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Great Britain - Post Office history
Staff, Frank - The Penny Post 1680 - 1918
Staff, Frank - The Penny Post
1680 - 1918

Publisher: The Lutterworth Press, Cambridge, 1992.
Second edition (first paperback edition), paperback, 219 pages, a couple of tiny marks to the lower page-edges, internally in Very Good condition.
The first paperback edition of Frank Staff's authoritative and extremely readable account of the growth of the Penny Post from its local beginnings to national and international agreements. To some (such as Elihu Burritt who campaigned so vigorously for Ocean Penny Post to and from the United States, and Henniker Heaton, who by his efforts brought about Imperial Penny Post in 1898) the need to provide a cheap means of communication between peoples at home and abroad was not only obvious but was fought for with missionary zeal; however, governments were slow to react to these demands and the story Frank Staff describes provides a fascinating sidelight of social as well as postal history. While we are all familiar with the name of Rowland Hill, who in 1840 established Uniform Penny Post in this country, less well-known is the pioneering work of William Dockwra, who created an efficient Penny Post in London as early as 1680 with four or five hundred Receiving Houses to take in letters, seven Sorting Offices and very frequent deliveries. Other pioneers include Ralph Allen of Bath, who developed Bye-way and Cross Roads Post throughout England and Wales in 1720, Peter Williamson, who organised a Penny Post in Edinburgh in 1773-4, and John Palmer, who devised the first mail-coach service in 1784 from Bristol to London. The study of postal history opens up wide possibilities and is a fascinating subject of interest to the social historian as well as the philatelist. The Penny Post not only gives the historical background of a reform, but indicates the range of items that may still be obtained by the keen collector - early date-stamped envelopes, broadsheets and pamphlets, letter scales and stamp boxes, personal correspondence and newspaper cartoons - and the book itself is illustrated with a remarkable collection of photographs and line drawings.
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Fryer, Gavin - Blindman
Fryer, Gavin - Blindman's Mail
How the Blind have been Served by the Post

Publisher: privately published by the author, 2010.
Large hardback, dustwrapper, illustrated, xii + 165 pages, dedication from the author to the previous owner on title-page, slight mark/shelfwear to dustwrapper else in Very Good condition.
History of the development of special postage rates for the blind. A very interesting read. With many tables of postage rates. Very well illustrated in colour.
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Hay, Ian - The Post Office Went To War
Hay, Ian - The Post Office Went To War
Publisher: HMSO, London, 1946.
Paperback, illustrated, 96 pages, very slight bend, slightly rusty staples, in Good condition.
Official history of the British Post Office during WW2. Profusely illustrated. Scarce.
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- Air Mail
Publisher: G.P.O., 1933.
Paperback leaflet, 12 pages, staples rusted away leaving small holes and rust marks, in Good condition.
Post Office leaflet giving details of Air Mail rates to countries in Europe and the rest of the world, illustrated with a map showing Imperial Air Routes. With two further leaflets inserted, one showing details of England-India and England-South Africa Air Mails with map, and another (dated October 1934) showing new Air Mail parcel rates for European countries.
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Wells, Edwin - Postal Reform
Wells, Edwin - Postal Reform
Publisher: C.W. Daniel Company, London, 1930.
First edition, paperback, pictorial card covers, 61 pages, tears to spine, foxing and dusty marks to page-edges, a fairly Good reading copy only.
A scarce book proposing the simplification of the British postal system.
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Robinson, Howard - The British Post Office A History
Robinson, Howard - The British Post Office
A History

Publisher: Princeton University Press, Princeton, New Jersey, 1948.
First edition, hardback, dustwrapper, xvii + 467 pages + plates + maps, dustwrapper slightly soiled and with a short tear at top of spine, page-edges slightly dust-marked, internally clean, a Good reading copy.
The scarce classic work.
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Dendy Marshall, C.F. - The British Post Office from its Beginnings to the End of 1925
Dendy Marshall, C.F. - The British Post Office
from its Beginnings to the End of 1925

Publisher: Oxford University Press, 1926.
Hardback, original red cloth gilt, gilt 'Wyon Head' embossed on front cover, 354 pages + plates, ex libris Brighton & Hove Philatelic Society with their bookplate to front & rear endpapers and slight remnants of label to spine, a little foxing to endpapers, slight marks to top-edges, in Good condition.
An important early work on postal history.
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Hyde, James Wilson - The Royal Mail
Its Curiosities and Romance

Publisher: W. Blackwood & Sons, 1889.
Third edition, hardback, original red cloth gilt with decorative front board, frontispiece, xvi + 306 pages, ex libris Frank Staff with his distinctive bookplate to front pastedown-endpaper, bookplate of another owner to front free-endpaper, spine a little sunned and very slightly rubbed at top else in Very Good condition.
A nice copy of this scarce Post Office history. With numerous engraved illustrations.
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Foxell, J.T. and Spafford, A.O. - Monarchs of All they Surveyed The Story of the Post Office Surveyors
Foxell, J.T. and Spafford, A.O. - Monarchs of All they Surveyed
The Story of the Post Office Surveyors

