Wednesday, 11 December 2013

The Stamps of Mauritius

Mauritius, the fifth administration to issue stamps, produced some of the rarest and most famous postage stamps. The book covers the main issues from the first locally printed stamps to the post-independence period including highlights such as the Bordeaux Cover and the overwhelming amount of overprints of the late nineteen century. Suitable for readers without philatelic knowledge, 'The Stamps of Mauritius', presents each Mauritian stamp set explaining the main concepts of philately such as overprints, varieties, mistakes, definitives, commemoratives, pictorial issues as well as information related to the post office : history, the postal operations, postal organisation and the Universal Postal Union. The book is complemented with notes on fiscal stamps, postal stationery and celebrated examples of forgery. With more than 350 full colour illustrations, 'The Stamps of Mauritius' includes for the first time a theory that explains the ‘mistake’ of the Post Office issue.

Details
ISBN
0–9550285-3–1
Size: 15 x 18.5 cm
Hard back
80 pages and more than 350 full colour illustrations


Contents
Introduction , Philatelic Terminology, Security Printers, A Portrait Gallery, Postal Reform & the Penny Black, The Post Office in Mauritius, The GPO Building, Markings, The Post Office Issue, The Bordeaux Cover, The Mystery of the 1847 Plate, Post Paid: an Improved Design, The Britannia Motif, The Last Local Issues, The Victoria Issues & Overprints, The Coat of Arms, First Commemorative Issues, The Keyplates, The George VI Varieties, First Pictorial Definitives, The Universal Postal Union, Elizabeth II Issues, The Birds of Mauritius, Sea Life, The History Definitives , From Colony to Republic, Railway & Airways, Postal Stationery, Fiscal Stamps, The Value of a Stamp, Fakes and Forgeries , The Blue Penny Museum.







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