Great Britain Surface Printed Postage Stamps 1855-1883
Low values 2½d to 2s

Robert B. Galland and Karl Louis

Profusely illustrated, largely in full colour, this major new work documents the first surface printed stamps of Great Britain; the essays, trials and proofs; the issued stamps; and their use by reference to rates to the relevant overseas countries and examples on cover.


  • Introduction
  • The printing plate
  • Die proofs
  • Black and white die proofs
  • Die proofs of December 1866
  • Coloured die proofs
  • Plate proofs
  • Sheet markings
  • Paper
  • Perforation
  • Ink
  • Gum
  • Specimen stamps
  • Post Office Circulars
  • Imperforate stamps
  • Imprimatur sheets
  • Stamps removed from the imprimatur sheets
  • Before and After the Stamp Committee Albums
  • Abnormals
  • Protective Underprints and Overprints
  • Government Mail and Departmental Official Issues
  • No Corner Letters 1855-1862 4d, 6d, 1s values
  • Small White Corner Letters 1862-1865 3d, 4d, 6d, 9d, 1s values
  • Large White Corner Letters 1865-1872 2½d, 3d, 4d, 6d, 9d, 1s values
  • Large White Corner Letters 1867-1883 10d, 2s values
  • Change from Large White to Large Coloured Corner Letters
  • Die proofs with pencilled numbers
  • 'Old', 'New' and associated designs
  • Large Coloured Corner Letters 2½d, 3d, 4d, 6d, 8d, 9d, 10d, 1s, 2s values
  • The Provisional Issue of 1880 2½d, 3d, 4d, 6d, 1s values
  • Unification and the Temporary Unified Issue 3d, 6d, 1s values
  • Check-Lists
  • References

Hardbound, xii + 236 + A16 pages, size 8½ x 11 in. Published 2009. Price £60 (GBPS members £54). ISBN 978-0-907630-21-0.

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