Publisher: H.M.S.O., London, 1952.
First edition, paperback, 55 pages + plates, covers & page-edges a little toned (as usual), else in VG condition.
Scarce work, illustrated with b/w photographs.
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Greenwood, Jeremy - The Posts of Sussex The Chichester Branch 1250-1840
Greenwood, Jeremy - The Posts of Sussex
The Chichester Branch 1250-1840

Publisher: privately published, 1973.
First edition, large format paperback, illustrated, 110 pages, light foxing & corner-crease to title-page, else in VG condition.
Scarce work on the postal history of Chichester & surrounding area prior to the introduction of adhesive postage stamps.
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Todd, T. - William Dockwra and the Rest of the Undertakers The story of the London Penny Post 1680-1682
Todd, T. - William Dockwra and the Rest of the Undertakers
The story of the London Penny Post 1680-1682

Publisher: C.J. Cousland & Sons Ltd., Edinburgh, 1952.
Hardback, original grey cloth, dustwrapper, illustrated, xii + 156 pages + 38 black & white plates, dustwrapper foxed and with a few tears, foxing to page-edges, contents clean, in Good condition.
Scarce history of William Dockwra's Penny Post.
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Beale, Philip - A History of the Post in England from the Romans to the Stuarts
Beale, Philip - A History of the Post in England from the Romans to the Stuarts
Publisher: Ashgate Publications, Aldershot, 1998.
Hardback, dustwrapper, illustrated, xv + 284 pages + plates, slight wear to dustwrapper at edges and corners, very slight hint of spine-roll, minor signs of use, in Good condition.
"This book is about English letters and their use for the administration of government, for the transaction of business and for private correspondence. It describes the Roman postal system in England, the services provided by medieval kings and sheriffs, churchmen, merchants, towns and carriers, ending with the 1635 proclamation that began their amalgamation."
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Tallack, R.J. - The Post Office
What it does for the Nation and What it might do

Publisher: privately published by the author, London, 1928.
Hardback, library cloth binding retaining the original grey card covers, 40 pages, ex libris Post Office Records, label to front cover and library marks to front pastedown endpaper and to original front cover, short tear to the original card front cover at foot spine, in fairly Good condition.
Very rarely seen.
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Johnson, Peter - Mail by Rail The History of the TPO & Post Office Railway
Johnson, Peter - Mail by Rail
The History of the TPO & Post Office Railway

Publisher: Ian Allan Ltd., 1995.
Second edition, hardback, dustwrapper, 128 pages, slight signs of use, in Good condition.
Revised and updated edition of "The British Travelling Post Office" first published in 1985. A comprehensive, very well illustrated study of the TPO service. Includes a historical survey of the various services, looks at the rolling stock used, and apparatus for depositing and collection by moving train. With a chapter on TPO postmarks, Late Fee and collectables, and a useful Bibliography.
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Lumley, D.O. - Air Mail Operation
Lumley, D.O. - Air Mail Operation
Publisher: General Post Office, London, 1936.
Post Office Green Paper No. 23, paperback, 18 pages + plates, tiny amount of very light spotting to front cover else in VG condition.
Illustrated with map of Air Mail routes and b/w photos showing the progress of an Air Mail letter.
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Goodwyn, Charles W. - Royal Reform Postal Reform 1837-1841 as Reflected in the Royal Philatelic Collection
Goodwyn, Charles W. - Royal Reform
Postal Reform 1837-1841 as Reflected in the Royal Philatelic Collection

Publisher: Stuart Rossiter Trust Fund, 1999.
Large format paperback (card covers), illustrated, xv + 112 pages, signed dedication from the author to first page,in VG condition.
The history of Rowland Hill's postal reforms and the introduction of the first adhesive postage stamps, illustrated with items from the Royal Philatelic Collection. Very well illustrated.
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Melville, Fred J. - A Penny All The Way The Story of Penny Postage
Melville, Fred J. - A Penny All The Way
The Story of Penny Postage

Publisher: Fred J. Melville, London, 1908.
Second British edition, small format paperback, illustrated, 48 pages, spine repaired with silver tape and new staples, in Good condition.
A scarce Melville publication.
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Mackay, James A. - Under the Gum Background to British Stamps 1840-1940
Mackay, James A. - Under the Gum
Background to British Stamps 1840-1940

Publisher: James Bendon Ltd., Limassol, 1997.
Hardback, dustwrapper, illustrated, x + 526 pages, in Very Good condition.
A fine work which goes behind the scenes to uncover the details of the debates, the discussions, the wrangles, and sometimes the bickering that went on between the Board of Inland Revenue and the Post Office, the Royal Mint and even Buckingham Palace regarding British stamp issues. Illustrated in black & white. Out of print and scarce.
£75.00Quantity:

Aaron, Henry - Pillar to Post Looking at Street Furniture
Aaron, Henry - Pillar to Post
Looking at Street Furniture

Publisher: Warne, London, 1982.
First edition, hardback, dustwrapper, 182 pages, slight wear to dustwrapper, in Good condition.
Super black & white photographs of British street furniture including post boxes, telephone boxes, telegraph poles etc.
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 - Post Boxes A Celebration in 25 Postcards
- Post Boxes
A Celebration in 25 Postcards

Publisher: Royal Mail, London, 2002.
Paperback (pictorial card covers), lightly rubbed at edges else in VG condition.
Book of postcards celebrating the British post box through the art of classic Royal Mail posters and a quintet of stamps.
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