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PORT PAYÉ - Die Classic PP-Cancels of Switzerland 1796-1862

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The New Handbook by Evert Poel

Systmatically listed according to their usages in the different Cantons
 65.00 CHF

EDITION SPÉCIALE: Tierra del Fuego 1891 & Chaco War 1932-1935 - The Brian Moorhouse Collections

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article number: 441
Every collector of Central and South America probably knows the name of the professional philatelist Brian Moorhouse. As a dealer, expertiser and publicist he was for decades of international renown. Less well known was his own passion for collecting many areas, in which he alone put together 14 exhibits, some of which went down in the history of philately with high honours and awards. Two of them are documented in this comprehensive, well-written work.

The name "Tierra del Fuego" - known to many as the "Land of Fire" and the southernmost province of Argentina - is inextricably linked to that of Julius Popper (1857-1893), a Romanian-born Jewish freemason and adventurer who came to Argentina in 1885 in search of gold. A year later he found gold-bearing sand on the beach at Paramo, a peninsula of Tierra del Fuego. A short time later Popper produced large quantities of gold. This enabled him to establish his own "empire" with his own gold coin currency and his own local stamps, which from 1891 were sold by a postal service in Ushuaia. Two years later Popper died unexpectedly and his own kingdom quickly perished with him.

Moorhouse tells this story in much greater detail in his collection and provides stamp issues with an abundance that is unparalleled - but cannot be found, as he himself has acquired most of the material that still exists. His collection is the best and most extensive ever in this field. One learns from it all the subtleties of these local issues, which one previously knew at best from hearsay.

With the second collection, on what was probably the bloodiest war in South America, the Chaco War of 1932-1935, Moorhouse also demonstrates his expertise in philately and postal history, which he acquired over many years thanks to his excellent historical and literary knowledge. This military conflict between Bolivia and Paraguay was about decades-long territorial claims on the Gran Chaco, a rather deserted and seemingly economically uninteresting region, which ultimately led to a war. In 1938, Paraguay was able to claim victory and in a peace treaty gained control over the larger part of this area for itself.

Moorhouse documents the stamps, postmarks, military mail and censorship systems of both countries involved at that time, and he has even taken into account propaganda postcards and labels, as well as the prisoner-of-war mail of both sides. The abundance of the material shown is almost overwhelming and extremely depressing, reflecting the events of the time in an incomparable way. This collection is a history book of a special kind and goes far beyond a purely philatelic exhibit.

— Wolfgang Maassen (AIJP)

196 pages, hardbound with dust jacket, in English
 79.00 CHF

EDITION SPÉCIALE: Cape of Good Hope - The “BESANÇON” Collection

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article number: 443
The triangular stamps of the Cape of Good Hope are among the earliest stamps ever issued and have always fascinated collectors. The shape, design and printing of these stamps, which were issued from 1853 onwards, have contributed significantly to their popularity, which remains unbroken to this day. So it is hardly surprising that almost all of the world's major stamp collectors also had a collection of "Cape triangles".

This also includes the owner of the collection documented in this new book in the EDITION SPÉCIALE series, who wishes to remain anonymous and who presents his Cape collection under the pseudonym "Besançon". He pursues a traditional collecting approach, not so much a postal history one. The book presents the individual series, beginning with rare proofs of the 1853 issue (1d. and 4d., each on blued paper in their many different colour shades), first printed by Perkins Bacon in England. The 1d., 4d., 6d. and 1s. values on cream-coloured to white paper followed In 1855/63, also again with many shades.

The so-called "woodblocks", which the local printer Paul Salomon produced with a simple design in 1861 due to a shortage of the 1d. and 4d. stamps, are well-known - they looked as if they had been produced from wooden printing blocks. Their errors of colour, which today are among the most famous in philately and are very rare, are almost legendary. All these issues can also be found in the "Besançon" collection, again in their various colour shades.

In 1863/64 the Perkins Bacon and Salomon printings were replaced by four values produced by the De La Rue printing company in England. Specimens of various kinds are documented in this collection as well as the various colour shades of these stamps, some of them differing quite markedly from the previous issues. The last part of the collection is devoted to an excellent documentation of the first rectangular series ("Hope Seated"), which was also produced by De La Rue from 1864/67 and a great variety of whose subtleties and rarities can be found in this collection - the design was used for various issues over a period of almost 30 years.

