Once you have mastered the basic plan of stationery types being listed separately within the main headings; then illustrated, commemorative or special issues separate from the basic types, it becomes much easier to find any particular item. There is an extensive illustrated index to assist in identification.
The Allied Zones section is extremely comprehensive, with its own set of notes and tables, the specific issues for towns and cities being listed by that identifier within the appropriate zone. The new stationery type “address label“ now widely in use in Germany has its own 20pp section.
Prices have been revised as necessary since the 2011 edition, and many are actually double the previous level. There are also comprehensive editorial improvements and additions throughout the whole catalogue which now contains about 4000 illustrations and about 18,000 priced items.
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ITALY & SWITZERLAND: (STANLEY GIBBONS STAMP CATALOGUE Part 8); 8th Edition. Publ. Stanley Gibbons Publications, 7 Parkside, Christchurch Road, Ringwood, Hants BH24 3SH www.stanleygibbons.com Received 16th January 2014 ISBN 978-0-85259-8998-6 £45.95.

New issues, new sections and a Design Index for Vatican City now extend this title by about 50pp to 523 catalogue pages, and with only a modest increase in the cover price.
The issues for the main countries are Italy (to May 2013), Liechtenstein (to June 2012), San Marino, (to February 2013), Switzerland, (only to November 2012), UN Geneva office (to only February 2010), but Vatican City to June 2013 with a new Index.
The new sections include the Italian Occupation issues for Cephalonia & Ithaca; Corfu; Corfu & Paxos; Fiume and Kupa Zone; the Ionian Islands, and Saseno.
There are nearly 100 new varieties listed (see page “iv”) since the last edition, but progress on converting the nineteenth century illustrations to colour seems to have come to a halt.
The publisher mentions “prices thoroughly revised throughout...” but gives no specific detail of where, or whether up or down.
There are the usual introductory pages, the Glossary and the Questionnaire, now detachable without harming the Vatican listing (as mentioned in my February 2010 review).
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STANLEY GIBBONS STAMP CATALOGUE 2014 FALKLAND ISLANDS 6th Edition. Publ. Stanley Gibbons Publications, 7 Parkside, Christchurch Road, Ringwood, Hants BH24 3SH www.stanleygibbons.com Received 16th January 2014 ISBN 978-0-85259-904-8 £16.95

As usual this volume includes the issues of the main Falkland Islands (to November 2013), and the Dependencies (to August 2013), plus the British Antarctic Territory (to March 2013). It is in full colour throughout, the prices and detail to 1970 being taken straight from the Empire volume, and the Queen Elizabeth issues being re-priced for this edition.
As before all face-different stamps are illustrated up to 1967, but thereafter only one of each set is illustrated and no miniature sheets. There are seventy actual catalogue pages in the volume, plus thirty more for the Information and Guidelines, and the International Philatelic Glossary and advertisements.
There are many upward price changes since the previous edition, (see Exporter February 2012), especially for the ever popular varieties and errors. The Design index has been extended.
The notes on the South Georgia provisional hand-stamps of 1911-12 have been expanded. Two new varieties now included, are the “H” flaw on the Falkland Islands Thrush stamps and the Teardrop flaw on the Dependencies 3d Map issues.
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STANLEY GIBBONS COMMONWEALTH STAMP CATALOGUE: BRUNEI, MALAYSIA & SINGAPORE (4th Edition). Publ. Stanley Gibbons Publications, 5 Parkside, Christchurch Road, Ringwood, Hants BH24 3SH www.stanleygibbons.com Received 16th January 2014 ISBN 978-0-85259-891-7 £25.95

I last reviewed this title in April Exporter 2010, and as before the QV to 1970 detail has been extracted unaltered from the recent “Red Book,” but the later QE issues have been re-priced and extended in this volume.
There are now 237 catalogue pages in full colour, and the latest issues are Brunei (December 2012), and Malaysia and Singapore (both August 2013).
Varieties added in various “red books” are consolidated here, and this year includes the “Feather in the Hat” on the Malay Ploughing issue of Kedah, and the North Borneo 1954 10c with “Extra Chimney.” The Labuan varieties on the QV issue are now fully illustrated. The perforations of the 1986-97 Plants and Arms States issues are now fully listed, with revised prices.
The 1933 Sarawak stamps with Telegraph overprints are now included.
The listing and pricing of fore-runners such as Siam and Federated Malay States stamps with Kedah or Kelantan postmarks, and Malacca, Penang and Singapore numeral cancellations on Indian stamps gives SG an edge over other catalogues.
The market for Malayan stamps has been very active, and prices have moved forward considerably since the 3rd edition was published, particularly earlier material in fine condition, varieties of all sorts, and the Japanese Occupation issues. For example the 1937 Kelantan set now sits @ £1200, the 1938 Trengganu $5 at £500.
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COLLECT CHANNEL ISLANDS & ISLE of MAN STAMPS 2014, (29th combined edition). Publ. Stanley Gibbons Publications, 7 Parkside, Christchurch Road, Ringwood, Hants BH24 3SH www.stanleygibbons.com Received 16th January 2014 ISBN 978-0-85259-903-7 £29.95

The latest edition includes all 2013 issues for the four issuing authorities, the final entry for each being the Yearbooks, which SG prices at about double the actual issue price, (see April 2013 Exporter for review of the last edition).
This year I checked Guernsey and Alderney for price changes, since the publisher gives no guidance. For Guernsey issues up to about 1990, there seem to be regular but small increases for Gutter Pairs, Presentation Packs and First Day Covers, but no change for the stamp sets, Year Packs and Booklets. For Alderney I did not see a single alteration.
The contents are as before, with seventeen extra pages of new issues, and a £1 increase in the cover price. The Isle of Man Souvenir Postal Stationery and Manx Postal Museum postcards are all listed and priced used and unused, but the 1970s period Stamps Sachets still remain unpriced.
Information is provided relating to sheet layouts, plate and cylinder numbers, locations of the marginal imprints, quantities sold, and withdrawal dates.

COLLECT BRITISH STAMPS 2014 (65th edition); Publ. Stanley Gibbons Publications, 7 Parkside, Christchurch Road, Ringwood, Hants BH24 3SH www.stanleygibbons.com Received 16th January 2014 ISBN 978-0-85259-893-1 £13.95

The latest edition, (see April 2013 Exporter for the 2012 review), includes all 2013 issues finishing with the Year books, the catalogue now extending to 250pp, but NO increase in the cover price. The Commemorative Design Index at the beginning of the book, which annoyingly has two pages of adverts in the middle, has been updated and revised.
The publisher on the cover states that “prices for decimal commemoratives (have been) thoroughly reviewed and updated.” Other prices follow the Part 1 or concise catalogues.
The introductory section includes the article “Collecting Stamps – the Basics”, the Guide to Pricing, also the table of postage rates coinciding with the issue dates of No-Value indicated stamps.
In the 2013 Concise GB, all the “Y” numbers were changed for the Machin issues; and the complete two-page table of these is included in this volume, although some of the items do not appear in the catalogue itself.
Four new Post & Go sets were issued, three featuring Freshwater Life, taking the catalogue numbering up to 76 individual items. Postage Dues, Officials, and Regional issues are included.
Only three Philatelic Numismatic and Medallic covers were issued in 2013, with £4, £2 or 50p in coins, priced at £30, £26 and £24 respectively. This is still the only GB catalogue I know that lists these items.
This basic catalogue does include watermark and perforation differences, different phosphor bands, ordinary gum and self-adhesives, as well as listing and pricing the visible plate numbers on QV issues is an ideal volume for the basic collector, nicely presented, with sensible use of colour in the actual listings, and with tick boxes against every item.

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FEBRUARY 2014

HIBERNIAN HANDBOOK & CATALOGUE of the POSTAGE STAMPS of IRELAND 1922-2013 13th Edition Roy Hamilton-Bowen, Rheinstrasse 18, 63110 Rodgau, Germany www.hibernian-news.eu Received 2nd December 2013 ISBN 978-3-9807973-2-0 €32.80 £28

This is another of those eagerly awaited catalogues for a single country which only appear every few years: in this case five since the last edition. As before it is divided into a Simplified and a Specialised section divided roughly into 66% and 33% of the 272 full colour pages in a quality paperback, with either 2 or 3 column format as appropriate for the subject matter.
The first section includes the Overprinted issues including Proofs; the Definitives including Vending Machine, and Air issues; the Commemorative issues with separate chapters for Booklet stamps and Presentation Packs and Year Books. Postage Dues, Booklets and Panes, and Railway Letter Stamps complete the simplified section. Prices are quoted for Mint and Unmounted Mint to 1965, (UM thereafter), and fine used with a contemporary postmark, for single stamps and sets, se-tenant where appropriate, and also for First Day Covers.
The highly specialised second part includes Forerunners, Political and Propaganda labels all of which are now illustrated; Essays and Trials; Overprint Controls and Plating these. Overprint low and high values have their own chapters for varieties and errors. Definitives are itemised for the various gums, paper and plate variations, with a separate section for Errors and Varieties. Commemoratives are similarly dealt with.
Since the last edition, much new information has been incorporated in most chapters and the Definitive Booklet and Coil chapters have been almost completely rewritten. Almost 1000 new illustrations have been added, particularly in the varieties sections, where user friendly enlarged illustrations of just the variety area are excellent.
There are many price changes due to the buoyant market for Irish stamps. This is especially true for very fine used copies of modern issues and variants such as the self-adhesive issues, and some of the relatively short lived middle values which are regularly superseded by postal rate increases.
This is by far the best single volume for this area and no serious collector of or dealer in Irish stamps should be without this catalogue. Even the Domestic and Foreign Philatelic Exhibition Souvenirs are comprehensively listed and priced.

MICHEL JUNIOR-KATALOG 2014: (Der Kleine Deutschland-Katalogu in Farbe) 42nd edition. Published by SCHWANEBERGER VERLAG GMBH, Ohmstraße 1, 85716 Unterschleißheim Germany www.michel.de Received 10th December 2013 ISBN 978-3-95402-064-5 €9.95. £9.95

The 42nd edition follows the format of previous editions with additional information to assist collectors, including summary tables for the modern definitive sets to enable quick location and pricing, year set prices etc.
It contains issues from the old German States, the German Empire with Foreign Post Offices and Colonies. The wartime Occupation Issues of WW I and II, the Plebiscite Areas (with Saar), Gdansk, Memel, Bohemia and Moravia, General Government, Sudetenland, Field Post Stamps, Local Issues, and the Allied Occupation (joint issues, Berlin and Brandenburg, Soviet Occupation Zone, French Occupation Zone, American and British Occupation Zone), are all included. Modern issues for GDR, West Berlin, Saarland, FRG to the beginning of November 2013 are listed and priced, and the new issues scheduled for 2014 are also listed.
The publisher advises that there are many price increases especially in German States, Germany itself, German Plebiscite Areas, Occupation Issues, Memel, Sudetenland and the Russian Occupation Zone.
With no increase in the cover price, this handy compact pocket sized paperback, in full colour is excellent value.

MICHEL ÜBERSEE-KATALOG 2014: VOLUME 9 part 2: JAPAN, KOREA, MONGOLEI, Former SOVIET REPUBLICS in ASIA, IRAN Published by Schwaneberger Verlag GMBH, Ohmstraße 1, 85716 Unterschleißheim Germany www.michel.de Received 10th December 2013 ISBN 978-3-95402-066-9 €84 £84

There are three major changes to this volume. It has been completely reset into the larger format adopted by Michel, and much of it, especially post WW2 is now in full colour. The third change is that Iran has now been moved to Volume 10 of the Overseas Catalogue.
All stamp-issuing countries have items listed well into 2013, with Armenia, Georgia and South Korea to April; Azerbaijan to May; Uzbekistan to June; Kazakhstan and Tajikistan to July; Kyrgyzstan, North Korea and Mongolia to August; and Japan to September.
There are many price changes, especially in North Korea and Japan.
Including all the new issues, but with the change of format and the omission of Iran, there are now 1200+pp with about 12,000 illustrations; and about 70,000 prices.


SCOTT 2014 CLASSIC SPECIALIZED CATALOGUE of STAMPS & COVERS Publ. Scott Publishing Co., 911 Vandemark Road, Sidney, Ohio 45365-0828, USA www.amosadvantage.com Received November 2013 ISBN 0-89487-486-1 $169.99, £110.

This year I have a copy of the book to hand, and what a splendid volume it is. Some 16,500 value changes have been carried forward from the Scott Standard Catalogue, but there are a further 6000+ for items which only feature in the Classic. Normally the values for unmounted mint stamps commence just before WW2, and a coloured note to this effect appears in each country. However many earlier stamps stretching back into the 19th century are also valued in this condition, as well as mint, and more have been added this time. Many unmounted mint early items show value increases. Many early items are also valued in pairs, strips and blocks of four, especially for countries where this style of collecting is popular.
Scott values are given for specific levels of condition, normally Very Fine. However the position with Great Britain used stamps of the Queen Victoria period, both as to condition and availability, means that Scott now values these as Fine-Very Fine, and it is worth reading the editorial note on condition, in the long Introduction to the Catalogue. There are over 1750 value changes in the Great Britain lists, and a number of notes regarding “Premiums” have been added where appropriate.
Other areas where the editors have made major revisions or additions include Argentina Departmental Officials, Austria, Greece, especially the occupation and annexation issues, the Netherlands, the Indian States of Cochin and Travancore. Other countries where new numbers have been added include Mexico, New Britain, New Zealand and Switzerland.
Also now complete, is the thorough revision of the Ceres issues of the Portuguese Colonies, which are now ordered by date, paper type and perforation, and with about 150 new listings.
As a result of all this activity there are almost 2,000 new numbers or number changes throughout the catalogue, and the listings of these occupy five pages. Most of them were upwards
The book itself is a fine case-bound hardcover of some 1300+ pages bound in leatherette, with gold tooling on front and spine.


MICHEL BRIEFMARKEN SAMMELN LEICHT GEMACHT! Published by Schwaneberger Verlag GMBH, Ohmstraße 1, 85716 Unterschleißheim Germany www.michel.de Received 10th December 2013 ISBN 978-3-95402-073-7 €14.95 £14.95

“Stamp collecting made easy!“ is a new title in the Michel list, but as it is entirely in German, will have limited sales to the non-German reader. The publisher’s translated blurb reads more or less as follows.
This is the perfect companion for new stamp collectors and returners. It provides a step-by- step explanation of Philately: there is for example information about the right tools (catalogue, tweezers, album, magnifying glass, linen tester etc.) and their use, as well as about stamp collecting and how to the build-up of a collection.
Even the long-time stamp collector may find it of use as it has information on topics such as printing processes, expertization, counterfeiting, repairs and different cancelLations. It also covers practical subjects such as housing and mounting the collection; an overview of latest specialist magazines and other philatelic literature; also interesting websites for stamp collectors; trade fairs, exhibitions and philatelist days.
The personal tips of the MICHEL editorial department and comprehensive keyword index are especially helpful, and it is nicely illustrated in colour.

A.C.S. NEW ZEALAND STAMPS 2014 (37th Edition). Publ. Auckland City Stamps, David Holmes Stamp Dealer, PO Box 27646, Auckland 1440, NZ. www.aucklandcitystamps.co.nz received December 2013, ISBN none given $NZ10 £5

This edition is now 116pp in the familiar A5 full colour format (see Exporter May 2013 for the last review). All stamps are listed in chronological order 1855-January 2014 Year of the Horse issue. There are separate sections for Definitive FDCs, Annual Packs, Year Books, Limited Edition Packs, Cinderellas, Christmas, Health, Antarctica, Life Insurance, Pigeon Post, Postal Fiscals, Arms, Express Delivery, Postage Dues and Revenues.
As usual all stamps from 1873 are priced unmounted mint, (and for pre 1935 mounted mint), and fine used. The Chalon Heads are priced for Mint (3-margin) and Fine Used or Used, (4 or 3 margins respectively). The publisher, as one of New Zealand’s leading dealers, confirms that the prices represent their current retail prices in that country for “A” Grade stamps and values are holding up pretty well.
The publisher confirms that although “the world economic market continues to be challenging; the world stamp market remains very strong with many record prices being achieved including New Zealand stamps. Demand for early quality stamps from Full-face Queens, Side-faces, Pictorials, as well as Postal Fiscals, Postage Dues, Life Insurance and Revenues continues unabated.” That said I could find little evidence of price changes, except the 1906 1d Claret Christchurch Exhibition which goes up to $40,000, $26,000 and $50,000 from $35,000, $22,000 and $40,000 last year for UM, M and FU respectively, and some 2012 issues. Recent Ross 2010/11 sets move up slightly, and the NZ QV 25/- to £10 QV Fiscals have been added and are priced used only.
The New Zealand dollar has remained stable, so divide the prices quoted by two to arrive at a sterling equivalent.
Check boxes are provided, and the handy A5 size makes it an easy-to-carry record of a collection.



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JANUARY 2014
GOLD COAST POSTMARKS 1875-1957 (3rd edition) Ian G Anderson, publ. West Africa Study Circle, c/o 57 Manse Road, Edinburgh, EH12 7SR Received 11 October 2013, www.wasc.org.uk ISBN 978-1-905647-11-8 £30 to non members + P&P

Mike Mackin’s two editions of this title were published in 1985 and 1990 and have been long out of print. Much new information has surfaced in the interim twenty-plus years so this latest edition has expanded by some thirty pages. It has many more postmark illustrations listed alphabetically by post office, and shows opening/closing dates where known, the postmark types in use at each office, with their years of use.
Additional appendixes give details of the types 2, 5, 11-21, and the Registered types R1-5, and a list of the offices where they were used, making identification of a partial strike much easier.
The Railway Travelling Post Offices (TPOs) are now divided to their respective Western or Eastern Line, while the Paquebots have their separate section. An outline map showing main roads and railways is shown on the back cover.
This is a fine 198pp A4 paperback, essential to any collector who has an interest in these postmarks. I only found one copy of an earlier edition for sale on the internet.

SCOTT 2014 SPECIALIZED CATALOGUE of UNITED STATES STAMPS & COVERS Scott Publishing Co, 911 Vandemark Road, Sidney, Ohio 45365-0828 USA www.amosadvantage.com Received 16th October 2013 ISBN 978-0-89487-485-7 $119.99 £72.50

Collectors have long struggled with soaking self-adhesive stamps, often ruining a good stamp in the process. The major innovation, in this catalogue, is the identification of those Self-Adhesive stamps which should NOT be soaked off the envelope paper, and which should be collected neatly clipped on the original paper. These are identified by a symbol with the letter “S” enclosed in a red circle. In a two-page article, the editor explains the problem, and highlights the various papers, printers and issues which are involved. He indicates how the symbol has been used either for a complete issue, or for an individual item. No doubt collectors will provide feedback, and some refinement of the positioning and size of the symbols may take place.
As usual there are other editorial additions and amendments worth mentioning, and these include new varieties in the Postage and other sections, particularly missing colours such as the 5c New York World’s Fair and the 20c Jim Thorpe items: the 1852 Franklin 1c used as a diagonal bisect; and the black-violet shade of the $1 Eugene O’Neill.
Quite a number of “on-cover” prices have been added, and many more revised as the true scarcity of some of these, correctly used as single stamp frankings, became clearer. All these new and revised entries are listed on the page of Additions, Deletions and Number Changes.
Although there are about 7,700 price changes, the Editor describes these as “modest,” in “a rather stagnant market.” There are 1300 changes in the Postal Stationery sections, most of these being “modest decreases........, with a noticeable downturn in the market.”
The values in the Stamp Values section have also been amended within each of the eight grades.

MICHEL AUTOMATENMARKEN-SPEZIAL 2013/2014 Published by Schwaneberger Verlag GMBH, Ohmstraße 1, 85716 Unterschleißheim Germany www.michel.de Received 11th November 2013 ISBN 978-3-95402-061-4 €64. £64

Since the last edition was published in 2008 (See Exporter November 2008), another five countries have joined the list of those using Machine Vended stamps: Faroes, Greenland, Isle of Man, Jersey and Canada. With the new issues for the other sixty-one countries, this means that there is an increase of 70pp to 418pp in this edition and a higher cover price.
Many countries now issue attractive designs, and embrace popular themes: thematic collectors would do well to consider these issues for their collections. Great Britain of course gave up after the initial Frama issue way back in 1984, but came back into the fold in 2008 with the textual labels still in use. Following the first pictorial style set of Birds 6 in 2010, 3 more Birds sets in 2011, and 4 sets in each of 2012, (Animals), and 2013, (Water Creatures); no doubt Royal Mail sees these as a useful income stream for the future.
The catalogue is organised alphabetically by country. Within the individual sections, cataloguing is chronological based on the issue dates. For each stamp, valuations are given for individual stamps Unmounted Mint, Used, FDCS, and singles correctly used on commercial covers; also for sets and for special features, “0000s” and errors etc.
In many cases, catalogue entries are supplemented by information on individual issues.
The fine 26pp Introduction, (in German), describes all the different machines in use around the world; and also the particular terminology of these issues. This catalogue would have a much wider appeal if this were also provided in English. It contains 1200 illustrations in colour, and about 25,000 prices.

MICHEL ÜBERSEE-KATALOG: VOLUME 3: SÜDAMERIKA 2013/2014 (39th Edition). Published by Schwaneberger Verlag GMBH, Ohmstraße 1, 85716 Unterschleißheim Germany www.michel.de Received 9th September & 11th November 2013. 2 volumes, available separately.
Volume 1 Countries A-I ISBN 978-3-95402-0584 €79, £79
Volume 2 Countries K-Z ISBN 978-3-95402-060-7 €79, £79

These two volumes of the Overseas Catalogue were last published in late 2008 (see Exporter November 2008) when they stretched to over 2000 pages in total. Both have been reset into the larger size now adopted by Michel, but the extensive numbers of new issues, mean the two volumes still have 1018pp and 883pp respectively.
This coupled with the fact that most issues post World War 2 in both volumes are now printed in colour mean a substantial cover price increase.
New issues for most countries are included towards the end of 2012, and for some such as Brazil, Surinam, Uruguay and Venezuela etc. to early 2013. Chile and Columbia end with November and December 2011 respectively.
I checked several countries in depth: Brazil 1848-1950 and all Back of the Book issues, Chile 1853 -1950, Peru 19th Century, SCADTA stamps and “Initial” overprints, Surinam from 1950 onwards, Uruguay to 1955 for example but could not find a single price change.
There have been some editorial improvements and revised listings, including occasional auction realisations. However if all you need are the new issues, SG Stamps of the World, just published, might be your preferred choice, pending a new edition of South America from SG, which is not yet even on their schedule.
Both volumes are available as E-Books from the web-site @ €69 each volume.

KING GEORGE V KEY PLATES OF THE IMPERIUM POSTAGE & REVENUE DESIGN (2nd Edition) Peter Fernbank, FRPSL. Publ British West Indies Study Circle, c/o 7 Keith Road, Leamington Spa, CV32 7DP www.bwisc.org
Received November 2013 ISBN 978-1-907481-16-1 £49 + P&P (orders to www.pennymead.com)

The first edition, published way back in 1997, was awarded the Crawford Medal by the RPSL, and the author is a noted authority on these issues, having received the Tapling Medal in 2010.
Although De La Rue introduced Key & Duty plate printing in the Victorian period, this book deals exclusively with those issued in the George Fifth period in the Imperium design. No less than 17 Colonies made use of this design, which remained in use throughout the King’s reign. There were of course two dies as detailed in the catalogues, two watermarks, various papers both white and coloured, and a wide range of shades.
By meticulous study of the DLR and Crown Agents’ archives Peter has been able to identify every printing for every colony. The book divides nicely into three parts.
Part 1 in four chapters, sets the scene, provides information about the records available, the principles of Key & Duty Plate printing, and considers the papers used.
Part 2 in seven chapters, looks at the introduction of the GV plates, the 29 Key plates, general surveys of period of use and quantities printed etc, then Plate Flaws and Sheet margin characteristics, similarly with the Duty plates.
Part 3 then details each colony with an introductory commentary, followed by tables of face values issued with shades, the Plate Check list, quantities printed for each Die and value, details of Proofs, Specimens etc, and finally a comprehensive list by value of all the printings for that colony.
Nine Appendixes augment all this with further notes on papers, watermark varieties, a unified list of all printings from all colonies in date order, and further lists of yellow and green paper printings. A comprehensive Bibliography and Index complete the volume, which is a substantial 492pp hardcover, profusely illustrated in colour throughout. A true magnum opus.



BRITISH WEST INDIES STUDY CIRCLE www.bwisc.org
The main object is to promote interest in, and the study of, the stamps and postal history of all British Colonies islands within the Caribbean including Bermuda, together with those on mainland Central and South America. It publishes a quarterly Bulletin, has a substantial reference library for members’ use, promotes authorship of books and monologues, and has a very informative website. Membership is worldwide, and further details are available from the Secretary, George Dunbar by e-mail to secretary@bwisc.org

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DECEMBER 2013

PICTURE POSTCARD ANNUAL 2014 EDITION Publ. Reflections of a Bygone Age, 15 Debdale Lane, Keyworth, Nottingham NG12 5HT www.postcardcollecting.co.uk Received 20th October 2013 ISBN 978-1-905408-32-0 £5.95

The 34th edition of this popular A4 magazine format annual, once again provides a fine mix of articles and essential information, for both collector and dealer alike. The lead article previews what may be expected during the centenary year of the outbreak of World War 1, together with a review of the year past.
Several authors have contributed “My 10 Best/Favourite Postcards of...” with subjects including Early GB cards, Shipping, Cats, Railway Officials, Rugby and “LL.” John Claydon contributes a fine article entitled “Militancy of the Home Front 1910-1914” followed by Brian Lund, (the Editor) and John Smith with a review of “1914 – the Year Everything Changed” suitably complemented with a look by Gareth Thomas,
at those Knights of the Garter who lost their Knighthoods in 1915 because their choice of allegiance either by marriage or politics but them on the opposite side to King George the Fifth.
The reference material is spread through the Annual with Early Posting Dates; the Postcard Scene Around the World; Postcard Clubs; Charity Fund Raisers; Diary of Fairs and Auctions, and a Directory of Postcard Dealers, Fair Organisers and Auction Houses.
There is a review of Postcards on the Internet; Top Auction Results; a Geographical Guide to Postcard Shopping, and an extensive Bibliography. In all, 100 colourful A4 pages profusely illustrated with a wide range of postcards, and an enormous amount of essential information. Even the recently date-changed BBPS/KFPS Fair and Rally, now on 30th March, is correctly listed.


The HISTORY & POSTAL HISTORY of JAPAN’S WARS: Vol 2: The Sino-Japanese War, Russo-Japanese War, the Armies and Prisoners, Field Post Offices, Postmarks. Kenneth G Clark, Publ. Japan Philatelic Group Ltd, Hamilton House, Hamilton Way, Farnham Common, SL2 3TT www.japanphilatelic.com Received 24th September 2013 ISBN 0-9547074-1-9 £35

This follow-up volume to volume 1, (which is still available @ £25), deals, particularly with other campaigns of the Sino-Japanese War of 1894-95, and in great detail with the Russo-Japanese War of 1903-1906 including the Prisoner of War Camps. The initial 40pp chapter deals with the military history including great detail of the various armies’ Orders of Battle, and the proceedings of their campaigns in Wei-Hai-Wai, the Pescadores Islands and Formosa, China.
Effectively the author studied the military history before deciding how and what to collect in postal history material, and to use this knowledge to compliment and order the presentation of the collection.
The postal history material is exceptional, with many rare usages, routings, markings etc. The various Field Post Offices’ postmarks are illustrated with their movements during various stages of the campaigns. With the complexity not only associated with dealing with different languages and alphabets, together with changes in place names, the author has provided extensive tables, maps and other information in a series of Appendixes.
His collection won several gold medals at international exhibitions, peaking with a Large Gold at the Israel 2008 Exhibition. Most of the black and white illustrations in the book are of postmarks, augmented with postal history items. However it comes with a CD-ROM which illustrates the full collection, page by page, in colour. The whole is a fine 442pp case-bound large hardback, with the CD housed inside the back cover.

SCOTT 2014 STANDARD POSTAGE STAMP CATALOGUE: VOLUME 6: COUNTRIES San-Z Scott Publishing Co, 911 Vandemark Road, Sidney, Ohio 45365-0829 USA www.amosadvantage.com Received October 2013 ISBN 978-0-89487-484-0
$119.99 £78.50

This volume completes to set of the 2014 edition, and as with the other volumes there are thousands of price changes, over 16,500 in fact. Over 2300 of these are for North and South Vietnam, with Sierra Leone (1800+), Tuvalu (almost 1800), and Virgin Islands (1000), as the other major countries to be reviewed. However there are many other changes throughout this volume.
The Editor comments that the strengthening of the US Dollar against other currencies, including the GB Pound; detailed reviews of auction realizations and dealers’ pricelists, and changes in the market, are the contributing factors. In fact, apart from the rarities and popular errors, such as missing colours etc., which tend to increase, there is a mixture of increases for mainly earlier issues up to the 1950s, and reductions for modern general issues apart from the more popular thematic issues.
The editor comments than many of the reductions in North Vietnam used stamps reflect the fact that most available material is CTO, postally used examples being worth “much more.” Many of the price changes for Tuvalu and the Virgin Islands are downwards, often 15-20% or more in the case of the Leaders of the World Series. However, selected and dramatic increases include the 1990 Audubon set, the 2005 Trafalgar set
A major editorial improvement, long requested by dealers and collectors is that the omnibus sets in Common Design Types listed at the front of the book now have prices for individual sets, and for each complete set of sets. Other editorial improvements, additions and innovations, include San Marino Postage Dues, Sweden booklets, Uganda 1895 issues, Virgin Islands, and Yemen.
Other number changes, additions and deletions can be checked on page 1617, almost at the end of the book.

STANLEY GIBBONS COMMONWEALTH & BRITISH EMPIRE STAMPS 1840-1970: 2014 116th Edition Publ. Stanley Gibbons Publications, 7 Parkside, Christchurch Road, Ringwood, Hants BH24 3SH www.stanleygibbons.com Received 27th September 2013 ISBN 978-0-85259-879-5 £82.50

The 2013 edition won a Gold medal at the International Philatelic Literature Exhibition in Mainz, Germany in November 2012 and the latest edition continues the high standards already set. Several “Sectionals” have appeared such as Australia, India, Hong Kong, and thus prices for these areas have been reviewed and revised.
However the editor’s comments on price changes, which are almost invariably upwards, include “...that prices are up again this year.......nowadays the demand covers the entire Commonwealth.....areas of notable interest are more difficult to identify.”
He then highlights Australian States; Australia itself, particularly the Roos and GV Heads, Postage Dues and Officials; India especially watermark varieties, and the newly introduced Telegraphs as well as the States; South Africa especially varieties in the early Union period; Used Abroad sections throughout the volume, where increases are significant. Elsewhere the general increases are widespread but more moderate, and for modern issues are mainly for the Definitive issues commenting that “stocks of commemoratives still appear sufficient to cater for any increase in demand.”
The most significant improvement editorially is the listing and pricing of no less than 192 individual South African Provinces’ issues used inter-provincially during the period from Union day in 1910 to the first day of the King George V definitives on 1st September 1913.
The Editor’s Preface mentions inter alia Burma, Canada, Hong Kong booklets, Barwani, Charkhari, Malaya, New Zealand where editorial improvements, and new additions have been made, Refer to page xi for the full list of additions, deletions and number changes.
It is false economy for any serious collector, dealer, or auctioneer of the Commonwealth up to 1971, not to have the latest edition to hand. The six page article on “The Importance of Condition” and the introductory notes should be reread each year. A free Mouse-mat from Purves Philatelics completes the package.
A deluxe bound limited edition of just 200 copies each numbered and signed by Hugh Jeffries, the Editor is available for just £110.
THE £5 ORANGE Dr John Horsey, Publ. Stanley Gibbons Ltd, 7 Parkside, Christchurch Road, Ringwood, Hants BH24 3SH www.stanleygibbons.com Received 27th September 2013 ISBN 978-0-85259-902-0 £75

Subtitled on the imprint page “Everything you never wanted to know about the £5 Orange – and a whole lot more” this magnificent volume encompasses both the Telegraph and Postage issues, with detailed analysis of the Essays, Die Proofs, Colour Trials, Imprimaturs and Specimens, as well as the issued stamps.
The £5 Orange is an iconic stamp, every much as desirable as the Penny Black in the minds of most collectors, but way beyond the pocket of many. Extraordinary then to note that the author had access, through his own Gold Medal collection, through the Langmead collection in the British Library, the photographic archives of Harmers of London, the Royal Philatelic Society, and Mike Jackson, not to mention numerous images provided by individual collectors; others gleaned from auction catalogues and elsewhere, to over 3500 examples.
Using scientific analysis, and the latest computer programmes, linked with scanners, bar tables and other diagrams, he has been able to take the reader on a journey from the inception of the Telegraph issue; its design and production, to the change to the Postage design; to consider the range of postmarks and other cancellations, to analyze the very small postal use, to demonstrate where and when they were used, and much more.
Despite the technical nature of much of the content, John has an easy readable style; has produced an effective planned layout that draws the reader along; and I had read the first fifty pages of so before I knew it. There are important sections dealing with forgeries and “enhancements” and how to detect them; also the little-known IR Officials; the King Edward VII £5; and Cinderella material.
The detailed Table of Contents occupies three pages; there are over three hundred and fifty colour illustrations incorporated within the related text; an Index, and extensive Bibliography.
This is a superb volume with over 300pp that will surely be the reference book de rigueur for many years to come.


NEW HEBRIDES: Postal Rates, Postmarks, Registration Cachets/Labels Malcolm Goyns & Roland Klinger, Publ. Mahego, The Square, Sedgefield, Clevelands TS21 2AD Received 20th September 2013 ISBN 978-0-9926660-0-2 rrp£45, but cheaper via Amazon

New Hebrides in the South Pacific was for many years administered jointly as a Condominium by France and Britain, before becoming the Republic of Vanuatu in 1980. Before the Condominium Post Office was opened in 1908, various authorities and companies acted: the New South Wales Postal Agency used NSW stamps and sterling postal rates; the New Caledonia Postal Agency used New Caledonian French Colonial stamps with rates in Francs.
Whilst covers from the New Hebrides are not uncommon, the study of rates is muddied by the many over-franked and philatelic items, by the use of two currencies, and lack of any official published documents, especially in the earlier period. The rates section is divided into: Pre-Condominium era, Classical Condominium era and Modern Condominium era, each being dealt with chronologically with nearly 100 excellent colour illustrations of example covers to compliment the text and tables.
The second section of the book deals with postmarks, divided into Regular, Special and Postage-paid, with dozens of illustrations of the various types and sub-types. The third section deals with Registration cachets and labels. There are four Appendices.
Although it is a nicely produced 186pp paperback, it is expensive at the recommended price, but I saw it as low as £33.10 on Amazon for a new copy.
However it is likely to become the standard reference book for New Hebrides postal history.


PREFIX® MICHEL LUXEMBURG 2013/14 (3rd edition) Published by SCHWANEBERGER VERLAG GMBH, Ohmstraße 1, 85716 Unterschleißheim Germany www.michel.de Received 25th September 2013 ISBN 978-3-95402-071-3 €25

The latest edition of this bilingual – German and French - catalogue includes issues up to May 2013, and follows the usual Michel layout, but with the German text in black, and the French text in blue, even including the Forward and Introductory Notes. It is in full colour throughout, and includes Machine Labels, Booklets, Official stamps, Postage Dues, Telegraphs and German Occupation issues of 1940/41.
Early shades, perforation variations, Pre-cancels, First Day Covers and set prices are all included, with additional information such as print/issue quantities, withdrawal dates etc. In all there are more than 1100 colour illustrations, many having been upgraded, and over 5500 priced items, within the 155 catalogue pages.

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STANLEY GIBBONS COMMONWEALTH STAMP CATALOGUE: INDIA (including Convention and Feudatory States): 4th Edition Publ. Stanley Gibbons Publications, 7 Parkside, Christchurch Road, Ringwood, Hants BH24 3SH www.stanleygibbons.com Received 9th September 2013 ISBN 978-0-85259-874-0 £27.95

New issues are included up to the April 2013 Chaitya Bhoomi 5R, and with the new issues since the last edition (see Exporter October 2009) the catalogue page extent is now 316pp, plus the usual notes and Glossary. The design index has been updated to include all issues from 1947 onwards.
The publisher highlights the very active market in all aspects of Indian philately and this means “significant increases are recorded in all areas” from 1852 until the last decade, and, in particular, for “errors, varieties and Indian States.”
I mentioned the benchmark 10Rs Gandhi in my last review and this has more than doubled from £160 to £350, mint, and £130 fine used. The Indian States also remain popular and in demand, and here again prices have risen by significant amounts.
Editorially there are numerous improvements, with more watermark varieties added. The significant new section is for Telegraph Stamps, now included immediately after the Officials for the Queen Victoria and Edward VII issues. These, where appropriate, are priced unused, and for whole or half stamps used. There are more priced listings for Indian stamps used in Bahrain, Iraq, Straits Settlements and Zanzibar, and the “used abroad” notes for other offices such as Aden, French Indian Settlements, Muscat, Nepal, Tibet etc. have been revised and expanded.
Regretfully, there is no summary page for new numbers added since the last edition. SG do this for the Foreign sectionals, but not for the Commonwealth ones, so the reader will just have look in the “Part Ones” issued during the interim, where they are listed every year.
This is, by far, the best single volume catalogue in English for this popular county.
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STANLEY GIBBONS COMMONWEALTH STAMP CATALOGUE: HONG KONG 4th Edition Publ. Stanley Gibbons Publications, 7 Parkside, Christchurch Road, Ringwood, Hants BH24 3SH www.stanleygibbons.com Received 9th September 2013 ISBN 978-0-85259-869-6 £15.95

This edition, (the last was reviewed in August 2010 PE), includes all stamps from 1862 up to August 2012. As well as the basic postage stamps and commemoratives; booklets and Prestige booklets, machine labels, Postage Dues, Postal Fiscals, Japanese Occupation issues, and of course the popular British Post Offices in China and Japan are all included.
With just 74 catalogue pages, plus the usual Introductory Notes and Glossary it is a fairly slim volume, but packed with information, and only slightly more expensive than the 3rd edition, published three years ago. The Glossary includes columns illustrating both the Chinese Traditional and Simplified characters, in addition to the usual French and German, and has cross lining and colour shading making it easier to use.
As usual the issues from 1970 onwards have been especially revised and re-priced for this sectional, whilst the earlier period is taken directly from the Part 1 Empire Volume just published.
Compared with the previous edition there are increases in all areas and periods up to about 1960. The market for stamps from Hong Kong is still quite buoyant but as always the demand is for errors and varieties, scarce shades, and popular thematic subjects. The Treaty Port and Japanese cancellations of Hong Kong stamps are a strong collecting area, and are well covered in this volume.
Miniature sheets which incorporate definitive stamps are now fully illustrated for easier identification. The booklet section has been reviewed and improved. There is now a Design Index for the commemorative stamps and thematic sets, (where individual stamps may not be itemised in the index).
Excellent value and a fine reference title.
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STANLEY GIBBONS COMMONWEALTH STAMP CATALOGUE: NORTHERN CARIBBEAN, BAHAMAS & BERMUDA 3rd Edition Publ. Stanley Gibbons Publications, 7 Parkside, Christchurch Road, Ringwood, Hants BH24 3SH www.stanleygibbons.com Received 9th September 20013 ISBN 978-0-85259-877-7 £21.95

In this new edition, (see PE December 2009 for review of last edition), the latest issues shown are for Bahamas to July 2013, Bermuda (October 2012) and Caymans (November 2012), Jamaica (August 2012), and Turks & Caicos, (March 2013). The conservative issuing policies of these countries mean that only seven extra pages are needed.
As usual the listings to 1970 are taken from the soon to be published 2014 Part 1 Empire with later QE issues being specially re-priced for this volume.
New items since the last edition include the Bermuda 1962 5/- with “Broken P” and the Jamaica 1938 6d with the “Exhaust Pipe."
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BELIZE, GUYANA, TRINIDAD & TOBAGO; STANLEY GIBBONS COMMONWEALTH STAMP CATALOGUE: 2nd edition. Publ. Stanley Gibbons Publications, 7 Parkside, Christchurch Road, Ringwood, Hants BH24 3SH www.stanleygibbons.com Received 9th September 2013 ISBN 978-0-85259-878-8 £21.95

New issues in this volume for Belize are included up to the 2012 25c Surcharge on 10c Government House of Culture; for Guyana up to April 2013; and for Trinidad & Tobago up to the 4th July 2013 CARICOM surcharges.
There are 195 catalogue pages, plus the usual notes and Glossary; that is, twelve extra catalogue pages in this edition, nine of which are for Guyana recent issues.
As usual the listings to 1970 are taken from the soon to be published 2014 Part 1 Empire catalogue with later QE issues being specially re-priced for this volume. There are many increases since the last edition, (see PE September 2009).
Additions since the last edition, include the British Guiana 1954 3c “weed” and “clubbed foot” varieties; and the unissued Trinidad 1899 3d Surcharge on the 1896 5d, which is now priced both unused, and with SPECIMEN overprint.


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MICHEL WESTEUROPA 2013/4 ISBN 978-3-95402-046-1 €59.80. £59.80
MICHEL OSTEUROPA 2013/4 ISBN 978-3-95402-047-8 €59.80. £59.80
Published by Schwaneberger Verlag GMBH, Ohmstraße 1, 85716 Unterschleißheim Germany www.michel.de Received 9th September 2013

As usual these two catalogues arrived together, being volumes, number 6 (1278pp) and 7 (1078pp), respectively, and completing the European series. The Western Europe volume contains the Benelux countries, Great Britain (including the Channel Islands), and Ireland. Eastern Europe contains stamps of Carpathian Ukraine, Republic of Moldova, Poland, Russia, Soviet Union, Ukraine, Belarus, and Western Ukraine.
Both have been revised and contain more information, and many new colour illustrations, although many 19th Century issues are still in black and white. Almost all design different stamps and miniature sheets are illustrated, ideal for the thematic collector.
The publisher mentions increases for Great Britain, this time for post 1995 issues, however the prices from Queen Victoria onwards appear static, despite the very active market for line engraved etc. and now lag behind those in the Stanley Gibbons Concise. In Netherlands older booklets also show increases and some more detail is provided of modern postal forgeries.
In the other volume Russian and Soviet Union prices continue to increase, particularly for varieties where more have been added.
Some additional Poland Gutter pairs have been listed and priced.
In all there are about 27,500 illustrations, and about 127,000 price quotations.
E-books of these volumes are available via the Michel web site, volume 6
ISBN: 978-3-95402-817-7, and volume 7 ISBN: 978-3-95402-818-4, both @ €49.80.
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FIELD GUIDE to the CINDERELLA STAMPS of CANADA. R G Lafrenière, Publ Bird Bear Press, 1264 Osborne Ave. Verdun, Canada H4H 1X5 www.BirdBearPress.com Received 18th September 2013 ISBN 978-0-9878047-0-9 order by e-Mail to birdbearpress@gmail.com) $40 + P&P

This new title fills a gap and covers a wide range of categories such as Dated Events; Philatelic Exhibitions; Corporate Advertising; Promotion, Tourism and Propaganda; Fundraising and Charity; Private Courier and Strikes; Essays and Reprints; Forgeries; Colleges; Trading & Receipts; Fantasy, and British Monarch stamps/labels.
The author was frustrated at the lack of a single source for these items and decided to publish, using much of his own extensive collection as the basis, and drawing on a wide range publications and dealers’ lists etc, to which due acknowledgment is given.
Each section is arranged either chronologically or alphabetically as most appropriate, with details and background information to the event, society, company, forger etc. as well as printing details; a price where recently recorded, alongside a colour illustration of the item described.
There is an extensive index, and the whole is a fine wire-bound 234pp limp board volume in full colour. It is already in its second printing.
I consider it to be an essential tool for any serious collector or dealer handling this material, either regularly or in passing.
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SAKURA CATALOGUE of JAPANESE STAMPS 2014; Publ Japan Philatelic Society Foundation, Mejiro 1-4-23, Tokyo 171-0031, Japan www.yushu.org Received 18th September 2013 ISBN 978-488963-753-3 £12.50
From your usual supplier or direct by e-Mail from ken.clark@japanphilatelic.com

The latest edition of this popular title, now with 364 catalogue pages plus many advertisements includes issues up to April 2013. As before this contains all the Japanese stamps, including the Furusato (Prefectural) stamps and those of Okinawa, (Ryukyus), plus Japanese postal stationery.
Each issue has an English heading, but the English foreword is essential reading for non-Japanese users plus the table of contents. Prices are given for Mint and/or unmounted mint, fine used, and first day covers. Philatelic information is provided including quantities printed when known. Individual prices are given for the various Syllabics on the classic issues, for differing papers of the Taisho issues, but not for the different perforation gauges of the classic stamps.
The Definitive issues have their own sections as do Air Mails, Booklets, the various National Parks series and the New Year’s Greetings stamps.
Free with my copy was a clip-on Page Marker.

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OCTOBER 2013
TIPS OF THE TRADE (Volume 1) Andrew McGavin, Publ. Stamp & Coin Mart, Warners Group Publications, 5th Fl. 31-31 Park Row, Leeds, LS1 5JD www.stampandcoin.co.uk Received 10th September 2013 No ISBN No Price

During 40 years in the philatelic trade, Andrew has never been shy in sharing his thoughts in print, usually in the advertisements for Universal Philatelic Auctions, Omniphil or Avon Mixtures, which appear regularly in the philatelic magazines.
Here in this 32pp booklet he covers such subjects and questions as: should I insure my stamps, which stamp catalogue is best, what accessories should I use, the importance of condition, common misconceptions about catalogue prices, buying at public, postal or internet auctions, how do I sell my stamps etc?
Each chapter is lucidly written, and can be read independently of the others if you wish. There are five chapters dealing with How Do I Sell My Stamps, but I turned first to those dealing with the internet auctions which deal with selling, bidding, sniping, descriptions and mis-descriptions etc.
It’s well worth reading even if you think you already know it all, since it also gives an insight into the mind of its author and the policies of his companies. More information on these can be found at www.upastampauctions.co.uk.
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NORTH-EAST AFRICA: STANLEY GIBBONS STAMP CATALOGUE 1st Edition. Publ. Stanley Gibbons Publications, 7 Parkside, Christchurch Road, Ringwood, Hants BH24 3SH www.stanleygibbons.com Received 9th September 2013 ISBN 978-0-85259-876-9 £28.95

This is the only English catalogue which includes the stamps of the territories of the area, namely Burundi (to February 2000), Djibouti Republic (August 2000), Egypt (2012 Olympic Games), Eritrea (September 2011), Ethiopia (August 2012), Rwanda (only to February 1998), Somalia (July 1991, but Appendix items are listed up to 2003), and Sudan (August 2012), in a single volume. It also includes the Egyptian Post Offices Abroad, and Foreign Post Offices in Egypt, the French Territory of Afars and the Issas, Italian East Africa and Ruanda-Urundi. A map would have been useful.
Egypt includes the British Forces issues, the Suez Canal Company, as well as Military Telegraph stamps used in Egypt: also the Sudan Telegraph stamps.
It is in the compact B5 size with 337 catalogue pages plus the usual introductory notes but no Glossary.
It is difficult to understand the inclusion in this volume of Burundi, and its original constituent parts, which clearly is in Central Africa bordering on Zaire, especially as the latest issues are over 12 years ago. Michel include Burundi to May 2007, and Rwanda to January 2003.
A couple of Ethiopian sets, the 1994 Simien Fox (unpriced), and the 2000 Menelik’s Bushbuck (footnoted), previously listed in the simplified SoW have caused one correspondent to write, telling me that he has had no difficulty in obtaining used copies in quantity of almost all the values. Both sets are fully listed and priced in Michel and Scott.
The catalogue is in the B5 Concise format, 2-column pages in full colour and follows the format of the standard catalogues with philatelic information, perforation, watermark and paper differences.
Collectors of Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan will welcome an up to date catalogue of these countries.

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SCOTT 2014 STANDARD POSTAGE STAMP CATALOGUE VOLUME 4: COUNTRIES J to M of the WORLD. Scott Publishing Co, 911 Vandemark Road, Sidney, Ohio 45365-0828 USA www.amosadvantage.com Received 24th July 2012 ISBN 978-0-89487-482-6 $119.99 £78.50

In this fourth volume, there are over 12,000 price changes, and the Editor in particular mentions Japan (3500+ changes), South Korea (4000+), Malaysia and States (1800+), Mauritius (400+) etc.
These are again a mixture of increases and decreases. In Japan the classics move upwards, but modern issues remain relatively flat. In Korea, the 1884 5-mon and 10m are now priced, used, and early unmounted mint items increase significantly. After the war, issues for South Korea have been extensively reviewed with many increases from 10% and rising to 50% or more
Malaysia shows reductions to the 1990s, but increases after this, particularly for the Flora and Fauna issues. In Mauritius the increases are concentrated on the classic issues, but with 10% increases for some Arms, EVII and GV issues.
In Libya, the 1986 Khadafy set, which was only on sale for about two hours, doubles in price, whilst the1994 Human Rights sheet corrected spelling of “Prize” is set at $95 and the error “Price” at $250.
More Imperforate errors and double impression varieties have been added in Mexico. In Laos the 1975 UPU souvenir sheets of the six values have been added, with additional footnotes. In Lourenco Marques surcharged Coat of Arms issues on 1898, the footnote now makes clear that the prices are for stamps without gum, and that examples with original gum would be worth double or more.
This year’s volume has well over 1400 catalogue pages, plus the usual 30pp Introduction, the Illustrated Identifier, and a full index to all the Scott volumes: hence, the hike of $20 in the retail price.
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SCOTT 2014 STANDARD POSTAGE STAMP CATALOGUE VOLUME 5: COUNTRIES N to Sam of the WORLD. Scott Publishing Co, 911 Vandemark Road, Sidney, Ohio 45365-0829 USA www.amosadvantage.com Received 28th August 2013 ISBN 978-0-89487-483-3 $119.99 £78.50

This volume arrived just in time to appear alongside volume 4 above. The cover montage continues this year’s theme of featuring influential women, but leaves the user to identify them.
There are numerous price changes with some 16,000 in total. Poland (with nearly 4500), New Zealand (with almost 3400), are way ahead but Norfolk Island, (1200), St Helena, (1100), St Lucia, (almost 1000), and Papua New Guinea, (700+) represent significant re-pricing.
Changes in the market; a stronger US Dollar against other currencies, including the GB Pound, and detailed study of auction realizations and dealers’ pricelists all contribute. As usual, Editor, Charles Snee in his detailed introductory letter draws attention to many of these, Again there is a mix of increases, and decreases, the former mainly earlier issues up to the 1950s, the latter for modern general issues up to the Millennium. The more popular thematic issues tend to hold up. But as always it is the sought-after the rarities and popular errors, such as missing colours which show the greatest increases.
There are also a range of editorial improvements, with new listings, revised notes and innovations many of these relating to New Zealand. Eight new errors, mainly missing colours from the 1970-71 set, have been added and there are twenty-seven new booklet listings. However the surprise is the discovery that the 1967 and 1987 Arms design high values “were issued solely for postal purposes. They were never issued for, and could not, under New Zealand law be used to satisfy any payment of fiscal duty.” They now appear in the postage stamp section as numbers 404A-404Da. A number of other countries to check include, New Britain, (German New Guinea G.R.I. overprints) Poland, El Salvador Postal Tax stamps, Netherlands booklets and Netherlands Antilles early Inverted Overprints.
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MICHEL EUROPA 2013/2014 Volumes 4 & 5
Published by Schwaneberger Verlag GMBH, Ohmstraße 1, 85716 Unterschleißheim Germany www.michel.de Received 10th July 2013
Vol. 4 SOUTH-EAST EUROPE. ISBN: 978-3-95402-044-7 €59.80 £59.80
Vol. 5 NORDEUROPA. ISBN 978-3-95402-045-4 €59.80 £59.80

The latest edition of Volume 4 now includes the stamps of Romania and Cyprus to April 2013; Bulgaria and Greece to March 2013; and Turkey to January 2013. Volume 5 contains the stamps of Denmark, Finland, Iceland and Sweden to March 2013, Norway to April 2013, plus Faroe Islands, Greenland, Estonia, Åland, Karelia, Latvia, Lithuania, Central Lithuania, and North Ingermanland.
In Volume 4, more perforation varieties have been added to early Turkey, and there are many price increases for earlier Rumania, Greece 1930s-50, Turkey and Cyprus to 1940 etc.
In volume 5 there are again many price changes, with an upward tendency especially for stamps issued prior to 1945. Norwegian FDCs of 1940-50 period have increased, and some more early Danish booklets are now listed.
Volume 4 contains over 1170pp, over 15,500 illustrations, and 66,000 prices: Volume 5 has 989pp, 11,000 illustrations and 56,000 prices.
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MICHEL DEUTSCHLAND 2013/2014. HANDBUCH-KATALOG ROLLENMARKEN (10th Edition) Publ. Schwaneberger Verlag GmBH, Ohmstrasse 1, 85716 Unterschliessheim, Germany www.michel.de Received 23rd August 2013 ISBN 978 3-95402-021-8 €54 £54

I last reviewed this title in February 2006, and note that there are about forty more pages in this latest edition. It follows the same format, organised mostly in tabular form, with about fifty pages for the earlier period, but the bulk is of course West Germany, West Berlin and now the unified issues.
There are good introductions to the various sections, and issues, in German of course, and needing a good reading ability in this language, however once the format is understood, it should be of value to non-readers of German, collecting these issues.
Germany first issued stamps in the Germania design in rolls in 1908 and these continued through to the 1920s. Following the hyper-inflation period Portrait designs, Hindenburg and Hitler designs were issued in this format, also a few Officials. After the war, rolls were issued in great numbers, with different formats, leader markings, back numbering and a myriad of other varieties so beloved of specialist, and this volume provides details of these. Variations of papers, number colours, fluorescence, strip-lengths are all listed.
The volume is well illustrated, including enlargements of die variations and varieties, as well as actual Bandoleers.
It’s nicely printed on white non-glare stock, in the familiar Michel lie-flat format.

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SEPTEMBER 2013
MICHEL DEUTSCHLAND 2013/2014 Publ. Schwaneberger Verlag GmBH, Ohmstrasse 1, 85716 Unterschliessheim, Germany www.michel.de Received 10th July 2013 ISBN 978 3-95402-054-6 €46 £46


I reviewed last year’s edition in the October 2012 Exporter, and this edition follows the usual pattern with classic and modern German stamps from 1849 to June 2013. It includes the German States, North German Confederation, German Empire; Foreign post offices, Colonies and ship-mail abroad also the occupation issues of the First and Second World War; the plebiscite areas; Belgian Military Post in the Rhineland; Gdansk, Memel, Bohemia and Moravia, General Government, Sudetenland, field post stamps, and local issues, then the various Allied Occupation and Zonal issues, German Democratic Republic, West Berlin, Saarland, Federal Republic of Germany.
The publisher advises that the Occupation territories from the Second World War: Albania, Alsace, Kurland, Ljubljana, Latvia, Lorraine, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Montenegro and Ostland have been completely revised. There are many price changes in the entire catalogue but particularly worth mentioning are the first issues of the German Empire, the German territories during the First-Second World War period. For the years 1920-1934 unmounted and mint stamps with hinge have been reviewed.
This catalogue also contains the latest edition of the MICHELsofteasy computer disc, with date for the Federal, Berlin and DDR issues, and including the search facility. More than 1500 pages from the MICHEL Rundschau are also available.
Last year’s innovation of front and back-cover foldouts illustrating the wide range of watermarks used throughout the catalogue is continued. The total page content including the Expertization section, detailed Index, list of shops etc in now 1086.






MICHEL HANDBUCH-KATALOG BLOCKS UND KLEINBOGEN DEUTSCHLAND (1st edition) Publ. Schwaneberger Verlag GmBH, Ohmstrasse 1, 85716 Unterschliessheim, Germany www.michel.de Received 11th June 2013 ISBN 978 3-95402-035-5 €69.80 £69.80

This is a new title in the Michel list, and is aimed at those collectors, experts, dealers, and thematic collectors who specialize in German miniature sheets and sheetlets.
It describes and values miniature sheets and sheetlets issued in the German collecting areas since 1930, but contains much more information than in the Germany regular and specialized Catalogues. Modern regular sheets-of-ten issued since October 1994 are not included, but se-tenant stamps and issues out of miniature sheets are catalogued.
There are detailed illustrations, many enlarged, of varieties, plate flaws and printing irregularities, together with specialized information. There is an additional price column for overpaid letters or postcards, predominantly philatelic covers
The valuations in the handbook catalogue match those of the Specialized Catalogue Germany. Prices for not catalogued issues have been calculated by careful market monitoring.
There are about 1 000 colour illustrations and more than 9 000 prices in the 290 catalogue pages, plus the usual introduction and section on Expertization. Seems expensive, but it is the only catalogue available for these issues in these formats.



MICHEL WEST AFRIKA KATALOG 2013: ÜBERSEE Volume 5, part 2: Countries H-Z. Published by SCHWANEBERGER VERLAG GMBH, Ohmstraße 1, 85716 Unterschleißheim Germany www.michel.de Received 4th June 2013 ISBN 978-3-95402-055-3 €74 £74

The last edition in 2011 (was reviewed in Exporter August 2011) and volume one of the latest edition was reviewed in July just past. I said last time that these countries are an absolute nightmare for catalogue editors. The latest dates vary with, Niger (now to April 2013) and Togo (to 1st January 2013), then Senegal (to September 2012), Liberia (to June 2012), Mauritania to the 2012 Festival set, Cameroon to the 2011 AIDs set, whilst Cape Verde Islands and Mali have no new issues since the old edition, and Nigeria only set in October 2010
About 2200 stamps/miniature sheets have been added, and Togo again leads the way with over 1100 new numbers, (now up to 4722) issued since the last edition. The publisher comments“......especially Liberia, Sierra Leone and Togo who provide numerous sets celebrating unusual occasions.”
There are price movements for stamps of Cameroon, Mali, Niger, Nigeria and Sierra Leone; but some remarkable price increases for Cape Verde
Collecting areas are arranged by current country name with stamps of the colonial period placed chronologically before the successor state. A modern and an historical map are provided to facilitate orientation.
The “Übersee” catalogues are still in black and white, but many illustrations in this volume have now been replaced by top quality high resolution colour scans. Conversion to the larger size means that all the new issues are accommodated in 785 catalogue pages, about 80 less than the last edition.

SCOTT 2014 STANDARD POSTAGE STAMP CATALOGUE VOLUME 3: COUNTRIES G to I of the WORLD. Scott Publishing Co, 911 Vandemark Road, Sidney, Ohio 45365-0828 USA www.amosadvantage.com Received 16th June 2013 ISBN 978-0-89487-481-9 $119.99 £78.50

As usual there are many price changes, about 13,000 in this volume, but with rather mixed alterations both upwards and downwards. Countries mainly affected are Hungary (more than 3000 changes), Italy (2200) and Great Britain (more than 2200). The editor comments that dollar prices are down due to weaker currencies against the dollar, Hungary and Italy for example, being cases in point. However the effective decreases are often for the easily obtainable issues of the twentieth century. Earlier Classics such as the 1871-2 Franz Joseph issues of Hungary, Italian Post Offices Abroad, the Aegean Islands Iceland “I GILDI” overprints, Gambia QV-GVI, Italy back of the book, and general issues after 2000, etc. all show increases.
In Great Britain, as always errors show gains, but issues from the 1924 Wembley Exhibition through to the 1980s tend to be down, later issues show some gains. The Machins section has an expanded editorial note to explain the iridescent imprints which occur on the stamps and indicate from which source the stamp originated.
A number of items have been added including Bavarian watermark errors: the Hungary 1953 2-forint Stalin stamps with solid or lined backgrounds are listed individually. Additional or amended notes are provided for the modern Hungarian imperforate printings. The booklet sections of Guernsey, Jersey and Isle of Man are improved.
It is also worth pointing out that the Scot catalogues also have an extensive Introductory section, a wide-ranging list of General and Specialised Philatelic Societies, a comprehensive illustrated section of Common Design types, a full index to the complete set of Scott World catalogues, and an illustrated stamp/county identifier.

BRITISH INDIA POSTAL STATIONERY Derek Lang, Publ Rossiter Trust, PO Box 34, Wheathampstead, Hertfordshire, AL4 8JY, www.rossitertrust.com/ Received 15th June 2013, ISBN 0-9527177-7-8 £25 + P&P

This is an illustrated history and listing of postal stationery issued in India up to Independence in 1947. Originally published in the 1970s in four volumes dealing with the individual types of stationery, the author then collated these together and added much new information into this single volume originally published in 1997.
A seminal work with chapters covering Postcards, Envelopes, Newspaper Wrappers, Victorian Letter Sheets, Air-letter Sheets, Airgraphs, Telegraph Forms. There is also a short chapter on post-Independence issues.
The final chapter deals with additional items such as specimens, dies, punches, essays
& proofs, bands, labels and parcel wrappers used abroad, and by the States.
The book is profusely illustrated in black and white with cross-indexes to Higgins & Gage and Jain reference numbers. Four Appendixes deal with Terminology, Statistics, Sizes & Comparisons, and finally Scarcity Guide. There is a Subject Index, and a list of Citations.
Thought to be out of print, The Rossiter Trust has discovered some stock remaining, and made it the Book of the Month in the June 2013 Newsletter, hence my reason giving it a review here.
When it was published, Stamp Magazine in September 1998 stated it was "…a work which will be the standard on the subject”, and so it has proved to be.

THE BOOTH CATALOGUE COLLECT GB FIRST DAY COVERS, 31st Edition Publ. First Day Publishing Company, PO Box 11 Arundel, BN18 9SS www.collectgbfirstdaycovers.com Recd 3rd July 2013 ISBN 978-0-9575082-0-0 £17.50

Amazingly, this is the first time I have had this title to review. It has been published regularly, but this is the first edition to include colour illustrations, albeit only odd pages here and there. However the publisher has provided red banner heads to the pages, and for the issue titles/values, and other highlights when needed.
The layout is single column, using a decent size sans-serif font, and with postmarks illustrated below each issue. The issues of Queen Victoria and the Kings, including stamps and postal stationery, are all contained in one chronological section. Queen Elizabeth issues are divided into Commemoratives, now over 600 sets; and then everything else Definitives, Regionals, Booklets, Coils, Dues, Gums, Perfs, Papers etc in another section in chronological order.
Four further sections deal with GB stamps overprinted for use abroad, (mainly Morocco, Gulf States and former Italian Colonies); Pre-release covers 1900-2005; Queen Elizabeth Missing Colours, and Postal Stationery 1972-1982.
I cannot comment of the prices quoted, since this are often markedly different both up and down from those in the Bradbury title, (see Exporter March 2013).
The whole is a substantial A5 paperback of 496pp, nicely set and clearly laid out, but regretfully the binding on the review copy is already splitting.


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ZANZIBAR’S POSTAL HISTORY LEGACY Gary A DuBRO, Publ BPA Expertising Educational Charity, 65 Manor Park, Redland, Bristol BS6 7HW Received 28th April 2013 ISBN 0-9542032-3-2 £60

Although not mentioned in the title, this volume deals with both pre-stamp material and stamped items up to the end of World War 1. There are seven main chapters which deal with Early Postal History 1837-1875; Slave Patrol Postal History 1864-1896; the Indian, French and German Post Offices during their varying periods of operation; and the Zanzibar Post Office pre and during World War 1.
Each chapter may then be suitably divided, thus American Whalers & Traders, French Traders, German Traders, United States, Great Britain and French Consulates are separate sections in chapter 2. The narrative text is accompanied by tables of postage rates, maps of routes, and profusely illustrated in full colour by dozens of covers with comprehensive postal history detail for each.
Then follow 8 Appendixes which include copies of Consular letters, summary of Zanzibar cancellations to 1895, Post Office Tables, Sultans of Zanzibar, the Antoine Michel 1858 Correspondence etc. There is an extensive list of References, and a detailed Index.
The author’s stated aim was to assimilate the widespread literary references and information into one volume, to display as many of the most significant items relative to the subject from as many sources as possible, to update or provide new information, and to present this in the context of Zanzibar’s history. This fine 215pp hardcover does this admirably.
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STANLEY GIBBONS GREAT BRITAIN CONCISE STAMP CATALOGUE 2013; (28th Edition). Publ. Stanley Gibbons Publications, 5 Parkside, Christchurch Road, Ringwood, Hants BH24 3SH www.stanleygibbons.com Received 15th May 2013 Paperback: ISBN 978-0-85259-899-3 £32.95 Hardcover £39.95

This is the catalogue of choice of many, and offers something to all Great Britain collectors of whatever grade. Latest issue included is the March 2013 Doctor Who set.
It has been six years since the last number-revision of the “Y Section” elliptical perforated Machins with designated face values. The editors have grasped this nettle, which will mean careful checking of dealers’ lists, re-writing of collections, wants lists etc. The Emblem Regionals have also been revised and renumbered. All the changes are listed on two pages in the catalogue.
In the “U Section” for self-adhesive definitives, the notes have been expanded, the latest January 2013 issues added, and prices revised.
Similarly with the now becoming popular Post & Go items, the Introductory Notes have been re-written and greatly expanded. These now detail the small and large typefaces, and their unintentional use; Special rates; Packs; the Hytech Machines; Date Codes etc. All the issued sets to February 2013 are listed, and priced for the various classes of mail.
Royal Mail is now adding an extra charge above the face value of the stamps in the Prestige Booklets, to cover the cost of production. These have a separate “DY” numbering series, with face value and booklet cost noted: presumably now a permanent fixture in the catalogue.
The blue page-edges for the Machin pages are retained. A number of new varieties have been added and are listed by number on the “Features” page including the Queen Victoria 2/6 overprinted “SPECIMEN”
Prices have been revised and show increases in all sections, but especially in the King George VI plate varieties where there are some spectacular rises, the Coronation Colon flaw setting the trend going from £20 to £70, the 2½d Liberation Broken wheel from £50 to £75 (making the recent Channel Islands catalogue out of date). A thorough review of the Wilding Booklets has also been completed with many price revisions
This edition has stitched binding, is printed on a whiter stock, really does lie-flat and with over 400pp is still excellent value, despite the increase in the cover price. A limited edition hardcover is also available.
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SCOTT 2014 STANDARD POSTAGE STAMP CATALOGUE VOLUME 2: COUNTRIES C to F of the WORLD. Scott Publishing Co, 911 Vandemark Road, Sidney, Ohio 45365-0828 USA www.amosadvantage.com Received 20th May 2013 ISBN 978-0-89487-480-2 $119.99 £70.65

The second volume of the Scott Standard 2014 follows the trend set by volume 1. The latest issues appear to be, September 2012 for People’s Republic of China, November 2012 for Denmark, October 2012 for Canada and Ecuador, July 2012 for Chile and Egypt, June 2012 for Czech Republic, but only December 2011 for Cuba. This gives a good indication of the problems catalogue editors face when keeping up to date with new issues. The page extent is now over 1600 catalogues including the introductory pages and preamble, hence a £5 increase in the UK cover price.
The main areas of change in volume two this year which has some 13,500 price changes in total, include Canada, Egypt (3500+) China (2900+) Central African Republic (nearly 700), even Ethiopia. The editors have looked closely at early Canada where stamps in top notch condition are very difficult to find, at China where the market seems to have back-tracked a little after the recent surges. About 75% of the Egypt changes are increases, similarly in the Central African Republic. Early items and sets of Ethiopia move upward, and here several modern sets previously unpriced now have prices.
A number of new items are listed including Newfoundland, Canada, China Republic, Egypt, and Fiji where more surcharges have been added to recent issues. In Denmark 49 booklets now have unlettered minor listings.
The “ladies” theme banner on the covers continues with some different portraits, and whilst the Editor comments on this continuing theme it is left to the reader to identify who they are. This now doubt sets the scene for the later volumes.
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PROVE, SAGGI E RISTAMPE, (PROOFS, ESSAYS & REPRINTS) of the 2nd & 3rd ISSUES of the KINGDOM of SARDINIA Paolo Cardillo Publ. Vaccari, Via M Buonarroti 46, 41058 Vignola (Modena) Italy www.vaccari.it Received 24th May 2013 ISBN 978-88-96381-12-0 €30

Francesco Matraire designed and printed and/or embossed all the stamps of Sardinia from 1851-1863. This highly specialised volume deals with the Embossed issues on coloured or white paper, and specifically the proofs, essays and reprints, by considering the quality of the embossing from different printings etc. A study of any stamp should not neglect the work of planning, designing and preparation that leads to the issued item, particularly classic issues such as these, which are well known to collectors.
The author, a lifelong collector of Sardinia, had unprecedented access to a mass of original Matraire material, which came to him, via the archives of Emilio Diena. The result is this very detailed volume with an authoritative narrative text, backed up by very high quality magnified colour photographs of the various items allowing comparison of depth of the embossing to be plainly seen. Most of these items have never appeared in other publications, not even in Cesare Rattone’s 1951 Manual to which the author refers from time to time.
The professional translation into English is excellent and occupies the second half of the bi-lingual volume. A valuation guide, on a loose card insert, is given to the items which are catalogued using P, S or R prefixes followed by the number.
This is a fine 144pp paperback with additional advertisements, and 160 colour illustrations, which should not date, as the value card can simply be reissued from time to time as necessary.
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STANLEY GIBBONS STAMP CATALOGUE Part 11, 2013 SCANDINAVIA; (7th Edition). Publ. Stanley Gibbons Publications, 5 Parkside, Christchurch Road, Ringwood, Hants BH24 3SH www.stanleygibbons.com Received 4th June 2013 Paperback: ISBN 978-0-85259-872-6 £34.95

I reviewed the previous edition in October 2008, and despite the addition of new issues mostly to the autumn of 2012 for all the issuing countries, and two new design indexes for Greenland and Iceland, it is amazing to find that the cover price remains unchanged at £34.95. This edition has been reset into the larger B5 size, and even so has about 15 more catalogue pages, so I heartily commend the publisher for achieving this.
This is still the sole English-only catalogue covering the whole of this area in one volume, and a must for the collector who may not want the specialization of the more expensive bi-lingual Facit (see Exporter January 2013). As it is, all major varieties of perforation, watermark, shade and design differences are well covered, as are booklet panes, se-tenant varieties and booklets etc.
Only a few early classic 19th Century issues remain to be illustrated in colour. The existing design indexes have of course been brought up to date, and the listings of the Machine Labels have been revised and expanded, but as yet remain unpriced. The lists of the early Danish and Norwegian Numeral cancellations are still included.
The publisher comments that prices have been extensively revised, and with many areas showing increases. I am pleased to see that the publisher has acted on my previous comment, and now lists over 50 new numbers compared with the previous edition, though Norway is curious by its absence. Of the others Denmark, Finland and Iceland have the lion’s share. Most of these are 19th Century up to about 1950, including watermark varieties, new shades, imperforate items, plate flaws etc, and are listed facing the contents page, so cannot be missed.
Recommended.
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AUSTRALIA: STANLEY GIBBONS COMMONWEALTH STAMP CATALOGUE 8th Edition 2013 Publ. Stanley Gibbons Publications, 5 Parkside, Christchurch Road, Ringwood, Hants BH24 3SH www.stanleygibbons.com Received 4th June 2013 ISBN 978-0-85259-871-9 £28.95

This is by far the best one-volume catalogue around for the issues of Australia (to February 2013) and the earlier States, plus the issues of AAT (to September 2012), Christmas Island (to January 2013), Cocos (Keeling Islands) (to August 2012) and Norfolk Island (to December 2012). The pre-independence issues of Nauru, New Guinea, Papua and Papua New Guinea are also included.
There are now 57 pages alone for the Australian States, which are taken directly from the 2014 SG Empire Part One volume. These provide excellent coverage of these complex issues, not equalled in any other standard catalogue. The notes to the complex perforations have been revised to assist collectors.
Australia and the other countries all follow the same principle, with listings to 1970 taken from the soon to be published 2014 Empire, but with the prices for post 1970 issues being especially updated for this edition
Officials, both perforated initials and overprints, and Postage Dues are included in detail. Booklet Panes are listed within the relevant issue, and there are individual sections for the booklets at the end of each country. Some additional booklet covers are now illustrated for earlier issues. Premium Booklets have their own section. The Design Index for Australia has been extended and suitably revised.
The Telegraph stamps of New South Wales and Western Australia are now fully listed. In New South Wales the retouches to the 2d “Diadem” issues are now illustrated, though more information and some indication of where to look on the impression would be useful
This excellent comprehensive single volume catalogue, in full colour in the B5 size, now has 326 catalogue pages plus the usual Introductory Notes etc.
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MICHEL ÖSTERREICH-SPEZIAL KATALOG 2013 (34rd Edition) Publ. Schwaneberger Verlag GmBH, Ohmstrasse 1, 85716 Unterschliessheim, Germany www.michel.de Received 7th June 2013 ISBN 978 3-95402-056-0 €57.80 £57.80

As usual this volume includes all Austrian stamps and Postal Stationery from the Dual Monarchy of Austria-Hungary (1850–1867), the Empire (1867–1918), the Republic of German Austria (1918–1922), the Republic of Austria from 1922–1945, the German customs areas and the Republic of Austria from 1945. Also included, are Lombardy and Venetia; the Austrian post offices on Crete, in the Levant and China; the Danube DSG issues; Bosnia and Herzegovina from 1879–1918; and the Austria-Hungarian field post offices.
Stamp issues are now included up to May 2013 for Austrian stamps and to April 2013 for Postal Stationery: with the total pages now 724. This is still in the smaller size format, but is also available as an E-Book.
The market for Austrian stamps remains buoyant, and there have been many price increases, especially in German Austria since the last edition, (see Exporter May 2010), particularly colour and perforation variations, plate varieties of course, but also Yearbooks etc. About 50 colour illustrations of new varieties have been added and valued, and the publisher’s use of discrete arrows to indicate the position of varieties on enlarged partial illustrations, is something other publishers might consider.
New in this edition is a 12 page section with illustrated and priced details of the International Reply Coupons. Also included is a full list of the Marken, Buch & Co special event items, now numbering almost 200 since the first two July 2005 “Madagascar” items. Black Prints are listed and priced again in this edition, and there are extensive tables of Postal rates.
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MICHEL EUROPA-KATALOG (98th Edition) 2013 Volume 3: SÜDEUROPA Published by SCHWANEBERGER VERLAG GMBH, Ohmstraße 1, 85716 Unterschleißheim Germany www.michel.de Received 7th June 2013 ISBN 978-3-87858-043-0 €59.80. £59.80

As before, Volume 3 contains the stamps of San Marino now to October 2012, Albania, Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia to December 2012, Malta to February 2013, Croatia, Italy and Slovenia to March 2013, and Vatican City to the See Vacant issue in March 2013. Bosnia-Herzegovina, Fiume Yugoslavia, Kosovo, Trieste are also included. A map is provided. The lists include booklets, machine labels, year summaries etc.
In Malta the publisher has now listed over thirty watermark varieties for Queen Victoria, King Edward VII and King George V up to 1926, however the 3d “Postage” inverted overprint remains out in the cold.
There are general price increases throughout Southern Europe but especially for the issues of the late 20th century. There are more price changes, especially for Italy and Vatican City; and almost consistent price increases for stamps of San Marino.
Sheet configuration and quantities printed/issued are now being included where known, also Printer’s Imprint varieties for Italian definitive stamps.
It also contains postal stationery of Bulgaria, Greece, Moldova, Poland, Romania, Russia, Soviet Union, Turkey, Turkish Cyprus, Ukraine, Belarus, and Cyprus from the beginning to present day
This volume is in the larger format now adopted, with a cleaner layout on white matt paper. New issues and other additions mean that there are now over 1350pp, 16,000 colour illustrations and about 72,000 prices.


