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What is the most beautiful philatelic book ever produced?

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Inspired by a reply by nigelc in another thread, I wondered what people consider the most beautiful stamp book ever produced.

At the moment, my leading candidate is Robertson, A. A History of Ship Letters of the British Isles, An Encyclopaedia of Maritime Postal History, 1956/1964.

I collect Volcanos on stamps

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The best I have ever seen - by far - is the 'Royal Philatelic Collection' edited by the Keeper, Sir John Wilson, done in the early 1950s by the RPSL IIRC ... based on memory .. my copy is home.

A MASSIVE outer size, in a hard board red cloth covered slipbox.

Red Morocco thick Buckram Leather binding and stitched and raised spine welts, and full colour plates, beautifully printed, of some of the rarest stamps existing.
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Red Morocco thick Buckram Leather binding, and full colour plates, beautifully printed, of some of the rarest stamp exisiting.
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Are you able to show us some more images when you get back ???

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difficult to define beautiful in relationship to Philatelic literature, but I would give my vote to Hugh Freeman's Victorian Numerals,

Well done Hugh and may the New South Wales surpass it when it finally gets completed, it will make the previous works on New South Wales look amateurish,

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Glen,

I've never seen it.

My current runner-up is London Letter Receivers 1652 - 1857 by Hugh Feldman.

But being a Londoner by upbringing, I'm somewhat biased.

Great maps and details of cancellations used.

In two-volume hard board slip boxes.

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admin wrote:The best I have ever seen - by far - is the 'Royal Philatelic Collection' edited by the Kepper, Sir John Wilson,done in the early 1950s by the RPSL IIRC ... based on memory .. my copy is home.

A MASSIVE outer size, in a hard board red cloth covered slipbox.

Red Morocco thick Buckram Leather binding and stiched and raised spine welts, and full colour plates, beautifully printed, of some of the rarest stamps existing.
I have to agree, but what's a "Kepper".

I wish I had it, but I never seem to have the spare $600+
sitting around.

Check out this review by Rainer Fuchs
http://reviews.ebay.com/The-Royal-Philatelic-Collection-1952_W0QQugidZ10000000004894654

Be sure to check out some of his other guides as well. Rainer
and I used to correspond many years ago.

My nomination for "most beautiful" contemporary philatelic
work is the set of six books on Belgian philately published for
Monacophil 2009. At a cost of $200 this is surely less than
the cost of printing, and they are really beautiful books.
MonacoPhil 2009
in conjunction with Club de Monte Carlo 1999-2009 issued an exceptional set of six books, in color, hard bound with dust jackets, in French and English covering things relating to Belgium.
The Maritime Mail, 574 pages
Belgium Proofs, 878 + pages, one copy available, $80.00
Winged Wheel issues of Belgium,113 pages, one copy available, $60.00
Destinations Etrangeres 1849-1865, 336 pages
Lade Enclave, 401 pages
1st Issues of Belgium ( 249 pages). one copy available, $70.00
Two sets available, $200.00

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I agree with David on Hugh Freeman's Vic. Numerals and I can't wait for the NSW one 8)
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Tony,

I know the number of years that was spent on the Victoria book and he didn't want to publish it until he was satisfied unlike some other authors who publish their works when they are not ready and the omissions make the references out of date before they published. He has been working for years on the NSW and most probably will be another few years before it is completed.

Last year I bought a well publisised reference book for over $100. I took one glimpse at it, put it on the shelf and it has stayed there every since. It is absolutely useless as a reference.

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I have never seen the Freeman book and I don't mean to
disparage it in any way, but are we sure that we are not
confusing "most beautiful" with "most useful"?

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europhil wrote:I have never seen the Freeman book and I don't mean to
disparage it in any way, but are we sure that we are not confusing "most beautiful" with "most useful"?
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The Arthur Gray kangaroo sale wasnt a bad one for an auction catalog and more.

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David Tett's books on the postal history of POWs in East Asia during WWII are, in my opinion, absolutely superb. Full of historical and philatelic detail, copiously illustrated with the many and various examples of POW correspondence telling some fascinating and moving stories in the process. Excellent in every respect and if books on philately can be considered beautiful then these volumes must fall into that category.
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This may seem a little pedestrian in this thread, but have always been fond of the Siegel 3 volume Catalogue set for the Honolulu Advertiser Collection sale:
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In my collection of Philatelic Cats Books etc I consider the Colour reference is the 4 volumes produced by the Philatelic Research Group Ltd in USA.It is titled Encyclopedia of the colours of the USA Postage Stamps 1847-1918.

