Monday, July 3, 2017


The Observer's Book of Stamp Collecting by Anthony New was published by Bloomsbury Books of London.

This edition is the "Reprinted with revisions" of 1989. It was first published in 1986.

Chapters are as follows:
The Appeal of Stamps
The Appeal Widens
The Specialist's View
The Uses of Stamps
How Stamps are Printed
Ways to Collect
Values and Prices
Aids to Identification
Suggested Subjects and Miscellaneous Topics

There also is a Glossary of some philatelic terms.

An informative book!

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Enjoy Stamp Collecting

This introductory booklet, published by Stanley Gibbons Ltd., "was first written by James Negus, Editor of the Gibbons stamp catalogues, 1977-81" and "revised by John Holman, former Editor of Gibbons Stamp Monthly" magazine.

This is the fifth edition (1990). It was first published in 1980.

There are 15 topics covered:
Welcome to stamp collecting
The first stamps
Different types of stamps
Getting started
Finding more stamps
Preparing your stamps
Sorting stamps
Mounting stamps
Stamp albums
The stamp catalogue
Stamp prices
Covers and postmarks
Useful philatelic terms
Stamp countries and currencies
Learning more about stamps

A delightful read!