Although all the issues are only briefly described, the beauty of the stamps, all of which are in first-class condition, is what appeals to the observer. Some rare large multiples can be found as well as stamps in pristine condition with wide margins. In this form and with this kind of charisma, the sheer beauty of early classic stamps can come into its own.

— Wolfgang Maassen (AIJP)

128 pages, hardbound with dust jacket, in English
 79.00 CHF

Austrian Post Office in the Levant - Werner Schindler

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article number: 444
Anyone who has read the 564 pages of this extensive work - presented in the style of an EDITION D'OR volume – will know why history and especially postal history fascinate so many people today. Although this book is based on the author's own collection, what he has made of it thanks to the Köhler/Corinphila publishing team breaks all the constraints of previous EDITION D'OR and EDITION SPÈCIALE volumes. The result is a perfect mixture of comprehensive information, richly combined with interesting, valuable and attractive covers from the period covered. But Schindler does not stop there. He also takes the next step with regard to what is often referred to today as "social philately". He includes contemporary illustrations of all kinds, reproduces original texts, maps, paintings of people, photos and much more, which brings to life the otherwise "dry" historical material.

Schindler treats the complex subject-matter chronologically. He begins with the early development of the Levant up to the Congress of Vienna, then shows the developments on land and sea and discusses the early postage rates as well as the introduction of stamps. This alone takes up almost 300 pages and it is fascinating to read how the progress of industrial development was in tune with the expansion of postal routes, the available means of transport and destinations served. Of course, the Austrian Post Office's position in the interplay of powers at the time is not neglected either, as it - like so many others - always endeavoured to increase the Habsburg claim to expansion as far as Asia and Egypt. International postal links to Europe and overseas, postal treaties along various routes were the result and here it is also fascinating how the author deals with these important aspects on an almost global scale. The last 50 years of these developments - from the General Postal Union to the beginning of the First World War - are dealt with more briefly in comparison, but show the new stamp issues in different currencies and new postal services as well as the renewed economic changes.

This book is not a compendium, that is, not a concise textbook, it is an encyclopaedia of the Austrian Post and the Habsburg claims in the Levant - an encyclopaedia which has not existed in this form and with this content until now. The author is up to date, as is made clear by the sources he has evaluated and the state archives used, which today are gradually digitising their holdings. As a competent postal history expert, however, Schindler knows how to put facsimiles of old postal treaties in their overall context instead of reprinting them page by page, as is often the case, and he describes documents in such a way that one can learn from them. He is aware of and interprets the correspondence of large companies and trading houses, he knows about treaties and their backgrounds, but he does not simply leave them isolated in space, but interprets them against the background of previous and subsequent historical events, so that an overall picture of this complex matter emerges.

The author and publisher can only be congratulated on this book. It is a reference book in the best sense of the word, a monograph, not a documentation of a collection. But the book shows what you can do with a collection and what you can use it for. In short: philately meets history. The two are no longer separate!

— Wolfgang Maassen (AIJP)

564 pages, hardbound with dust jacket, in German and English
 99.00 CHF

Vol. 54: Argentina 1867-1887 - The Pablo Reim Collection

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article number: 442
When a philatelist with a collection of the semi-classical issues of a country achieves three Large Gold medals at exhibitions (in this case in 2010 in Buenos Aires, 2016 in Cordoba and 2018 at the FIP exhibition in Israel), then this collection must be something very special. It is clear that Pablo Reim, one of South America's leading philatelists, possesses such a collection. His other collections of the pre-philately of Argentina and Bolivia, of classical and semi-classical Brazilian issues, of Corrientes, etc. are also almost legendary.

Reim deals with the subject in ten "chapters", beginning with the "First Contract" up to the sixth printing order (1883 ff.). Included are the provisionals of 1877 and 1882, which became necessary because changes in postage rates resulted in a shortage of stamps and made it necessary to overprint stamps in the country. Reim follows this chronology in the traditional way of collecting that is typical of him. The stamps, their essays and/or proofs are at the beginning of each new issue. This is followed by the presentation of some of the largest known multiples in unused and used condition. Then follows a series of usages of the stamps of each value on cover - from single frankings to multiple- and mixed frankings. Postage rates and postage overviews are explained in each case. Even mixed frankings with other issues (such as with the preceding Rivadavia issue) and bisects are among the rarities that can be seen in this book in perfect condition and in large numbers. The variety seems inexhaustible, but notes such as "only three covers known" quickly make it clear to the reader that the material shown is anything but an everyday commodity.

