First edition, large paperback, illustrated, vi + 45 pages, slight corner-creasing else in Very Good condition.
“A tale of intrigue and secret stamp dealing by the Post Office at the very beginning of the 20th century; and a modern investigation into where the stamps have ended up.” In 1899, a remarkable discovery was made at the Dublin and Edinburgh Post Offices. The apparent ‘find’ consisted of a sheet of 1d Blacks, a sheet of 2d Blues, a sheet of VR 1d Blacks and rolls of some six thousand Mulready lettersheets. Post Office officials decided to try to obtain as much money as possible for these on the philatelic market, but instead of openly admitting who was actually selling the stamps, they arranged for Post Office employees to sell the stamps at auction under their own names! In the first part of this superb work Don Madden unravels the story of the Dublin Find using contemporary Post Office documents. In the second part Karl Louis reconstructs the broken down sheets. Very well illustrated in black & white, and with excellent diagrams showing the reconstruction of the sheets.
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