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NEW ZEALAND OVERSEAS AIRMAIL RATES 1930-2011 Robin Startup, Publ. Mowbray Collectables and Air Mail Society of New Zealand, www.mowbraycollectables.co.nz Received 28th April 2013 ISBN 978-0-9597787-9-3 NZ$80, £40 by airmail from the publisher.

Regretfully, Robin died in February 2012 and therefore did not see the final version of his book, which has benefited by Alan Tunnicliffe updating the original text to include all the postal changes which occurred in late 2010.
As the title says, it is concerned with the Postal Rates, and only mentions flights or aircraft in passing: first flights being well covered in other publications. Thus the sequence is chronological, with each change of rate being dealt with as it occurs. The main chapters deal with 1930: Airmail Fee as Surcharge, 1934: Postage inclusive of Airmail Fee, 1939: World War 2 Disruptions and Suspensions, 1941: New Zealand Forces Overseas, 1944: Restoration of Postal Services, 1946: Post-War Air Services Recovery, 1948: Airmail Rates set by World Zones, 1954: Expansion, 1967: Decimal Currency, 1977: Rates by Metric Weight, 1987: New Zealand Post Ltd.
Remembering that this book is about airmail rates from New Zealand, each main chapter ends with a detailed table, alphabetically by country of destination, showing the postage for ½oz, 1oz and 1½oz weights plus Postcards. Three Appendixes deal with the Overseas Rates 2001-11; the New Zealand Post World Zones, and Advice of Receipt Charges: there is a useful Bibliography.
This is a fine 155pp A4 paperback, well illustrated with a selection of covers in colour.


AFGHANISTAN 1870-1900: A Specialised Catalogue 1st edition 2012 Robert Jack, 97 Burton Stone Lane, York YO30 6BZ http://www.afghanphilately.co.uk Received April 2013 ISBN 978-0-9562630-2-5 £29.50 + P&P

Many collectors are put off from countries such as Afghanistan by the complexities of the early issues, by the lack of up to date information other than the standard catalogues, by the scarcity of the material and the prices.
However when a book like this comes along, it really does open up new avenues for the collector, bored with endless new issues, and should not be cast aside lightly. Masson & Jones’ seminal work from 1908 has been long out of print, but a feature of this new title is that the original full sheet plates have been used, modernised or re-scanned into colour. These are further augmented with new plates for 1290 Plate A retouches and plate wear. Add to this dozens of enlarged colour illustrations stamp by stamp of all the issues, backed up by detailed listings of the stamps, the printings, the shades, the previously listed and new varieties, and there is good reason to add this title to the library.
The catalogue section with the plate reconstructions occupy 75pp, but there are also sections dealing with the postmarks of the few post offices operating, all fully illustrated, and details of postal rates. Finally forgeries and bogus issues are dealt with comprehensively in the last 22pp section, all fully illustrated and with commentary.
In all, a fine wire-bound 116pp A4 paperback, available from the author, who is also the creator of the web site, which itself is worth checking.




The INDIAN NATIONAL FLAG UNFURLED THROUGH PHILATELY Sekhar Chakrabati publ. NIYOGI Books, D-78, Okhla Industrial area, Phase-I New Delhi 110 020 India www.niyogibooks.com Received 8th April 2013 ISBN 978-93-81523-39-1 495Rs, £10.99, $17

Armies march on their stomachs, Nations march behind their flags, though the idea of a National Flag is relatively modern. The author has a fabulous collection of flag stamps and other philatelic material, and has used this as the basis for writing a definitive history of the development of the flag in India.
Flags, standards and banners are mentioned in the earliest writings and religious texts in India dating back some 7000 years, however, their use then was mainly for religious, personal or military purposes. The symbols used on them – animals, birds etc. - were also derived from these sources.
It was not until the arrival of the “discoverers” who came by sea, and who had flags, standards, ensigns and pennants on their ships to denote their origins and nationalities, that the beginnings of a national flag might have taken shape. However because of the organic nature of India’s princely states, and the opposition to any thing which might diminish their power and influence, little progress was made, until the early twentieth century when the desire to break away from British rule became more apparent.
The author traces the significant events, and the personalities involved before the final design was adopted shortly before independence came in 1947. He deals with the significance of the colours, of the controversy surrounding the choice of the wheel, of the misgivings about the meaning of the flag among significant political and national figures. Above all, however he manages to relate in graphic detail the history of a country and illustrate this with stamps and philatelic material from around the world. The Foreword by Professor Dipak Ranjan Das sets the scene
This is a fine 172pp paperback including fourteen chapters, three appendixes, a bibliography and index, all illustrated in full colour.

MARKET GUIDE (INDIA) – 2013 (fresh colours and white gum only: scinde dawk to se-tenant) Publ Dave & Sons, CHIDANAND GROUP, Station Road, Nadiad, GJ. 387001, India Received 30th April 2013, No ISBN No cover price

Yes! It’s India but doesn’t say so in the title. It is not illustrated, but provides local prices for all Indian issues from 1852 to December 2012, for both mint up to 1946, un-mounted mint thereafter; and fine used. These are for stamps in “Post Office fresh colours and white gum as issued”: any other condition is considered at one third or less of these prices.
Major shades, Watermark varieties, and significant plate varieties are priced separately, and guides are given for multiples etc.
The numbering system is unique with no reference to any other catalogue, with a letter code to indicate the issue period, (BR for British Rule, SB for Swantantra Bharat), and type of issue, (D for Definitives, S for Service, M for Military). The inside front cover has illustrations of the Watermarks and different Overprints. The whole is a 152pp A5 booklet, plus an additional 12pp stab-stitched insert with pages 153-164 which deal with the post-Independence definitives, all on blue matt stock. Tick boxes are provided to keep track of a collection.
I note from the advert for this title in the May Exporter, that direct orders for the book from India are $6.99 for ordinary post, and $9.99 for Registered Post from MARKAND7@YAHOO.COM.

The RAILWAY STATION, MAIL AGENT & STATIONARY SORTING OFFICE POSTMARKS OF INDIA 1862-1924 Christopher Bartlett, Publ TPO & Seapost Society, c/o 1 St Marys Drive, Fairford, GL7 4LQ www.tpo-seapost.org.uk Received 15th April 2013 ISBN 978-0-9569662-4-7 £20, $30, €24

The author provides a good background introduction to the evolution and development of the railway station/post office facilities and services; before going on to detail and tabulate the various types of postmarks and the offices which used them.
Chapters include Early Railway Station POs, Evolution of the Railway Mail Service 1854-1881, the Later Years 1883-1924, Railway Station Marks 1867-1924, Stationary Sorting Office Marks 1864-1890, Numbered ditto 1887-1910, and Named ditto 1900-1924 as well as Parcel Sorting Offices 1880-1887. Strangely, the Contents List does not give page numbers, however there is an Index
There are numerous tables showing offices and the postmarks in use, period when operating etc, and the book contains many illustrations of the various postmarks. In 1924 there were 268 railway station post offices, and 213 Railway Mail Service sorting or transit offices operating independently of each other.
This is an A4 clip-bound book, with 64 pages of text, and an additional 10 pages of colour illustrations of 50+ covers showing the postmarks in use.

MICHEL EUROPA KATALOG 98th Edition, Volume 2, SÜDWESTEUROPA (South-West Europe), 2013 Published by SCHWANEBERGER VERLAG GMBH, Ohmstraße 1, 85716 Unterschleißheim Germany www.michel.de Received 3rd May 2013 ISBN 978-3-95402-0423 €59.80. £59.80

I reviewed the last edition in the July 2012 Exporter. New issues have been added to January 2013 for Spain and Spanish Andorra, Portugal and Gibraltar; and to February 2013 for France and French Andorra, and Monaco.
There are now almost 1350 catalogue pages, about 15,000 colour illustrations and over 72,000 prices. As always the publisher has reviewed the prices in the light of market conditions, dealers’ price lists, auction realizations etc. I trawled through many years of France, Gibraltar and Portugal, but it was only when I reached the later 1990s and through to about 2006 that any increases became apparent, often for popular thematic sets, miniature sheets and sheetlets. I did note that both gums for the France 1987 Personalities set are listed and priced individually.
I could not see any changes in Spain until the 1930s/1940s period when there was quite a lot of movement, both up and down, but then not much after that.
The chapter about Expertization, together with the list of specialist experts, and the full Index to the Europe catalogues are also included

MICHEL WEST AFRIKA KATALOG 2013: ÜBERSEE Volume 5, part 1: Countries A-G. Published by SCHWANEBERGER VERLAG GMBH, Ohmstraße 1, 85716 Unterschleißheim Germany www.michel.de Received 3rd May 2013 ISBN 978-3-95402-5-6 €74 £74

I reviewed the previous edition in July 2011, when it had just been divided into the two volumes. This volume has now been re-set into the larger size now adopted by Michel, and it is now mostly in colour, with Ghana and Guinea the main exceptions. There are 6000 more prices in this edition than the last, and 500 more illustrations.
However the page extent is now reduced to 730, with many Guinea and Guinea-Bissau sets not illustrated, and only priced as sets, so the increase in cover price has been kept to a minimum
Latest dates vary from June 2008 for the Ivory Coast, October 2012 for Ghana, January 2012 for Burkina Faso, August 2012 for Gambia, and September 2011 for Benin.
Guinea which now has 9708 numbers plus 2200 miniature sheets is listed until December 2012. Who buys these?




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JUNE 2013

MICHEL EUROPA-KATALOG Volume 1, MITTELEUROPA (CENTRAL EUROPE), 2013 Published by SCHWANEBERGER VERLAG GMBH, Ohmstraße 1, 85716 Unterschleißheim Germany www.michel.de Received 5th April 2013 ISBN 978-3-95402-041-6 €59.80. £59.80

The first volume of the latest Michel European catalogues has a deep violet-blue cover, (see May 2012 for previous review), with a page count of just over 1200 and only a slight increase in cover price.
It contains the stamps of the UN Offices for both, Geneva and Vienna to February 2013, Austria, Slovakia, and Czech Republic to January 2013, Liechtenstein and Switzerland to November 2012, Hungary to October 2012.
There are price increases in many areas, and the publisher particularly mentions Austria both Empire and First Republic, including perforations of the 1950s-70s: for modern stamps in
Slovakia including blocks and se-tenant units of thematics and crowns for around the year 2000: also price increases at both UN offices in Geneva and Vienna: also rare perforations of greeting stamp sheets.
What a sensible idea by the publisher to illustrate on the front cover two new additions, being the 1950 Austria Centenary issue for Josef Madersperger with the 1767 date, and the Czech Republic 2003 6.40 Greetings stamp minus the "Kč" in the value table.
The usual section about Expertization is included, together with the list of specialists with contact details, and e-mail addresses. A full Index for all the European countries guides the collector either to the page in this volume, or the correct volume to be published later in the year.

MICHEL DEUTSCHLAND SPEZIAL 2013 Published by SCHWANEBERGER VERLAG GMBH, Ohmstraße 1, 85716 Unterschleißheim Germany www.michel.de Received 5th April 2013
Volume 1 1849 – April 1945 ISBN 978-3-95402-052-2 €78, £78
Volume 2 May 1945 to date ISBN 978-3 95402-053-9 €78, £78

As usual these volumes follow the usual split with stamps up to the end of WW2 in volume 1, and those of the post-war and modern era in volume 2, with issues listed to March of this year. They include all the German States, Colonies and Post offices issues, as well as occupied areas, the various Zonal issues.
The collecting areas of the Occupation Issues of Second World War, Albania, Alsace, Kurland, Ljubljana, Latvia, Lorraine, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Montenegro and Eastern Territories have been completely revised. Other revisions include the Reichenberg and Maffersdorf, Belgian Military Post in Rhineland, Local Issues of 1945, Soviet Occupation Zone, definitive and official stamps of the GDR, the ribbon and net overprints of American and British Occupation Zone and more.
Additionally many more varieties, and plate flaws, have been included, backed up by new colour illustrations.
The market is especially active in the area of varieties and exceptional items, but the collecting areas from First World War, Marienwerder, Gdansk, Memel, Sudetenland, and the early years of the German Empire also show very positive results. There are some remarkable price increases especially for Local Issues, Allied Control Commission, and Soviet Occupation Zone issues.
The publishers have continued replacing older scans with new high-definition colour scans, and the two volumes contain some13,400 illustrations and 200,000+ priced items
As usual there are complete details of the Expertization Rules and Experts and an extensive list of German dealers, in both volumes. Each volume is available separately.



SOUTH GEORGIA: The Provisional “Paid at/AT” Handstamps 1911-12, (Monograph 15) Hugh Osborne publ. Falklands Islands Philatelic Study Group, www.fipsg.org.uk Received 9th April 2013 No ISBN £9

Although not widely known outside the sphere of Falklands Islands and Antarctica collectors, these Provisionals well illustrate the prime reason why provisional surcharges occur all over the world – namely the unexpected demand for a particular value of stamp. This might be caused by a change of rate, or the introduction of a new service, or in this case by a sudden increase in demand caused by an influx in numbers of personnel for the German South Polar Expedition, who not only sent personal mail and postcards, but also Philatelic mail in sizeable quantities.
This provisional seems to have been made up from a John Bull printing kit, and to have been needed on three different occasions, by two different postmasters during the time-span of 18th October 1911 to 26th February 1912. The author has painstakingly accumulated information about, and illustrations of some 66 covers or large fragment from collections, dealers, auction catalogues and exhibitions. This has enabled him firstly to provide an historical narrative about South Georgia, and the problems of maintaining a stock of stamps in a remote location, and the sequence of events, orders and deliveries which made the provisional necessary. These have then been tabulated by type and date, and a Time Line created.
Then follows the pictorial archive in which each cover is allocated its correct nomenclature, illustrated and with additional relevant notes in chronological order. The author recently stepped down after seven years as Chairman of the Study Group, and was awarded the Roberts Trophy for his research into these issues and the publication of his third monogram for the group. Full details of the Group are on the web site.

GOLD COAST MAIL SERVICE TIMETABLES, 1950 Peter Duggan, FRPSL, Publ. West Africa Study Circle, Longdown Farm Cottage, Cadsden, Princes Risborough, HP27 0NB www.wasc.org.uk Received April 2013 ISBN 13-978-1-905647-13-2 £7.50

The author, the Membership Secretary of the Study Circle, acquired a postmark collection of the Gold Coast, which was laid out in mail service routes, (as illustrated on the front and back covers of this nicely produced A4 paperback 28pp booklet).
The main content of the book is a numerical list of the 169 services with details of the towns/villages en-route, with times for each, and then repeated for the return route. Details of the Departure days and frequency of the service, as well as the method of transport are also given, together with any other relevant information. Although a number of route starting points have more than one route emanating from them, there is no duplication of the intermediate stopping points, and a full alphabetical index is therefore provided giving the service number. Well over 350 postmarks are recorded, but as this does not represent the full total of postmarks known to have been in use in 1950, there are probably other Services still to be identified both for timings and routes.
Regretfully there were no indications from whence the information and collection came, but the author believes that it may have originated from an employee of the Gold Coast Mail Service at the time. It would certainly be a daunting task to reassemble and continue with the missing routes.
The WEST AFRICA STUDY CIRCLE was formed in 1950 caters for all the original British possessions in West Africa as well as the islands of Ascension and Saint Helena, plus other interests such as Fernando Po. Membership currently numbers about 250, who each receive the three issues of the journal “Cameo” published each year; have access to a library; and can participate in postal auctions, as well as three meetings per annum, (two in London, one in Salisbury). Full details are on the web site.

SOUTH AFRICAN AIRMAILS (2nd edition) published by the author, Nicolas Arrow, The Beeches, Axminster Road, Musbury, EX13 8AZ, UK Received 8th April 2013 No ISBN £30

When the first edition was published (see Exporter September 2008), the author probably did not envisage how much additional information would be provided to him. The result is this second edition, which is considerably expanded from the 203pp of the 1st to 276pp in the 2nd. The long sub-title summary “An outline of the Airmail Service affecting South Africa, with a listing of aero-philatelic material flown to, from, or through South Africa, for the period up to 7th February 1994” really says it all. The excellent introduction remains, and numbering system has been fine-tuned to cope with additions within the lists. The scope and format of the book and its various sections and tables remain the same. The period up to 1939 has three chapters: - Pioneer, Internal and External flights: the War Years have a separate chapter; and the Post-war Years divide into four chapters ending with the 60th Anniversary of South African Airways flights in 1994. The narrative part of each post-war chapter is organised by Airline, and then a comprehensive listing in chronological order by flight.
As before each chapter has on overview of the period, quite extensive for the earlier period, less so for the modern era; and this is where much new information has been added. In places rarity factors have been given, mainly for scarce pre-war items.
The appendices remain and include the Government Experimental Service, Balloon and Helicopter Flights, Antarctic Helicopter Flights, some notes regarding “Rand Airport,” and a list of regular addressees found on air/flight covers, plus new items relating to Imperial Airways with a full 1932 and 1933 calendar, and a list of flown Non-postal Memorabilia.
There are now two indexes, the first combines People & Planes, the second a full list of flights in chronological order. Most of the previous illustrations are retained but many new ones have been added.

SCOTT 2014 STANDARD POSTAGE STAMP CATALOGUE VOLUME 1: USA, UN and COUNTRIES A to B of the WORLD. Scott Publishing Co, 911 Vandemark Road, Sidney, Ohio 45365-0828 USA www.amosadvantage.com Received 27th April 2013 ISBN 978-0-89487-479.6 $119.99 £70.65

The first volume of the Scott Standard follows the usual pattern with USA and UN issues, followed by the Countries A-B of the world. The latest issues appear to be January 2013 for USA, September 2012 for Argentine, November 2012 for Australia and Austria, October 2012 for Barbados, and Belgium, June 2012 for Brazil, August 2012 for Bulgaria. This gives a good indication of the problems catalogue editors face when keeping up to date with new issues. As a result the page extent is 1512 catalogues pages plus the introductory pages and preamble, and the £5 increase in the UK cover price.
The main areas of change in volume one this year which has some 16,000 price changes in total, include the USA and UN with over 2500, Austria over 3500, Antigua, Australia, Barbados (1300) and Bhutan. The editor comments that demand in many areas is “sluggish” while stamps are “readily available” for what demand there is. Thus there a many reductions, but at the same time some spectacular increases for rare or unusual items.
However, other areas showing increases include USA self-adhesive commemoratives in se-tenant panes, Austria where a detailed review has been undertaken including the Post Offices, and early un-mounted mint items, Antigua recent issues, Barbados recent items from 2005, Bhutan selected items of 1960s/70s. However there are also many reductions including some modern USA errors, Barbados for 1960s-90s, Bhutan 1980s/90s.
A number of new items are listed including USA, Algeria, Bahamas, Bangkok 6c Double Overprint, Barbuda. This now doubt sets the scene for the later volumes.


CHALMERS VERSUS HILL: The Saga that rocked the Victorian philatelic world. Anthony Wicks, publ. Mike Jackson Publications, 3 Cottesmore Ave, Melton Mowbray, LE13 0HY, www.mjpublications.com Received April 2013, ISBN 978-0-9528274-9-8 £35

The “who did what first” debate surrounding the introduction of the Adhesive Postage Stamps, only began after Rowland Hill died, when Patrick Chalmers, the son of James, sought greater recognition for his father’s contribution to the success of the postal reforms and introduction of stamps.
Whilst Rowland and James were still alive, there was no hint of any divergence from the view that Rowland had been the instigator of the postage stamps. Indeed in short exchange of letters between October 1839 and May 1840, James acknowledges the fact that he had not seen Rowland Hill’s second Pamphlet published in February 1837 where the “bit of paper” is mentioned, when he published his own in November that same year. Whether he would have been made aware of the idea by others is a matter of conjecture, and he would probably not have raised the matter at all, if he had.
Unfortunately what began as a campaign to get more recognition for his father’s achievements, quickly developed into acrimony of the highest order, with innuendos, half truths, dubious “evidence” claims and counter-claims, and much else, particularly in the 1880s when Patrick was still alive. Other members of the Chalmers family carried on the crusade, often citing the original incorrect or misleading claims of Patrick.
Pearson Hill, Rowland’s son, continually refuted all the claims, which later included Chalmersites in the USA, France and Germany. Other descendants of both families have put pen to paper. All of these are listed, detailed, commented upon and set in context by the author of this book, who provides a comprehensive review of virtually all the literature, the articles, the letters extant.
There are 25 chapters, followed by five Appendixes, a Bibliography and Index. The whole is a fine 156pp hardcover, with over fifty colour illustration which includes many of the front covers of the various publications, pamphlets as well as letters etc. It may sound stuffy, but the author has an easy style, and has written an absorbing book both for the enthusiast, in either camp, or the lay reader wanting to know more about this continuing debate. This book may well have settled it.
Douglas Muir has written the Foreword.


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MAY 2013

GERMANY: (STANLEY GIBBONS STAMP CATALOGUE Part 7); 10th Edition. Publ. Stanley Gibbons Publications, 7 Parkside, Christchurch Road, Ringwood, Hants BH24 3SH www.stanleygibbons.com Received 1st February 2013 ISBN 978-0-85259-867-2 £37.95

This volume includes new issues to July 2012 extending the catalogue pages by 10 to 370 and the cover price by just 45p.
Since the 9th Edition, (see Exporter March 2011), the market for earlier German stamps has remained active, and this is reflected in the numbers of increases particularly for early German States, but also elsewhere. However in the Federal Republic, prices remain pretty constant and I detected few changes, even in the Booklets section.
There are plenty of increases in Allenstein, Danzig, Memel, Saar and other similar areas. The publishers have now taken the sensible step of including Heligoland in this volume.
A number of new varieties have been added, including two paper shades for the Baden 1k and 9k first issue; the Bavaria 1875 1m in the dark mauve shade; the Oldenburg 1861 3g with OLDENDURG variety; and the Württemburg 1919 30pf Official with Inverted Overprint in the States section. Others are included in the Weimar Republic, in Danzig, Upper Silesia etc.
The Design Index has been updated.
This is still the only comprehensive catalogue published in English devoted to German stamps and it is ideal for general or specialist collector.

WEST AFRICA: STANLEY GIBBONS COMMONWEALTH STAMP CATALOGUE 2nd Edition. Publ. Stanley Gibbons Publications, 5 Parkside, Christchurch Road, Ringwood, Hants BH24 3SH www.stanleygibbons.com Received 1st February 2013 ISBN 978-0-85259-866-5 £27.95

The second edition (see March 2009 Exporter), has been reset and printed in the B5 format now adopted by SG, and includes those Commonwealth countries fronting on the Atlantic from Morocco Agencies in the north, to Cameroon near the Equator. The Anglo-French Occupation of Togo, and the postmarks of the British Post Office in Fernando Poo are also included.
The Queen Victoria to 1970 issues are taken directly from the most recent Part 1, whilst the later Elizabethan issues have been updated and re-priced especially for this volume.
The latest issues listed are Cameroon December 2011, Gambia August 2012, Ghana October 2012, (including a separate list of the Imperforate modern issues), Nigeria to January 2012, and Sierra Leone to the August 2012 Bees miniature sheet
The CEF overprinted issues for the Cameroons Expeditionary Force in 1915, and the Cameroons Trust Territory for 1960/1 are included, as well as all the issues for Cameroon since it became a member of the Commonwealth in 1995 and these are now all fully priced.
The publisher mentions strong increases in all areas up to the earlier Elizabethan issues. In Ghana, there are more additions to the local Surcharge issues, and both Ghana and Nigeria have revisions and additions to the modern Definitives.
There are 318 catalogue pages in full colour.

A.C.S. NEW ZEALAND STAMPS 2013 (36th Edition). Publ. Auckland City Stamps, David Holmes Stamp Dealer, PO Box 27646, Auckland 1440, NZ. www.aucklandcitystamps.co.nz received 6th March 2013, ISBN none given $NZ10 £5

This edition is now 112pp in the familiar A5 full colour format (see Exporter May 2012 for the last review). All stamps are listed in chronological order 1855-January 2013 with additional sections for Definitive FDCs, Annual Packs, Year Books, Limited Edition Packs, Cinderellas, Christmas, Health, Antarctica, Life Insurance, Pigeon Post, Postal Fiscals, Arms, Express Delivery and Revenues.
All stamps from 1873 are priced unmounted mint, (and for pre 1935 mounted mint), and fine used. The Chalon Heads are priced for Mint (3-margin) and Fine Used or Used, (4 or 3 margins respectively). The publishers as one of New Zealand’s leading dealers confirm that the prices represent their current retail prices in that country for “A” Grade stamps and values are holding up pretty well.
There are many price changes “with more rising than falling,” and “quality fine used and unhinged mint material is elusive and often sells at a premium. Demand for Postal Fiscals & Revenues also remains strong.”
The New Zealand dollar remains stable, so divide the price by two to arrive at a sterling equivalent.
There is a useful selection of Cinderella items, which includes Railway Stamps, Exhibition & Patriotic labels and miniature sheets, Honey Seals, Fruit Inspection, 1930 Dominion Airlines, Centennial labels, Framas. Check boxes are provided, and the handy A5 size makes it an easy to carry record of a collection.

THE SPECIALISED STAMP CATALOGUE of the FALKLAND ISLANDS and DEPENDENCIES 6th Edition. Stefan Heijtz, Box 19541, S-104 32 Stockholm, Sweden www.novastamps.com/stefan Received 6th March 2013 ISBN 978-91-637-2341-4 rrp. £34

This eagerly awaited 6th edition, (the last was reviewed in May 2006 Exporter), will not disappoint, and once again includes new sections. Virtually every page has been updated, edited; even rewritten, with much new information, corrections and better illustrations.
As before it includes a wide range of subjects other than the stamps; the new ones in this edition being, Consular Hand-stamps, Crash & Damaged in Transit Mail, Illustrated covers, OHMS Mail, Operation Tabarin 1944-5, Post Office Notices and Gazettes, Postage Due, Postal Forms and Receipts, and QSL Cards.
In particular the Dependencies 1946 and 1948 Maps issues have been completely rewritten; and now include illustrations and pricing for all the Group Transfer and Centre Plate Errors. A red circle highlights the error on the enlarged sectional illustrations. This also applies to the many other varieties appearing on stamps throughout the catalogue.
Other sections with major editorial revision include Airmail and FIGAS, the 1982 Argentine Occupation, Censor and War Mail, Cover Prices, Departmental Mail, Reply Coupons, Parcel Post, Registration, and Sheet Number markings up to 1980. The Forgeries section now includes the so called “Maryland” items.
In order to maintain the page extent and unbelievably the cover price, the listings after 1985 have been compressed with only one stamp in each set illustrated, and set prices only being given. The sections of non-philatelic material such as Banknotes and Coins, Telephone Cards, Electricity Meter Cards, together with the extensive details of specialist societies, Postal Rates, and the comprehensive Bibliography are still included.
This fine 272pp hardcover is the most comprehensive stamp catalogue of Falkland Islands and British Antarctic Territory stamps and philately, produced in a single volume; expect the next edition in 2020. It is also available as a CD-ROM @ £24

MICHEL ÜBERSEE KATALOG VOLUME 10: NAHER OSTEN 2013 Publ. Schwaneberger Verlag GmBH, Ohmstrasse 1, 85716 Unterschliessheim, Germany www.michel.de Received 20th March 2013 ISBN 978 3-95402-050-8 €89 £89

Michel’s Near East region includes Israel, Lebanon, Syria, Iraq and all countries in the Arabian peninsular to the west of the Arabian Gulf, south to Aden and Yemen. Iran is now included in this volume of the Overseas. Unlike SG, Michel lists and prices all the “wallpaper” issues which SG consign to their appendixes for places such as Ajman, Manama, Fujeira, etc. Much of this volume is now in full colour.
The last edition was in 2006/7 (see Exporter August 2007), so prices have moved on and many more stamps are now listed. Despite the larger format now adopted by Michel, the number of pages still increases by about 80 to 1450pp.
Many a country’s issues are listed almost to the end 2011/mid 2012: some such as Israel, Lebanon and the Emirates to the end of 2012. There have been substantial editorial improvements and additions in Ajman, Ras Al Khaimah, Umm Al Kaiwan and Sharjah. The instability in the area and continuing problems, are reflected in the market for the stamps of these countries.
The publisher mentions price increases in Bahrain, Iraq (2000s period), Iran, Israel (since 2000) and especially in United Arab Emirates. There are new structures for Kuwait for unmounted-mint stamps
Whilst the market for the earlier issues up to 1945 is more stable, with supply and demand well established, later and recent issues’ prices are often reflected in the thematic appeal of the issue, rather than strong national demand.
There is a full index to all the Overseas’ parts and two useful maps in colour.

CELEBRATING 75 YEARS OF COLLECTING; TPO & SEAPOST SOCIETY. c/o TPO & Seapost Society, 1 St Marys Drive, Fairford, GL7 4LQ www.tpo-seapost.org.uk Received 14th March 2013 ISBN 978-0-9569662-5-4 Free to Paid up Members

This very active Society is celebrating 75 years in 2013 and has produced this volume free for paid-up members as a souvenir and celebration of that landmark. 56 members have contributed articles detailing favourite, important or interesting covers from their collections, together with background information, history and fine illustrations.
It is in A4 paperback format with 140pp in full colour.
The Society has about 200 members, with about 160 in the UK and 40 overseas. It publishes an award winning 32pp quarterly journal, has four postal auctions a year, and has meetings both in London and the provinces.
Members have access to a well stocked library with nearly 200 volumes plus extended runs of relevant magazines, and a photocopy service. The Honorary Librarian can usually find answers to most queries submitted by members, or will solicit information via the Journal.
Membership currently costs £12 pa for UK, £15 rest of World airmail, or £12 surface mail. The book (which would retail at more than the UK subscription mentioned above), is not available outside of the society, but any collector joining the Society during 2013 and paying the appropriate subscription will receive a copy of the book, as well as all the journals for 2013.
Regretfully there is no index other than the alphabetical list of contributors. However, thumbing through I came across such diverse material as steamships Halden and Constitution, paddle-steamers Jupiter, Mercury and Olympia, India MPO 1, Collins Line “Adriatic”, Schramberg-Schiltach Zug 37 Bahnpost, Reno & Las Vegas RPO, Mid-Suffolk Light Railway, Ship Letter Castletown, Isle of Portland, Sag & Tol HPO. Bergen Line, Maggots on the TPO, Missent to GNR, and so much else.
I highly recommend it, but if you want a copy you will need to join the Society.

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APRIL 2013
COLLECT CHANNEL ISLANDS & ISLE of MAN STAMPS 2013, (28th combined edition). Publ. Stanley Gibbons Publications, 5 Parkside, Christchurch Road, Ringwood, Hants BH24 3SH www.stanleygibbons.com Received 12th February 2013 ISBN 978-0-85259-873-3 £28.95

The latest edition includes all 2012 issues for the four issuing authorities, the final entry for each main country being the Yearbooks.
There seems to be a good range of price increases for Isle of Man Gutter-pair sets and also the Collector’s Folders. In Jersey the only obvious changes were matching increases from £2500 up to £3250 on each value of the unissued Swastika overprints. The popular 1948 Broken Wagon Wheel variety on the 2½d Liberation has now settled at £50 for a mint copy.
As usual, Packs, Gutter Pairs and First Day Covers are all priced, as are Stamp Cards and Souvenir Folders etc, where they occur and each country has an individual Booklet section. The Isle of Man Souvenir Postal Stationery and Manx Postal Museum postcards are all listed and priced used and unused, but the 1970s period Stamps Sachets though included in the booklet listings remain unpriced.
Information is provided relating to sheet layouts, plate and cylinder numbers, locations of the marginal imprints, quantities sold, and withdrawal dates.
There are now 360 catalogue pages; the conversion to colour is complete; and the cover price increases by just £1.

COLLECT BRITISH STAMPS 2013 (64th edition); Publ. Stanley Gibbons Publications, 7 Parkside, Christchurch Road, Ringwood, Hants BH24 3SH www.stanleygibbons.com Received 21st January 2013 ISBN 978-0-85259-862-7 £13.95

The latest edition includes all 2012 issues finishing with the Year books, the catalogue pages now extending to 230, and just a £1 increase in the cover price. The Commemorative Design Index at the beginning of the book, (split into £sd and £p issues), has been updated and revised. The introductory section retains the articles I mentioned in my review last year (see March 2012 Exporter) and I note also a table of postage rates coinciding with the issue dates of No-Value indicated stamps.
It is worth remembering that although this is a basic catalogue it does include watermark and perforation differences, different phosphor bands, ordinary gum and self-adhesives, as well as listing and pricing the visible plate numbers on QV issues.
Royal Mail introduced the Faststamps (or Post and Go) in 2008 with just one very plain set. From September 2011 to the end of 2012, eight more sets have been issued mainly Birds and Farm Animals taking the catalogue numbering up to 50 individual items. Postage Dues, Officials, and Regional issues are included. Prices are given for Presentation Packs, First Day Covers and PHQ Cards, Year Packs, Year Books and Miniature Sheet Collections: and for Gutter pairs and Traffic light gutter pairs where collectable.
Prices have been reviewed, with “a number of increases.”
Another twenty Philatelic Numismatic and Medallic covers were issued in 2012, mostly Olympic or Paralympic themed, and mostly with 50p coins. The minimum price quoted for recent issues is £15, though earlier are usually £20 or £22 and sometimes higher. This is still the only GB catalogue I know that lists these items.
This is an ideal volume for the basic collector, nicely presented, with sensible use of colour in the actual listings, and with tick boxes against every item.

ANTARCTICA STANLEY GIBBONS STAMP CATALOGUE (2nd Edition), Publ. Stanley Gibbons Publications, 5 Parkside, Christchurch Road, Ringwood, Hants BH24 3SH www.stanleygibbons.com Received 12th February 2013 ISBN 978-0-85259-863-4 £16.95

This second edition (see Exporter August 2010) includes the same countries as the first and follows the same pattern. It includes Australian Antarctic Territory (to September 2012), British Antarctic Territory (to November 2011), French Southern and Antarctic Territories and Ross Dependency (both to January 2012). Also included are Victoria Land, Graham Land, South Orkney and South Shetlands Islands, and the Falkland Islands Dependencies up to 1963. It is the only English language catalogue to cover the stamps from this vast continent.
The 41-page Introductory Notes section this time includes an excellent article by Steve Pendleton “South Along the Ring of Fire – Macquarie Island.” This deals with the history, geology, weather, postal history, and ships etc which make this island worth some study.
The index for the French Territory issues has been updated. The detailed list of Polar Post Offices, and Research Stations in Antarctica, (which latter includes the Belgian Princess Elizabeth Base and the seasonal, Chinese, Kunlan Station) is retained and provides location coordinates for the Stations.
Many other countries have issued Antarctica relevant stamps, notably Argentina, Chile, Norway, Russia etc, but these are not included. I’m sure a check list of these, giving country and catalogue number would no doubt be welcomed by collectors.
There are 41 introductory pages and 75 catalogue pages, in this B5 format paperback.


MICHEL GULF STATES 2013 CATALOGUE 2nd Edition (in English) Published by Schwaneberger VERLAG GMBH, Ohmstraße 1, 85716 Unterschleißheim Germany www.michel.de Received 12th February 2013 ISBN 978—3-95402-068-3 €89. £79

The first edition was published in 2005 (see my review in February 2006 Exporter) and this edition is much improved, now in the larger format adopted by Michel, almost full colour throughout and with the same wide coverage including the member states of the Cooperation Council for the Arab states of the Gulf, plus Iraq and the Yemen. It covers all periods for the States which are included such as the Hejaz and Nejd issues of what is now Saudi Arabia; the overprints on Great Britain and Indian stamps which were used in the area etc.
Latest issues included vary from Qatar to September 2010, Kuwait, Oman and Saudi Arabia to end 2011, Iraq to March 2012, and Bahrain and the UAE to July 2012.
The contents follow the usual Michel format with prices for mint/unmounted mint, fine used, sets, miniature sheets, booklets, first day covers, and for many items, blocks of four which is a preferred collecting format for many collectors in the area.
There have been huge numbers of price increases, especially those issues bearing motifs of regional relevance or representations of Arabic culture. Generally speaking after the madness of the 1960s/70s (the Appendix period) many of these countries have adopted a reasonable policy on new issues, a fact which also encourages collectors to continue collecting the area.
Even in the larger format, the stamps issued since the first edition stretch this one to just under 900 catalogue pages, hence the cover price, but this can be amortised over several years.

IRAQ: POSTAL HISTORY 1920s to 1940s Douglas Armitage and Robert Johns, Publ Stuart Rossiter Trust, PO Box 34, Wheathampstead, Herts. AL4 8JY www.rossitertrust.com Received 6th February 2013 ISBN 978-0-9545207-3-1 £38+ P&P

Although published some time ago, the Trust decided to make this its Book of the Month for February, and happily this coincides with the new Michel Gulf States Catalogue, reviewed above.
The sub-title of this volume is “Airlines, Air Routes, Internal & External Postage Rates, Airmail Fees, charges for various other postal services, censorship and postally relevant historical matters.” It covers a period of great change and development in the way mail was transported to and from Iraq and all parts of the world, resulting from advances of air travel, the Second World War and other political influences.
There are 354pp in this hefty A4 paperback of which five are needed to list the detailed contents, which is effectively divided into eight Parts. The first two deal with the Routes for both Surface and Airmail letters, with references to the Overland Routes to Europe, Egypt and Africa, then the specific airlines with maps of their particular routes, periods of operation etc.
Parts three, four and five then provide details of Postage Rates from 1922 to 1950, mainly in tabular form in chronological order and occupying about 230 pages. Headings include Destination, Rate Date, Services, Routeing, Surface Rate, Air Fee, and 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th steps with rate and weight information. Later parts include Postage Due information with Tax-marks; Registration etiquettes; Postage rates from the UK, USA, France, Egypt, Belgium, etc. to Iraq; Censorship marks, both British and Iraqi.
There are numerous colour or black and white illustrations of covers and markings, mainly in the textual sections: and finally there is an extensive Bibliography and detailed Index.



I am grateful to Vera Trinder Ltd, who provided my review copies of the following 3 titles.

LEN JURY CATALOGUE of NEW ZEALAND STAMPS 2013 (43rd Edit.) Publ Len Jury Ltd, PO Box 4400 Auckland 1140, NZ www.lenjury.com Received 1st February 2013 ISBN 9416421-13026-3 £7.50

The latest edition (see Exporter June 2012 for the last) is now in A5 paperback format in full colour, with new issues up to January 2013. All issues are listed in chronological order, with black year-numbered page corners for quick access. As before Framas, Pigeongrams, Postal Fiscals, Life Insurance, Express Delivery, Postage Dues and Ross Dependency issues have their own sections. The Len Jury 2010-2012 Personalised Postage (CALs) items are on the back cover. Year Packs, Albums and Collector Folders are also priced.
As before the listings are on a simplified basis with no regard to perforations or watermarks, but First Day Covers are included and priced, together with the usual mint or unmounted, and fine used items. All design or face value different items are illustrated, as are Miniature sheets. Tick boxes are provided alongside each entry.
Prices are the publisher’s retail prices and obviously reflect the local market, and with the NZ dollar at about two to the one Pound, conversion is a simple calculation. Throughout the catalogue are useful notes, many about Revenues, and also complimentary quotes from satisfied customers.
Jury continue to give a free gift with every order over £50, the value of which increases with the value of the order.


NORGESKATALOGEN 2013 (catalogue of the Postage Stamps of Norway) 65th Edition Publ Oslo Filatelistklubb, Frydenlundgate 14, NO 0169 Oslo, Norway www.oslofilatelistklubb.no Received 1st February 2013 ISBN 978-82-997618-7-1 N.Kr 375 £45

I last reviewed this title in the April 2010 Exporter and this latest edition subtitled “Specialised Catalogue” certainly merits that acclamation. It includes all issues to November 2012, and is a full-colour quality paperback of some 470 catalogue pages. The Foreword and the extensive Introductory Notes, (which include Printing Processes, Postmarks, Forgeries, etc.) and many of the introductory sections and prose notes in the catalogue are bi-lingual with English. There are several articles dealing with the stamp production: at Knudsens to 1937; at Moestue from 1937 to 1974, and at the Bank of Norway from 1962 to 2000: then others dealing with paper types from the 1990s to date.
Other sections deal in detail with Stamp and Vending Machine Booklets, Coil Stamps, Franking Labels, Personalised Stamps, Officials, Postage Dues and Returned Letter Stamps. There is an extensive Norwegian/English/German vocabulary which helps make the catalogue listings themselves, easily available to the non-Norwegian reader.
Then there is a specialised 25pp section for the Posthorn issues, followed by tables of Postal Rates 1877-2012.
For the postmark enthusiast the “Schweizer-type” post-markers in use from 1889-1930 have a good introductory article, though only in Norwegian. This is followed by an extensive table of use on a town by town basis, which also provides a scarcity rating.
Unusually, the prices listed for stamps are for the “sale/exchange of single stamps between collectors.” Bulk prices or poorer condition items will be less; over the dealer’s counter, higher. The editors again note increases for desirable items, but a slack, even falling demand, for general material, except for modern used material, and classic FDCs.
Finally there is a list of stamp shops in Norway, with addresses, phone numbers e-Mail addresses and web-sites.



OFFICIËLE POSTZEGELCATALOGUS (58th Edition) 2013: Volume 1: BELGIË/BELGIQUE.
Volume 2: BELGISCHE Ex-KOLONIËN/AMCIENNES COLONIES BELGES Publ. B.B.K.P.H. Centrumgalerij kantoor 343, Kleerkoperstr.17, B-1000 Brussels, Belgium www.bbkph.be Received 1st February 2013 ISBN 978-90-8133125-8 €28.50 £35

Although sold as a set, this title now comprises two A4 paperbacks, Volume 1 700pp, and Volume 2 250pp (see April 2012 Exporter for my last review). Both are in full colour throughout, and probably contain as much information as most collectors would want. Both are bilingual in French and Dutch; the page layout is clear, with good use of colour-banding for headings, set prices etc. The single column layout means every stamp or miniature sheet is illustrated alongside its entry.
There are over 30 different sections for Belgium including Railway Stamps, Military, Newspaper, Locals, Telephone and Telegraphs etc. also Kilo-post, Pre-cancels, Coil stamps, Booklets, Cartes Postales, etc. and also include the Private and Semi-official overprinted or perfined issues. The latest issues included are the June 2012 issues. There is a substantial Design Index.
The classic issues are well covered with prices for multiples, varieties and use on cover etc. For numbers 1 and 2, prices are also quoted for the individual numbers of both the horizontal and vertical bars numeral obliterators.
The former colonies and subsequent post-independence issues are both included in Volume 2, with coloured page-edges to make country finding easy. In addition there is a full list of the members of the Belgian Dealers Chamber.


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MARCH 2013

STANLEY GIBBONS STAMP CATALOGUE Part 21: SOUTH EAST ASIA (5th Edition, 2012) Publ. Stanley Gibbons Publications, 7 Parkside, Christchurch Road, Ringwood, Hants BH24 3SH www.stanleygibbons.com Received 10th January 2013 ISBN 978-0-85259-819-1 £44.95

It has been eight years since the 4th edition was published, and this has been a very active market. Hence, collectors and dealers will have to look very carefully at both pricing and new varieties, (see the detail on page “iv”) as well as catching up with new issues. Very few issues show increases of less than 50%, and many are double or even more of the previous prices.
This volume is now in the larger B5 size, and has been reset, enabling the publisher to include the new issues, as well as the two new Design Indexes for Indonesia and Laos, in the same page extent. Some achievement, but it does mean an increase in the cover price. There are still a few black and white illustrations to be converted, mainly early issues. The contents list has been expanded to make the catalogue more user-friendly, and there is a full Index at the end.
Latest issues included for Indonesia are April 2012, and Vietnam June 2012, but apart from Burma/Myanmar to January 2010, the other countries are shown to various months usually in late 2011. However later Philippines issues to June 2012 were published in the Gibbons Stamp Monthly February 2013 issue.
Notable editorial revisions, since the last edition, include separate listings for both types of the “B” overprint for British Post Offices in Bangkok, though these have been shown in the “red book” for some years; and some more items in the Siamese Post Offices Abroad.
This is a hefty 700pp paperback, and the only single volume catalogue for this area published in English.

STANLEY GIBBONS COMMONWEALTH STAMP CATALOGUE: WINDWARD ISLANDS & BARBADOS. (2nd Edition 2012) Publ. Stanley Gibbons, 7 Parkside, Christchurch Road, Ringwood, BH24 3SH www.stanleygibbons.com Received 10th January 2013 ISBN 978-0-85259-852-8 £27.95

Once again this volume follows the Leeward Islands catalogue (see Exporter December 2012) and as before includes Barbados, Dominica, Grenada & the Grenadines, St Lucia, and St Vincent & the Grenadines. The issues and prices up to 1970 have been taken directly from the latest Empire volume, and the later QE issues, have been especially revised and re-priced.
New issues are included to July 2012 for Barbados, November 2011 for Dominica, April 2012 for Grenada, February 2012 for St Lucia, and June 2012 for St Vincent.
This edition has been reset into the B5 2-column format, and now extends to over 450pp, in full colour throughout.
Five years since the QE issues were last re-priced mean there have been some significant changes, particularly with items, which are not regularly included in the simplified Stamps of the World Catalogues. The publisher also notes increases in all areas up to the 1950s, and also many stamps issued since 2000.
The 1842 “Crowned Circle” hand-stamps and early GB Used Abroad items are included at the beginning of each country where these occur, and there are the usual guides to pricing of stamps on covers.
Some new varieties not in the last edition include more St Vincent 1993-2004 local surcharges; the 1955 50c Chocolate inverted watermark is now priced @ £1000 used; the St Lucia 1863 “Sex pence” error increases to £3250; the Barbados 1935 1d “Damaged Turret” has doubled to £500.


BRITISH COMMONWEALTH REVENUES 2012 9th Edition J Barefoot Ltd.203 Clifford House, 7-9 Clifford St, York, YO19 9RA www.jbarefoot.co.uk Received 18th October 2012, ISBN 0-906845-72-6 £60

John Barefoot published his first edition of this volume in 1980 after purchasing some GB and Commonwealth revenues from Robson Lowe in 1978. At that time the only catalogue he could use was that published by Forbin in 1915. John’s first edition was a pretty slim volume, but this 9th edition has grown to over 400 pages, in A4 format and includes almost two-hundred and fifty countries. It is also in full colour.
Each country appears in alphabetical order, and then the various categories of revenue are listed chronologically within alphabetical order. Thus Abu Dhabi has “Revenue”, Aden has “Court Fee, Notarial and Revenue,” Antigua has “Stamp Duty,” Australia has “Beer Tax, Customs Duty, Departure Tax, Entertainments Tax, Immigration, Patent Office and Tax Instalment” etc. and so on to Zululand “Revenue.”
A wide-ranging variety of revenues is now included, and apart from those mentioned you will find Law Stamps, Bill of Exchange, Foreign Bill, High Court, Receipt Stamps, Land Registry, National Insurance and Unemployment, Social Security, Forestry Fund, Hospitals Aid Tax, Racing Service, Buffalo Fly Control, Dog Licence, Honey Seal, Passport & Visa, Migrant Workers, Share Transfer, Vehicle Tax, TV Licences, Cigarette Tax, etc, even a Brick Tax.
Often a tax category has a brief explanation of its use and scope. Then the usual philatelic style listing provides details with differences such as watermarks, perforations, and overprint types, when relevant, being listed separately.
All the stamps are priced for normal fiscal use, which is usually by means of a PAID/date-stamp or manuscript cancellation, often in purple or red, however the stamps are sometimes found colour embossed, or with perforated initials, (perfins).
Many new items have been added to this edition. However, many prices remain unchanged even from my old 2002 edition.
The use of colour really makes this easy to use, and identification of the different types much quicker.
John also publishes individual volumes for many European countries including Albania and Greece, Austria, Benelux area, Bulgaria and Romania, Czechoslovakia, Russia and Yugoslavia which a currently in print. Others including the Baltic States, Germany, Italy, Poland, Portugal, Scandinavia and Spain are either out of print or have new editions planned. Full details are on the web site.
I understand that this 9th edition has already sold out its first print run and a reprint is in hand.

COLLECTING BRITISH FIRST DAY COVERS 2013: 32nd edition. A. G. Bradbury, 3 Link Road, Stoneygate, Leicester LE2 3RA www.bfdc.co.uk Received 16th January 2013 ISBN 978-0-9567991-1-1 £20

Subtitled “the complete guide to the variety of first day covers and postmarks available for each Royal Mail stamp issue,” this latest edition includes issues to November 2012 and follows the same trusted and extensively detailed format as previous volumes.
The unchanging, long and informative introduction to First Day Collecting is a must read, even for experienced collectors or dealers.
Although the lists of postmarks for each commemorative are comprehensive and the book is profusely illustrated it is not possible to show all the variations of postmarks/covers. However some 30,000 items can be seen, and down-loaded at the publisher’s web site www.bfdc.co.uk/postmarks, which is fully searchable.
Definitive items are also well covered, and divided into various sections to make each less cumbersome.
Prices are usually given in two columns, - plain and illustrated covers for earlier items; phosphor and non-phosphor sets where relevant; ordinary and official/sponsored covers from 1967; and Windsor and Other FDI postmarks for Definitives.
Prices show some movement upwards, but these in the main are for high-end items, the PUC £1 for example, or for top end special postmarks and Official covers. The vast majority of prices are static: Bureau postmarks @ £2, £3, £4 for example, and special postmarks in the £10-£30 ranges don’t appear to have altered. This is a quality paperback; with no increase in the £20 cover price. Excellent value; nothing else on the market comes close to this 260+pp volume.


VACCARI VENDITA A PREZO NETTO (Catalogo 81) 2012-2013 Publ. Vaccari, Via M Buonarroti 46, 41058 Vignola (Modena) Italy www.vaccari.it Received December 2012 No ISBN Free

Vaccari publish philatelic books, and also sell stamps, and this now annual publication provides its selling prices for stamps individually up to 1952, and in commemorative year sets thereafter to 1998. It includes all the Italian States and the various periods of Italian government, as well as Officials and Parcel Post. For issues after 1900 cross reference is made to Sassone and Unificato catalogue numbers.
Although relatively simplified, the publishers provide a five-page illustrated section defining five grades of quality for the Italian States, and four grades for later issues.
The illustrations in the States section often show used copies thus helping to provide a guide to the correct postmarks for each issue and state. Prices given vary but may include used, used on cover, mint and/or unmounted mint, also without gum.
9000 copies are printed and distributed free, so an e-mail to info@vaccari.it would no doubt enable a copy to be sent on request.


STAMPS OF AUSTRALIA: The Stamp Collector’s Reference Guide; 13th Edition Editor: Alan Pitt. Publ Rennicks Publications, Unit 3, 37-39 Green St, Banksmeadow, NSW 2019, Australia. Received 11th January 2013 ISBN 978-0-98733-8600 $A19.95

This latest edition, (see Exporter May 2009 for review of the 11th edition), now includes all issues up to June 2012, and extends to 281 catalogue pages, plus adverts, in the usual full-colour glossy A5 paperback format. The simplified listing does include miniature sheets, se-tenant items and modern booklets, as well as First Day covers, but no watermark or perforation variations are listed. Self-adhesive stamps are only listed if only available in that form or in a booklet but are noted, though unpriced where they occur in sheet form etc.
A very simplified listing of the States is included which does include overprinted Official stamps and Postage Dues. Issues for BCOF, Australian Antarctic Territory, Australian Officials, both perfined and overprinted are included, the former in a separate listing, the overprints within the main listing. There is a separate section for Framas, but the popular Australian Postage Dues are omitted, though the States issues are included.
Tick boxes are provided for both mint and average used for the States: mint and unmounted mint up to decimalization, then only unmounted mint and fine used for all decimal issues.
Prices are based on a range of dealer prices, auction realisations, advertisements etc. The minimum price remains at 30c. A small section of advertisements helps to keep the cover price down to a very competitive level. The handy size makes it popular with collectors despite the simplified listings.






FEBRUARY 2013

MICHEL CHINA 2103 CATALOGUE Volume 1 Published by Schwaneberger VERLAG GMBH, Ohmstraße 1, 85716 Unterschleißheim Germany www.michel.de Received 13th December 2012 ISBN 978-3-95402-036-2 €74. £74.

The first volume of the Far East catalogue is now in full colour and has been reset in the larger format now favoured by this publisher. As before it contains the stamps of China, Taiwan, People’s Republic of China (with FDC-valuations), Hong Kong, Macau, Manchuria, Tibet, and the Japanese Occupation of China. New this year is the inclusion of Post Offices Abroad in China and Jiaozhou Bay, (Great Britain, German Empire, France, Indochina, Italy, Japan, Russia and United States of America)
All issues are included from the 1878 Large Dragons, including the early Local issues, with Taiwan to May 2012, Peoples Republic, and Hong Kong to August 2012, (including the British period issues), and Macau to June 2012. The general price trend for all areas is upwards, especially for stamp issues of the People’s Republic China for all periods, and for the classical issues of the Empire, etc.
As well as basic stamps, postage dues, etc., the modern Machine labels are included and priced both mint and used. Almost all images have been replaced by better quality colour ones.
There are many editorial improvements and additions; for example, a thorough revision of old Chinese local issues, and supplements to sheet formats of the PRC.
A full index to countries in all the Michel Overseas catalogues is provided.
Despite the conversion to colour, the larger size means slightly fewer pages, hence only a £10 increase in the price.


MICHEL CEPT-KATALOG 2013 Published by SCHWANEBERGER VERLAG GMBH, Ohmstraße 1, 85716 Unterschleißheim Germany www.michel.de Received 13th November 2012 ISBN 978-3-95402-012-6 €52 £52

As usual this contains the main CEPT issues; the forerunner issues; official stamps for the Council of Europe; EFTA, Helsinki Accords and NATO issues, the Scandinavia joint issues and Europe issues as well as the stamp issues celebrating 50 years of Europe Stamps.
There were fifty-nine issuing authorities for the main Europa issues during 2012. There are 538 catalogue pages, with some 4800 colour illustrations, and about 18,000 prices, (see Exporter February 2012 for review of last edition).
The catalogue listings follow the previous format, each major section being organised by year, and each year showing all the issues for that year in alphabetical order by country. This includes type differences, colour and perforation varieties, FDC prices, gutter pairs, postal stationery, official souvenir sheets and special prints, as well as printing quantities
This is now a very stable market, and although prices have been reviewed I found it difficult to find any changes. Just 2 GB FDCs in the 1960s, and the Andorra Spanish set for 1972, though the year-prices list on page 365 shows some changes downwards for 1960, 1971 and 1972, they were fairly minimal. The publisher also mentions Balkans and Liechtenstein joint issues showing increases.
A complete set from 1956-2012 is now @ €11637 (last year €11344) unmounted mint, and €9353 (€9083) fine used, both figures being little more than the price of the 2012 issues added to last year’s totals.

THE POSTAL HISTORY OF THE OXFORD UNION SOCIETY TO 1920. Vincent West FRPSL, Publ RPSL 41 Devonshire Place, London, W1G 6JY www.rpsl.org.uk received 16th November 2012 ISBN 978-0-900631-60-3 £17

The red “O.U.S.” overprints found on the QV 1d stars and plates are known to GB specialists and dealers, and are listed in the Stanley Gibbons Great Britain Specialized catalogue volume 1: Queen Victoria. However the origins of the Oxford Union Society, originally founded as the United Debating Society in 1825, and the benefits provided to members is less well known. As well as providing reading and smoking rooms, a well-stocked library, weekly debates, and a writing room with provision of stationery at its premises in the heart of Oxford, it also provided free postage from the 1840s, a privilege known as “Composition.”
For a small membership fee, collected each term, members’ letters were either hand delivered unstamped and free within a short radius of the meeting rooms, or were stamped by the Union and handed in to the Post Office. Generally they were at the penny rate, but two-penny letters were also handled free. Overseas letters were stamped at the appropriate rate and the sender made up the difference.
To maintain security, and avoid staff cashing unused stamps at the post office, the Union decided to overprint the stamps purchased in sheets from the post office with the letters “O.U.S.” between two wavy lines. It was the first organization to do this in the UK. The stamps are relatively scarce to find, especially on covers, and even more so the later under-prints on the 1d venetians and lilacs.
The Union had complied with the under-print requirement from 1871. It was still delivering unstamped local letters by messenger and in 1885 a dispute arose with the post office over the provision of this free delivery service. However by 1887 after several bouts of correspondence and protestation, and some modifications by the Union the matter was quietly allowed to rest.
The author provides a history of the Union and its postal procedures, considers the format of the printing plates and discusses the printers and printings of the various issues, backed up with colour illustrations of varieties, covers, and postal stationery items.
He also includes some detail of senders and recipients; stewards; analyses usages for different years; lists sources and references, provides a useful bibliography and indexes. All in a 54pp paperback.
PICTURE POSTCARD ANNUAL 2013 EDITION Publ. Reflections of a Bygone Age, 15 Debdale Lane, Keyworth, Nottingham NG12 5HT www.postcardcollecting.co.uk Received November 2012 ISBN 978-1-905408-30-6 £4.75

The 33rd edition of this popular, not to say essential, A4 magazine format annual, delivers again the usual mix of articles and information, provides a review of the year past, and looks forward to the many events already scheduled for 2013.
Mr Punch who celebrates his 350th birthday is the feature article, but others include Marie Studholme, Christmas Food, Yorkshire dialects and habits, and a fine illustrated romantic correspondence on PPCs from the 1902/3 period.
A review of the Postcard Scene Around the World, is provided mainly by local correspondents or dealers and this often includes details of clubs and dealers, auctions and major fairs. Each of the UK Postcard Clubs, including special interest ones, are also listed with details of meeting places, subscriptions and contacts.
The editor is again looking to update the list of First Recorded Dates, which includes UK and Overseas topical cards, by town or country; Artists; Publishers and Subjects.
The Postcard Events Diary for 2013 in the UK is already looking very full, and separate section also details the organizers and auctioneers, including contact details. As usual there is a comprehensive Directory of Postcard Dealers with contact details and specialities. This is followed by a UK location guide to retail outlets by area, and the Annual Guide to PPCs on the Internet. Moderns, including those issued during 2012, are not forgotten
There is an extensive Bibliography of PPC books. The comprehensive detailed index to all issues of the Picture Postcard Monthly and the annuals has been updated.
No PPC enthusiast, be they dealer, collector, auctioneer or organizer should be without this volume, especially at this competitive price.



125 JAHE BRIEFMARKEN-CLUB HANNOVER von 1886 e.V. publ by the Society, sponsored by Auktionshuas Christoph Gärtner Gmbh & Co, KG Received November 2012 No ISBN €35

This substantial hardcover volume of 304pp is published in part as a history of the club, but mostly to highlight the gems of Hanoverian philately as selected and written up by the committee and members of the club. Commencing with three Forewords by the President, the Editors and the Sponsor, it then has about 35 pages of history of the club, with brief year summaries from 1886, the details of the regular exhibitions, also giving details of the medal winners. There is also a brief history of the German & Colonies Philatelic Society and its links with Hannover.
However the main content of the book is a vast array of shorter and longer articles about particular gems, from pre-stamp to relatively modern, many of which deal with the postal history, mixed frankings, overseas destinations, exceptional rates etc, and all beautifully illustrated in full colour throughout.
The text is in German throughout, and a good reading knowledge of this language is essential to get the most out of this volume. Regretfully there is no index, so finding any particular item is impossible: it’s a voyage of discovery: Mexico, Jammu-Kashmir, Zeppelins, UPU Congress, Tsingtau, United Nations, Caspary item face to face with Jakob Engel both dated August 1861; Olympics, post-war Zonals, even an item from 1646. Wow!!

SCOTT 2013 SPECIALIZED CATALOGUE of UNITED STATES STAMPS & COVERS Scott Publishing Co, 911 Vandemark Road, Sidney, Ohio 45365-0828 USA www.amosadvantage.com Received 21st October 2012 ISBN 978-0-89487-475-8 $99.99 £72.50

Wayne Youngblood in his article in the December 2012 Exporter dealt extensively with the introduction of the Postal Forgeries section, and revision to the Grills listings, so I don’t need to go over these again.
However as always there are other additions and amendments worth mentioning, and these include 30 new errors added to the Postage stamp listings, 11 new Test Stamps, 13 errors added to the Postal Stationery, 6 in the Revenues and 8 new Essays.
The publishers have undertaken a revision of the Trial Colour, Die and Plate Proofs section resulting in a large number of number changes. All these new and revised entries occupy a full page of Additions, Deletion and Number Changes.
Although there are about 7,800 price changes, the Editor describes these as “modest,” in “a relatively calm marketplace.” There are many changes in the Postal Stationery sections, most of these being “modest” decreases.



SG SIMPLIFIED CATALOGUE: STAMPS OF THE WORLD 2013 Edit. Publ. Stanley Gibbons Publications Ltd, 7 Parkside, Christchurch Road, Ringwood, Hants BH24 3SH www.stanleygibbons.com Received 10th January 2013 6 volumes sold as a set ISBN 978-0-85259-861-1 £249.95

As last year “Stamps of the World” is published as a single set of six limp-cover volumes, each approximately 950pp in full colour. The publisher has maintained the same set price, despite over 2200 new listings and over 800 new illustrations. However I note that each volume has its own ISBN and is individually priced @ £49.95. Volume 1 contains The Identification section and multi-language “Glossary of Terms” as well as the two articles by Paul Brittain, “Putting on a Good Show” which deals with mounting and presentation, and “To include, or not to include, that is the question” which discusses what is acceptable in a collection.
The improved page layout introduced in the last edition has been continued, with red for the date of issue, and blue underlining for each priced item. Footnotes, mentioning “Self-Adhesives” for example, are provided.
Prices have been updated in line with the recent Empire 1840-1970 and full-period single country or area catalogues issued since the last set, or due to be published with or immediately after this edition. These include Great Britain and the Channel Islands, Isle of Man, China including Taiwan, Slovakia, & Czech Republic, Poland, Germany, Southern and Central Africa, Australia, Falklands Islands and Dependencies.
This is still the only whole-world catalogue issued as one entity in any language, and is ideal for the general or thematic collector. Last year’s questionnaire seeking collectors’ opinions on future publishing arrangements presumably confirmed their liking for the present arrangement for this catalogue, as there has been no significant change.



JANUARY 2013

THE ROYAL MARINES: HOME & ABROAD: A POSTAL HISTORY 1664-1994 Bob Swarbrick, Publ by The Stuart Rossiter Trust, c/o John Jackson, 17 Cambridge Avenue, Melton Mowbray, LE13 0AA Received 27th October 2012 ISBN 0-9545207-1-8 £36 + P&P

Following Bob’s death earlier this year, the Rossiter Trust have made this their Book of the Month, (November), and it is re-issued as a tribute to Bob, who himself was a “bootneck” Royal Marine many years ago.
In it, Bob traces the history of the regiment from its inception in 1664 as the Duke of York and Albany’s Maritime Regiment of Foot, through its various campaigns and peacetime rolls to 1994. He does this by using actual letters, postcards etc to show the postal history, but also by providing typescripts of the contents where relevant. This is all backed up by numerous photos, pictures and other documents.
Significant events of course include Gibraltar 1704, (from where the regiment takes the only battle honour borne on the Regimental Colour), the American War 1814, the First Carlist War 1833-1839, Balaclava 1854, the Second Opium War 1856-60, Suakin 1883, Boer War, Boxer Uprising, both World Wars, Korea, Kuwait and the Falklands wars.
More peaceful events include relief help at various earthquakes and disasters; numerous ships are mentioned; and much else. There cannot be many places where the Marines have not been at some time or another, especially of course within the British Empire, but also in China and Japan, in the Mediterranean and Caribbean areas, and Europe.
In all 91 events are included, in chronological order with letters to or from serving officers and men, and high-lighting the postal markings, cachets etc which appear on them; also photographs, picture postcards and other material. Details are also provided of routes and rates.
There is also a useful index of people, places, ships etc. within the 176 pages of this fine A4 paperback, which is profusely illustrated, though mainly in black and white.



THE SOWER, A COMMON LITTLE FRENCH STAMP Ashley Lawrence, FRPSL, Publ France & Colonies Philatelic Society (GB), c/o Richard Broadhurst, PO Box 448, Teddington, TW11 1AZ, www.fcps.org.uk Received 1st November 2012 ISBN 0-9519601-8-0 £39.50 (+£5.25 P&P for UK)

I cannot imagine any stamp collector not knowing the Sower design, or to give her the native title of “La Semeuse,” from France, first introduced in 1903 and the source of many different values, colour changes and design modifications. Its centenary in 2003 was marked by the issue of a special booklet with 5 x €0.50 Sowers with 5 Marianne NVI stamps.
This book traces the history both of the Cameo and the Lined Sowers, of their design features, the various Dies, the Postal Stationery, the overprinted issues for use in France or overseas, as well as Money-Stamps and Collectables. The author’s commentary is comprehensive and complimentary to the detailed tables which appear throughout the book.
Each of the twenty-two chapters deals with a particular issue, a particular value, or other item, and there are five Appendixes. These deal with Identification of the various issues, Papers and Printing Methods, a Glossary, Bibliography and sources, and finally a colour illustrated Index of all the basic stamps in value order. Forgeries, where known, are included in the appropriate value chapter, with good information on detection etc.
This is a fine 256pp A4 paperback in full colour, with many illustrations, tables, diagrams, even cartoons.