It covers 4 volumes and lists all Scott numbers and shades as listed. US specialist collectors have commented on its special help in determining shades as listed.It was printed in 1981.

The colour plates are in two 5 ring binders plus reference material and colour studies.Ifound it most useful and still do for my collector clients.As mentioned The Royal Collections are excellent productions and also the Boalfi year editions of rare stamp sales.

Another great issue is Norman Williams edition 'An Album of Rare Stamps' in particular the section on WA inverts. Published in 1982 by Vallancey Intern. Guernsey Brit Isles. There are many others no doubt but these are my favourites.

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Before today the most beautiful book I have seen were the two volumes of Encyclopedia of Rare and Famous Stamps by LN Williams.

Today I received a copy of the book "Milestones of the Philatelic Literature of the 19th Century" published recently by the Club de Monte-Carlo. This book is by a great mile (helped by the huge advances in printing techniques over the last decade) the most lavish and beautiful book I have ever seen. You just need to buy it even if you do not ever read it :D Not that it is not a good read....seems to be pretty interesting though I am just starting.

Leonard Hartmann writes:

This book was published by the Club de Monte-Carlo for the 2013 exhibit. An exceptional work on the early and major philatelic literature, the books, authors and publishers, with an emphasis on the works dealing with forgers and forgeries. It is both detailed, authoritative ad enjoyable to read.The only comparable study to date is the Crawford Index and the series by Dr.Manfred Amrehein. I consider it an exceptional work and not hurt too much by my small contribution. In English and French, full color, 512 pages, large format, published at €60 (we believe half the production costs).

It is available through Leonard at http://pbbooks.com/newus.htm. Else you can order through the club's website http://www.monacophil.eu/site-en/. US based collectors could go through Leonard and the rest of the world through the Club. The Club offers free shipping for a book weighing almost 2.5 kgs :shock:
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librarianc wrote:This may seem a little pedestrian in this thread, but have always been fond of the Siegel 3 volume Catalogue set for the Honolulu Advertiser Collection sale
I got the 3-volume slip-cased set at the time of the sale (they must be softcover)...I don't have collections of anything USA-related, but figured this would be the only way to own most of the material in the collection.
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This is one of the best presented and researched philatelic books in my library. BTW it only just fitted on the scanner and is HEAVY. Beautifully done maps and images in it, the original Chalon full portrait of QV, the history behind each issue, the numbers printed, known covers, etc., etc.

Just looking through a book like this will get you hooked on them, believe me:

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For those who are interested, here are some pictures of the Royal book. It is a beauty.

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The book Royal Philatelic Collection can be found bound both in red cloth as well as moroccan leather. The former weighs 11.5 pounds and the latter 15 pounds!

Inspired by Glen's post I have just ordered a copy of the leather bound book. Shipping to India from the UK cost an arm and leg as you can imagine. Eagerly waiting for it to arrive.

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Combine Odenwellers book with Hackmey's auction catalogue and you have everything you want on NZ Chalons.

Morton's book on half lengths is also up there.

The Royal Collection is a fabulous book, but it is too big to use well, and it is old so whilst the illustrations are excellent, there simply aren't enough.

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Received the leather bound Royal Philatelic Collection book a few days back. As Tim said its difficult to use due to its size and weight but it sure is a beauty.

It does have not many illustrations (11 full page colour and 18 b/w plates) but I guess for its time (published in 1952), there must have been printing limitations etc. I also bought a prospectus for the book and this is what was enclosed.

Pretty interesting to read the craftsmanship aspects of the book.

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This book would surely be the costliest piece of philatelic literature ever published when compared to existing standards of living.

The book cost 60 guineas (or £63) in the UK and $180 in the US. Must be a few weeks' salary of the average person then in 1952.

No wonder this book seller was offering instalment plans; there is an attachment in the prospectus detailing another plan probably for the individual collector: Pay $48 upfront and 11 monthly instalments of $12 each.

Two copies were recently sold in the Heinrich Kohler special literature auction held in Nov 2012 to coincide with the International Philatelic Literature Exhibition in Mainz for EUR 1200 each + buyer's premium + VAT + shipping.

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This book would surely be the costliest piece of philatelic literature ever published when compared to existing standards of living.

The book cost 60 guineas (or £63) in the UK and $180 in the US. Must be a few weeks' salary of the average person then in 1952.

No wonder this book seller was offering instalment plans

It is a superb book and the physical overall SIZE of it surprised me - like some leather bound Medieval Tome in a major library!

A few WEEKS salary? £63 was about SEVEN MONTHS GROSS salary in the UK at that time - hence the payment plan!

The Brits were hit harder by the war than here, and their wages were even lower –

“In 1950, the average UK annual salary was just over £100.”

