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[Firebrace, John] - The John Firebrace Collections of Military Postal History
[Firebrace, John] - The John Firebrace Collections of Military Postal History
Publisher: Cavendish, Derby, 2001.
Auction catalogue, paperback, pictorial card covers, illustrated, 107 pages, Cross Reference Index at front, in Very Good condition.
Important catalogue of British campaign mails in Egypt, Sudan, and Near East. Well illustrated, including 23 colour plates.
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Brooks, A.D. - Postal History of Sunderland
Brooks, A.D. - Postal History of Sunderland
Publisher: Sunderland Philatelic Society, 1975.
Large format (A4) paperback, illustrated, 15 pages, a few tiny marks to the pages, in Good condition.
Very scarce.
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Oxley, H.M. and Watson, V.C. - Bishop Auckland Postal History
Oxley, H.M. and Watson, V.C. - Bishop Auckland Postal History
Publisher: privately published, 1968.
Paperback, 16 pages + 2 plates, very slight corner-creasing, else in Very Good condition.
Very scarce booklet.
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Tabeart, Colin - United Kingdom Letter Rates Inland and Overseas 1635 to 1900
Tabeart, Colin - United Kingdom Letter Rates
Inland and Overseas 1635 to 1900

Publisher: HH Sales Ltd., Bradford, 2003.
Second edition, paperback, illustrated, viii + 264 pages, some minor marks to the covers, pages clean, previous owner's name to title-page, else in Very Good condition.
In 1989 the first edition of "UK Letter Rates" appeared, the first serious work on the subject, dealing with an awkward void in British postal history which had long needed to be filled. Despite several other books on different aspects of the same subject having been published since, "UK Letter Rates" remains the only book to cover all public UK letter postage rates up to 1900. This second edition was prompted by the continuing demand for the original book, which required the printing of a second impression in 1990 and a third in 2002. A thorough revision of the original text was undertaken, incorporating the 1991 Supplement and a significant amount of new information. It is much larger than the first edition and is far more attractive to the eye and user-friendly. There is much improved tabulation of the complex data, and significantly more covers are illustrated with the rates carefully explained as examples. Long out-of-print and hard to find.
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Mackay, James A. - Postmarks of England and Wales
Mackay, James A. - Postmarks of England and Wales
Publisher: privately published by the author, Dumfires, 1988.
Large format (A4) paperback, illustrated, 352 pages, minor signs of use else in Very Good condition.
An important survey of English and Welsh postmarks with more than 6,500 illustrations of postmarks as recorded in the Post Office Records and elsewhere. This large book includes 51 separate sections on everything from the earliest Bishop marks to Machine cancellations, Maltese Cross Obliterators to Royal Air Force postmarks.
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Mackay, James A. - Scottish Numeral Postmarks
Mackay, James A. - Scottish Numeral Postmarks
Publisher: privately published, Dumfries, 1987.
Large (A4) paperback, illustrated, 196 pages, in Very Good condition.
This book deals with the numbers allocated to Post Offices in Scotland from 1844 onwards, and used in obliterators, double stamps and combined date and obliterating stamps down to the beginning of the twentieth century. From the 1880s until 1924, these numbers were also employed in charge and explanatory marks and in examiners' triangular stamps, all of which are surveyed here for the first time in depth. Well illustrated.
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Brumell, George - A Short Account of the Franking System in the Post Office: 1652-1840, with a description of the postmarks used in connection therewith
Brumell, George - A Short Account of the Franking System in the Post Office: 1652-1840,
with a description of the postmarks used in connection therewith

Publisher: privately published, 1936.
Paperback, 38 pages, illustrated, scuff with tiny amount of surface-loss to front cover, very slight corner-crease to front cover, foxing to title-page, inscriptions of two previous owners to title-page, a Good reading copy only.
Classic work on free franks.
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Mackay, James A. - The Postal History of Glasgow
Mackay, James A. - The Postal History of Glasgow
Publisher: privately published, Dumfries, 1984.
Large (A4) paperback, illustrated, 220 pages, slight wear to the transparent plastic covers else in Very Good conditon.
Comprehensive study of Glasgow's postal history and postmarks. Scarce.
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Mackay, James A. - Registered Mail of the British Isles
Mackay, James A. - Registered Mail of the British Isles
Publisher: privately published, Dumfries, 1982.
Large (A4) paperback, illustrated, 395 pages, very slight crease to transparent plastic cover, few dusty marks to page-edges, inscription and inkstamp of a philatelic society to title-page, internally clean, a Good working copy.
Scarce and sought after work.
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Mackay, James - Scotland
Mackay, James - Scotland's Posts
Publisher: privately published by the author, Glasgow, 2000.
Subscribers' Edition, No. 59 of 100 copies signed by the author and with souvenir sheet tipped-in at front, card slipcase, large format (A4) paperback, illustrated, v + 163 pages + maps, slipcase worn and with some tears, tiny corner-crease to rear cover, slightest hint of spine-lean, in Good condition.
A superb history of the development of the postal system in Scotland. Illustrated with postmark illustrations; with useful appendices, and maps.
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Hendy, John G. - Ship Letters
Hendy, John G. - Ship Letters
Publisher: The Postal History Society, 1997.
Large hardback, illustrated, vii + 129 pages, slightest hint of spine-lean else in Very Good condition.
A reprint of Hendy's long-forgotten manuscript on Ship Letters, with excellent appendices by modern authors on British Quarantine and the Disinfection of Mail, Soldiers' and Sailors' Letters sent as Ship Letters, etc. Numerous photo-illustrations of covers.
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Campbell-Smith, Duncan - Masters of the Post The Authorized History of Royal Mail
Campbell-Smith, Duncan - Masters of the Post
The Authorized History of Royal Mail