FRANCE & COLONIES PHILATELIC SOCIETY (GB)
Founded in 1949, the FCPS currently has almost 400 members and its facilities are highlighted on its web site, and on a page in this book. These include a quarterly Journal, 2 club book circuits, 2 or 3 auctions per annum, four Day-meetings in various parts of the country and an annual weekend usually near Stratford-Upon-Avon at about Easter-time. It has an impressive library of over 400 books, and in recent years has published several key books.

MICHEL BRIEF-KATALOG DEUTSCHLAND 2012/13 Published by Schwaneberger Verlag GMBH, Ohmstraße 1, 85716 Unterschleißheim Germany www.michel.de Received 23rd October 2012 ISBN 978-3-95402-000-3 €89 £89

The latest edition, (the last was in 2008, see Exporter November 2008), remarkably includes issues up to October 2012, and has expanded by some one hundred pages to 1274pp.
As before, it includes all areas, together with the States and Colonies, the wartime and Zonal issues, also the 1922/3 locals, and new this time local issues since 1945. There are some pre-stamp listings going as far back as the early 1700s.
Prices are provided for the basic stamps used at the correct rate, multiples of the same issue to make up a correct rate, and mixed frankings. More multiple frankings have been added for the Bundes period 1949 to 1968. Booklet panes and Machine Vended Labels have separate sections as do the POL perfins. There are useful tables of postal rates throughout, including the difficult Inflation period. Shades and particular stamp combinations are also included when relevant, and there are many useful notes throughout. Many chapters have been revised.
Almost 46,000 prices are now provided, and have been revised to reflect latest market levels. There are about 13,000 colour illustrations. The list of Experts is included.


SCOTT 2013 CLASSIC SPECIALIZED CATALOGUE of STAMPS & COVERS Publ. Scott Publishing Co., 911 Vandemark Road, Sidney, Ohio 45365-0828, USA www.amosadvantage.com $149.99

I do not have a copy of the book, only the editor’s letter, but this is usually pretty informative and can be relied upon to be accurate. There are some 13000+ price changes following the various changes to the issues covered in the Standard Catalogue, however there are another 8000+ for items only listed in this volume. Most of them were upwards.
The editors have embarked on a special project to review more expensive stamps, specifically those stamps with catalogue values of $2,500 or more. In this edition the review has been completed through to Fiji. The values for the remaining countries will be updated for the 2014 edition. In addition there are substantial gains for never-hinged and on-cover values for a number of countries including Liechtenstein and Sweden.
One of the major editorial enhancements made to this year’s edition is the reorganization of the Portugal Ceres listings, now by date, paper type and perforation, resulting in a lot of renumbering, and some 50 new listings. Semi-official Air-post stamps of Bavaria and Germany are listed for the first time. Other countries with new or revised listings include New Zealand, Alaouites, Afghanistan, Bolivia Zeppelins, China, and French Post Offices Abroad.
Users are referred to the New Numbers page for both major and minor additions.



I am grateful to Vera Trinder Ltd. for providing my review copy of the next two titles.

N.V.P.H. SPECIALE CATALOGUE 2013: Postzegels van Nederland en overzeese rijksdelen. 72nd Edition. Publ N.V.P.H. Secretariat, Weteringkade 45, 2515 AL ‘s- Gravenhage, Netherlands www.NVPH.nl Received October 2012 ISBN 978 9073646 575 €29.90 £30

This title is published by the dealers association in the Netherlands and therefore provides an accurately priced retail catalogue for general issues. It is also a good guide to the more specialised items and varieties where other factors need to be taken into account. It includes plate flaws, miniature sheets, booklets, airmails, FDCs, postage dues, officials, Framas, proofs, varieties, parcel post, specimens, and stamps on cover.
It also includes the Dutch Indies, Indonesia, Dutch New Guinea, Curacao, Dutch Antilles, Aruba, and Surinam which each have colour coded page-edges for easy location.
Plates, printings, perforations etc are all listed for the earlier issues, and later issues’ details include blocks, first day covers, printing quantities etc.
For the Netherlands plate flaws, a separate grey-edged section provides detailed enlarged illustrations and prices. Then, there follows a white-edged section illustrating and pricing the official NVPH First Day covers, and Presentation Packs.
There is a full list of the dealers, and a bibliography.
Although written in Dutch, and priced in Euros, it is generally easy to follow. My copy this year is a superb 830pp hardcover with new issues listed to July 2012. This year the giveaway proof-card (number 10) is of the 1963 4c+4c Windmill. There is a bookmark on a string which provides details of the abbreviations used in the book.
Highly recommended, especially at this price.


FACIT 2013 SPECIAL (Scandinavia) 66th Edition Publ Facit Förlags AB, Box 321, 721 07 Västerås, Sweden. www.facit.se Received October 2012 ISBN 91-86564-70-6 £52

Since the 2012 edition (see PE June 2012), new issues to either May or June 2012 have been added. It is a substantial paperback volume, in full colour, bi-lingual in Swedish and English throughout, with the English text in italics following the Swedish in the philatelic headings, individual catalogue items and notes.
It is by far the most comprehensive single volume catalogue for the Scandinavian countries, with an extensive table of contents which includes an extensive section on Swedish proof material; Sweden and Finland early stamps used on covers, with rarity factors; Norwegian, Danish West Indies and Finnish pre-stamps, etc. The index also refers the user to earlier editions for other specialist sections, such as Swedish Revenues and Locals which are not included in this edition.
There is a major study article by Ellis Glatt, in English, entitled “An Expert’s Guide to the Iceland Í Gildi ’02-’03 Overprints” well illustrated and embracing both the stamps and the postal stationery.
Major categories such as Booklets, Officials, Postage Dues, Franking labels, First Day Covers are included in their own sections for each country as relevant. Postal Stationery is included for Danish West Indies, Iceland and Åland; but users need to refer to the 2012 edition for the Swedish section. A certain amount of postmark information is provided, especially Iceland.
Stamp prices are usually given for mint and/or un-mounted mint; used, used on cover, and complete sets with separate sections for Year packs/books. Shades and varieties are included in detail, especially for the earlier issues.
A list of the Swedish dealers, and a guide to condition and valuations are also provided, as is the five language dictionary in English/German/French/Italian and Spanish.
The essential volume for serious collectors of Scandinavia.



DECEMBER 2012

SCOTT 2013 STANDARD POSTAGE STAMP CATALOGUE VOLUME 6: COUNTRIES San Marino - Z of the WORLD. Scott Publishing Co, 911 Vandemark Road, Sidney, Ohio 45365-0828 USA www.amosadvantage.com Received 24th September 2012 ISBN 978-0-89487-474-1 $99.99 £60

The final part of the 2013 Standard Catalogue continues the pricing trends of the earlier volumes, for the same reasons. Countries in this volume with large numbers of price changes include Yugoslavia (almost 4000), South West Africa, Tanzania, Sri Lanka and Ukraine all with over 1000 each, Turks and Caicos Islands (about 850) etc.
In general the stamps of the 1960s, 1970s and early 1980s are down due to “lethargic demand” and “deep stocks.” In contrast those of the last ten years where print runs were smaller, thematic interest more precise are up. Examples given include the Serbian issues from 2003 to date, South Georgia from 1999-2011, and modern Ukraine.
Varieties as always are up, in particular I note that the Virgin Islands 1867 1s “Missing Madonna” is now $225,000 matching the increase in the new SG Part One where it stands at £150,000.
There have been some significant editorial additions in Yemen where some 26 sets previously only foot-noted plus another 80 sets of the 1967-1972 period not mentioned at all previously, are given full status and priced. The perf 12½ varieties of the Yugoslavia 1937 Air Post set now have minor numbers. Many more unmounted mint set prices have been added in both the postage and the back-of-the-book issues, and more information and prices of imperforate issues.
A few early varieties have been added in South Russia, South West Africa and Sudan, all listed on the full page of Additions, Deletions, and Changes.

STANLEY GIBBONS COMMONWEALTH STAMP CATALOGUE: LEEWARD ISLANDS. (2nd Edition) Publ. Stanley Gibbons, 7 Parkside, Christchurch Road, Ringwood, BH24 3SH www.stanleygibbons.com Received 25th September 2012 ISBN 978-0-85259-848-1 £27.95

The second edition of this title, (see Exporter August 2007 for review of the first edition), is now in the B5 “Concise” two-column format in full colour.
It still includes the stamps of Anguilla, (to December 2009), Antigua and Barbuda, (to September 2011), British Virgin Islands, (to April 2011), Leeward Islands, Montserrat, (to December 2011), Saint Kitts, (to July 2011), and Nevis, (to November 2011).
As is usual with the Sectionals, the issues and prices up to 1970 have been taken directly from the latest Empire volume, however the later QE issues have been have been especially reviewed and re-priced for this volume.
As some five years have passed since the first edition there have been many price changes, particularly the popular plate varieties; mint King George the Sixth; but also those QE items, which are not included in the simplified Stamps of the World Catalogues. Recent thematic type sets are also in demand.
The early GB Used Abroad items are of course included at the beginning of each country where these occur, and booklets have a section at the end of each country. The useful guides to pricing of stamps on covers up to the 1950s are now highlighted in colour.
A look in the various Part 1 editions since 2007, will show what new varieties have been added; many of them are watermark variations, but others to spot include Montserrat GVI, Leeward Islands Broken “E” on GVI 5/-s. The 1995 Montserrat emergency surcharges are now also listed but not priced


STANLEY GIBBONS COMMONWEALTH STAMP CATALOGUE: INDIAN OCEAN. (2nd Edition) Publ. Stanley Gibbons, 7 Parkside, Christchurch Road, Ringwood, BH24 3SH www.stanleygibbons.com Received 25th September 2012 ISBN 978-0-85259-849-8 £18.95

The first edition passed me by. This 164pp volume includes British Indian Ocean Territory to February 2012, Madagascar British Consular and Inland Mail, Maldive Islands to December 2010, Mauritius to December 2011 and Seychelles to November 2011.
It is in the B5 “Concise” two-column format, in full colour. The issues to 1970 have been taken from the latest Part 1, while later issues have been especially reviewed and re-priced for this edition.
Naturally there are many price increases, not least the Mauritius “Post Office” 1d and 2d which now total £2.4million (as against “only” a million six years ago). Other early locally printed Mauritius are also up; so too are the “B64” cancellations on stamps of Mauritius used for Seychelles; so too are many recent sets which have popular thematic appeal.
New varieties have been added, including watermark orientations, and more GVI plate varieties in Mauritius.


VACCARI LA LIBRERIA FILATLEICA (Catalogo 30) & LA LIBRERIA STORICA (Catalogo 5) Publ. Vaccari, Via M Buonarroti 46, 41058 Vignola (Modena) Italy www.vaccari.it Received 28th September 2012 No ISBN Free

This annual publication lists all those books, new and second-hand presently available from this dealer/publisher. There are some 72 A4 pages of Philatelic listings, and 64 of non-philatelic non-fiction titles.
Both sections are further divided into country or thematic interest. Naturally a high proportion is books published in Italy about Italian postal history, stamps, States or interests. However there are many more titles covering the whole world.
An e-mail to Info@vaccari.it would no doubt enable a copy to be sent, to collector or dealer.

I am grateful to Vera Trinder Ltd for providing my review copies of the following 2 titles.

2013 CATALOGO UNIFICADO EDIFIL DE SELLLOS DE ESPANA y DEPENDENCIAS POSTALES Publ Edifil S.A., Bordadores, 8. 28013 Madrid, Spain. www.edifil.es Received 18th October 2012 , ISSN 1139-286X


My last review of this title was in February 2011, and this edition follows the format of previous editions. Issues up to September 2012 for Spain, July 2012 for Andorra and November 2011 for Equatorial Guinea are included. The volume includes the stamps, miniature sheets and sheetlets, first day covers, philatelic documents and postal stationery with prices given for un-mounted mint, mint and fine used, and also for Postal Stationery, including the complicated Spanish air-letters, and other colonies postal cards etc. The Europa issues for all countries are tabulated and priced in chronological order up to 2011.
Prices in Euros are provided, including set prices, also imperforate items etc. All stamps are illustrated in full colour, as is the postal stationery. It’s easy to use, even for the non-reader of Spanish.
There are many advertisements, and also lists of the other more specialized Ediciones Edifil books, catalogues and literature. A guide to determining condition and a perforation gauge are also provided. A number of new numbers have been added and are enumerated in the introductory pages. This volume has over 450 catalogue pages.

SCHWEIZER BRIEFMARKEN KATALOG 2013 (inc Liechtenstein, UN Geneva) Publ. Multiprint Verlag, GmbH, CH4304 Giebenach, Switzerland, Received 18th October 2012, ISSN 1424-3652 Sw.Fr.35, £27

I last reviewed this title in January 2011. This edition follows the well thought out thumb-indexed format and is printed in full colour throughout. Michel numbers are given alongside the Zumstein numbers which form the basis for the listings. Most of the text is in German, with French also in the issue headings, and occasionally English.
The earliest issues are well covered with many illustrations including both mint and used copies, some in pairs, strips or blocks and with prices to match. Then the following stamps are priced for mint and/or unmounted mint, fine used, also in blocks of four, in sets, and on cover, and later for First Day Covers. The commemorative first day postmarks are also illustrated. There is a separate section for PTT Collecting pages.
The coloured thumb indexes make finding the main sections easy and include: - Standing Helvetias etc, Machine labels, Air-posts, Pro Juventute, Pro Patria, other Special issues, Officials and Postage Dues, Railway stamps, etc.
In UN Geneva, the Blue Cards, and Souvenir Folders – Annual Collections are listed in separate sections.
Liechtenstein follows a similar pattern, and here prices are also given for Swiss stamps used with Liechtenstein, (Vaduz) postmarks; for Framas; Official Congratulations cards, and special Envelopes at exhibitions.
Published for the Swiss Dealers Association, the prices therefore represent the retail market. A list of the dealers is provided including e-mail details and specialisms, also Experts.

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NOVEMBER 2012

SWEET PEAS, SUFFRAGETTES & SHOWMEN: Events that Changed the World in the RHS Halls. René Dee, Publ Phillimore & Co Ltd. Andover, Hampshire www.phillimore.co.uk Received 10th September 2012 ISBN 978-1-86077-665-6 £30

For many stamp dealers and collectors, the Royal Horticultural Halls were the home of STAMPEX for about twenty five years between 1969 and 1995, and hundreds of dealers would have been delighted by the queues of collectors in Vincent Square on the opening days. When STAMPEX moved out, a new show, later to be known as PHILATEX came in.
However the first philatelic exhibition in the RHS’s, then new, Lindley Hall goes back to 1906 when an International Stamp Exhibition was held. King George the Fifth, then Prince of Wales, was both a visitor and exhibitor. The philatelic connection continued intermittently with further exhibitions in 1912, in 1923, in 1934, and the souvenir labels and other items have become Cinderella collectors’ favourites. In 1912, some 24,000 copies of the Ideal Stamp were printed on a Wharfedale printing press at the exhibition, on paper made at the exhibition. The APEX event in 1934 produced labels, postcards, pigeon-grams, postmarks, even a medal.
Over 7000 other events have filled the halls during their 100 year history. Many were RHS Flower Shows, and many others catered for just one plant: roses, cacti, daffodils, dahlias, carnations, and camellias are just some. However the range of other events touches all walks of life; sport, politics, education, hobbies, engineering, food, wine, fashion to mention just some. The halls have been utilised for commercial and charitable events; dinners, dances and examinations; concerts, cat and dog shows, awards ceremonies.
For much of the 1920s and 1930s and again after the war the Post Office set up satellite sorting facilities to cope with the massive peak of the Xmas post.
René Dee, the author, was Managing Director of the RHS Halls and Conference Central from 1991 to 2008, and was involved in the redevelopment and changes to both the Old and New Halls, and the Conference Centre. His own knowledge, and a wide range of contacts amongst organizations which have used the halls, has allowed him to utilize an extensive network of archive resources to create this volume. The text is both erudite and entertaining, with a wealth of anecdotes, many long forgotten, in a readable style. This is fine fully illustrated hardcover volume with over 360 pages, and fully indexed including a detailed year-by-year diary of events.

KRAG MACHINE POSTMARKS OF GREAT BRITAIN & IRELAND Paul T Carter, Publ British Postmark Society, c/o 35 West End, Long Clawson, Melton Mowbray, LE13 4PE www.british postmarksociety.org.uk Received 10th September 2012 ISBN 978-0-900-21430-1 £19.50 (+£2.10 P&P to UK)

The KRAG continuous cancels are at the same time easily recognizable but often ugly and poorly struck, often found on postcards, especially during the period 1907 to the 1930s. Invented by a Norwegian, Gustav Hansen, the works manager at the Krag factory in Oslo, it was first trialled in London in 1904/5 and by 1912 about 135 machines were in use, almost 200 by 1916. They were spread at the larger offices throughout the UK, at first hand-operated, but later predominantly electric.
Although relatively slow by the standards of later machines, they could handle a wider range of mail, including thicker items, and bulk postings of circulars etc. The manual machines were affectionately, if rudely, known as “bacon slicers.”
This volume devotes fifty or so pages to the history, development and identification of the various town/date die slugs, from the first trials to the later usages stretching through to the 1980s. The author deals with normal letters, paid impressions and the triangular framed numbers/letters used on so called “circulars in imitation typewritten characters.”
However the meat of the book is in the listings, town by town of the various Krags in use at each office, showing different town/date dies as they were introduced, together with earliest and known dates etc. This section is divided into England Provincial, London, Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland, Irish Republic, Channel Islands and Isle of Man, with the Paid impressions following within each section where relevant.
Appendixes identify Telegraphic and Numerical codes, London District cross-references etc. Then there are about fifty pages which provide illustrations of just the date/town die for each office and its variations. If Krags are your thing, then you need this book, which has 277pp, and is ring bound with board covers, in the now popular B5 size.

SCOTT 2013 STANDARD POSTAGE STAMP CATALOGUE VOLUME 5: COUNTRIES N to Samoa of the WORLD. Scott Publishing Co, 911 Vandemark Road, Sidney, Ohio 45365-0828 USA www.amosadvantage.com Received 26th August 2012 ISBN 978-0-89487-473-4 $99.99 £60

In this fifth volume, there are about 14,000 price changes, and the Editor in particular mentions Saint Vincent, (1650+); Niue, (1300+); Nevis, (1000+); Nepal, (950+); Niger, (800+); Penrhyn Island, (800+), and Qatar, (almost 800).
There is a mixture of increases and decreases: issues of the 1960s to the early 1990s dropping by about 10-15%, but selected thematics after this tending to increase. In Nicaragua, for example, prices for issues of 2000-2009 show increases of 20-50%. Anything topically related to China also tends to increase. Increases are also appearing for fine used classics, especially with desirable postmarks. Some shades of the New Zealand Chalons also move upwards. The Scott minimum price is now 25c, but a flat market and a strengthening dollar mean that many other prices are unchanged.
Editorial improvements include unmounted mint prices of Saint Thomas and Prince Island from 1949, and individual prices for stamps within sets of the late 1970s-1999 now being provided. In Panama additions and corrections to First Day of Issue dates have been made.
A few new items have been added in New Zealand and El Salvador, and odd items in several other countries. The Saint Vincent 1916 War Stamp double overprint is now listed for Type 2.
There are new or improved illustrations of many overprinted items making these easier for the collector to identify.
This volume contains over 1500 catalogue pages, plus the usual Introduction, the Illustrated Identifier, and a full index to all the Scott volumes. The section on Personalized Stamps has been expanded to provide more detailed criteria to enable these to qualify for listing.


MICHEL WESTEUROPA 2012/13 ISBN 978-3-9540005 €58. £58
MICHEL OSTEUROPA 2012/13 ISBN 978-3-95402-007-2 €58. £58
Published by Schwaneberger Verlag GMBH, Ohmstraße 1, 85716 Unterschleißheim Germany www.michel.de Received 12th September 2012

As usual these two catalogues arrived together, being volumes, number 6 (1200+pp) and 7 (1000+pp), respectively, and completing the European series. Western Europe contains the Benelux countries, Great Britain (including the Channel Islands), and Ireland. Eastern Europe contains stamps of Carpathian Ukraine, Republic of Moldova, Poland, Russia, Soviet Union, Ukraine, Belarus, and Western Ukraine.
Both have been revised into the concise layout, but larger format now adopted, but with more information, and many new colour illustrations. Almost all design different stamps and miniature sheets are illustrated, ideal for the thematic collector. About 700 new stamps and miniature sheets have been added to volume 6; about 400 into volume 7.
The publisher mentions increases for Great Britain Queen Victoria issues in mint condition, for early booklets up to about 1935. In Netherlands older booklets also show increases. Some detail is provided of modern postal forgeries.
In the other volume Russian and Soviet Union prices are increasing, especially for scarce perforations, but also for miniature sheets and se-tenant items. The 1992 surcharged issues for the Russian Federation issued in Leningrad and Saint Petersburg are now illustrated and priced in their own section. In Poland there are new colour illustrations of the locals, and more perforation varieties have been added.
In all there are about 26,500 illustrations, and about 124,000 price quotations.

MICHEL OVERSEAS CATALOGUE: Vol 7, part 1: AUSTRALIA, OCEANIA, ANTARCTIC; Countries A-M 2012/3 Published by Schwaneberger Verlag GMBH, Ohmstraße 1, 85716 Unterschleißheim Germany www.michel.de Received 12th September 2012 ISBN 978-3-95402-008-9 €79 £79

Part 7 of the Michel Overseas catalogue was the thickest of all the Michel catalogues when I reviewed the previous edition in May 2010. Sensibly the publishers have now divided it, alphabetically, into two parts, and despite the enlarged format now adopted for Michel catalogues, this still has a page extent of 840pp.
Many of the 10,000 plus illustrations have been converted to colour, but there are still many to do, especially in the pre 1935 issues, but, surprisingly, many modern as well. The improvement in definition makes this an urgent task, and the cost is reflected in the cover price.
As well as the main territories of Australia and the States, and the many British Empire and Commonwealth countries, it also includes the former German colonial issues, French colonial issues, and the USA administered territories, as well as the Antarctic issues. The two maps are retained.
Although there are some 62,000 priced entries, the publisher only highlights price increases for British Commonwealth areas for the 1995-2005 period, due no doubt to the thematic content of many of these issues, and a shortage of new issue dealers’ back-up stocks. By contrast there are no price changes at all in the Australian States, though Definitive Design Indexes were added for New South Wales, Queensland and Western Australia, (South Australia and Tasmania were already in the previous edition). In Australia up to 1940, the only items to move were the rare 1914/15 ½d Line perforation variety and the 1d Die 2.
Many more miniature sheets and booklets have been added.
Part 2 N-Z was due to be published in October.




STANLEY GIBBONS COMMONWEALTH & BRITISH EMPIRE STAMPS 1840-1970: 2013 115th Edition Publ. Stanley Gibbons Publications, 7 Parkside, Christchurch Road, Ringwood, Hants BH24 3SH www.stanleygibbons.com Published September 2012 ISBN 978-0-85259-851-3 £79.95

The editor once again comments on the extent of the price changes, which are almost invariably upwards: “that they are again very widespread, and that they reflect true increases in market activity.” Whilst the Mauritius “Post Office” pair increase by another £200,000, and many rarities catch the headlines, collectors will find that stamps more modestly priced at say £50-£500 are also rising just as fast and by similar percentages, indeed often more so.
The Editor’s Preface on page vii, is required reading and highlights not only price changes, but also editorial improvements and revisions. The list of new numbers added, others changed and some deleted, occupies the whole of page xi in this edition.
Many of those added are inverted or reversed watermark varieties, particularly Western Australia, India, Ireland, and South Africa, and more missing letters/crowns in the King George Sixth period. More plate varieties have been added including some previously listed in the much missed Elizabethan Catalogue. The few deletions appear to be mainly Imperforate Between items, some EVII shades on MCA Watermark paper, and the South African GV Printed on Gummed Side items.
With so many changes and revisions, this year’s edition is even more essential than usual to both dealer and collector alike.
The major editorial improvement this year is the inclusion of Telegraph Stamps with extensive lists and prices for countries such as Ceylon, India, Orange Free State and Sudan. This is “work in progress,” and will be expanded further in future editions. GB Telegraphs are omitted as they are already listed in the Concise, however the Parliamentary Envelopes which were issued in June 1837, and precede the Mulready items as the first Postal Stationery items, are now included.
Other countries mentioned in the Editor’s Preface include the Newfoundland Long Coronation perforations; Fiji clarification of the early Paper Types; the “M” cancellation in Malta now shows a genuine image; the New Zealand “OPSO” hand-stamped officials have been re-written completely. Better illustrations have been provided for the South African Rotogravure issues and their predecessors; for the “PALESTINB” overprint error. Many sheet positions have been provided for the Orange Free State Overprint varieties. Collectors should look carefully at the Great Britain Used Abroad section, where additional plate numbers have been added.




OCTOBER 2012

SINGAPORE POSTAGE STAMPS CATALOGUE. 3rd Edition. Publ. CS Philatelic Agency, Peninsular Shopping Centre #04-29, Coleman St, Singapore 179 804 www.cs.com.sg Received 2nd July 2012 No ISBN S$20, US£29 £18

I reviewed the second edition of this catalogue in January 2008, and the format remains the same with details not only of the Singapore issues but also those of the Straits Settlements, (including Booklets), and the Japanese Occupation and BMA issues, also Malaysia 1963-65. It is nicely produced, in full colour throughout with the catalogue listing alongside the relevant illustrations with the latest issue included being the November 2011 Orchids. Prices are given for unmounted mint and fine used, as well as set prices, packs and First Day Covers. Gutter pair prices are given where relevant, as are miniature sheets with Exhibition FD cancels. There is a useful Thematic Directory with about fifty subjects.
It has separate priced sections for Booklets, Frama Labels, ATM stamps, Postage Dues and Year Books.
There are individual sections for Postal stationery Aero-grams, Postcards, Registered envelopes and Pre-Paid envelopes which are all priced used and unused, also a separate section for Maxi-cards.
Finally Singapore imprinted Revenue stamps from the 1947 GVI issue to date, are listed and priced.
This is an attractive 180pp A5 paperback, with numerous adverts, front and back. There are useful information pages publicising the popular Singapore Philatelic Museum, various local Stamps Clubs and Philatelic Societies.

SCOTT 2013 STANDARD POSTAGE STAMP CATALOGUE VOLUME 4: COUNTRIES J to M of the WORLD. Scott Publishing Co, 911 Vandemark Road, Sidney, Ohio 45365-0828 USA www.amosadvantage.com Received 26th July 2012 ISBN 978-0-89487-472-7 $99.99 £60

In this fourth volume, there are about 19,000 price changes, and the Editor in particular mentions Kuwait (2123 changes), Maldive Islands (2053), Mozambique (1897), Malta (1518), Montserrat (1200), Jamaica (1073), and Mali (949).
These are again a mixture of increases and decreases, driven partly by the market, where the quest for quality or rare items continues to push up prices. However as the US dollar has improved against other currencies this has resulted in reductions in many places, whereas in post-2000 issues a noted scarcity against the demand of some items has pushed prices upwards.
In particular countries such as, Liberia 2005-2008, Mozambique 2000-2004, Madagascar classic period, even Karelia show increases of some 20% or even higher in places. Kuwait GV period items increase, including Officials, but later issues show reductions. Other areas where there are increases due to demand include thematics related to China, Lunar New Year stamps, also flower and animal themes.
A few new varieties have been added in early Montserrat, and Laos, and single items in Malta (SC318c), Mali (SC1102a), and Memel (SG C5b).
There are new or improved illustrations of many overprinted items making these easier for the collector to identify.
This volume contains over 1350 catalogue pages, plus the usual 30pp Introduction, the Illustrated Identifier, and a full index to all the Scott volumes.

MICHEL EUROPA 2012/2013 Volumes 4 & 5
Published by Schwaneberger Verlag GMBH, Ohmstraße 1, 85716 Unterschleißheim Germany www.michel.de Received 10th July 2012
Vol. 4 SOUTH-EAST EUROPE. ISBN: 978-3-95402-004-1 €58 £58
Vol. 5 NORDEUROPA. ISBN 978-3-95402-005-8 €58 £58

As before, volume 4 includes the stamps of Romania and Cyprus to March 2012; Bulgaria to April 2012; but Greece and Turkey only to December 2011. Volume 5 contains the stamps of Denmark, Finland and Sweden to March 2012, Norway to April 2012, Iceland to May 2012, plus Faroe Islands, Greenland, Estonia, Åland, Karelia, Latvia, Lithuania, Central Lithuania, and North Ingermanland.
In volume 4 the publisher indicates many price changes, with a significant upward tendency in classical Greece (different prints of the Hermes issues), older Turkey and perhaps surprisingly in modern Romanian issues. In volume 5 there are also many price changes, with an upward tendency especially for stamp issues prior to 1945.
In Bulgaria, sheet layouts before 1946 are provided, and stamp booklets prior to 1990 are now catalogued, with a note that some of these panes can be confused very easily with miniature sheets. The extending use, and improvement in the designs of the Counter Machine labels is clearly visible in the lists of Denmark, Finland and Norway.
Volume 4 contains over 1154 pp, over 50,000 illustrations, and 65,000 prices: Volume 5 has 970 pp, 11,000 illustrations and 54,000 prices.



MICHEL DEUTSCHLAND 2012/13 Published by Schwaneberger Verlag GMBH, Ohmstraße 1, 85716 Unterschleißheim Germany www.michel.de Received 10th July 2012 ISBN 978-3-95402-023-2 €44 £44

As usual this popular and comprehensive volume contains classic and modern German stamps from 1849 to June 2012. It includes the German States, North German Confederation, German Empire; foreign post offices, colonies and ship-mail abroad also the occupation issues of the First and Second World War; the plebiscite areas; Belgian Military Post in the Rhineland; Gdansk, Memel, Bohemia and Moravia, General Government, Sudetenland, field post stamps, and local issues, then the various Allied Occupation and Zonal issues, German Democratic Republic, West Berlin, Saarland, Federal Republic of Germany.
There have been some notable price changes, with increases especially for issues of German States, German Empire, Gdansk, Memel, Occupation Zones during the Second World War and Soviet Occupation Zone.
Editorially both Allenstein and Marienwerder have been extensively revised with new historical introductions, many new illustrations and colour codes. There have also been many other updates and amendments e.g. GDR “A” Official Stamps, also Wappen. There is a new list of the yearly give-aways of the German Post and BDPh.
A useful innovation is front and back-cover foldouts illustrating the wide range of watermarks used throughout the catalogue.
This volume also includes the latest Michelsoft-easy CD for the issues of Bund Berlin and DDR. This also includes an E-Book extract from the MICHEL Germany Specialized Catalogue 2012.



AUGUST 2012

The UNITRADE SPECIALIZED CATALOGUE OF CANADIAN STAMPS 2012 Publ Unitrade, Toronto, Canada M6L 2CF. www.unitradeassoc.com Received 17th May 2012 ISBN 978-1-894763-41-7 $C43.95 £28.50

This latest edition includes new issues up to June 2011; (see Exporter March 2011 for previous review), and with an increase in the page extent, means the Canadian cover price is increased by a dollar; and the UK price by a pound.
More illustrations have been replaced and old typographical errors corrected. The Topical listing and Definitive Stamp Identifier have been updated. Scott numbering is used as the basis for the listings.
The editor notes that prices in Canadian Dollars have been adjusted, especially for exceptional varieties and rarities where demand remains strong. The Air-Post Semi-Officials section, and the Newfoundland issues have had particular treatment. The minimum price now quoted is 20c.
With over 650pp and the degree of specialization, this is the catalogue of choice for many Canadian collectors. It provides valuations by quality grade for earlier issues, prices for varieties such as imperforate betweens, paper variations, die and plate varieties, plate blocks, coils, tagging, booklet panes and complete booklets, First Day Covers, etc.
Other sections include perforated or overprinted Officials; Semi-official Air-post and Private Commercial Airlines; Prisoner of War Free Franks; Stick ‘n Tic labels; Reply Coupons; Canada Post Souvenir articles etc.
The list of the 4-ring cancels shows rarity factors when found on the 1859 issues and that for the 2-ring when found on either the Large or Small Queens. Squared circles are listed by town and type. The National Christmas Seals are illustrated and priced.
Plate proofs are included for New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland. Postal Stationery is also included for both Canada and Newfoundland.
A hefty wire-ring bound paperback. Recommended.

FARAHBAKHASH’S PRICED STAMP CATALOGUE 2012: THE STAMPS OF IRAN – QAJAR, PAHLAVI, ISLAMIC REPUBLIC OF IRAN. Publ. F. N. Farahbakhash, 1399 valie-Assr.Amir Akram, Tehran 11336, Iran Received 17th May 2012 ISBN 964-91037-6-7 £22

The latest edition, (see June 2011 Exporter for previous review), of this well established catalogue includes all issues to the Owls at the end of 2011. Apart from an historical survey of the post and some tables, it is bilingual in Farsi and English in a user friendly 2-column format, with latest stamps first, working backwards to the earliest.
There are useful notes and background information, for the earlier issues, including the Riester and Barre Essays. The extensive middle period with the many overprints is well covered, including notes of forgeries and reprints. Modern issues are more simplified but there are several pages listing varieties.
Prices are quoted in Iranian Rials for mint and used, and for sets, and all stamps have the usual basic philatelic information, including for most issues after 1959, quantities printed. Stamps are illustrated in colour usually at two-thirds actual size; but overprints and surcharges are at actual size.
There are just over 500pp on bright white matt stock, and it also includes an SG Instanta perforation gauge printed on the inside front cover.
MICHEL ÖSTERREICH-SPEZIAL KATALOG 2012 (33rd Edition) Publ. Schwaneberger Verlag GmBH, Ohmstrasse 1, 85716 Unterschliessheim, Germany www.michel.de Received 1st June 2012 ISBN 978 3-95402-032-4 €56 £56

This volume includes all Austrian stamps and Postal Stationery from the Dual Monarchy of Austria-Hungary (1850–1867), the Empire (1867–1918), the Republic of German Austria (1918–1922), the Republic of Austria from 1922–1945, the German customs areas and the Republic of Austria from 1945. Also included, are Lombardy and Venetia; the Austrian post offices on Crete, in the Levant and China; the Danube DSG issues; Bosnia and Herzegovina from 1879–1918; and the Austria-Hungarian field post offices.
Stamp issues are now included up to March 2012 and also for Postal Stationery: giving a total page count of over 680.
The publisher confirms that stamp prices are rising, sometimes dramatically for issues of the Empire of Austria-Hungary and the Austrian Empire, the first Republic, but also for modern stamps, and particularly for varieties and Plate flaws which are much in demand for all periods. 100 colour illustrations of new varieties have been added.
The chapter for postal stationery has been completely revised: further illustrations have been added and all are in colour; and editorial updates now include all known reprints.
As usual there is detailed information on vending machine stamps, coil stamps, stamp booklets, stamp packages, registered mail stamps, supplement values, judicial stamps, private order stamps, postage dues, premium labels, fiscal stamps used for postage, telegraph stamps, fee stamps and newspaper stamps.


MICHEL EUROPA-KATALOG (97th Edition) 2011 Volume 3: SÜDEUROPA Published by SCHWANEBERGER VERLAG GMBH, Ohmstraße 1, 85716 Unterschleißheim Germany www.michel.de Received 1st June 2012 ISBN 978-3-87858-183-3 €58. £58

As before Volume 3 contains the stamps of Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Fiume, Italy, Yugoslavia, Kosovo, Croatia, Macedonia, Malta, Montenegro, San Marino, Serbia, Slovenia, Trieste, and Vatican City from the beginning to present day. A map is provided.
The publisher notes rising prices, especially for early issues from San Marino, the complete collecting area of Kosovo and modern issues of Serbia, also the Republic of Serbian Krajina. The two types of overprints for the 10,000d of 1953 are now listed for both horizontal and vertical se-tenant pairs.
The listings include booklets, machine labels, year summaries etc. and have issues listed into 2012 for some of the more significant countries.
The collecting area of Serbische Krajina has been updated and revised, with better descriptions and more detail, including varieties. Three further years of Serbian compulsory surtax stamps have been added, also Serbian stamps with the engraver´s mark are now catalogued.
Sheet configuration and quantities printed are now being included where known.
This volume is in the larger format now adopted, with a cleaner layout on bright white matt paper. There are about 1300pp, 16,000 colour illustrations and about 70,000 prices.


CHINA (STANLEY GIBBONS STAMP CATALOGUE Part 17); 9th Edition. Publ. Stanley Gibbons Publications, 7 Parkside, Christchurch Road, Ringwood, Hants BH24 3SH www.stanleygibbons.com Received 2nd June 2012 ISBN 978-0-85259-847-5 £47.95

Amazingly, it is only a year since the last edition of the “China” was published, (see PE September 2011), and that sold out very quickly. This edition has about twenty pages more than its predecessor. The contents remain the same but new issues are included for China up to December 2011, for Hong Kong and Taiwan to January 2012, and Macao to October 2011.
A new Design index for the Chinese People’s Republic is now included, and the others have been updated.
Over fifty newly discovered, mainly early varieties have been added, mainly in the Post Offices sections.
Huge numbers of price increases, many of them by significant amounts, are recorded for China. If you use your catalogue for pricing, then you need to replace the 8th edition immediately. Many more black and white illustrations have been replaced with colour, even in the early Treaty Port sections etc.
This is the only catalogue in English covering all the issues for this area in a single volume, and is a must for the serious collector and dealer alike. Don’t delay. Buy it now.



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JULY 2012

LETTER FORWARDING AGENTS of GREAT BRITAIN, HANDLING CHANNEL ISLANDS’ LETTERS 1673-1855 David Gurney, FRPSL. Publ. Stuart Rossiter Trust, c/o 17 Cambridge Ave. Melton Mowbray, LE13 0AA www.rossitertrust.com Received 26th April 2012 ISBN 978-0-9545207-7-9 £9.50

Before a regular packet service with the Channel Islands was established in 1794 and even after this, letters were frequently carried privately or handed to Agents, usually merchants or ship owners, either in the Channel Islands, London and many of the south coast ports in England.
These letters were usually, but not always, marked or endorsed with the agent’s name, sometimes signed, but often with a suitable cachet. The agent often added his additional charge in manuscript, ranging from a Farthing, and later a Penny.
The useful Introduction is followed by a list of ports with the names of the agents known for each. However the bulk and real value of this book is the comprehensive listing of all the known agents in alphabetical order, with details of their locations, the dates within which they are known to have operated and the many illustrations of covers, signatures and endorsements of mail handled by each.
There is a good Bibliography, including recent publications, and details of both the Rossiter Trust and the Channel Islands Specialists’ Society. 140 Agents are presented in this nicely produced 170pp A5 ring bound volume, at a very reasonable price for so much information.

MICHEL EUROPA KATALOG Volume 2, SÜDWESTEUROPA (South-West Europe), 2012 Published by SCHWANEBERGER VERLAG GMBH, Ohmstraße 1, 85716 Unterschleißheim Germany www.michel.de Received 8th May 2012 ISBN 978-3-95402-002-7 €58. £58

I reviewed the last edition in the July 2011 Exporter. This latest is now in the slightly larger format, allowing for a clearer layout, a reduction in pages, and better colour illustrations on a whiter paper.
New issues have been added to January 2012 for Spain and Spanish Andorra, Portugal and Gibraltar; and to February 2012 for France and French Andorra, and Monaco.
The publisher’s comments on price increases again refer to mint French Self-adhesive “stamps for business partners.” The Monaco 1956 Aeroplane 30Fr on 1Fr surcharged triangular pair unissued is now catalogued and priced at €5000.
All stamp designs are now illustrated for Andorra, Gibraltar and Monaco. There are more detailed descriptions of the Monaco miniature sheets from the 1970s.
There are now 1300 catalogue pages, about 15,000 colour illustrations and over 69,000 prices.

MICHEL ÜBERSEE-KATALOG Volume 8 part 1, SÜDASIEN 2012 Published by Schwaneberger Verlag GMBH, Ohmstraße 1, 85716 Unterschleißheim Germany www.michel.de Received 8t May 2012 ISBN 978-3-95402-016-4 €79. £79

This volume has been reset into the slightly larger format now being adopted for the Michel catalogues, and in addition to this many of the illustrations are now in colour. However there is another tremendous hike in cover price.
New issues have been included as follows: Afghanistan still only to January 2009, Maldives now to June 2010, Nepal to December 2010, Pakistan to August 2011, Bhutan and Sri Lanka to October 2011, Bangladesh and India to December 2011, and Burma to January 2012.
Prices have been reviewed and amended, with some noticeable increases; for older issues of India or example. A number of editorial corrections have been made and the three maps are retained, including the Indian States.
This volume has 820 catalogue pages, about 11,000 illustrations and some 53,000 prices. A full index to all the countries included in the Michel Overseas catalogues is provided. Part two should be published in October.

STANLEY GIBBONS GREAT BRITAIN CONCISE STAMP CATALOGUE 2012; (27th Edition). Publ. Stanley Gibbons Publications, 5 Parkside, Christchurch Road, Ringwood, Hants BH24 3SH www.stanleygibbons.com Received 10th May 2012 Paperback: ISBN 978-0-85259-846-7 £29.95

As I said in my review of the previous edition, (see Exporter September 2011), this is the catalogue of choice of many, and offers something to all Great Britain collectors of whatever grade. Following the entry of the various security coded Machins last time, there has been much feedback to the publishers concerning the amount of detail which should or should not be included.
The Editors have decided to leave the listings as they were for the moment, but have added additional notes regarding date codes both for the stamps and for the booklet panes which are affected. Where different date codes exist for the same item, the price given will be for the cheapest. A full listing will appear in the next GB Specialised.
Similarly with the Birds design Post & Go items. The 40g rate stamp is included, but not some of the later errors which can be found. This will remain under review.
As the Royal Mail are now adding an extra charge above the face value of the stamps in the Prestige Booklets, to cover the cost of production, the decision whether to continue to list these stamps was debated in the “Catalogue Column” in GSM. For the time being these will continue to be listed, but this decision will also be kept under review.
The Machin section now has blue page-edges for quick reference, and the booklet pane diagrams have been coloured to indicate stamps and label positions more clearly and now include the elliptical perforated items.
A number of new varieties have been added and are listed by number on the “Features” page including the 1982 19½p Cars “Double Black.”
Latest issues are the March 2012 Comic issue, and the February Diamond Jubilee 1st Class definitives.
Prices of Queen Victoria show increases in all sections, the basic used Penny Black now going to £350, but this also goes for recent items of Queen Elizabeth and not just the scarcer missing colours and other varieties.
With over 400pp, this is excellent value, and no increase in the cover price.


STANLEY GIBBONS WESTERN EUROPE SIMPLIFIED STAMP CATALOGUE 2nd Edition Publ. Stanley Gibbons Publications, 7 Parkside, Christchurch Road, Ringwood, Hants BH24 3SH www.stanleygibbons.com Received 8th May 2012 ISBN 978-0-85259-842.9 £37.95

This is a much improved and expanded edition of 966pp, but does not now include Great Britain and the Channel Islands, (well catered for elsewhere). The geographical line is drawn to the east of Sweden, Finland, Germany, Austria and Italy, and the catalogue includes all those countries west of this, plus the islands of Iceland and Malta.
The format follows that of the Stamps of the World, with red date headings, blue underlining of the priced entries, and almost all illustrations of 20th Century issues in colour, earlier items in black and white. The listings are of course simplified, but use the same catalogue numbers as the SG Foreign volumes.
Since the last edition published in 2005, prices have moved on, and there is little point in making comparisons. Suffice to say that these are Gibbons’ selling prices for the foreseeable future. Sixteen countries have been updated since the 2012 Stamps of the World was published, including the Scandinavian countries, Germany, France, Spain and Italy.
Whilst not every face different stamp is illustrated, nor any miniature sheets; it is an ideal catalogue for the beginner, the thematic collector, and also probably for the philatelic society library, especially as the publisher has kept the increase in cover price to just £3, but increased the content by about 250pp.

THOMAS MOORE MUSGRAVE: Postmaster of Bath: Secret Agent. Audrey Swindells, MBE. Publ Bath Postal Museum, 27 Northgate St., Bath, BA1 1AJ www.bathpostalmuseum.org Received 9th May 2012, No ISBN £3.95 + £2 P&P.

“SPY JUMPS THE GUN!!”

The eponymous hero was born in 1774, in London, lost both his parents before his fifteenth birthday, benefitted greatly from his father’s estate, travelled extensively, became fluent in several languages especially Portuguese and German, was admitted to the Middle Temple aged just 23, was Private Secretary to the Secretary of State for the Home Department five years later, moved to the Aliens’ Department in 1804, and was Private Secretary to the Chief Secretary in Ireland, just two years later.
Returning to the Alien’s Department, Musgrave became Mail Agent in Lisbon, providing important information to the British Government; but deteriorating health brought him back to the UK aged 46, now as the Mail Agent in Falmouth. Within four years he was appointed Comptroller of the Two-Penny Post in London: however when that position was placed under the control of the Post Office, Musgrave was offered, but turned down, the post of Postmaster General in Jamaica.
Instead he went to Bath as the Postmaster where he remained in office until his death in 1854.
Why is he significant to stamp collectors? He it was who used a Penny Black on the 2nd May, four days ahead of the issue date, and still the earliest known usage.
This nicely produced 40pp booklet expands on his colourful life, his family circumstances, the notable people with whom he dealt, has been thirty years in the making, and the product of assiduous but sometimes frustrating research. The Foreword by Sir Terry Pratchett sets the scene.

THE BATH POSTAL MUSEUM is open Monday to Saturday, 11am to 5pm (4.30pm in winter) and shares its entrance with the City of Bath Post Office on the corner of Green Street. More details on the web site: www.bathpostalmuseum.org

SCOTT 2013 STANDARD POSTAGE STAMP CATALOGUE VOLUME 1: USA, UN and COUNTRIES A to B of the WORLD. Scott Publishing Co, 911 Vandemark Road, Sidney, Ohio 45365-0828 USA www.amosadvantage.com Received 10th May 2012 ISBN 978-0-89487-469-7 $99.99 £60
SCOTT 2013 STANDARD POSTAGE STAMP CATALOGUE VOLUME 2: COUNTRIES C to F of the WORLD Received 26th May 2012 ISBN 978-0-89487-470-3 $99.99 £60

Both volumes have numerous price changes, totalling over 37,500, but this figure does not include the thousands of items up-rated from 20c to the new minimum “handling” value of 25c. The 20c value had been in place for over ten years.
Major areas with price changes include the USA with over 1700, only about 500 of which are for normal postage stamps; Albania (over 2000), Angola (over 1000), Bulgaria (900), Aitutaki (750+), China (a whopping 4600 plus), Dominica, Dominican Republic and Egypt (all with over 2000), Cook Islands (over 1600) and Ethiopia (nearly 1300).
Whilst many scarce classic show increases, so too do many recent 21st Century issues for countries such as Ascension, Algeria, Benin, Cyprus, Dominican Republic, Ecuador and others. The publisher believes that new issue dealers are not carrying much extra stock after fulfilling their standing orders, and thus demand is out-stripping supply, especially for popular thematics.
Editorial improvements now include the listing of the Biafra issues from 1967; Alaouites overprint colours and varieties; Angola perforation varieties; paper and thick “d” varieties of Bechuanaland Protectorate 1961 Postage Dues; Colombia type-written surcharges; Croatia printer’s marks now have footnotes; and some thirty new varieties have been added in Canada between 1973 and 2009 including imperforates of the 1987-91 definitives.
A modest increase in cover price for almost 1500pp in volume, and over 1500pp in volume, and it is now difficult to find any of the old black and white illustrations still needing a colour image.

MAIL TRAINS by Julian Stray, publ. Shire Publications Ltd. Midland House, West Way, Botley, OX2 OPH www.shirebooks.co.uk Published 15th March 2012 ISBN 978-074781-083-4 £6.99

The author had the full support of the British Postal Museum & Archive and its staff when compiling this excellent potted history, well illustrated with both, coloured, and black and white, photographs and other pictures.
The Chapter heads are Mail by Rail; Travelling Post Offices; A National Network; Post-war Change; and Modern Mail Trains. Within these pages, the author brings to life the development, importance and operating ethos of this countrywide service, the problems it faced, and the competition from road and air alternatives.
The diagrams showing part of the Route Details of the Down/UP TPO Special; the Marshalling Plan of the Down Special TPO; and the TPO Network in 1988, all illustrate just how precise the timings of the trains, and work schedules of the sorting and station platform staff needed to be in order for next-day deliveries to be achieved all over the country. The Post Office Underground Railway in London is also included.
A List of Places to Visit is provided, together with Further Reading, and a full Index in this nicely produced 64pp paperback.

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FACIT 2012 SPECIAL (Scandinavia) 65th Edition Publ Facit Förlags AB, Box 321, 721 07 Västerås, Sweden. www.facit.se Received 9th April 2012 ISBN 91-86564-69-2 £52

Since my last review of this 2011 edition (PE December 2010) a further 50pp have been added. It is bi-lingual Swedish and English throughout with the English text in italics following the Swedish in the philatelic headings, individual catalogue items and notes.
It is by far the most comprehensive single volume catalogue for the Scandinavian countries, with an extensive table of contents which includes an extensive section on Swedish proof material, Sweden and Denmark early stamps used on covers, with rarity factors, Norwegian and Finnish pre-stamps, etc. The index also refers the user to earlier editions for other specialist sections not included in this edition.
Major categories such as Booklets, Officials, Postage Dues, Franking labels, First Day Covers are included in their own sections for each country as relevant. Postal Stationery is included for Danish West Indies, Iceland and Åland; and is reintroduced for Sweden having been completely revised by Lennart Daun.
Roland Frahm has contributed an 8-page article about Swedish Airmails with useful illustrations, but this is only in Swedish. A certain amount of postmark information is provided, such as the Icelandic Numerals and Hammer (or Bridge) cancels, even British Military Posts during 1940-1943.
Stamp prices are usually given for mint and/or un-mounted mint; used, used on cover, and complete sets with separate sections for Year packs/books. Shades and varieties are included in detail, especially for the earlier issues.
A list of the Swedish dealers, and a guide to condition and valuations are also provided, as is the five language dictionary in English/German/French/Italian and Spanish.
An essential volume for serious collectors of Scandinavia.

LEN JURY CATALOGUE of NEW ZEALAND STAMPS 2012 (42nd Edit.) Publ Len Jury Ltd, PO Box 4400 Auckland 1140, NZ www.lenjury.com Received 9th April 2012 ISBN 9416421-13026-3 £7.50

This volume follows the usual A5 booklet format in full colour, and includes new issues up to January 2012. All issues are listed in chronological order, with black year-numbered page corners for quick access. Framas, Life Insurance, Postal Fiscals, Postage Dues and Ross Dependency issues have their own sections.
The listings are on a simplified basis with no regard to perforations or watermarks, but First Day Covers are included and priced together with the usual mint or unmounted, and fine used items. Tick boxes are provided alongside each entry.
Prices are the publisher’s retail prices and obviously reflect the local market, and with the NZ dollar at about two to the one Pound, conversion is a simple calculation. Jury give a free gift with every order over £50, the value of which increases with the value of the order.
This volume also includes a list of the Philatelic Societies in New Zealand on the back cover, usually with contact addresses

MICHEL DEUTSCHLAND SPEZIAL 2012 Published by SCHWANEBERGER VERLAG GMBH, Ohmstraße 1, 85716 Unterschleißheim Germany www.michel.de Received 7th April 2012
Volume 1 1849 – April 1945 ISBN 978-3-95402-017-1 €76, £76
Volume 2 May 1945 to date ISBN 978-3 95402-018-8 €76, £76

As usual the volumes are divided between stamps up to the end of WW2, and those of the modern era. They include all the German States, Colonies and Post offices issues, as well as occupied areas, the various Zonal issues, and modern issues to March 2012.
The publishers highlight price increases, often quite substantial, in many areas, particularly mentioning early Empire and the Colonies, Memel, Sudetenland, (where, for example, the Reichenberg-Maffersdorf 5h Mi1 doubles in price to 8000€ used), and Occupation issues of WW2, also “for wanted collectables e.g. HAN (job numbers), plate errors, upper margin pieces from the Soviet Occupation Zone, sheet margin numbers from the French Occupation Zone, etc.
There have been some extensive editorial revisions including Allenstein, Marienwerder, Saarland, plus many more plate errors, proofs, rotary printed upper margin pieces, have been added throughout the catalogue. Other areas to receive attention include the Registered Letter stamps from GDR, and the definitive issue “Personalities of politics, art and science” from the Soviet Occupation Zone.
The publishers have continued replacing older scans with new high-definition colour scans
As usual there are complete details of the Expertization Rules and Experts and an extensive list of German dealers, in both volumes. Each volume is available separately.

PICTURE POSTCARD VALUES 2012 38th Edition Phil & Dave Smith, Publ IPM Promotions, 130 Brent St, Hendon, London NW4 2DR www.ppv.uk.com Received 9th April 2012 ISBN 978-0-9548592-7-5 £12.95

This remains the only comprehensive guide to postcard prices published in the UK, is very comprehensive with over 6000 entries, and produced in the usual format, with many colour illustrations and with additional articles and detailed lists.
The Introduction remains more or less unchanged year on year, but well worth careful reading nevertheless. New articles this time include a History of Olympic Postcards by Bob Wilcock, and one by Brian Lund on Modern Cards. Hunter Davies is looking for Beatles cards; Raphael Kirshner and Louis Wain have priced sections all to themselves, and Alan Roman has supplied a detailed priced list of Shell advertising cards published in the golden age up to 1914.
The preamble to the Topographical section is also well worth careful study, since it highlights why some cards are so expensive, whilst others just sit in the dealers’ boxes. The explanation of the differences between real photographic cards and printed photographic cards should be required reading for all e-mail dealers and buyers. The Autograph section is also worth checking.
Prices as usual have been revised where necessary, but like many stamps, it is the rare items which go up, whilst many others remain unchanged or only show marginal increases.
This is an excellent A5 paperback with 224 pages, at a very competitive cover price.

STANLEY GIBBONS STAMP CATALOGUE 2012: FALKLAND ISLANDS 5th Edition. Publ. Stanley Gibbons Publications, 7 Parkside, Christchurch Road, Ringwood, Hants BH24 3SH www.stanleygibbons.com Received 19th April 2012 ISBN 978-0-85259-843-6 £15.95

As well as the main islands and Dependencies, this volume also includes the British Antarctic Territory. It is in full colour throughout, the prices and detail to 1952 being taken straight from the Empire volume, and the Queen Elizabeth issues being extended to November 2011, and re-priced for this edition.
As before all face-different stamps are illustrated up to 1967, but thereafter only one of each set is illustrated and no miniature sheets. There are 71 actual catalogue pages in the volume, plus the ubiquitous Information and Guidelines, and the International Philatelic Glossary.
There are many upward price changes since the previous edition, (see Exporter August 2010), among the earlier issues, as well as for varieties and errors, also for the Falklands Islands stamps used in the Dependencies. Many recent issues also show some significant increases.
The Design index has been extended. Some new notes have been added regarding the printings of the 1960 Birds definitives, and the 1951 Dependencies 1d re-touch is now illustrated.

STANLEY GIBBONS STAMPS CATALOGUE Part 5 CZECH REPUBLIC, SLOVAKIA & POLAND (7th Edit.) Publ Stanley Gibbons, 7 Parkside, Christchurch Road, Ringwood, Hants BH24 3SH www.stanleygibbons.com Received 18th April 2012 ISBN 978-0-82529-787-3 £28.95

This long awaited (see Exporter November 2002) does not disappoint. Now in the ”Concise” B5 format it is in full colour and includes issues for Czech Republic up to November 2011, Slovakia to November 2010, and Poland to September 2011, and has Design Indexes for Czechoslovakia and subsequent issues, but not for Poland.
Other areas include the Czechoslvak Army in Siberia, East Silesia, Bohemia and Moravia, German Occupation of Poland, Polish Military Post and Polish Post Offices Abroad.
Over 30 varieties have been added since the last edition, and the new numbers are listed at the front of the catalogue, together with some changed numbers. These include newly discovered shades, missing colours, se-tenant multiples, booklet panes, phosphorescent paper etc from first issues to more recent. Machine Labels are listed for all three issuing authorities.
Prices have obviously been thoroughly revised, and represent SG’s selling prices, with the usual caveat about Minimum Prices mentioned in the introductory notes.
A supplement has already appeared in GSM for April 2012.

The JB CATALOGUE of MALTA STAMPS & POSTAL HISTORY 2012 (21st Edition) Publ. Sliema Stamp Shop, 91 Manwel Dimech St, Sliema, Malta SLM2005 www.sliemastampshop.com.mt Received 9th April 2012 No ISBN. €16, £15

The retail price list of the island’s major stamp shop includes all stamps and miniature sheets issued to Christmas 2011, but much more besides. Prices are for lightly mounted mint to GV, unmounted mint for GVI and QE, and for fine used throughout.
As usual all the major collectable sections are included: Year Packs, FDCs, Sheetlets of 10, Postal and Maximum Cards, GB stamps used in Malta, Village Postmarks, Special Hand-stamp cancellations, Specimen Stamps, Major Varieties, Postal Stationery etc.
I could find very few price changes: some Queen Victoria mint are up a bit, but the dramatic changes in the last edition are absent.
The Revenue section is slightly expanded with the inclusion of National Insurance issues, but again few if any price changes. Similar comments apply to the various cover and postmark sections, including the Village Postmarks which is no longer omitted from the Contents list.
Despite the extra new issues, a slightly amended layout enables the publisher to maintain the previous cover price. This good quality paperback, in full colour throughout, remains the essential volume for serious collectors of this island.

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A.C.S. NEW ZEALAND STAMPS 2012 (35th Edition). Publ. Auckland City Stamps, David Holmes Stamp Dealer, PO Box 27646, Auckland 1440, NZ. www.aucklandcitystamps.co.nz received March 2012, ISBN 941-6973-19982-4 $NZ10 £5

This edition is now 108pp in the familiar A5 full colour format, and includes issues up to January 2012. All the main categories including back of the book items, Miniature sheets, First Day covers, Booklets, Pigeon Post, etc. are included
All stamps are priced unmounted mint, (and for pre 1935 mounted mint), and fine used. The publishers as one of New Zealand’s leading dealers confirm that the prices represent their current retail prices in that country for A Grade stamps and values are holding up pretty well. The catalogue is particularly useful for items such as First Day Covers, Pigeon Post etc. which are not found in the SG volumes. The editors “Welcome” comments that “quality fine used and unhinged mint material is elusive and often sells at a premium. Demand for Postal Fiscals & Revenues also remains strong.”
The New Zealand dollar is stronger than it was the last time I reviewed this title, (Exporter March 2010), so divide the price by two to arrive at a sterling equivalent.
There is a useful selection of Cinderella items, which includes Railway Stamps, Exhibition & Patriotic labels and miniature sheets, Honey Seals, Greenpeace miniature sheets and FDCs, and other items. Check boxes are provided, and the handy A5 size makes it an easy to carry record of your collection.

BIRDS ON STAMPS OF POSTAL STATIONERY TILL 2010 Michael Gibbon, Darultd.com, PO Box 157, 3940 AD Doorn, Netherlands Received 30th March 2012. No ISBN quoted. €45 $60, (incl. p&p)

This is a new title and fills a need for worldwide Birds thematic collectors by bringing all the information of birds appearing in the stamp impression on postal stationery of the world into one volume. It is divided into two main sections, (A and B), the first being “real” birds, the second “symbolic or stylised” birds. Each section is in alphabetical order by country, and up to four types of postal stationery are listed in sub-sections in date of issue order. Coloured illustrations of the stamp impressions are provided alongside the catalogue entry.
Catalogue numbers are based on the Section letter, then the recognised Internet codes of each country, followed by stationery type group roman numerals, (I – IV), in coloured boxes, and then the number of the item or set. No prices are given. Additional information is provided as necessary but generally this is a simplified catalogue without reference to different texts, layouts or other printing differences for the whole item.
Additional sections provide indexes of English to Latin and Latin to English names, Country Codes (with pages numbers for each section), also a list of Literature.
An Additions 1 page and errata slip are bound in, and a loose Addendum of 11pages is also provided.
The whole is an A4 paperback volume of 134pp. This clearly fills a gap in the literature, and compliments the various Birds Stamps catalogues already published, SG Collect Birds on Stamps, (see Exporter March 2003) and the more recent Michel Vogels (Europa) (see Exporter March 2011).
MICHEL EUROPA-KATALOG Volume 1, MITTELEUROPA (CENTRAL EUROPE), 2012 Published by SCHWANEBERGER VERLAG GMBH, Ohmstraße 1, 85716 Unterschleißheim Germany www.michel.de Received 3rd April 2012 ISBN 978-3-95402-001-0 €58. £58

The first volume of the latest edition has a rather bilious yellow-green coloured cover, (see Exporter June 2011 for previous review), but is now in the slightly larger (top to bottom) size. Although the layout is the same, the page count is reduced to just under 1200 and only a slight increase in cover price.
It contains the stamps of Hungary, Liechtenstein and Switzerland to November 2011, Slovakia to December 2011, Czech Republic to January 2012 and Austria and UN issues for both Geneva and Vienna, to February 2012.
There are price increases in many areas, but the publisher particularly mentions perforation types of Austria, Liechtenstein stamps and FDCs; also booklets in several countries, and Czech Republic Gutter pairs.
The usual section about Expertization is included, together with the list of specialists with contact details, and e-mail addresses. A full Index for all the European countries guides the collector either to the page in this volume, or the correct volume to be published later in the year.

STAMP COLLECTING UNHINGED: 30 Years to Save the Hobby. Tim Clegg, Published by Matador, 9 Priory, Business Park, Wistow Road, Kibworth, Leics. LE8 0RX www.troubador.co/uk/matador, Received 14th March 2012 ISBN 9781 780881 881 rrp £9.99

This is a quick, light read, but touches on some important issues facing the future of stamp collecting and philately. Recurring topics of conversation in the Torquay Stamp shop of the author, between customers and staff, prompted Tim to go further, and give them a wider airing. Many are already well-known, such as the difficulty in attracting new young collectors to the hobby.
There are no easy solutions but the book can be usefully used to provoke further discussion either within the trade or between collectors at society meetings or at stamp fairs. Some of the topics mentioned in the thirty sections include the Influence of Trade Cards on collecting habits, could social networking web-sites and other multi-member game-playing sites encourage a younger or potential collector to take up the hobby.
How can a collector avoid the pitfalls of auctioneers’ lingo; the misquoting of catalogue values for stamps in inferior condition; when is a mixed lot not a bargain; how to spot an original collection or accumulation; do repairs add value to the original damaged item, are just a few of the topics which could usefully be debated elsewhere.
For seventy-four pages, it’s expensive, but a stamp-shop counter copy, a society library copy or even a teacher’s classroom copy would reach a wider audience.





The origins of this paperback lie in the regular topics of discussion overheard in the author’s stamp shop in Torquay, by the staff and/or its customers. Don’t, however, expect momentous suggestions, or a guaranteed path to saving the hobby, (from itself?).
Thirty sections (one can hardly call them chapters), in just seventy-four pages, mean that the various topics are dealt with lightly and briefly, but are nonetheless worth considering in more detail by every reader. How did you start collecting? How can you sow the seed of the collecting bug in potential new collectors?
Why thematics; What about First Day Covers; How to spot made-up collections from originals at auctions; What does the catalogue value really mean; Do trading cards help or hinder the collecting urge in the young; Can the internet help? These are just some of the topics touched on.
At a penny under £10, it’s expensive, even for gullible collectors, but worth borrowing from the library; and a quick thought provoking read.

STANLEY GIBBONS GREAT BRITAIN SPECIALISED STAMP CATALOGUE Volume 1: QUEEN VICTORIA (16th Edition) Publ. Stanley Gibbons Publications, 7 Parkside, Christchurch Road, Ringwood, Hants BH24 3SH www.stanleygibbons.com Received 25th March 2012 ISBN 13-978-0-85259-816-0 £44.95

This volume is now in hardback in the slightly larger size now adopted for this series, and with just over 350 pages. The publishers have continued the use of two-tone blue colour lining making it much clearer and easier to read. Coloured adverts also make this a more pleasing volume.
The market for the stamps of Queen Victoria’s reign remains buoyant, and a number of important collections have been sold via auctions since the last edition with some startling prices. This means that prices continue to rise generally for the period, the basic 1d Black (SG2) moving to £12,000 and £350 from £10,000 and £275 for mint and used respectively, the ½d bantam plate 9 now £6,000 and £850 (against £5,500 and £700), even the unpopular and difficult1884 lilac and greens follow the trend, the 4d green for example is up to £575 and £200 from £450 and £185 respectively.
A number of Essays and Proofs have been added, and the prices for those already listed thoroughly reviewed.
The Parliamentary envelopes introduced with the Uniform Penny Postage on 10th January 1840, and thus the first Postal stationery items for GB, are now listed in detail and priced for all three imprints and usages. The Mulready listings have been updated, and prices are now given for May dates. The 1d Plate 5 black and red printings have been revised and extended.
The Darlington (special) and Stranraer Maltese Cross cancellations are now given catalogue status. Catalogue status has also, at long last, been given to the 1d Venetian on Orbs watermarked paper. Prices in the Protective Under-prints and Overprints section have been extended, and show rises.
I thoroughly recommend this new edition, and if you really want to treat yourself and add value to your library, buy the leather-bound limited edition at £84.50.

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APRIL 2012

STUART ROSSITER TRUST FUND.
Stuart Rossiter was a leading postal historian of his day, and this charity was set up with the money from his estate. The Stuart Rossiter Trust Fund is a Charitable Trust whose aim is to encourage original research leading to publication of a book, monograph or DVD, and relating specifically to the history of communication through postal systems of the world. For more details visit; www.rossitertrust.com
It can help with: Research leading to publication, Preparation of a book for publication, Printing and publishing, (27 books since 1997), Marketing, Sales and book distribution arrangements.
For an informal chat about the Trust, and what they can do to help to see a book or monograph published, contact the Trust via: nhrossitertrust@hotmail.co.uk

ROYAL REFORM. THE POSTAL REFORM OF 1837-1841 by Charles W. Goodwyn, publ. The Stuart Rossiter Trust Fund, c/o John W. Jackson,17 Cambridge Avenue, Melton Mowbray, Leicestershire, LE13 0AA. ISBN 978 0 9527177 9 9 £35.00 + postage & packing

As part of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations the Rossiter Trust thought it fitting to re-promote this title and the Royal Philatelic Collection. Originally published in 1999; the book deals with a period of great change in the postal system and uses material selected from the Royal Philatelic Collection.
The author was keeper of the Royal Philatelic Collection from 1969-1995,and uses his knowledge of the collection to tell the story of the of the world's first postage stamp, the reform in postal rates and the effects this radical change had on trade, industry and the family life, using material contained in the collection.
The chapter heads are Reform of the Postal Service; The Treasury Essays; Parliamentary Envelopes, Mulready Envelopes and Letter Sheets; The Penny Black, and Embossed Envelopes.
There are some 94 black and white illustrations within the 112 pages of text, with an additional twenty-four colour plates. Some of the items shown had not previously been published.
Detailed Appendices provide further information with History of the Royal Collection; Treasury Essays, and the Mulready caricatures included in it: plus a good Bibliography, Chronological chart and Index. A fine A4 paperback.

COLLECT CHANNEL ISLANDS & ISLE of MAN STAMPS 2012, (27th combined edition). Publ. Stanley Gibbons Publications, 5 Parkside, Christchurch Road, Ringwood, Hants BH24 3SH www.stanleygibbons.com Received 29th February 2012 ISBN 978-0-85259-827-6 £27.95

Sensibly the publishers delayed publication in order to include all 2011 issues for the four issuing authorities, and include the Yearbook prices for each.
There seems to be a good range of price increases in Guernsey, many earlier 60p mint sets now being priced at £1 for example. However this is not true of Isle of Man or Jersey, where I could not spot any changes.
Missing Phosphors in the Regionals remain unchanged, but the Broken Wagon Wheel variety on the 2½d Liberation also newly listed in the last volume doubles in price to £30.
Packs, Gutter Pairs and First Day Covers are all priced, as are Stamp Cards and Souvenir Folders etc, where they occur. Each country has an individual Booklet section but in Jersey for example I could see no price changes at all, and the Stamps Sachets though listed remain unpriced. The Isle of Man Souvenir Postal Stationery and Manx Postal Museum postcards are all listed and priced used and unused.
Information is provided relating to sheet layouts, plate and cylinder numbers, locations of the marginal imprints, quantities sold, and withdrawal dates.
New issues increase the page count by about a dozen, but the cover price remains unchanged.


STANLEY GIBBONS COMMONWEALTH STAMP CATALOGUE: SOUTHERN & CENTRAL AFRICA Stanley Gibbons Publications, 5 Parkside, Christchurch Road, Ringwood, Hants BH24 3SH www.stanleygibbons.com Received 29th February 2012 ISBN 978-0-85259-823-8 £29.95

It is several years since the previous individual editions of Central and Southern Africa were published. Combining makes a lot of sense, and this edition is produced in the “Concise” format, helping to keep the cover price competitive.
The latest issue dates included vary enormously, with Swaziland only to October 2008, Botswana, Lesotho and Zambia into mid or late 2010, but the others are 2011: Mozambique to February (with many Appendix issues), Malawi to June, Namibia and Zimbabwe to July, and South Africa itself to August 2011.
Prices up to 1952 are taken from the 2012 “Empire” volume, and for the QE period have been revised and updated for this edition. The publisher mentions significant increases on earlier items.
There are 362 catalogue pages plus the additional pages of notes and advertisements, all in full colour on clean non-glare stock.

