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CHALMERS versus HILL

By Anthony Wicks

The saga that rocked the Victorian philatelic world

Even today, some postal historians and authorities believe that James Chalmers from Dundee was the inventor of the adhesive postage stamp. This misinformed fact is almost entirely due to the industry and fanatical devotion of his son, Patrick Chalmers, in the 1880s. This book relates the extraordinary story of that achievement, in one of the most celebrated philatelic debates ever conducted in the United Kingdom.

Published December 2012

Chalmers versus Hill, Size 170 x 240 mm, hardback, ix + 156 pp. + A10.

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Encyclopædia of
THE MALTESE CROSS
Cancellations of Great Britain and Ireland
VOLUME 3

By Prof. S. David Rockoff and Mike Jackson

* * Volumes 1 & 2 Won the LITERATURE FIELD AWARD from the Great Britain Philatelic Society; the HEINZ RECK LITERATURE PRIZE from the Forschungsgemeinschaft Großbritannien; and a Large Vermeil at London 2010 * *

Volume 3 includes comprehensive listings (usually of dated covers) of:
Coloured Maltese Crosses • The late use of red ink • The use of datestamps as cancellations • Post Office seals used as obliterators • London Numbered Crosses • Updates to existing chapters • Crosses from some new towns • Tuck’s ‘Hermetic Envelope’ • The use of bisected stamps • Usage contrary to Post Office instructions and notices • The unofficial use of invalid stamps such as the 1d black VR and 1841 2d proof. Profusely illustrated throughout, this Encyclopaedia is one of the most comprehensive works of its kind ever published.

Published December 2011

The Maltese Cross, Volume 3. Size 8½ x 11 in., hardback, vi + pages 361 to 564 + A30.

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Twopence Blue Plating Guide

compiled by Mike Jackson

with a section on the Repairs to Plates 3 and 4 by Robin Cassell

This book will enable the collector to identify the plate of most Twopence Blue stamps printed from the first six plates, i.e. those stamps with stars in the upper corners (from Plate 7 onwards the stamps had letters in all four corners, and the plate number was engraved on each stamp). To complement the 240 pages of plating photographs, Robin Cassell has written a fully-illustrated chapter on the repaired states of Plates 3 and 4.

Published 2010

Size A5, soft covers, vi + 256 + A25 pages.

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Corrections (14 February 2011) to the Twopence Blue Plating Guide Download

King Edward VII One Penny Manual

by Terry Pusterla

This study is one of the most comprehensive of its type ever published. Over the past 35 years, the author has examined an estimated 2·5 million used King Edward VII 1d stamps. This has led to the studies presented in this work: Pin Varieties; Retouched Varieties; General Flaws; and Cracked Units.The book is copiously illustrated throughout, and will enable collectors to identify most of the varieties on their own stamps.

Published 2009

Size A4, soft covers, x + 210 + xii pages.

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Encyclopædia of
THE MALTESE CROSS
Cancellations of Great Britain and Ireland
VOLUME 2

By Prof. S. David Rockoff and Mike Jackson

* * Winner (with Volume 1) of the LITERATURE FIELD AWARD from the Great Britain Philatelic Society and the HEINZ RECK LITERATURE PRIZE from the Forschungsgemeinschaft Großbritannien * *

This book — the second of a multi-volume work — provides a reference to the history and use of the first obliterator of the world’s first postage stamps. It includes details of the Maltese Crosses from over one hundred post towns, arranged alphabetically from M to Y. Also included are two new tabulations that readers should find both interesting and potentially exciting. The first is a table entitled ‘Maltese Crosses Needing Verification’ in which examples are presented from offices where there is currently not enough information to warrant a chapter as part of the main Encyclopaedia. Also presented is a table of ‘Maltese Crosses of Unknown Origin’; these are crosses of interest but, since they are off cover, it is not known where they were applied. Profusely illustrated throughout, this Encyclopaedia is one of the most comprehensive works of its kind ever published.

Published August 2008

The Maltese Cross, Volume 2. Size 8½ x 11 in., hardback, vi+178+40 pages.

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Encyclopædia of
THE MALTESE CROSS
Cancellations of Great Britain and Ireland
Volume 1

By Prof. S. David Rockoff and Mike Jackson

This book — the first of a multi-volume work — provides a reference to the history and use of the first obliterator of the world’s first postage stamps. It includes details of the Maltese Crosses from over one hundred post towns, arranged alphabetically from A to L. Profusely illustrated throughout, it is one of the most comprehensive works of its kind ever published.

Published December 2006

The Maltese Cross, Volume 1. Size 8½ x 11 in., hardback, viii+181+34 pages.

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THE DUBLIN FIND

By Don Madden and Karl Louis

* * GOLD MEDAL — CHICAGOPEX 2009 * *

A tale of intrigue and secret stamp dealing by the Post Office at the very beginning of the 20th century; and a modern investigation into where the stamps may have ended up.

‘I am a great believer in documents contemporary to the events being described . . . This can be clearly seen here in Don Madden’s account of the history of the “find” . . . An excellent study based on very extensive research . . . Karl Louis’s reconstructions of the material from subsequent sales of broken down sheets is a remarkable achievement’ — DOUGLAS MUIR, Curator, Philately, British Postal Museum & Archive

In 1899, various stamps and postal stationery dating from the 1840s were apparently found at the Dublin and Edinburgh post offices, and possibly London as well. Leading officials in the Post Office decided to try to obtain as much money for these as they could on the philatelic market, but instead of openly admitting who was actually selling the material, they arranged for Post Office employees to sell the stamps at auction under their own names!

Part 1 of this book, written by Don Madden, examines the background to the Dublin Find; Part 2, by Karl Louis, investigates what has happened to the stamps since their discovery.

Published 2006 -- available now.

Size A4, soft covers, v+45 pages.

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MAY DATES

By Mike Jackson

* * WINNER OF TWO GOLD MEDALS IN 2001 * *

A survey of Penny Blacks, Twopenny Blues, Mulreadys and Caricatures used during May 1840.

This hardback book provides a unique reference to more than 840 covers used in Great Britain during the first month of the postage stamp. Included in the lists are known provenances and hundreds of auction realisations. With 334 pages and more than 750 illustrations it is the most comprehensive work of its kind ever published. Also included are notes on the distribution of stamps and details of the postmarks found on these covers. For the penny values, covers used up to and including 10 May 1840 are listed; for the twopenny values, adhesive and Mulready combination covers, and caricatures, all May dates are listed.

Published 1999.

OUT OF PRINT (Retail price was £40)

PENNY RED STARS - DIE II, ALPHABET III
(PLATES 22–68, R17) 1855–1862

Notes and Aids to Plating

PART 2 — KA to TL by G. C. TONNA, edited by DON MADDEN, FRPSL

Part 1 of this major work on the Die II, Alphabet III stamps, covering AA to JL, was published in 1980. Part 2, edited by Don Madden, appeared in 1996. The volume is in A5 hardback format to match Part 1 and contains over 250 pages and well over 1,000 diagrams. New tables and charts cover Colour Characteristics, Dates, Broken Pin Varieties, Watermarks, and Comparative Rarity. An Addenda & Corrigenda to Part 1 is also included.

Published 1996.

OUT OF PRINT (Retail price was £35)

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