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Postage Stamps

Works (general or specific in nature) on British adhesive postage stamps.

We have tried to list these as far as possible in date order of their subject matter, although since many of the books and monographs cover a wide date range of material this can only be approximate.

The Postage and Telegraph Stamps of Great Britain
Frederick Philbrick and William Westoby
[430pp, 11.2Mb, 1881]
The first classic work on GB stamps

The Adhesive Stamps of the British Isles
Hastings Wright and A.B.Creeke
[337pp, 169Mb, 1899]
Another classic work: text extracted by Allan Oliver, with original amendments included

The Line-Engraved Postage Stamps of Great Britain Printed by Perkins, Bacon & Co (Vol I)
Edward Denny Bacon
[290pp, 15.4Mb, 1920]
A classic and important work on GB stamps

The Line-Engraved Postage Stamps of Great Britain Printed by Perkins, Bacon & Co (Vol II)
Edward Denny Bacon
[354pp, 15.4Mb, 1920]
A classic and important work on GB stamps

Great Britain Numbers Issued 1840 to 1910
Rikki Hyde
[42pp, 2.2Mb, 2008]
The updated version published by Stanley Gibbons, used with kind permission

Repairs of the 1840 One Penny Plates 1-40
J.W.M.Stone
[48pp, 183Kb, 2007]
Revised by John McCulloch, Geoffrey Mason and the Mulready Group

Repairs of the 2d Blue Plate 9
Norval J.C. Strachan
[174pp, 41.2Mb, 2015]
Based on the book "Two Pence Plate Nine" by H. Osborne

Penny Red Stars Used Abroad (3rd edition)
Mike Batty
[168pp, 23.5Mb, 2017]
Updated, includes plating checklist

The Mystery of the Shilling Green
Fred J. Melville
[42pp, 6.6Mb, 1926]
Melville's pamphlet on the "Stock Exchange Forgery", plus additional material

Postal Arrangements to Cover the Issue of UK Commemorative Stamps 1953-66
W.R.Wellsted and C.Langston
[49pp, 5.1Mb, 1967]
GBPS library copy, scanned