MICHEL ÜBERSEE-KATALOG Volume 1 Band 1: NORDAMERIKA 2012 Publ Schwaneberger Verlag GmbH, Ohnstr. 1, 85716 Unterschliessheim, Germany. www.michel.de Received 2nd March 2012. ISBN 978-3-95402-019-5 €66 £66

The first volume of the new edition of the Michel Overseas Catalogue is in a slightly larger size than previous editions, (150x225mm), and begins on the long road to converting all the illustrations to colour, (hence the increase in cover price). However, much of the nineteenth century issues are still in black and white. The number of pages is slightly reduced but extends the new issues to January 2012 for Canada and St Pierre & Miquelon, and to October 2011 for UN (New York) and USA issues. Other countries included are Hawaii, and the Canal Zone.
Useful indexes are provided for the thematic series of the USA, and Country Flags for the United Nations.
Many price changes have been made particularly Canadian mint for all periods, also St Pierre and Miquelon, (which now has a complete list of booklets), however the UN Flag issues of the 1980s fall back. There was no discernable pattern for the USA. Generally speaking the minimum price now seems to be settling at 30c.
There is a full index to the countries in all the overseas catalogues.

STANLEY GIBBONS COLLECT BRITISH POSTMARKS Stanley Gibbons Publications, 5 Parkside, Christchurch Road, Ringwood, Hants BH24 3SH www.stanleygibbons.com Received 29th February 2012 ISBN 978-0-85259-759-0 £29.95

Subtitled, The Handbook to British Postmarks and their Values, I was delighted to receive this title, now reset and published by Stanley Gibbons, (in collaboration with the British Postmark Society). It has been thoroughly updated by Bill Pipe, and printed to the usual SG quality, in the “Concise” size now in favour. The considered use of colour and cross-lining makes this much more user friendly, with illustrations more strategically placed within the text.
The fifteen-year-old prices of the last edition have been thoroughly revised, almost always upwards; new items have been added, (the newly listed K94 duplex of Clacton for example is priced at £100); and editorial information updated. The Colliery postmarks have been listed again and priced.
Some of the items revised include Post-war Military and Camp postmarks, and BFPO Numbers located to HM ships. The Tourist Cachets, Printed Postage Impressions and Postal Mechanisation sections are expanded, and the Meter Marks chapter now includes the modern Horizon labels etc. A map of the Scottish Western Isles is now included.
Unfortunately the updating of the Irish elements in various sections has had to be held over, and so too the Bibliography fails to list anything published after 1997. It is hoped these will be brought up to date for the next edition.
This is a fine 378pp paperback, absolutely essential to the postmark collector and dealer alike.

I am grateful to Vera Trinder Ltd for providing my review copies of the next two titles.

OFFICIËLE BELGISCHE POSTZEGELCATALOGUS 2012: BELGIË, BELGISCH CONGO, RUANDA URUNDI, ZAÏRE, RWANDA, BURUNDI, EUROPA (57th edition). Publ. B.B.K.P.H. Centrumgalerij kantoor 343, Kleerkoperstr.17, B-1000 Brussels, Belgium www.bbkph.be Received 7th March 2012 ISBN 978-9-08133-124-1 €26.90 £35

The book before me is a hefty 880pp A4 size paperback, in full colour throughout, and probably contains as much information as most collectors would want. It is bilingual French and Dutch throughout, and the page layout is clear, with good use of colour-banding for headings, set prices etc. Every stamp or miniature sheet is illustrated alongside its entry.
The thirty-four sections of Belgium include Railway Stamps, Military, Newspaper, Locals, Telephone and Telegraphs etc. also Kilo-post, Pre-cancels, Coil stamps, Booklets, Cartes Postales, etc. and also include the Private and Semi-official overprinted or perfined issues.
The classic issues are well covered with prices for multiples, varieties and use on cover etc. For numbers 1 and 2, prices are also quoted for the individual vertical barred numeral cancels. New issues are included up to June 2011.
The former colonies and subsequent post-independence issues are also included, with coloured page-edges to make country finding easy. In addition there is a full list of the members of the Belgian Dealers Chamber.


N.V.P.H. SPECIALE CATALOGUE 2012: Postzegels van Nederland en overzeese rijksdelen. 71st Edition. Publ N.V.P.H. Secretariat, Weteringkade 45, 2515 AL ‘s- Gravenhage, Netherlands www.NVPH.nl Received 7th March 2012 ISBN 978 9073646 537 €27.90 £29

This volume, published by the dealers association in the Netherlands, provides an accurately priced retail catalogue for general issues and a good guide to the more specialised items where condition and usage etc. will also need to be taken into account. Plates, printings, perforations etc are all listed for the earlier issues, and later issues’ details include blocks, first day covers, printing quantities etc. As usual the Air stamps, Booklets, Postage Dues, Machine labels etc have their own sections. For the Netherlands a separate grey-edged section provides detailed illustrations and prices for the many plate varieties, followed by a second white-edged section illustrating and pricing the official NVPH First Day covers, and Presentation Packs.
The Colonies each have their own distinctive colour-edged section for easy access. In addition there are lists of the dealers, and a bibliography. The back cover provides a handy fold-out key to the abbreviations used throughout the catalogue.
Although written in Dutch, and priced in Euros most collectors will find it a useful addition to their bookshelf. The whole is a substantial 800pp linen-look paperback with new issues listed to June 2011. This year the giveaway proof card (number 9) is of the 1899 12½c Queen Wilhelmina stamp.




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MARCH 2012

STANLEY GIBBONS STAMP CATALOGUE: IRELAND 5th Edition. Publ. Stanley Gibbons Publications, 5 Parkside, Christchurch Road, Ringwood, Hants BH24 3SH www.stanleygibbons.com Received 10th January 2012 ISBN 978-0-85259-831-3 £15.95

This edition has been reset into the smaller 2-column “Concise” format now adopted for the Sectionals (see Exporter August 2008 for previous edition review). The page count is 94 catalogue pages plus 32 pages for the usual Notes, Introduction, etc. Prices for the period up to 1970 are taken from the Empire volume, and the later QE period has been re-priced for this volume with new issues updated to September 2011.
It commences with the 1922 Overprints, which now include some additional shades and overprint errors. More Watermark varieties have been added. No list of the new items is provided, but a quick look at the last “Empire” shows numbers SG14a, 32a, 32y, 36a, 39a, 61aa, 152w, were new in that edition, but no doubt there are others from the intervening editions.
There are separate sections for Postage Dues and Booklets; also the Machine Labels,
SG has again included the short questionnaire for collectors and users to complete about the catalogue. Question 6 now asks about “lay-flat binding” (difficult to achieve on these slimmer volumes), and Question 7 “is there anything you would like to see in this catalogue that is not currently included?”
This is what I suggested in my last review, but none seem to have been implemented. “... an editorial letter outlining price and market changes, a list of new varieties added, new discoveries needing verification before attaining full catalogue status, etc.........the inclusion of the pre-1922 Sinn Fein and other propaganda labels, which are popular with collectors, also, First Day covers.”
Thematic collectors would still like all design-different stamps to be illustrated.

COLLECT BRITISH STAMPS 2012 (63rd edition); Publ. Stanley Gibbons Publications, 7 Parkside, Christchurch Road, Ringwood, Hants BH24 3SH www.stanleygibbons.com Received 21st January 2012 ISBN 978-0-85259-822-1 £12.95

The latest edition includes all issues to the end of 2011, now has 218 catalogue pages plus the introductory sections, but for the second year running no increase in the cover price.
The Commemorative Design Index (split into £sd and £p issues), which has been updated and revised, remains at the beginning of the book.
The introductory section this year contains articles: Collecting Stamps: the Basics; Stanley Gibbons Numbers; The SG Guide to Stamp Pricing (by Hugh Jefferies), and an illustrated Glossary.
This is a basic catalogue but does include watermark and perforation differences, different phosphor bands, ordinary gum and self-adhesives, as well as listing and pricing the visible plate numbers on QV issues.
The three issues of Birds scheduled for 2011 Royal Mail Faststamps (or Post and Go) duly appeared. Postage Dues, Officials, Regional issues are included. Prices are given for Presentation Packs, First Day Covers and PHQ Cards, Year Packs, Year Books and Miniature Sheet Collections: and for Gutter pairs and Traffic light gutter pairs where collectable.
Prices have been thoroughly reviewed, and almost all Queen Victoria items listed have moved up even since the last Part 1 was published.
No less than 22 Philatelic Numismatic and Medallic covers were issued in 2011, many of them Olympic themed, and with a minimum price for recent issues of £15, though earlier are more expensive. This is the only GB catalogue I know that lists these items.
This is an ideal volume for the basic collector, nicely presented, with sensible use of colour in the actual listings, and with tick boxes against every item.

2011/2012 SOUTH AFRICAN CATALOGUE Publ South African Post Office, POB X505, Pretoria 0001, South Africa www.postoffice.co.za Received 10th January 2012, no ISBN Unpriced.

Strictly speaking this is not a catalogue in the usual sense, but a South African Post Office special promotion to sell off the balance of stocks of mainly commemorative issues issued from 1997 to 2007, and CTO definitives.
The items available include mint and used/CTO material, sometimes in blocks or cylinder blocks, miniature sheets and full sheets/sheetlets, also First Day Covers.
Prices seem to be well discounted from face values for CTO material: UM is at face. There is an Order Handling Fee of R10.
The A4 format allows for usually six items to be colourfully illustrated on each of the 120 catalogue pages, thus about 700 items in total. There is a 16-page order form.

MAGYAR POSTA- ÉS ILLETÉKBÉLYEG KATALÓGUS 2012-2013 (CATALOGUE of the POSTAGE & REVENUE STAMPS of HUNGARY) 59th Edition Publ. Philatelia Hungarica Kft., PO Box 28, Buda-Pest H 1675, Hungary www.philhun.hu Received 3rd January 2012 ISSN 1418-3900 £30

This new edition follows quickly on the 58th, (see Exporter July 2011), in hardcover again, and now almost 600 pages, in full colour. The excellent “Hungarian Postage & Revenue Stamps” introduction in Hungarian, is then translated into English and German, and is essential reading if the non-Hungarian reader is to get the most out of this volume.
The nineteenth century issues are very detailed with specialised listings and notes. Later issues have good philatelic detail, including numbers printed, (both perforated and imperforate), dates on sale, priced FDCs, etc. The bulk of the catalogue listing is easily accessible to the non-Hungarian reader with a clear organised format of the listings, standardised information and of course the colour illustrations.
Unfortunately the notes at the head of each section or under some issues, and the postal history section in particular require a good reading knowledge of the mother tongue.
As before, not only the postage stamps, and the various subsections, but also Postal Stationery, Revenues, International Reply coupons etc. are all included. The latest issue included is the August 2011 Liszt miniature sheet. Two new sections deal with Postal Franking Machines, and Local Revenue Stamps.
Several hundred prices have been updated, and are given in Hungarian Forints. There are extensive indexes to assist the general, specialist and thematic collector, including a list of designers, also a useful Bibliography and a range of dealer adverts.

PHILEX DEUTSCHLAND 2012, Pub Philex-Verlag, 50667 Köln, Received 26th January 2012, in 2 volumes available separately.
Volume 1: €7.50 £7.50 Volume 2: €9.50, £9.50

I am amazed to see that this is the first time I have had anything from this publisher to review, though the titles are well established. Both are full colour, small, handy, pocket-sized, limp bound volumes of over 350pp each.
Volume 1 includes the German States, Empire and Third Reich periods, wartime issues, Danzig, Memel, Saar, the Russian Zonals and the DDR issues.
Volume 2 includes the Allied Zonals, Berlin, Saar, and the Bundesrepublik issues from 1949 until the most recent, being the November 2011 Anniversaries issue.
Both the listings are simplified, but give prices for mint and/or unmounted mint, fine used, also First Day Covers and Sheetlets, and also printing quantities. Most design different impressions are illustrated, as are miniature sheets.
An English translation of the introductory Letter, and a list of abbreviations is provided. From the former, I learn that there have been reductions for early federal, Berlin and DDR issues, but numerous increases including Colonies, Post Offices, Danzig, Memel and Occupation Territories.
As both volumes have roughly the same number of pages, the difference in cover price must be a function of the print quantity, and work keeping volume two up to date.
Both volumes include lists and detail of the German experts who are prepared to issue certificates.


GREECE 2012: Stamp Catalogue & Postal History (in 4 volumes) Publ. A Karamitsos, 34 Tsimiski str. 54623 Thessaloniki, Greece. www.karamitsos.com Received 26th January 2012. No ISBN but ISSN1972-9911 on each volume.
Volume 1-3 £22 each, Volume 4 £11

This is another catalogue which I am reviewing for the first time. It is bilingual in Greek and English throughout, including all the notes and commentaries, as well as the actual listings. The volumes are split as follows. Volume 1 contains Greece 1861-1959 stamps, Volume 2 Greece 1960-2011 stamps and Machine labels. Volume 3 contains the stamps and Postal Stationery of the so called New Territories, which include Epirus, Dodecanese, Thrace, Ionian Islands, Crete, Samos, Smyrna and many others. Also in this volume is a 40-page section dealing with the Cancellations from pre-adhesive times, Municipal Posts, 19th Century types and New Territory material, including tables of valuations. Volume 4 deals exclusively and exhaustively with Air mail – First and Special Flights.
These are specialised volumes dealing in detail with the Large and Small Hermes Heads, the later Hermes and Iris issues, the various Surcharges and their settings and errors. Many printing varieties, imperforate issues etc are listed throughout, as are First Day covers etc where appropriate, also Specimen overprints.
Prices are given for mint or unmounted mint, and fine used, and FDCs; and also blocks or strips of the Hermes Heads. Philatelic information includes printing quantities, sheet layouts, etc. A list of new varieties/numbers in this edition is provided.
Volume 4 containing the Airmails is divided into sections dealing with First and Special flights, Special Airmail Cachets, Special Airmail Labels, Recovered Mail from crashes, Military Airmail and the cachets for these.
All 4 volumes are quality paperbacks, about 280pp for volume 1, about 350pp each for volumes 2 and 3, and about 260pp for volume 4. Each is available separately, and I have no reservation in recommending them to any collector or dealer in Greek stamps and postal history.





FEBRUARY 2012

STANLEY GIBBONS COMMONWEALTH STAMP CATALOGUE: CANADA & PROVINCES (4th edit.) Publ. Stanley Gibbons Publications, 7 Parkside, Christchurch Road, Ringwood, Hants BH24 3SH www.stanleygibbons.com Received 7th December 2011 ISBN 978-0-85259-828-3 £19.95

Last published in 2008, this latest edition includes issues up to the 7th July 2011, now published in the handy “Concise” size. As a result there are 167 catalogue pages which also include an updated design index for those stamps issued since 1942.
As before with the sectionals, the issues for QV-1970 are taken directly from the latest “Red-Book”, the later QE issues have been specially re-priced for this edition and are in line with the Stamps of the World, recently published.
The publisher’s blurb mentions “new varieties” added since the last edition, including the GV 2c “Cockeyed King” from the 1930-31 Coil stamp, and the “Weeping Princess” and “Shilling Mark” on the 1935 Silver Jubilee 1c and 1s values. Added to the recent “Red book” are some Fluorescent and Ordinary paper varieties on late 1960s issues and these too are included in this volume. The 1928-31 Newfoundland “Publicity” stamps are fully illustrated.
The publishers have made a determined effort to complete the conversion to colour, so only the Vancouver Island 5c rose, and the Canadian 3d Beaver are still in black and white. Surely someone reading this review will be able to furnish SG with the required scans.

STANLEY GIBBONS COMMONWEALTH STAMP CATALOGUE: CYPRUS, GIBRALTAR & MALTA (3rd edit.) Publ. Stanley Gibbons Publications, 7 Parkside, Christchurch Road, Ringwood, Hants BH24 3SH www.stanleygibbons.com Received 7th December 2011 ISBN 978-0-85259-811-5 £18.95

The previous edition was published in 2008 (see Exporter October 2008) but as with the Canada this edition is now published in the “Concise” size. It still includes Heligoland, (which is an island in the North Sea, not the Mediterranean and probably more are at home in the Channel Islands, Isle of Man volume), and the Ionian Islands and the British Post Offices in Crete. It includes issues to May 2011 for Cyprus and Malta, and to February for Gibraltar.
Prices for issues to 1970 have been taken from the latest 2012 “Red Book,” and the later Queen Elizabeth issues have been reviewed and re-priced for this volume inline with the Stamps of the World catalogues.
A number of items appear for the first time in this volume, such as the Cyprus Queen Victoria and King Edward half piastre with the “Large S”, the 1923 thirty piastres green with Inverted watermark (SG88w, @ £2500 for a used copy).
In Malta the 1899 ¼d with Upright Reversed watermark, (SG88b @ £2000), the George V 3d white back with Specimen overprint, (not issued as a regular stamp SG78bs @ £300), George V large Key Type 2s with “Damaged Leaf” (illustrated by a Bermuda 2/6?) and the newly discovered “NT Joined” on the 1947 Self Government 1½d blue-black SG237b, unpriced), have all been added.
There are now 164 catalogue pages plus the usual notes, in the 2-column layout, with sans-serif font on non-glare paper, and conversion to colour now appears complete.

MICHEL CEPT-KATALOG 2012 Published by SCHWANEBERGER VERLAG GMBH, Ohmstraße 1, 85716 Unterschleißheim Germany www.michel.de Received 6th December 2011 ISBN 978-3-87858-190-1 €49.80 £49.80

As usual this contains the main CEPT issues; the forerunner issues; official stamps for the Council of Europe; EFTA, Helsinki Accords and NATO issues, the Scandinavia joint issues and Europe issues as well as the stamp issues celebrating 50 years of Europe Stamps. It contains some 538 catalogue pages, with over 4800 colour illustrations, and about 18,000 prices and remains the reference work of choice for specialists of the Europa issues, (see Exporter January 2011 for review of last edition).
There were sixty issuing authorities for the main Europa issues during 2011.
The catalogue listings follow the previous format, each major section being organised by year, and each year showing all the issues for that year in alphabetical order by country. This includes type differences, colour and perforation varieties, FDC prices, gutter pairs, postal stationery, official souvenir sheets and special prints, as well as printing quantities. As last year there have been improvements to some of the captions and some new subtypes added and quantities printed have been extended.
The popularity of these issues is beginning to improve following the difficulties of a few years ago. Prices have been reviewed and are beginning to show upward tendencies, and occasionally some big increases. The French issues in 2008 Mi nos.4424-31 are an example, and the set of booklets for that issue more than double in price. The publishers expect some further increases during the coming months. A complete set from 1956-2011 is now @ €11344 unmounted mint, and €9083 fine used, both figures being more than the price of the 2011 issues added to last year’s totals..


MICHEL UNO SPECIALIZED CATALOGUE 2012 Published by SCHWANEBERGER VERLAG GMBH, Ohmstraße 1, 85716 Unterschleißheim Germany www.michel.de Received 6th December 2011 ISBN 978-3-87858-059-1 €49.80. £49.80

This latest edition is now only in German. It unites the stamps of the United Nations from the various Michel catalogues but provides much more information. Particularly useful is the division of cover prices into various headings including official and private issue FDCs etc. It thus provides the ideal basis for the systematic establishment of a specialised collection.
In addition to the issues - now listed to October 2011 - of the main New York, Geneva and Vienna offices, plus the fore-runner overprints on Swiss stamps there are some seventeen other sections for particular organizations and peace-keeping forces around the world.
Booklets and Postal Stationery are also comprehensively covered.
There have been some significant price increases including Greeting Stamps sheetlets, early New York First Day Covers, also for New York the stamps of the last 10 years or so. There are now some 30,000 priced items, and with over 2800 colour illustrations, now occupying some 555 catalogue pages.

MICHEL JUNIOR-KATALOG 2012: (Der Kleine Deutschland-Katalogu in Farbe) Published by SCHWANEBERGER VERLAG GMBH, Ohmstraße 1, 85716 Unterschleißheim Germany www.michel.de Received 6th December 2011 ISBN 978-3-87858-191-8 €9.95. £9.95

The latest edition follows the format of previous editions (see February Exporter 2011), with additional information to assist collectors including summary tables for the modern definitive sets to enable quick location and pricing, year set prices etc. A list of forthcoming issues for 2012 is also provided.
Price increases in this edition include many issues up to 1945, then FRG recent issues after 2005.
Price decreases in this edition include Berlin and earlier FRG issues
The volume contains classic States and modern German stamps from 1849 to November 2010, German Empire:- Foreign POs, Colonies, Occupation issues of both wars, Plebiscite areas with Saar, Gdansk, Memel, Bohemia and Moravia, General Government, Sudetenland, also Field Post Stamps, Local issues, and Allied Occupation Zonal issues.
The publisher has maintained the cover price for this handy compact pocket sized paperback, in full colour. It is excellent value at this price for the general collector, junior collectors, even school teachers.

MICHEL ÜBERSEE-KATALOG Volume 8 part 2, SÜDOSTASIEN 2012 Published by Schwaneberger Verlag GMBH, Ohmstraße 1, 85716 Unterschleißheim Germany www.michel.de Received 6thDecember 2011 ISBN 978-3-87858-849-1 €74. £74

Following on from Volume 8, part 1, this volume covers the countries in the South East Asian Peninsular, Malaya and the Indonesian and East Indies area, including Borneo with Brunei and Labuan, Cambodia, Dutch East Indies, New Guinea and Timor, French Indochina, Indonesia, Laos, Malaya including the States and Singapore, Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam.
There have been many and significant price increases throughout the volume.
New issues are included well into 2011 for most issuing territories.
The section dealing with the French Post Offices in Indochina has been re-written by grouping issues for each post office together, making this more user friendly. More booklets and other items have been added in various countries.
There are more than 12,500 price changes in the more than 80,000 priced items. New illustrations have replaced older images, though still all in black and white. The page extent at 1266 is about 40 more than the last edition.


COLLECTING BRITISH FIRST DAY COVERS 2012: 31st edition. A. G. Bradbury, 3 Link Road, Stoneygate, Leicester LE2 3RA www.bfdc.co.uk Received 21st December 2011 ISBN 978-0-9567991-0-4 £20

Subtitled “the complete guide to the variety of first day covers and postmarks available for each Royal Mail stamp issue,” this latest edition includes issues to November 2011 and follows the same trusted and extensively detailed format as previous volumes.
The long and informative introduction to First Day Collecting is a must read, even for experienced collectors or dealers.
The lists of postmarks for each issue are comprehensive with the prices given in two columns, (plain and illustrated covers for earlier items, phosphor and non-phosphor sets where relevant, ordinary and official/sponsored covers from 1967).
The book is profusely illustrated with reduced colour illustrations of many covers alongside the appropriate issue, but it is not possible to show all the variations of postmarks/covers. These number a staggering 30,000 items, and can be seen, and down-loaded at the publisher’s web site www.bfdc.co.uk/postmarks, which is fully searchable.
Definitive items are well covered, and divided into various sections to make each less cumbersome.
The publisher, though not a retail dealer, tries to indicate realistic prices for all the latest commemorative issues, including various price ranges as appropriate. This is a quality paperback; and excellent value although the price increase to £20 is substantial. It is worth remembering that the under-£15 cover price was held from the 2007 edition and was not increased when full colour printing was adopted the following year, a remarkable feat in itself. Excellent value, nothing else on the market comes close to this 250+pp volume.

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JANUARY 2012

SCOTT 2012 SPECIALIZED CATALOGUE of UNITED STATES STAMPS & COVERS Scott Publishing Co, 911 Vandemark Road, Sidney, Ohio 45365-0828 USA www.amosadvantage.com Received 16th October 2010 ISBN 978-0-89487-466-6 $99.99 £72.50

This year there are more than 9,000 price changes, with the majority of these being slightly down.
There are two major editorial additions, both backed up by specially commissioned articles.
The first by former editor James Kloetzel explains the newly separated listings of the 1903-08 2c Washington Shield stamps into Types 1 and 2. The second by Ray Simrak and Santiago Cruz explains the Colombia & SCADTA Air Mail System and the EU overprinted stamps used for it, and which are now fully listed and priced.
The introductory section defines Scott’s numbering and listing criteria, condition standards and associated pricing; provides details of early postmarks; Statehood Dates; Domestic Letter Rates, and an extensive Identifier of Definitive issues. The Index of designs has been up-dated.
The yellow edged Scott Stamp Values section provides information and guidance on grading, and prices for up to eight grades of condition for Scott numbers 1 to 715 (including Coil Pairs and Booklet Panes).
There are nearly two pages of new numbers including Postage and Officials, Postal Stationery, Indian Reservations items, Test stamps and booklets, Essays and Trial Colour proofs etc. Charles Snee also highlights a few increases including the 1875 reproductions of the 1847 issues, and the 26c Lick and Stick Panther.
Despite the cover price, no serious collector or dealer should be without this volume, or at least a very recent edition.

VACCARI LA LIBRERIA FILATELICA (No 29) & LA LIBRERIA STORICA (No 4). Publ Vaccari s.r.l., Via M Buonarroi 46, 41058 Vignola (Mo) Italy. www.vaccari.it Received 5th October 2011. ? Free on request from the publisher

These two titles are produced back-to-back in A4 magazine format, and now appear annually. Both the philatelic section and the non-fiction library contain both new and second-hand books, the former having detailed notes and explanations of their subject or content making this of considerable use to philatelists and historians.
The subjects of the books are of course heavily weighted in favour of Italian interest and mostly published in Italian. However there are plenty of other titles, including sections on the First and Second World Wars, titles dealing with Aviation, Land, Naval and other military themes. There are for example more than 30 titles dealing with Mussolini and the Fascists, useful sections on Forgeries and a diverse range of other topics.
There must be well over one thousand titles contained in the over two hundred pages of this publication.

MICHEL CHINA 2011/12 CATALOGUE Published by SCHWANEBERGER VERLAG GMBH, Ohmstraße 1, 85716 Unterschleißheim Germany www.michel.de Received 13th October 2011 ISBN 978-3-87858-188-8 €64. £64.

This is the first volume of the Far East catalogue and contains the stamps of China, Taiwan, the Peoples Republic of China (incl. FDC valuations), Hong Kong, Macau, Manchukuo, and Tibet. All issues are included from the 1878 Large Dragons, including the early Local issues, with Taiwan to June 2011, Peoples Republic to July 2011, Hong Kong until August 2011 (including the British period issues), and Macau to April 2011.
In the early China, and especially the Peoples Republic, there have been some sensational increases with some items as much as four times the previous figures, and even so may be out of date when this review appears, so active is this market.
As well as basic stamps, postage dues, etc., the modern Machine labels are included and priced both mint and used. Many images have been replaced by better quality ones. There are numerous additional notes, and editorial corrections. Information about the modern fluorescent control numbers is now provided, as well as pointers for detecting Forgeries etc where relevant.
A full index to countries in all the Michel Overseas catalogues is provided.

SCOTT 2012 CLASSIC SPECIALIZED CATALOGUE of STAMPS & COVERS 1840-1940 Publ. Scott Publishing Co., 911 Vandemark Road, Sidney, Ohio 45365-0828, USA www.amosadvantage.com Received 10th November 2011 ISBN 0-89487-467-5 $149.99 £n/k

As always there is something new to report, and this edition is no exception. There are some 600 new numbered items scattered among about 65 countries. The myriad of price changes carried forward, from the Scott Standard Catalogue, prompts changes for multiples or on cover items of these stamps which only appear in the Classic, and represents a large proportion of the more than 12,500 total changes for items only listed in this volume.
New additions this time include the Brazil semi-official airmails, and prices for over 170 Danish Numeral postmarks on the 4rs Royal Emblems stamp. Epirus and Iran now have listings for stamps on cover. A number of new varieties are newly listed including scarce colour varieties, and unusual overprint errors in various countries Other countries featuring in the new number lists include Shanghai, Fiume, Hong Kong, Jordan, Labuan, the New Republic, Bahawalpur, Transvaal etc.
Editor Charles Snee pays tribute to retiring associate editor Bill Jones, and welcomes Donna Houseman, former editor of Scott Stamp Monthly, to the editorial team working on this volume, and anticipates further expansion and improvements in what is already a single-volume world catalogue without equal for this period.

MASTERS of the POST: The AUTHORISED HISTORY of the ROYAL MAIL. Duncan Campbell-Smith, Publ. Allen Lane, Penguin Books, 80 Strand, London WC2R 0RI Publ 3rd November 2011 ISBN 978-1-846-14324-3 £30
There have been many books written about various aspects of the General Post Office and Royal Mail history over the years, but this latest is perhaps the most comprehensive. It covers the entire period from 1512 to 2010, and has been actively supported by the British Post Office Museum, with unlimited access to its archives including confidential records, and support by its staff. It has a Foreword by Donald Brydon, CBE the Chairman of the Royal Mail Group, which is followed by a substantial Introduction by the author.
Then follow fourteen chapters, each further subdivided as appropriate, taking the reader through the early period and the establishment of the General Post Office, its growth and development into a country-wide network, the corruption, the postal reforms of Rowland Hill, the development of services, the use of railways, the problems of wars, the growth of airmail, the ancillary services such as the GPO Film Unit. The modern period includes such headings as the Bletchley computers, the Great Train Robbery, Tony Benn and the Queen’s Head, the 1971 Strike, the split with the telecoms business, 1st and “second” class post, Parcelforce, Pensions problems and much more.
The more colourful and influential characters are well described, and their success or failure charted. These include Ralph Allen, Rowland Hill, Francis Freeling, Henry Fawcett, Stanley Gibbons, Henniker Heaton, Stephen Tallents, Tom Jackson, and many others.
Duncan has an easy style whilst dealing with detailed and heavy matters. Although the book is principally chronological in its format, the reader will find that he can dip in and out using the chapter heads, or, indeed as I did, by just opening pages at random and reading the pages in front of him. Pages 354/5 for example deal with the arrangements for troop mail immediately after D-Day in 1944, or page 450 with Tony Benn kneeling on the floor in front of the Queen trying to persuade her to look at designs which did not include her portrait. William Barlow’s first speech to a conference of top managers on page 537 is revealing, not only about the man, but the organization he was about to manage.
700 pages later come three Appendices, including Charting the Growth (by means of 15 graphs/tables), followed in turn by a complete listing of Masters of the Post, (Postmaster Generals, Secretaries to the Post Office, Directors General etc.). There is also a comprehensive list of Notes and References; a wide ranging Bibliography, detailed Credits and finally an extensive Index.
In all some 849pp, with 23 black and white illustrations within the text, nine maps, and thirty-two mostly black and white plates. However trade and collectors alike should beware of cut-outs from the splendid illustrations on the back cover appearing on internet auction sites as genuine stamps. An excellent book, well researched, well presented.




SG SIMPLIFIED CATALOGUE: STAMPS OF THE WORLD 2012 Edit. Publ. Stanley Gibbons Publications Ltd, 7 Parkside, Christchurch Road, Ringwood, Hants BH24 3SH www.stanleygibbons.com Received 23rd November 2011 6 volumes sold as a set ISBN 085259-821-1 (978-0-85259-821-4) £249.95 (including 2 x 10% SG Shop/Mail Order vouchers).

As last year “Stamps of the World” is published as a single set of six limp-cover volumes, each approximately 1000pp in full colour. The publisher has maintained the same set price, despite some 2250+ new listings and over 700 new illustrations.
The 10% vouchers are valid for a spend of £50 on catalogues or albums etc. either in the SG shop or on line and: - or a spend of £100 in the shop on non-specialist stamps (which are not defined).
The improved page layout introduced in the last edition has been continued, with red for the date of issue, and blue underlining for each priced item. The anomaly caused by listing long running sets in SG Number order has been eliminated and these are now again in value order. However some footnotes still suffer by referring the user to SG numbers not actually listed in these catalogues, Australia SG1902 referring to SG2015-24 being an example.
Prices have been updated in line with the recent Empire 1840-1970 and full-period Country or Area catalogues issued since the last set, or due to be published with or immediately after this edition. These include Great Britain, China, Spain, Portugal, and Colonies, Germany, Canada, Gibraltar, Malta, Cyprus, Ascension, St Helena, Cook Islands, Niue, Pitcairn Islands etc.
The two articles by Paul Brittain are again included in Volume One only: - “Putting on a good show” which deals with mounting and presentation, and “To include, or not to include, that is the question” which discusses what is acceptable in a collection. The Identification section and multi-language “Glossary of Terms” also remain.
Ideal for the thematic collector, this is still the only whole-world catalogue issued as one entity. However a questionnaire is included seeking collectors’ opinions on future publishing arrangements for this catalogue, including frequency of issue, and whether it should be published in sections over a short period of time.


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DECEMBER 2011

SCOTT 2010 STANDARD POSTAGE STAMP CATALOGUE VOLUME 6: COUNTRIES San – Z of the WORLD. Scott Publishing Co, 911 Vandemark Road, Sidney, Ohio 45365-0828 USA www.amosadvantage.com Received 18th September 2011 ISBN 978-0-89487-465-9 $99.99 £58

This is the first volume under the editorship of Charles Snee, who introduces himself on the editorial page.
Once again there are vast numbers of price changes, almost 14,000 of them, with Thailand leading the way with over 3500, way ahead of Switzerland which has over 1700. Others of note include Singapore (1000+), Transvaal and Uzbekistan (700 each) and Somali Coast (over 650).
The boxes indicating where the mint listing of a country changes from mounted to unmounted now have yellow background shading, making them visually obvious to catalogue users.
The Thailand prices are mainly increases and cover all periods and types of stamp. The strong Swiss Frank is driving up its country’s prices in the Dollar market, especially post 1965 issues where many are now double face. This is in line with Scott’s policy of pricing recent postal valid and new issue stamps at this level.
Singapore prices move up and down, so need checking, especially post 2001 issues which are up between 10% and 30%.
Generally recent stamps of many countries where the issue quantity is relatively small, (Scott mentions a 10,000 to 100,000 level), are expected to rise.
There are almost 50 new listings in Shanghai; another 200 booklets of Thailand for the period 1980-1998 have been added, and type 1 and 2 designs of the 1980-84 issues have minor letter listings. More Granite paper issues are added in Switzerland 1940 Coat of Arms issues.
This volume has over 1500pages. It is worth noting that Volume 1 of the 2012 catalogue (see July 2011 Exporter), has already sold out: a sign of collector interest, or perhaps a too conservative print run!
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COIN YEARBOOK 2012: The Independent Price Guide and Collector’s Handbook. Edited by John Mussell, FRGS, Published by Token Publishing Ltd, Orchard House, Duchy Road, Heathpark, Honiton, EX14 1YD www.tokenpublishing.com Received: October 2011. ISBN: 978-1-870192-33-0 £9.95.
For the third year in succession the Editor’s foreword draws attention to the impact that financial markets, the economic situation and the rising prices of precious metal especially gold and silver, are having on the supplies of certain coins as quantities of these are melted down for bullion, and others where demand exceed supply. The number of investors coming into the market, means more people chasing fewer coins, and rising prices encouraging more investors to come in to the market creating an upwards spiral for prices, which may continue for some time to come.
This catalogue in this volume includes coins from Celtic and Roman times to the present day, coins from Scotland, Ireland and the Channel Islands, as well as Official and Semi-official Medals. Early coins are priced for Fine, very fine, extra fine conditions, with those from George III onwards also shown as UNC and of course the various Proof qualities as listed where appropriate.
There are additional articles and features. John Andrews reviews the last twelve-month’s auction scene and realizations; there is an illustrated selection of items from the Royal Mint’s Llantrisant Museum; a list of IAPN Dealers, a useful list of British Kings and Queens with dates. The details of the designs of the London Olympic 50p coins are shown and; William McCreath offers advice about internet buying and selling.
Three other chapters look at Celtic Coinage; Collecting Ancient Coins, and an Introduction to Hammered Coinage. There is much else including a Glossary of Coin Terms; Mint-marks of the World; Translations of Coin Inscriptions; notes about the Care and Cleaning of coins. The Directory section provides lists of Museums and Libraries; Clubs and Societies; Auctioneers, Fairs and Dealers; Banks and Mints of the World.
Finally there are two articles about Treasure and the Law, and the Treasure Act: Code of Practice. In all, a substantial 350-page quality paperback in full colour, at a remarkably low price, which contains virtually everything most coin collectors need to pursue their hobby. Recommended!
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THE COLLECTORS GUIDE to COLLECTING GB DEFINITIVE FDCs: 1840-1970 Pre-Decimal Issues, (1st edition)
(Commemorative FDCs) 1924-1970 THE STERLING ISSUES (2nd edition)
Tony Buckingham, Buckingham Covers, Warren House, Shearway Road, Folkestone CT19 4BF www.buckinghamcovers.com Received October 2011 No ISBN £5 each volume (or £6 for both when requested by Exporter readers)

The second edition of the Commemorative volume is a considerable improvement on the previous edition (see Exporter July 2010), though the title still omits the word “Commemoratives.” The publisher now allocates a number to each cover and provides tick boxes for collectors’ use. In addition to revising prices, the listings are expanded by including prices for covers having stamps with a Missing Colour on them. It still includes the relevant Postal Stationery and the overprinted commemorative issues for Morocco Agencies, Bahrain, Kuwait etc.
The Definitive volume apparently appeared earlier, and whilst having catalogue numbers, does not include the tick boxes. However it covers many items not normally listed such as the 1890 Penny Post Jubilee South Kensington stationery and cachets, the 1912 Wilkinson machine 1d Postage Paid experiment, Postage Dues, the Channel Islands including the Guernsey 1940 Bisects, (also the Last Day of this validity), other Channel Islands material, early QE Postal Stationery items, Regionals, Sorting Machine introductions, new Services such as Recorded Delivery, Booklet panes etc. Tony hopes to include the Overprinted issues for the Gulf Sates, Morocco etc in a later edition.
In both volumes, Tony provides illustrations of covers, postmarks etc, and prices as necessary, and since he is selling at these prices, (when in stock), it is worth reading carefully.
There are additional background notes concerning the issue circumstances, and use of FD postmarks. There are many warnings about Forgeries especially useful since these give details of what to look for, what to check, how to spot posthumous items and avoid being misled etc.
Both are paperback booklets of 48pp, and nicely produced. Tony’s article on Collecting FDCs is omitted from the second edition, so retention of the first is recommended.
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AFA DENMARK STAMP CATALOGUE 2012, (including Faeroes and Greenland, DVI) Publ. AFA-Fortlaget, 5450 Otterup, Denmark www.afa.dk received 26th September 2011 ISBN 978-87-7012-363-1, ISSN 0901-7003 245D.Kr. £28

As usual this annual catalogue is a nicely produced, linen-look limp A5 584pp volume, in full colour throughout, with latest stamps to June 2011 listed for Denmark, May 2011 for Greenland, and April 2011 for Faeroes. In the usual single column format on a non-glare white stock, it really provides all the information and detail that most collectors of these countries would need.
This includes, Schleswig, Færøes, Greenland, Danish West Indies, FDCs, Provisionals, Year books, tête-bêche issues, Soldier stamps, Tax stamps, Newspaper stamps, reprints, officials, postage dues, booklets, stamps used on cover, Christmas seals, and miniature sheets. A full subject/design index is provided for Denmark.
Prices are provided for mint and/or un-mounted mint, and used; for stamps correctly used on cover, First Day Covers, (including illustrations of special FD postmarks) etc. All the key issues are included with se-tenant strips and panes, booklets, Christmas stamps, machine labels etc. Quantities issued/printed are given where known. There is a full design index for Danish stamps, and all prices are of course in Danish Krone.
There is a list of the numeral postmark numbers 1 to 286 with the towns that used them, and dates of change where this occurred. It also includes a list of dealers, and a fold out cover flap with a perforation gauge.
It is in Danish throughout, but is well illustrated and laid out, and apart from the notes, non-Danish readers will find it relatively easy to use.
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DANSKE FORSENDLSER 1875-2003 (Danish postal rates) Niels H. Bundgaard, publ. AFA-Fortlaget, 5450 Otterup, Denmark www.afa.dk received 26th September 2011 ISBN 978-87-7012-370-9, 195D.Kr

I have not seen this title before. It is a nicely produced A5 paperback, and provides details of all the postal rates, for the diverse postal services available for the period quoted in the title. It is in Danish but the publishers sensibly have provided an English translation of the contents list.
Thus is it easy to find Braille Letters, Value Letters, Postal Money Orders, Cash on Delivery Letters, Giro Bank Paying Orders, Sunday letters amidst the more usual Letters, Postcards, Printed Matter, Registered letters and small parcels.
Where necessary a section is also sub-divided by destination including The Nordic Countries, Europe, the Rest of the World etc.
Most of the rates quoted are in tabular form, giving dates, weights and rates, and relatively easy to use, even by the non-Danish reader. There is a fine sprinkling of cover illustrations in full colour. In all, there are 216 pages.
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AFA SKANDINAVIEN STAMP CATALOGUE 2012, (including the Baltic States, Greenland & DVI) Publ. AFA-Fortlaget, 5450 Otterup, Denmark www.afa.dk received 26th September 2011 ISBN 978-87-7012-364-8, ISSN 0901-6635 D.Kr.245, £28

This 792pp linen-look limp A5 volume extracts the listings for all the main Scandinavian countries and the former Russian Baltic States from the basic AFA catalogue, with Denmark, Iceland and Norway to June 2011, Finland and Sweden to May 2011, and Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, well into 2011.
All prices are of course in Danish Krone and are set to reflect the current market.
Although a relatively simplified listing it does cater for perforation changes; earlier varieties such as retouches; FDCs for the Scandinavian countries, plus the usual miniature sheets, officials, soldier stamps, postage dues, tax stamps, imperforate issues, newspaper stamps, tête-bêche issues, reprints, se-tenants, field post, booklets, and parcel post, etc. A full contents list is printed on the last page opposite to a perforation gauge and guide to the Finland 1860-66 Roulettes.
The publisher keeps the cover price down by printing this volume in black and white in a two-column format. All design-different items are illustrated. A list of Danish dealers is provided.
The complimentary Miniature sheet this year is the Færøe Islands 2009 Global Warming issue.
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JULEMÆRKER NORDEN 2012, Publ. AFA-Fortlaget, 5450 Otterup, Denmark www.afa.dk received 26th September 2011 ISBN 978-87-7012-368-6, D.Kr.395

This volume has been considerably expanded since the last in 2006. It includes not only the Official Christmas Charity labels but also similar items for the Red Cross, Heart Foundation etc. The Danish Foreword and Introductory Notes have been translated into English.
The countries include all the main Scandinavian ones, plus Danish West Indies, Faeroes, Greenland etc, also Iceland, Finland and Estonia. As well as those issued by the JULEMÆRKERFONDEN, it also includes the many local issues either of cities and towns, or those of organizations such as Lions Clubs, Men’s Clubs, Rotary, St George’s Guild and Oddfellows. The Swedish Flag Day issues are also included.
As well as the labels, it also includes miniature sheets and sheetlets, meter franks, PP designs, cards etc.
Each main country is listed in chronological order, followed by the local issues in alphabetical order of the town or city name. All labels and sheets are illustrated in full colour but at varying reduced sizes. Prices are for mint or unmounted mint copies, and given in Danish Krone.
The whole is a massive 850+pp paperback, well produced on matt paper. The publishers have indicated that an authority no longer issuing these labels will not be included in later editions, so this edition will remain as the permanent reference for those authorities. This will reduce the cost of new editions which will only include the main countries official issues, plus any new issuing authorities, or existing local authorities issuing new labels. This is a truly opus magnum.

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VLASTOS 2012 SMART GREECE 1 1861-2011. Publ Orestes Vlastos Ltd. 9 P Nirvana St. GR 15231 Halamdri, Greece www.collector-shop.com Received 26th September 2012 No ISBN visible, €8

This is an excellent addition to the Vlastos library; a truly pocket sized catalogue with over 400pp, full colour throughout and, most importantly, bilingual Greek and English throughout.
Essentially a simplified catalogue it does include Air-post stamps, Charity stamps, Postage Dues etc, but also the Mount Athos 2008-10 issues, National Resistance issues, and various unofficial issues. Early colour and shade variations are included as are perforation varieties and imperforates. All design different stamps are illustrated, but captions are omitted, as are printing and philatelic details, except where needed to differentiate between issues.
Prices, which reflect current retail levels, are for mint to 1923, unmounted thereafter, and fine used. Colour boxes also show set prices and FDC prices from 1924. Price tables are provided for Large and Small Hermes in multiples, mint and used.
Additional colour boxes provide further information for Year sets, Forgeries, and other notes and relevant information.
There is a cross reference table to Yvert, Michel, Stanley Gibbons and Scott numbers for the issues up to 1901.

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STANLEY GIBBONS COMMONWEALTH & BRITISH EMPIRE STAMPS 1840-1970: 2012 Edition Publ. Stanley Gibbons Publications, 7 Parkside, Christchurch Road, Ringwood, Hants BH24 3SH www.stanleygibbons.com Received 19th September 2011 ISBN 978-0-85259-813-9 £77.50

“When times are hard, (i.e. the financial markets, weak currencies etc.), stamps are good” is as true as ever. This catalogue includes the first Empire items to be priced at £1 million and £1.2million, namely the celebrated Mauritius 1d and 2d Post Office items. The editor comments on “the sheer number of price changes, which are almost exclusively in an upward direction...the fact that they affect almost all areas and periods...and the scale of these increases; with prices doubling, trebling or even more..” More collectors, the search for better quality material, all add to the mix.

As always first read the Editor’s Preface on page vii, then, look at the list of numbers added since the last edition on page xi.

Where price increases are mentioned you will find that India, Ceylon, Malaya and South East Asia are noted; Southern Africa including the Rhodesias, especially Mafeking where every single stamp has increased. In the West Indies; British Guiana, Dominica, Jamaica, Montserrat and Turks & Caicos are highlighted; in the Pacific it is Cook Islands, Fiji, French issues of New Hebrides, Samoa and Tonga, whilst other island colonies such as Cyprus, Falkland Islands, Malta, Mauritius and Seychelles are not to be left out. There are many others.

Editorial improvements include new illustrations for Victoria Stamp duty issues, the Australia 6d Kangaroo with the “retouched E”, the Newfoundland 1928-31 Publicity series, and Tonga early varieties. The two plates for 1966 Papua New Guinea values are listed separately, as are the Canadian 1967 Centennials with Hybrite paper and later commemoratives which have notes on identification. There are revised dates for British Post Offices in Levant.

There is a newly priced listing of Indian stamps with “FF” cancels used during the 1867-8 military expedition in Abyssinia. The unissued Jamaica 6d of 1921 is now given full listing with prices for unused and Specimen overprinted copies; (the other issues of 1921 and 1923 have revised numbers as a result).
New plate, watermark or other varieties have been added in over 70 countries, resulting in over 200 new SG numbers.

With so many changes and revisions, this year’s edition is even more essential than usual to both dealer and collector alike.
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SCOTT 2010 STANDARD POSTAGE STAMP CATALOGUE VOLUME 5: COUNTRIES N-Sam of the WORLD. Scott Publishing Co, 911 Vandemark Road, Sidney, Ohio 45365-0828 USA www.amosadvantage.com Received 15th August 2011 ISBN 978-0-89487-464-2 $99.99 £58

This is the last volume under the editorship of James Kloetzel, and contains a major editorial innovation. The boxes indicating where the mint listing of a country changes from mounted to unmounted now have yellow background shading, making them visually obvious to catalogue users.

A number of new items have been added to the listings in Nicaragua; Bahawalpur where the Overprints on GVI Indian stamps are now included and priced mint; a new overprint in Philippines (Scott 15); North Borneo Japanese Occupation Postage Dues, (Scott NJ1-NJ3); also new varieties in New Caledonia, Papua New Guinea, Qatar and Russia.

Prices have been revised, especially in Norway for most periods, in Russia for various classic items following recent realizations, but also modern 1990’s to recent. Other countries with good numbers of revisions are Papua New Guinea, North Borneo, Pakistan, Oman and Qatar.

This volume has over 1500pp, including the notes, Identifier, Index etc.
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MICHEL SCHIFFE (SHIPS) GANZE WELT 2011 Published by SCHWANEBERGER VERLAG GMBH, Ohmstraße 1, 85716 Unterschleißheim Germany www.michel.de Received 17th August 2011 ISBN 978-3-87858-580-0 €49.80. £49.80

This comprises a book and a CD. The book contains a comprehensive list of stamps with Ship illustrations on a country by country basis, in Michel number order, and giving the type of vessel and if known the actual name. This occupies 275pp and lists over 29,000 items.

The CD contains a copy of the latest MICHELsoft V9 collection management programme, together with all the images of the stamps listed in the book, and others with the nautical theme, plus the register from the book and catalogue with prices. Detailed instructions on the use of the programme are on the disc, but these are all in German and a good translator is needed to get the best out of this.

About 16,000 items are illustrated, but many of the images are black and white, all at 120dpi, with maximum 100 pixels per side, usually within 6-8kb size range.

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MICHEL OSTEUROPA 2011/12 ISBN 978-3-87858-187-1 €56. £56
MICHEL WESTEUROPA 2011/12 ISBN 978-3-87858-186-4 €56. £56
Published by Schwaneberger Verlag GMBH, Ohmstraße 1, 85716 Unterschleißheim Germany www.michel.de Received 9th September 2011

These two catalogues arrived together, being volume numbers 6 (1100+pp) and 7 (1300+pp) and completing the European series. Western Europe contains the Benelux countries, Great Britain and Ireland. Eastern Europe contains stamps of Carpathian Ruthenia, Republic of Moldova, Poland, Russia, Soviet Union, Ukraine, Belarus, and Western Ukraine.

There are some significant editorial revisions including the long running Belgian “Birds” definitives, 150 new perforation varieties in the Soviet Union, and extensive revision and extension of Poland and Belarus, the latter now including information on Reprints.

There are numerous price rises including recent Great Britain from 1995 and especially the self-adhesives, used Poland, the Soviet Union issues up to about 1960, as well as more recent se-tenant sheetlets and other items. Ukranian definitive sub-types are now priced.
Many more colour illustrations have replaced earlier ones and old black and white images, and it is worth noting that all face different designs are illustrated, making these ideal volumes for the thematic collector. In all there are about 28,000 illustrations, and about 136,000 price quotations.
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MICHEL SÜD – und ZENTRALAFRIKA 2011/12 CATALOGUE Published by SCHWANEBERGER VERLAG GMBH, Ohmstraße 1, 85716 Unterschleißheim Germany www.michel.de Received 9th September 2011 ISBN 978-3-87858-899-3 €79. £79

This is probably the thickest of the Michel catalogues with over 1500pp. The countries included have been reorganised into more sensible groups and include all the following: Angola, Ascension, Botswana, Gabon, Congo-Brazzaville, Congo-Kinshasa (with Zaire), Equatorial Guinea, Lesotho, Malawi, Mocambique, Namibia (with South West Africa), Zambia, St. Helena, São Tomé and Príncipe, the various Rhodesias and Zimbabwe, South Africa and the Provinces and modern Homelands, Swaziland, Tristan da Cunha, Chad and Central African Republic from the beginning to present day.

There have of course been huge numbers of new issues added since the last edition in 2007. There are also significant price increases “especially in English speaking and other serious collecting areas from 1995 which are rarely found in the trade”.

There are now some 19,000 illustrations, and many of the older ones have been replaced by higher resolution scans, though the catalogue is still in black and white.
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STANLEY GIBBONS COMMONWEALTH STAMP CATALOGUE: SAINT HELENA, ASCENSION 7 TRISTAN DA CUNHA; 4th Edition. Publ. Stanley Gibbons Publications, 7 Parkside, Christchurch Road, Ringwood, Hants BH24 3SH www.stanleygibbons.com Received 21st September 2012 ISBN 978-0-85259-802-3 £14.95

This sectional with a new title has been reset from A4 down to the “Concise” format, now having 90 catalogue pages. It contains new issues for St Helena and Tristan up to April 2011, and Ascension to July 2011 which are all later than the original blurb-sheet. As usual prices up to 1970 are taken from the Part 1 Empire, but later issues have been specifically revised and updated for this volume, (the last edition was published in 2007, see Exporter February 2008).

A number of new plate varieties are now included, such as the Ascension 1924 1½d “Line through C” and 8d “Shamrock” values, the St Helena 1922 ½d “Damaged Value Tablet,” and also watermark varieties such as 1903 St Helena ½d. However the latest addition to the 1935 Silver Jubilee St Helena 6d, “Dot to left of Chapel” is not included although it is in the new part 1.

There are also 28pp of introductory philatelic information, notes, technical matters and International Glossary.

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OCTOBER 2011

SCOTT 2010 STANDARD POSTAGE STAMP CATALOGUE VOLUME 4: COUNTRIES J to M of the WORLD. Scott Publishing Co, 911 Vandemark Road, Sidney, Ohio 45365-0828 USA www.amosadvantage.com Received 27th July 2011 ISBN 978-0-89487-463-5 $99.99

In this fourth volume, there are again huge numbers of price changes, and the Editor in particular mentions Libya, Macedonia, Malaya and Malaysia, Martinique, Montenegro and Morocco. These are a mixture of increases and decreases, driven partly by the market, partly by currency fluctuations, and in the case of modern and recent issues by a noted scarcity against the demand of some items.
Prices for over 1,000 used Laos stamps between Scott 317 and 1381 (c1980 to 1998), have been added, mainly for cancelled to order, with some notes to indicate where prices are for stamps which have actually been used for postage.
In North Korea major relisting has been undertaken to bring the details into line with Scott’s normal format. This one-time revision means a lot of revised numbers, all of which are listed on page 1308, together with details of other new additions in other countries. These include overprint colour variations on Malaya postage dues, overprint varieties and errors in Jordan, the 1986 50d-2500d Khadafy issue for Libya, (only on sale for two hours on the 1st January that year), and others.
This volume contains over 1300 catalogue pages, plus the usual 30pp Introduction, the Illustrated Identifier, and a full index to all the Scott volumes.


KING GEORGE VI: POSTAGE STAMPS & POSTAL SERVICES of MALTA, (Study Paper 33). Graham Pound & Richard Lockyer OBE. Publ. Malta Study Circle, Waterdale House, Chequers Lane, Waterdals, Watford, WD25 0GP www.maltastudycircle.org.uk Publ 2010 (Received end May 2011) ISBN 0-953-4875-5-5 £20, €30 (but £10 €15 + P&P to MSC and KGVICS members.)

This is a revised and expanded edition of the original publication of 1971, now covering all aspects of King George VI philately related to Malta with the exception of War-time air and censored mail etc. Postal Stationery is included with an excellent expanded listing of Registered Envelopes.
Stamps are dealt with first, commencing with the gestation and description of the 1938 set, followed by its Plate Varieties, then in similar style the 1948 overprinted set, followed by its overprint varieties, then the commemoratives. Other individual chapters deal with Postman’s Hand-stamps, Air Mail including rates and services, Patriotic Labels nicely illustrated, Postal Rates, Branch and sub offices, Gozo and other islands, Postage Due and Revenue stamps.
The stamp chapters take each value in turn, detail the printings or release dates with colour and paper specifications. The various varieties are illustrated, including the popular “T” marks.
The Air Mail chapter details in chronological order, the various flights and changes to services that occurred, supported by three maps showing routes.
The Branch and Sub-Offices chapter provides details of each office with dates and locations, with illustrations of the postmarks, registration etiquettes etc.
Three Appendixes provide further details of the Waterlow markings on Pictorial Definitives, Registered Envelopes and King George VI Stamp issues and printings.
This fine paperback comprises some 97 A4 pages, nicely illustrated in colour or black and white as appropriate.
Recommended.

MICHEL NORDEUROPA 2011/12 Published by Schwaneberger Verlag GMBH, Ohmstraße 1, 85716 Unterschleißheim Germany www.michel.de Received 15th July 2011 ISBN 978-3-87858-185-7 €56 £56

As usual this volume contains the stamps of Denmark, (to March 2011), with Faroe Islands and Greenland, Estonia, Finland, (to May 2011), with Åland, Iceland, (to march 2011), Karelia, Latvia, Lithuania, Central Lithuania, North Ingermanland , Norway, (to April 2011,) and Sweden, (to March 2011).
The publisher notes a range of diverse price movements, but with a significant upward trend in Norway, also in some Swedish official and postage due stamps, and the issues of Estonia.
The catalogue also contains a few so-called “treasure boxes” containing a reference to valuable or rare stamps and covers which have been sold. The box is marked with a VSC number enabling those who are subscribers to the MICHEL-Online-Catalogue to find out full details of the item concerned. Not really very useful to the general collector, and the few boxes I spotted are nowhere near the relevant stamp.
This volume contains over 1000 pp, over 10,000 illustrations, mostly in colour, and 55,000 prices.

MICHEL DEUTSCHLAND 2011/12 Published by Schwaneberger Verlag GMBH, Ohmstraße 1, 85716 Unterschleißheim Germany www.michel.de Received 7th July 2011 ISBN 978-3-87858-064-5 €42 £42

As usual this popular and comprehensive volume contains classic and modern German stamps from 1849 to June 2011, including the German States, North German Confederation, German Empire, foreign post offices, colonies and ship-mail abroad, also the occupation issues of the First and Second World War, the plebiscite areas, Belgian military post in the Rhineland, Gdansk, Memel, Bohemia and Moravia, General Government, Sudetenland, field post stamps, local issues, then the various Allied Occupation and Zonal issues, German Democratic Republic, West Berlin, Saarland, Federal Republic of Germany.
Notable price changes include price increases for the postage due stamps of Bavaria, stamp booklets of the German Empire, German Occupation issues etc.
For collectors of the recent stamp issues the catalogue presents sheetlets of self-adhesive stamps issued by the German Post AG with their own numbering and a neatly arranged summary.
This volume also includes the latest Michelsoft easy CD for the issues of Bund Berlin and DDR. The “Treasure boxes” mentioned above are also introduced in this catalogue, but I only found two, (in Bergedorf and Hannover).

MICHEL PLATTENFEHLER DDR 1970-1990 Published by Schwaneberger Verlag GMBH, Ohmstraße 1, 85716 Unterschleißheim Germany www.michel.de Received 7th July 2011 ISBN 978-3-87858-847-4 €39.80

This is a new title in the Michel list, edited by Thomas Schrage and is issued as a result of much work by the expert study group “Plate flaws of “GDR special issued stamps” of the Association GDR Special in close cooperation with many individual collectors, the BPP experts Mr. Jörg Schönherr and Mr. Siegfried Paul and the MICHEL editorial team.
As the title says, it lists, illustrates and prices all the known plate varieties on these issues, including many that are not yet in the basic catalogue. All the new items have been thoroughly researched.
It provides illustrations of the complete stamp with the variety indicated by a red circle, then an enlarged illustration of the variety itself. Catalogue values are in 4 columns including un-mounted mint, postal use, and CTO with plain or special cancellations. There are additional notes where appropriate.
No doubt collectors will be prompted to discover new varieties, and the introduction explains how to deal with these. A sample page is illustrated.


The TPO & SEAPOST SOCIETY

This society, founded in 1938, currently has about 200 members, of whom about 160 are in the UK and the others overseas. It caters for all collectors who have an interest in worldwide Maritime and TPO material, has an extensive library of about 200 volumes which are available to borrow, holds four postal auctions a year, and has regular meetings in London or other regional centres.
It publishes an award winning 32pp quarterly journal – TPO Magazine, and a DVD of the first sixty volumes has recently been produced, (see below). They also have an extensive publishing program of high quality - both content and production - books and study papers which are detailed on the web site.
Full details of the Society are available on the web site www.tpo-seapost.org.uk, or from Chris Bartlett, Woodrich, Quarry Lane, Gorsley, Ross on Wye, HR9 7SJ, UK.
Alternatively, you could meet them at Hampex, Wickham on 15th October, or Autumn Philatex, RHS Halls, London on November 5th. There is also a long running exhibition at the Ribble Steam Museum, Preston.

BRITISH PLEASURE STEAMER CACHETS Crawford Alexander, Mike Dovey & Geoff Ellerton, Publ TPO & Seapost Society, c/o Keith Morris, 1 St Mary’s Drive, Fairford, GL7 4LQ, UK www.tpo-seapost.org.uk Received 25 August 2011, ISBN 978-0-9518726-9-7 £17.95 & P&P to non members. (PayPal accepted)

Many thousands of tourists and other travellers have used, and indeed still do, the various steamers operating on lakes and rivers in the United Kingdom or as ferries between the islands and the mainland, almost all of them not knowing that they a are sailing on postal history. These are the ships’ cachets applied to mail posted on board an individual vessel.
However these popular cachets are well known to collectors, but amazingly this is the first book to attempt to list and illustrate the over 550 cachets which are known, in one volume, and provide a scarcity and valuation guide.
Eight chapters deal in turn with the Thames, Medway, the south coast, Lundy etc: Liverpool & North Wales: north west England, Irish Sea and Isle of Man: Firth of Clyde: David and Caledonian Macbrane: Lochs Lomond, Awe, and Katrine plus the River Tay: the Waverley, Prince Ivanhoe, Balmoral and Kingsear Castle vessels: and finally British Cruise Steamers, Orkneys, Shetland and other miscellaneous vessels.
All the cachets are illustrated, with additional illustrations of usage and postcards of the vessels. There are additional notes as necessary, including comments on forgeries, changes of name or operator etc.
There is an extensive Bibliography, and an Index of Vessels and Operators.
In all, a fine 75pp A4 limp booklet.


The POSTAL HISTORY of the UNION CASTLE LINE (including UNION and CASTLE Lines) by Mike Dovey, Publ TPO & Seapost Society, c/o Keith Morris, 1 St Marys Drive, Fairford, GL7 4LQ, UK www.tpo-seapost.org.uk Received 25th August 2011 ISBN 978-0-9518726-8-0 £17.95+ P&P to non-members

The mail service to South Africa in the first half of the nineteenth century was unreliable to say the least, and a problem for the British Post Office who struggled to find a regular shipping service. This was partly resolved by the first mail contract with the General Screw Steam Shipping Co in 1850, then another with Lindsay Line in 1856.
However both lines failed to live up to the contract and in September 1857 it was awarded to Union Lines who provided a monthly service, increased to twice-monthly with the second contract in 1863, to fortnightly in 1873. In 1872 Castle Line commenced operating on the same route and in 1876 both companies were given contracts with the agreement to sail alternate weeks, thus providing a weekly service.
After the Boer War ended, the two companies merged and the Union Castle Line continued to provide the service.
This book provides the reader with a wide range of information, many illustrations of postcards showing various vessels, matched to the same vessel’s cancellation for on-voyage postings, detailed lists of the ships of the three lines, their period of service, name changes etc.
The subject was inspired by a small display given to a local society by David Hill, but vastly expanded by Mike Dovey, into this nicely produced, full colour 78pp A4 limp bound volume, the first to be produced completely in house by the Society.

PAQUEBOT CANCELLATIONS of the WORLD and more complied and edited by Mike Dovey & Keith Morris, publ. TPO & Seapost Society, c/o Keith Morris, 1 St Marys Drive, Fairford, GL7 4LQ, UK www.tpo-seapost.org.uk Received 30th August 2011, ISBN978-0-9518726-7-3 £39.95

This fourth edition of Roger Hosking’s magnum opus has been completely revised, updated and expanded by the two authors, with considerable input from Roger during the nearly five years it has taken to produce it.
In order to make it useful to all collectors of Paquebots, a new numbering system has been devised, which is fully expandable, and complete cross reference has been provided not only to previous editions of this title, but also to the numbering in Studd and Joesten’s lists. Naturally the valuations have been revised, this scale now running from the very common AA (£2) to the “counted on one hand” H (£400-£1000). Two additional codes have been added U and NK which are fully explained in the introduction.
The basic Paquebot listing now runs to over 200 pages with the columns providing Dimensions, Dates and Notes and each mark illustrated below.
However the “and more” in the title is in the much expanded section B where many collectors will find scope to expand their knowledge, consider new avenues of collecting and perhaps help solve some of the mysteries. The Contents Page main headings for this section are Manuscript Paquebot Endorsements; Sea Post Offices; Floating Post Offices; Ship Related Post Office Marks, Posted on Board Marks; Miscellaneous Bits and Pieces; Maritime Cancellations; Maritime Marks of Countries.
These sections are further sub-divided to include for example Dock Post Offices; Seamen’s Mail, Mobile Boxes; French Ligne & Ship Marks; Fake Cancellations; English Mail TPO; Early Ship Letter, and much else.
There is an extensive Bibliography and Index of Ports, a reference to Robertson Numbers, also a Brief History of the Paquebot Mark and this book.
In all there are some 350pp, a range of mainly black and white illustrations of covers, in the latter sections.
Essential to the serious collector, and I understand has already been sold to fourteen countries worldwide.

TPO MAGAZINE Volumes 1 -60 (1947-2006) and INDEX Volumes 1 -64 (1947-2010) on DVD Compiled by Rick Martin & Keith Morris, publ. TPO & Seapost Society, c/o Keith Morris, 1 St Mary’s Drive, Fairford, GL7 4LQ, UK www.tpo-seapost.org.uk Received 30th August 2011, £20 + p&p to non-members.

Several specialist societies and study groups have now published their back numbers in DVD format, and this one is well up to standard. It opened easily on my Dell, and uses Adobe, (free to download if you haven’t already got it), with the usual functions of search, zoom, printing etc.
The 171 Index pages come up immediately. The index is in alpha-order, so that for example all references to one country or one port are in one group. Each entry shows the volume number, page number within the volume and the year of issue. The Index can either be scrolled, or searched by key-word. The first such entry is highlighted in the Index, and there is the facility to click forward to subsequent entries or indeed backwards if needed.
A return to the first search page then allows the user to go directly to the volume required, and then using the page number search button, to within a page or so of the page number indicated. Each volume is also fully scrollable.
Users may cut and paste selected blocks of text, or illustrations, but these cannot be reformatted or edited, except as permitted by the usual Picture menu.






SEPTEMBER 2011

CHINA (STANLEY GIBBONS STAMP CATALOGUE Part 17); 8th Edition. Publ. Stanley Gibbons Publications, 7 Parkside, Christchurch Road, Ringwood, Hants BH24 3SH www.stanleygibbons.com Received 30th June 2011 ISBN 978-0-85259-809-2 £44.95

Amazingly, it is over four years since the last edition of the “China” was published, (see PE February 2007), and this edition although now published in the larger “Concise” format, is only about fifteen pages less than its predecessor. The contents remain the same, but the Contents page has been expanded to make using the catalogue easier for the collector, and a full alpha-index is also provided.
New issues are included for China up to December 2010, for Hong Kong and Macao to November 2010, and for Taiwan up to September 2010.
Design indexes are now provided for both Hong Kong and Taiwan.
Over 25 newly discovered varieties have been added, mainly in the Chinese sections but also three in Tibet.
The reprints of the 1949-early 1950s period for the People’s Republic are now properly foot-noted and usually priced.
Prices for China have been considerably revised in line with the very active market; those for Hong Kong up to 1970 follow last year’s “red book,” but those for the Chinese Special Region, (formerly Chinese Province), show good upward movement. The black and white illustrations in the booklet section have been replaced with colour, and indeed there are now very few black and white illustrations remaining to be converted.
This is the only catalogue in English covering all the issues for this area in a single volume, with over 4500 illustrations and I hate to think how many actual stamps. It is a must for the serious collector and dealer alike.


AFRICA (STANLEY GIBBONS STAMP SIMPLIFIED CATALOGUE 1st Edition. Publ. Stanley Gibbons Publications, 7 Parkside, Christchurch Road, Ringwood, Hants BH24 3SH www.stanleygibbons.com Received 30th June 2011 ISBN 978-0-85259-804-7 £64.95

This is a new title in the SG list and will be welcomed by collectors of this continent. Following the usual style of the Stamps of the World Simplified catalogues, it includes all the former colonies and post offices, as well as modern day independent republics etc. There is no other English catalogue that does this in one volume, albeit a massive 1050 pages.
Although this is a simplified catalogue, all the main categories of issues are included such as Postage Dues, Officials, Charity Tax, Parcel Post etc. There is a useful guide to the entries, with a short historical note for each country, and details of currency etc. Blue underlining across the individual column entries make this volume easy to use and maybe SG will extend this format to their other catalogues. The text is clear and uncluttered, in four column format.
Surprisingly a very readable introductory article by David Wright “The Independence Stamps of the ex-British Central Africa” mentioned on the cover but is not in SG’s publicity material for this volume.
Additional information includes a full list of the members of the South African Dealers Association (even if it is a paid advertisement). A list of specialist societies would have been useful.
It is a measure of the difficulty experienced by catalogue editors for such a vast continent, that there are already issues from 25 countries listed in Gibbons Stamp Monthly April issue and later.


STANLEY GIBBONS GREAT BRITAIN CONCISE STAMP CATALOGUE 2011; (26th Edition). Publ. Stanley Gibbons Publications, 5 Parkside, Christchurch Road, Ringwood, Hants BH24 3SH www.stanleygibbons.com Received 30th June 2011 Paperback: ISBN 978-0-85259-805£29.95

This is the catalogue of choice of many, and offers something to all Great Britain collectors of whatever grade. The format remains as before, but it is worth reading the editor’s Preface wherein he discusses the difficulty with modern security methods of setting a sensible standard for entry into the catalogue. The latest “Security” Machins with “paper-clip” cuts are a case in point, as are the Royal Mail Faststamps.
In the case of the former, source codes and date/no date issues are now listed, but the different “slits” are not listed separately, just mentioned in footnotes where they occur in more than one format.
With the Faststamps, (or Post and Go), these will be listed in the sets of five values, but with the different designs within a set not being given individual numbers. At present the counter machine labels are not included. All these developments are being kept under review.
Other items included this time are the Parliamentary Envelopes issued in January 1840 and used up to the introduction of the Mulreadys.
Prices of Queen Victoria show increases in all sections, the basic used Penny Black now going to £300. Edward VII unmounted mint prices move up; and the popular GV watermark varieties also excel. Additional plate flaws have been added in the GVI high values; though I would suggest SG use the red arrows already used in the Victory set to indicate these new items.
In Queen Elizabeth the prices of varieties, such as missing colours, imperforates etc have been adjusted in the light of recent auction realisations: and also some items which are only available from booklets are advanced. The prices of all booklets have been reviewed.
The latest issues to March 2011 are now included, and the Design Index has been updated.
With over 370pp, this remains excellent value, with no increase in the cover price.


BRITISH WEST INDIES STUDY CIRCLE
The object of the Circle is to promote interest and study of the Stamps and Postal History of the islands that comprise the British West Indies, plus Bermuda, British Guiana, British Honduras and any other postal history and markings of Caribbean territories during any period that they were under British administration or control, and British Post Offices within the area and Central and South America.
There is a quarterly Bulletin, a central library, and a range of published works, of which, these are a few.
There is a website; www.bwisc.org or contact the Secretary c/o 32 Blagroves Lane, Littleover, Derby, DE23 1FH, UK, or by e-mail secretary@bwisc.org.


