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LES SEMEUSES (B.62)

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B.62

LES SEMEUSES (B.62)
"Essai sur les Semeuses" by Louis Barrier. The Sower stamps were the longest running design of middle period France, and offer a wealth of material for the technically minded collector - types, shades, papers, perfs, booklets, specimens, precancels, postal forgeries etc. This detailed study, published 1951 by the Bulletin Philatélique du Midi in Montpellier, was the classic work on the subject, 231 pages, paper bound, and author signed (one of only 15 signed examples).

ENCYCLOPEDIE (B.142)

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£125.00
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B.142

ENCYCLOPEDIE DE TIMBRES-POSTE DE FRANCE (B.142)
Volume I (1849-1853) covers in great detail the birth of the first stamp issue (Ceres) in 1849, postal tariffs and postal organisation, postal conventions with foreign countries and overseas rates. Volume II lays out the tariffs and agreements in detail, largely quoting Acts in entirety and full post office lists from the 1830s to 1850s. A classic work of research and valuable tool for the postal historian. About 1400 pages bound in two volumes (weight over 5 kilos), published 1968 by the Académire de Philatélie.

THE DEVELOPMENT OF RATES OF POSTAGE (B.58)

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£7.00
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B.58

Originally published 1917 by A.D. Smith, as a doctoral thesis at the London School of Economics, this is the 1980 abridged (63 pages) version. It looks primarily at the historical application of postal rates in France as a means of influencing demand for postal services, or as a means of promoting socially desirable services such as the distribution of printed matter and newspapers, or trade samples.

HISTOIRE POSTALE DE LA SEINE (B.108)

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£20.00
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B.108

HISTOIRE POSTALE DE LA SEINE (B.108)
Postal history and postmark catalogue for the approximately 100 owns and villages of the Seine (department 60) - essentially the area immediately surrounding the city of Paris. By René Allard and James Legendre, privately published 1966, 227 pages, illus, in French.

BUREAUX SPECIAUX FRANCHISES (B.57)

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£35.00
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B.57

Catalogue of the official paid mail or frank cachets of governmental departments, from first days of the Post through to 1879. Arranged in administrative periods, but a useful index by cachet name in alphabetical order allows the quick finding of all cachets. By James Legendre, in French, 1970, 333 pages

CACHETS A DATE 1854-1876 (B.56)

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£20.00
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B.56

Catalogue listing of the circular date stamps of France, which replaced the numeral lozenge cancellers. Arranged by Department, then by town, then by cancel type, with values. By Armand Mathieu, published Nice 1975, 296 pages

SPECIALISE FRANCE (B.134)

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B.134

SPECIALISE FRANCE (B.134)
by Francon & Storch, 1975. There are a number of specialised catalogues on France: this one concentrates on the definitive stamps of the period 1900-1940, plus local and provisional stamps of the World War II period. 539 pages with lots of detail, illus (sparsely) in black/white, text in French, 1975

FRANCE OBLITERATIONS (B.143)

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B.143

FRANCE OBLITERATIONS (B.143)
by Jean Pothion. Good basic guide to the different types of French postmarks 1849-1876, with lists and prices (prices out of date but relatve guide). 98 pages, published 1972.

RAILWAY T.P.O.s (B.145)

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£50.00
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B.145

four books : "CACHETS COURRIER-CONVOYEURS STATIONS" by Jean Pothion. Catalogue (by route, with prices) of the wavy-line station cancels of France (including Algeria) from the 1850s to 1870s,106 pages, 1971; CACHETS COURRIER-CONVOYEURS by Jean Pothion. Catalogue (by route, with prices) of the wavy-line t.p.o. route cancels of France (including Algeria) from the 1877-1966.106 pages, 1972; "FRANCE BUREAUX AMBULANTS 1845-1965" by Jean Pothion, priced list of the lozenge and then circular date stamp cancels applied as transits on t.p.o.s the main rail routes, 30 pages, 1970; "CATALOGUE CACHETS DE GARES 1854-1960" by J. Pothion, priced list of postmarks applied at postal counters within stations or in station districts, 31 pages, 1975. The four books (in French) constitute a full guide to railway postmarks of all types in France. Also four rather splendid original postcards depicting steam trains, stations etc (click below for full view of these).

