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A PHILATELIC BIBLIOGRAPHY FOR GREAT BRITAIN

A selection of books published on GB stamps, GB postal history, GB postmarks etc

GB Penny Black 1840LINE ENGRAVED ISSUES - PENNY BLACK - TWOPENCE BLUE - PENNY RED
The Alphabets of the British Line Engraved Stamps
by Ronald Cecil Alcock, R C Alcock Ltd, 1st edition 1936
The Alphabets of the British Line Engraved Stamps
by Ronald Cecil Alcock, R C Alcock Ltd, 2nd edition 1937

British Line Engraved Stamps: Repaired Impressions
by Harry Osborne, H F Johnson Ltd, 1949, 238pp
The first section of the book deals with the multiple repair operations on the "Penny Black" plates. The other two sections deal with the repair work on the Die 1 and Die 2 plates of the "One Penny Red".  Large illustrations, sketches and detailed tables of the varieties.

British Line Engraved Stamps: Repaired Impressions, 1855-1879 1d Penny Die II

by Dr W R D Wiggins, Robson Lowe, 1982, 352pp, ISBN 0853972826
A numbered limited edition of 300 copies

British Line Engraved Stamps. Twopence Blue, Studies of Plates 1 to 15
by
H. Osborne, H F Johnson, 1946, 170pp

The British Post Office from Its Beginnings to the End of 1925
by C F Dendy Marshall, Oxford University Press, 1926

The British Postage Stamp of the Nineteenth Century
by Robson Lowe, National Postal Museum, 1st edition 1968, 280pp, ISBN 0950001805
The British Postage Stamp of the Nineteenth Century
by Robson Lowe, National Postal Museum, 2nd edition 1979, 272pp, ISBN 0950001899


The Encyclopaedia of British Empire Postage Stamps,1661-1947: Volume I, Great Britain and The Empire in Europe
by Robson Lowe, Robson Lowe Ltd, 1947, 296pp

Essential Guide to the Great Britain Line Engraved 1d and 2d Stars, 1840-64: Die 1 Plates 132-177 AND Plating Summary Die 1 Plates 132-177 v. 9 & 10
by Kenneth William Statham, Eric Paul Ltd, 2000, 526pp, ISBN 1899930051

The Essays, Proofs, Colour Trials & re-prints of the line-engraved postage stamps of Great Britain printed by Perkins, Bacon
by Edward D Bacon, Chas Nissen & Co Ltd, 1936, 33pp

Great Britain The Line Engraved Stamps
by Fred J Melville, Charles Nissen & Co, 3rd Edition 1926

Guide Lines to the Penny Black

by Percy C Litchfield, 1949, (1979 reprint - ISBN 085397327X, (1986 reprint), Robson Lowe Ltd, 220pp
A detailed description of each one of all the 2880 stamps and the plates from which it was printed. You can also use this book to plate the early 1d reds, those that were printed from the 'black plates'. Very easy to plate penny blacks using this book - a must for any penny black collector.

Hand-Engraved Plates 50 and 51, Alphabet IV
by Ronald Cecil Alcock and  F C Holland, R C  Alcock Ltd, 1948

A History of the Adhesive Stamps of the British Isles available for Postal and Telegraph Purposes
by Hastings E Wright and  A B Creeke Jr, Philatelic Society London, 1899, 263pp
(A supplement to this book was published in 1903.)

The Line-Engraved Postage Stamps of Great Britain Printed by Perkins, Bacon & Co

by Sir E D Bacon KCVO,  Charles Nissen & Co Ltd, 1920
The Line-Engraved Postage Stamps of Great Britain Printed by Perkins, Bacon
by Edward Denny Bacon, reprint 2010, 242pp
Supplement to The Line-Engraved Postage Stamps of Great Britain Printed by Perkins, Bacon & Co
by
Edward D Bacon,  Chas Nissen & Co Ltd., 1929

Penny Black Plates

by Edward B Proud, Proud-Bailey, 1985, 264pp

Penny Die 2 Gothic "K" Stamps
by F C Holland, ISBN 0900039086

Penny Red-Brown Die II - Alphabet III. On Blued Paper. Plates 22-26,  28-30,  32, 40
by
H W Eddison, R.C. Alcock Ltd

Penny Red Stars: AA to JL - Die II Alphabet III, 1855-62 Pt. 1
by G C Tonna, self published, 1980, 245pp, ISBN 0950373222
Plates 22 to 68 and R 17

Penny Red Stars: KA to TL - Die II Alphabet III, 1855-62 Pt. 2
by G C Tonna, edited by Don Madden, 1997, 266pp
Plates 22 to 68 and R 17

Perkins Bacon Records. Extracted, with a commentary, by the late Percy de Worms
by Sir John Wilson, Percy de Worms, John Easton and Arnold Strange
, 2 vols, The Royal Philatelic Society, 1953

