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What Are Your Favorite Books On Stamps/Collecting And Why?

 
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Posted 01/26/2023   5:45 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this topic Add CanConGuy to your friends list Get a Link to this Message
Which reference books, besides a basic catalog, do you use the most, and why are they important to you? Cheers, *RON*
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Posted 01/26/2023   6:38 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add exlibriseric to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Hi Ron,
I've found myself using Tyler's Focus on Forgeries a lot more often lately. It's useful for me to help "weed" out commonly forged stamps, especially in areas I'm not as familiar with.
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Posted 01/26/2023   6:52 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Rob Roy to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I find "THE STAMP ATLAS" by Stuart Rossiter & John Flower to be a great beginner's book. It covers the whole world with concise info about the history of postage stamps, the evolvement of the postal entities, and various geographical, social and political backgrounds.
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Posted 01/26/2023   6:56 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add rogdcam to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
One of my all-time favorites is the Identification Guide to US Stamps by Charles Micarelli. Simple, easy to use and very informative, it is a great tool for collectors of all levels.
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Posted 01/26/2023   7:21 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add rod222 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Morldwide collector
No Favourites, every catalogue, manuscript, bulletin, monograph, has equal importance.

Men and women, specialists in their field, offer up their life's work,
in print form for us to appreciate, often, at the simple cost of a hearty meal.

A good library, is a Joy.
I am privileged to have around 1000 catalogues, a large amount, donated by members here on SCF. 200 catalogues cover just Australia

Most used may be "Fritz Billigs" (that will set you back circa $1000)

50 odd volumes that cover the world, with information, not seen in a lot of popular catalogues.

Example : Canada
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Posted 01/26/2023   7:29 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Partime to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
Encyclopedia of Plate Varieties on US Bureau-Printed Postage Stamps by Loren French is a must-have. Also agree that Micarelli is an excellent resource. But specialists in Australia material have to use the Australian Commonwealth Specialists' Catalogue.
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Posted 01/26/2023   9:05 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add stallzer to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
The Neinken Book on the one cent 1851 - 1861




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Posted 01/26/2023   9:11 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Bobby De La Rue to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
This gets my vote.

Staggering amount of research and history.




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Posted 01/26/2023   10:19 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Gilles le timbre to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
VGG book on Canada 1st cent issue, by Arfken and Leggett
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Posted 01/27/2023   2:17 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add jleb1979 to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
If we are limiting this to non-catalogue reference books, I continue to be delighted with Le Patrimoine du timbre-poste franšais, Flohic Editions,1998, for working with my French collection.

In other threads I've recommended this heavily color-illustrated volume of 900+ pages for understanding the content and context of French issues, as well as convenient details of issue, withdrawl, designer & engraver, and lots of great little details. One needs to read French for the fullest enjoyment and profit, but this is a sumptuous volume.

Here is a representative page spread.

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Posted 01/27/2023   8:46 pm  Show Profile Bookmark this reply Add Gilles le timbre to your friends list  Get a Link to this Reply
I would add to the list the annual collection books issued by Canada Post in the last 40 years. Nice coffee table books.
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