Awarded a Gold in the Philatelic Literature category at Stockholmia 2019
This thoroughly researched catalogue provides a detailed listing of all British pre-decimal postage stamps, from the first definitives showing Her Majesty The Queen, issued in December 1952, up to the end of 1970.
Definitives, commemorative and special issues, postage dues, regionals and booklets are all covered in substantial depth; each section being preceded by a comprehensive introduction, clearly explaining the technical details of the stamps involved. Different phosphor wavelengths, watermark and paper changes, errors and varieties, coils, cylinder numbers, booklet panes, perforation types and much else are clearly listed and priced, while appendices cover perforators, postage rates and additional sources of information.
This catalogue has long been recognised as the standard guide to the early stamps of the present reign and the new 13th edition features an enormous number of additions and improvements, making it absolutely indispensable to collectors of this fascinating period in British philately.
NEW FOR THIS EDITION:
New articles charting the introduction of the Wilding and Machin designs have been written for the catalogue by Frank Walton RDP and Douglas Muir RDP, respectively.
The catalogue is illustrated in colour for the first time, with new clear pictures of the plate and cylinder flaws which are currently enjoying such a resurgence of popularity with collectors.
New expanded and fully-priced listings of the imprimaturs now released from the archives of the Postal Museum have been included in all sections, including varieties and cylinder blocks.
Coil leaders are now priced for the first time.
The booklet sections have been transferred out of the Appendix to follow their relevant booklet pane sections, and expanded with additional production notes.
The notes on the Postage Due watermarks have been improved, with clear new illustrations.
The Postage Rates appendix has been expanded to meet the needs of the growing number of collectors interested in the postal history of this period.
The catalogue has been carefully repriced throughout, following consultation with specialist collectors and dealers.