His original method and approach was that of a typical country collector. First he collected (as a seven year-old!) - like so many others - the stamps of his own country, modern issues, then he immersed himself in Brazil's stamps and specialised in them. Thus he came to the postmarks, the history of the country, the early issues, the pre-stamp era and postal history. Over the years he built up the largest and most comprehensive postmark archive of the country's imperial period. Only from 2000 did he concentrate on the country's entire postal history, for which his collection was awarded the FIP Grand Prix in Jakarta in 2012. He then gradually began to expand his interests to include certain other countries in South America, resulting in a new exhibit documented in this book, which was honoured in 2018 at exhibitions in Jerusalem, Prague and most recently at STOCKHOLMIA 2019, in each case with Large Gold (at Prague 2018 with an additional prize of honour).
Of course, Brazil is the country most strongly represented in this book, on about 70 pages. But on the other 160 pages there are selected covers from La Plata (Argentina), from the North Atlantic coast, Colombia, Venezuela, British Guiana, French Guiana, Trinidad, the Pacific coast, Panama, Chile, Bolivia, Ecuador and Peru. The fascinating covers are illustrated in each case; in addition the postmarks are often described separately and with their content relevant to postal history. Additional notes on the rarity of individual items make it easier for the reader to assess what is shown. The reviewer is not aware of a second exhibit that even comes close to this one in its content. Anyone who wants to take a closer look at this topic of South American ship mail will be unable to do without this book.
— Wolfgang Maassen (AIJP)
Large format, 248 pages, hardbound with dust jacket, in English and German