Publisher: Allen Lane, London, 2011.
First edition, later impression, hardback, dustwrapper, xxx + 849 pages + 32 plates, two small chips to the rear panel of the dustwrapper, minor signs of having been read else in Very Good condition.
A major history of the British Post Office. "This is the first complete history of the Royal Mail up to the present day, based on its comprehensive archives, and including the first detailed account of the past half-century of Britain's postal history, made possible by privileged access to confidential records. Today's debate over the future of the Royal Mail is shown to be just the latest chapter in a centuries-old conflict between its roles raising revenue and serving the public. Will its employees remain, like Brian Tuke's postmasters, servants of the Crown? This book could hardly appear at a more timely moment."
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Fryer, Gavin and Akerman, Clive (Editors) - The Reform of the Post Office in the Victorian Era and its Impact on Economic and Social Activity
Documentary History 1837 to 1864 Based on Sir Rowland Hill's Journal and Ancillary Papers, with Glossary, Bibliography and Comprehensive Index

Publisher: The Royal Philatelic Society, London, 2000.
Two large volumes, hardbacks, dustwrappers, lviii + vi + 1304 pages, slight spine-lean to both volumes, in Very Good condition.
No. 352 of a limited edition of 650 copies (although it is understood that a substantial part of the print run was destroyed, thus the book is far scarcer than indicated by the stated print run). Foreword by Asa Briggs. Well illustrated including numerous colour plates. A huge work in two volumes. With much detail on Rowland Hill's reforms and the introduction of the first adhesive postage stamps. Out of print. [Click 'Next' for more images)
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Norris, James A. - A Photographic & Cartographic Compilation of London District Post Offices in the Victorian & Edwardian Era
Norris, James A. - A Photographic & Cartographic Compilation of London District Post Offices
in the Victorian & Edwardian Era

Publisher: London Postal History Group, 2009.
First edition, large format (A4) paperback, illustrated, 134 pages, in Very Good condition.
A fascinating look at London Post Offices. Profusely illustrated in black & white.
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 - The Undated Straight Line and Numbered Receiving House Marks of the Midland Counties 1840-1860
- The Undated Straight Line and Numbered Receiving House Marks of the Midland Counties
1840-1860

Publisher: The Midland (GB) Postal History Society, 2010.
Second edition, large format (A4) paperback, comb-bound, illustrated, ix + 88 pages, in Very Good condition.
An excellent, clearly-presented handbook.
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Grimwood-Taylor, James - The British Postal Reforms of 1839 to 1840
Grimwood-Taylor, James - The British Postal Reforms of 1839 to 1840
Publisher: Cavendish Philatelic Auctions, Derby, 1990.
Large format (A4) paperback, spiralbound, illustrated, 66 pages, signed dedication from the author to the previous owner to title-page, in Very Good condition.
A study of the origins, process and results of the reforms that led to Uniform Penny Postage and the introduction of the Postage Stamp and Postal Stationery. Based on a series of articles originally published in The American Philatelist. Well illustrated with 83 illustrations. A scarce book.
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Chadwick, P.J. - Charge Marks of The 4d Post 1839-1840
Chadwick, P.J. - Charge Marks of The 4d Post
1839-1840

Publisher: Postal History Display, Oldham, 1990.
Paperback, illustrated, 56 pages, covers a little creased and slightly sunned, previous owner's name to title-page, else in Very Good condition.
The uniform fourpenny post was introduced on 5 December 1839, and was intended as a stage on the way to a uniform penny post. In the event, the fourpenny post lasted only 36 days. This book explains and illustrates the 4d Post and deals with the various rates in existence at the time. It covers comprehensively the uses of the 4d handstamps in separate chapters dealing with England and Wales, Ireland and Scotland. The use of 4d handstamps within the subsequent Penny Post is also examined and the London District Post is treated separately. Appendices deal with the other charge marks used before the 1840 reforms, the 3, 4, 5 and 6 of the London Posts, the 2 that was the first hand-struck charge mark in the General Post and probably in the world, that of Montrose used from 1732, the Reading 4 and 5, the Waltham Abbey 5 and the Woburn 7.
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Ellott, Gerald J. and Tabeart, Colin (editor) - The Michael Sullivan Correspondence 1874 & 1882 to 1885
Ellott, Gerald J. and Tabeart, Colin (editor) - The Michael Sullivan Correspondence
1874 & 1882 to 1885

Publisher: The Forces Postal History Society and the Society of Postal Historians, 2007.
Large format (A4) paperback, illustrated, 44 pages, in Very Good condition.
A fascinating look at the many covers sent by Royal Navy shipwright Michael Sullivan. Very well illustrated including some in colour.
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Beale, Philip and Almond, Adrian and Scott Archer, Mike - The Corsini Letters
Beale, Philip and Almond, Adrian and Scott Archer, Mike - The Corsini Letters
Publisher: Amberley, 2011.
First edition, hardback, dustwrapper, 224 pages + colour plates, dedication on title-page to the previous owner signed by Adrian [Almond] and also signed by Philip Beale, else in Very Good condition.
A fine work on the Corsini archive of sixteenth-century merchants' letters.
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Parkin, Stephen (editor) - Postal Markings of Scotland to 1840 Edinburgh & Leith and the Edinburgh District Offices
Parkin, Stephen (editor) - Postal Markings of Scotland to 1840
Edinburgh & Leith and the Edinburgh District Offices

Publisher: Scottish Postal History Society, 2014.
First edition, large format paperback (pictorial card covers), illustrated, iii + 147 pages, in Very Good condition.
An update of the Edinburgh and Leith sections of the second edition of the Scottish pre-stamp handbook by Auckland & Stables. Well illustrated in colour.
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