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/tvandradio/8374130/Facts- ... fties.html

Some stats here for state of Victoria –

http://guides.slv.vic.gov.au/content.php?pid=14258&sid=95522

Was not aware that women got so much less – UNDER 3 quid a week GROSS here in 1950.

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This thread inspired me to nominate for the 'top ten' most beautiful the recently published 'Hawaii Foreign Mail to 1870', 3 volumes in slip case, available in the USA at around $250 plus postage (which would be steep I suspect). I recall that this publication won a Gold Medal at last year's World Stamp Exhibition and is packed full of high quality illustrations and information. Pity I don't collect Hawaii!

I also agree about London Letter Receivers 1652-1850 by Hugh Feldman being among the contenders because of the fascination of its factual content and internal illustrations. What lets it down in the 'most beautiful stakes', in my opinion, is the plain red cloth covers and lack of a dust jacket. If only the publishers had commissioned a dust jacket with colour illustrations/design !!

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I have two of them in my library, even two, and they are much rarer, official Advertising Pamphlets from that book.

wlin98004 wrote:For those who are interested, here are some pictures of the Royal book. It is a beauty.

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I took a few pictures of the copy held in the library of the RPSNZ.

It's well protected in its custom wooden box. Then it has a slip-case. It's stayed in very good shape.

The original flyer is impressive in its own right - the RPSNZ has two, slightly different as from two different book-sellers.


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The RPSNZ had a major fund-raising drive by subscription in order to purchase the deluxe version when it came out.

Sadly, in my decade as Librarian, no-one asked to view it.

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I took a few pictures of the copy held in the library of the RPSNZ.

It's well protected in its custom wooden box.
Well done!

Mine has the hard slipcase but never seen the wooden box .. maybe that was a locally made add-on?

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The wooden box is definitely made to private order. The slip case is the one which came with the book. Unfortunately for the weight of the book, the slipcase's construction is inadequate and hence most slipcases have some degree of damage.

On the other hand the book itself can usually be found in excellent condition for two reasons. One is that most likely the book would never have been used much; as mentioned above, the book is very heavy and cannot be used easily on a day-to-day basis. The second reason is that many copies may actually be new; see below.

I was in the Collector's Club of New York's library a month back. They have two of these leather bound books.

On a related note, came across the following additional information in the second volume of the book "Philatelic Literature A History and a Select Bibliography From 1861 to 1999" by Dr. Manfred Amrhein. He writes:

"The story of "The Royal Philatelic Collection" confirms that no matter how good the research, how scholarly the prose, or how luxurious the production, most philatelic works, aside from the yearly published catalogues, rarely sell in a quantity to be a commercial success.

Published in 1952 at US$190.00, this work was a printing venture of Lord Kemsley, owner of the prestigious Dropmore Press. Of the edition of 3,000 copies, one half was bound in leather while the remaining copies were stored unbound. Sales were slow and some 20 years later new books could still be purchased.

Eventually the owners of "The Stamp Lover" bought the unbound copies and divided 1,000 copies of the book into five separate sections, containing the catalogue portions of this work, while some of Wilson's introductory matters were left out. The set of sections sold at $50.00 in the mid-1960s."

He goes on to inform that the American Philatelic Research Library (too) owns two copies of this volume. Further Lord Kemsley was a Welsh newspaper tycoon who owned, amongst others, The Sunday Times.


I guess there would be very few copies in private hands; most copies would be in philatelic libraries.

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I have two such books in my library.., including 2 copies of the prospectus.
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Two copies were recently sold in the Heinrich Kohler special literature auction held in Nov 2012 to coincide with the International Philatelic Literature Exhibition in Mainz for EUR 1200 each + buyer's premium + VAT + shipping.

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These books are RARE in the red Morocco Buckram leather binding. Those prices are many $1000s plus shipping.

Prestige Philately here has got $A2,600-$A2,800 for recent examples sold.

I have a very nice example in stock, in the hard slipcase, for $A1,750 for anyone who really needs one, and wants to save a lot of money over auction levels! (Stock 792YW)

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PHILATELIC LITERATURE: "The Royal Philatelic Collection" by Sir John Wilson (1952), being a complete catalogue of the most important and valuable stamp collection ever formed, compiled by the Keeper of the Royal Collection himself.

Without doubt, this is the finest philatelic book of all time, produced on the highest-quality paper, extensively illustrated with 64 black & white plates and 12 exceptional colour plates. This is the deluxe edition bound in red Morocco leather with the Royal coat-of-arms emblazoned in gold on the face. In its original wrapping & slipcase (defective).