TRINIDAD: A Philatelic History to 1913 by Sir John Marriott, KCVO.RDP. FRPSL, Michael Medlicott & Reuben A. Ramkisson, FRPSL. Publ. British West Indies Study Circle, c/o Peter Ford, Box 665, Mail Boxes etc. Ctra Cabo la Nao 124-6, 03730 Javea, Alicante, Spain, www.bwisc.org in conjunction with The British Caribbean Study Group, www.bcpsg.com Received 25th June 2011 ISBN 978-1-09-506535-8 £42, $70 (+ P:&P) Limited edition of 400 copies.

Sir John’s 1963 title had long been out of print when in 1997, the Editor, Peter Ford, approached him to ask if the BWISC could publish a revised and extended edition. The intention was to extend the original to include all issues up to 1909, and widen its scope to all aspects of Trinidad philately. There would also be a significant improvement in the production using modern computer publishing technology. This superb book is the result and it was awarded the Charles J. Peterson Literature GRAND AWARD and GOLD MEDAL at NAPEX 2011.
During the mid-nineteenth century Trinidad wanted to establish an inland postal service but found the British Post Office, notably Colonel W. L. Maberley, the Permanent Secretary, at its most protective, even “obstructive.” But in 1851 Ordnance in Council establishing the Trinidad Posts was passed five votes to one; and the “novel Experiment” and “foolish idea” was put into action. An early consignment of stamps received in December 1848, which could not be used due to the protracted negotiations, was presumably no longer fit for use for in August 1850 new stamps had been ordered.
Individual chapters treat each issue and printer in depth, with extracts from correspondence, details of proofs, printings, papers, perforation etc being explained. There are notes about multiples, covers, cancellations, forged stamps and cancellations, and remainders all supported by illustrations, much of the material coming from Sir John’s collection.
Sir John’s original chapters 1-9, 12, 13 and 18 were hardly touched, but he provided new chapters 10, 11 and 20 before his untimely death in 2001. With the help of the other authors and BWISC members, the editor then acted upon the original decision to publish a complete work. The chapters dealing with the later Britannia issues were thoroughly revised and new chapters dealing with Postal Stationery, Postage Due Stamps, FEE and FREE FEE revenue stamps were written. A catch-all chapter twenty-five contains smaller sections including Too Late marks, Ship Letters, Military, Maritime and Registered Mail, Forwarding Agents etc.
There a five Appendixes, the more important being a detailed chronological list of Printings and Consignments; a Census of Lady McLeod Stamps and covers extant, (some 80 plus items); and a long list which attempts to describe the over 400 known franked Trinidad covers of the period 1851 to 1860. The Bibliography, Auctions list and Index complete this authoritative and comprehensive hardcover which has 369pp, with many colour illustrations + 36 Colour Plates.


CANCELLATIONS on ST. VINCENT STAMPS 1861-1897: Obliterators, St Vincent & Kingstown Date-stamps (Study Paper 2) Michael Louka, Publ British West Indies Study Circle, c/o Peter Ford, Box 665, Mail Boxes etc. Ctra Cabo la Nao 124-6, 03730 Javea, Alicante, Spain. www.bwisc.org. Received 25th June 2011 ISBN 978-1-09-538804-4 £15

The object of this book was to record the usages of the various obliterators and date-stamps on the particular issues and individual values in relation to issue dates of the stamps, and first and last usage of the implements, and to better understand the cancellation practices of the various offices etc.
The result is a well produced 44pp larger format booklet with colour throughout. The illustrations include all the various impressions from the implements, interspersed with tables relevant to them, and including different colour cancellations where appropriate.
The author has been able to draw on a wide range of published literature, articles, documents and auction catalogues etc. augmented by access to numerous examples in collections of Study Group members.


CLASSIC COLLECTIONS published by British West Indies Study Circle, c/o Peter Ford, Box 665, Mail Boxes etc. Ctra Cabo la Nao 124-6, 03730 Javea, Alicante, Spain, www.bwisc.org. Received 25th June 2011.

The raison d’être for this series is to allow authors to present their collections to the wider membership in a manner which they choose, without each volume becoming a full-blown handbook, but providing other members with the opportunity to see what the collection contains, and thus promote the aims of the Circle. The size is nominally 175mm x 250mm.

SAINT KITTS POSTAL HISTORY by Brian Brookes, Publ 2011, ISBN 978-1-907481-14-7 £12
This is a fine larger format 38pp booklet with good colour illustrations covering both the pre-stamp era and franked covers up to 1890. It also includes provisional issues, postal stationery and revenue items etc.
The author describes the varying circumstances, delays, correspondence etc. as well as providing insight into the local events which resulted in the various issues. Many of the provisional surcharges have illustrations of large blocks.

CAYMAN ISLANDS by Richard Maisel, FRPSL. Publ 2006, ISBN 0-953-8804-4-3 £12
In this 48pp volume the author explains the background to the use of Jamaican stamps prior to the island’s own issue in November 1900. He considers the various post-markers, the gestation of the island’s stamps, Specimen overprints, the Edward VII issues, colour changes, and the bi-coloured values, as well as the provisional surcharges and the associated scandals, the Farthing stamp and later issues to the GV pictorials.
The whole is well illustrated in full colour, and has a useful Bibliography.

NEVIS by Federico Borromeo Revised publ. 2004 ISBN 0-9538804-3-5 £13
This volume is 36pp, has many colour illustrations of the stamps, and a range of covers. The author provides a history of the island, the pre-stamps period, the use of GB stamps, and of course the island’s own issues prior to the combined territory issues.
Essays, proofs, Specimen overprints and other items are well covered, and backed up by Tables of Consignments issue by issue, and an extensive Bibliography.

BRITISH GUIANA PICTURE POSTCARDS by Terence Dickinson, Publ BWISC, c/o Peter Ford, Box 665, Mail Boxes etc. Ctra Cabo la Nao 124-6, 03730 Javea, Alicante, Spain, www.bwisc.org. Received 25th June 2011. ISBN 0-953-8804-X £28

Although the author introduces this book as a “Guide for Collectors” it comprises some 167pp with full colour illustrations throughout, in an A4 format paperback. Some 59 publishers have been identified, and these are listed alphabetically, with different imprints/printers/printing formats itemised and described for each, and then the various sets or captions are listed for each format, as far as possible in chronological order. He has endeavoured to show at least one card in each series, both front and back.
Numerous publisher errors occurred, such as spelling mistakes, and these are faithfully reproduced. Earliest known dates are provided for each format or card. There is a valuation/scarcity rating for each publisher but this is less useful as some publishers are rated 1-6 or 3-9 for example. Numbers appearing on the cards are quoted as part of the description within the set-lists.
For identification and catalogue purposes, each publisher has his own 3-letter prefix, followed by a 4-digit number. As well as publisher cards, a number of other items are included, such as hand-painted and QSL cards and also a long list of cards by unknown publishers which are given UPP numbers.



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AUGUST 2011

SURCHARGED MAIL & the POSTAGE DUE STAMPS of NORTHERN RHODESIA 1924-1964: Rhodesian Study Circle Handbook Memoir 12, by Alan Drysdall & Otto Peetoom, publ. Rhodesian Study Circle, c/o 2 Cox Ley, Hatfield Heath, Bishop’s Stortford, CM22 7ER, http://www.rhodesianstudycircle.org.uk, 2009 but received 18th May 2011 No ISBN £17

This volume provides a comprehensive history of these stamps, and the reasons for their use. The chapter heads: 1929-1952 Issues; The Federal Period; 1963 Issue, and Postage Stamps used as Postage Due Labels are self-explanatory.
Details of the design and printing of the stamps are given, showing the various printings, marginal markings, varieties etc. Black & white illustrations include proofs, specimens, full sheets with markings, errors and perforation varieties etc.
The Introduction details when postage due must be collected including “Mail Matter Insufficiently Prepaid” “Spoiled Stamps” and “Penalty for Using a Defaced Stamp” (all listed in the 1939 Post Office Guide), “Compulsory Registration” and “Return Registration of an item deemed to have intrinsic value”.
Members of the public were requested not to accept postage due items unless the postage due stamps had been affixed to the item and suitably cancelled.
Thirty-four colour illustrations of covers are included to provide examples of all these categories, the various cachets which were applied, and are accompanied with detailed explanation and comment.
Additional tables of printings and issues to the Crown Agents, a list of covers with bisected postage due stamps, a brief resume of the Zambia issues, a full list of references and a comprehensive index complete the volume which is A4 wire bound.
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The REGATUL ROMANEI ISSUES of CLUJ & ORADEA (1919): Overprints on Stamps of Hungary; A Guide for Collectors. Mark Lendon Publ. by the author, 15 Somerleyton Ave, Kidderminster, Worcs. DY10 3AS 11, received 18th May 2011. No ISBN £20 + £2 p&p to UK, (£3 Europe, £5 rest of World)

In 1919 after the end of World War 1, Transylvania was the focus for boundary and administrative changes between Hungary and Romania as laid down by the Entente Powers. The Hungarian National Council and the Central National Romanian Council (of Transylvania), spent months negotiating before finally agreeing on the Trianon Treaty in June 1920, which finally established the borders.
Various demarcation lines, military clashes, withdrawals had occurred. Romanian forces had occupied Buda-Pest and some territory west of the Danube in 1919 but the agreed border placed Szeded and Debrecen in Hungary, and Arad, Oradea in Romania.
During this period stamps were issued, first for Cluj in July 1919, and later in October for Oradea. The Romanians overprinted stocks of Hungarian stamps found in post offices in the occupied areas with a circular device incorporating the words “Regatul Romaniei,” the F monogram of King Ferdinand, and the letters PTT. A new value was surcharged below this device, the issues for Cluj having the letters in capitals (e.g. BANI), and Oradea lower case italics (e.g. Bani).
The King Ferdinand portrait issues appeared in January 1920 and Romanian forces completed their withdrawal from the western areas in February and March 1920.
The Regatul overprints are listed in the SG Balkans catalogue in Romania between SG747 and 858, and are not scarce, many being catalogued below £1. There are numerous errors and varieties, and forgeries are a nuisance. The author devotes a section to the Identification of Genuine Overprints, and another on Current and Advanced Forgeries.
Then follow about 25pp for each of the two issues with sections for Basic Stamps; Constant Varieties, Errors, Double & Inverted overprints, Misplaced overprints and other Oddities.
The author provides many numbered annotated diagrams and illustrations to assist the collector; also numerous tables, and references.
Mark also explains how he created the black & white images in the book, often preferring colour separations to enhance the overprint quality, rather than just converting to black and white.
This is a nicely produced A4 wire bound volume with 74pp on 100gsm stock.
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INDIAN GOVERMENT FISCAL STAMPS & JUDICIAL STAMPS & STAMP PAPERS; Vol 2; Post Independence Provincial Issues and the New States, Martin Blatt & Abdul Molar Publ The Revenue Society Received 18th May 2011 No ISBN £15

Volume 1 was published in 2005 and gave details of all Pre-Independence (including provincial overprints), plus All-India Post-Independence items. This volume deals with the Post-Independence Provincial issues plus the New States. It also includes a bound-in 30 page addendum to Volume One, and a loose Supplement Number 2 for both volumes.
The editors follow the same format as volume 1, but collectors will note that the vast majority of these Provincial issues are overprints on earlier items, and follow the same pattern of usage and face values. Some thirty-six states or administrative areas are included, listed in alphabetical order, with the items listed chronologically within each the duty.
Court fees, revenues, passenger tax, petrol coupons, entertainment tax, insurance, and special adhesives are some of the areas covered.
The authors consider that an overprint on an earlier item would indicate that all values of the un-overprinted set would have been similarly overprinted, and they have been listed accordingly, even though they may not have been seen.
The Introduction provides further explanation of the authors’ parameters; notes on numbering; a discussion about modern forgeries and the need to see stamps genuinely used on a document, and also the factors which effect valuations which are based on an A to E rating for each item. A list of References and a guide to Watermarks are also provided.
This is a fine 260pp hardcover, with black & white illustrations throughout.
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FAKES, FORGERIES, EXPERTS 14, April 2011. Publ. Postiljone, Købmagergade 2, DK-1150 København K, Denmark www.ffejournal.com Received 18th May 2011 ISSN 1604-262X, ISBN 978-87-990127-7-0 £54 €60

Another splendid issue of this well established now annual publication with a wide variety of articles, now totalling almost 500 since the first issue. There are eight new authors in this issue and it is this ability to source new writers on new subjects which makes this a valuable resource for philatelists and the trade alike.
Knowledge of forgeries and the techniques used to produce them is essential in this modern world, where internet auction sites have provided forgers with it seems a never ending stream of ever-gullible collectors. Whilst forgeries of ancient stamps, postal stationery, postal history, postmarks are a large part of its content, it does not ignore modern fakes and forgeries. It also provides real insights into the techniques of expertization used by the expert committees.
In this edition, an alarming article by Jean-François Brun reveals a new and very skilful forger producing dangerous forgeries of French classic stamps, and possibly other countries. A second article on Manipulated covers warns expert and collector alike to be ever vigilant, made more effective by another article revealing the detrimental “enhancement” made to the three-value Brazilian Bulls-Eye cover..
Other articles deal with issues from Egypt, Sweden, Spain, French Colonies general issues, Iceland, Serbia, Canada, Mauritius, Belgium, USA, and the Holy Land. Others look at Yuri Gagarin flight covers; SCADTA provisional issues; a quantity of Jeffryes printing plates, and a prototype combined light box, camera and computer compatible tool.
There is an excellent and revealing article which looks at a recently submitted unused copy of the 3c Newfoundland “Martynside” manuscript overprint with the additional “JAR” manuscript apparently in two inks.
All serious collectors can benefit from reading these articles, even if they don’t collect the country or issue under examination. Access to the articles is available on the web site, with a facility to buy an individual article from any volume thus allowing the collector can create his own reference.
181pp large format paperback, full colour throughout.
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LE RELAZIONI POSTALI DELL’ITALIA NELL’OTTOCENTO ITALIA - FRANCA Publ. Vaccari, Via M Buonarroti 46, 41058 Vignola (Modena) Italy www.vaccari.it Received 16th April 2011 ISBN 978-88-96381-16-8 €45

This is the second title in this series (see Exporter February 2007 for Swiss volume) which details the various postal conventions which prevailed between Italy and France during the period from 1800 to 1875. Three early chapters deal with the individual States before and after unification, and then the period when Italian postage stamps were in use. These are in Italian, requiring a good reading knowledge of this language: an English and/or French translation of this section would have been beneficial.
The bulk of the book is a chronological listing by state of some 3800 plus covers up to December 1875, which have come to the notice of the publisher from all sources.
This section provides, firstly a table of prevailing rates for the period 1850 onwards and then full details of each cover with frankings, postmarks and cachets etc. This is supported by colour illustrations of 56 significant covers.
There is an extensive Bibliography.
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SCOTT 2012 STANDARD POSTAGE STAMP CATALOGUE VOLUME 3: COUNTRIES G to I of the WORLD. Scott Publishing Co, 911 Vandemark Road, Sidney, Ohio 45365-0828 USA www.amosadvantage.com Received 16th June 2011 ISBN 978-0-89487-462-8 $99.99 £58

As usual there are many price changes, about 18,000 in this volume, but with rather mixed alterations both upwards and downwards. Countries mainly affected are Indonesia with almost 2800 changes, but also German States (1400), Iran (1375), Guyana (1150), Hong Kong (1000+) Ghana (840) and Great Britain (only 838).
In Indonesia some early issues are reduced, but modern issues show increases. In Italy there are some changes up to the 1930s, but modern items remain unchanged, however general issues for overseas offices tend to fall, except of course China which are significantly higher. German States issues show some increases, for very fine condition of course.
The Hong Kong postage dues of 1976-86 have been relisted resulting in some new major numbers. Imprint dates have been resolved into minor listings for Guernsey, Jersey and the Isle of Man. A number of new varieties have been added, and details of all number changes and additions are provided on a summary page.
Just 57 images remain to be converted to colour in this 1400+pp volume.
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MICHEL EUROPA-KATALOG 2011:
Published by SCHWANEBERGER VERLAG GMBH, Ohmstraße 1, 85716 Unterschleißheim Germany www.michel.de Received 9th June 2011
Vol. 3, SÜDEUROPA (Southern Europe), ISBN 978-3-87858-183-3 €56. £56
Vol. 4 SOUTH-EAST EUROPE ISBN: 978-3-87858-184-0 €56 £56

As before Volume 3 contains the issues for Italy, Yugoslavia and its now independent countries, Albania and Malta: volume 4 includes Romania, Bulgaria, Greece and Turkey as well as Cyprus.
Prices have been revised, with particular emphasis on older and modern Romania, Turkish First Day Covers, San Marino all periods, “back-of-the-book” items for Italy and elsewhere, which all show increases.
The complex issues following the break up of Yugoslavia are well covered including Mostar 1994 locals, Serbia Red Cross and Doboj locals, for example.
Both volumes include booklets, machine labels, year summaries etc. and have issues listed into 2011 for some of the more significant countries. Both have details of the Expertization services, with lists of experts, and full indexes to the Europe catalogue series.
Volume 3 has 1400+ pp and volume 4, 1200+.
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MICHEL WEST AFRIKA KATALOG 2011: ÜBERSEE Volume 5, part 2: Countries H-Z. Published by SCHWANEBERGER VERLAG GMBH, Ohmstraße 1, 85716 Unterschleißheim Germany www.michel.de Received 9th June 2011 ISBN 978-3-87858-599-2 €64 £64

The last edition in 2006 (was reviewed in Exporter March 2007) and volume one of the latest edition was reviewed last month. These countries are an absolute nightmare for catalogue editors, so latest dates vary from 2008 for Mauritania, March 2009 for Cameroon, January 2010 for Sierra Leone, and later dates in 2010 for the other countries which include Cape Verde, Liberia, Niger, Nigeria, Togo with Senegal up to December 2010.
The disparity between issuing policies is nowhere more marked than in this volume, where Mali and Nigeria show just one set each for 2010, whereas Togo has no less than 20 sets of four values issued on the same day in July, following the 19 sets of four issued in the previous month, but the publisher stresses that their numbering of these issues is purely provisional as it is dependent upon further confirmation of status. Collectors (and dealers) beware.
Collecting areas are arranged by current country name with stamps of the colonial period placed chronologically before the successor state. A modern and an historical map are provided to facilitate orientation.
The “Übersee” catalogues are still in black and white, but the illustrations have or are being rescanned, almost 10,000 of them in this volume, which lists over 60,000 stamps within the 862pp.


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JULY 2011

AUSTRALIAN STAMP CATALOGUE, 33rd Pocket edition Publ. Victoria Stamp Traders, 38a Stafford St, Huntingdale, Victoria 3166, Australia Author/editor Stuart Brown Received 16th April 2011 ISBN 978-0-9803186-4-7 $A19.50 £15.75

This edition contains prices of all basic Australian stamps and miniature sheets, (plus the Australian Antarctic Territory), from 1913 to the end of 2010. Perforation, watermark and paper variations, and Postage Dues are not included, but items issued in se-tenant form are priced singly and in the issued multiple. Modern Booklets when issued as part of a commemorative or thematic set are included. No philatelic information is provided except for Date of Issue, and commemorative title or theme, and self adhesive formats are not mentioned.
The listing is chronological, and does include OS overprinted Officials, Frama labels at the local letter rate face value at the time of issue. The publisher’s selling prices up to decimalization are for mint, after decimalization for un-mounted mint, and for fine used throughout. Two tick boxes are provided against each entry.
It is nicely produced in full colour throughout the Australia listings, (no pictures in the AAT section,) with lie-flat wire binding. In my review of the previous edition, (see PE November 2009), I commented that the landscape 2-column page layout would benefit from using a larger point-size for the main text listings and this is still my view.
This edition includes a $A15 coupon to obtain this discount off purchases of 40 Kanga stock sheets in a binder.

SCOTT 2012 STANDARD POSTAGE STAMP CATALOGUE VOLUME 1: USA, UN and COUNTRIES A to B of the WORLD. Scott Publishing Co, 911 Vandemark Road, Sidney, Ohio 45365-0828 USA www.amosadvantage.com Received 7th May 2011 ISBN 978-0-89487-460-4 $99.99 £58
SCOTT 2012 STANDARD POSTAGE STAMP CATALOGUE VOLUME 2: COUNTRIES C to F of the WORLD Received 25th May 2011 ISBN 978-0-89487-461-1 $99.99 £58

Despite, or probably because of a weak economy and fluctuating currency, there are more than 26,000 price changes in volume 1 and almost 40,000 in volume 2, and not least the cover price which rockets up, from $79.79 each volume last year, to $99.99, although the UK price is only increased by £1.50.
In Volume 1, demand for better material in superb condition and scarcer varieties etc. remains high, and this is supported by recent auction realisations. Many of these classic rarities show spectacular increases – the publisher mentions Scott United States numbers 11Ae, 26b, 68b, 161d – which vary between double and ten times the old price. However, more common classic items again show decreases.
The stronger Australian currency means that half of the upward price changes occur in this country and its States (9000 + 4000). Other countries with extensive price changes include Argentina (1100+), Bhutan (1000+), Bangladesh (almost 1000), Afghanistan (650+), Algeria (580+), and Barbados (500+).
In Volume 2 there are more than 14,600 changes in China alone, almost all of them upwards, sometimes spectacularly so.
Other countries with many changes include Denmark, Cuba and Costa Rica with 2000+ each, Canada (almost 2000), Cambodia and Christmas Island (with 1000+ each.
In Volume 1, Page 1413 lists the Number Changes and Additions which, this year, seem less than usual, but nevertheless need checking. In Volume 2, Page 4A shows many new numbers for Epirus (which has been completely “revamped”), Finland, and Fiume, (where large numbers of classic errors are now included).
The Fiji surcharges issued during 2007-2010 on the Birds stamps are now all individually illustrated.
There are less than 200 images are still to be converted to colour in these two volumes, and only about 500 in total for the six volumes which will appear over the next few months.

MICHEL WEST AFRIKA KATALOG 2011: ÜBERSEE Volume 5, part 1: Countries A-G. Published by SCHWANEBERGER VERLAG GMBH, Ohmstraße 1, 85716 Unterschleißheim Germany www.michel.de Received 7th May 2011 ISBN 978-3-87858-598-5 €64 £64

The last edition in 2006 (reviewed in Exporter March 2007) had over 1400 pages, but so many stamps have been issued subsequently that this volume has been divided into two, the second H-Z to be published later in the year. Over 4000 items have been added, an absolute nightmare for the publishers, so latest dates vary from November 2006 for the Ivory Coast, April 2009 for Ghana, November 2009 for Burkina Faso, June 2010 for Gambia, August 2010 for Benin and amazingly December 2010 for Guinea which now has 7981 numbers plus 1893 miniature sheets, (and collectors complain about Royal Mail!!).
Still in black and white, many of the 9000 illustrations have been re-scanned, particularly the older issues, but some recent issues of Guinea are without illustrations. Although there are over 54,000 priced items, some modern sets of Guinea-Bissau and Burkina Faso for example, are only priced as mint sets, and are without prices for used copies.

MICHEL EUROPA KATALOG Volume 2, SÜDWESTEUROPA (South-West Europe), 2011 Published by SCHWANEBERGER VERLAG GMBH, Ohmstraße 1, 85716 Unterschleißheim Germany www.michel.de Received 7th May 2011 ISBN 978-3-87858-182-3 €56. £56

Last reviewed in the exporter August 2010, the Spanish Andorra and Portugal issues are now listed to November 2010, but the other countries France, Gibraltar, Monaco and Spain are listed to January (Gibraltar) or February 2011.
The publisher’s comments on price increases refer to mint French Self-adhesive “stamps for business partners”, and used Madeira and the Azores from 1990s onwards.
France, Portugal and Spain all contain extensive lists, with colour illustrations, of their, thematically appealing, Counter/Machine labels almost to the end of 2010 for the first two, but only to 2007 for Spain which seems to have stopped issuing them??
Just on 1400 pages, about 15,000 colour illustrations and over 67,000 prices.

THE MAX FACTOR: MY LIFE AS A STAMP DEALER Max Stern, Publ. Makor Jewish Community Library, 306 Hawthorn Road, Caulfield South, Victoria 3162, Australia Received 20th May 2011 ISBN 978-0-9807027-7-4 $A40.

This is the second part of Max’s autobiography. The first, My Stamp on Life, was reviewed in PE July 2003 and dealt mainly with Max’s early life in Czechoslovakia and his survival through the German occupation, the war years, and the period immediately after the war.
This second volume very quickly covers this ground in the first few chapters but deals mainly with Max’s philatelic life in Australia.
There he was instrumental in setting up the Ampol Promotions of 1963-65, the overprints for the Australian National Stamp Exhibition on the 1970 Captain Cook Miniature sheet, the introduction of a National Stamp Day in 1974, the establishment of the National Stamp Promotion Council, the USA-Australia and UK-Australia Bicentenary joint issues. He has had extensive contacts with China for many years, other philatelic agency work; a huge deal in 1994 to buy obsolete Czechoslovakian material after that country’s division. He has known and dealt with almost everybody who is anybody in world philately including the notorious David “Georgie” Gee.
There are several chapters on philatelic matters such as Catalogues, Crimes and Misdemeanours, customer habits and idiosyncrasies and new trading methods, overseas travel and its complications, the expansion of his business and premises.
A good read, but Max’s memory occasionally plays tricks. Jaroslav Drobny won the Wimbledon Singles in 1954, having been runner up in both 1949 and 1952: Lance Armstrong has won Le Tour de France on seven consecutive occasions (1999-2005).
A number of philatelic luminaries, business contacts, former employees etc. have added their tributes to this nonagenarian, who was awarded the Order of Australia in 1999 “for services to philately.”

FACIT SWEDEN 2011, (including Local Posts), Publ Facit Förlags AB, Box 321, 721 07 Västerås, Sweden. www.facit.se Received April 2011 ISBN 91-86564-68-4 £29

This is the standard catalogue with issues now listed to the end of 2010 on 174pp. Perforation variations are included where appropriate, and set prices are given. First Day Covers and Booklets are listed in separate sections. This section is bilingual in Swedish and English A further 80pp are used for the Locals which are divided as in previous editions (see Exporter May 2009) with both the early, and the 1945-1947 period in one consolidated list including postal stationery, and the 1991 to date Local Stamps in their own section. The Local sections are in Swedish only. Prices in local currency are given for mint up to 1938, for un-mounted mint from 1886 to date, and for fine used. Stamps of minimum value are indicated with an ""M"", and in my last review I mentioned that it surprised me that more publishers do not adopt this practice. It saves an awful lot of resetting when the minimum price changes, and avoids collectors’/vendors’ tendency to over-catalogue collections. The first few pages contain illustrations of the various die differences where these are relevant, illustrations of the perforation variations, a short lexicon with German and French translations from the Swedish; also a list of dealers in Sweden. It is in full colour throughout on eye-friendly light blue non-glare stock. Each entry has two tick boxes.

MAGYAR POSTA- ÉS ILLETÉKBÉLYEG KATALÓGUS 2011 (CATALOGUE of the POSTAGE & REVENUE STAMPS of HUNGARY) 58th Edition Publ. Philatelia Hungarica Kft., PO Box 28, Buda-Pest H 1675, Hungary www.philhun.hu Received April 2011 ISSN 1418-3900 £30

I last reviewed this title in the May 2009 Exporter, and this edition is again in hardcover, with now almost 550 pages, in full colour throughout. As before, the long introduction is in Hungarian, but then translated into English and German, and is essential reading if the non-Hungarian reader is to get the most out of this volume.
Much of the catalogue listing is easily accessible due to the organised format of the listings, standardised information and of course the colour illustrations, however many notes and the postal history section in particular require a good reading knowledge of the mother tongue.
There are extensive sections not only of the postage stamps, and the various subsections, but also of Postal Stationery, Revenues, International Reply coupons etc. Prices are in Hungarian Forints. There are extensive indexes to assist the general, specialist and thematic collector, including a list of designers.
An essay “A Bélyeg Elötti Idöszak Filatéliája June1850 is included, (in Hungarian only), with illustrations of the various decorative cachets and date-stamps. The list of Hungarian dealers is omitted this time.

STANDARD CATALOGUE of MALAYSIA, SINGAPORE & BRUNEI: 28th Edit (2010-2012). Edited by Steven Tan. Publ. International Stamp & Coin Sdn. Bhd., PO Box 12016, 50764 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Received April 2011 ISBN 983-9650-01-7 ISSN 0126-9690 RM76 S$42 US$35 £21 (but VT advertise it @ £19.50 retail)

This is a 50th Anniversary Edition, 1960 being the year that Steven Tan set up his business “International Philatelic Agency” at his home, moving in 1969 to central Kuala Lumpur in 1969 and expanding into coins and banknotes. There is a raft of letter tributes from the area philatelic and numismatic Societies, and advertisers’ congratulatory messages as well as illustrations of the various certificates received over the years by this publication.
It remains the retail price list of the publisher, and provides accurate price information in Malaysian Ringgits, (now divide by five to get a rough pound equivalent (in Sept 2007, my last review, it was seven), for the market in these popular countries. Prices are given for mint up to 1947, unmounted mint for later issues, (mint being available @ 70% of the price quoted). Prices for used are for fine condition, or, CTO for modern commemoratives etc. Most modern issues also have prices for First Day Covers, and Presentation Packs (when applicable). Malaysia and Singapore Booklets have separate sections. The Japanese Occupation issues are included in detail. The earlier States, Straits, North Borneo, Labuan and Sarawak issues are of course included.
The listings are comprehensive and include perforation and watermark changes, shades, overprint and watermark varieties, re-touches etc. Set prices are provided, and often show a discount off the total of the individual stamps. Where known quantities issued are given, especially in the Singapore section.
There are now 296 catalogue pages, all in full colour, roughly 7 inches by 10 inches, and an extensive range of adverts.

WEST AFRICA in the BRITISH LIBRARY PHILATELIC COLLECTIONS, Jeremy Martin, FRPSL & John Powell, publ. West Africa Study Circle, c/o 8 Grasmere Road, Dronfield Woodhouse, S18 8PS www.wasc.org.uk Received April 2011 ISBN 978-1-905647-04-1 £45 (£36 + p&p to Members of WASC)

The subtitle is “a listing of philatelic material held for Ascension, Cameroons, Fernando Po, The Gambia, Ghana, Gold coast, Lagos, Niger Coast Protectorate, Niger Company Territories, Nigeria, Northern Nigeria, Oil Rivers Protectorate, St Helena, Sierra Leone, Southern Nigeria, Togo & Tristan Da Cunha to 2000.
In some 20 chapters, each dealing with a different named collection in the library, the authors have listed any and all material relating to the named countries.
These lists follow alphabetical order by country and are then sub-divided into Stamps, Presentation Folders, Stamp Booklets, Postage Dues, Postal Fiscal Stamps, Revenues; Postal Stationery sub-divided into Postcards, Envelopes, Registered Envelopes, Wrappers, Aerogrammes, etc.
Much of the book relates to the Crown Agents Collections, but other names include Fletcher, Foreign & Commonwealth, Harrison, Imperial War Museum, Kay, McInroy, Monks, Mosely, Tapling, Turner, UPU and Wilson-Todd.
Brief details are provided including requisition numbers, dates and values, Specimen overprints, proofs, imperforates etc. The book is A4 hardcover, case-bound, comprising 176pp including a 3-page detailed Contents List, 16 colour plates, and an Index.


JUNE 2011

STANLEY GIBBONS GREAT BRITAIN SPECIALISED STAMP CATALOGUE VOLUME 3: QUEEN ELIZABETH 2; PRE-DECIMAL ISSUES: (12th Edition) Publ. Stanley Gibbons Publications, 7 Parkside, Christchurch Road, Ringwood, Hants BH24 3SH www.stanleygibbons.com Received 17th March 2011 ISBN 978-0-85259-778-1 £39.95

Five years have passed since the last edition, (see Exporter May 2006), and this hardcover case-bound volume is now in the larger “Concise” size with just on 300pp. SG has continued with the use of colour highlights, including now the enboldenment of the main Specialist number, (requested in my 2006 review), and of the two-column format and sans serif font.
Much new information is included, in particular the printing methods and plate production of the three printers of the Castles High Values, the phosphor trials at the PO Research Station in Dollis Hill, expanded listings of Wilding and Machin booklet panes with new perforation types identified, further expansion of the details on voucher, pattern, paste-up and publicity proof booklets, encapsulated stamp cards etc.
Prices for basic stamps and First Day covers remain very stable, but those for varieties reflect current trends in the market. Following some recent high profile auctions, By far the biggest value rises are for missing colours, though even now some of these may have been exceeded, or are likely to have been in the Grosvenor 26th May Specialised GB Auction. The missing “Red Cross” jumps from £6500 ordinary to £15,000, and £12,000 phosphor to £35,000.
Popular plate varieties also show significant percentage increases often three or five time previous levels with £20 or £25 being popular prices throughout the special issues section. The well known “Missing T” on the 1966 3d Christmas stamp now shows at £20 (it was £4 in the earlier edition).
Missing and phosphor band varieties are less spectacular, but nevertheless, if you have had the patience to look for and take these out of the material passing your way, you will be pleasantly surprised.
The booklets and panes sections are also worth careful examination, especially cylinder items.
If you or your customer collects this period in any depth, then this volume is a must.



MICHEL DEUTSCHLAND SPEZIAL 2011 Published by SCHWANEBERGER VERLAG GMBH, Ohmstraße 1, 85716 Unterschleißheim Germany www.michel.de Received 13th April 2011
Volume 1 1849 – April 1945 ISBN 978-3-87858-595-4 €74, £74
Volume 2 May 1945 to date ISBN 978-3 87858-596-1 €74, £74
Volume 1 contains German stamps from the “Schwarzer Einser” of 1849 to the end of the Second World War: German States, and North German Confederation; German Empire and 3rd Reich; Local issues of 1923; foreign post offices, Colonies and ship post abroad; occupation issues of both Wars; plebiscite areas; Belgian military post in the Rhineland; Gdansk, Memel, Bohemia and Moravia; General Government; Sudetenland, field post stamps, and local issues, war and propaganda forgeries Volume 2 continues with modern German stamps to the latest stamp issues on 3rd March 2011: Local issues of 1945, Allied and individual Zonal Occupation issues German Democratic Republic, Berlin (West), Saarland, Federal Republic of Germany, Saarland as a federal state of the FRG
There are major price increases for proof copies of the General Government and other special areas such as rare colours of the SBZ, and many Postmaster Roulettes. There are also increases in Bavaria, German Empire, the 2nd World War occupations.
There are editorial additions and improvements in nearly all areas, especially varieties and plate errors, these including the first Posthorn issues of the FRG; and extended cataloguing of the Obligatory Tax Aid for Berlin stamps; also an improved arrangement and numbering of self-adhesive sheetlets
There are complete details of the Expertisation Rules and Experts (in both volumes), and an extensive list of German dealers (in volume two). Each volume is available separately.


MICHEL EUROPA-KATALOG Volume 1, MITTELEUROPA (CENTRAL EUROPE), 2011 Published by SCHWANEBERGER VERLAG GMBH, Ohmstraße 1, 85716 Unterschleißheim Germany www.michel.de Received 13th April 2011 ISBN 978-3-87858-181-9 €56. £56

The first volume of the latest edition has a deep plum coloured cover, (see Exporter July 2010 for previous review) and with new issues creeps over the 1300pp mark.
It contains stamps of Liechtenstein and Switzerland to November 2010, Hungary to December 2010, Austria and Slovakia to January 2011, Czech Republic, and UN issues for both Geneva and Vienna, to February 2011.
There are different price movements, with some remarkable price increases, for example, the later greeting stamps of the Czech Republic; official UN personalized sheets, and also special Hungarian issues.
Stamp booklets of Czech Republic are now catalogued. Many more stamp quantities printed/sold have been added. There is a neatly arranged list of Austrian postal charges, and the comprehensive keyword index in the appendix has been updated.
The section about Expertisation is included, and also the list of specialists with contact details, and e-mail addresses.


SCOTT 2011 UNITED STATES POCKET STAMP CATALOGUE Scott Publishing Co, 911 Vandemark Road, Sidney, Ohio 45365-0828 USA www.amosadvantage.com ISBN 978-0-89487-458-1 $19.99 £14.50

I am not sure why Scott have never sent this title to me before, although it sells well according to my friends at Vera Trinder. It is a handy full colour listing in Scott number order, with mint and used prices and five tick-boxes for collectors’ benefit. The 500+pp are ring-bound in a good quality hardcover binder. Where possible the illustrations are facing the relevant stamp, or within a page or two.
It includes airmails, Special Delivery, Postage Dues, Officials, Newspaper stamps, Parcel post, Coils, US post offices in China, Duck stamps, Carrier's stamps as well as the basic postage stamps and commemoratives etc. Both the Computor Vended labels and Personal Computor Postage items are well covered and usually priced including First Day dated and different “Service” inscriptions, etc.
It does include shades, perforation varieties, booklet panes, and the early die types etc are well illustrated. Copyright date is 2010.


FARAHBAKHASH’S PRICED STAMP CATALOGUE 2011: THE STAMPS OF IRAN – QAJAR, PAHLAVI, ISLAMIC REPUBLIC OF IRAN. Publ. F. N. Farahbakhsh, 1399 valie-Assr.Amir Akram, Tehran 11336, Iran Received 27th March 2011 ISBN 964-91037-6-7 £22

The latest edition, (see June 2010 Exporter for previous review), of this well established catalogue includes all issues to the end of 2010. Except for some tables, it is bilingual in Farsi and English in a user friendly 2-column format, with latest stamps first, working backwards to the earliest.
The early stamps are well documented with background information, including the Riester and Barre Essays. The extensive middle period with the many overprints is well covered, including notes of forgeries and reprints. The recent Personal and Advertising issues are included, as are the 1981 Parcel Post stamps. There are several pages listing varieties.
Prices in Iranian Rials are given, for mint and used, and for sets, and all stamps have the usual basic philatelic information, including for most issues after 1959, quantities printed. All stamps are illustrated in colour but at two-thirds actual size; overprints and surcharges are at actual size. It now extends to over 480pp in the large paperback format, and includes an SG Instanta perforation gauge printed on the inside front cover.

PRICED CHECK LIST of BARRED NUMERAL CANCELLATIONS of ENGLAND & WALES; 3rd edition February 2011 John Parmenter, 23 Jeffreys Road, London SW4 6QU no ISBN £5

Originally published in 1992, this latest perfect-bound paperback edition provides collectors with an updated price list of this popular material. (Regretfully the binding is not quite “perfect”, with one page already loose).
In the introduction John considers the changes in market prices, and the comparative prices between cancellations on letters, postcards or on piece.
The classification, (based on the author’s 6 volume magnum opus), for the numbering system is explained, and why some price changes have occurred since the last revised edition.
The following 86pp then list each cancellation in numerical, or alpha/numerical order, with each classification for that number given a rarity factor and price.
Watch out for the first volume of a new edition of John’s Barred Numeral Cancellations of England and Wales appearing later in the year.

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MAY 2011

STANLEY GIBBONS COMMONWEALTH STAMP CATALOGUE: EASTERN PACIFIC 2nd edition Publ. Stanley Gibbons Publications, 7 Parkside, Christchurch Road, Ringwood, Hants BH24 3SH www.stanleygibbons.com Received 12th February 2011 ISBN 978-0-85259-801-6 £16.95

This second edition, (see Exporter May 2007 for review of the first), now includes Pitcairn Islands, (previously in the Western Pacific volume), and sensibly, has been reset into the “Concise” format, with some 144 catalogue pages plus the usual introductory notes etc.
Prices up to 1970 are taken from the latest “red book,” and have been revised for subsequent QE issues, which are now included up to November 2010 for Cook Islands, April 2010 for Pitcairn Islands, March 2010 for Samoa, November 2009 for Niue, but only to November or October 2008 for Aitutaki and Penrhyn respectively.
The publisher mentions “substantial increases for many modern issues, particularly in Pitcairn Islands and Samoa.”
Despite the statement on the back cover, un-overprinted German issues with Apia postmarks dated between 1886 and 1899 are NOT included; (they are in the Germany volume, see Exporter March 2011); but the Samoa overprints on German stamps, and the Yacht type issues inscribed SAMOA for the German Protectorate period issued in 1900 to 1915 ARE included, (and are also in the Germany volume).
Pitcairn Islands’ early cachets are well covered. Tokelau issues may be found in the New Zealand volume.
Booklets are listed where issued, and there are helpful notes about the difficult Samoa Express issues.

STANLEY GIBBONS STAMP CATALOGUE: Part 9, PORTUGAL & SPAIN 6th edition. Publ. Stanley Gibbons Publications, 7 Parkside, Christchurch Road, Ringwood, Hants BH24 3SH www.stanleygibbons.com Received 14th February 2011 ISBN 978-0-85259-798-6 £39.95

This is the only single volume catalogue to cover both Portugal and Spain, (and their Colonies), in English. It has been thoroughly revised and expanded since the previous edition in 2004, (not reviewed in the Exporter), including updated indexes for the two principal countries. It is now reset in the “Concise” format, and has 484 catalogue pages plus the usual notes and introductions etc.
Latest issues included are July 2010 for the Azores and Spain, May 2010 for Madeira, March 2010 for both French and Spanish issues for Andorra, but only to October 2009 for Portugal itself.
Former Colonies’ issues are listed up to independence.
In addition the un-priced listings of Counter labels are extended, listed by machine type, and more details provided, with Portugal issues to May 2010, but Spain only to 2006. Spain tends to issue one main design per year, but with a range of individual illustrations appearing in that design throughout the year. Portugal uses several different manufacturers’ machines but only one design, which indicates both the machine type, and also changing fixed values in line with basic postal rates.
The Colonies and early Post Offices are well covered up to independence. Booklets are listed and priced where issued.
I was disappointed to see that almost ALL nineteenth century up to pre-World War One issues are still illustrated only in black and white, whereas the remainder are in full colour. The promised Design Index for the Azores has been held over. Otherwise an excellent reference volume.


MICHEL MÜNZEN-KATALOG DEUTSCHLAND 2011 Publ Schwaneberger Verlag GMBH, Ohmstrasse 1, 85716 Unterschleissheim, Germany. www.michel.de Received 3rd March 2011 ISBN 978-3-87858-591-6 €21.80

This comprehensive annual catalogue includes the coins that are or were legal tender in Germany or issued by the German authorities for other countries from the introduction of the Mark in 1871 to the common European currency of the Euro. It includes the States’ and Empire issues, the Colonies, Danzig, Saar etc, as well as the pre and post war periods, DDR etc.
The Euro coins for Germany and the other countries, that have been legal tender in Germany since 2002, are listed in full to 2010.
The issues of the five German mints are listed and priced separately, and also give the quantities minted. A detailed introduction provides a list of metals and alloys, detailed definitions of the levels of preservation, descriptions of edge inscriptions, as well as the names of many medallists who created the coins, specifications of diameter, weight etc. also a numismatic lexicon.
The coins are priced for at least three different conditions and once again significant price increases in precious metal prices, and an active market mean some dramatic increases.
The publisher also pre-lists and prices, with illustrations and quantities to be minted, all the expected new coins from 2€ to 100€ due to be issued in Germany in 2011.
The clear and easy to follow layout provides colour illustrations of both sides of all coins, (i.e. gold, silver or copper), throughout, and now stretches to over 400pp.
The catalogue also contains information on counterfeits and errors in coin production. It is an essential guide for collectors of modern German coins.

MICHEL ÖSTERREICH-SPEZIAL KATALOG 2011 Publ. Schwaneberger Verlag GmBH, Ohmstrasse 1, 85716 Unterschliessheim, Germany www.michel.de Received 3rd March 2011 ISBN 978 3-87858-592-3 €54 £54

This volume includes all classic and modern Austrian stamps from the Dual Monarchy of Austria-Hungary (1850–1867), the Empire (1867–1918), the Republic of German Austria (1918–1922), the Republic of Austria from 1922–1945, the German customs areas and the Republic of Austria from 1945.
Stamp issues are now included up to January 2011 and to November 2010 for Postal Stationery: the page extent is now over 640. The section for postal stationery has been completely revised.
The publisher confirms that stamp prices are rising, particularly for varieties and Plate flaws which are much in demand for all periods; however the Dalai Lama stamp remains at €6000 for the third year.
As usual there is detailed information on vending machine stamps, coil stamps, stamp booklets, stamp packages, registered mail stamps, supplement values, judicial stamps, private order stamps, postage dues, premium labels, fiscal stamps used for postage, telegraph stamps, fee stamps and newspaper stamps.
Early items are priced for various multiples, and for use on covers etc.

MICHEL SCHWEIZ/LIECHTENSTEIN-SPEZIAL KATALOG 2011 Publ. Schwaneberger Verlag GmBH, Ohmstrasse 1, 85716 Unterschliessheim, Germany www.michel.de Received 3rd March 2011 ISBN 978 3-87858-593-0 €54 £54

The latest edition of this popular title includes new stamps issued up to November 2010 for both Switzerland and Liechtenstein: and extensive postal stationery issues. The overprinted stamps issues for the United Nations; and the Campione issues are also included.
This volume contains detailed information on pre-philately and postal history, as well as forerunner and interim issues, definitive and commemorative stamps. Other sections include vending machine stamps, booklets, coil stamps, official stamps, railway stamps, “Franco” labels, franchise stamps, postage due stamps, telegraph stamps, hotel mail, military stamps, field post, and internee mail.
The catalogue provides specialized information on varieties, plate flaws, type differences, retouching, special franking, proof prints etc.
The publisher indicates that there have been many price increases, notably for the earlier UN overprinted issues etc.
There are over 620 catalogue pages, in full colour, and which also include indexes, tables of postal rates, details of expertising services etc.


MICHEL ÜBERSEE-KATALOG 2011: VOLUME 9 part 2: JAPAN, KOREA, MONGOLEI, ehermalige SOWJETREPUBLIKEN in ASIA, IRAN Published by Schwaneberger Verlag GMBH, Ohmstraße 1, 85716 Unterschleißheim Germany www.michel.de Received 3rd March 2011 ISBN 978-3-87858-594-7 € 74 £74


The general price trend for Asian stamps in this volume is upwards reflected by its publication so quickly after the last edition in December 2009, (see Exporter February 2010.
Japan issues are listed to December 2010 (and include extensive listings of the WWII Japanese Occupation issues of South East Asia), Georgia, North Korea and Uzbekistan, are listed to October 2010; Armenia, Azerbaijan and Kazakhstan to November 2010, Kirgizstan and Mongolia to December 2010, South Korea to September 2010, and, Iran now included in this volume to March 2010.
Many prices are higher especially the former Soviet Republics, early North Korea, Ryukyu First Day Covers are now listed with some startling prices, also North Korea booklets are now completely listed.
As well as all the new issues, there have been the usual editorial revisions, and as a result the page extent now exceeds 1400pp with about 12,000 black and white illustrations, many of which have been rescanned or replaced with new images; and about 70,000 prices.

DESIGNING THE MENTORING STAMP (USA January 2002) Lance Hidy Publ. Kat Ran Press, 28 Myrtle Ave, Cambridge, Mass 01238 USA. www.katranpress.com Recd. March 2011. ISBN 978-0-9794342-0-4 $45 post-paid from the publisher.

This slim 60pp nicely produced paperback is the author’s account of how he came to be asked to design this stamp, and the thought processes and research which went into it.
Chapter heads include Photographs; Gesture; Composition & Colour; Light, Type, as well as technical information and details of the First Day arrangements etc.
The artist designed the Penumbra typeface, (used on the stamp), for Adobe Systems, and this stamp is probably the only example where an artist has been able to use his own typeface and design the stamp.
The artist also gives information on various book jackets and posters he has designed. The book is nicely illustrated in colour, and has a useful bibliography.
Hidy reveals that he was “only” paid $3000 for the stamp commission: at any rate the book is somewhat expensive.

AN INTRODUCTION TO THE STAMPS OF ETHIOPIA: From the Queen of Sheba, to Ras Tafari, to the Third Millennium. Giorgio Migliavacca Publ/ Virgin Stamps. Com PO Box 7007, St Thomas, Virgin Islands 00801-007, USA www.virginstamps.com Recd 1st April 2011 No ISBN Available direct from the author @ $22 post paid, PAYPAL being acceptable.

The author states that “Ethiopia is a most fascinating country to collect because of its colourful culture, distinctive history, and the many collecting areas and sidelines that provide a fertile terrain for new research. For these very reasons Ethiopia attracts a sizeable number of new collectors on a regular basis.”
The book is aimed directly at those new collectors who have an interest in Ethiopian stamps, and provides an excellent historical background, and very useful information on many aspects of Ethiopian philately: the introduction of a postal service in Addis Ababa in 1895; the rise to power of Ras Tafari; the 1942 restoration of Haile Selassie; the many pictorial and thematic issues being just a few.
Unlike earlier publications, this is not a catalogue or handbook in the philatelic sense, but “does exactly what it says in the title.” Specific chapters deal for example with; the Lion of Judah, early mail, the Rise of Tafari and the sets and overprints, the Italian Occupation 1936-41, the post-war years, The Simien Fox definitives, the Local Ethiopian Artists as stamp designers, Postage Dues etc.
A guide to philatelic literature relating to Ethiopia, details of forgeries and reprints, and notes on the “Obelisk” overprints may lead the newcomer to adopt a specialized approach to collecting this fascinating country.
The whole is a neatly produced 48pp paperback in full colour, written in an easily readable style.


KING GEORGE VI –NEW ZEALAND: The ½d Issues & Postal Rates; A Study Paper by Stephen Prest and Patrick Skinner, PO Box 18354, Glen Innes, Auckland, NZ 1743 www.kgvi.co.nz Recd 1st April 2011 ISBN 978-0-473-16602-1 NZ$45; US$45 and GB £30 Postage via airmail included from the above.

This Study Paper details the changes that occurred in ½d postal rates during the period December 11, 1936 to February 28, 1954, (last day prior to issue of NZ QEII Definitives on March 1, 1954). It considers the effect these changes had on production and supply requirements for both ½d adhesive stamps and ½d denominated postal stationery. The use of the 1935 ½d Fantail adhesive stamp and postal stationery in the early years of reign is also covered, as is the use of ½d Postage Dues and Government Life Insurance stamps.
Timelines, in chart form, show the periods of issue of the various ½d stamps and postal stationery in relation to periods of individual ½d postal rates. Detailed information of the changes in ½d rates and the dates they occurred for different classes of mail and fees is presented in an Appendix, and in another, the changes the New Zealand Post & Telegraph Dept. made to its list of “British Countries” as the period evolved is provided.
Previously unpublished information on postal stationery varieties is included. A useful feature discusses at some length, the underappreciated scarcity of some classes of up-rated postal stationery items, and ½d stamps used in combination with other values, which will be of particular interest for New Zealand postal historians.
Unusually the authors have posted the entire contents of the Study Paper on their King George VI New Zealand website ( www.kgvi.co.nz ) thus making its contents freely accessible to philatelists interested in the New Zealand George VI Period. This is to facilitate the input of corrections and new information from other interested philatelists so that this can be incorporated on a regular basis.
The Study Paper is very well laid out, plenty of colour illustrations of both stamps and covers on its 73pp, and wire bound in A4 format to lay flat when in use. Similar Study Papers of other rates are anticipated.

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APRIL 2011

STANLEY GIBBONS SIMPLIFIED STAMP CATALOGUE: ASIA Volume 1, (1st edition). Publ. Stanley Gibbons Publications, 7 Parkside, Christchurch Road, Ringwood, Hants BH24 3SH www.stanleygibbons.com ISBN 978-0-85259-779-8 £44.95

This is a new title in the Gibbons’ portfolio, designed to cater for the needs of general and thematic collectors. It includes the Indian sub-continent including India and the States, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, Russia from 1858 and the now independent republics in Asia such as Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan; also Iran, Turkey, Afghanistan and Tuva.
Volume 2 should be published at the end of 2011 but no details yet of the contents.
The format and prices follow those of the latest Stamps of the World catalogues (see Exporter March 2011), in 4-columns, with the usual simplified information and coloured illustrations.
The difficulty editors have in keeping the new issues up to date means that only Bangladesh, Iran and Sri Lanka have any 2010 issues, all the others (except Afghanistan to 2007) are into 2009; even Uzbekistan which has had seven years’new issues added since the Introduction was written.
As well as the usual notes, this volume contains two articles previously published in the February and July 2008 issues of Gibbons Stamp monthly, namely “The 150th Anniversary of the First Russian Stamp” by the late Leonard Tann, and “The ex-USSR Republics in Central Asia” by the late David Wright.
It is a substantial 450pp paperback, with laminated covers.

STANLEY GIBBONS STAMP CATALOGUE: NORTH AMERICA, (1st edition). Publ. Stanley Gibbons Publications, 7 Parkside, Christchurch Road, Ringwood, Hants BH24 3SH www.stanleygibbons.com ISBN 978-0-85259-783-5 £49.95

Another new title in the Gibbons list, which in addition to Canada and the United States, also includes Bermuda, St Pierre et Miquelon, and the New York United Nations issues. The US period issues for Canal Zone, Cuba, Puerto Rico and Hawaii are also included. It is the only single volume catalogue in English to cover this area, (though of course Michel also publishes a similar volume in German, see Exporter February 2011).
The SG is in full colour (apart from Hawaii, the Carrier labels and Confederate States which are still in black and white); is in the larger “Concise” format, which allows for larger illustrations, though the column widths are almost identical; and with 564 catalogue pages is about 70pp less than its German competitor.
Latest issues listed in 2010 are February for the UN, April for USA and St Pierre, June for Bermuda, and September for Canada. And of course the updated Design Indexes for Canada, St Pierre, the United States and the United Nations, give SG a major plus.
The lists and prices are taken from the latest SG Standard or Commonwealth sectional catalogues, with watermarks, perforations, shades and varieties, booklets and all the footnotes etc. The USA Commemorative Panels are listed separately and priced.


ROYALTY ON STAMPS: A Celebration of the British Royal Family through stamps 1952-2011 Publ. Stanley Gibbons Publications, 7 Parkside, Christchurch Road, Ringwood, Hants BH24 3SH www.stanleygibbons.com ISBN 978-0-85259-799-6 £8.95

The publication last year of the Gibbons Stamp Monthly Archive Edition (see Exporter October 2010) has enabled the publisher to bring together a series of articles published in GSM between July 1953 and December 2007 which cover major events in the life of the Royal Family, and to publish this title in celebration of the engagement of Prince William to Kate Middleton and their forthcoming marriage.
Introduced with a new article by John Holman which looks at the already over 100 stamps which are available to the thematic collector of the Prince William theme, 21 further chapters/articles review royal events and the stamps through contemporary eyes.
Thus events such as Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth’s Silver and Diamond Weddings, her 60th, 70th and 80th Birthdays are included, as well as the Coronation and later Anniversary issues.
There are articles concerning Princess Anne (1973), HRH Princess Margaret (May 2002), Elizabeth, The Queen Mother (1999 & 2002) and Prince Charles (1981 & 2005).
As long ago as August 1955, Cyril Parsons was writing about the various portraits already being used by the Dominions and Colonies, and this was followed over twenty years later by Lois Young looking at the portraits taken from the photographs by Anthony Buckley.
Previous Royal Weddings are not overlooked and there are articles from 1981 and 2005, and also another on postcards from 1981.
The articles are shown as they appeared originally with differing text styles, colour from 2002, and presented in an88pp A4 magazine format paperback. There is a Foreword by current Hugh Jefferies, the present GSM Editor, who with 35 years at SG was involved in the commissioning and publishing of many of the articles.
Of course these are just a selection of the Royalty theme articles to be found in the GSM Archive.



DESIGN: GPO POSTERS Paul Rennie for the Antique Collectors’ Club. Sandy Lane, Old Martlesham, Woodbridge, Suffolk, IP12 4SD www.antiquecollectorsclub.com ISBN 9781851 49596-2
£12.50

Although posters had been used for promotional purposes for many years and by many companies, it was not until the 1930s that the Post Office really started promoting itself and its services by this medium. Paul, no relation, who is Head of context in Graphic Design at St Martin’s College of Art and Design in London, presents a scholarly, but easily accessible history and assessment of the GPO posters and their various themes and uses, backed up by 120 fine colour illustrations of posters held in the British Postal Museum and Archive.
He looks at the designs and the artists, among them some of the most talented artists of their day, Graham Sutherland, Vanessa Bell, John Armstrong, and the visual style and content when considering the printing processes involved.
Other artists particularly noted for their poster work and used by the Post Office include Edward McKnight Kauffer, Pat Keely, Tom Eckersley, and later after the war others such as FHK Henrion, Hans Schleger, Arnold Rothholz and Hans Unger.
In a chapter entitled Poster Themes: Education and Information, Paul considers the messages presented by the Post Office, both in promoting new or upgraded services such as Air Mail, Buy Booklets, the Post Office Guide, and those exhorting the public to make the Post Office’s life easier, such as Post Early in the Day, Pack Parcels Carefully, Use Block Letters and Write Clearly.
Paul considers the Technological Advances, which brought costs down and improved quality both of colour and durability. These undoubtedly contributed to the large numbers of posters produced, and there are some 800 or more held in the BPMA.
In the 1930s, sets were produced especially for schools with print runs up to 30,000 sets, and including such titles as Outposts of Empire, Overseas Communications, and History of Communications etc.
This volume is a nicely produced 96pp 220x145mm hardcover. Other titles in the series include, Festival of Britain 1951 also by Paul Rennie; David Gentleman; Paul Nash and John Nash; Peter Blake etc.

ERIC GILL: NOTES ON POSTAGE STAMPS (With a series of preparatory drawings) Kat Ran Press, 28 Myrtle Ave, Cambridge, Mass 02138, USA www.katranpress.com/gill ISBN 978-0-9794342-1-1 $24 in USA, $30 to destination outside the USA direct from the publisher.

This slim 24pp paperback contains a short, previously unpublished essay by Gill in which he succinctly puts forward exacting and pointed opinions about postage stamps, their purpose, and their design, with little regard for philatelic niceties. Unfortunately, his theories were out of line with those of the Post Office and he had a less than successful career as a designer of stamps.
He did of course design the frame for the King George VI low value definitives, although still complaining about too much “portraiture or other fanciful decoration,” as preferred by the new King. His ideal stamp was apparently the King Edward VIII design, “the only good stamp....produced in any country...” but even this “might have been greatly improved by better lettering ...”
An longer article by Michael Russem chronicles Gill's seven attempts at stamp design from the 1924 Wembley issue, the 1937 Coronation issue, the 1940 Stamp Centenary issue etc. Despite his efforts only the Gill’s frames were used, for the GVI stamps as above, and for the GVI Postal Stationery cards. The book includes over fifty full-colour stamp or essay illustrations, many of which will be unfamiliar both to philatelists, to historians and to enthusiasts of Gill's work
Interesting but expensive.


LEN JURY CATALOGUE OF NEW ZEALAND STAMPS 2011 (41st edition). Publ Len Jury, Box 4400, Auckland 1140, NZ www.lenjury.com ISBN 941-6421-13026-3 £7.20

This colourful A5 booklet with 100pp provides the publishers’ local selling prices for stamps, first day covers, year packs and miniature sheets. As well as New Zealand it also includes Antarctica and Ross Dependency. An order form is provided.
Prices quoted are for the basic item in both mint and/or unmounted mint, and fine used or, for decimal issues very fine used condition, with tick boxes provided for each condition
Len is predicting big sales for the Rugby World Cup issues due in September but before that watch out for Jean Batten interest. This New Zealander was the first women to fly solo direct from England to South America in 1935, the year after she had knocked four days of Amy Johnson’s time for England to Australia.
The index on the inside front cover provides the page number for the various issues, year groupings and specific stamp categories, and there is a year date of the top corner of each page
Len gives a free gift with every order over $50.

FISCHER KATALOG POLSKICH ZNAKÓW POCZTOWYCH 2010 (16th Edition) VOL 1 Publ Firma Handlowa-Usługoawa Andrzej Fischer, 41-902 Bytom, Rynek 11, Poland www.fischer.pl ISBN 978-83-62457-20-5 £16.25

This is now a 456pp paperback, with additional advertisements, in full colour and nicely produced, printed with a sans serif font on white non-glare stock in two-column format.
Published in Polish, the introduction and other notes are also translated into English and German, and there is a table of abbreviations with the explanations translated, (which also has French equivalents).
As well as the stamps to November 2010, it includes FDCs, miniature sheets, booklets, stamps on cover, officials, postage dues, etc. The lists are expanded to include perforation, paper, and watermark varieties; forgeries, imperforate issues, gutter pairs, tête-bêche issues, proofs, major colour and other errors.
All the specialised sections mentioned in my review of the last edition (see Exporter April 2010) are included: priced list of Polish Numeral cancellations found on Russian 1860 issues, illustrations of Austrian and Prussian issues used on covers from towns now in Poland, the detailed section identifying the various 1919 overprints including both overprint and plate varieties and the similar treatment of the 1944/5 overprints. Plate varieties throughout the book are usually illustrated enlarged in a magnifier motif to aid identification.
Throughout the volume there are yellow background blocks of notes below each issue with additional information.
The extensive 35pp text section in Polish only, provides much additional information about the stamp’s subject, and further sections provide details of Postal Rates, Cross-reference to Michel numbers and a list philatelic dealers in Poland.

PHILA INDIA 2011-12 GUIDE BOOK (1800-2010) 15TH Edition Publ. Philatelia, 1 Motisil St, Kolkata 700-113 no ISBN £25

I last reviewed this title in July 2005, since when a further 50 pages have been added to bring the latest issues up to September 2010 and a resultant increase in the cover price.
The publisher states in the Introduction that “it has been completely redrawn and rewritten with hundreds of correction of errors, additions and varieties, a host of new illustrations. The pricing has been reviewed and revised extensively.”
Mainly devoted to the stamps it also includes miniature sheets, sheetlets, Maxim cards, First Day covers and folders etc. Although not a specialized catalogue, the early imperforates are well covered, and throughout the book quantities printed/issued are given when available. The postal history review is retained, and the early essays are nicely illustrated. The Delhi “Specimen” set is also illustrated as are a range of Specimen and Cancelled over-printed items. The Edward VIII Essays are illustrated, also the proposed bantam issues.
The publishers are not stamp dealers but have tried to set prices based on sensible market valuations, and allowance made for “artificial scarcity” caused by speculation, where items have been “hedged, amassed and cornered.”


OFFICIËLE BELGISCHE POSTZEGELCATALOGUS 2011: BELGIË, BELGISCH CONGO, RUANDA URUNDI, ZAÏRE, RWANDA, BURUNDI, EUROPA (56th edition). Publ. B.B.K.P.H. Centrumgalerij kantoor 343, Kleerkoperstr.17, B-1000 Brussels, Belgium www.bbkph.be ISBN 978-9-08133-123-4 €26.90 £35

I have always admired this catalogue, and this year’s edition is simply superb. It is an A4 size hardcover, with 896pp in full colour throughout, and with probably as much information about the countries included as ninety-five per cent of collectors would want. It is bilingual French and Dutch throughout, even including separate Design Indexes for each language. The page layout is clear, with good use of colour banding, (pale blue for Dutch headings; pale green for French for example). Every stamp or miniature sheet is illustrated alongside its entry. There are some thirty-four sections for Belgium alone, which deal with a wide range of issues, such as Railway Stamps, Military, Newspaper, Locals, Telephone and Telegraphs etc. as well as Kilo-post, Pre-cancels, Coil stamps, Booklets, Cartes Postales, etc. and also include the Private and Semi-official overprinted or perfined issues.
The classic issues are well covered with priced details by number for the different early numeral cancellations, prices for use on cover, prices for multiples, as well as varieties etc. New issues are included up to July 2010.
The former colonies and subsequent post-independence issues are also well covered, and coloured page-edges make country finding easy, once you know the colour to look for.
As usual there is a free miniature sheet of an unadopted design, this time for the 10th Anniversary of the introduction of the Euro coinage.

ISFILA 2011 TURKISH STAMPS & POSTAL STATIONERY CATALOGUE (5th edition) 1863-2010 Publ. Istanbul Filateli ve Koltor Merkezi A.Ş. Nişantaşi, Şafek Sk. No 4/2, 34371 Istanbul, Turkey www.isfila.com ISSN 1306-0325 ISBN 978-975-8761-16-6 £35

This publication normally comes in two volumes with the regular Turkish stamps occupying 548pp in volume 1, and the special sections such as Booklets, Local Posts, Istanbul City Post stamps, Red Crescent stamps, Aviation and National Defence stamps, Alexandrette, Turkish Cyprus etc. and the Postal Stationery in volume 2, taking the full page extent to 1021pp.
There is a large section of 140pp dealing with and illustrating most of the special postmarks from 1898 to date. Quantities issued/printed are provided for many issues.
The postal stationery section is fully illustrated including pictorially different cards, with additional magnified images of the stamp impressions, unstamped and stamped Formula cards. A small selection of Zeppelin flight covers originating in Turkey are also illustrated and priced
A third 53pp specialised volume limited to only 1000 copies, and only available with the other two, deals with the 1876-1901 Crescent Stamps of the Ottoman Empire, and stamps with Tughra and Empire Coat of Arms designs. Initial designs, Essays with and without backgrounds for the Crescent issues, are well covered, with interesting notes and commentary. This volume also includes the Army in Thessaly hexagonal designs.
All three volumes are fine paperbacks, in full colour, and bi-lingual in Turkish and English. All prices are in Turkish Lira (recently about 2.3 to the £1) and as well as mint and used stamps, are also given for FDCs. A comparative table of Isfila and Michel numbers is provided.

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MARCH 2011

MICHEL VÖGEL – EUROPA (BIRDS OF EUROPE) Published by SCHWANEBERGER VERLAG GMBH, Ohmstraße 1, 85716 Unterschleißheim Germany www.michel.de ISBN 978-3-87858-572-5 plus ERGÄNZUNGEN 2011 mit MICHEL soft Daten CD ISBN 978-3-87858-898-6 €49.80

This package consists of the original catalogue to December 2007, the Supplement to 2010, and 2 CDs, one for the “MICHELsoft 9” programme; the other with the text of the 4 indexes from the main catalogue.
The catalogues are ordered by country and then bird stamps or sets in chronological order with brief philatelic details. All stamps appear to be identified to both German and Latin names. In the supplement, bird stamps within longer sets are illustrated in full colour, and indicated by red Michel numbers.
There are four indices/tables which allow German or English names to be translated into the correct Latin names, and then the Latin name to be identified to country(ies) and Michel number(s). The fourth table sets out the structure of birds’ families as defined by their ornithological status.
The CDs allow for the recording of the collection, and the Register allows for fast search and identification. There are over 400 actual catalogue pages, and with over 3000 coloured illustrations, over 13,000 prices are quoted, including mint and used, set prices FDCs, sheetlets, imperforate items etc.

VACCARI FRANCOBOLLI e STORIA POSTALE: ANTI STATI ITALIANI, GOVERNI PROVVISORI, REGNO d’ITALIA 1850-1900 (14th edition) Publ. Vaccari, Via M Buonarroti 46, 41058 Vignola (Modena) Italy, www.vaccari.it ISBN 978-88-96381-07-6 €25

The latest edition has again been extended and revised to 495pp: that’s almost fifty more than the last edition. Considerable work has resulted in additions or revisions to all chapters, but especially to the chapters for Sicily and Sardinia following latest published research, the latter including a study of the group transfers on the first issue. The rate tables are now virtually complete for all States, for both internal and inter-State mail.
A new chapter deals with Florence as a capital city during the 1865-1871 period, with both historical and postal history detail. There is a new study of the Money Order cards of 1890-1896, both unused and franked.
As well as text revisions and additions, many new illustrations have been added, or have replaced the previous ones, making this an invaluable reference both for rates and usages as well as postal markings.
The stamps are all well covered in depth with tables of prices for singles and multiples mint and used, similar for used on covers, and varieties etc. Despite a variable market the publishers have again revised many prices, particularly in the light of auction realisations, these being high-lighted with white reversed out of black text.
As usual, there are Maps, lists of Post Offices and Maps for the various states, Historical Notes covering printings, remainders, essays and proofs etc, details of forgeries, and a full bibliography.
A substantial paperback, with full colour throughout and excellent value when one considers the huge amount of information gathered into one volume.

SG SIMPLIFIED CATALOGUE: STAMPS OF THE WORLD 2011 Edit. Publ. Stanley Gibbons Publications Ltd, 7 Parkside, Christchurch Road, Ringwood, Hants BH24 3SH www.stanleygibbons.com Received 15th January 2011 (but apparently published in October 2010) 6 volumes only sold as a set ISBN 085259-789-4 (978-0-85259-789-7) £249.95 (including £60 SG Shop vouchers).

Since its original appearance in 1934 the SG “Simplified” has undergone many changes, and this year more than most. The “Stamps of the World” is now published as a single set of six volumes, but unlike previous years, individual volumes are not available separately Aimed at the general or thematic collector, the cover price for over 6000pp is, I suspect, beyond the reach of most in one payment, (and indeed most Societies).
The £60 vouchers are: - £10 if you spend £50 on catalogues or albums etc either in the SG shop or on line and: - £50 if you spend £100 in the shop on non-specialist stamps (which are not defined).
The page layout has been revised by the inclusion of colour for the date of issue, though only the first year of issue is shown even for a long running definitive issue.
Within such sets the entries are now in SG Number order and not in value order as in previous editions. I suspect this is a digital problem rather than a choice as it makes for some curious entries. The 3d and 5/s Australia Bridge come before the 2d; the first of the £1 Roos precedes the 2d value; and the 2s to £1 bicoloured Dues precede all the lower values. I don’t see how this helps the collector since the same value but with different colours, is now scattered through the list. Some footnotes suffer by referring the user to SG numbers not actually listed in the catalogue, Australia SG1902 referring to SG2015-24 being an example.
However, the new blue underlining of the individual entries makes it easier to read across to the prices. Generally the new setting is clean and easy to use, especially with the colour illustrations.
This is still the only whole-world catalogue issued as one entity and this latest edition includes over 2000 new stamps, and there are over 600 new illustrations. Prices are updated as per the recent new Country or Area catalogues issued since the last set, or due to be published with or immediately after this edition.
There are two useful articles by Paul Brittain: - “Putting on a good show” which deals with mounting and presentation, and “To include, or not to include, that is the question” which discusses what is acceptable in a collection. The Identification section and multi-language “Glossary of Terms” also remain.