The Plating of Alphabet II, Plates 1 to 24
by
W R D Wiggens, Robson Lowe Ltd, 1974

Plating of Alphabet III, 1856-64: Plates 22-68 and R.17
by W R D Wiggens and G C Tonna, 5 Vols, R A Potter, 1973-74, ISBN 0950373214

The Plating of the Penny 1840-64
by
Roland Brown and Harold W. Fisher, The Great Britain Philatelic Society
Vol I, Plates 1-45, 1972; Vol II, Plates 46-91, 1972; Vol III, Plates 92-131, 1976; Vol IV, Plates 132-175, 1980; Vol V, Plates 176-204, 1980
Plating of the Penny, 1840-64: Die 1, Plates 1-45
Vol 1 , hard cover, ISBN 0901421065
Plating of the Penny, 1840-64: Die 1, Plates 1-45
Vol 1 , spiral bound, ISBN 0901421057
Plating of the Penny, 1840-64: Die 1, Plates 46-91
Vol 2 , hard cover, ISBN 0901421081
Plating of the Penny, 1840-64: Die 1, Plates 46-91
Vol 2 , spiral bound, ISBN 0901421073

The Plating of the Penny Black Postage Stamp of Great Britain 1840
by Charles Nissen and Bertram McGowan, Charles Nissen & Co, 1922, 122pp
The Plating of the Penny Black Postage Stamp of Great Britain 1840
by Charles Nissen and Bertram McGowan, Stanley Gibbons Limited, 1998 reprint, ISBN 0852594593
The Plating of the Penny Black Postage Stamp of Great Britain 1840
Stanley Gibbons Limited, 3rd Revised edition, 2008, 122pp, ISBN 0852597010

The Postage Stamps of Great Britain 1840-1922
by Sidney A R Oliver and Francis Hugh Vallancey, Stamp Collecting, 1923

The Postage Stamps of Great Britain Part One: The Line-Engraved Issues 1840 to 1853

by J B Seymour, The Royal Philatelic Society, Second Edition, 1950

The Postage Stamps of Great Britain Part One: The Imperforate Line-Engraved Issues 1840-1853
by
J B Seymour, 3rd edition, edited by John Easton, The Royal Philatelic Society, 1967, 336pp

The Postage Stamps of Great Britain, Part II. With Addenda and Corrigenda to Part I. The Remainder of the Line-Engraved Issues and Embossed Adhesives and Surface Printed Issues up to 1865
by
J. B. Seymour, The Royal Philatelic Society, 1st edition, 1937

The Postage Stamps of Great Britain Part Two: The Perforated Line-Engraved Issues
by W R D Wiggins, The Royal Philatelic Society, 2nd edition, 1962, 220pp, ISBN 090063104X

The Ray-Flaws of Plates 1 and 2 of the Penny Black Postage Stamp of Great Britain
by Dr H Osborne, pub by Charles Nissen & Co Ltd, 1933, 24pp

The Repairs of the 1841 One Penny Plates 1-40
by
J W W Stone, R C Alcock Ltd, 1974

Reserve Plate 15. One Penny  Rose-Red on White Paper. Alphabet II
by Ronald Cecil Alcock, R C Alcock Ltd, 1947

Reserve Plate 16. One Penny Rose-Red on White Paper. Alphabet II
by Ronald Cecil Alcock, R C Alcock Ltd, 1947

Reserve Plate 17. Die II. Alphabet III
by
F C Holland, R C Alcock Ltd 1949

The Stamps of Great Britain: The line engraved issues; Archer plates: 1841 penny red die I. Alphabet I. Plates 92-101
by Clive Gardner-Hill, R C Alcock Ltd, 2nd edition, 1950, 43pp

The Stamps of Great Britain The Line-Engraved Issues 1841 Penny Red Die I Plates 102-131
by
Clive Gardner-Hill, R C Alcock Ltd, 1951

Stanley Gibbons Great Britain Specialised Stamp Catalogue Vol 1 Queen Victoria
Stanley Gibbons Ltd, 1st Edition, 1963, 192pp
Stanley Gibbons Great Britain Specialised Stamp Catalogue: Queen Victoria vol 1
Stanley Gibbons Ltd, 3rd Edition, 1970, 269pp, ISBN 0852591802
Stanley Gibbons Great Britain Specialised Stamp Catalogue: Queen Victoria vol 1
Stanley Gibbons Ltd, 7th Edition, 1983, 416pp, ISBN 0852590636

Stanley Gibbons Great Britain Specialised Stamp Catalogue: Queen Victoria vol 1
Stanley Gibbons Ltd, 9th Edition, 1989, 432pp, ISBN 0852592124
Stanley Gibbons Great Britain Specialised Stamp Catalogue: Queen Victoria vol I
Stanley Gibbons Ltd, 12th Edition, 2001, 480pp, ISBN 0852595042

