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The Complete Guide to Stamps & Stamp Collecting: The Ultimate Illustrated Reference to Over 3000 of the World's Best Stamps, and a Professional Guide ... and Perfecting a Spectacular Collection [Paperback]

James A. Mackay
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19 Mar 2012 Complete Guide
This title features: a full-colour global directory of the world's greatest stamps, including photographs of over 3000 stamps from more than 200 countries; a thorough introduction to the evolution of the adhesive stamp and other philatelic material allows the beginner or experienced enthusiast to understand both the history and value of their collection; the stories behind the flaws, incidents and propaganda that created some of the world's most collectable stamps; and, step-by-step instructions on mounting stamps for display and preserving their condition, with examples of useful tools and accessories. This is the ultimate guide to embarking on, and getting the very most out, the world's most popular hobby, with countless examples of and stories about rare, vivid and historical stamps spanning almost two centuries, plus advice on price and guidance about acquisition. The global directory of stamps from more than 200 countries will inspire readers to collect their own. Read some of the fascinating stories behind the world's most sought-after stamps, from the famous commemoratives of American presidents to issues from some of the most remote post offices in the world. Stamps trace the character and history of the country from which they originate, and this encyclopedic visual directory is a stunning account of some of the most bizarre, colourful and poignant examples ever created.

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  • Paperback: 264 pages
  • Publisher: Southwater (19 Mar 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1844768570
  • ISBN-13: 978-1844768578
  • Product Dimensions: 21.8 x 16.8 x 1.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 101,212 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Dr James Mackay was one of the foremost and most prolific authors on stamps and stamp collecting in the world. He wrote over 100 books and thousands of articles on the subject of stamps and other collectables, and owned one of the largest private collections of stamps and philatelic material in the world. His published works include: Commemmorative Medals (A Barker); Collectables (Macdonald); The Banknote Yearbook (Token Publishing); and Dictionary of Turn of the Century Antiques (Ward Lock).

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Useful 11 Mar 2013
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A very useful guide to stamp collecting. I have taken up stamp collecting after an absence of 40+ years. Having got out of touch, this book has proved to be a vital link. An excellent book, full of tips and information.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Exceeds Expectations 7 Jan 2013
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This little book contains a veritable wealth of information for its size and is well worth owning, whether you are a new or a seasoned collector.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting 4 Jan 2013
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This is a very interesting and useful book, it contains information about each region of the world and the various colonies and dependencies and the dates when they started issuing stamps. I was hoping there might be a list of how each country identifies itself on their stamps as I have some I can't place but this is a great book both for complete beginners and people who have been collecting a while. It has a lot of information about the history of stamps and different approaches to collecting.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Worthwhile book 11 Mar 2014
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My son is a keen stamp collector and he has found this useful as a reference guide. It came quickly and at a good price.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent service 20 Jan 2014
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This was delivered promptly and excellent packaging.
The book was a gift but looks very informative and it was ordered based on previous reviews.
I will return with more comments once received feedback from the recipient.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Complete Guide to stamps 2 Dec 2013
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The book arrived on time and was exactly as described. This is a present for our great niece who has just started collating her father's stamp collection!
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