The collection is perfect, an optical "delicacy" that can only be enjoyed. This book is only to be recommended to anyone interested in these issues, even if he cannot call comparable material his own.

— Wolfgang Maassen (AIJP)

188 pages, hardbound with dust jacket, in English and German
 79.00 CHF

Vol. 55: Brazil – Dom Pedro Issues 1866-1878 - The Pablo Reim Collection

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article number: 445
Among Brazil's most popular early stamps are the three issues of the so-called large Dom Pedro series of stamps, which appeared in 1866-1878. These issues replaced the previous so-called bull's-, goat's- and cat's-eye issues. The portrait of Emperor Dom Pedro was now the design that the American Bank Note Company produced by steel engraving in many different values. The issues are still among the most beautiful designs that Brazil has ever issued. They were collected by many enthusiasts in the past, especially as a wide variety of "dumb" and local postmarks of Brazil - which are quite affordable in good condition - could easily be collected on the stamps.

But anyone who hears the name of the collector Pablo Reim (b. 23 June 1955) of Buenos Aires knows that this well-known philatelist prefers and appreciates the special, the unusual. In addition to his home country of Argentina, he has several Brazil collections of outstanding quality. This specialised Dom Pedro collection is also an example of what competence, knowledge and many a lucky acquisition of rarities can bring about.

The collection, which is described throughout in English, is a traditional collection of its type. This means that it is dedicated in a specialised way to the stamps themselves, for which essays and proofs, then the stamps themselves, and finally their usage on cover are presented. As if this were a simple challenge, Reim has tried to put together for each value what was truly unusual: the largest known multiples and rarest letter frankings with some very unusual destinations and postage rates. He has succeeded in doing this very well and thus the reader finds many items of exquisite rarity and quality in pristine condition. The descriptions are kept short, but always provide the correct explanation for weight steps and postage for usages on cover. The collector of these issues will probably have his heart set on them, because he has probably never seen so many such things before. And if he has, then only in many auction catalogues of recent decades. In this book he gets such a comprehensive and concentrated view of these charming issues as is only rarely possible.

— Wolfgang Maassen (AIJP)

168 pages, hardbound with dust jacket, in English and German
 79.00 CHF

Vol. 56: Greece – Small Hermes Heads 1886-1901 - The Anestis Karagiannidis Collection

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article number: 446
The biography in this new 56th volume in the EDITION D'OR series portrays the collector as a man committed to his dreams. This is actually his life's work - both professional and philatelic. Born in 1949 in Langadas near Thessaloniki, in the 1950s and 1960s Anestis Karagiannidis could see few prospects for his future in his native Greece, and so he emigrated to Canada in 1971, married his wife Artemis there in 1976 and hired himself out as a carpenter until 1981, when he finally remembered his roots: he opened the "Boulangerie Pâtisserie Afroditi" in Montreal. This exclusive patisserie for Greek and French pastries became so successful over the years that Karagiannidis and his youngest son now have more branches.

Nor did Karagiannidis give up the love of philately of his youth. On the contrary, his hobby developed more and more into a passion, so that since 1986 he has focused on the second period of classical Greek philately. These stamp issues are widely known as the "Small Hermes Heads". Specialists are aware that a collection of these issues is anything but easy to put together. Initially (1886-1888) they were produced in various printings in Belgium, then from 1889 to 1890 the stamps of the 'First Athens Printing' were produced, followed by those of the 'Second Athenian Printing' from 1890 to 1896 and finally those of the third printing from 1897 to 1901.

This still sounds manageable, but the variety of papers, colours, perforations and watermarks often presents a puzzle to the collector. Karagiannidis knows how to solve these puzzles in the truly unique collection documented in this book, which has been awarded six international Grand Prix Gold Medals and two additional Grand Prix Medals since 2013. He describes the occurrence of all the varieties very clearly and the excellent print quality of the stamp illustrations is extremely detailed and close to the original.

The exhibit is a traditional collection in the best and truest sense of the word. It is in the well-understood sense an "accumulations of rarities", and should "only one of three known examples" appear in the description, then one can hardly estimate their rarity factor in view of the countless unique specimens.

This book is a pleasure to read. It is a "must read" and a groundbreaking handbook for anyone interested in these issues.