Stanley Gibbons Great Britain Specialised Stamp Catalogue: Queen Victoria vol 1
Stanley Gibbons Ltd, 14th Edition, 2006, 528pp, ISBN 0852596286

Stanley Gibbons Great Britain Specialised Stamp Catalogue: Queen Victoria vol 1
Stanley Gibbons Ltd, 15th Edition, 2008, 540pp, ISBN 0852596812

The Story of the Penny Black and its Contemporaries
by
A G Rigo de Righi, National Postal Museum, 1980, 56pp, ISBN 0950001872

A Study of the Line-Engraved Twopence Postage Stamps of Great Britain.
by C F Dendy Marshall,  Harris Publications Ltd, 1929

Great Britain Twopence Plate Nine. A study of the plate and its repairs
by
H Osborne, Chas Nissen & Co Ltd, 1939, 92pp

Great Britain, The Varieties and Characteristics of the 1d Red Line-Engraved Stamps, 1841-1864
by
James Basil Maule Stanton, Chas Nissen & Co Ltd, 1958, 398pp

EMBOSSED
Great Britain: The Embossed Adhesive Stamps
by Fred J Melville, Melville Stamp Books, 1910

The embossed octagonal postage stamps of Great Britain: With particular reference to the adhesives
by T Todd, Vallancey Press, 1894, 31pp

John Dickinson and his Silk-Thread Paper
by
H Dagnall, self published, 1975, 32pp, ISBN 0950440604

SURFACE PRINTED ISSUES

SG 254 KEVII 10dKING EDWARD VII

Great Britain: King Edward VII Stamps
by Frederick John Melville, The Melville Stamp Books, 1911, 83pp

GENERAL
British pictorial envelopes of the 19th century
by Ritchie Bodily, Jarvis and A Hahn, Collectors Club of Chicago, 1986, 340pp, ISBN 0916675025

British Postage Stamp Varieties Illustrated, Q.V. Surface Printed Issues to King George VI
by R C Alcock and C W Meredith, 1949,  R C Alcock Ltd, 122pp
A book for collectors of varieties. This book gives clear pictures of what to look for. Most varieties are shown in large enlargements.

British Post Office Notices 1666-1899
by Michel M Raguin, seven volumes
Lists and illustrates all the notices that the author could find, a marvellous reference.

Commemorative Postage Stamps of Great Britain 1890 - 1966
by Leon Norman Williams, Arco, 1967, 206pp

Handbook of British Perfins
by John S Nelson, 1988, 32pp
A history illustrating official documents and early examples

History of the Adhesive Stamps of the British Isles
by H E Wright and A B Creeke,  published by the Royal Philatelic Society, 1899

The Postage Stamps of Great Britain 1661-1942
by Robson Lowe, 2nd edition, 1943

Royal Household Mail from the Royal Residences, Households and Offices of Great Britain past, present and temporary.
by Glenn H. Morgan, The British Philatelic Trust, 1992, 218pp, limited edition of 300, ISBN 1871777062
Starts with the reign of King John in 1199 to date. Covers the various postal markings of the residences and on trains, airplanes and yachts.

Royal Mail, The Post Office since 1840
by M J Daunton, 1985, 406pp
A history commissioned by the British Post Office; their previous book was Howard Robinson's 1953 work. The work centres on the administration and personnel of the Post Office. A good book to read and useful.

Great Britain Commemorative Labels
by Chris Chatfield, 1991, 172pp
Illustrated and priced catalog of pre 1950 Commemorative Labels for GB, Northern Ireland and pre 1922 Southern Ireland. Covering motor shows, sports event, charity fund raisings, advertising, fairs, air shows, propaganda, souvenir, etc.

POSTMARKS
The Cancellations of the 1841 Penny Red
by Danzig and Goldsmith, 1991
Detailed study devoted entirely to the identification and recognition of the different cancellations on the 1841 Penny Red

COLLECTING BRITISH SQUARED CIRCLE POSTMARKS
Stanley F Cohen, Maurice Barette, John Hine and A M Williams

History of British Postmarks

by J H Daniels, 1898.

History of the Postmarks of the British Isles from 1840 to 1876
by J C Hendy, Stanley Gibbons Ltd, 1909

May Dates, a survey of Penny Blacks, Twopenny Blues,  Mulreadys and Characters used during May 1840
by Mike Jackson,1999, 370pp
A detailed study of the first issue  documenting covers and postal history

Postmarks of the British Isles
by George Brunnell, 1930

The Postmarks of Great Britain and Ireland, Being a Survey of British postmarks from 1660 to 1940
or The Postmarks of Great Britain and Ireland: Being a Survey of British Postmarks from 1660-1940
by R C Alcock and F C Holland, R C Alcock, 1940, 579pp
(Five supplements were published subsequent to the original work)

Wiltshire and Its Postmarks
by Dr John Siggers, P Sandcliff, 1982, 736pp, edition of 500 copies, ISBN 0950768502
This work covers all facets of the subject, 4,234 markings of which 2,921 are illustrated from 1705 to 1982. Includes maps, town plans and history.