If this book had been published in any other field of endeavour it would be worth many thousands of dollars. Because it's "only" philately, it has never achieved its potential and is a gift at our estimate.

Weighing 7 kilograms, this impressive volume should be the cornerstone of every philatelic library worth the name. [Two copies sold at the Prestige auction of 14.11.2014 for $2,574 & $2,808 respectively]




Saw this wonderful old Pathe News film clip from 1952 on YouTube, with Sir John Wilson the Keeper Of The Royal Collection trying (woodenly!) the spruik up buyer interest in the book.

Wilson was very hard of hearing, so they needed to do it several times as you can see! A fun view!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lfv8wMq-Hdg

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Ruskin wrote, "Remember the most beautiful things in the world are the most useless: peacocks and lilies for instance." While Thoreau said "...the perception of beauty is a moral test..."

Having got that off my chest, I'm also going to add the old saw, "you can't judge a book by it's cover." Bindings and dust jackets can be very expensive, and very pretty. That doesn't necessarily make the work contained therein beautiful.
europhil wrote:...but are we sure that we are not confusing "most beautiful" with "most useful"?


I will take issue with this quote, for the simple fact that the two are not incompatible. A volume of work, painstakingly researched and carefully produced, which shows its love of the subject matter, will always be beautiful.
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Two copies were recently sold in the Heinrich Kohler special literature auction held in Nov 2012 to coincide with the International Philatelic Literature Exhibition in Mainz for EUR 1200 each + buyer's premium + VAT + shipping.

Cheers
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These books are RARE in the red Morocco Buckram leather binding. Those prices are many $1000s plus shipping.

Prestige Philately here has got $A2,600-$A2,800 for recent examples sold.

I have a very nice example in stock, in the hard slipcase, for $A1,750 for anyone who really needs one, and wants to save a lot of money over auction levels! (Stock 792YW)

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PHILATELIC LITERATURE: "The Royal Philatelic Collection" by Sir John Wilson (1952), being a complete catalogue of the most important and valuable stamp collection ever formed, compiled by the Keeper of the Royal Collection himself.

Without doubt, this is the finest philatelic book of all time, produced on the highest-quality paper, extensively illustrated with 64 black & white plates and 12 exceptional colour plates. This is the deluxe edition bound in red Morocco leather with the Royal coat-of-arms emblazoned in gold on the face. In its original wrapping & slipcase (defective).

If this book had been published in any other field of endeavour it would be worth many thousands of dollars. Because it's "only" philately, it has never achieved its potential and is a gift at our estimate.

Weighing 7 kilograms, this impressive volume should be the cornerstone of every philatelic library worth the name. [Two copies sold at the Prestige auction of 14.11.2014 for $2,574 & $2,808 respectively]




Saw this wonderful old Pathe News film clip from 1952 on YouTube, with Sir John Wilson the Keeper Of The Royal Collection trying (woodenly!) the spruik up buyer interest in the book.

Wilson was very hard of hearing, so they needed to do it several times as you can see! A fun view!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lfv8wMq-Hdg

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Our society inherited a copy last year when another club folded up and this year at our annual show, we raffled it off at $5 a ticket and sold 110 tickets. The person who won it was very happy. Interestingly we ran out of tickets to sell.

The book was very popular. Ours had a slip case, but seemed to have a cloth rather than leather cover and as it was from 1952 and printed on Acidoperous paper had some minor toning on some pages.

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Re: The most beautiful philatelic book ever produced.

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The book was very popular. Ours had a slip case, but seemed to have a cloth rather than leather cover and as it was from 1952 and printed on Acidoperous paper had some minor toning on some pages.

The book's slipcase has a red cloth and not a leather cover. Hence your (erstwhile) copy must have had the original slipcase.

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I remember being able to buy sections from the "Royal" book, they were sold by Harris Publications in the 1960s and I believe my father bought the Australasia, Africa and the Asia sections for £5 each, together with a complete set of the photographs from the whole book.

I believe I still have them somewhere upstairs in the house.

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The apparent publicity blurb above which says "extensively illustrated with 64 black & white plates and 12 exceptional colour plates" disagrees with abbh's earlier post describing his copy, which says "It does have not many illustrations (11 full page colour and 18 b/w plates) ". So are there two different editions, one more luxurious and with more illustrations? I think most readers would just want to look at the pictures ...

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I believe the number of illustrations in both editions was the same.

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Apart from Dr. Amrhein, from whose book I quoted some excerpts above, the one person who did extensive research on this book was William Hagan. He has written a long and extensive article on this in the Philatelic Literature Review (Vol 28 No. 1, Whole No. 102, First Quarter 1979).

