The Complete Guide to Stamps & Stamp Collecting: The ultimate illustrated reference to over 3000 of the world's best stamps, and a professional guide to starting and perfecting a spectacular collection

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A full-colour directory of the world's greatest stamps, including photographs over 3000 stamps from more than 200 countries

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781844768578
  • Publisher: Anness Publishing, Ltd.
  • Publication date: 3/16/2012
  • Pages: 264
  • Sales rank: 336,898
  • Product dimensions: 6.70 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Introducing Stamps and Philately 6

A Guide to Collecting Stamps 8

What are Stamps? 10

The Origins of Postal Services 10

Birth of the Adhesive Postage Stamp 12

The Parts of a Stamp 14

Stamps for Everyday Use 16

Sheets, Coils, Booklets and Stationery 18

Commemorative and Special Issues 20

Airmails and Special Service Stamps 22

How to Collect Stamps 24

Starting a Collection 24

Tools and Techniques 26

Housing a Collection 28

Mounting Stamps for Display 30

Advanced Display Techniques 32

Collecting by Country 34

Introducing Thematics 36

Purpose-of-Issue Collecting 38

Choosing Themes and Telling Stories 40

Collecting Postal History 42

Local Philately 44

Collecting Sea Mail 46

Collecting Railway Mail 48

Collecting Wartime Mail 50

Collecting Airmail 52

Cinderella Philately 54

Social Philately 56

Forgeries, Fantasies and Postal Fraud 58

First Day Covers and Special Postmarks 60

Poster Stamps 62

Charity Seals and Labels 64

Fiscal Stamps and Special Service Labels 66

Local Stamps and Private Posts 68

Essays, Artwork and Proofs 70

Flaws and Marginal Markings 72

A Global Hobby 74

Organized Philately 76

Exhibiting Stamps 78

Buying and Selling Stamps 80

Philately Online 82

Useful Services and Addresses 84

The World Directory of Stamps 86

America 88

Canada 88

United States Definitives 90

United States Commemorative and Special Issues 92

United States Possessions and Territories 94

United States Trust Territories in the Pacific 96

North American Indians in Stamps 98

Bahamas, Bermuda and West Indies 100

Cuba, Hispaniola and Jamaica 102

British West Indies 104

Mexico 106

Central America 108

Colombia, Ecuador and Venezuela 110

Brazil and Guyana 112

Bolivia, Chile and Peru 114

Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay 116

South Atlantic Islands 118

Europe 120

Western Scandinavia 120

Eastern Scandinavia 122

Vikings in Stamps 124

British Isles 126

British Regional Issues 128

British Offshore Islands 130

British European Territories 132

The Benelux Countries 134

Switzerland 136

German States 138

German Reich 140

Postwar Germany 142

Austria and Hungary 144

Czechoslovakia 146

Poland 148

Baltic States 150

Russia 152

Commonwealth of Independent States 154

Albania 156

Bulgaria and Romania 158

Former Yugoslavia 160

Yugoslavia: Division, Reconstruction and Civil War 162

Greece 164

Turkey 166

Italy 168

France 170

Iberian Peninsula 172

Africa 174

Spanish Africa 174

North Africa 176

Egypt and Sudan 178

Art and Architecture of the Pharaohs in Stamps 180

French West Africa 182

French Equatorial Africa 184

The Horn of Africa 186

East Africa 188

Central Africa 190

West Africa 192

Portuguese Africa 194

Southern Africa 196

South Africa and Namibia 198

Asia 200

Lebanon, Iraq and Syria 200

Middle East 202

Arabia 204

Gulf States 206

Afghanistan and Iran 208

Bangladesh, Pakistan and Burma 210

India 212

Indian States 214

Indian Ocean 216

Indochina 218

China 220

Lunar New Year 222

Chinese Territories 224

Korea 226

Japan 228

Indonesia and the Philippines 230

South-East Asia 232

Australasia 234

Two Hundred Years in Stamps 236

Australian External Territories 238

New Zealand 240

PNG, Nauru and Vanuatu 242

Fiji, Kiribati and Tuvalu 244

French Pacific Islands 246

New Zealand Dependencies 248

Inscriptions 250

Glossary 251

Index 254

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