BALLON MONTES (HARMERS SALE) (B.146)

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£10.00
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B.146

BALLON MONTES ("GAETANO VULLO" HARMERS SALE) (B.146)
The Balloon Posts of Paris 1870-71, 145 lots individually lotted and illustrated in full size and full colour, including foreign destination, "Aeronautes" cachets and other major items, useful reference auction catalogue. 72 pages, 2007.

BUREAUX DE DISTRIBUTION 1819-1858 (B.147)

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£8.00
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B.147

BUREAUX DE DISTRIBUTION 1819-1858 (B.147)
by J. Pothion. Much prestamp mail (and some in the 1850s) from smaller localities received a straightline cachet before being forwarded to the main mail centre for onward despatch. This catalogue lists all localities (including Algeria) by department, with dates of opening and closure, and values. 78 pages, 1971.

FRENCH POSTAL HISTORY (B.148)

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£15.00
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B.148

FRENCH POSTAL HISTORY (B.148)
Three books : "L'OBLITERATION FRANCAISE" by J. Pothion, introduction to French 19th century postmark, 60 pages, 1964; "FRANCE OBLITERATIONS (SANS PARIS) 1849-1876 guide by Vincent Pothion (with values) to postmarks and postal history of the classic stamp period, 70 pages, 1998; "NOMENCLATURE DES BUREAUX DE POSTE FRANCAIS 1876-1899" by Dennis Lavarack, list of postmarks from the Type Sage period, arranged by Department, 238 pages, 1967 (cover stain). Good combination for collector of classic French stamps with an interest in postmarks and postal history of the 19th century.

GILL-BURRUS AUCTION 1967 (B.149)

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£25.00
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B.149

GILL-BURRUS AUCTION 1967 (B.149)
The four catalogues of the Gill-Burrus collection offered for sale by Robson Lowe/Jacques Robineau/Urs Peter Kaufmann/Bernard Behr/Van Dieten, in January, March, May and November 1967. Total 1265 lots, many illustrated in black/white or in colour, important reference work for provenance from a celebrated collector.

LES BLEUS DE FRANCE (B.150)

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£75.00
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B.150

LES BLEUS DE FRANCE (B.150)
by André Suarnet. Classic work on the "blue" basic rate stamps 1849-1871 which formed the basis for traditional philately of France : varieties, plating, postmarks. Very detailed, and with prices (of the epoch). Signed by the author, published 1933, 330 pages, cover damaged but text fine.

PARIS - ETOILES (B.151)

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£12.00
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B.151

PARIS - ETOILES AVEC CHIFFRES (B.151)
by André Rochette. Priced catalogue of the Paris Star cancels 1863-1876, with explanations of the post office location in Paris, and varieties. 123 pages, 1964.

ENTIERS POSTAUX DE FRANCE & MONACO (B.155)

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£12.00
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B.155

ENTIERS POSTAUX DE FRANCE & MONACO (B.155)
by Storch & Francon. Priced catalogue of postal stationery of France and Monaco, more specialised then Michel (e.g. includes varieties of perforation and paper stock, and private stationery). Priced. 256 pages, 1992.

PARIS BUREAUX DE QUARTIER (B.156)

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£3.00
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B.156

PARIS BUREAUX DE QUARTIER (B.156)
by André Rochette. Catalogue of the lozenge cancels 1852-1863 used at Paris local post offices, short guide with offices listed by the lketters used i the cancel, and valuations. 61 pages, 1965.

FRANCE - VARIETES (B.157)

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£25.00
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B.157

FRANCE - VARIETES (B.157)
two Ceres catalogues :" France Variétés" with both major and minor varieties plus millésimes and coins datés (223 pages, 2nd edition., 1994), AND "Variétés de France" an earlier but rather more detailed book with emphasis on smaller varieties (336 pages, 4th edition, 1964)

TYPE MERSON (B.158)

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£30.00
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B.158

TYPE MERSON (B.158)
The first complete account of the 'Merson' stamps of France with birth of the design and essays, dies, postal background, use, varieties, the "Forbin" forgeries, commemorative overprints, and use of the design for Social insurance revenue stamps. Published by The Royal Philatelic Society,A4 size hardback, 198 pages, illus. bilingual text in French & English, 1990.