SHIP LETTERS
The Ship Letter Stamps of London 1766 to 1900
by Alan W Robertson, 12pp, pub by The Regent Stamp Co Ltd, 1951

Ship Letter Stamps of Liverpool
by Alan W. Robertson, 1953, 12pp
Useful compilation, well illustrated with 86 markings


POSTAL STATIONERY
Collect British Postal Stationery
by Alan Huggins and Colin Baker, 150pp, pub by GB Philatelic Publications Ltd, 2007
A simplified listing of British Postal Stationery with up to date prices. The book covers the folowing items of stationery: envelopes, letter sheets, postnotes, telegraph forms, postcards, newspaper wrappers, certificates of posting, registration envelopes, special delivery envelopes, letter cards, air mail letter sheets.

The Evolution of British Stamped Postcards & Letter Cards
by H Dagnall, 1985, 258pp
An excellent study, useful and good reading

Great Britain: Victorian Private Stationery Impressed With Embossed Stamps
by Colin Baker, Postal Stationery Society, 1999, 15pp

The Mulready Advertisements
by Malcolm G. Lowe, 1983, 300pp
Book contains
230 illustration and covers only the advertisements.

PARCEL POST
Parcel postage paid by impressed stamps
by H Dagnall, self published, 1987, 20pp, ISBN 0950440663

A Monograph on the use of postal stationery to pay the postage on parcels 1883-1900

Parcel Post Labels of Great Britain: Yorkshire
by J O A Arkell, H Hayes, 1978, 81pp, ISBN 0905222261

Parcel Post Labels of Great Britain: Devonshire and Gloucestershire (Including Bristol)
by J O A Arkell, H Hayes, 1979, 43pp, ISBN 0905222393

Parcel Post Labels of Great Britain: Berkshire
by J O A Arkell, H Hayes, 1976, 32pp, ISBN 0905222156

SPECIMENS
Specimen Stamps and Stationery of Great Britain
by Samuel & Huggins, 1980, 310pp

POSTAL HISTORY
The Bangor Penny Post 1814-1840
by J Cowell, 20pp

An Introduction to The Postal History of Bristol
by The Bristol Philatelic Society, 1977
An essential book for those specialising in this area.

British Letter Mail to Overseas Destinations 1840-1875
by Jane & Michael Moubray

Herewith My Frank -
by J W Lovegrove, 2nd edition 1990, 140pp
The standard work on FREE markings and their usages. An excellent expansion of the first edition published in 1975.

Historical Letters to Gratious Street, London 1570 - 1601
by Robson Lowe, 1988, 44pp
Letters from all over Europe, third find of the Corsini correspondence.

History of the Post in Derby 1635-1941
by Harold S Wilson, 1990, 296pp
A detailed listing of 435 markings, numerous historic references and notes relating to Derby

Inland Posts, 1392-1672: A Calendar of Historical Documents
Edited by J W M. Stone, Christie's-Robson Lowe, 1987, 336pp, ISBN 0853974195
The foundations of the post, Stages for the Standing Posts, Undertakers, Dockwra, Henry Bishop, 1660 Act, 1666-70 Roads, Branches and Mileages.

London Coffee Houses
by B Lillywhite
An excellent reference book on the subject of Coffee Houses in the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries in London.

The Local Posts of London 1680 - 1840
by G Brummell
Book about the London post service.

The Penny Post 1680 - 1918
by Frank Staff, Lutterworth Press, first edition 1964, 219pp, ISBN 0718806301
The Penny Post 1680 - 1918
by Frank Staff, Lutterworth Press, new edition 1993, 219pp, ISBN 071882878X
The author describes the efforts of the many public spirited people who campaigned for postal reform so that everyone would benefit from cheap postage.

POSTAL REFORM
The Reform of the Post Office in the Victorian Era, 1837 to 1864
The Royal Philatelic Society of London, 2000, 2 volumes, 1,304pp, numbered edition of 650

Royal Reform: Postal Reform 1837-1841 as Reflected in the Royal Philatelic Collection

by Charles W Goodwyn, Stuart Rossiter Trust, 1999, 112pp, ISBN 0952717794

AIR MAIL
Scottish Air Mails 1919-1979
by Richard Beith
A listing of the airmail services from Scotland

CATALOGUES
Netto Catalogue of Postage Stamps of Great Britain
The GB Philatelic Publishing Company, 7th edition 1970, 40pp, ISBN 0901512036




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