Yes, this book is very useful. Only: what is the reason why it has not been updated such a long time? The only guess I have is that those specialised catalog perspective to the state is not that searched or needed today anymore by the collectors and their market. Have there been sales in the last 5 years for the "rarities" that only appear in this catalog? If so, why shouldn't there be any update? Actually, if there were not many changes to those chapters, why not just also adding them to the most recent catalog as well? This seems as if it was a chapter that was not really wanted by Australian stamp market (although I wish it was).
That couldn't be further from the truth.
Australia boasts some of the most dedicated collectors on the planet.
Visit any auction and there are the intelligentsia studying the most minute of details of any stamps imaginable.
To quote one dealer
"Australia has THE best and most detailed stamp catalogues of any country on earth in my view."
Even the celebrated Brusden White, does not cover all the studies.
I have just purchased the study monograph of the KG5 Die ll
One stamp about 50 pages, and a plastic guage to determine about 12 angles of the "spur"
It's rather quite crazy, but fun.
Why BW does not re produce the 2004 is beyond me at this stage.
there are, as we see on this thread collectors hungry for the tome.