— Wolfgang Maassen (AIJP)

164 pages, hardbound with dust jacket, in English and German
 79.00 CHF

Vol. 57: Pigeon Post - The Lutz König Collection

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article number: 447
Thematic collectors sometimes have the opportunity to collect items that relate to their chosen collecting area not only on stamps, but also as originals – even in miniature format – whether it be cars, trains or ships, to name just a few examples. Animal lovers often breed or keep the animals that are the subject of their philatelic interests. This was exactly the case with Lutz König, a philatelist born at Nordhausen, in the Harz region, in 1952.

König not only knows a great deal about pigeon post (the title of his exhibit, which has received many Grand Prix and Large Gold medals since 2006), but also about pigeons themselves, which he bred until 1990. He won high awards with his pigeons at many shows in the former GDR. It was only his workload that led to him giving up this time-consuming pursuit so as to further his career, and he concentrated instead on the philatelically charming theme of the pigeon

The new Volume 57 in the well-known "EDITION D'OR" series of books not only gives a biography of this unusual collector, it also provides a highly readable introduction to König's collecting area. The preface deals with the ornithological view of pigeons and the carrying of news by pigeon post, also fine pigeon breeds and pigeons as high-performance "athletes", and describes the role of the dove as a well-known and worldwide symbol of peace.

Finally, this high award-winning collection is documented on almost 100 more pages. In four parts of the collection, it provides deep insights into the "biographies of pigeons in the wild", the evolution of "the development of today’s domestic pigeons from wild rock doves", as well as a historical reference to the development from "the path from bird of the gods in antiquity to religious symbol" and to aspects of the "doves are a source of inspiration – worldwide fame of a different kind".

What is most impressive is the meticulous development of this exhibit, which uses all kinds of philatelic items (stamps, postmarks, postal stationery, letters, franking marks and much more) to illustrate what is written. Present-day questions such as the protection of species and today's dangers to wild and domestic pigeons are not left out. When selecting the philatelic items shown, one can sense the expert who loves what is special: until 1990 Lutz König had collected GDR in a specialised way, that is, stamps with specialised features and varieties. Later he continued this far from easy approach in his pigeon post collection and chose special, sometimes even unique items in each case.

It is not only entertaining, but also educational in the truest sense of the word to read this book; it is a joy. One should have seen the collection - now everyone has the opportunity to do so comparatively easily.

— Wolfgang Maassen (AIJP)

128 pages, hardbound with dust jacket, in English and German
 79.00 CHF

Vol. 58: Private Ship Letter Stamp Issuing Companies up to 1900 - The Jan Berg Collection

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article number: 448
One can take quite literally the claim of this book series to document the "most important stamp collections of our time", because this new volume of the EDITION D'OR series provides further proof. A collector must have been truly bitten by the philatelic "bug" to collect such a difficult, and for many a completely impossible subject. Some individual areas of this subject, such as the issues of the Steam Navigation Company, seem feasible. But to claim to collect the stamp issues of all private shipping companies up to 1900 would seem to be an impossibility.

The reason is clear: many of the stamps of these shipping lines are rare, even in comparison with the "Post Office" Mauritius stamps. This narrows down the scope considerably, especially as one must be lucky enough to have any access to such stamps and covers. This requires patience, perseverance, vigilance and, in particular, a persistent quest for perfection.

All this is known to the Swedish collector Jan Berg (born 1959). Berg has two hobbies: his company – he owns a successful building automation company – and philately, since he was seven years old. He began his exhibiting career in 1975 with a thematic collection ("Elephants") and, after a long break, returned in 2001 with a fine Samoa collection which was awarded the Grand Prix at Singapore in 2015. In this 58th EDITION D'OR volume the portrait of the collector written by his friend and passionate philatelist Jonas Hällström is well worth reading. Hällström also emphasises the arrangement of this collection of rarities, which is unparalleled in its perfection and use of blank space. There is much to be learned from this alone.

Even more instructive, however, is the collection itself, which has been awarded seven Gold medals since 2010, and between 2015 and 2018 six Large Gold medals and two Grand Prix awards in Scandinavia. Berg undoubtedly deserves this flood of medals, as the 136 pages of his exhibit contain many names of private shipping lines that most readers are unlikely to have been familiar with to date. Berg divides the abundance of these lines into six chapters, from Intercontinental via the Caribbean and America to Europe, Australasia and Africa including the Suez Canal Company. He succeeds in representing each line with the rarest of their stamps, and also their usage on correspondence. In addition, he has included many proofs, essays and colour trials, as can be seen for example with the issues of the Pacific Steam Navigation Company.

— Wolfgang Maassen (AIJP)

176 pages, hardbound with dust jacket, in English and German
 79.00 CHF