COLLECT BRITISH STAMPS 2011 (62nd edition); Publ. Stanley Gibbons Publications, 7 Parkside, Christchurch Road, Ringwood, Hants BH24 3SH www.stanleygibbons.com Received 15th January 2011 ISBN 978-0-85259-781-1 £12.95

The latest edition now has 211 catalogue pages plus the introductory sections, and includes all issues to the end of 2010, with no increase in the cover price.
The Commemorative Design Index (split into £sd and £p issues), has been updated and revised and sensibly appears at the beginning of the book.
The introductory section this year contains a fine article by Frank Brench entitled “An Introduction to the Stamps of King George V” originally published in GSM, as well as features on building a collection and looking after it; how to understand catalogue pricing, and what may make a stamp valuable.
Although this is a basic catalogue, it does cater for watermark and perforation differences, ordinary gum and self-adhesives, as well as listing the visible plate numbers on QV issues.
New this year is the inclusion of Royal Mail Faststamps (or Post and Go), a section which is likely to expand rapidly as there are three issues of Birds scheduled for 2011. Postage Dues, Officials, Regional issues are included and prices given for Presentation Packs, First Day Covers and PHQ Cards, Year Packs, Year Books and Miniature Sheet Collections: and Gutter pairs and Traffic light gutter pairs are priced where collectable. Prices have been thoroughly reviewed, with some increases recorded: but the editor doesn’t identify them!
Seven Philatelic Numismatic and Medallic covers were issued in 2010 and the minimum price for any item in that section going back to 1993 is still £20!!: though they appear regularly on E-Bay at the face value of the coin.
An ideal volume for the basic collector, with tick boxes against every item.

GERMANY: (STANLEY GIBBONS STAMP CATALOGUE Part 7); 9th Edition. Publ. Stanley Gibbons Publications, 7 Parkside, Christchurch Road, Ringwood, Hants BH24 3SH www.stanleygibbons.com Received 15th January 2011 ISBN 978-0-85259-769-9 £37.50

This volume has now been reset into the “Concise” format which now seems to be SG’s chosen format for the “sectionals”, and although the page extent has dropped to 360 catalogue pages, plus the usual introduction, the cover price shoots up by almost £8. New issues are included to July 2010.
Since the 8th Edition, (see Exporter March 2008), the market for German stamps has remained active, particularly for early German States, Germany, the Colonies and Occupation issues and there have been many increases to reflect this, some of then quite spectacular.
New in this edition are the issues for the German Occupation of Serbia, which seem to have been overlooked last time. Two significant colour varieties have been added to the 1849 Bavaria 3K value: bright Prussian blue and blue-black @ £3000 and £4750 for mint and £75 and £150 respectively for used: worth checking your album immediately.
Booklets have again been revised, mostly upwards, the 1950 Numeral and Post-horn 2.50M (SG SB50) which went from £450 to £700 in the last edition is now £800, the SB51 Heuss issue from £140 to £180 last time is now £200, and the latest issue this time SB132 Lindenburg Songs comes in at £29 (against a face value of just €5.50 in July 2010).
The Design Index has been updated.
This is still the only comprehensive catalogue published in English devoted to German stamps in all their aspects, and it is ideal for general or specialist collector.

BANGLADESH, BURMA, PAKISTAN & SRI LANKA: STANLEY GIBBONS COMMONWEALTH STAMP CATALOGUE 2nd Edition 2011 Publ. Stanley Gibbons Publications, 7 Parkside, Christchurch Road, Ringwood, Hants BH24 3SH www.stanleygibbons.com Received 15th January 2011 ISBN 978-0-85259-784-2 £17.95

This second edition which, sensibly, has been reset into the “Concise” format, stretches to 197 catalogue pages in the now familiar two-column layout, and in full colour throughout. The latest issues are much more up to date than in the first edition (see Exporter April 2005), with issues up to July 2010 for Bangladesh, February 2010 for Pakistan and October 2010 for Sri Lanka. Some 800 new stamps have been issued during the six years since the first edition.
Burma issues are included only up to the 1947 Interim Government overprints, but now also include the Japanese occupation issues.
The Sri Lanka 2005 and 2008 Parliament stamps are now included.
Bahawalpur issues are included after the Pakistan main listings, but again fail to make it onto the front cover.
Since the last edition many new watermark and plate varieties have been included and are now illustrated, especially for Ceylon, notably in the King George V high value key-plate and the Silver Jubilee issues.
The lists and prices for issues up to 1970 have been taken from the “red book” and those for later Queen Elizabeth issues to date have been revised and re-priced especially for this volume.








I am grateful to Vera Trinder Ltd for providing my review copies of the following five titles

The AUSTRALASIAN STAMP CATALOGUE; Volume 1: AUSTRALIA & TERRITORIES to JUNE 2010 31st Edition. Publ. Seven Seas Stamps, PO Box321, Brookvale, NSW 2100, Australia. www.sevenseas.co.au Received 9th November 2011 ISSN 0155 8498-1 £32.50

This will be a welcome addition to the library of many collectors of Australian stamps, not least because to last edition was as long ago as 2006. It includes the stamps and postal stationery of the Australian Commonwealth, Christmas Island, Cocos (Keeling) Island, and the stamps and Base-cancelled FDCs of the Australian Antarctic Territory.
Watermark, Die and Perforation variations are shown, and there are interesting footnotes to many issues. Separate sections deal with Specimen overprints, Dues, Booklets, Packs, First Day covers, Maximum cards, Counter printed stamps, Replica cards, special event sheetlets etc. The Postal Stationery is sectionalised by type. Quantities issued or printed are given where known.
Prices (which include local sales tax), have been set using dealer price lists and other relevant sources, and are intended to reflect market prices for stamps of good quality; lightly mounted mint to GV, unmounted mint for GVI and later, and fine used: premiums or discounts being anticipated for stamps of higher or less quality.
The FDCs of the AAT are priced for each Base with the relevant date indicated.
The whole is a fine 368pp quality paperback, in full colour with most stamps illustrated as far as possible on the facing page to its catalogue entry.

The UNITRADE SPECIALIZED CATALOGUE OF CANADIAN STAMPS 2011 Publ Unitrade, Toronto, Canada M6L 2CF. www.unitradeassoc.com Received 9th November 2010 ISBN 978-1-894763-38-7 $C42.95 £27.50

This latest edition includes new issues up to July 2010, and two new sections for the Semi-annual and Quarterly packs, and the Quebec Wildlife Habitat Conservation issue which are illustrated and priced.
Only a small increase in the page extent, means the Canadian cover price is maintained, but the higher UK price reflects current exchange and shipping costs.
A number of revised illustrations are included, and many old typographical errors have been corrected. The Topical listing has been updated, and the Definitive Stamp Identifier is a great boon.
Prices have been adjusted, but these tend to be for the exceptional varieties and rarities where demand remains strong, otherwise the market is relatively stable.
The value to the collector of this volume is the degree of specialization with emphasis on valuations by grade of quality for earlier issues, prices for varieties such as imperforate betweens, paper variations, die and plate varieties, plate blocks, coils, tagging, etc.
The sections with perforated or overprinted Officials, Semi-official Airpost and Private Commercial airlines, Prisoner of War Free Franks, Stick ‘n Tic labels, Reply Coupons, Canada Post Souvenir articles etc, all remain, as do the 2-ring, 4-ring and Squared Circles chapters with rarity ratings. The National Christmas Seals are illustrated and priced.
Plate proofs are included for New Brunswick, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland. Postal Stationery is also included for both Canada and Newfoundland.
A fine wire-ring bound paperback. Recommended.


CATÁLOGO DE SELOS DO BRASIL 2010 (57th Edition) Publ RHM Ltda., PO Box 68040 Jabaquara, CEP 04045-972 Saõ Paulo/SP, Brasil www.rhm.com.br Received 9th November 2010 no ISBN £58.95

This catalogue also includes the pre-stamp postmarks itemized by province and nicely illustrated, with prices in a 28pp section. Also noted are the 1824-28 period occupation of Montevideo, the 1830 Postal circular, and some earlier documents.
The postage stamps and other issues then occupy some 260pp from the early “Bulls Eyes” to 2009, including the British Post Office use of GB stamps, Personalised stamps, commemorative blocks and souvenir sheets, officials, tax stamps, booklets, etc. Reprints have a separate section, as do SCADTA items, Zeppelins, Telegraphs and Newspaper issues. Forgeries are noted where relevant.
Another 100+ pages are devoted to Postal Stationery, FDCs, Maximum Cards, Philatelic specials, official printed and manuscript official cachets.
Finally the local issues of Acre (see Exporter July 2004), Amazone and Trinidad (see Exporter April 2004), are also listed and priced.
A bit expensive at the cover price, but this is a fine 430+pp paperback, in full colour throughout, and an absolute mine of information. Market prices are quoted in local currency, current exchange rate about 2.5 to the £1. In Portuguese of course, but much is readily accessible to the non-Portuguese reader.



PORTUGAL, AÇORES & MADEIRA SELOS POSTALS e MARCAS PRÉ-ADHESIVES 27th edition (in 2 volumes 1853-1999 and 2000-2010) Publ AFINSA, Lisbon and Porto, www.AFINSA.com.pt Received 9th November 2010, ISBN 978-972-9468-18-6 €35, £35 (volume not sold separately)

These volumes have been produced in conjunction with the Expert Committee of the Portuguese Philatelic Institute and, as well as the stamps of the three territories, some attention is given to the early cancellations used on the first issues, together with a rarity guide.
As to be expected the various early dies, colours and other varieties are well covered. Prices are given for mint or unmounted mint, fine used and also used on piece or cover for the earlier items and FDCs for modern issues. Plate varieties on the early Pedro and Luis issues are well illustrated.
New issues are included to the end of 2010, and there is also an extensive and similarly up to date section for the Counter and Automatic Machine labels. Telegraphs, Reprints and other items are also included.
The modern issues of the Azores and Madeira are included chronologically within the main Portugal listings.
Both volumes are in full colour, clearly laid out and generally easy to use, even for the non-Portuguese reader. There are extensive tables of internal postage rates.


ESPECIALIZADO SELOS das COLÓNIAS PORTUGUESAS 2011 publ AFINSA , Porto or Lisbon, Portugal, www.afinsa.com.pt Received 9th November 2010 ISBN 978-972-9468-17-9 €30, £30

This volume has been produced in conjunction with the Expert Committee of the Portuguese Philatelic Institute, and includes Angola, Congo, Cape Verde, Guinea, India, Macau, Mozambique, Nyassa, Sao Tome & Principe, Tete, Timor and Zambezia etc. As to be expected all the main categories of stamps are included, and provide for varieties of colour, and perforation, surcharge variations etc.
Errors, FDCs, airmails, tax stamps, reprints, unissued stamps, counter machine labels, miniature sheets are all included, and the whole is a fine nicely presented easy to use reference, even for the non-Portuguese reader.
Prices are given in Euros for mint or unmounted mint, and fine used
There is a handy colour edge guide to the various Colonies




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FEBRUARY 2011

BUILT FOR SERVICE: POST OFFICE ARCHITECTURE by Julian Osley, published by The British Postal Museum & Archive (BPMA) Freeling House, Phoenix Place, London WC1X 0DL www.postalheritage.org.uk Publ . 1 December 2010. ISBN 978-0-9553569-3-3 £9.99

Post Offices, whether a main office or a local sub-office, are often in the centre of a city, town or village, are very often a focal point or meeting place and their architecture often reflects the status, or in more recent times the character of the local environment. Unlike “Post Offices” by Julian Stray (see Exporter September 2010), this book deals entirely with the architectural design and the architects, often unknown, from the earliest offices in London, Edinburgh and Dublin, through to modern offices. It is the first ever dedicated study of post office architecture and shows the often unacknowledged contribution made by the Post Office to the UK’s architectural heritage.
Four chapters deal with Grand Designs, Modern Post Offices, Post Office Interiors, and An Architectural Legacy. The author thus provides an historical overview of the development of the purpose-built post offices in the UK and the evolution of their increasingly public service-focused design. Original research undertaken at both the BPMA and the RIBA British Architectural Library identifies many previously unacknowledged architects.
A list of some nineteen identified architects and their many and varied buildings, reflect the diversity and progression though the years, and changing fashions.
Purpose-built post office buildings are a feature of every UK town and city, albeit recently in diminishing numbers as Post Offices, but still remain, and can be amongst the grandest of buildings in a city. The major increase in their number and size dates from the mid nineteenth century following universal postal reform and the surge in mail that resulted, this coupled with the expansion of the industrial and commercial city and the resulting increase in communication needs of individuals and businesses alike.
This 136pp paperback is profusely illustrated with some 140 illustrations, many in colour. The supporting text is of interest even to the non professional. The author was Assistant Director at the RIBA British Architectural Library.

MICHEL JUNIOR-KATALOG 2011: (Der Kleine Deutschland-Katalogu in Farbe) Published by SCHWANEBERGER VERLAG GMBH, Ohmstraße 1, 85716 Unterschleißheim Germany www.michel.de Received 11th December 2010 ISBN 978-3-87858-844-3 €9.95. £9.95
The latest edition follows the format of previous editions (see March Exporter 2010), with additional information to assist collectors, such as the summaries for year sets of GDR, Berlin and FRG giving catalogue price with an additional price column based on dealers’ offers for complete year sets. The summary tables of the modern definitive sets enable quick location and pricing.
A list of forthcoming issues for 2011 is also provided.
The popular collecting areas of Memel and Sudetenland, Danzig, the Plebiscite issues and the Occupations all remain active, and show many increases, sometimes even double previous prices.
Editorial attention has been given to Bohemia and Moravia where about one hundred colour descriptions have now been revised to match the Michel Colour Guide. In addition, new set valuations have been provided for mint sets with hinges.
Empire colour descriptions have also been amended up to 1923.
The Michel Almanac gives full details and backgrounds to all the 2010 special issues, but also provides some for earlier items such as the Bavaria embossed issues, the Germania design and the 1900/1904 high value designs.
The volume contains classic States and modern German stamps from 1849 to November 2010, German Empire:- Foreign POs, Colonies, Occupation issues of both wars, Plebiscite areas with Saar, Gdansk, Memel, Bohemia and Moravia, General Government, Sudetenland, also Field Post Stamps, Local issues, and Allied Occupation Zonal issues. It now stretches to 600pp in a handy compact pocket sized paperback, in full colour, and is excellent value at this price for the general collector.


MICHEL GANZSACHEN EUROPA (after 1960): WESTERN EUROPE 2011:
Published by SCHWANEBERGER VERLAG GMBH, Ohmstraße 1, 85716 Unterschleißheim Germany www.michel.de Received 11th December 2010 ISBN 978-3-87858-056 0 €78 £78

This is the continuation from the MICHEL Postal Stationery Catalogue until 1960, published two years ago, and updates the 2003/4 edition, (see Exporters November 2008 and January 2004), but for the modern issues has retained the east/west split of countries. (Note: this is not quite the same split as the earlier edition). This volume includes Scandinavia and the Baltic States, France and Benelux, Czechoslovakia, Austria, Switzerland, Hungary and Yugoslavia, Italy and the Iberian Peninsular, also GB, Ireland, Malta and Gibraltar.
There have been many new issues, and number changes, particularly in France and Slovakia since the last edition. An index of number changes for France and Slovakia is provided. There is an extensive country index. Kosovo is a new addition.
More information has been provided, including sizes, quantities printed, etc.
Prices have been revised and include a number of significant increases: the publishers mention UN issues from Vienna.
The catalogue is alphabetical by country, then chronological; then by design and then value, the last where relevant, being sub-divided according to stationery type such as envelopes wrappers, lettercards, postcards etc. Local issues etc. are catalogued at the end of each country. There are 864 catalogue pages, fully illustrated in black and white, including the Introductory Notes etc.

MICHEL HANDBUCH-KATALOG MARKENHEFTCHEN DEUTCHES REICH 2011 Published by SCHWANEBERGER VERLAG GMBH, Ohmstraße 1, 85716 Unterschleißheim Germany www.michel.de Received 11th December 2010 ISBN 978-3-87858-058-4 €98 £98

The volume dealing with the modern issues was reviewed in the December 2010 Exporter: this volume deals with the period 1910 to 1941, (see Exporter February 2009 for the previous edition). It is in full colour throughout the 400 catalogue pages, in the larger format.
It comprehensively deals with the booklets of the period with details of all booklets, cover designs, panes, uncut sheets and also the interleaving pages. Full details of the make-up are given, and also the many listed varieties, plate flaws as well as marginal markings where these are significant. Se tenant and tête-bêche items are well covered and illustrated and quantities printed or issued are given where known.
There are many new varieties in all areas, more illustrations, many now added in colour. The Chapter about forerunners, testing, and submission of stamp booklets has been revised and extended.
Comprehensive pricing is given throughout both for mint and used panes, items on cover, FDCs etc, and for mint full booklets and uncut sheets. Many prices have increased. There are additional summary tables, as well as tables of Postage Rates.
The excellent introductory section explains the terminology and practicalities of creating booklets, but still only in German. (Sales would definitely benefit by having an English translation available, perhaps as a loose-leaf insert for the UK market).
It’s not cheap, but if you are a serious collector or dealer in these issues, you really should have it to hand.

MICHEL ÜBERSE-KATALOG Volume 1 Band 1: NORDAMERIKA 2011 Publ Schwaneberger Verlag GmbH, Ohnstr. 1, 85716 Unterschliessheim, Germany. www.michel.de Received 11th December 2010. ISBN 978-3-87858-060-7 €54 £54

This is the first volume of the new edition of the Michel Overseas Catalogue, now with a pale turquoise cover, the other parts to be published over the next two or three years. The previous edition was dated 2007/8 (see Exporter January 2008) and this one now extends the new issues to September 2010 for Canada, UN (New York) and USA issues. St Pierre & Miquelon issues are included to July and now include prices for Booklets which are listed with the appropriate issue.
Other countries included are Hawaii, and the Canal Zone.
Useful design/thematic indexes are provided for the USA and also the UN Flag series, but nothing for Canada. Sheet measurements for the larger USA multi-design sheets from 1985 are now provided.
Huge numbers of price changes have been made since the last edition, but these include a new minimum price of 25c. The Editor mentions USA Definitives, including modern, Canadian booklets with Christmas stamps of the 1990s, also Ice Hockey thematic items.
There are just over 600pp with black and white illustrations, also a full index to the countries in the overseas catalogues.

SASSONE CATALOGO SPECIALIZZATO DEI FRANCOBOLLI D’ITALIA degli ANTICHI STATI ITALIANI del REGNO DI VITTORIO EMANUELE II, e del REGNO D’ITALIA fino al 1900: 2011 edition (70th edition). Publ. Sassone SRL. Corso di Porta Romana 132, 20122 Milan, Italy www.cataloghisassone.it Received 12th October 2010 no ISBN (Hardcover) €90 £79

Over 400pp in this volume are devoted to the Italian States’ stamps and their use on covers. A brief history is provided for each state. The stamps are dealt with in great detail, including shades and printings, various multiple formats; usage of singles and multiples, and also value combinations on covers. Lists of various scarce combination covers are provided, and very many illustrations.
The Italian Kingdom period is dealt with in similar fashion. Prices are given for mint and used copies, copies used on piece or on full covers, as well as pairs and blocks etc. also for unmounted mint and well and superbly centred examples.
Service, Postage Due and Parcel stamps are also included, as are Revenue stamps used postally.
19th Century issues of San Marino and the Italian Overseas Post Offices are also included, as are the Postal Stationery items of the same. Fore-runner Italian stamps used in San Marino are also listed and priced.
The whole is a fine 574pp hardcover volume with gold tooled printed board cover, and in full colour throughout. Recommended; despite the hefty cover price.


BALE SPECIALISED CATALOGUE of the STAMPS and POSTAL HISTORY of PALESTINE MANDATE; 2010 (10th Edition) Publ Chariot Global Marketing Ltd, PO Box 10824 Ramat Gan, Israel www.bale-catalogue.com Received 12th October 2010 ISSN 1350-679X (no ISBN) £75

This edition is almost exactly double the page extent of my 1996 8th edition paperback, then still in black and white. The new edition is hardcover with printed board cover, full colour throughout and has been expanded to 288pp which include more postal history as well as the specialised listings of the stamps and overprints.
The useful Introduction includes the Hebrew and Arabic alphabets, and illustrations of the Arabic value tablets on the stamps, followed by a simplified catalogue.
The specialist sections open with diagrams of the Overprints, a Postal Rates table, Distribution table and cross reference to Michel, Scott and Yvert catalogue numbers from the SG numbers used in the Bale.
Each issue then has its own chapter through the Blues, the Typogravure issues, the various Jerusalem and London Overprints, Pictorials, Postage Dues and Booklets.
Chapters 14 to 18 deal with the Postal Stationery type by type, International Reply Coupons, Postal Forms, Telephone Service and Revenue Stamps.
Finally the extensive chapter 19 deal with the Postal History, and is divided into similar sections for the stamp issues, augmented by Taxed letters, Airmail rates, Zeppelin post and finally the Levant Fair.
Prices are provided for mint and used, singles or combinations on covers, Specimen overprints, Proofs etc. Perforations and Plate varieties are well covered as are misplaced or defective overprints, double prints, thin papers, plate blocks, perfins etc.
Postal Stationery receives comparable treatments including sizes and printing variants and usually priced for unused, used and Specimens when they occur.
Prices are quoted in US Dollars. Somewhat expensive, but with a fairly static market (apart from the rarities) is likely to have a long shelf-life before the 11th edition appears.

YVERT & TELLIER TIMBRES de FRANCE 2011 (vol. 1) Publ Yvert & Tellier, 2 Rue de L’Étoiole, 80094 Amiens cedex 3, France www.yvert.com Received 12th October 2010 ISBN 978-2868-142061 €19.90 £19.90 hardcover

This volume deals only with the stamps of France and the general issues for the Colonies. It commences with a 20pp Design Index, followed by a 30pp Definitive Identifier illustrated section, which together allow the collector to go directly to the Y&T number of any stamps in front of him/her.
As to be expected the 19th century issues are dealt with in detail and even include prices for each value used with different types of cancellation. Later issues are priced for mint and unmounted mint and fine used, also a single on cover, and separately if in combination or multiple, as well as imperforate issues, varieties etc. Issue quantities are provided.
There are over 50 individual sections dealing with Dues, Millésimes, Pre-cancels, Specimens, Telegraphs etc, as well as miniature sheets, booklets, philatelic documents, Ballons Monté, Postal entires, Franchise stamps, First Day cancels and many more. Self adhesive stamps are listed and detailed in a separate section from the normal stamps, enabling a collector to only concentrate on these issues if he so wishes.
New this year is the reversible and re-usable stamp, gummed on two sides issued on the football theme.
In all it’s a fine volume, 875 catalogue pages, in full colour on non-glare pastel blue stock, and a bargain at this price.


(vol. 1 bis.) TIMBRES de MONACO et des TERRITOIRES FRANÇAIS D’OUTRE-MER. Publ Yvert & Tellier, 2 Rue de L’Étoiole, 80094 Amiens cedex 3, France www.yvert.com Received 12th October 2010 ISBN 978-2868-142078 €19.90 £19.90 paperback

The companion volume to France deals with Andorra, Monaco (which has a Design Index), French Colonies such as Oceania, New Caledonia (including Prêt-à-Poster, (postal stationery), envelopes and cards), Polynesia, Tahiti, TAAF etc, also the United Nations issues of New York, Geneva and Vienna, and finally Europa issues on a year by year basis.
For the TAAF, the early fore-runner covers with cachets from various islands or ships are well illustrated and priced.
Each main country follows the usual Y&T order, with Air stamps, Miniature sheets etc in their own sections after the general postage stamps. Most are priced for unmounted mint and fine used, and include imperforates where issued.
Not so much detail as the main France catalogue, but the nevertheless the catalogue pages extend to 952, and again good value at this cover price, albeit a substantial paperback.


2011 CATALOGO UNIFICADO EDIFIL DE SELLLOS DE ESPANA y DEPENDENCIAS POSTALES €30 £30
2011 CATALOGO UNIFICADO EDIFIL DE SELLLOS DE ESPANA €12.50 £12.50
Both Publ Edifil S.A., Bordadores, 8. 28013 Madrid, Spain. www.edifil.es Received 12th October 2010, no visible ISBNs


It is some years since I saw a copy of either of these titles, but they both seem to follow the tried and popular format of previous editions.
Both volumes include the latest issues up to September 2010 for Spain and Andorra and the other issuing authorities where relevant. Both volumes include the stamps with prices given for un-mounted mint, mint and fine used, and also for Postal Stationery for Spain including the airmails and other colonies.
Basic philatelic information is provided, and the catalogues include items such as First Day Covers, set prices, also imperforate items etc. All stamps are illustrated in full colour, as is the postal stationery. Both are easy to use, even for the non-reader of Spanish.
Prices are in Euros. There are many advertisements, and also a list of the other more specialised Ediciones Edifil books and catalogues. A guide to condition is also provided. The bigger volume now stretches to about 500 catalogue pages.







JANUARY 2011

BUILT FOR SERVICE: POST OFFICE ARCHITECTURE by Julian Osley, published by The British Postal Museum & Archive (BPMA) Freeling House, Phoenix Place, London WC1X 0DL www.postalheritage.org.uk Publ . 1 December 2010. ISBN 978-0-9553569-3-3 £9.99

Post Offices, whether a main office or a local sub-office, are often in the centre of a city, town or village, are very often a focal point or meeting place and their architecture often reflects the status, or in more recent times the character of the local environment. Unlike “Post Offices” by Julian Stray (see Exporter September 2010), this book deals entirely with the architectural design and the architects, often unknown, from the earliest offices in London, Edinburgh and Dublin, through to modern offices. It is the first ever dedicated study of post office architecture and shows the often unacknowledged contribution made by the Post Office to the UK’s architectural heritage.
Four chapters deal with Grand Designs, Modern Post Offices, Post Office Interiors, and An Architectural Legacy. The author thus provides an historical overview of the development of the purpose-built post offices in the UK and the evolution of their increasingly public service-focused design. Original research undertaken at both the BPMA and the RIBA British Architectural Library identifies many previously unacknowledged architects.
A list of some nineteen identified architects and their many and varied buildings, reflect the diversity and progression though the years, and changing fashions.
Purpose-built post office buildings are a feature of every UK town and city, albeit recently in diminishing numbers as Post Offices, but still remain, and can be amongst the grandest of buildings in a city. The major increase in their number and size dates from the mid nineteenth century following universal postal reform and the surge in mail that resulted, this coupled with the expansion of the industrial and commercial city and the resulting increase in communication needs of individuals and businesses alike.
This 136pp paperback is profusely illustrated with some 140 illustrations, many in colour. The supporting text is of interest even to the non professional. The author was Assistant Director at the RIBA British Architectural Library.

MICHEL JUNIOR-KATALOG 2011: (Der Kleine Deutschland-Katalogu in Farbe) Published by SCHWANEBERGER VERLAG GMBH, Ohmstraße 1, 85716 Unterschleißheim Germany www.michel.de Received 11th December 2010 ISBN 978-3-87858-844-3 €9.95. £9.95

The latest edition follows the format of previous editions (see March Exporter 2010), with additional information to assist collectors, such as the summaries for year sets of GDR, Berlin and FRG giving catalogue price with an additional price column based on dealers’ offers for complete year sets. The summary tables of the modern definitive sets enable quick location and pricing.
A list of forthcoming issues for 2011 is also provided.
The popular collecting areas of Memel and Sudetenland, Danzig, the Plebiscite issues and the Occupations all remain active, and show many increases, sometimes even double previous prices.
Editorial attention has been given to Bohemia and Moravia where about one hundred colour descriptions have now been revised to match the Michel Colour Guide. In addition, new set valuations have been provided for mint sets with hinges.
Empire colour descriptions have also been amended up to 1923.
The Michel Almanac gives full details and backgrounds to all the 2010 special issues, but also provides some for earlier items such as the Bavaria embossed issues, the Germania design and the 1900/1904 high value designs.
The volume contains classic States and modern German stamps from 1849 to November 2010, German Empire:- Foreign POs, Colonies, Occupation issues of both wars, Plebiscite areas with Saar, Gdansk, Memel, Bohemia and Moravia, General Government, Sudetenland, also Field Post Stamps, Local issues, and Allied Occupation Zonal issues. It now stretches to 600pp in a handy compact pocket sized paperback, in full colour, and is excellent value at this price for the general collector.


MICHEL GANZSACHEN EUROPA (after 1960): WESTERN EUROPE 2011:
Published by SCHWANEBERGER VERLAG GMBH, Ohmstraße 1, 85716 Unterschleißheim Germany www.michel.de Received 11th December 2010 ISBN 978-3-87858-056 0 €78 £78

This is the continuation from the MICHEL Postal Stationery Catalogue until 1960, published two years ago, and updates the 2003/4 edition, (see Exporters November 2008 and January 2004), but for the modern issues has retained the east/west split of countries. (Note: this is not quite the same split as the earlier edition). This volume includes Scandinavia and the Baltic States, France and Benelux, Czechoslovakia, Austria, Switzerland, Hungary and Yugoslavia, Italy and the Iberian Peninsular, also GB, Ireland, Malta and Gibraltar.
There have been many new issues, and number changes, particularly in France and Slovakia since the last edition. An index of number changes for France and Slovakia is provided. There is an extensive country index. Kosovo is a new addition.
More information has been provided, including sizes, quantities printed, etc.
Prices have been revised and include a number of significant increases: the publishers mention UN issues from Vienna.
The catalogue is alphabetical by country, then chronological; then by design and then value, the last where relevant, being sub-divided according to stationery type such as envelopes wrappers, lettercards, postcards etc. Local issues etc. are catalogued at the end of each country. There are 864 catalogue pages, fully illustrated in black and white, including the Introductory Notes etc.

MICHEL HANDBUCH-KATALOG MARKENHEFTCHEN DEUTCHES REICH 2011 Published by SCHWANEBERGER VERLAG GMBH, Ohmstraße 1, 85716 Unterschleißheim Germany www.michel.de Received 11th December 2010 ISBN 978-3-87858-058-4 €98 £98

The volume dealing with the modern issues was reviewed in the December 2010 Exporter: this volume deals with the period 1910 to 1941, (see Exporter February 2009 for the previous edition). It is in full colour throughout the 400 catalogue pages, in the larger format.
It comprehensively deals with the booklets of the period with details of all booklets, cover designs, panes, uncut sheets and also the interleaving pages. Full details of the make-up are given, and also the many listed varieties, plate flaws as well as marginal markings where these are significant. Se tenant and tête-bêche items are well covered and illustrated and quantities printed or issued are given where known.
There are many new varieties in all areas, more illustrations, many now added in colour. The Chapter about forerunners, testing, and submission of stamp booklets has been revised and extended.
Comprehensive pricing is given throughout both for mint and used panes, items on cover, FDCs etc, and for mint full booklets and uncut sheets. Many prices have increased. There are additional summary tables, as well as tables of Postage Rates.
The excellent introductory section explains the terminology and practicalities of creating booklets, but still only in German. (Sales would definitely benefit by having an English translation available, perhaps as a loose-leaf insert for the UK market).
It’s not cheap, but if you are a serious collector or dealer in these issues, you really should have it to hand.

MICHEL ÜBERSE-KATALOG Volume 1 Band 1: NORDAMERIKA 2011 Publ Schwaneberger Verlag GmbH, Ohnstr. 1, 85716 Unterschliessheim, Germany. www.michel.de Received 11th December 2010. ISBN 978-3-87858-060-7 €54 £54

This is the first volume of the new edition of the Michel Overseas Catalogue, now with a pale turquoise cover, the other parts to be published over the next two or three years. The previous edition was dated 2007/8 (see Exporter January 2008) and this one now extends the new issues to September 2010 for Canada, UN (New York) and USA issues. St Pierre & Miquelon issues are included to July and now include prices for Booklets which are listed with the appropriate issue.
Other countries included are Hawaii, and the Canal Zone.
Useful design/thematic indexes are provided for the USA and also the UN Flag series, but nothing for Canada. Sheet measurements for the larger USA multi-design sheets from 1985 are now provided.
Huge numbers of price changes have been made since the last edition, but these include a new minimum price of 25c. The Editor mentions USA Definitives, including modern, Canadian booklets with Christmas stamps of the 1990s, also Ice Hockey thematic items.
There are just over 600pp with black and white illustrations, also a full index to the countries in the overseas catalogues.

SASSONE CATALOGO SPECIALIZZATO DEI FRANCOBOLLI D’ITALIA degli ANTICHI STATI ITALIANI del REGNO DI VITTORIO EMANUELE II, e del REGNO D’ITALIA fino al 1900: 2011 edition (70th edition). Publ. Sassone SRL. Corso di Porta Romana 132, 20122 Milan, Italy www.cataloghisassone.it Received 12th October 2010 no ISBN (Hardcover) €90 £79

Over 400pp in this volume are devoted to the Italian States’ stamps and their use on covers. A brief history is provided for each state. The stamps are dealt with in great detail, including shades and printings, various multiple formats; usage of singles and multiples, and also value combinations on covers. Lists of various scarce combination covers are provided, and very many illustrations.
The Italian Kingdom period is dealt with in similar fashion. Prices are given for mint and used copies, copies used on piece or on full covers, as well as pairs and blocks etc. also for unmounted mint and well and superbly centred examples.
Service, Postage Due and Parcel stamps are also included, as are Revenue stamps used postally.
19th Century issues of San Marino and the Italian Overseas Post Offices are also included, as are the Postal Stationery items of the same. Fore-runner Italian stamps used in San Marino are also listed and priced.
The whole is a fine 574pp hardcover volume with gold tooled printed board cover, and in full colour throughout. Recommended; despite the hefty cover price.


BALE SPECIALISED CATALOGUE of the STAMPS and POSTAL HISTORY of PALESTINE MANDATE; 2010 (10th Edition) Publ Chariot Global Marketing Ltd, PO Box 10824 Ramat Gan, Israel www.bale-catalogue.com Received 12th October 2010 ISSN 1350-679X (no ISBN) £75

This edition is almost exactly double the page extent of my 1996 8th edition paperback, then still in black and white. The new edition is hardcover with printed board cover, full colour throughout and has been expanded to 288pp which include more postal history as well as the specialised listings of the stamps and overprints.
The useful Introduction includes the Hebrew and Arabic alphabets, and illustrations of the Arabic value tablets on the stamps, followed by a simplified catalogue.
The specialist sections open with diagrams of the Overprints, a Postal Rates table, Distribution table and cross reference to Michel, Scott and Yvert catalogue numbers from the SG numbers used in the Bale.
Each issue then has its own chapter through the Blues, the Typogravure issues, the various Jerusalem and London Overprints, Pictorials, Postage Dues and Booklets.
Chapters 14 to 18 deal with the Postal Stationery type by type, International Reply Coupons, Postal Forms, Telephone Service and Revenue Stamps.
Finally the extensive chapter 19 deal with the Postal History, and is divided into similar sections for the stamp issues, augmented by Taxed letters, Airmail rates, Zeppelin post and finally the Levant Fair.
Prices are provided for mint and used, singles or combinations on covers, Specimen overprints, Proofs etc. Perforations and Plate varieties are well covered as are misplaced or defective overprints, double prints, thin papers, plate blocks, perfins etc.
Postal Stationery receives comparable treatments including sizes and printing variants and usually priced for unused, used and Specimens when they occur.
Prices are quoted in US Dollars. Somewhat expensive, but with a fairly static market (apart from the rarities) is likely to have a long shelf-life before the 11th edition appears.

YVERT & TELLIER TIMBRES de FRANCE 2011 (vol. 1) Publ Yvert & Tellier, 2 Rue de L’Étoiole, 80094 Amiens cedex 3, France www.yvert.com Received 12th October 2010 ISBN 978-2868-142061 €19.90 £19.90 hardcover

This volume deals only with the stamps of France and the general issues for the Colonies. It commences with a 20pp Design Index, followed by a 30pp Definitive Identifier illustrated section, which together allow the collector to go directly to the Y&T number of any stamps in front of him/her.
As to be expected the 19th century issues are dealt with in detail and even include prices for each value used with different types of cancellation. Later issues are priced for mint and unmounted mint and fine used, also a single on cover, and separately if in combination or multiple, as well as imperforate issues, varieties etc. Issue quantities are provided.
There are over 50 individual sections dealing with Dues, Millésimes, Pre-cancels, Specimens, Telegraphs etc, as well as miniature sheets, booklets, philatelic documents, Ballons Monté, Postal entires, Franchise stamps, First Day cancels and many more. Self adhesive stamps are listed and detailed in a separate section from the normal stamps, enabling a collector to only concentrate on these issues if he so wishes.
New this year is the reversible and re-usable stamp, gummed on two sides issued on the football theme.
In all it’s a fine volume, 875 catalogue pages, in full colour on non-glare pastel blue stock, and a bargain at this price.


(vol. 1 bis.) TIMBRES de MONACO et des TERRITOIRES FRANÇAIS D’OUTRE-MER. Publ Yvert & Tellier, 2 Rue de L’Étoiole, 80094 Amiens cedex 3, France www.yvert.com Received 12th October 2010 ISBN 978-2868-142078 €19.90 £19.90 paperback

The companion volume to France deals with Andorra, Monaco (which has a Design Index), French Colonies such as Oceania, New Caledonia (including Prêt-à-Poster, (postal stationery), envelopes and cards), Polynesia, Tahiti, TAAF etc, also the United Nations issues of New York, Geneva and Vienna, and finally Europa issues on a year by year basis.
For the TAAF, the early fore-runner covers with cachets from various islands or ships are well illustrated and priced.
Each main country follows the usual Y&T order, with Air stamps, Miniature sheets etc in their own sections after the general postage stamps. Most are priced for unmounted mint and fine used, and include imperforates where issued.
Not so much detail as the main France catalogue, but the nevertheless the catalogue pages extend to 952, and again good value at this cover price, albeit a substantial paperback.


2011 CATALOGO UNIFICADO EDIFIL DE SELLLOS DE ESPANA y DEPENDENCIAS POSTALES €30 £30

2011 CATALOGO UNIFICADO EDIFIL DE SELLLOS DE ESPANA €12.50 £12.50
Both Publ Edifil S.A., Bordadores, 8. 28013 Madrid, Spain. www.edifil.es Received 12th October 2010, no visible ISBNs


It is some years since I saw a copy of either of these titles, but they both seem to follow the tried and popular format of previous editions.
Both volumes include the latest issues up to September 2010 for Spain and Andorra and the other issuing authorities where relevant. Both volumes include the stamps with prices given for un-mounted mint, mint and fine used, and also for Postal Stationery for Spain including the airmails and other colonies.
Basic philatelic information is provided, and the catalogues include items such as First Day Covers, set prices, also imperforate items etc. All stamps are illustrated in full colour, as is the postal stationery. Both are easy to use, even for the non-reader of Spanish.
Prices are in Euros. There are many advertisements, and also a list of the other more specialised Ediciones Edifil books and catalogues. A guide to condition is also provided. The bigger volume now stretches to about 500 catalogue pages.

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FIJI: The 2006-9 DEFINITIVE OVERPRINTS (The FIRST FOUR YEARS) by Bryan Jones, Publ Pacific Islands Study Circle, www.pisc.org.uk Received 9th Sept 2010 ISBN 978-1-899833-15-3 £36 (a black and white edition is available @ £20)

When rates change, control of stamp stocks sometimes goes haywire. A new value is not available, or an old value is quickly exhausted because of sudden increased demand. Conversely, a much used value suddenly becomes redundant with large stocks still on hand.
Postal administrations around the world have often been caught and Fiji is no exception. What to do? Local overprinting with a new value has always been a sensible action, but can lead to speculation in the overprints, further compounding the problem. Fiji found itself in this position in 2006. Rate changes for the six overseas Airmail services on 2nd January, preceded the arrival of correctly priced commemorative stamps by nearly four months for zones A, B and C, and five months for the others. With no time to introduce new definitive values, nor money to cover the cost, local overprinting on the 1c, 6c, 13c and 23c values began.
Under strict supervision, a local printer was commissioned to produce the required items, which were only issued locally; new issue facilities were not provided; orders from the philatelic trade were not accepted. Fortunately, the Fiji Post Office has been able to provide sufficient details of the various printings, to enable Bryan Jones to compile this substantial volume complete with many illustrations, many showing blocks and other multiples.
Changes in the settings, size of figures and “Xs” mean that some thirty-six overprint/value combinations are recorded. A few errors have occurred, and there are the usual printing varieties such as misplaced and inverted overprints. These are all included, and usually illustrated, as are Proofs, covers and other items. The colour has been deliberately suppressed to highlight better the black overprints. Spacing errors are recorded by using positional diagrams alongside the relevant illustrations. There are numerous tables providing some guide to printing and usage; equivalent numbers for SG and Scott catalogues, and a valuation guide.
No doubt there are more variations to come.



POSTAL MARKINGS OF THE SOLOMON ISLANDS. Edited by Ron Pattinson, Colin Hinchcliffe and Bill Hamilton. Publ. Pacific Islands Study Circle, www.pisc.org.uk Received 9th September 2010. ISBN 978-1-899833-10-8 £28

Stretching across a large area of the Pacific, these islands have few large “towns” or densely populated islands, requiring an official Post Office with its Date-stamp, Official Paid Date-stamp or Registration hand-stamp – perhaps less than twenty in total for the period up to the name change in 1975. Since then many Postal Agencies have been established, and provided with a variety of circular or oval markers.
The bulk of this title consists of an alphabetical listing of the various offices and agencies, recording in tabular form with illustrations, details of the known postmarks with periods of use, and usual routing of the inter-island and overseas mail etc.
The final sections deal with special event and miscellaneous markings, Tax D date-stamps, First Day postmarks, Dead Letter Office cachets, Mis-sent to Honiara cachets, Paquebot marks, and Maritime marks or cachets, (with a list of the vessels which used them).
Madame Joseph and other forged cancellations are also noted and illustrated.
The whole is presented on 233 A4 loose-leaf pages in a ring binder.

SCOTT 2011 STANDARD POSTAGE STAMP CATALOGUE VOLUME 6: COUNTRIES San - Z of the WORLD. Scott Publishing Co, 911 Vandemark Road, Sidney, Ohio 45365-0828 USA www.amosadvantage.com Received 20th September 2010 ISBN 978-0-89487-453-6 $79.99 £56.50.

As with the earlier volumes, the Editor remarks on the economic situation and the relatively slack demand for general items, and increased demand for rarities and varieties. Opportunity has therefore been taken to look closely at some less popular countries, and this has resulted in many price changes. Most prominent is Venezuela with over 4000, but also Turkey, (1700+), Togo (also over 1700), and South Africa (over1500).
In Venezuela the changes are mainly from the mid-1930s to the present day issues, mostly of the order of 10% increases, but some such as the 1951 Arms issue are considerably higher.
In Turkey the increases are mainly from the 1950s and later including the 1959-60 pictorials and the 1963 Buildings and Monuments. Semi-Postals and Airmails are also adjusted.
New minor varieties have been added in 28 different countries, some of which are the date different imprints in the design, but others include the Sierra Leone 1983 set on un-watermarked paper. The Uganda 1986 400sh overprinted NRA Liberation, and an early 1971 item in Vietnam. Details are on page 1481.
The South Africa 1927 10s with centre inverted, perforated 14 has been listed as singles for some time with the date showing as “’28”, in line with SG. However Scott has now added a pair for the 1930 issue perforated 14 x 13½, not listed at all in the latest SG. In the South African Stamp Colour Catalogue 2010/11, the variety in the printing perforated 14 is priced as singles, and as a vertical pair. Michel appear to be unaware of any of these!

STANLEY GIBBONS COMMONWEALTH STAMP CATALOGUE: NEW ZEALAND (4th edit.) Stanley Gibbons Publications, 7 Parkside, Christchurch Road, Ringwood, Hants BH24 3SH www.stanleygibbons.com Received 7th October 2010 ISBN 978-0-85259-791-1 £22.50

This latest edition includes all issues for New Zealand to August 2010, Ross to November 2009 Antarctic Treaty issue, and Tokelau Islands to the February 2010 Tiger. As usual the listings up to 1970 are taken from the latest “red book,” (see separate review), and the later Queen Elizabeth issues have been re-priced and updated especially for this volume. (The previous edition was published in early 2009, see Exporter April 2009).
As before the issues for Cook Islands, Niue and Samoa are only included up to independence
Almost 140 new stamps have been added; illustrations have been added for 45 booklets, and the Design Index for New Zealand has been up-dated. There are now 148 catalogue pages, plus the usual notes etc. now in the “Concise” paperback format. The volume does include details in footnotes, of New Zealand Post’s reward miniature sheets “Best of ....” for its Standing Order customers, but these are neither numbered nor priced.
A number of new varieties are now listed including the “Chisel Flaw” on the QV 2nd side-faces, the “Feather Flaw on the 1d Dominion, and the “ZFALAND” variety on the 19600 2d. The GV 4d re-entries are now illustrated. More missing colour varieties are also included, notably the spectacular missing red value under the black 4c surcharge from 1971-3, and example in pair with normal being offered on the inside back cover.
A number of Waterlow Printer’s Samples are also illustrated within the advertisement section at the back of the catalogue.
In Tokelau the narrower setting of the 1967 overprints is illustrated, and they are numbered and priced for mint and used.





STANLEY GIBBONS STAMP CATALOGUE: 2011 COMMONWEALTH & BRITISH EMPIRE STAMPS 1840-1970 Publ. Stanley Gibbons Publications, 7 Parkside, Christchurch Road, Ringwood, Hants BH24 3SH www.stanleygibbons.com Received 7th October 2010 ISBN 978-0-85259-797-2 £74.95
As last year, the first thing to do when opening the new edition, is to read very carefully the Editor’s Preface on page vii; then check page xi where all the new numbers and number changes are listed. Finally read the long in-depth article “The Importance of Condition” commencing on page xiv, (which has been updated and consolidated from a series of articles in Gibbons Stamp Monthly some years ago.)
I quote from the Preface: There are many thousands of price changes throughout this catalogue, nearly all of them in an upward direction, and nearly all areas and periods are affected to a greater of lesser extent.” Almost fifty countries or areas are specifically mentioned by the editor.
As usual it is the sought-after varieties, errors and scarcer items where the increases are most significant. GB prices fall into line with the recently published Concise (see August 2010 Exporter.
Once again there are a significant number of editorial revisions, not least being the use of a sans serif type-face which gives an altogether cleaner look to the text, and this has allowed the publisher to tighten up the spacing etc. A number of previously listed varieties now have colour illustrations, notably in Newfoundland, New Zealand, Falklands Islands Dependencies and Hong Kong.
Nearly thirty new watermark varieties have been added, and many that were previously un-priced are now priced. There are more “missing colour” errors, also three new “albino overprint” varieties in Ireland.
A number of plate varieties are added such as the Burma “Birds over Trees” and “Tick Bird” on the 2½an and 3½an GVI issues. The different settings of the Tokelau 1967 overprints are listed and priced. Hong Kong EVII and GV booklets have been improved.
In India the Litho and Typo varieties of the GVI 1½an and 3as are now listed separately, and these details carried into the overprinted Convention States issues.
Another variety worth looking out for is the Negri Sembilan 1936 30c now listed on the Thin Striated Paper with a catalogue figure at £100 for a mint example.
No serious collector or dealer of the “Empire” can possibly keep up to date without this volume, and I heartily recommend it.
MICHEL ÜBERSEE-KATALOG Volume 8 part 2, SÜDOSTASIEN 2010/11 Published by Schwaneberger Verlag GMBH, Ohmstraße 1, 85716 Unterschleißheim Germany www.michel.de Received 8th October 2010 ISBN 978-3-87858-063-8 €64. £64

Following on from Volume 8, part 1, this volume covers the countries in the South East Asian Peninsular, Malaya and the Indonesian and East Indies area, including Borneo with Brunei and Labuan, Cambodia, Dutch East Indies, New Guinea and Timor, French Indochina, Indonesia, Laos, Malaya including the States and Singapore, Philippines, Thailand, and Vietnam.
As with Part 1 there have been many and significant price increases, the publishers especially mentioning Laos, South Vietnam and the Philippines, and the 1979 Flower series of the Malayan States.
As far as possible, new issues are included well into 2010 for most issuing territories, despite “procurement problems.” Booklets from Indonesia and Thailand are newly included; and also FDCs for the latter. Some twenty unissued South Vietnam items are now mentioned.
In all more than 13,000 updated price quotations, and more than 67,000 black and white illustrations. The page extent at 1224 is about double that of Part 1, but the price is the same for each volume.

MICHEL HANDBUCH-KATALOG MARKENHEFTCHEN ALLIIERTE BESETZUNG BUND & BERLIN, 2010/11 Published by Schwaneberger Verlag GMBH, Ohmstraße 1, 85716 Unterschleißheim Germany www.michel.de Received 8th October 2010 ISBN 978-3-87858-054-6 €69.80

The 2nd edition (see Exporter October 2006 for review of 1st) has been enlarged to include the Allied Occupation booklets (including a listing of the unissued Numeral items), Airmail and Parcel Admission booklets, and self-adhesive sheetlets of the German Post AG.
There is new information on water-activated and self-adhesive stamps.
Prices have been readjusted, often upwards, and show un-mounted mint for everything, plus used, and on cover and/or FDC for panes etc.
There is a Comprehensive catalogue introduction with key information on usage and a philatelic A-Z lexicon. Then the cataloguing is chronological, based on Issue Date with Special stamp types, for example admission stamps, being found at the end of a
collecting-area section.
The illustrations, which show all the panes individually and in full sheet format, also show the covers and interleaving pages, and are in full colour throughout. There are many listed major plate and printing varieties which are fully illustrated as are the various printers’ marginal markings, job numbers, security overprints etc.
Although the presentation is clear and easy to follow; the inclusion of an English translation of the introductory pages, (advocated in my previous review), would have been a great boon for the non-German reader.


LAPE 2011 POSTIMERKKILUETTELO (FINLAND STAMP CATALOGUE 1856-2010). Publ. Suomen Filateliapalvelu Oy, Pl 5, 20251 Turku, Finland www.stamps.fi ISSN 0787-3336 £14.90

This is an excellent basic catalogue; it is bilingual Finnish/Swedish throughout, but the actual catalogue listings are in English as well, only some notes and background information needing translation.
As well as the postage stamps, which are priced mint and used, and also in many cases “superb used” for which there are substantial premiums, and FDCs, this volume also includes Post-Bus stamps, Year sets and books, booklets, Maximum cards, automatic machine labels and Christmas labels.
The other areas included are Åland 1984-2010, Aunus, Estonia, Karelia and North Ingermanland
There is also a detailed catalogue of Euro coins for each issuing country, and a consolidated list of the 2€ commemorative coins.
Finnish and English readers will also be able to read a long biographical article about the late Heikki Pahlman, and his collection, which includes illustrations of items from 1558, 1571, 1821 etc.
This is a fine paperback, 368pp in full colour, with coloured page edges for easy location of various sections. There is a list of the experts of the Finnish Philatelic Federation.

AFA DENMARK STAMP CATALOGUE 2011, (including Faeroes and Greenland, DVI) ISBN 978-87-7012-354-9, ISSN 0901-7003 Kr.225 £27.50
Publ. AFA-Fortlaget, 5450 Otterup, Denmark www.afa.dk received 12th October 2010

As usual this annual catalogue is a nicely produced, linen-look limp A5 568pp volume, in full colour throughout, with latest stamps to August 2010 listed for Denmark, May 2010 for Greenland, and April 2010 for Faeroes. It is in a single column format on a non-glare white stock, and really provides all the information and detail that most collectors of these countries would need.
This includes mint and/or un-mounted mint, and used prices; prices for stamps correctly used on cover, First Day Covers, (including illustrations of special FD postmarks) etc. All the key issues are included with se-tenant strips and panes, booklets, Christmas stamps, machine labels etc. Quantities issued/printed are given where known. There is a full design index for Danish stamps, and all prices are of course in Danish Krone.
There is a list of the numeral postmark numbers 1 to 286 with the towns that used them, and dates of change where this occurred. It also includes a list of dealers, and a fold out cover flap with a perforation gauge.
A free Denmark 2010 miniature sheet is also included CTO.

AFA SKANDINAVIEN STAMP CATALOGUE 2011, (including the Baltic States, Greenland & DVI) Publ. AFA-Fortlaget, 5450 Otterup, Denmark www.afa.dk received 12th October 2010
ISBN 978-87-7012-355-6, ISSN 0901-6635 Kr.225, £27.50

This 768pp linen-look limp A5 volume extracts the listings for all the main Scandinavian countries and the former Russian Baltic States from the basic AFA catalogue, with Denmark to August 2010, the other main issuing countries, Finland, Iceland, Sweden to May 2010, Norway to June 2010, and Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, into 2010.
No doubt some prices have changed since the last edition but the publisher gives no guide the where and by how much these have occurred. All prices are of course in Danish Krone.
Although this is a relatively simplified listing it does cater for perforation changes; earlier varieties such as retouches; FDCs, miniature sheets, officials, soldier stamps, postage dues, tax stamps, imperforate issues, newspaper stamps, tête-bêche issues, reprints, se-tenants, field post, booklets, and parcel post. A full contents list is printed on the last page
It is in two-column layout, with black & white illustrations and printed on non-glare white stock in a sans serif font. All design-different items are illustrated. A list of Danish dealers is provided; also a perforation gauge and guide to the Finland 1860-66 Roulettes.

FACIT 2011 SPECIAL Publ Facit Förlags AB, Box 321, 721 07 Västerås, Sweden. www.facit.se Received 12th October 2010 ISBN 91-86564-67-6 £47

Since my last review of this title (the 2007 edition in Exporter May 2007) a further 50pp have been added for the new issues of this region. As usual it is bi-lingual Swedish and English almost throughout and is by far the most comprehensive single volume catalogue for these countries The English italic text follows the Swedish in the philatelic headings and in the individual catalogue items.
There is an extensive table of contents which includes an extensive section on Swedish proof material, Sweden and Denmark early stamps used on covers, with rarity factors, Norwegian pre-stamps, etc.
Stamp prices are usually given for mint and/or un-mounted mint; used, used on cover, complete sets with separate sections for Year packs/books. Shades and varieties are included in detail, especially for the earlier issues.
All the major categories such as Booklets, Officials, Postage Dues, Franking labels, First Day Covers are of course included in their own sections for each country as relevant. Postal Stationery is included for Danish West Indies, Iceland and Åland; Parcel stamps for Greenland and Finnish Post-buses; Pre-philatelic postmarks for Norway and Finland. Other postmark information is given such as the Icelandic Numerals and Hammer (or Bridge) cancels, even British Military Posts during 1940-1943.
The Index also refers the user to earlier volumes where particular items were included, Swedish Revenues in 2009, Postal Stationery in 2008, Local posts in 2007 for example.
A list of Swedish dealers is also provided as is a five language dictionary in English/German/French/Italian/Spanish.
No serious collector of this area should be without this title.


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SCOTT 2011 STANDARD POSTAGE STAMP CATALOGUE VOLUME 5: COUNTRIES N to Samoa of the WORLD. Scott Publishing Co, 911 Vandemark Road, Sidney, Ohio 45365-0828 USA www.amosadvantage.com ISBN 978-0-89487-452-9 $79.99, £56.50

As with the earlier volumes there are thousands of price changes in this volume. Although some popular countries such as Netherlands, Portugal and Russia remain fairly static, the editors have concentrated on less popular ones.
Thus there are 3200 price changes in Paraguay; New Caledonia has over 1200, and others with large numbers of changes include Oman, Philippines, Qatar, St Lucia, the Grenadines of St Vincent and El Salvador.
In both Paraguay and New Caledonia there are significant increases from the early issues, through to the 1960s, and these are highlighted in the editor’s Letter, which should be read carefully. More date-different imprint items have been added, especially in Nevis, Philippines, St Helena, St Kitts and St Lucia.
The Nepal 25p larger format Arms stamp now has a major number: 535A. The Orange River Colony black on yellow “Commando Brief” is now listed, and there are two currency surcharge sets of 1961 and 1965 added in Qatar: numbers 108-108J, 115-115P.
Other countries with new numbers include Nossi Bé, Panama, Portugal, Russia and Russian Offices on the Turkish Empire, Saar etc. These are listed on page 1429.
It’s also worth re-reading Scott’s 48pp introductory section with notes, listings of omnibus/uniform design sets, grading criteria, etc. They also include a detailed list of general and specialised philatelic societies, as well as lists of expertizing services, mainly in the UK and North America,

MICHEL EUROPA KATALOG 2010/11 Volume 7 : OSTEUROPA. Published by Schwaneberger Verlag GMBH, Ohmstraße 1, 85716 Unterschleißheim Germany www.michel.de ISBN 978-3-87858-896-2 €54 £54

This volume completes the 2010 Centenary set of Europe volumes, and includes Poland, the Soviet Union and modern Russia, Moldova, Belarus and Ukraine etc. It has over 52,000 priced items, illustrated by about 12,500 colour illustrations.
Issues for Belarus, Poland, Russia and Ukraine are included up to June 2010; for Moldova to May 2010, the new issues for these adding about twenty pages in the year.
There have been numerous additions and revisions, in particular in the issues of Ukraine and Belarus, though Michel does not actually provide a list of these, (unlike Scott and Gibbons).
Polish sheet formats have been added to the philatelic detail for each issue from 1980 onwards.
Following price changes in recent years, the demand for these countries remains steady but not spectacular, and therefore large numbers of prices stay unaltered. However, there are some big price increases in places, mainly for varieties, and the editors particularly mention special items from Russia where demand continues to dominate. I noticed a few Ukraine miniature sheets increased, but most commemorative sets remain unaltered.

MICHEL ÜBERSEE-KATALOG Volume 8 part 1, SÜDASIEN 2010/11 Published by Schwaneberger Verlag GMBH, Ohmstraße 1, 85716 Unterschleißheim Germany www.michel.de ISBN 978-3-87858-062-1 €64. £64

The huge page extent of the complete area, just on 1800pp in the last edition, means that Michel has split this into two volumes. Part One includes Afghanistan, Pakistan, India and the States, Sri Lanka, Burma, Nepal, Bhutan etc. and the Maldives.
Afghanistan, now included here instead of in the Central Asia volume, has issues listed up to January 2009, Bangladesh to May 2010, Bhutan to February 2010, Burma, which has recently only issued one or two sets per annum, and Pakistan both to January 2010, India to March 2010, Maldives and Nepal both to December 2009, and Sri Lanka only to June 2009.
It is four years since the last edition, and the editor comments that there have been many price changes. This is particularly true of India from 1947 to date, but also Burma, Bangladesh, Bhutan and the Maldives. A number of editorial corrections have been made and the three maps are retained, including the Indian States.
The catalogue is still illustrated in black and white, (despite the publishers’ blurb proclaiming colour), and at only five Euros less than the previous single volume edition is a tremendous hike in cover price.
Part two should be published in October.

THE ENGLISHMAN WHO POSTED HIMSELF, & OTHER CURIOUS OBJECTS by John Tingey, Publ Princeton Architectural Press, 37 East 7th St., New York 10003, USA www.papress.com ISBN978-1-56898-872-6 $24.95, £14.99

Eccentric Englishmen are always popular subjects for readers, and Willie (sic) Reginald Bray, the subject of this book is no exception. As a young accountant living at home in the then, and still now, leafy suburb of Forest Hill, London, he developed a passion for testing the Post Office’s capabilities of delivering strange objects and weirdly addressed letters and cards.
A study of the Post Office Guide and with an eye for the unusual, at various times he successfully posted himself (on three occasions), his dog, an unwrapped turnip carved with the address, seaweed on a label, dog biscuits, a bowler hat, a rabbit skull, shirt front and cuffs to mention just a few.
Addresses were often coded in pictures either to make up the word, or a picture of the usually well-known addressee (but without the name), sometimes written in sealing wax, sometimes in mirror writing, often in verse, at least one occasion by just giving the latitude and longitude, (the post office failed this one). Each of these carried the same request of “Please sign to confirm receipt, and Return to Sender,” those returned by the recipient usually had the recipient’s signature, those by the Post Office a suitable cachet.
On occasions Reginald would leave the item on a train or bus, often in a rolled-up newspaper, the finder being requested to return the item with details of when and where it was discovered.
He was an inveterate collector of signatures, sending literally thousands of cards during his lifetime to stars of stage and screen, sporting personalities, military leaders, politicians, statesmen, authors and artists, and other notables; even royalty, though the latter rarely produced a signature but often an interesting accompanying letter of refusal.
This fine printed board case-bound book, which is profusely illustrated in colour with dozens of examples of Bray’s handiwork, provides an entertaining and informative biography of the man described on a Churchman cigarette card as “The Human Letter”, and latter came to be known as the “Autograph King.”
The author is an inveterate collector of Brayana.


THE NEW ZEALAND AIRMAIL CATALOGUE: 3rd EDITION Edited by Mike Shand, Publ The Air Mail Society of New Zealand, PO Box 29144, Fendalton, Christchurch 8540, NZ http://www.airmailsnz.com ISBN 0-9597787-8-0 $NZ35 £21

Mike Shand has continued the work undertaken by the late James Stapleton in the first 2 editions, the last, published, way back in 1994. Over 100 new items are listed, including about 50 from the most recent period, and the revised main numbers now reach 896.
The listings, particularly for internal flights, have been expanded with more detail of the flights, the aeroplanes, the pilots, numbers of items carried etc. Prices in New Zealand currency have been thoroughly revised and are based on auction realizations and dealers lists, published over the last couple of years.
Whilst most major internal and external flights are included, as well as souvenir items of particular flights, air events etc. the section concerning Pigeongrams has been dropped. Also not included are crash flights where no surviving mail is known, Cinderella items, RNZAF event covers, Prisoner of War mail, all of which are well covered in other publications.
The whole is a fine 96pp A4 card cover booklet, with mainly black and white illustrations, and some colour of more recent items. Excellent reference for collector and dealer alike.



KIWI CATALOGUE OF NEW ZEALAND REVENUE & RAILWAY STAMPS: 4th Edition 2010 Edited by David Smitham, Publ Mowbray Collectables, PB 63000, Wellington 6140 New Zealand http://www.mowbraycollectables.co.nz ISBN 978-0-473-16676-2 £NZ30 £16

Since the last edition was published way back in 1999, demand for, and prices of these issues have increased dramatically, and auction realizations recognize the scarcity of some of the material
This latest edition provides individual introductions to the main Stamp Duty, Beer Duty, Savings Stamps, Wages Tax and NZ Railways issues, followed firstly by a simplified listing, and then specialised individual sections for the different duties and variations. The modern Game Bird Habitat issues (Duck stamps) are now included.
Each of the subsections has a short introduction explaining the circumstances, and usage, with recommendations for collecting standards. Thus the differences between the overprinted Stamp Duty issues, such as COUNTERPART, DENOTING, FINE, NOT LIABLE etc are made clear.
The specialised listings include perforation, paper and watermark differences, and also different date overprints on items such as the Wages Tax issues.
Prices in New Zealand currency are usually given for used stamps, and will sometimes show different columns for pen cancels, punched or perfinned items, un-punched items.
The whole is a fine A5 card covered 44pp booklet, with colour illustrations of mostly used stamps throughout. Don’t be put off by the cover price: if you collect or deal in these issues, the knowledge imparted will soon recover the cost.



EXTRACTS FROM THE AIR MINISTRY CIVIL AVIATION INTELLIGENCE REPORTS SUMMARIES 27th AUGUST 1939 TO 30th MAY 1945. Compiled by Peter Wingent Publ West Africa Study Circle, 8 Grasmere Road, Dronfield Woodhouse, Dronfield, S18 8PS, Yorkshire www.wasc.org.uk ISBN 978-1-905647-05-7 £24 + p&p

During the 1930s, air transport had expanded all over the world, and when war broke out in 1939 the Air Ministry moved quickly to publish Civil Aviation Summaries, both of British Airlines and Foreign ones as well. They were usually published weekly and a variety of sources provided the information.
Although this volume is published by the West Africa Study Circle, it includes most international services, but specifically excludes internal flights of the USA, Canada and South America, as well as Australia since these are well covered in other publications.
The authors have divided the chapters mainly by Country, but also have sections for specific routes from the UK; accidents for BOAC aircraft; the Horseshoe Service; Imperial Airways; as well as Trans African and Trans Atlantic Services, and these latter again for the USA plus in this case Trans Pacific Services and the Miami-Leopoldville Service. Within each chapter the extracts are in chronological order.
For collectors of World War 2 airmails this book provides an enormous amount of information not easily found in one source, whether this is of the particular routes, the frequency of service, the timetables, the aircraft in use, the operating companies etc.
There are over 30 pages of Tables of Services Operated by BOAC and Associated Companies, which appeared often, but at irregular intervals and are taken from the Intelligence Summary Appendices. Four columns provide details of the Service, the Route, the Aircraft used, and the Frequency as at the date of the publication. This enables the owner of a cover with a known date to plot the route and timing for that item.
A 1942 censored cover, illustrated on the front cover, from Sisli in Turkey to Basoko in the Congo, is itemised stage by stage along its route, plus additional information not obvious from the postmarks and cachets.
This A5 comb-bound card-covered 220pp volume, (but no illustrations), has been compiled by very small study group within the Circle consisting of Richard Beith, Duncan Crewe, Rob May, Barbara Priddy, John Wilson and the editor.

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OCTOBER 2010

UNITED STATES (STANLEY GIBBONS STAMP CATALOGUE Part 22); 7th Edition. Publ. Stanley Gibbons Publications, 5 Parkside, Christchurch Road, Ringwood, Hants BH24 3SH www.stanleygibbons.com Received 16th August 2010 ISBN 978-0-85259-768-2 £42.50

This new edition includes the myriad of new issues since 2005 up to October 2009, is produced in the enlarged “Concise” size, and occupies some 70pp less than the last edition, but regretfully the cover price increases by almost 50%.
It should be noted that as well as the older issues of Canal Zone, Guam, Hawaii, Philippines, Puerto Rico etc. it does include the issues of Marshall Islands and Micronesia, both to December 2009, Palau to July 2008 and the UN Office in New York to February 2010.
Some 90 new varieties are listed since the previous edition, and a list of these is provided. They include early Double Transfers of the 1850s period, many later Imperforate varieties, the chocolate brown shade of the Confederate New Orleans 5c etc. but the Hamburgh, South Carolina 5c has been deleted.
There are separate listings of Coil plate Numbers, Stamp Booklets and Commemorative Panels. The Design Index has of course been updated, and a new one provided for the UN New York issues. Prices have been revised, and comparison with the previous volume shows some remarkable increases especially in early classics.
As well as the usual notes, the six-language International Philatelic glossary is also included.

AUSTRALIA: STANLEY GIBBONS COMMONWEALTH STAMP CATALOGUE 6th Edition 2010 Publ. Stanley Gibbons Publications, 5 Parkside, Christchurch Road, Ringwood, Hants BH24 3SH www.stanleygibbons.com Received 16th August 2010 ISBN 978-0-85259-786-6 £27.50

This is now almost an annual publication (see Exporter July 2009 for previous edition) and with twenty more pages, the new issues for Australia to April 2010, AAT (to March 2009), Christmas Island (to January 2010), Cocos (Keeling Islands), (to April 2009) and Norfolk Island (to November 2009) mean over 300 new items are listed together with an additional 76 illustrations.
As before the issues for Nauru, New Guinea, Papua and Papua New Guinea are also included, but only up to Independence: this must annoy collectors of the later issues who have to wait for a new Western Pacific catalogue to appear.
Booklet Panes are listed within the relevant issue, but Booklets have their own respective section after the main listings in each country.
The prices for issues to 1970 are based on the, soon to be published, 2011 “Red Book” and the later issues suitably have been especially updated for this edition. The Design Index has been extended and suitably revised.
After consultation with the British Society of Australian Philately a number of additions and revisions to earlier issues have been made, but regretfully, unlike the US volume mentioned elsewhere, these have not been listed.
It is still the most comprehensive single volume catalogue for these issues for the Commonwealth collector

QUEEN ELIZABETH II DECIMAL DEFINITIVE ISSUES: STANLEY GIBBONS GREAT BRITAIN SPECIALISED CATALOGUE VOLUME 4 PART 2. Publ. Stanley Gibbons Publications, 5 Parkside, Christchurch Road, Ringwood, Hants BH24 3SH www.stanleygibbons.com Received 16th August 2010 ISBN 978-0-85259-738 5 £34.95

This long awaited volume deals with the Machin Non Value Indicator issues, including the self-adhesives, the Decimal Castles high values and the £10 Britannia, Greetings stamps, the Wilding Portrait Decimal values, plus all the Decimal Regional issues; both Machin and Pictorial designs, value and NVI types, Postage Labels and Fast Stamps, and finally Postage Due labels.
Careful reading of the Preface and Introductory Notes to each Section is essential to understanding the order within the catalogue, and how the various sections are formatted.
Since the publication of Part 1 the decision was taken to re-style this volume in the larger format, and to use more colour tables and background to assist the collector in using what is an extremely complex subject. The move to generate more convenience sales using booklets via non-Post Office outlets has seen the proliferation of these items, both in single value, multi-value and Definitive/Pictorial combined format panes. All the panes are illustrated, but regretfully not in colour, nor are any of the other illustrations, which whilst making the catalogue much easier to use, would probably have meant a prohibitive cover price, especially in the case-bound format.
To the publishers credit, the stamps with “U” shaped slits are already listed for the different printers, and some guidance given to the decoding of the apparently misspelt iridescent ink “Royal Mail” overprints enabling the original printer and product from which a stamp has come to be identified. Watch this space!!
Although there is the obvious disparity between the volume 1 paperback and the volume 2 in hardcover, they are available as a set at the special price of £65.
Those collectors wishing to keep up to date with these issues are recommended to read John Deering’s “Machin Watch” regular column in Gibbons Stamp Monthly.



RALPH ALLEN of BATH : POSTAL PIONEER. Edited by Ivan Holliday, Publ . Stanley Gibbons Publications, 5 Parkside, Christchurch Road, Ringwood, Hants BH24 3SH www.stanleygibbons.com Received 10th August 2010 ISBN 978-0-85259-759-0 £3.95
In 1720 Ralph Allen devised a plan to avoid the time consuming and expensive system whereby all letters were routed via London, by implementing a series of “Cross and Bye Posts.”
Prior to this he had experience first in St Columb’s Post Office, Cornwall, which he ran as a boy when his grandmother was ill, then in Exeter under Joseph Quash where he assisted in running the cross post between Exeter and Oxford, before being appointed Postmaster at Bath in March 1712 at just eighteen years of age.
In 1719 his proposal for running cross posts at a fixed rent for seven years, i.e. Allen paid the Post Office, was accepted, and this was renewed every seven years until his death in 1764, by which time most of the country was covered by the network of Cross Posts set up and efficiently controlled and run by Allen.
This expanded updated and well illustrated 48pp booklet in full colour provides a fine overview of his life and achievements, of interest to both the philatelist, the postal historian and the general public.
The Editor is a trustee of the Bath Postal museum, as is Hugh Jefferies, (better known as the Editor of Gibbons Stamp Monthly and Stanley Gibbons Catalogues), who writes the Foreword.