According to him,

- 3,000 copies of the book were printed. However one knowledgeable English editor had the number as 4,000. The difference could be due to printing waste.
- Of the final printing, 1,500 were bound and the remaining sheets stored flat.
- The book was priced at £63 / $190 and obviously sold poorly.
- The price for the used copies dropped to £30 in England and $85 in the US.
- In 1975 Bridger & Kay was selling a new unpacked book for £85.
- In time the Dropmore Press went bankrupt. There was no interest in the remaining copies which had remained flat and unbound.
- Finally the Stamp Lover took 1,000 copies of the catalog portion, the remaining being destroyed.
- The catalog was divided into 5 separate books to comply with the stipulation that they be different from the original 1,500. Each section sold for around $49.50.
- Chapman, the editor, also left out some of the bound volume's introduction and added some of his own comments in each section.
- A mystery: a few entire books appeared bound in gray cloth. No one knows their origin.
- The book has also appeared as a catalog without "The Royal Philatelic Collection Story". In this form some 20 plates and 98 pages are omitted. This equals the first 14 sections, that is the coated pages, from the book as originally issued. The color plates are in this catalog.

Note that the book was issued as follows:

* Approx. the first 100 pages on coated pages containing the story.
* Followed by the catalog in 5 sections - approx. 500 pages on uncoated papers.
* The book has 12 colour plates (10 on stamps, 2 watercolour), 64 monochrome plates (48 on stamps, 16 on albums, housing of collection, and various album pages). Additionally there are 2 b/w photographs - one of King George V and one of King George VI.

I realise I have caused some confusion by mentioning 11 colour and 18 b/w plates. Regret the mistake.

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The Ebay Bunnies have just today paid $650 for a photocopy (with bent over lower right corner) of the Tasmania 1d imperf block shown here!



https://www.ebay.com.au/itm/Rare-1889-Tasmania-Australia-4X1 ... _cvip=true


I'll add the entire leather bound book for sale here at $A1,750 (Stock 792YW) - those dolts can cut it all into pieces then, and save themselves a fortune. :roll:

Prestige/Abacus have obtained $2,400 and $2,600 for these exact same quite massive books in full Morocco Red leather real thick goatskin binding, with outer hard slipcase.

It weighs 7 kilos or 15 pounds - the legal max weight of carry on baggage of planes in Australia. It is MASSIVE!

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An example of this amazing book is coming up for auction here in 2 days, and ALREADY it is $A3,600, plus 20% Buyer Fee = $A4,320 ALREADY!!!!

Some foxing, and WITHOUT the heavy cloth covered wood slipcase.

My copy above at $A1,750 might see a rapid price hike! :lol: :lol: :lol:


https://www.abacusauctions.com.au/Auction/242/Lot-Order/99

PHILATELIC LITERATURE: "The Royal Philatelic Collection" by Sir John Wilson (1952), being a complete catalogue of the most important and valuable stamp collection ever formed, compiled by the Keeper of the Royal Collection himself.
PHILATELIC LITERATURE: "The Royal Philatelic Collection" by Sir John Wilson (1952), being a complete catalogue of the most important and valuable stamp collection ever formed, compiled by the Keeper of the Royal Collection himself.
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Good to see the prices go up..., maybe i should consign the two books i have (and 3 pamphlets which are even scarcer)...
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Sold for $A3,600, plus 20% Buyer Fee = $A4,320

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There must have been at least two bidders to reach that result...
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Re: What is the most beautiful philatelic book ever produced?

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There must have been at least two bidders to reach that result...

What a genius you are :lol: :lol:

And the next time an example is offered there may be one bidder.

This result was generated off the back of an incredibly low estimate (A$500). If you consign yours, you will find the house will want to start it at the same level and see what happens.

Anyone who thinks that this book has now ratcheted up permanently to A$4,300 is dreaming. :roll:

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Well it always takes at least 2 and preferably 3 or 4 bidders to make any good auction. We all know that. :mrgreen:

If there were 2 or 3 or 4 bidders to go that high a few weeks back, they may still be in the market.

Many buyers of such high end things are quite wealthy, and do not hunt about much. A busy medico or lawyer of CEO etc makes more in billable time than chasing about for an hour, hunting these sort of things down. See it - bid - buy it type of buyers.

My copies are $A1,750, and no nasty 20% Buyer Fees either ... hope they see this thread. :lol: :lol: :lol:

Added a piece to my global stamp columns - lots of folks will be gobsmacked to see books on stamps selling for $4300 etc. :mrgreen:

https://www.glenstephens.com/snnovember20.html

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