Title: The Postage Stamps of the Federated Malay States
Author: Dr. F.E. Wood, FRPLS
Publisher: International Stamp & Coin Agency, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Softcover. Second reprint (1981). Black and white. Perfect bound. Approx 7 x 10 inches.
This is actually two works in one volume.
The first book. entitled "Straits Settlements Postage Stamps", is 128 pages, and was originally published in 1948.
The second book (two parts) is entitled "Postage Stamps of the Native Protected States of Malaya", the contents of which were serialized in the London Philatelist in 1941-42.
Part I includes 98 pages and covers Negri Sembilan, Pahang, Perak, Selangor, and Sungei Ujong.
Part II is 70 pages and includes Johore, Kedah, Kelanton, Trengganu, and the FMS.
Collectively, the books are a presentation of the author's long-time scholarly research. This is not a book one reads in a single sitting, from beginning to end. But rather a valuable reference re individual stamp series perhaps best consumed incrementally. For example, I chose to start with the chapter detailing the Edward VII issues (of the Straits Settlements).
Not surprisingly the various issue listings are very similar to SG. With that said, was interested to learn the shade varieties (specific to the Edward VII Straits Settlements issues) can be attributed to different plates. Such as eight-cent purple (on blue) were printed from Plates 2 and 1, the printings of the latter being a darker shade of purple.
Was also interested to learn, specific to the 1903-04 issues, it was decided to include different design elements within the stamp frames. Which led to the one-cent value with its coconut palms (representing Singapore), the three-cent had "pinang" (or betal palms) for Penang, the four-cent showed the "nipah" palms for Malacca, while the eight-cent featured two Malay "kris", indicative of Malaya in general.
According to Wikipedia, Dr. F.E. Wood (1877-1964) was a medical practitioner and philatelist who specialized in the stamps of the Malay States. Wood served as a Senior Medical Officer in Perak.