MICHEL EUROPA KATALOG 2010 : Vol. 6 West Europe Published by Schwaneberger Verlag GMBH, Ohmstraße 1, 85716 Unterschleißheim Germany www.michel.de Received 9th August 2010 ISBN: 978-3-87858-895-5 €54 £54

As before this volume contains GB, Channel Islands and Ireland, plus the Benelux countries.
A huge number of price changes, mainly upwards have been recorded, principally because of collector demand, notably in the Netherlands.
Latest issues are March 2010 for Guernsey and Netherlands, April 2010 for Belgium and Ireland, May 2010 for GB and Isle of Man, and June 2010 for Jersey and Luxembourg.
Many picture captions have be amended to make them more useful to the thematic collector. In Netherlands, all eleven different perforation combinations used for the 1923 Coronation set have now been individually listed and priced.
As well as providing comprehensive booklet and pane details, Michel also lists and prices the Post Office Machine Counter labels, Telegraph stamps, etc.
Michel also provides tables of year prices, miniature sheets in separate lists etc: very revealing in this form. GB for example managed just 12 miniature sheets between 1978 and 2001, since when 45 sheets have been issued.

My thanks to Vera Trinder Ltd. for providing review copies of the next three titles.

UNITED KINGDOM REVENUES 5th Edition. John Barefoot Ltd. PO Box 8, York, YO24 4YZ www.jbarefoot.co.uk ISBN 0-906845-69-6 Received 13th August 2010 £35

This long awaited edition – the last was published in 2002 (see Exporter November 2002) – is now in full colour. It has been limited to a print quantity of just 500 copies, and will no doubt sell out quickly like its predecessor. The title has been more precisely defined.
The pattern is the same with the familiar three-column payout, duties organised in alphabetical order, with prices for used copies only. Brief details of the reason for the duty are provided, and the usual philatelic ionformation.
At least ten new Duties have been added since the last edition, including Betting Duty, Copyhold Commission, Foreign Office, Foreign Service, Irish items etc., thus extending the page count to 179. The 1893 5s Annuity Premium is included, and priced @ £50, but omitted from the Index. New items have been added in the lists, and other information amended or extended.
Prices of course have changed, dramatically in some cases, but some surprisingly by very little, if at all. They all reflect the current selling price of the publisher, who is a leading dealer in these issues. If you handle these stamps at all, whether as a dealer, auctioneer or collector, then you will need this reference on your bookshelf.

ARTHUR MAURY CATALOGE DE TIMBRES DE FRANCE 2011, 115th Edition. Publ. Arthur Maury, 5 Bld. Napoleon 1er, f95290 L’Isle Adam, France www.arthurmaury.com Received 13th August 2010 ISBN 978 291864-202-2 €19.95 £19.95

This is the second edition since the merger of Ceres and Dallay under the Maury imprint, and the editor Olivier Rivet has heeded the comments made about the first edition. The result is an improved style and readability particularly by increasing the size of the symbols throughout the catalogue.
The work-load involved has meant that the 2009 items are omitted but will be included together with those of 2010 in the next edition, due in March/April 2011.
Even so, this edition in full colour extends to 928pp and is an absolute bargain at this cover price, (even less than the last Ceres in 2008 with only 637pp). There is an enormous amount of information in this book.
Both the index of contents, (showing some fifty different sections in total), and the table of abbreviations and symbols are sensibly shown on the back cover. All the major sections are retained, there are extensive introductory notes and explanations; the early classic issues are dealt with in great detail, including postal use and relevant contemporary postmarks, multiples, destinations, pricing of single and multiple stamp covers etc.
Both Maury and the old Dallay numbers are given. Many varieties such as Specimen overprints, Imperforate issues, Phosphor varieties etc. are provided, and usually priced. There is an extensive listing of the Bandes Publicitaires (Advertising tabs) on the Sower, Peace and Marianne issues; all booklet covers are illustrated; Corner Date blocks occupy many pages; Parcel items are comprehensively covered; as are Annule and Specimen overprints on stamps and postal stationery used for Instruction.
Recommended.

FISCHER KATALOG POLSKICH ZNAKÓW POCZTOWYCH 2010 (2nd Edition) VOL 2 Publ Firma Handlowa-Usługoawa Andrzej Fischer, 41-902 Bytom, Rynek 11, Poland www.fischer.pl Received 13th August 2010 ISBN 978 83-62457-08-3 63zt, £17

This catalogue is devoted to Polish interests outside the mainstream catalogue (see Exporter April 2010), such as Military, Occupation and Local issues. It specifically includes The Posts of Occupation 1914-1918, The Military Posts, Foreign Post Offices in Little Poland, Local Posts 1918-1919, Post in Central Lithuania, Polish Establishment Post outside Poland, Plebiscitary Posts, Court Delivery Stamps, Post of the Free Town Gdansk (including forerunner postmarks on un-overprinted German stamps), German Occupations, Camp Posts, Local Posts of 1944-1945, Postal Stationery and Airmail.
In Polish throughout, it does have translations of the extensive introductory notes in both English and German. Prices in zloti are usually given for mint, unmounted mint, postally used, cancelled to order where relevant, used singly on cover, or in multiples or combinations on cover etc.
Varieties are listed and priced as required and usually high-lighted in yellow in the relevant listing. Likewise any problematical items may be high-lighted in blue. Both postal and philatelic forgeries are noted as necessary. Some tables of Postal Rates are provided
The Airmail section gives details of both stamps, labels, cachets and covers.
The book is profusely illustrated in colour, has 472 catalogue pages in a convenient lie-flat paperback binding. A bargain at this price.
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SEPTEMBER 2010

THE STAMP KING by G De Beauregard & H. De Gorsse. Publ. Stanley Gibbons Publications, 5 Parkside, Christchurch Road, Ringwood, Hants BH24 3SH www.stanleygibbons.com Received 14th June 2010 ISBN 978-0-85259-746-0 £9.95

There are very few works of fiction which revolve around postage stamps, or stamp collectors. Perhaps the best known is Antigua Penny Puce by Robert Graves, published in various editions between 1936 and 1968, followed by The Blue Mauritius by Warren in 1954; even earlier an Ellery Queen mystery: The Chinese Orange by Frederick Stokes appeared in 1934. In the Cary Grant/Audrey Hepburn film Charade, a stamp proves to be the key to the missing fortune.
The Stamp King is considerably earlier, originally published in France as Le Roi du Timbres-poste in 1898, and followed a year later with an English edition from Stanley Gibbons. During the period February 1904 to December 1905 it was serialised in the Gibbons Stamp Weekly, each part ending in the usual cliff-hanger situation beloved of the editors to encourage purchase of the next week’s edition.
The story involves William Keniss of the New York Philatelic Club, and his rival Miss Betty Scott, and the Brahmapootra stamp, of which only two copies are known. One is owned by Keniss, but they vie with each other in pursuit of the second, aided by their servants, and hindered by a multi-disguise con-man.
This edition is reproduced exactly as it appeared in the weekly sections, complete with the black and white illustrations, and in places parts of other articles or reports which happened to be on the same page.
I started reading it, and despite the now dated style of writing, some preposterous stunts and coincidences, really did not want to put it down.




COLLECT CHANNEL ISLANDS & ISLE of MAN STAMPS. Publ. Stanley Gibbons Publications, 5 Parkside, Christchurch Road, Ringwood, Hants BH24 3SH www.stanleygibbons.com Received 19th July 2010 ISBN 978-0-85259-767-5 £27.95

This new edition is in the larger “Concise” format, and has been restyled with a smaller point size font and tighter setting of the information. This means a reduction of some 100 pages since the more compact 2009 edition, (and this despite adding over 270 stamps, miniature sheets and booklets), but regretfully, a £3 increase in the cover price.
Guernsey issues are listed to March 2010, Isle of Man to May 2010, and Jersey to June 2010.
A certain amount of price tinkering is evident, mainly in the packs and gutter pairs, where some have been reduced, others increased; also more recent booklets.
In Guernsey the dubious Swastika overprints have now been deleted with just a note about their status, but in Jersey they remain, with significant increases from £1700 to £2500 for most values. There are increases too, for the scarcer Guernsey 1940 Bisects.
Missing Phosphors have now been listed in the Regionals: the popular Broken Wagon Wheel on the 2½d Liberation is also listed, bringing this volume in line with the “red book.”
Packs, Gutter Pairs and First Day Covers are all priced, and each country has an individual Booklet section.
Information is also provided relating to sheet layouts, plate and cylinder numbers, locations of the marginal imprints, quantities sold, and withdrawal dates.

MICHEL EUROPA KATALOG 2010. Published by Schwaneberger Verlag GMBH, Ohmstraße 1, 85716 Unterschleißheim Germany www.michel.de Received 9th July 2010
Vol. 4 South East Europe ISBN: 978-3-87858-893-1 1216pp €54 £54
Vol. 5 Northern Europe ISBN: 978-3-87858-894-8 1008pp €54 £54

These two volumes are in the new style, and contain the same countries as the previous editions. Despite the differing page extents, the publisher maintains the policy of uniform pricing for each volume. Both volumes have updated Keyword Indexes.
In volume 4, Romanian sheet formats from 1965 are now included, and more quantities are given for Greece issues.
The 2008 issues for Athos, (the Autonomous Monastic State of the Holy Mountain), are now listed and priced: these were not included in the last SG Balkans published in 2009. Prices for Turkey, Turkish Cyprus from 1983, and Greek issues after 1990, show increases.
In volume 5, there have been some new varieties added for older issues of Norway, Estonia, Lithuania and Greenland. In Lithuania the information about postal validity periods has been revised and extended: in Estonia more quantities have been added.
For Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, sheet information is now provided.

MICHEL DEUTSCHLAND-KATALOG 2010/11 Publ Schwaneberger Verlag GmbH, Ohnstr. 1, 85716 Unterschliessheim, Germany. www.michel.de Received 9th July 2010 ISBN 978-3-87858-045-4 €39.80 £39.80

This volume again includes a CD, which this year provides the reader with the full volume of issues of Michel Rundschau 2009 in pdf format, together with the Soft-Easy programme for Berlin, Bund and DDR, and the Design index for the same.
More than 59,000 price quotations are included in this volume, and about 9,800 colour illustrations in its 1136pp. All new issues up to the 10th June 2010 are included, and a list of issues due, to the end of 2010.
Editorial attention has been given to the Third Reich issues from Michel no..338 onwards, and to Bohemia and Moravia.
More colour descriptions have been brought into line with the Michel Colour Guide, more Captions have been extended or clarified, more sheet formats have been provided, and origins for booklets and panes explained.
Prices for early post-1949 issues, of GDR, DDR and Berlin have been reduced in line with the market, but those for Memel and Sudetenland again show increases of about 10%.
Michel also include a detailed list of the members of the German Dealers Association tabulated to show their specialities.

MICHEL VALUABLE STAMPS of the WORLD. Publ. Schwaneberger Verlag GmbH, Ohnstr. 1, 85716 Unterschliessheim, Germany. www.michel.de Received 9th July 2010 ISBN 978-3-87858-052-2 €49.80 £49.80

This is a remarkable and unique reference tool, and worthy of consideration by dealers, collectors and, dare I say it, investors.
It is partially bi-lingual in English and German, with a full English translation of the German Introduction, including colours and philatelic terms, specially prepared for this volume.
The countries are listed in English alphabetical order, but there are German and English country indexes. The headings for each issue are also partially bi-lingual.
The benchmark for inclusion of a stamp or set to be included is €200, the set being included in full, when at least one item in it equates to or exceeds the benchmark, and this of course includes varieties such as perforations, plate variations, colours etc.
There are more than 10,000 illustrations of the stamps in either colour or black and white. However, probably more useful are the inclusion of a further 1500 colour illustrations and details/realizations, (in the local currency), of items sold in auctions during the last decade, many of these being covers, positional blocks or other selected items.
For the dealer it is a handy quick reference when evaluating a collection, to notice those stand-out items. For the collector it is a useful guide to the items which should be bought at best when seen, on the basis that “cheap stamps are always cheap, but scarce items only get more expensive with time.”
The auction items are also a good guide to genuine usage in the case of covers, and correct postmarks and cancellations on used items, and also include overprint varieties etc.
There are also year prices/set values based on the basic stamps, which should enable collectors looking for a new country to collect to assess the likely cost in building up a run-through collection, and thus if need be limit his collecting parameters.
Michel standard catalogue numbers are used throughout this 1200+ page volume.

POST OFFICES by Julian Stray, publ. Shire Publications Ltd. Midland House, West Way, Botley, Oxford OX2 0PH www.shirebooks.co.uk Published 11th July 2010 ISBN 978-0-74780-785-8 £5.99, US$12.95, CAN$14.95

Written by the Assistant Curator at the British Postal Museum and Archive, and drawing on that resource for many of the photographs, as well as his own camera and others; this nicely produced slim paperback provides a brief but interesting review of the Post Office from its earliest beginnings to the present day.
It looks at the growth in numbers of offices, and the services provided, and the place and social importance of the Post Office to the local community, town or city. It also details the differences between Crown Post Offices of different grades, and the types and design of the various buildings designed as post offices, and the specialized or standardized interiors and fittings.
As the population grew, and the number of services provided over the counter increased, so to did the numbers of post offices, reaching a peak in the 1950s of over 22,000 offices, serving on average 27 million customers per week. In 1999, the Post Office had more outlets than the major banks and building societies combined. In recent times this number has been considerably reduced, (down to about 14,300 in 2007), in the bid to remain profitable, often it seems giving scant regard to the needs of small communities, especially in rural areas. Some of these are now fighting back, and postal facilities of a sort are being provided in a variety of shops in larger towns, by part time arrangements in smaller villages using public houses, village halls etc. Mobile and do-it-yourself facilities have been tried.
The services and methods of providing them have also changed. The electronic age has affected the Post Office; transactions are via computor terminals; stamps are generated as stick-on labels, a Special Delivery can be traced via the internet.
All of this and more are included here in an easily readable style, with good, relevant and interesting illustrations, over 50 of them being of Post Offices.


SCOTT 2011 STANDARD POSTAGE STAMP CATALOGUE VOLUME 4: COUNTRIES J to M of the WORLD. Scott Publishing Co, 911 Vandemark Road, Sidney, Ohio 45365-0828 USA www.amosadvantage.com Received 24th July 2010 ISBN 978-0-89487-451-2 $79.99 £56.50.

Having “reached the limit of the binding machines” this volume has reduced contents from last year, with countries N and O now moved to volume 5 and the page extent reduced to a “mere” 1300 or so.
There have been significant numbers of price changes, the editor particularly mentioning Kenya, Kuwait, Latvia, Lithuania, Macao, Macedonia and Memel. The editor highlights some particular items; souvenir sheets from Macao and Macedonia for example. In other places prices are down, however as always rarities and spectacular varieties move on upwards as auction realisations on such items are evaluated.
Editorially, the Year Date listings mean new numbers in countries such as Jamaica, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lithuania and Malawi. (Reference to page 1266 will provide the details.)
Whilst Scott provide separate numbered listings for British Commonwealth EVII and GV ordinary and chalk paper printings, they do not do so for the GVI period, preferring to mention this in the value description or in footnotes. Maybe this is something for the future.
I noted that the Japanese Prefecture stamps, which from 2008 have been issued under the control of the national authorities, are now included in the main listing, the separate listing of the earlier issues by local authorities, now concluding with Scott Z827. Many of these are issued in sheets of 10 different designs: a nightmare for the catalogue editor, not to mention the poor – literally if he buys them all – collector: I counted 25 such for 2008 alone.

WAR TAX STAMPS OF THE BRITISH EMPIRE: FIRST WORLD WAR –THE WEST INDIES by John G. M. Davis, Publ Royal Philatelic Society London, www.rpsl.org.uk Received 10th July 2010 ISBN 978-0-900631-55-9 £60

Whilst the meat of this volume is a detailed review of the stamps of each of the seventeen colonies in the area which issued these stamps, John first of all sets the scene with an initial chapter entitled “Why Britons Should Collect War Stamps – Lest we forget” This recalls the controversy in 1914 when Ewens were selling German stamps overprinted “Belgien” and the ripples and confusions thereafter in both Great Britain and France. By February 1915 Canada had issued War Tax stamps and by November 1918 27 British Empire countries had issued these items, ostensibly by the surtax, to pay for the additional costs of the war in each colony, often associated with the raising of their own local regiments.
Chapter 2 deals with these, and also provides eleven tables showing who, when and where the issues took place, the overprint types, the “reasons” given for their introduction etc.
Three chapters then deal with Leeward Islands, the British Virgin Islands Plate, and the St Lucia Plate, which should be read before the seventeen following chapters, each dealing with a particular colony.
These follow similar patterns and provide exhaustive information on the circumstances of the issue, the printers and printings, the Specimen overprints, Essays, Proofs and Imperforate Proofs, the varieties not only of the War Tax overprints such as inverted, and double overprints, as well as bent of broken letters, but also watermarks etc, tables of quantities printed with requisition details, period of use, and also specific listings of the items in the Royal Philatelic Collection.
Additional chapters and Appendixes deal with Doctor Walter Hess and his covers; the De La Rue records including the Crown Agents Correspondence Book registers and others; the Passion for Collecting War Stamps which includes illustrations of early articles and catalogues, and finally the Crown Agents Label. There is also a Bibliography and comprehensive Index.
John has had access to numerous collections, and has been assisted by many experts for particular countries, as shown in his “Acknowledgements” page. This is a superb volume, produced to the usual high quality expected from the RPSL, lavishly illustrated; the whole in 400pp with dust jacket a book-mark tape.


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MICHEL EUROPA-KATALOG Volume 2, SÜDWESTEUROPA (South-West Europe), 2010
MICHEL EUROPA-KATALOG Volume 3, SÜDEUROPA (Southern Europe), 2010 Published by SCHWANEBERGER VERLAG GMBH, Ohmstraße 1, 85716 Unterschleißheim Germany www.michel.de Received 14th June 2010 ISBN 978-3-87858-892-4 €54. £54

Both these titles contain editorial, as well as price, revisions. In both volumes, all the major countries, apart from Spain and San Marino appear to have new issues listed well into 2010. The volume cover prices are similar, and so too are the catalogue page extents with 1349 and 1377 respectively.
In Part 2 the overview table for France has been revised; and Spanish Booklets are now listed with their respective stamp issues. Price increases are especially noted for French issues from 2000 onwards, and for early Spanish issues. France, Portugal and Spain all contain extensive lists, with colour illustrations, of their now quite attractive, thematically appealing, Counter/Machine labels, treated as little more than till receipts by the British post office, and so despised by British collectors. By contrast, there are few, if any, of these items issued by the Part 3 countries.
In Part 3 many of the booklet sections are now dispersed with the respective stamp issues. Malta has been well reviewed with a number of upward price changes, especially in more modern issues.
Both volumes are in the new style, with whiter paper, improved colour illustrations, and lay-flat binding, making them a pleasure to use.

SCOTT 2011 STANDARD POSTAGE STAMP CATALOGUE VOLUME 3: COUNTRIES G to I of the WORLD. Scott Publishing Co, 911 Vandemark Road, Sidney, Ohio 45365-0828 USA www.amosadvantage.com Received 19th June 2010 ISBN 978-0-89487-450-5 $79.99 £56.50.

As with the earlier volumes, this also includes many price changes, the Editor especially mentioning Ireland overprints on Great Britain issues and, Hungarian imperforates. As usual it is the rarities and elusive items, which see the biggest increases, and this is particularly true of the 1922 overprinted high values of Ireland.
There are three and a half columns of mainly new numbers in this volume, mainly because of the continued implementation of the Date-different listings in such countries as Gibraltar, Isle of Man, Grenada and the Grenadines and Hong Kong. Both types of the figure “3” in the Guadeloupe 1903 Postage Due surcharges are now listed and priced, as are red and carmine overprints on the Ireland 9d black-brown, (agate). The Indian States of Kotah and Tonk introduced in the Scott Classic last year are now included.
I understand that Scott has also been putting in considerable effort in setting up their computorised database, and we may perhaps see some new products in the future as a result of this. However, in creating this year's standard catalogue from the unified database, a number of the changes made between editions, (even though some were included in the Classic), were not carried over to this 2011 volume; thus some items listed on the new/change-number list are still to be implemented. Scott is aware of the problem and hopefully will have resolved it before later volumes appear. They apologise for any inconvenience that this glitch may cause.
I know we are divided by a common language, but I wonder how many post office counter clerks recognise the “missing” sound of “syncopated” perforations when tearing up sheets of stamps. Although Scott use “syncopated” to describe “intentional irregularities in the perforations,” the accepted term when applied to Great Britain issues is “elliptical.”
Scott has now virtually completed the conversion to colour, with only about 540 images being required to complete the full set of catalogues.




ANTARCTICA STANLEY GIBBONS STAMP CATALOGUE (1st Edition), Publ. Stanley Gibbons Publications, 5 Parkside, Christchurch Road, Ringwood, Hants BH24 3SH www.stanleygibbons.com Received 14th June 2010 ISBN 978-0-85259-757-6 £15.95

This is a new title in the Gibbons programme, and includes Australian Antarctic Territory, British Antarctic Territory, French Southern and Antarctic Territories, and Ross Dependency. Also included are Victoria Land, Graham Land, South Orkney and South Shetlands Islands, and the Falkland Islands Dependencies up to 1963. It is the only English language catalogue to cover the stamps from this vast continent.
In addition to the usual introductory notes, there is an excellent article by Steve Pendleton “A Centenary of Shackleton” which takes a close look at the King Edward VII Land overprint on New Zealand 1d, and the expedition when it was used, and some more modern issues. There is a useful map, albeit without any longitude numerals.
There is a new index for the French Territory issues, and a detailed list of Polar Post Offices, and also the Research Stations in Antarctica. The latter do not of course issue stamps, but are administered by a range of different nations including Argentina, Chile, China, Norway, Russia to name just a few.
Although described as “Antarctica”, I think SG has missed an opportunity of selling this to thematic collectors, by not including all the thematically relevant stamps issued by such countries as Argentina and others.
The listings follow the usual SG style, and are taken from the latest individual countries’ entries in the main catalogues. Most show issues to about January 2009, (however please note that in the France volume reviewed elsewhere, FSAAT issues are listed to January 2010).
Full colour throughout the 108 pages (68 are catalogue pages), in the “Concise” paperback format.


UNITED NATIONS STANLEY GIBBONS STAMP CATALOGUE (1st Edition), Publ. Stanley Gibbons Publications, 5 Parkside, Christchurch Road, Ringwood, Hants BH24 3SH www.stanleygibbons.com Received 14th June 2010 ISBN 978-0-85259-793-4 £19.95

Another new title in the SG stable, and as well as the three main issuing offices, this also includes the various International Organizations based in Switzerland and UN Forces in various countries, and also the International Court of Justice at The Hague. This also is the only English language one volume catalogue devoted exclusively to these issues.
There is an extensive introductory article by Jean-Louis Emmenegger, “60 (sic) Years of UN Postal History and Philately. This relates the various foundation milestones from the Churchill-Roosevelt meeting in August 1941, the London period, the decision to locate the HQ to Manhattan, and then the issue of the first UN stamps in October 1951. There is a Key Dates summary as well as some useful references.
Then, follows, in the usual SG style, a catalogue of the stamps for the various issuers, including booklets. Those for Geneva, Vienna and New York are listed up to February 2010, but only New York and Vienna have Design Indexes.
Full colour throughout the 174 pages, (139 are catalogue pages) in the “Concise” paperback format.




FRANCE STANLEY GIBBONS STAMP CATALOGUE (including French Colonies (and Territories), Andorra and Monaco) (7th Edition), Publ. Stanley Gibbons Publications, 5 Parkside, Christchurch Road, Ringwood, Hants BH24 3SH www.stanleygibbons.com Received 14th June 2010 ISBN 978-0-85259-756-9 £44.95

The latest edition (see Exporter August 2006 for review of previous edition), now includes France issues to November 2009, with the Colonies more or less in line, Andorra to July 2009 (French issues) or September 2009 (Spanish issues) and Monaco to October 2009. The FSAAT issues are listed up to January 2010.
New design indexes are now provided for Monaco, (maybe they read my last review when this was suggested), FSAAT and St Pierre Miquelon, and that for France has been suitably updated. France also includes a detailed priced listing of the Philatelic Documents, and 1870-71 Balloon Posts. Booklets are shown for all those territories who have issued them.
The Editor mentions prices and in particular some notable rises in the early French issues, which have been reviewed in depth by some acknowledged experts or specialist dealers.
A lot of varieties have been added since the last edition, and those listed on page “iii” should be closely checked. France 558a 50c Paris Exhibition carmine shade @ £15,000, and 570a 30c Mermoz in greenish yellow shade @ £11,000 for example, would both be worth finding; but there are plenty of others..
It is worth mentioning that this is the only single volume English language catalogue available for these issues. Not cheap, but the larger A4 full colour format is good value when amortised over say four years.

EAST AFRICA (with Egypt & Sudan) STANLEY GIBBONS BRITISH COMMONWEALTH STAMP CATALOGUE (2nd Edition), ISBN 978-0-85259-766-8 £22.50
FALKLAND ISLANDS STANLEY GIBBONS BRITISH COMMONWEALTH STAMP CATALOGUE (4th Edition), ISBN 978-0-85259-751-4 £14.95
HONG KONG STANLEY GIBBONS BRITISH COMMONWEALTH STAMP CATALOGUE (3rd Edition), ISBN 978-0-85259-754-5 £14.95
All Publ. Stanley Gibbons Publications, 5 Parkside, Christchurch Road, Ringwood, Hants BH24 3SH www.stanleygibbons.com Received 14th June 2010

Each of these titles follows the usual pattern, with the standard introductory notes and International Philatelic Glossary. Then follow the catalogue pages, 64 for Hong Kong, 65 for Falklands Islands and 173 in the East Africa.
Latest issue dates vary considerably with BAT and Tanzania to January 2009; Hong Kong (despite the publisher’s blurb), to only May 2009; Kenya to July 2009; Falkland Islands and Uganda to November 2009, and South Georgia & South Sandwich Islands to December 2009.
The design indexes in Falkland Islands and Hong Kong have been extended accordingly.
Prices for issues up to 1970 have been taken from the latest “red book” and for later issues have been especially revised for these titles. The editor does not comment on price changes, but as usual the main increases are on rare items and scarce varieties etc.
Some of these since the previous editions; include British East Africa SG5ab, KUT SG167a, BAT SG290a etc. Falkland Islands issues of the last 10-12 years also show some upward trends.

STANLEY GIBBONS GREAT BRITAIN CONCISE STAMP CATALOGUE 2010; (25th Edition). Publ. Stanley Gibbons Publications, 5 Parkside, Christchurch Road, Ringwood, Hants BH24 3SH www.stanleygibbons.com Received 14th June 2010 Paperback: ISBN 978-0-85259-758-3 £29.95
Hardcover: 978-0-85259-794-1 £39.95

This is the catalogue of choice of many GB collectors, and following the success of last year’s restyling, (see Exporter June 2009), this is now produced either as a paperback with “lie-flat” binding, or as an hardcover.
The latest issues to March 2010 are now included, and the Design Index has been updated.
With this edition coinciding with the London 2010 international, the publishers have been particularly keen to update their prices, and to include a range of newly discovered varieties particularly in the modern commemorative issues.
There are some significant editorial changes to make life easier for the collector.
All Specimen and Official stamps are now listed with their respective main issues, and the separate sections at the back for these disappear.
The small format Decimal Machin issues have been pulled out of the main chronological listing (but retaining the existing numbering), and now have their own separate section, which includes an Index, Multi-value Coil Index, Booklet Pane Guide and an Elliptical Perforations Index.
There is an informative and well illustrated article “The Telegraphic Use of Great Britain Postage Stamps” by Andrew Higson and Steve Hiscocks. In 1876 specific Post Office Telegraph stamps were issued, and were used for about five years. These have always been listed in the GB Specialised but are now included in the Concise in a special section with a straight forward but detailed priced listing.
With over 350pp, this still remains excellent value, and really no self-respecting GB collector or dealer should be without it.


STANLEY GIBBONS KING GEORGE V STAMP CATALOGUE Publ. Stanley Gibbons Publications, 5 Parkside, Christchurch Road, Ringwood, Hants BH24 3SH www.stanleygibbons.com Received 14th June 2010 ISBN 978-0-85259-748-4 £39.95

2010 has been a good year for King George V: the Centenary of his accession to the throne, the 75th Anniversary of the 1935 Silver Jubilee issue, and the continuing exhibition celebrating the “collector King” as part of the 2010 Festival of Stamps.
This catalogue is therefore both timely, and unique. It contains the full colour catalogue listings as taken from the “red book” (or Part 1 as the publisher prefers to call it,), including issues or distinctive printings made after the end of the reign, but with some updating of prices, especially for GB varieties and errors.
To add to its appeal, the publishers have reprinted in black and white, the George V listings extracted from the 1937 British Empire Catalogue (itself published in 1936, the year the King died, and the first therefore to include the complete reign). Comparison of the prices is an interesting activity, but probably more so is the study of the expansion of the information provided.
My copy fell open at Kuwait, and here there are now, a review of the early postal history and arrangements; illustrations of the postmarks; a table of cover multipliers; and many overprint and watermark varieties, although there are still just 34 main numbers and 27 Officials.
John Cooper’s series of articles about the Silver Jubilee issue, originally published in GSM in 1991, has been fully revised and updated and appears here, immediately after the omnibus listing, as a specialist ten page article fully illustrated in colour. This takes each printer in turn and details the plates used and the varieties discovered.
Just on 500 pages, this is a limited edition of just 750 numbered hardcover copies, which will no doubt become a collectable catalogue in its own right.
With their data base now well established, and both George V and George VI volumes now successfully published, perhaps SG will consider a catalogue for the King Edward VII issues to coincide with the 110th Anniversary of the first portrait issue of Edward as King by Cayman Islands (and others?) on January 1st 1902.

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SCOTT 2011 STANDARD POSTAGE STAMP CATALOGUE VOLUME 2: COUNTRIES C to F of the WORLD. Scott Publishing Co, 911 Vandemark Road, Sidney, Ohio 45365-0828 USA www.amosadvantage.com Received 20th May 20109 ISBN 978-0-89487-449-9 $79.99 £56-50.

There is whopping total of some 30,000 price alterations in this volume, with some 10,000 of them relating to the China area including Taiwan. Gains vary between 5% and 20% and occasionally higher in the pre-revolution period which is very active, but only about 450 in Taiwan reflect the relative inactivity in this area. For the Peoples Republic there are modest increases in the earlier issues, but some of the se-tenant blocks, of Physical Exercises (for example), break this rule as do the Cultural Revolution era issues. A number of unissued items have been recorded and priced, at some remarkable levels, and more notes have been added.
Other countries showing many price changes include Canada, Chile, Colombia, Ethiopia and French Offices Abroad. These vary and the Editor in his introductory review highlights where and by what magnitude they may be found.
Scott is now listing stamps with different date imprints below the design separately, and this accounts for a number of new items, and some scarce items to check.
Cilicia has been radically updated to include and price the many Inverted and Double overprint varieties in the 1919/20 issues, and in this respect have stolen the march on both Gibbons and Michel.
A further 4 volumes will complete the series, but please note that in order to create a more equal pagination total in each volume the letter breaks will vary from the previous edition. (This volume is about 1500pp).

MICHEL ÜBERSEE-KATALOG Volume 1 part 2, MITTELAMERIKA (CENTRAL AMERICA), 2010 Published by SCHWANEBERGER VERLAG GMBH, Ohmstraße 1, 85716 Unterschleißheim Germany www.michel.de Received 15th May 2010 ISBN 978-3-87858-799-6 €62. £62

The last edition, (see Exporter August 2008), sold out some time ago, and this latest, with the re-designed cover style, includes new issues for these countries, mostly to November or December 2009, but Belize and Nicaragua to July 2009, and Panama only to April 2008. It is still in black and white.
Prices generally show some increases, and the editor particularly mentions the latest Mexican Definitive series. There is a special listing of the long running Mexican Air mail issues to enable collectors to easily locate a particular item.
The Belize 1981 75c unissued item is now listed, (below Rotary International, Mi Block 31), but not priced.
It is still illustrated in black and white, and now stretches to over 900pp, in the new style binding and cover design.





MICHEL EUROPA-KATALOG Volume 1, MITTELEUROPA (CENTRAL EUROPE), 2010 Published by SCHWANEBERGER VERLAG GMBH, Ohmstraße 1, 85716 Unterschleißheim Germany www.michel.de Received 15th May 2010 ISBN 978-3-87858-890-0 €54. £54

This latest edition with the new style cover design, (see Exporter July 2009 for previous edition review), includes new issues into 2010 for all the countries; January for Hungary and Slovakia, February for the Geneva and Vienna UN Offices, and March for the remainder. The chapter for Western Hungary had been fully revised, and rising prices here reflect increased demand from collectors from both Austria and Hungary.
In Switzerland, more quantities have been added for issues up to 2006.
The Czech Republic issues with blank labels attached are now priced separately.
Price increases are noted for other Hungarian interest areas, and also some of the early varieties in Switzerland and Liechtenstein.
The section about Expertisation is included, and also the list of specialists with contact details, and e-mail addresses.

THE COLLECTORS GUIDE (to FDCs): 1924-1970 The Sterling Issues Tony Buckingham, Buckingham Covers, Warren House, Shearway Road, Folkestone CT19 4BF www.buckinghamcovers.com Received 23rd May 2010 No ISBN £5

Despite the title, this 48pp A5 booklet only deals with Great Britain First Day covers for the Commemoratives issued between the 1924 Wembley Exhibition and 1970 Christmas sets, but unusually, and sensibly, also includes the overprinted commemorative issues for Morocco Agencies, Bahrain, Kuwait etc. It also includes the relevant Postal Stationery.
Tony provides illustrations of covers, postmarks etc, and prices as necessary, and since he is selling at these prices (when in stock) it is worth reading carefully.
There are additional notes concerning the issue circumstances and use of FD postmarks, especially valuable when dealing with Forgeries and posthumous items.
It’s well worth reading Tony’s article “Collecting Commemorative Covers,” though this is easily missed, being placed right at the end of the book.
Deadline problems and other items have conspired to make this a rush job, but nevertheless well worth obtaining a copy at this price, in the knowledge that a second edition will be forthcoming, after the volume dealing with the definitive issues has been published.



June 2010

FAKES, FORGERIES, EXPERTS Publ. Postiljone, Købmagergade 2, DK-1150 København K, Denmark www.ffejournal.com ISSN 1604-262X, ISBN 978-87-990127-6-3 £50

It is almost twelve years since the first issue of this respected journal appeared, and Knud Mohr in his Foreword reveals that there have been 469 articles written by some 370 different authors, three of whom, who wrote articles in the first issue, again write articles in this one. There are no less than nine first-time contributors to this volume.
The spread of interest is one of the key factors in the success of this journal, dealing as it does with stamps, postal stationery, postal history, postmarks, and does not shy away from modern fakes and forgeries.
In this issue GB is well catered for with articles about the Blue-paper Victorian high values, the EVII £1 “Lowden” forgeries, Medicine Tax items, and the modern Machin 24p, 2nd (class) forgeries including booklet items.
Further afield are articles about Faroes surcharges, Sicily “Bombas” , Brazil, Norway 1975-forgeries FDCs, Portugal 1926-28 Independence issues, Ecuador 1894 card, Philippines 5c & 10c of 1858-1862, Newfoundland 1933 Balbo items, and Hamburg.
This issue also contains full Subject and Author indexes to all 13 issues, and also a list of AIEP Members with their addresses and specialists.
The web site is well worth a visit since it repeats the Indexes, and provides short illustrated synopsis of the published articles issue by issue.

SCOTT 2011 STANDARD POSTAGE STAMP CATALOGUE VOLUME 1: USA, UN and COUNTRIES A to B of the WORLD. Scott Publishing Co, 911 Vandemark Road, Sidney, Ohio 45365-0828 USA www.amosadvantage.com ISBN 978-0-89487-448-2 $79.99 £56.50

Despite a relatively flat market, there are some 30,000 price changes in this volume, the first of the new 2011 series. Demand for better material and scarce varieties etc. remains high and this is reflected in these items showing increases. However, “demand for the more common material is quite lethargic” and some items show decreases.
The editors have taken the opportunity to look at some of the less volatile countries in depth, and in particular Argentina (4221 changes), Australia and the States (1273), Brazil (4173), Bulgaria (3963) and French Andorra (1085). There are about 4250 price changes in the United States listings, and the editor draws attention to some earlier classics, already adjusting since the USA Specialised was published, (see Exporter January 2010).
The page of Number Changes and Additions indicates a whole host of new varieties now being listed in countries such as USA, Argentina, New South Wales, South Australia, Tasmania, Bahamas, Barbados, Bechuanaland, Belize, Bermuda etc.
Stamps with year dates shown as an imprint below the design are now listed, and priced, individually.
New issues etc, mean that this volume now extends to over 1400 pages, but the price remains as before. Later editions will follow in due course in the 6-volume set, but note that the letter splits in volumes 4, 5 and 6 will be different to those in the 2010 edition.


MICHEL DEUTSCHLAND SPEZIAL 2010 Published by SCHWANEBERGER VERLAG GMBH, Ohmstraße 1, 85716 Unterschleißheim Germany www.michel.de Volume 1 1849 – April 1945 ISBN 978-3-87858-050-8 €72, £72
Volume 2 May 1945 to date ISBN 978-3 87858-051-5 €72, £72

Last year’s edition (see Exporter June 2009) sold out quickly. This year may well follow suit. Now in full colour throughout, both volumes have numerous editorial amendments and updates.
In Volume 1, there has been a complete revision of the German Empire issues from Mi. no. 338, plus Bohemia and Moravia; with updated captions, valuations for upper margin pieces (flat plate/rotary) and lower margin pieces with HAN (job numbers), and better illustrations of plate flaws etc.
In volume 2 the Ulbricht series and registration stamps of GDR have been thoroughly revised. New issues are included up to April 2010 with many new colour illustrations. There are price changes in almost all areas! There are price cuts in the early years of Berlin, FGR and GDR, but there are some drastic price increases for Memel and Sudetenland. There are slighter price increases in many other areas, but with significant increases in specialized collecting areas such as proof prints, varieties, HAN, and rare sub types,
Volume 1 contains classic German stamps from the “Schwarzer Einser” of 1849 to the end of the Second World War: Old German States, North German Confederation and German Empire, Local issues of 1923, Foreign Post Offices, Colonies and ship post abroad, Occupation issues of both Wars, the Plebiscite areas, Belgian military post in the Rhineland; Gdansk, Memel, Bohemia and Moravia, General Government, Sudetenland, field post stamps, local issues, war and propaganda forgeries.
Volume 2 contains modern German stamps from the first issues after the end of the Second World War to the latest stamp issue in April 2010: including the Local issues of 1945, Allied Occupation and Zonal issues, the German Democratic Republic, West Berlin, Saarland, and the Federal Republic of Germany.
There are also survey tables of postal charges, and complete details of the Expertization Rules and Experts. Each volume is available separately.


ARTHUR MAURY: CATALOGUE de COTATIONS de TIMBRES de L’ex-EMPIRE FRANÇAIS d’AFRIQUE Edition 2010-11 Publ. Collections Arthur-Maury, 46/47 Passage des Panoramas, 75002 Paris, France www.arthurmaury.com ISBN 978 2918642-01-5 €34.90 £34

This is the first edition of this title produced by Maury after the union of Dallay and Ceres, and as the title indicates deals with all those former French Colonies in Africa. It is in full colour throughout with detailed and specialised listings including varieties, booklets and panes, Millesimes, and postmark information as well as historical and geographical notes.
It is a substantial paperback of some 986pp, and a real bargain at this price, when compared with the other title in the series dealing with the principalities and polar lands (reviewed in February 2010 Exporter) which only had a “mere” 670pp for the same price.
The original Dallay numbers are used, with the Ceres numbers shown in brackets alongside in red. In addition to the usual unmounted-mint, mint and used prices, many earlier items are priced as singles correctly used on covers. Varieties of all types are well illustrated when necessary.
There is much postmark information, with the French General Colonies issues being priced for each colony for the various early postmarks and cancellations in use. To aid the postal historian, there are numerous tables of both internal, external and UPU Postage Rates. There are useful area maps, which also show the main post office towns. The Morocco local issues are included. There are consolidated priced summaries of the various common designs or omnibus issues.
Of necessity to accommodate the huge amount of information, the font size is often too small for comfort, and the country individual introductory notes and histories are italicised which makes for tedious reading. Nevertheless, recommended; even if you can’t read French.

THE SOUTH AFRICAN STAMP COLOUR CATALOGUE 2010/11 (30th Edition) Publ. Tracinda Publications (Pty) Ltd. PO Box 413 877 Craighall 2024, South Africa. No ISBN. £52.

This is a quality paperback of some 380pp, with specialised listings, and with many price changes since the last edition. The un-named editor in his/her foreword makes several comments regarding the current markets, and future trends, for example; “Modern material across the board especially before 1995 has seen substantial price drops due to massive speculative quantities which overhang the market or previously inflated prices.”
Whilst demand for high-end varieties and rarities continues to inflate those items, the demand for general items, the poor value of the rand in the international currency markets, a continuing poverty of good designs coupled with too many formats “milking” the collector, see many items falling. Apparently only 4000 FDCs are now sold for South Africa, compared with 185,000 when they were at their peak.
The catalogue no longer lists single mint or used items where these are normally produced in bi-lingual pairs or units; has removed “sheets of 10”, maximum cards and privately produced items. Modern South Africa has been partially renumbered. Prices are now quoted without VAT. The used prices reflect the fact that many items are collected CTO rather than postally used.
Prices for the four provinces are untouched, but will be revised in the next edition.
The catalogue encompasses South and South West Africa/Namibia, the enclaves until name changes or independence, and the former Homelands, as well as the Rhodesias.
As well as postage and official stamps, and postage dues, the catalogue also prices FDCs, booklets, and many watermark and plate varieties. The Philatelic Foundation Miniature sheets of South Africa and SWA/Namibia are now listed and illustrated separately.

FARAHBAKHASH CATALOGUE OF 2010: THE STAMPS OF IRAN – QAJAR, PAHLAVI, ISLAMIC REPUBLIC OF IRAN. Publ. F. N. Farahbakhsh, 1399 valie-Assr.Amir Akram, Tehran 11336, Iran ISBN 964-91037-6-7 £21

The latest edition, (see May 2009 Exporter for previous review), of this well established catalogue includes all issues to February 2010. It is bilingual in Farsi and English in a user friendly 2-column format, albeit back to front according to western readers.
The early stamps are well documented with background information, including the Riester and Barre Essays. The extensive middle period with the many overprints is well covered, with some information regarding forgeries and reprints being given. The recent Personal and Advertising issues are included, as are the 1981 Parcel Post stamps. There are several pages listing varieties.
All stamps have the usual basic philatelic information and prices are given, for mint and used, and for sets, in Iranian Rials currency. For most issues after 1959, quantities printed are given when known. All stamp illustrations are in colour but at two-thirds actual size; overprints and surcharges are at actual size. It now extends to 480pp in the larger paperback format, and includes a perforation gauge printed on the inside front cover.

CUSTOMISED STAMP SHEETS of GREAT BRITAIN (2nd Edition) Publ. Ridgewood Publications, Ridgewood, Pine View Close, Haslemere, Surrey GU27 1RT. www.smilers-info.com ISBN 978-0-9555249-1-2 £24.95.

I reviewed the first edition in April 2007, when it came with a CD. This is a paperback in full colour, but with no single sequence of page numbers. This edition has been edited by Graham Howard, dateline Moscow.
The number of sheets illustrated is more than double the first edition, and many new issues have been added. The Chapter headings are: The Smilers Story, Generic Stamp Sheets, Customised Stamp Sheets, Business Customised Stamp Sheets, Themed Sheets and covers, (this section not priced), Commemorative Stamp Sheets, Smilers for Kids Packs, Isle of Man customised Sheets, and Universal Mail Customised Sheets. In addition, there are three Appendices dealing with Smilers Stamps, Publicity and Dealers.
There is a twenty page index at the beginning of the book, which by a combination of colour coding and matching coloured thumb edges throughout the book help the user to locate the required item, providing he knows what he is looking at.

The STANDARD CANADA PRECANCEL CATALOGUE (6th Edition) Publ Unitrade Press, Toronto, Canada M6L 2CF. ISBN 978-1-894763-35-6 $C18.95 £13

Although many pre-cancel catalogues and lists had appeared from as early as 1911, it was in 1947 that H. G. Walburn took over as editor of this title, and it was under him that the present editor James Kraemer worked on the first Unitrade edition dated 1988. That edition was just 52 catalogue pages, but also included Walburn’s informative introduction to pre-cancels, now omitted from this latest edition. The last edition was published in 2004
During the period between, much work has been done, new discoveries have been made, scarcity ratings adjusted, and also prices altered to reflect current market values.
The bar pre-cancels have a section to themselves, followed by the main section which is in alphabetical order of town or city, and then chronologically within that town. Also included in a separate section, and listed by town/city are pre-cancels, which additionally have company perfins.
A major innovation this time is the inclusion of an extensive section detailing known overprint varieties - not the inverted and double overprints which were, and still are listed in the main section - but the many constant varieties in the overprints themselves, such as broken bars and letters.
The whole now extends to 87 catalogue pages, and is spiral wire bound, illustrated in “faded” black and white to show up the overprint.


May 2010

MICHEL HANDBUCH-KATALOG DEUTSCHE FELDPOST 1937-1945 (5th edition) Published by SCHWANEBERGER VERLAG GMBH, Ohmstraße 1, 85716 Unterschleißheim Germany www.michel.de ISBN 978-3-87858-156-7 €69.80. £66.90

This volume details all the Field Post Offices used by Germany during World War two, and also includes the similar items from the Spanish Civil War in 1937-1939. It includes disguised cancels, censors, locals, provisionals, and unofficial issues. The postmarks are well illustrated, followed by cachets, censors items, registered etiquettes, and numerous covers, all in black and white.
As to be expected there are copious notes, so a good reading knowledge of German is essential to get the most out of this title. It is also a catalogue and items in the various sections are priced as covers throughout. In addition to the detailed contents Index, and three maps, there is an extensive Bibliography, also a five language glossary of relevant philatelic terms. The back endpaper has a logistical diagram to indicate the routing of the various types of mail and office.
A fine case-bound hardcover with printed boards, and containing 480pp

MICHEL GROSSBRITANNIEN-SPEZIAL 2009/10 Published by SCHWANEBERGER VERLAG GMBH, Ohmstraße 1, 85716 Unterschleißheim Germany www.michel.de ISBN 978-3-87858-175-8 €69.80. £66.90

The last edition was published in 2003 (see Exporter February 2004) and this edition has been fully revised and expanded, not only to include the myriad of new issues, but by expanding its scope. It now runs to 908pp, over 200 more than that last edition.
I commented last time that there was potentially a very large market for this title in the UK, which would be better tapped by including English translations for some sections, column headings, even the foreword and introductory notes.
Among other material, I noted the early line engraved Alphabet Letters are all illustrated in tabular form; the individual Plate Numbers of the 1840/1 1d blacks and reds are all priced mint, used and on cover, and plate registration dates are given; a range of distinctive Maltese Cross cancels are illustrated; plate varieties of the Edward VII are illustrated; a very wide range of shades for the George V issues are listed and priced; Specimen and Cancelled stamps are priced; the Machin definitive stamps section occupies 140pp; Booklets occupy about 270pp; the Regional issues occupy over 50pp, and Postal Stationery about 80pp.
This is in the familiar (but soon to change) Michel linen-look limp binding. All prices are of course in Euros. Almost all illustrations are in colour, the exceptions being some Queen Victoria stamps, parts of the booklets section, and chunks of the Postal Stationery section.

NEW ZEALAND POSTAL NOTES 1886-1986: A Priced Catalogue 2010. Jack Harwood, 3241 Ringwood Meadow, Sarasota, Florida 34235, USA. e-m: Jharwood2@comcast.net ISBN 978-0-692-00154-7 $45 (+ $4 postage in USA, $13 elsewhere)

The Money Order system was introduced in New Zealand in 1862, but it was not until 1886 that Postal Notes, (known as Postal Orders in many countries), were issued. This volume gives a brief history and background, and then extensive details for all the different notes issued, including British Postal Orders issued in New Zealand.
The author is a noted collector and authority, and has conducted extensive research both in the archives, including the Government Printing Office Postal Note Production Record Book covering c1906-1944, a range of Post Office Guide books and among other collections. Frustratingly, the earlier records are sparse or non-existent, so Jack expects new discoveries and information to surface as a result of this first edition.
There is so little published, that this paperback 130pp volume is a must for any collector of Postal Orders. It is nicely laid out with clear detail, and colour illustrations throughout. The items are priced in US Dollars.
Produced in American Quarto size, unfortunately the gum used for the perfect binding is brittle and cracked when the review copy was opened, with many pages already coming loose. I understand this is being rectified.

The King George VI Collectors Society celebrates its 50th Anniversary this year. As a result of changes in its Officers and some stocktaking, a small stock of the last Study Paper number 15 JAMAICA, written by H. A. H. James, has been discovered. It was a limited edition of only 250 copies.
Published in 1999, this is a substantial 170pp A4 paperback, and deals with all the GVI period issues of stamps and postal stationery. Following a Historical Survey of the Printing Orders, Part 2 deals with the Definitives printed by the two printers, De La Rue and Waterlow. It takes each value in turn, and provides comprehensive details of the various printings, noting differences in papers, gums and shades etc. Separate Appendixes deal with Plate Characteristics, Booklets and Coil stamps. Positional Plate varieties, enlarged, are illustrated in black and white.
Following chapters deal with the Commemoratives and Postal Stationery, and there is a small Miscellanea section which touches on UPU Specimens and Perfins. etc. A bibliography is provided.
ISBN 0-9535075-0-5 £20

Please note that all the Michel catalogues above this point are produced to a new specification, the cover particularly has a much smoother texture, with cleaner text and layout.

MICHEL MÜNZEN-KATALOG DEUTSCHLAND 2010 Publ Schwaneberger Verlag GMBH, Ohmstrasse 1, 85716 Unterschleissheim, Germany. www.michel.de ISBN 978-3-87858-047-8 €19.80

This comprehensive catalogue includes the coins that are or were legal tender in Germany or issued by the German authorities for other countries from the introduction of the Mark in 1871 to the common European currency of the Euro. It includes the States’ issues, the Colonies, Danzig, Saar etc, as well as the pre and post war periods, DDR etc. The Euro coins for Germany and the other countries, that have been legal tender in Germany since 2002, are listed in full.
The issues of the five German mints are listed and priced separately, and also give the quantities minted. There is a detailed introduction including a list of metals and alloys, detailed definitions of the levels of preservation, descriptions of edge inscriptions, specification of diameter, weight and designer, also a numismatic lexicon.
There have been significant price increases in precious metal prices, and this and an active market mean some dramatic increases. Some mentioned by the publisher include the €2 coin “Gracia Patricia” from Monaco, German blister sets “Treaties of Rose” and “10th Anniversary of the European Monetary Union” etc.
The clear layout provides illustrations of all coins, both front and reverse, and details of edge inscriptions. It is now in full colour (i.e. gold, silver or copper) throughout, has a striking bright cerise cover in the new style, and almost 400pp.

MICHEL ÖSTERREICH-SPEZIAL KATALOG 2010 Publ. Schwaneberger Verlag GmBH, Ohmstrasse 1, 85716 Unterschliessheim, Germany www.michel.de Received 5th March 2010 ISBN 978 3-87858-048-5 €52 £49.75

Stamp issues are now included up to February 2010 and to March 2009 for Postal Stationery for Austria; the page extent is now over 630, but the cover price has been maintained.
The publisher confirms that stamp prices are rising, particularly for varieties and Plate flaws which are much in demand for all periods; however the Dalai Lama stamp remains at €6000.
There is detailed information on vending machine stamps, coil stamps, stamp booklets, stamp packages, registered mail stamps, supplement values, judicial stamps, private order stamps, postage due stamps, premium labels, fiscal stamps used for postage, telegraph stamps, fee stamps and newspaper stamps. In addition there are 90pp devoted to postal stationery.
This has the new style cover in orange


MICHEL SCHWEIZ/LIECHTENSTEIN-SPEZIAL KATALOG 2010 Publ. Schwaneberger Verlag GmBH, Ohmstrasse 1, 85716 Unterschliessheim, Germany www.michel.de Received 5th March 2010 ISBN 978 3-87858-049-2 €52 £49.75

The latest edition of this popular title includes new stamp and postal stationery issues up to November 2009 for both Switzerland and Liechtenstein. The overprinted stamps issues for the United Nations; and the Campione issues are also included.
It contains detailed information on forerunner and interim issues, definitives and commemorative stamps, as well as vending machine stamps, booklets, coil stamps, official stamps, railway stamps, “Franco” labels, franchise stamps, postage due stamps, telegraph stamps, hotel mail, military stamps, field post, internee mail.
The catalogue provides specialized information on varieties, plate flaws, type differences, retouching, special franking, proof prints etc.
There are many price increases, particularly for the stamps of Switzerland until 1912 and then recent issues from 2005: and also the issues of Liechtenstein of the last 6 years.
In this country the 2008 400 Year Anniversary of Karl the First, imperforate miniature sheet (Mi Block18b), which was newly listed in the last edition has increased already from €250 to €400.
There are now 618 catalogue pages, in full colour, and which also include indexes, tables of postal rates, details of expertizing services etc. This has the new style cover in orange



MICHEL ÜBERSEE-KATALOG: VOLUME 7: AUSTRALIEN, OZEANIEN, ANTARKTIS 2010. Published by Schwaneberger Verlag GMBH, Ohmstraße 1, 85716 Unterschleißheim Germany www.michel.de Received 5th March 2010
ISBN 978-3-87858-061-4 € 79.00 £75


This volume has been extensively revised since the last edition in 2005. It contains stamps of Australia, New Zealand, the Pacific Ocean (including British, French and American territories), and the South Seas including the Falkland Islands and Antarctic Regions.
There have been many changes and editorial corrections, and with the five year gap, large numbers of price changes mostly upwards, the publisher particularly noting the period from 1990 to date.
Booklets are now included for many countries, and a new overview table for Australian booklets. It includes Dues and Officials (both perfins and overprints, but not the South Australian Departmentals)
It is one of the thickest Michel titles with 1788 catalogue pages, including a full country index for the overseas volumes. As well as the introductory notes and glossary, there are two area maps. Well over 100,000 items are priced, backed up by over 20,000 black and white illustrations. This has the new style cover in purple.



VLASTOS 2010 in 2 volumes sold together (Volume 1 GREECE: Volume 2 POSTAL HISTORY) Publ Orestes Vlastos (Publishers) Ltd, Π ΝΙΡΒАΝА 9, 152 31 XAΛАΝΔΡΙ, Received 15th January 2010 No ISBN visible. £25.99 for the 2 volumes, not sold separately.

2 fine quality larger format paperbacks: Volume one 480pp in full colour, Volume 2 102pp in black and white. Both are bi-lingual in Greek and English throughout, and are accompanied by VLASTOS 2010 TINY a simple diary size volume, listing and pricing sets, with no illustrations at all.
In Volume 1, prices are given for mint and used singles and blocks of four, and used on cover, for the Large Hermes; unmounted prices are included from the Small Hermes. From 1896 prices are only given for mint and unmounted, fine used and used on cover. FDC prices are provided from 1924, but from after the war only unmounted mint, fine used and FDC prices are given. Set prices are also given, showing a discount off the sum of the individual stamps.
Shades and printing varieties on the early issues are well covered, as are imperforates through to the 1930s. These are now only listed with Roman sub-letters. The layout is clear and easy to follow.
In Volume 2 prices are given for the three main types of pre-stamp postmark for each office of use, on cover, and also some variants and Greek POs abroad.
Six types of postmarks are listed and priced for use on single contemporary stamps, for each office until about 1908, also type V used in the New territories from 1912-1916, and Telegraphic postmarks fro a similar period where these were located in post offices.
The is a separate priced section dealing with First Flights from 1916 through to 1997, in chronological order of the flights, including Zeppelins, which give departure and arrival dates as well as the company details.

HERMES 2010: Stamps of Greece 1861-2009, Cyprus 1880-2009 and Postal History Publ. Hermes Philatelic Ltd, 32 Thiras St, 112 52 Athens Received 15th January 2010 ISBN 9060-85681-2-9 €24 £24

This is a hefty 700+ pp paperback, in full colour throughout and an absolute bargain at this price. It is mostly bilingual in Greek and English, apart from occasional notes. It provides a wealth of additional information, including history and background notes; notes on the Large Hermes and later Olympics issues, lists new stamps up to October 2009, provides separate indexes of 1960-1996 varieties, 1972-2009 sheetlets, 1967-2009 booklets, 1978-2009 Miniature sheets, 1962-1998 Exhibition miniature sheets, and Post Office Vending Machine labels.
Free Greece labels, Mount Athos commemorative issues are included, as are the New Territories overprints on Italian issues, French Post Office issues, Thrace, Crete etc.
The Postal history section lists the offices and prices their marks used on contemporary stamps, including the New Territories, Corfu, Crete and Asia Minor.
Cyprus includes all issues to November 2009 Christmas, as well as miniature sheets, booklets and sheetlets.

BALE SPECIALISED CATALOGUE OF ISRAEL POSTAGE STAMPS 1948-2010, 22nd Edition. Publ Chariot Global Marketing Ltd, PO Box 10824 Ramat Gan, Israel www.bale-catalogue.com Received 15th January 2010 ISBN 965-90289-1-1 £75

This is a fine, if somewhat expensive, printed-board case-bound volume of some 288pp, in full colour throughout: however a new edition is not anticipated for several years. Careful reading of the notes regarding prices is recommended, and in the absence of any statement to the contrary I assume that these are still given in US$, as in earlier editions.
Chapters deal with the Interim Period, which includes JNF overprinted issues, Local stamps, interim postmarks and postal rates.
The Definitive Specialized chapter follows, which treats each issue in turn. This is pretty exhaustive and includes tabbing, perforations, papers, provides details of Serial Numbers, varieties including the imperforate between items, imperforate to the margin tab in all positions, plate blocks, etc.
Next, the chapter dealing with all Israel issues including the Definitives again in simplified form and the commemoratives, followed by a chapter on Sheets, and another on Machine Vended Labels.
There is an introductory chapter on Postal Stationery but the listings for these are carried on to the web site. The International Reply Coupons have extensive notes.
Finally there are sections of Postal Rates, including a “summery” (sic) and then more detailed tables, with destination specifics which are priced for plain or tabbed frankings.




April 2010
BENELUX: STANLEY GIBBONS STAMP CATALOGUE Part 4; 6th Edition. Publ. Stanley Gibbons Publications, 5 Parkside, Christchurch Road, Ringwood, Hants BH24 3SH www.stanleygibbons.com Received 27th January 2010 ISBN 978-0-85259-753-8 £39.95

Now with 389 catalogue pages in the larger “Concise” format, and with most illustrations for issues after 1910 in colour, this latest edition includes issues to October 2009 for Belgium; August 2009 for Aruba and Netherlands Antilles, but only to May 2009 for Luxembourg and Netherlands: (see Exporter September 2003 for review of 5th Edition).
There are new Design Indexes for Netherlands, and Netherlands Antilles, and that for Belgium has been updated. The Netherlands Provincials issued in 2002 in connection with the Amphilex 2002 International Exhibition are included and priced in their own section.
Since the last edition, prices have of course been revised for all the territories, but the Belgian Congo and Ruanda Urundi, which remain popular with collectors, show some very significant increases.
In Belgian Congo, some Perf. 15 varieties have been added to the 1910 and 1915 issues, and priced. In fact, apart from new issues, the only new varieties added to the previous listings, are in those two countries. Have there really been no new discoveries worthy of catalogue status, for any of the main countries in the last seven years?
The latest set of Guidelines to SG catalogues, and the International Philatelic Glossary are also included.

STANLEY GIBBONS COMMONWEALTH STAMP CATALOGUE: BRUNEI, MALAYSIA & SINGAPORE (3rd Edition). Publ. Stanley Gibbons Publications, 5 Parkside, Christchurch Road, Ringwood, Hants BH24 3SH www.stanleygibbons.com Received 15th January 2010 ISBN 978-0-85259-734-7 £22.50

Although this is the third edition, (the last was in 2004), it is only the first time I have had a copy for review. As with the other Commonwealth Sectionals, (are they going to number them?), the QV to 1970 detail has been extracted unaltered from the recent “Red Book,” but the later QE issues have been re-priced and extended in this volume.
There are 220 catalogue pages in full colour, in the “Concise” two-column format printed on non-glare paper.
The latest issues are February 2009 for Brunei, May 2009 for Malaysia, and August 2009 for Singapore.
Varieties added in various “red books” are consolidated here, and this includes the notes and listings of the thin striated papers used for some BMA issues overprinted on Straits Settlements issues and, also occasional Malay States values.
The publishers’ illustrations of varieties, often showing the relevant section of the design enlarged, have improved over the years, but there are still some where illustrations are required.
One area where SG scores over other publishers, are the listing and pricing of fore-runners such as Siam and Federated Malay States stamps with Kedah or Kelantan postmarks, and Malacca, Penang and Singapore numeral cancellations on Indian stamps.
The revised introductory notes are included, and also the multi-lingual Philatelic “Glossary;” (actually a Dictionary since meanings are not explained).


STANLEY GIBBONS KING GEORGE VI STAMP CATALOGUE 8th edition Publ. Stanley Gibbons Publications, 5 Parkside, Christchurch Road, Ringwood, Hants BH24 3SH www.stanleygibbons.com Received 28th January 2010 ISBN 978-0-85259-739-2 £34.95

This volume was one of the titles reviewed by me during the first few months after I started reviewing books for the Exporter (see Exporter April 2001) and indeed one of the first catalogues I owned as a schoolboy collector back in the 1950s.
The latest edition has been reformatted into the larger “Concise” size, and is now in full colour on non-glare stock. Prices are taken from the latest “Red Book,” and compared with the 2001 prices throw up some startling price increases during the period. It is worth noting that there are some sixty-five varieties now listed and illustrated, which were not in the 2001 edition. Many of the illustrations of these show enlarged sections of the relevant stamps, and the use of arrows greatly assists the collector.
SG seems to have rationalized the policy for carrying forward GV period stamps. For example the two shilling and three shilling Arms issues of Bahamas, and the Bermuda halfpenny, sixpence, and one shilling and sixpence values which continued in use well into the reign of GVI and were never replaced by GVI portrait designs are listed before the Coronation issue in those countries. The full sets currently in use at the beginning of the reign of the independent States (Indian and Malaya), and other territories such as Maldives, Palestine, Sudan etc. are fully listed, and the GVI collector then has all the information needed to decide what to collect.
Similarly the New Zealand 1936-1942 and South Africa 1930-45 unhyphenated and 1933-48 hyphenated sets are fully listed, however the Newfoundland 1932-38 pictorials seem to be the exception, with the new 48c issued in 1938 SG228c being notable for its absence.
This year marks the 50th Anniversary of the King George the Sixth Collectors’ Society and tribute is paid to Richard Lockyer, OBE, immediate Past President, who has contributed information about many of the new varieties in this volume. A special closed meeting of that Society took place at the RPSL on February 27th, when some six-hundred pages of material from the Royal Philatelic Collection were on display.

SCOTT 2010 CLASSIC SPECIALIZED CATALOGUE of STAMPS & COVERS 1840-1940 Publ. Scott Publishing Co., 911 Vandemark Road, Sidney, Ohio 45365-0828, USA www.amosadvantage.com Received 20th January 2010 ISBN 0-89487-447-5 $129.99 £87.50

The last edition won a gold medal at the APS Annual Stamp Show in 2009. This edition has some major editorial enhancements, exemplified by the requirement for no less than three pages of 6-column listings for new numbers.
Many new British stamps used abroad have been included for Gibraltar, Haiti, Hong Kong, Ionian Islands, Lagos, Macao, Mexico, Nicaragua, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela.
French Parcel Post stamps are now included and the 159 major numbers take up two pages; and there are almost 800 new minor varieties in the various French Colonies, as well as thousands of unmounted mint prices in this area as well.
There are some 240 new minor listings in Cilicia, 123 in Fiume and another 40 in Memel.
In the Indian States, Scott becomes the first major publisher to list the rare issues of Kotah and Tonk. Belgian Congo and Ruanda-Urundi have also been revised. 25 Postal fiscals have been added in Russia, and Thrace has 8 new major numbers and no less than 140 minor lettered varieties.
Significant price reviews have been undertaken, with many new prices for unmounted mint in Hungary, Italy, in addition to the French Colonies already mentioned. Nearly all the Trident overprinted values of Ukraine have been re-priced. A further 15 countries now have listings and prices for on-cover usage including Chad, and other French African Colonies, Ethiopia, Crete, Greenland, Memel, and Vatican City.
A fine hardcover, bound in blue leatherette, with over 1250 catalogue pages.



211 DAYS IN SPACE: ANATOLI N. BEREZOVOY; THE DIARY, MAIL AND HISTORY. Dr Silvia Vaccari, Publ Vaccari, Via M Buonarroti 46, 41058 Vignola (Modena) Italy www.vaccari.it Received December 2009 ISBN 978-88-96381-05-2 €15

The adventures of Man's pursuit of flight and the Conquest of Space have always aroused great fascination in men's minds. Forty years after the first steps on the Moon, men still have an intense bond with Earth and the extracts from the diary of the commander of Elbrus mission, Anatoli Berezovoy support this.
Berezovoy was commander of the Elbrus mission on board the Orbital Space Station Salyut-7 from 13 May to 10 December 1982, and spent 211 days in Space. His diary is an intimate and fascinating account of his experience; shows the real human side of living in Space. He describes the sadness of the solitude and the distance from one's family; the weight of daily tasks and the worry over health problems: even a bitter description of the difficulties of surviving the breakdown of equipment on board and the misunderstandings with his flight companion and with those responsible for links between the Earth and the station.
Letters are important, and in several pages Anatoli expresses the joy he feels upon the arrival of the supply ships and the subsequent opening of the bags containing newspapers, magazines and mail. He lingers on the preparation of the philatelic material, letters, postcards and documents to be carried back to Earth.
The Diary itself was sold by private treaty late last year for an undisclosed sum. This 54pp A4 booklet, which summarises the events, and reviews the diary including extracts etc, is nicely produced in full colour. It includes a Biography and Bibliography. English or Italian editions are available, and the review copy came with a strip of the 1983 issue celebrating the 211 days in space.

MICHEL EUROKURSMÜNZEN-KATALOG 2010 Published by SCHWANEBERGER VERLAG GMBH, Ohmstraße 1, 85716 Unterschleißheim Germany www.michel.de Received 1st February 2010 ISBN 978-3-87858-046-1 €6.90.

This annual publication now lists all the Euro coins up to end of 2009, plus some already announced Year packs for 2010. The format remains as before with the coins listed by value within which each year’s issue, and are priced in three grades of condition. Quantities minted are also given. German coins are listed for each of the five mints.
There are some significant price increases, especially for the 2 Euro commemorative coins because of high collector demand.
Another increase in page extent to 208pp, but the publisher has maintained the cover price for a third year in succession.


I am grateful to Vera Trinder Ltd, who provided my review copies of the following 4 titles.

NORGESKATALOGEN 2010 (catalogue of the Postage Stamps of Norway) 62nd Edition Publ Oslo Filatelistklubb, Frydenlundgate 14, NO 0169 Oslo, Norway www.oslofilatelistklubb.no Received 15th January 2010 ISBN 978-82-997618-2-6 N.Kr 375 £45

It is almost nine years since I had a copy of this title to review (see Exporter August 2001), and this latest edition includes all issues to November 2009. It is a full-colour quality paperback of some 468pp. There is a new Thematic Index, and the Cover table now includes the 1855-1909 period.
Many of the prose notes in the catalogue are bi-lingual with English, including the Foreword and the extensive Introductory Notes, (which include Printing Processes, Postmarks, Forgeries, etc.). There are articles dealing with the “Posthorns” from 1892 and stamp production at Knudsens to 1937; another when the contract was switched to Moestue in 1937 and the issues through to 1974; the stamp production at the Bank of Norway from 1962 to 2000, and also paper types from the 1990s.
There are also two long bi-lingual articles dealing with Forged postmarks on 1938-1985 issue; the Postmarks of 1845 -1855, then a third, in Norwegian only, dealing with the “Posthorn og Løve dyptrykk 1937 issue when the Photogravure process was introduced for printing Norwegian stamps, by Peer-Christian Ånensen.
There is an extensive Norwegian/English/German vocabulary which helps make the catalogue listings themselves easily available to the non-Norwegian reader.
Unusually, the prices listed are for “sale/exchange of single stamps between collectors.” Bulk prices or poorer condition items will be less; over the dealer’s counter, higher. The editors note increases for desirable items, but a slack, even falling demand, for general material except for modern used material, and classic FDCs. Recently a large influx of Skilling-franked covers indicates a buyer’s market for these items until they become absorbed.
Finally there are Tables of Postal Rates and a list of Philatelic Societies in Norway.

FISCHER KATALOG POLSKICH ZNAKÓW POCZTOWYCH 2010 (15th Edition) VOL 1 Publ Firma Handlowa-Usługoawa Andrzej Fischer, 41-902 Bytom, Rynek 11, Poland www.fischer.pl Received 15th January 2010 ISBN 83-88352-17-2 47zt, £16.25

This is the first time I have seen this title, even though it is the 15th edition. It is a 448pp paperback, with additional advertisements, in full colour and nicely produced, printed with a sans serif font on white non-glare stock.
The introduction and other notes are also translated into English and German, and there is a table of abbreviations with the explanations translated, (which also has French equivalents).
As well as the stamps to November 2009, it includes FDCs, miniature sheets, booklets, stamps on cover, officials, postage dues, etc. The lists are expanded to include perforation, paper, and watermark varieties; forgeries, imperforate issues, gutter pairs, tête-bêche issues, proofs, major colour and other errors.
Of particular interest to specialists will be the priced list of Polish Numeral cancellations found on Russian 1860 issues stamps, and also illustrations of Austrian and Prussian issues used on covers from towns now in Poland. There follows a detailed section identifying the various 1919 overprints including both overprint and plate varieties and later a similar treatment of the 1944/5 overprints. Plate varieties throughout the book are usually illustrated enlarged in a magnifier motif to aid identification.
Throughout the volume there are yellow background blocks of notes below each issue with additional information.
An extensive 35pp text section in Polish only, provides much additional information about the stamp’s subject, particularly people. Further sections provide details of Postal Rates, Cross-reference to Michel numbers and details of philatelic dealers in Poland.

