In 1860 all the Caribbean mail intended for France was carried by private vessels or British steamers. In 1861 the “Companie Générale Transatlantique” was founded. Mail steamer lines were established serving several islands and cities. Incoming and outgoing French mail of the West Indies is much less common than the comparable British or Spanish mail. Especially Great Britain has always played a major role in the carrying of mail and other goods in the Caribbean. Dr. Federico Borromeo d’Adda shows many rare covers in his collection. Of particular interest are items representing Franco-British postal relations.
196 pages, of which 172 are full-colour plates showing pages from the collection, hardbound with dust jacket, bilingual in English and German