Sunday, 31 March 2013

Knowledge is Power

Sir Francis Bacon Said That  (Not a Well-Known Australian Stamp Dealer!)

The number of philatelic publications available to collectors is mind-boggling and can be overwhelming. 

Unless you're a basic, worldwide collector, it's important to keep your library up to date with catalogues other than Stanley Gibbons, Scott, Michel, Yvert & Tellier and the other majors.

I've been on a bit of a shopping spree, and these are the additions to my bookshelf this month!

Stefan Heijtz is the acknowledged expert in Falkland Islands philately, and his catalogue is simply marvellous.   Profusely illustrated in colour, with values based on auction and retail sales, this is a must-have for anyone with more than a passing interest in Falklands philately

As I'm also a collector of cinderellas and recently came across some scarce early Lundy material, I purchased the Lundy Island catalogue. It lists all printings, quantities and varieties, and everything is priced. Believe me, the early material is very much sought after!

I'm fascinated by paquebot markings, as anyone who reads my blogs may notice! Formerly known as "Hosking", the primary resource on the subject is now managed by Dovey & Morris. The first item I looked up was a Brisbane Loose Ship Letter mark that is classified as Rare! The book paid for itself immediately

By far the most specialised item I purchased this month is this little pamphlet. I bought a lovely Rhodesian cover with a tour postmark, and wanted to know more. A friend suggested this on Ebay, and it was an absolute snip at £5

If there's anything Geoff Kellow doesn't know about the stamps of Victoria, you wouldn't know it from this book. Printed in 1990, it's still considered the best reference for the issues from this Australian state

Phil Collas wrote many superb philatelic books, and it was about time I added this to the bookshelf. This book is exactly what it says it is, and it is superb!

Last, but definitely not least, I've finally updated my ancient 1980's vintage ACSC catalogue. The KGV and Kangaroos sections have found a place on my shelf in lieu of their ancestors!

I can already hear the objections from some, along the lines of "yes, but they're so expensive!". The seven items I've shown cost less than $200, thanks to some judicious shopping at auction and online. If you're a serious collector, take a month off from adding stamps to your collection and add books to your library.

After all, knowledge is power!


  1. I didn't know there is a catalog for Lundy cinderella... Postal history? Well, Why not?

    1. Thanks for your comment Prahanoaki. Now you know where to look if you have any Lundy!