CHINESE STAMP CATALOGUE ILLUSTRATED IN COLOURS 2010 Publ. Japan Philatelic Society Foundations, Mejiro 1-4-23, Toshima-Ku, Tokyo 171-0031, Japan http://yushu.or.jp Received 15th January 2009 ISBN 978-4-88963-714-4 Ɏ2000E £22.75

This deals only with the stamps of the Peoples’ Republic, in a handy pocket size paperback of some 338pp, and includes all the issues from October 1949 to October 2009, illustrated in full colour at half size. The post hand-back issues of Hong Kong and Macau are also included.
This is produced for Japanese collectors but the stamp titles throughout are also in English. It provides prices, in Yen, for mint and used (but note “used” here, means “cancelled to order”), and for FDCs.
Some tables of Postal Rates are also provided.

The AUSTRALIAN COLONIES STAMP CATALOGUE 2nd Edition Publ Seven Seas Stamps Pty. Ltd. 5/7 Clearview Place, Brookvale, NSW 2100 Australia www.sevenseas.co.au Received 15th January 2010 ISBN 0-9591933-3-2 £10

This handy A5 booklet is a useful first guide to the stamps of the pre-federation States. There is an informative introduction dealing with the early postal history of the individual colonies; then two pages illustrate all the watermarks.
Each State is dealt with on a simplified basis, but includes distinct colour differences, coloured papers, different colour overprints for the Officials. Postage Dues and Postal Fiscals are also included. Useful notes below each issue flesh out the basic information as necessary.
For only 37 catalogue pages it is a bit pricey, even allowing for the full colour printing throughout.


March 2010
SICILIA 1859: Comparative Plates of Stamps Paolo Vaccari. Publ Vaccari s.r.l. Via M Buonarroti 46, 41058 Vignola (Modena) Italy www.vaccari.it Received November 2009 ISBN 978-88-96381-01-4 €140

Many collectors recognise the distinctive portrait of King Ferdinand II, and the even more idiosyncratic deferential cancellations, known popularly as “horseshoes” but, looking more like the frame of a decorative mirror, found on the stamps of Sicily.
Some will know him as King Bomba, a nickname given to him when the shelling of Messina continued for hours after the rebels had surrendered, in 1848.
It is just over 150 years since these distinctive stamps were issued, and 105 years since the milestone of Emilio Dienna’s great treatise on them was published in 1904, copies of which are like the proverbial hen’s teeth. Even the later 1969 reprint, and Enzo Dienna’s 1989 Italian version are difficult to find, and little more in detail has been published in the interim, a tribute in fact to the great philatelic expertise of Emilio and the quality of the original research and publication.
This exceptional volume and its folio of colour plates, now brings the study of these stamps into the 21st Century with superb stochastic colour printing, and analysis of the plate varieties and characteristics for each of the now fifteen plates, (the original only dealt with thirteen), used to produce the seven values. The folio contains the fifteen plates showing a complete sheet on each.
The extensive introductory pages to the book provide a Preface, Presentation details, historical and design details, before going on to deal with each plate individually. Nearly eighty pages are then given over to a detailed analysis of each plate, which are each treated in four blocks of twenty-five impressions, with many additional individual illustrations of the plating flaws and characteristics. The major plating flaws’ details are then listed, and the sheet positions where they may be found. There are additional notes on the printing and colour variations as appropriate.
There is a small bibliography, which by its nature shows how limited are the resources for the collector wishing to study these issues.
The two volumes are housed in a fine printed slip case, and are available in English or Italian editions.

ABERDEEN PHILATELIC SOCIETY 1910-2010: A History of Philately in Northeast Scotland. Jeffrey Stone, Publ Aberdeen PS. Received 5th December 2009 ISBN 978-0-9509891-1-2 £12 (+ £1.50 p&p).

At the height of its popularity in the 1950s, over 300 collectors were members of this society: now there are only about half this in total for the 4 societies in the whole of the Grampian area: a situation, which is probably true of most societies and areas, so it is important to record a Society’s history, especially when reaching the centenary milestone.
This informative volume of nineteen chapters covers such topics as places to meet and the agenda for meetings, the library, the exchange packet, auctions, membership, the achievements of its members on the national scale and the participation of the Society in the wider philatelic scene in Scotland.
It also records the names of all those members who have held official offices in the Society: Presidents and Vice-Presidents, Secretaries, Treasurers and Packet Secretaries of course, but also the less often recorded: Auctioneers, Publicity, Library, Archives and Newsletter Editors etc. The Permanent Exhibitions Supervisor disappeared in 1983, the Junior Superintendent even earlier in 1972.
This 165pp paperback includes numerous illustrations of people, events, programmes and other ephemera, many of them in colour, made possible by financial support from the British Philatelic Trust, and Awards for All Scotland.

SCOTT CATALOGUE of ERRORS on U.S. POSTAGE STAMPS (15th Edition). Edit. Stephan R. Datz. Publ. Scott Publishing Co, 911 Vandemark Road, Sidney, Ohio 45365-0828 USA www.amosadvantage.com Received 1st December 2009 ISBN 978-0-89487-459-8 $49.99

It is three years since the last edition was published (see Exporter February 2006), and this edition sees some important changes and updates.
The Imperforates section is mainly as before, but there is now a separate section for Error-Like imperforates, in which are now found items such as imperforate plate proofs, and clandestine issues not sold over the Post Office counter and the like.
The other main sections are Colour-Omissions, for which the latest entry is the August 2008 un-denominated Bell pane from the Forever Booklet, and which also includes Postal Stationery: Inverted Centres which also includes Revenues; and Printers’ Waste.
There are more than 100 new listings, including some older items going back to the 1912 7c Washington irregular imperforate block salvaged from the printer’s waste.
The prices have been revised in the light of recent market and auction realizations, and further information is provided via footnotes to many items concerning condition and provenance of certain items. Prices are also given for blocks or usage on cover, where appropriate.
Commenting on prices, the editor notes that modern errors have fallen away slightly, probably due to the present financial climate, but that the classic key items continue to soar ahead, especially for those copies in top-grade condition.
This is a good quality 218pp paperback, in full colour throughout, if a bit expensive.



MICHEL INTERNATIONALES TASCHENBUCH DER POSTGEBÜHREN (Pocket Book of Postage Rates) Published by SCHWANEBERGER VERLAG GMBH, Ohmstraße 1, 85716 Unterschleißheim Germany www.michel.de Received 2nd December 2009 ISBN 978-3-87858-177-2 €19.80
This handy pocket size volume includes the popular German collecting areas beginning with German Empire and also mail to France, Great Britain, Austria, Switzerland and United States.
It includes postage rates for covers, printed matter, postcards and the more popular, ad-on services such as registered letters, express mail, registered letters with return receipt and late fees for delay.
The rates for local service, for national long distance service and for international service are noted for each country in similar order: letters, printed matter, postcards and then the additional services.
The listings are in chronological order within each category, beginning from the date the service was first offered. International fees are listed from the date the individual country entered the Universal Postal Union.
Newcomers in collecting covers will find this a handy first guide, while advanced collectors of letters will have a quick reference to postage rate periods and dates of change.
There is a small bibliography.




MICHEL JUNIOR-KATALOG 2010: Der Kleine Deutschland-Katalogu in Farbe) Published by SCHWANEBERGER VERLAG GMBH, Ohmstraße 1, 85716 Unterschleißheim Germany www.michel.de Received 2nd December 2009 ISBN 978-3-87858-843-6 €9.95. £9.50
The latest edition follows the revised format of the previous edition, but has some additional information to assist collectors. The addition of stamp sizes will enable the correct mount to be selected. There are now three summaries for year sets of GDR, Berlin and FRG with catalogue price sums and an additional price column based on dealers offers for complete year sets. There are also summary tables of the modern definitive sets to enable quick location and pricing.
The editor comments that there have been numerous “and sometime high price changes.” This is expecially true for the highly-active market for Plebiscite Zones, Gdansk, and Memel, but there are also inescapable price reductions for post-war issues from 1949 to 1955.
It contains classic States and modern German stamps from 1849 to November 2009, German Empire:- Foreign POs, Colonies, Occupation issues of both wars, Plebiscite areas with Saar, Gdansk, Memel, Bohemia and Moravia, General Government, Sudetenland, also Field Post Stamps, Local issues, and Allied Occupation Zonal issues.

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I have included a sample page, downloaded from Michel’s blurb, which might make a change from just the covers.


STANLEY GIBBONS COMMONWEALTH SIMPLIFIED STAMP CATALOGUE 2010 Edition Publ. Stanley Gibbons Publications, 5 Parkside, Christchurch Road, Ringwood, Hants BH24 3SH www.stanleygibbons.com Received 15th January 2010 ISBN 978-0-85259-743-9 £55.95

Apart from the SG GB Concise, this is probably the one single catalogue most suitable to grace the library shelves of a local society, covering as it does the most popular collecting areas. The latest issues included are usually for 2008, but sometimes into 2009, for the majority of issuing countries. Even at a club discounted price, it is not cheap, but on past evidence will have shelf life of several years; (the last edition was published in early 2007).
It contains all the Commonwealth issues as listed in the recent Stamps of the World catalogues, (see Exporter Dec 2009). The publishers advise that almost one third of the items listed in the previous edition have been re-priced, and there are now almost 26,000 full colour illustrations. Descriptions have also been enhanced to make the volume more useful to thematic collectors.
The catalogue order has been reorganised, so that the Territories and States, (Indian and Malayan), are listed within their main country listings, albeit it that this still produces a few annoying anomalies such as New Guinea and Papua after Australia, and Papua New Guinea in its correct alphabetical position.
As with the SoW, the newly revised Introductory Notes, multi-language Glossary (they mean Dictionary), and the new How to Identify Stamps sections are all included at the front in a 40pp section before the main catalogue, which itself now occupies almost 1300pp. The Contents list is on page “v” and there is a volume index to the full Stamps of the World catalogue at the end.
I was pleased to see that the full list of sectionals is now included, though this is immediately rendered out of date by the arrival in the same parcel of the new 4th edition of the Brunei, Malaysia and Singapore catalogue, (which I will review next time).


THE DIRECTORY: INTERNATIONAL STAMP TRADERS’ DIRECTORY & HANDBOOK 1st edition 2010 Publ. Stanley Gibbons Publications, 5 Parkside, Christchurch Road, Ringwood, Hants BH24 3SH www.stanleygibbons.com Received 15th January 2010 ISBN 978-0-85259-729-3 £9.95.

This claims to be the first edition, but Graham Phillips, Editor of the Exporter, mentions the 1996 edition in his Foreword, though not then published by SG. There is of course the annual IFSDA Handbook of Dealer Associations and their members: that is ordered by the country of the Association and lists all paid-up members of that individual Association irrespective of their location.
This volume is presented differently, so that the dealers are presented by their area of location, which are divided as follows: Africa; Asia & Middle East; Australia & New Zealand; Canada; Europe; Latin America; UK, and finally USA. Most areas are also divided between Dealers and Auctioneers.
There are indexes by Company Name; Specialists in Postal History; Retailers; Thematics, and Accessories/Publications. There is also a list of Societies and Associations, mainly specialist or national groups.
In total there are some 1200 stamp dealers listed, but this is really a small proportion of the total numbers who trade around the world, and presumably entry is left to the dealer to make his presence known. Many dealers, who have done this, have taken additional space to expand on their Specialities and background in order to give the reader a better idea of what they can offer, rather than just being a name in a Handbook.
It’s useful, but there is plenty of scope for expansion both in numbers of dealers and in the width of coverage, especially when compared to the information already on the internet.

My review copies of Malta, Canada and Jury’s New Zealand were kindly provided by Vera Trinder Ltd.

The JB CATALOGUE of MALTA STAMPS & POSTAL HISTORY 2010 (20th Edition) Publ. Sliema Stamp Shop, 91 Manwel Dimech St, Sliema, Malta SLM2005 www.sliemastampshop.com.mt Received 12th November 2009 No ISBN. €16, £15

This catalogue is of course the price list of the island’s major stamp shop. All stamps and miniature sheets issued to September 2009 are included. Prices are for lightly mounted mint to GV, unmounted mint for GVI and QE, and for fine used throughout.
All the major collectable items are included: Year Packs, FDCs, Sheetlets of 10, Postal and Maximum Cards, GB stamps used in Malta, Village Postmarks (though this section has been omitted from the contents page), Special Hand-stamp cancellations, Specimen Stamps, major varieties
Comparison with the last edition (see Exporter March 2008) reveals that many mint prices and some used have been reduced; probably more to do with the strong Euro, than any reduction in demand in the market. By comparison, however, many modern FDCs go up in price.
Major varieties, especially for Queen Victoria to King George the Fifth items such as Double Overprints and Watermark varieties show significant, even spectacular increases.
Since the first inclusion of the Malta Revenue stamps in the last edition, there has clearly been a lot of interest in these issues. There are major price changes, both up and down.
The Postal Stationery sections, particularly the Queen Victoria items also show price changes. However the sections for First Flights, Zeppelins, Balloon flights, Disinfected mail, Village postmarks, Postman’s Hand-stamps all seem unaltered.
This good quality paperback of 244pp in full colour throughout, is an essential volume for serious collectors of this island, and well worth the cover price.

The UNITRADE SPECIALIZED CATALOGUE OF CANADIAN STAMPS 2010 Publ Unitrade, Toronto, Canada M6L 2CF. Received 12th November 2009 ISBN 978-1-894763-34-9 $C42.95 £25

My last review of this title was for the 2006 edition (Exporter December 2005), so it is not surprising that this has been expanded by some 65pp to accommodate new issues until July 2009, plus some new sections.
The Introduction has been expanded, particularly in the items relating to Grading, Tagging, Pre-cancels, and Errors & Freaks. All users are recommended to read this Introduction before using the catalogue.
New sections include UN stamps with Canadian currency, Uncut Press Sheets, and Special Event Covers. There is now a Topical Listing in summary form, which is “work in progress” and eventually will become a Design Index. There is also a Definitive Stamp Identifier, enabling the user to find the particular definitive set more easily by its Scott numbers.
Although the editor comments that prices have generally remained static, it is clear that the demand for top grade early and classic material, especially in very fine lightly mounted condition is continuing with many of these being marked upwards. The same comment applies to varieties, and also Proof material. In this respect, many new illustrations of listed varieties are now included, making these easier to identify.
All the Provinces are included, as are the sections devoted to Four and Two-Ring Cancels, and Squared Circle Postmarks. There is a 25pp section dealing with Canadian, and a small section for Newfoundland Postal Stationery. Reply Coupons are also included. Canada Post Souvenir items, Annual Collections, Thematic Collections occupy several pages.
Page edges show the date ranges or products making location easier, and a new and very useful innovation, is the bottom edge basic postage rate designation – “48ȼ/65ȼ/$1.25 era (2002-2003) (for example).
A substantial wire-coil bound quality paperback in large format, in full colour throughout. Recommended.


LEN JURY CATALOGUE OF NEW ZEALAND STAMPS 2010 (40th Anniv edition). Publ Len Jury, Box 4400, Auckland 1140, NZ www.lenjury.com Received December 2009 ISBN 941-6421-13026-3 £6
A.C.S. NEW ZEALAND STAMPS 2010 (33rd Edition). Publ. Auckland City Stamps, David Holmes Stamp Dealer, PO Box 27646, Auckland 1440, NZ. www.aucklandcitystamps.co.nz received January 2010, ISBN 941-6973-19980-0 $NZ10 £5

These two publications arrived more or less at the same time and are very similar in format, both being A5 booklets with 96pp and 100pp respectively. Both are full colour throughout and are the respective dealer’s price list when published.
Price comparisons are difficult especially for the early stamps through to GV, since condition parameters vary, and so to, do the add-on premiums for well-centred copies. Both catalogues are simplified listings only with no acknowledgement to different perforations, watermarks, dies and plates etc.
It is no part of this reviewer’s function to recommend one dealer over another: my review of comparative prices over a wide range of issues from GVI onwards, showed variances up and down on both sides, even for different conditions, (UM or FU), of the same set.
Both dealers give discounts for ordering above a certain total cost, and Len Jury offers a monthly prize draw, as well as a one off annual draw for all orders, the prize being a 1996 Teddy Bear UM.
The layouts inside follow similar patterns with officials listed after the appropriate postage issues, which also show miniature sheets and FDC prices; however the ACS prefers to list the Health and Xmas issues in separate dedicated sections.
Both catalogues include Ross Dependency.

Feb 2010.
ITALY & SWITZERLAND: (STANLEY GIBBONS STAMP CATALOGUE Part 8); 7th Edition. Publ. Stanley Gibbons Publications, 5 Parkside, Christchurch Road, Ringwood, Hants BH24 3SH www.stanleygibbons.com Received 2nd December 2009 ISBN 978-0-85259-718-7 £42.50.

Almost six years to the day since the last edition, this latest is now in the larger “Concise” format, which actually means a slight reduction in the page extent, now at 475pp. Issues for Italy and Liechtenstein are included up to June 2009; San Marino, Switzerland, UN Geneva office and Vatican City to May 2009.
New design indexes are now included for Liechtenstein and San Marino, and those for Italy and Switzerland have been revised and extended for the new format.
Italian States, Colonies to independence, Post Offices and other interest areas, such as Fiume, Trieste etc, are covered extensively.
With such a long gap between editions, it is not surprising that some 90% of the prices have been revised since the last edition, and there are now almost 5000 illustrations, mostly in colour, but the 19th Century issues are still mainly in black and white.
The latest five-language “Glossary” is included, though in fact it is a Dictionary, since no explanations are given. Rather foolishly the full page tear out questionnaire is printed on the verso of the last page of the Vatican City listings, though a copy can be obtained via e-mail on request.
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COLLECT BRITISH STAMPS 2010 (61st edition); Publ. Stanley Gibbons Publications, 5 Parkside, Christchurch Road, Ringwood, Hants BH24 3SH www.stanleygibbons.com Received 2nd December 2009 ISBN 978-0-85259-736-1 £12.95

The latest edition has been completely re-set, and is now published in the larger “Concise” format. This change actually means a slight reduction in page extent, now 194pp plus the introductory sections, but a £3 increase in cover price. Still good value at this price
It includes the latest November Christmas 2009 issue.
The Commemorative Design Index (still split between £sd and £p issues), has been updated and revised for the new format, and sensibly appears at the beginning of the book.
The introductory section has been revised and now includes advice on how to build a collection and look after it, how to understand catalogue pricing, and what may make a stamp valuable, and how to follow SG numbering system and catalogue layout.
It also contains a useful introductory article on the Machins, including design and technical changes, the latest measures taken to prevent forgery and re-use of un-cancelled stamps.
Jennifer Flippance, the Project Officer for the London 2010 Festival of Stamps has contributed an article detailing the thinking behind this year-long event, and the particular events taking place as part of it.
Although this is a basic catalogue, it does cater for watermark and perforation differences, as well as listing the visible plate number different QV issues. It does include Postage Dues and Officials, as well as Regional issues. It also prices Presentation Packs, First Day Covers and PHQ Cards, and additionally the Year Packs, Year Books and Miniature Sheet Collections. Gutter pairs and Traffic light gutter pairs are priced where collectable. Prices appear to remain in line with the basic issues in the “red book,” or the “Concise.”
Nine Philatelic Numismatic and Medallic covers were issued in 2009 (2 more than in 2008), and the minimum price for any item in that section going back to 1993 is still £20!!
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COLLECTING BRITISH FIRST DAY COVERS 2010: 29th edition. A. G. Bradbury, 3 Link Road, Stoneygate, Leicester LE2 3RA www.bfdc.co.uk Received 8th December 2009 ISBN 978-95407-10-8-0 £14.75

Subtitled “the complete guide to the variety of first day covers and postmarks available for each Royal Mail stamp issue,” this latest issue includes the stamps to October 2009. Naturally the major section deals with the Commemoratives and Special issues, but the Definitives section is equally as complete with sub-sections for booklet panes, coils, Regionals, Postage Dues etc. etc.
Not all the variations of postmarks/covers can be illustrated in the book, but these can be seen, and down-loaded at the publisher’s web site www.bfdc.co.uk/postmarks, which is fully searchable. However the lists themselves remain fully comprehensive with the prices given in two columns, (plain or illustrated covers for earlier items, ordinary or official/sponsored covers from 1967.) Phosphor and non-phosphor prices are also given side by side.
The publisher, though not a retail dealer tries to indicate realistic prices for all the latest commemorative issues, including various price ranges as appropriate. A quality paperback, now with 260pp, and excellent value at the same cover price as the previous edition.
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MICHEL FAR EAST CATALOGUE Part 9, Volume 2: 2010 (Japan, Korea, Mongolia etc.) Published by SCHWANEBERGER VERLAG GMBH, Ohmstraße 1, 85716 Unterschleißheim Germany www.michel.de Received 2nd December 2009 ISBN 978-3-87858-795-8€52. £49.75
Set of 2 volumes 1 & 2 £85.00

Volume 2 has been extended by the inclusion of the former Russian Republics which are located in this region, namely: - Armenia, Azerbaijan, Nogorno-Karabakh, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kirgisia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan.
In addition the pricing for South Korean FDCs now goes back to 1967. More booklets are also included.
Japan issues are listed to September 2009 (and include extensive listings of the WWII Japanese Occupation issues of South East Asia), North Korea and Uzbekistan issues to August 2009, Armenia to July 2009, Azerbaijan to June 2009, South Korea and Mongolia only to April 2009, and Georgia only to March 2009.
There have been the usual editorial revisions, and as a result the page extent now reaches 1192pp
Many prices are higher than the last (2008) edition, especially the former Soviet Republics.
The whole is still in black and white
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MICHEL CEPT-KATALOG 2010 Published by SCHWANEBERGER VERLAG GMBH, Ohmstraße 1, 85716 Unterschleißheim Germany www.michel.de Received 2nd December 2009 ISBN 978-3-87858-888-7 €44. £
This remains the reference work of choice for specialists of the Europa issues. Aside from the main CEPT issues, the catalogue also includes forerunner issues, official stamps for the Council of Europe, EFTA, Helsinki Accords and NATO issues, the Scandinavia joint issues and Europe issues as well as the stamp issues celebrating 50 years of Europe Stamps.
There were sixty-three issuing authorities for the main Europa issues during 2009, (Georgia’s last issue was in December 2008).
The catalogue listings follow the previous format with each year showing all the issues for that year in alphabetical order by country, and include type differences, colour and perforation varieties, FDC prices, gutter pairs, postal stationery, official souvenir sheets and special prints.
Editorially the printing figures figures have been extended, there are detail improvements to some of the captions and last but not least, some new subtypes added.
Prices have been reviewed, in what is now a much more stable market.
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MICHEL UNO SPECIALIZED CATALOGUE 2010 Published by SCHWANEBERGER VERLAG GMBH, Ohmstraße 1, 85716 Unterschleißheim Germany www.michel.de Received 2nd December 2009 ISBN 978-3-87858-176-5 €49.80. £

This is the “Official Catalogue of the United Nations” and bears the UN flag and UNPA emblem and is bilingual in German and English throughout. It brings together the stamps of the United Nations from seven different standard Michel catalogues and provides much more information than the general catalogues in terms of content. It thus provides the ideal basis for the systematic establishment of a specialised collection.
In addition to the issues - now listed to October 2009 - of the main New York, Geneva and Vienna offices, plus the fore-runner overprints on Swiss stamps there are some seventeen other sections for particular organizations and peace-keeping forces around the world.
The Postal Stationery is also comprehensively covered.
Since the last edition, some 220 Michel main numbers have been added in the stamps sections alone, plus the addition of newly discovered varieties. Last day of sale dates have been added for the last five years. There is a warning of false stamps and stamp booklets of Kosovo.
Significant price increases are noted for rare and required Post Office Label Sheets, and also further price increases for some UNMIK issues. There are now some 29,000 priced items, and with over 2700 colour illustrations, numerous look-up tables and a Colour Glossary, occupy 669pp.

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I am grateful to Vera Trinder Ltd. for providing my review copies of the next 3 titles.

KPC KOREAN POSTAGE STAMP CATALOGUE 2009-10 (30th edition) Publ. Korean Philatelic Company Ltd. www.woomoon.com Received 12th November 2009 ISBN 978-89-93538-00-7 £18

The title is misleading since the 272pp devoted to the Stamps, are followed by another 142pp devoted to the Postal Stationery. In full colour throughout, this is an excellent value at the cover price, with the one drawback that most of the information and notes are in the Korean text.
However the catalogue is easy to follow, with an English contents list, and the names of the issues are also given in English. However since the last edition I reviewed, (see Exporter April 2006), many of the basic philatelic headings are also shown in English.
The regular stamps are sectionalised into series, but the commemoratives are fully chronological. Semi Postals and Air stamps are separate, as are the Christmas and “My Own Stamps” issues.
The postal stationery includes the early Proof and Presentation sheets and then the Cards, Aerogrammes and Christmas Seals in separate sections. However the 40+ Advertising Postal Cards and 800+ Local Advertising Postal Cards issued after August 1998 are not illustrated, and have no English translations.
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JAPANESE STAMP SPECIALIZED CATALOGUE 2010-11 Vol. 2: Japan 1946 – (October 2009) Publ. Japan Philatelic Society Foundation, Mejiro 1-4-23, Toshima-ku, Tokyo 171-0031 Japan www.yushu.org.jp Received 12th November 2009 ISBN 978 -4-88963-711-3 3200y £31

The Contents page is written in English, and there is a Japanese/English Glossary of philatelic terms, however a good reading knowledge of the Japanese is required, and the specialized notes and tables are incomprehensible to the non-Japanese reader. As it is, a basic stamp can be identified fairly easily, but even with an appropriate English volume beside me I found it difficult to understand some of the more specialised listings.
However, that said, this volume deals in great detail with the issues mentioned in its title. The Definitives are divided into their various serious and the Commemoratives, National Pak series, New Years stamps are separate. The Prefecture issues have thir own section. The BCOF issues of 1946-7 and the 1948 Election stamps are at the end of the stamps section.
About 80pp deal with the postal stationery of the period. In all a 600pp A5 size paperback, black and white illustrations throughout, and a marginal thumb guide to the sections.
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ARTHUR MAURY: PRINCIPAUTÉS & TERRA POLAIRES: Edition 2010-11 Publ. Arthur Maury, 5 Bld. Napoleon 1er, f95290 L’Isle Adam, France www.arthurmaury.com Received 12th November 2009 ISBN 978 291864-200-8 €34.90 £34

This volume includes the Principalities of Andorra (both Spanish and French issues) and Monaco, plus Saint-Pierre & Miquelon, and the Antarctic and Australasian Territories, plus a small section which details and prices Europa issues in year sets. All territories have issues listed more or less to the end of 2008.
A Maury catalogue appeared as long ago as 1860, however with the merger of Dallay, Ceres and Maury in 2007, this catalogue has emerged as a favourite of collectors not only in France but further a-field. Both Dallay and Ceres numbers are given for every entry. There is a good historical introduction for each country, however I would have preferred this non-italicised in a larger font size, to make for easier reading, as would a matt-surfaced paper.
In Andorra and Monaco, Carnets, Millesime pairs, Pre-cancels and Postage Dues are included where issued, and also Monaco and TAAF Postal Stationery.
Early issues include details of different types, papers, and shades etc. The general French Colonies issues are priced with St Pierre postmarks before the country specific overprinted issues were produced in 1885, and similarly Andorra postmarks on French and Spanish issues. The Andorra local issues of 1890 are included and priced unused. Monaco Telegraph and Telephone stamps are listed and priced.
Prices are usually given for Unmounted mint, Mint, Used and Used on cover. Additional philatelic information is provided including printing quantities and sheet formats, set prices etc. Year prices are often usually totalled at the end of the year in question.
There are many tables of Postal Rates, with new entries when a rate has changed.
The whole is a hefty full colour quality paperback of some 670pp.

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STAMPS & POSTAL HISTORY of LUNDY ISLAND (5th edition) Edited by Jon Aitchison, Publ. Tithehall Publishing, Old Tithe Hall, Start Hill, Bishop’s Stortford, CM22 7TF (e-mail: britishlocals@aol.com) Publ 1st November 2009 ISBN 978-0-9544817-2-8 £24


The latest paperback edition now includes the Postal History Catalogue as well as the stamps, hence the larger page extent, now 240pp, and the price increase. It is still in black and white throughout.
The original sections have been updated and of course prices revised to reflect the current market, meaning some items have gone down, but many have increased as the popularity of this island grows.
Some new sections have been added including Selection Packs, officially produced Lundy covers and cards, Lundy Coins. New information on how to identify transfer types has been provided to make this easier. Essays and Printers’ Presentation cards now have individual numbers. Quantities have been revised to reflect more accurately the total allowing for wastage, officially destroyed, usage for overprints etc.
Many new varieties, errors, postmarks and cachets have also been added. The postal history section has been revised so that meter-marks are now listed separately. FDC cancels accompany the relative stamp issue.
It is essential to read the introductory notes, and the section on the Postal History of Lundy details the changing fortunes of various individuals associated with Lundy stamps. There is a section of useful contacts, and a well researched bibliography; also a Currency Converter.
The publisher intends to publish a Supplement later in 2010, which will be supplied free to any owner of the catalogue requesting it and providing their address.

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STANLEY GIBBONS GREAT BRITAIN SPECIALISED STAMP CATALOGUE, Volume 2: King Edward VII to King George VI (13th Edition) . Publ. Stanley Gibbons Publications, 5 Parkside, Christchurch Road, Ringwood, Hants BH24 3SH www.stanleygibbons.com Received 30th October 2009 ISBN 978-0-85259-713-2 £39.95.

This volume has been completely revised and reset into the larger “Concise” size, now in a basic two-column format, with a clearer sans serif font, and is now hardbound with printed board covers. This means that at 278pp it is over 200pp less than the previous edition published in 2005 (see Exporter September 2005), however as always new information is included.
This is particularly true of the section for the popular Seahorses, which incorporates and draws on the researches of Bryan Kearsley, with better diagrams for distinguishing the differences between the printers, and some new shades. There are other additions in the Edward VII section, as well as more proofs, trials and essays in the Georges sections. The booklets and booklet panes listings throughout have been expanded with more explanatory notes etc.
Prices have been thoroughly revised and reflect the continuing popularity of the issues for each of these reigns, especially for varieties and rarities, but also for Controls, booklets and panes etc., where there have been many, and often significant increases.
The usual Appendices relating to Perforators, Pre-cancels, Specimen & Cancelled overprints, Postage Rates and Channel Islands issues have also been updated or revised as necessary.
The publisher has introduced blue coloured backgrounds to the tables of many of the listings, particularly the basic price sections, the checklists for booklet panes, Controls and Cylinder Numbers etc. With alternating light and dark shades, this makes reading the prices across the column easier.
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AUSTRIA & HUNGARY: STANLEY GIBBONS STAMP CATALOGUE Part 2; (7th Edition). Publ. Stanley Gibbons Publications, 5 Parkside, Christchurch Road, Ringwood, Hants BH24 3SH www.stanleygibbons.com Received 30th October 2009 ISBN 978-0-85259-741-5 £34.95

It is over seven years since the last edition was published in the middle of 2002 (see Exporter, November 2002). This new edition is in the larger “Concise” size, and is mostly in colour, although the Austrian issues to about 1920 are still in black and white. White non-glare stock has been used
Latest issues included for Austria are April 2009, for Hungary June 2009, but for the UN Office in Vienna only October 2008. A design index is provided for each of these issuing authorities.
It is worth noting that this is the only single volume English catalogue to include both Austria and Hungary
The publisher advises that about 90% of the prices have changed, hardly surprising with such a long gap between editions. The two perforations of the 1903 Austro-Hungarian POs in the Turkish Empire, (French currency issue), are now listed and priced separately. There are some major price increases in early Hungary.
A number of new varieties have been added in Hungary including the 1931 Graf Zeppelin imperforates, 1958 Philatelic Federation perforation 11 variety in the miniature sheet, and the 2003 Accession to Europe tête-bêche items. The Machine Labels issues of Austria are now included.
The International Philatelic Glossary is also included.
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SCOTT 2010 SPECIALIZED CATALOGUE of UNITED STATES STAMPS & COVERS Scott Publishing Co, 911 Vandemark Road, Sidney, Ohio 45365-0828 USA www.amosadvantage.com Received 18th November 2009 ISBN 978-0-89487-446-8 $79.99 £52.50

Last reviewed in the December 2008 Exporter, this volume has some 11,000 price changes, over half of which are in the postal issues, some 1500 in the Revenues and the others spread through the other sections, notably FDCs, Booklet Panes, Locals, Proofs, Canal Zone, Hawaii, Philippines and the UN sections.
Although as usual classic rarities and varieties in fine condition are up, many mint stamps from 1870 are down including the Columbians, Mississippi and other sets, with 20% decreases not being unusual. By contrast fine used copies of the early classics and the popular sets show increases
In the modern era prices are relatively stable, but many Plate Blocks show increases, particularly the very modern issues with water-activated gum.
There are several editorial changes. In particular the terminology and listing of modern tagged issues with “mottled” appearance has been revised, with some items now being relegated to footnotes, and main numbers only given to those stamps printed with embedded tagging on uncoated paper.
There are many new error listings including the recently discovered 1¼c imperforate Palace of Governors coil, found 49 years after it was issued. Some important additions in the Essays and Proofs sections include listings of the 1861-63 2c-90c Definitives on goldbeater’s skin, and 1867 “Z” grill experimental essays.
As usual James Kloetzel’s informative editorial letter gives more details, and page 85A the specifics of actual Scott numbers affected.
Some 2500 new colour scans have been incorporated in this edition, some replacing previous black and white, or poor colour impressions, others now illustrating items not previous illustrated.
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MICHEL CHINA-KATALOG Part 9, Volume 1: 2009/2010 Published by SCHWANEBERGER VERLAG GMBH, Ohmstraße 1, 85716 Unterschleißheim Germany www.michel.de Received 12th November 2009 ISBN 978-3-87858-794-1 €52. £49.75

The latest edition has been expanded to include the Japanese Occupation of China issues. It also contains the stamps of China, Taiwan, the Peoples’ Republic of China (incl. FDC valuations from 1974 onwards), Hong Kong, Macau, Manchukuo, and Tibet.
New issues are included to April 2009 for Taiwan, August 2009 for the Peoples’ Republic, May 2009 for Hong Kong and June 2009 for Macau.
The early local issues from the Imperial period are expanded to include Amoy, Chefoo, Chinkiang, Chungking, Hankow, Wuhu, etc.
There have been some significant price increases in all areas for post-1995 issues, but especially for expensive rarities, however earlier issues remain more static.
There are two maps, one of middle-Asia, the other of China showing its provinces etc. in all some 686pp, about 8000 black and white illustrations throughout, and 44,000 prices.
(Volume 2 for Japan etc. should arrive shortly at the same price, but both volumes ordered as a set will be £85)


In a separate note, Michel advises that they have published a new professional software program “MICHELsoft Vol 9” (no details or price given), with data for Europe. This version includes data and pictures of all MICHEL Europe Catalogues published in 2009 and allows for the compilation of stock and wants lists for the European collecting area.
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I am grateful to Vera Trinder Ltd who provided my review copies of the Zumstein & Sassone titles.

ZUMSTEIN GANZSACHEN SCHWEIZ 2010 Publ. Zumstein & CIE. PO Box 3011, Bern, Switzerland www.briefmarken.ch Received 12th November 2009 ISBN 978-3-909278-33-7 90 S.Fr. £59

As part of its centenary programme, this catalogue is now published in full colour throughout. Although the introduction and notes is given in French, German and English, the remainder of the catalogue is in German, easy enough to follow, but the value of the notes is lost to the non-German reader. This appears to be the eleventh edition, but previous publication details are not given.
The contents divide into three main sections: Official Postal Stationery, Service stationery, and Printed to Private Order. Within each section the specific items such as Envelopes, Postcards, Postal Orders, Parcel Labels etc. have their individual listings; which themselves list varieties of size and layout for the various items as they occur.
There are separate consolidated tables in alphabetical order of illustration, of the 1935-40, 1943-48, 1949-58 and 1961-64 period picture card sets, which also provide tick-box facilities for the collector.
The Service section includes the Swiss Railway official issues and the Post, Telegraph & Telephone Administration issues.
Within the PPO section, notes are provided for the 1798-1803 Helvetik items, and comprehensive coverage of the 1803-1848 Cantonal issues which are well described, illustrated and priced. Also in this section are the Universal Reply Coupons.
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ZUMSTEIN SCHWEIZ/LIECHTENSTEIN 2010 Publ. Zumstein & CIE. PO Box 3011, Bern, Switzerland www.briefmarken.ch Received 12th November 2009 ISBN 978-3-909278-88-6 32 S.Fr. £24.50

It is some years since I last reviewed this catalogue (see Exporter November 2005) but the essential features remain the same. It is full colour throughout, with edge coloured pages for the various sections, making location quick and easy.
The Introduction pages are in French, German and English, and later in the book the multi language Glossary and Lexicon are also included. The Quick Search section leads easily to the page or catalogue number for definitive issues, Europas etc. All the catalogue entries are bi-lingual in French and German and there is a handy Zumstein to Yvert conversion table.
New issues are now included to September 2009 for Switzerland and the United Nations, and to November 2009 for Liechtenstein.
The prices are of course in Swiss Francs, and are given for mint and used throughout. Additionally prices are given for on cover, for used blocks of four, for First Day Covers. In the United Nations Geneva section, prices are also given for mint blocks of four. Quantities issued or printed are provided up to 2003 for Switzerland and Liechtenstein, but almost to date for the UN issues.
It is accompanied with the now usual CD allowing quick searches, and collection management facilities, with the facility to view in either French or German.
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SASSONE CATALOGO SPECIALIZZATO DEI FRANCOBOLLI D’ITALIA e DEI PAESI ITALIANI (69th edition).Publ. Sassone SRL. Via Alfonso Rendano, 7-00199 Roma, Italy www.cataloghisassone.it Received 12th November 2009 ISBN Volume 1 ANTICHI STATI ITALIANI; REGNO D’ITALIA, SAN MARINO & VATICAN (each to 1945); TRIESTE, COLONIES & OCCUPATIONS etc. (Hardcover) €35 £31
Volume 2 ITALY, SAN MARINO VATICAN & The SOVEREIGN ORDER of MALTA each from 1945 to date). (paperback) €20 £18
No ISBNs given. Price if ordered together is £42

I last reviewed these in January 2007, when both volumes were paperbacks. The internal format remains the same, two columns; full colour on pastel blue coated stock.
The issues to about 1900 are priced for mint, used, used on cover; for the States additional prices are given for unused stamps without gum, and used stamps on piece. Prices for early mint Italian issues are also given for unmounted mint, either as a separate table or within the individual listing. Prices after 1945 are for unmounted mint, and from 1948 FDCs are also priced. In many instances additional pricing is provided for well centred copies.
The specialist is well catered for with numerous shades, prices for pairs, blocks of four etc.
As well as the basic definitive and commemorative issues, there are many other sections. These include Air stamps, First flights, lists of items for specific Pilots, Zeppelins, Officials, Dues, Parcel stamps etc. Postal stationery with adverts, BLP issues; other stamps with adverts or propaganda labels are included. Various Occupation issues are included such as Albania, Lubiana, Cefalonia, Itaca, Fiume, Crete and Corfu etc.
Within the Colonies sections, the British and French Occupations and post war administration issues are included; also Somalia to 1950, Libya to 1966.
There are three essential indexes to be found after page 1065 in Volume 1, and after page 692 in Volume 2, which reveal just how wide ranging are the contents of these two volumes.
Excellent value and recommended.
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SASSONE BLU 2010 (Catalogue of Italy including the States etc.) Publ. Sassone SRL. Via Alfonso Rendano, 7-00199 Roma, Italy www.cataloghisassone.it Received 12th November 2009 ISBN Not given €15 £14

This is the simplified catalogue which includes the States and Italian issues to July 2009, San Marino to June 2009, Vatican City to March 2009, and the Sovereign Order of Malta to June 2009, as well as Trieste etc.
It’s a hefty paperback, running to almost 500pp, in full colour throughout, though the illustrations are at a reduced size.
Prices are provided for mint and used stamps, miniature sheets and modern mini-sheetlets only, with set prices also. Little philatelic information is provided, but perforation and watermark different sets (e.g. the 1950, 1955-7 Occupations) are included separately. A Design Index for Italy is included.
This is the only Sassone volume to include the Euro currency issues from 2002 onwards.
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100 YEARS of the PHILATELIC CONGRESS of GREAT BRITAIN 1909-2009 Colin Searle, Publ. Association of British Philatelic Societies, Mill Close, Hickling, Norwich, NR12 0YT. Apbs.phil@elics.co.uk Received 11th September 2009 ISBN 978-0-9561905-0-5 PTCF

This is one of those fascinating nostalgia books which at the same time seeks to record important landmarks in the development of its subject title, whilst at the same time being informative, entertaining and presenting enough material to whet the appetite of any budding collector looking for a new field to collect.
This deals with all 91 Congresses held to date, providing potted summaries of the events at each, supported with illustrations of Congress Handbooks, souvenir labels, tickets, invitations, menus, photos etc. In addition there are more extensive articles dealing with specific events.
These include the first four Congresses by Martin Robinson; Newcastle and Harrogate in 1920 and 1921 by Colin Searle, which lead directly to the Roll of Distinguished Philatelists being established in 1921, which itself has a detailed section by Dr Alan Huggins, MBE.; the events in London and Bournemouth in 1940 by Francis Kiddle. The Congress Medal, by Susan Oliver, and the Award of Merit by Neil Russell both receive individual treatment.
Additionally there are sections dealing with Congress Memorabilia, How to Organise a Congress, Congress Personalities etc.
At the most recently reported 2008 Congress when this title was being written, Richard Winter presented an enthralling PowerPoint illustrated talk about the William Hooper letter written during the War of Independence and which provided important postal history information about the North Carolina post office at that time, and this is detailed here.
A fine 176pp A4 paperback, profusely illustrated mostly in colour.
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MICHEL EUROPA-KATALOG: VOLUME 7: OSTEUROPA 2009/10. Published by Schwaneberger Verlag GMBH, Ohmstraße 1, 85716 Unterschleißheim Germany www.michel.de Received 9th September 2009 ISBN 978-3-87858-887-0 €52, £49.75

Another thirty pages since the last edition (see Exporter November 2008) this edition includes new issues for the main countries: Ukraine to April 2009, Moldavia and Poland to June 2009 and Russia to July 2009. As with the earlier volumes this year, the booklet panes are now listed with the main issue, rather than in a separate section.
As with the Scott (see October Exporter) most value changes are in the Soviet Union and Russia, where there is still a general trend upwards, albeit slight, and following recent auction realisations on specialist material, some exceptional increases. The editors mention particularly, the 1961 1k Brown Bear perf 12½ Mi 2448C (up from €100 to €1000) while the other values in the set are now unpriced, the 1983 Tereschkowa sheetlet Mi 5283 (up from €25 to €220) and the 1987 Kremlin sheetlet Mi 5777 (up from €12 to €110)
In the case of Moldavia, Ukraine and White Russia, the editors have noted varying prices on dealers’ lists and have tried to take a reasonable course when setting these.
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MICHEL ÜBERSEE-KATALOG: VOLUME 3: SÜDAMERIKA 2009/10. Published by Schwaneberger Verlag GMBH, Ohmstraße 1, 85716 Unterschleißheim Germany www.michel.de Received 9th September 2009 Now in 2 volumes and available separately.
Volume 1 Countries A-I ISBN 978-3-87858-793-4 €52, £49.75
Volume 2 Countries K-Z ISBN 978-3-87858-797-2 €52, £49.75

This volume was last published in late 2004 (see Exporter February 2005) when it stretched to over 1800 pages. The extensive numbers of new issues, now mean it has had to be split into two volumes with 1088pp and 960pp respectively. New issues for most countries are included to the end of 2008 and for some such as Brazil, Chile, Peru, Surinam etc. the middle of 2009.
My prediction that this edition would be in colour was wrong, both volumes are still in black and white, and in this respect Michel now falls behind both Scott and SG. Indeed the SG single volume (see February 2009 Exporter) now seems even better value at less than the price of either of these two volumes.
There have been many editorial improvements and amendments throughout both volumes, the editors particularly drawing attention to items in Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana etc.
Prices have been extensively reviewed, but although the home market and dollar prices in the USA have been buoyant, possibly due to the thematic appeal of many of the modern stamps, a strong Euro means that these increases are not always apparent in higher Euro prices.
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FROM WEATHER GODS to MODERN METEOROLOGY: A Philatelic Journey. Publ. World Meteorological Organization, PO Box 2300, CH-1211 Geneva 2, Switzerland. Received 2nd October 2009 ISBN 978-92-63-11023-7 40Swiss Francs (including surface postage)

This is an interesting volume which deals with the weather and climate change in a thematic manner, whilst at the same time informing and educating the reader or collector. It is the result of collaboration between the WMO and the UPU with a Foreword from the Secretary General of the UN, Ban Ki-Moon. There is an Introduction by Michel Jarraud, Secretary-General of the WMO in which I learned that Benjamin Franklin for example invented the lightning conductor, and also plotted the course of the Gulf Stream. Mr. Jarraud also indicates that there are over 1000 stamps which can be incorporated in a collection of this theme, as well as miniature sheets, much postal stationery including airletters etc. and many postmarks.
In another Introduction by Edouard Dayan, Director General of the UPU, we learn that the UPU itself is actively looking at the impact of postal services on global warming and climate change and bringing this to the attention of the 191 member countries.
The editorial work has been largely undertaken by Raino Heino, a noted Finnish meteorologist and philatelist. The six chapters are: From Heaven to Science; Beyond Borders and Divisions; Taking the Pulse of the Earth; Be Informed, Be Prepared; Hazards and Disasters, Taking Care of Our Climate. Each are further sub-divided into sections which are introduced with a short commentary, and profusely illustrated with stamps, postmarks and other related material.
The final section entitled Where We Stand Today looks at the global effects of postal business and what the WMO and UPU are investigating, promoting or doing.
The whole is a fine 112pp landscape format volume, with illustrated board covers and includes a useful list of References.
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I am grateful to Vera Trinder Ltd for providing review copies of the following four titles.

SELLOS POSTALES ARGENTONIS 1856-2010: COLECCIÓN CON COMENTARIOS
Author & Publisher Daniel Hugo Mello Teggia, Larrea 871, 1° “A” – 1117 Buenos Aires, Argentina. ISBN 978-987-05-6394-5 £42.95

This is a new title, and despite the title includes details of Argentine stamps up to May 2009. It uses Yvert & Tellier numbers. It is quite comprehensive giving full philatelic details including shades, varieties such as Double Prints, imperforate issues, quantities printed/issued where known and overprint varieties etc. The various coloured papers of the Corrientes issues are listed and priced in detail.
Modern illustrated postal stationery, airletters, cards etc are included. So too are Officials, Telegraph stamps, Ministerial departmental overprints, certain private and semi-official stamps.
Prices are given in the local currency (based on the conversion rate of $3 = US$1).Prices are given variously for mint, later for un-mounted mint, fine used, also earlier items on covers, blocks of four, first day covers etc.
Although a Design Index is perhaps too much to hope for in a first edition, there are some useful priced tables of definite series at the end of the catalogue.
The whole is a substantial, well produced laminated cover paperback with some 534 catalogue pages. All face/value different stamps are illustrated in full colour, also miniature sheets and postal stationery, and the 2-column layout on semi-matt stock is easy on the eye, and easy to follow even for the non-Spanish reader.
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LAPE 2010 EROKOISPOSTIMERKKILUETTELO (FINLAD SPECIAL STAMP CATALOGUE 1856-2009. ( Including Åland). Publ. Suomen Filateliapalvelu Oy, Pl 5, 20251 Turku, Finland www.stamps.fi ISSN 1797-0644 £37

This is an excellent specialised catalogue; it is bilingual Finnish/Swedish throughout, but there are also substantial sections in English as well, including the Postal History and Postmark sections, many of the main definitive sections, as well as all the stamp issue headings.
There are detailed notes on the various printing process used, the various papers and how to recognise them. The earlier issues popular with English speaking collectors such as the Serpentine Roulettes, the Figure issues, the Ring-type issue, the Eagle types etc all have good English translations or notes. So too do the chapters for Karelia, North Ingermanland, Aunus, Tampere City Post etc.
Other areas covered by the catalogue include Booklets, Post-bus Parcels, Christmas Seals, stamps of the Shipping Companies, Railway Tax Stamps, Revenues, Perfins. Postal Stationery is also included, as well as the Russian items used in Finland. There are also Tables of Postal Rates.
This catalogue is published every two years and a major revision this time includes the section dealing with the 1856 Ovals. The prices and listing of the 1917-27 Saaringen has also seen major amendments, so too the 1975 definitive, in advance of a new handbook being published about this particular issue.
As to be expected, prices are not only given for mint, unmounted mint and fine used, but also for on covers, First Day covers, numerous shades and other less often seen varieties such as marginal watermarks, misplaced perforations, partly perforated items, etc. Useful notes to aid the identification of forgeries, particularly those with postmarks appear as necessary, and are usually provided in English as well as the other two languages.
Over 850pp in a larger paperback format, in full colour throughout make this an excellent value, Much of it is in single column layout, giving plenty of room for the extensive notes about the commemorative issues, though these are only in Finnish and Swedish.
Reccommended.
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AUSTRALIAN STAMP CATALOGUE, 32nd Pocket edition Publ. Victoria Stamp Traders, 38a Stafford St, Huntingdale, Victoria 3166, Australia Author/editor Stuart Brown ISBN 978-0-9803186-2-3 £13

This is a simplified list of all basic Australian stamps and miniature sheets from 1913 to the end of 2008, plus the Australian Antarctic Territory. Items issued in se-tenant form are also priced singly and in the issued block. Modern Booklets when issued as part of a commemorative or thematic set are included. Postage Dues are not included. No philatelic information is provided except for Date of Issue, and commemorative title or theme. Watermarks and perforations, self adhesive formats are not mentioned.
It does include OS overprinted Officials, Frama labels (though these are priced only for the local letter rate face value at the time of issue). Prices up to decimalization are for mint, after decimalization for un-mounted mint, and for fine used throughout. Tick boxes are provided.
Although it is nicely produced in lie-flat ring binding, the landscape 2-column page layout would benefit from using a larger point-size for the main text listings. Full colour throughout.
An $A10 voucher is provided for use in local shops against the purchase of a “Lion” brand stockbook.
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HELLAS (GREECE) 2010; STAMP CATALOGUE & POSTAL HISTORY (5th edition) in 2 volumes. Publ A Karamitsos, 34 Tsimiski St, Thessaloniki, Greece. www.karamitsos.com ISBN 978-960-88964-7-5 €20, £20 per set.

As with the previous edition (see Exporter November 2008), Volume 1 deals with the Greek issues; Volume 2 with all the other “New Territories” and the Cancellations including pre-stamp and Municipal Posts. In volume 2 postal stationery is also included for these territories where it was issued.. Both are well produced paperbacks in full colour with English and Greek text throughout, including the all-important notes and introductions to the various sections and issues. Prices are in Euros, and as the publisher is also a respected dealer can be relied on as reasonable guide to present levels.
This is the only catalogue devoted entirely to Greece which is sent to us for review, and quite frankly, most collectors and dealers who have this set will not need any other. At this price, no collector should baulk at adding it to his library. There is so much additional information, both historical, postal and philatelic, as well as extensive details of postmarks, for the collector to discover.
The specialist is well catered for, especially in the early Hermes Heads, which occupy forty-five pages, and include enlarged illustrations of many plate varieties, lists of bisects, and tables providing cross references to the numbers of five major catalogue publishers, (not SG), and earliest dates of use. The Small Hermes take up another eighteen pages, plus eleven more for the 1900 period Surcharges on both issues.
New issues are included to June 2009, and there have been many additions for varieties in earlier issues, which are listed on page 9 in volume 1. Quantities printed or issued are provided and taken from official publications and reports or from Hellenic Philatelic Society publications. There is also a useful Bibliography.
Recommended.

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MICHEL EUROPA-KATALOG VOL. 6: WEST-EUROPA 2009/10 Published by Schwaneberger Verlag GMBH, Ohmstraße 1, 85716 Unterschleißheim Germany www.michel.de Received 15th August 2009 ISBN 978-3-87858-896-3 €52, £49.75

Volume 6 contains Belgium, Great Britain including the Channel Islands, Regionals, etc, Ireland, Luxembourg and the Netherlands, and remarkably most countries include issues up to June 2009, GB even to August. In addition for GB, the issues of the British Post Offices in Morocco and Levant plus the Middle East Forces etc are also included.
As well as the postage stamps and miniature sheets, all the other main categories, Officials, Postage Dues etc are well covered, as are the modern Counter and Machine labels which are priced in most cases. Perforation and watermark varieties, as well as numerous other plate varieties etc are also included and in most cases priced. Telegraph stamps are also included. FDCs are priced for most post-1948 sets, GB from 1924.
This catalogue also includes extensive details of booklets with all panes either in diagram form or in full colour making identification easy. As with the previous volumes issued this year, the paper stock has been changed to improve the quality of the colour printing.
Prices have again been revised, but since this catalogue is in Euros, and the conversion rate has fluctuated in the last few months, it is difficult to detect any specific trend. Comparison with the Year sets’ prices with those in last year’s edition only showed occasional changes, indicating that in the main changes have been for more specialist items, GB Mi 103AW and Mi 761 F II being two mentioned in the editor’s foreword.
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STANLEY GIBBONS STAMP CATALOGUE: 2010 COMMONWEALTH & BRITISH EMPIRE STAMPS 1840-1970 Publ. Stanley Gibbons Publications, 5 Parkside, Christchurch Road, Ringwood, Hants BH24 3SH www.stanleygibbons.com Received 19th August 2009 ISBN 978-0-85259-731-6 £72.50

The first thing to do when opening this year’s edition, is to read very carefully the Editor’s Preface on page iii. Next you should look at page vii where all the new numbers and number changes are listed. Finally read the Information and Guidelines section particularly the part which deals with “Papers” on page xiii.
Prices have been thoroughly reviewed in the light of the current buoyant market, especially for stamps issued before 1960. Key areas include India and Malaya, but virtually all other territories show increases, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, British West Indies, the Atlantic Islands, African Colonies etc. From 1960 the increases are much less obvious, Pacific Islands and Africa are flat, although even here French New Hebrides and Ghana show some gains.
As usual it is the sought after varieties, errors and scarcer items to which most attention is given. GB prices of course fall into line with the recently published Concise (see June 2009 Exporter), the significant increases since last year being for mint 1d Blacks and the Embossed 6d and 1/- values.
Comparison of prices with the Michel West-Europa reviewed elsewhere are difficult, since the SG prices are “SG’s estimated selling prices at the time of publication”, whereas Michel reflects the accumulated wisdom of dealers’ lists and advertisements, already published, auction realisations etc, and are priced in Euros, where of course the exchange rate has fluctuated in the past twelve months.
There have been a number of significant editorial revisions, notably relating to Chalky papers where the silver test is no longer regarded as satisfactory since it must involve some damage, albeit slight, to the stamp. They have now described and listed the Thin Striated papers in Bahamas and Malaya. SG mentions the Straits Settlements GVI Die II 2c orange (SG294) as the key stamp for comparison, which is fine. May I suggest that they also provide a list of unique key stamps for the other more difficult coloured papers of the GV and GVI period, and the early QE glazed and white papers etc.
A new policy regarding the Inverted Watermarks and Double Prints of the Australian States has been implemented, and users should read the notes at the beginning of the States section relating to this. Some, but not all, listed items have been removed. However there have been further watermark variety additions elsewhere including Hong Kong, India, Ireland Postage Dues etc.
The second “B” overprint on the stamps of Straits Settlements for use in Siam has now been illustrated, with five values having this added to their listing, and all priced for used copies only.
In Malaya a number of missing colours are now listed and priced for the 1960 Orchid issues from several states.
Some new plate varieties and illustrations have been added to the ever-popular 1935 Silver Jubilee issues for Australia, Canada and New Zealand and also 14 new varieties in the “Windsor Castle” design. This issue seems to have increased by 9% mint and 13% used, according to the Silver Jubilee Study Circle website http://www.silverjubileestamps.com/
In Aden the 2½ Anna 1937 Coronation with watermark inverted has been added, and priced mint, (obviously a late addition since it does not appear in the Middle East catalogue reviewed elsewhere). A number of varieties have been added in various Indian States and in Rajasthan the Bundi stamps are now priced used, for the different coloured hand-stamps. Some more high values have been priced for fiscal use in Kenya, Uganda and Tanganyika, Malaya and other areas.
Other new or newly illustrated varieties include the Montserrat “Tower” and “Plate Scratch,” the New Zealand “Chisel flaw,” and the Nevis “Crossed Lines on Hill.” More of the Newfoundland imperforate issues of the 1911-23 period are listed and priced in footnotes. Other countries to look at include Fiji, South Africa, Morocco Agencies, where issue dates have been revised, St Lucia, Petersburg and Tristan Da Cunha.
I continue to be amazed not only at the scope and detail in this volume, but by the continual flow of new information which comes to light and gets incorporated year on year. This year is clearly a significant volume both in terms of price updating and editorial improvement.
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STANLEY GIBBONS STAMP CATALOGUE: MIDDLE EAST: 7th Edition Publ. Stanley Gibbons Publications, 5 Parkside, Christchurch Road, Ringwood, Hants BH24 3SH www.stanleygibbons.com Received 19th August 2009 ISBN 978-0-85259-719-4 £42.50

Thirty-two additional catalogue pages since the last edition published in 2005 (see Exporter August 2005), represent both the new issues of the countries included in this volume, and also four new design indexes, for Egypt, Jordan, Oman and Syria. Those of Bahrain, Israel, Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates have of course been revised to include new issues.
Latest dates vary considerably with Qatar up to March 2009, Israel up to February 2009, most others are varying dates in 2008, but Iraq, Oman and Yemen only to the last issues in 2007.
The catalogue is now virtually full colour with only a few black and white illustrations to be updated. It is in the three-column, A4 format as before. Booklets are included where issued, and so too are the Israel Machine Labels, but these are not priced.
Major editorial improvements include more postal history information, including priced listings of British stamps used in Egypt, Indian stamps used in Bahrain and Iraq, and other illustrated notes as necessary.
Following extensive research and suggestions from leading philatelists, 30 new varieties have been added to Egypt, 45 to Iraq in the 1970-1990s period, and 25 in Saudi Arabia. The new numbers are listed on the publisher’s editorial page, along with others in Bahrain, Palestine etc. Some numbers have been changed and a few in Egypt deleted.
Prices have of course moved on, and the publisher mentions significant increases in areas such as Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Iraq, Oman and Qatar.
The International Philatelic Glossary has been extended by the inclusion of an Arabic/English adjacent column listing, a feature I cannot recall seeing in any other catalogue.
Although Michel did an English version of their Gulf States catalogue some years ago, (see Exporter February 2006) the SG Middle East covers a much greater area and is the only English catalogue to comprehensively cover these issues. With 416 catalogue pages this large format paperback is good value, especially if the cost is amortised over another four years before the next edition.
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STANLEY GIBBONS COMMONWEALTH STAMP CATALOGUE: INDIA (including Convention and Feudatory States: 3rd Edition Publ. Stanley Gibbons Publications, 5 Parkside, Christchurch Road, Ringwood, Hants BH24 3SH www.stanleygibbons.com Received 9th September 2009 ISBN 978-0-85259-728-6 £22.50

Latest issue to be included is the May 2009 “Lifeline Express” and the design index has been updated to include all issues from 1947 onwards. This edition is in the more manageable “Concise” format, with two-column listings, and now in full colour throughout, apart from the odd black illustration occasionally in the states. There are 222 catalogue pages, plus the usual notes etc.
Prices have moved upwards since the last edition, (see Exporter December 2004), and also reflect a current relatively buoyant market where demand in the home country and other developing economies has grown rapidly. The Pre-Independence issues in particular are mentioned by the publisher with some seeing increases of up to fifty percent or more. The 10 rupee Gandhi of 1948 has rocketed over the period from £45 in the last edition to £160 in this, for mint
The Indian States also remain popular and in demand, and here again prices have risen by significant amounts.
Editorially there are numerous improvements. Additional priced listings are included for Indian stamps used in Bahrain, British East Africa, Iran, Iraq, Straits Settlements and Zanzibar. More watermark varieties have been added, but there is no summary page for new numbers etc, so the reader will just have to compare with the old edition to find them. As with the “Red Book” reviewed elsewhere, the Rajasthan hand-stamps now have a revised listing showing both mint and used for the various colours of hand-stamp.
Whilst many Indian stamps reflect Indian themes and personalities, it also issues numerous stamps relevant to other thematic collectors from film and music, to sport, roses, animals and bridges to mention just a few. India is popular with many club collectors, and societies should think about adding this volume to their libraries.
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SCOTT 2010 STANDARD POSTAGE STAMP CATALOGUE VOLUME 5: COUNTRIES P to Sl of the WORLD. Scott Publishing Co, 911 Vandemark Road, Sidney, Ohio 45365-0828 USA www.amosadvantage.com Received 31st August 2009 ISBN 978-0-89487-442-0 $79.99 £52.50.

As with the earlier volumes there have been many price changes, usually up, but sometimes down. Leading the way in total numbers is Peru with almost 3000 changes. Other significant numbers of changes occur in El Salvador (1800) St Pierre & Miquelon (1600) Philippines (1365), Russia (1300), also Rwanda (900), Serbia (700), Singapore (700) and Slovenia (almost 600). Most other countries include changes in smaller quantity.
A thorough review of Peru and El Salvador showed limited quantities in dealer stocks, and as a result the changes upwards have been quite substantial, particularly with the 19th century issues, but also more recent issues from 1970 onwards.
In Russia the large increases of recent years have slowed, apart from major rarities and varieties, but even so from 1992 onwards there are many small increases. One significant drop is the 1934 perf 14 5k to 30k Airship set which plummets to about half of last year’s value.
Some new minor letter varieties have been added in Russia, as well as a group of Postal Fiscals, (Scott AR1-25). There are quite a few new overprint and perforation varieties now listed in Saudi Arabia for the first time.
Only 3 major numbers have been added, apart from new issues. These are Panama 766B, and Philippines 1690A,1690B. All the changes are shown on page 1221 in this 1296pp volume.
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NEWFOUNDLAND SPECIALIZED STAMP CATALOGUE 7th Edition Walsh & Butt, Publ Walsh’s Philatelic Service, 9 Guy St, St john’s, Newfoundland, Canada A1B 1P4 www.nfldstamps.com ISBN 978-0-9693434-7-9 Received 2nd July 2009 $C122. £78

Newfoundland was discovered as long ago as 1497 by John Cabot, although there is evidence to suggest that Norsemen landed as early as 1000ad. It was proclaimed as British in 1537 but was not permanently settled until 1729. In 1805 the first local postmaster was appointed at St. John’s, when the overseas mails were routed via mainland Halifax in Nova Scotia. It was not until 1840 however that a regular packet service was established between these two ports.
For a short time the British GPO assumed the responsibility for overseas postal services, but on 1st July 1851 the colonial administration reassumed control, and in 1855 Newfoundland became a self governing colony. It remained so until becoming a Dominion in 1917, which status it retained until finally merging into Canada in 1949 after a second ballot and a 0.5% majority in favour.
Stamps were introduced in 1857, at first printed by Perkins Bacon, then in 1865 with the introduction of the new decimal currency by the American Bank Note Company in New York until 1910. At this point a number of printers became involved including De La Rue who printed the first two “Publicity” issues in 1923 and 1928, however printing then reverted to Perkins Bacon until 1938 after which Bradbury Wilkinson, C.B.N. and Waterlow were engaged for various issues.
Most issues were recess printed and a variety of emblematic, royal and pictorial designs were produced. Collectors argue over the quality of some of the designs, often cramped by the need to fit in the long name and other information, but there is no doubt they provide scope for the specialist with the early imperforate issues; with the varied perforations and plate differences of the “Publicity” pictorial issues, with the airmail overprints and special stamps.
The first stamp to show the future King George the Fifth was issued by Newfoundland in 1899, and in 1911 a set appeared showing the then royal family including the five princes, Edward, Albert, Henry, George and John.
With only about three hundred SG main numbers it is possible to attain a high degree of completeness, only a handful of stamps being beyond the pocket of a serious collector. There are other aspects of Newfoundland philately attractive to the specialist, not least the various airmail pioneer and first flights, or the study of the seasonal post offices –“outports” – as they commonly known. Other popular collecting habits include matching corner plate blocks to make small “sheetlets.”
This well respected volume was first published in 1988 and has been regularly updated and expanded roughly every four years since. It also includes the stamps of New Brunswick, Nova Scotia; British Columbia; Prince Edward Island and Canada to 1951.
New in this edition are the Postal Rates of the BNA Colonies: New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, British Columbia and Prince Edward Island; the Bahamas Special Delivery Stamps for use in Canada; Colombia SCADTA overprints as they relate to Canada. The semi-official airmail stamps of the private air companies in Canada are now included.
As to be expected the stamps in all sections are dealt with in great detail, and include proofs and colour trials, varieties, information and pricing for Plate and Imprint blocks, imperforates etc. Numbers printed, or quantities known are provided when available. Airmail stamps are treated in the same depth, and augmented with an extensive section covering first flights etc.
For Newfoundland, Postal Stationery (also Canada), Franking Machines, Perfins, Coins and Revenues are also well covered. There is an extensive section of some 80pp listing some 5000 Newfoundland. picture postcards. This is followed by a further 60pp section of Advertising Business covers and corner cards.
For the postmark collector and postal historian there are extensive lists of post offices for each of the Provinces, with opening and closing dates, types of canceller in use, and population numbers where known. TPOs and RPOs are also included.
All sections have been revised, updated and expanded in the light of new knowledge, information and research by many collectors. This now includes very detailed sections for each of the Provinces providing a vast amount of information about Postal Rates, for both internal mail, and worldwide destinations as well.
The whole is a 600+pp volume on matt stock, spirally bound to lie flat when open. It is profusely illustrated in full colour throughout, not only of stamps, but also proofs, varieties, covers etc.
All prices are given in US Dollars for mint, used and used on cover, and reflect current retail prices.
It comes with a magnifier, perforation gauge and a loose folded map of Newfoundland and Labrador.
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The OIL RIVERS & NIGER COAST SURCHARGED PROVISIONAL & BISECTED STAMPS. John Sacher CBE FRPSL. Published by The Royal Philatelic Society London, 41 Devonshire Place, London W1G 6JY www.rpsl.org.uk Published as a supplement to the London Philatelist March 2009 ISSN 0024-6131 £10 + Postage.

Many collectors would perhaps struggle to identify the exact location of the Oil Rivers Protectorate, both on the map and in the catalogue. They may be confused by the name, since mineral oil was not discovered in the region until 1956. They would perhaps be further puzzled that the only stamps issued with the name Oil Rivers are Great Britain stamps with Queen Victoria’s portrait and were soon super-ceded by those of the Niger Coast Protectorate in 1894.
The “oil” referred to is in fact Palm oil, first exported from the area in 1591, but by the 1890s accounting for about a quarter of the world’s production. The rivers are the Niger, with its huge delta and many outlets, plus others such as the Bonny, the Brass, (which was the cable head for use by the Royal Niger Company), and Old Calabar. There were in 1891, when the British administration finally established itself, about 200 Europeans living and trading in the area.
The Consulate-General and the vice-Consulates acted at first as a receiver/distributors of the mail until being recognised as post offices on 20th July 1892. The over-printed British stamps were issued on the same day.
Following negotiations, the postal rates for letters to the Protectorate had been reduced from 6d per half ounce to 2½d from the 1st October 1891, but the reciprocal arrangement was not implemented until later, probably July 1892.
As a result it became necessary in September 1893, to provide halfpenny stamps to be used as make-up values in conjunction with the 2d value. Probably to save money, but also to obtain supplies in a timely manner. This was achieved by hand-stamping “½d” twice on the one penny stamps, and using them bisected.
In December of 1893 further surcharges, of “Half Penny” in various types, appeared on the 2d and 2½d values in use. Most were apparently produced and used at Old Calabar, and the overprints come in a variety of colours, though vermilion or violet seem to have been preferred. Inevitably, as with many Provisionals, varieties occurred; either double or inverted as well as diagonal or vertical overprints. Many are scarce, some are extremely rare, and there has been much debate over the years regarding the circumstances of their issue, and the personalities involved; no doubt there are many philatelic items.
This 80pp booklet draws together previous information and published knowledge, with the latest research. The author has assiduously traced many copies in auction catalogues, dealers’ lists and major collections and has been given unlimited access to the RPSL’s own material, including certification records, as well as the Royal Collection.
Remarkably, John Sacher has been able to identify some 4700 individual surcharged stamps, and this figure includes no less than 113 covers. These latter, which include the major extant batches of correspondence – Griffiths, Russell, Briggs, Bowes - John has analysed both by their frankings and postmarks, their addressees, and also by a comparison of the senders’ handwriting.
In December 1893 values with surcharges between “One Shilling” and “20/-“ appeared, and the author questions the reasons for their existence. A block of nine of the 20/- has been reconstructed, but no copies are known used.
He also deals with the 1894 “½” and “1” surcharges issued at Opopo and illustrates the twelve different bar varieties of the former and seventeen different numerals for the latter. Finally for the Old Calabar provisional of August 1894, the ½d on 2½d blue settings are illustrated, including the “OIE” variety.
Many of these surcharges, especially the varieties, are great rarities. The book is profusely illustrated in full colour, to give a mouth-watering array. If you have only a handful of these Provisionals, you will almost certainly benefit from reading this book. It provides much information, and many pictures not included in the 1992 magnum opus The Postal Services of the British Nigeria Region Prior to 1914, by Ince and Sacher.
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