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Agris, Dr. Joseph Gold Medal Collections of U.S. Coil Issues (1997)excl. Private Perf Auction Cat. HB NEW $12.00
Alexander, Tracy Simpson’s US Postal Markings 1851-61(1979) HB 434pp 2nd ed. NF ——-
American Air Mail Cat. Fourth Edition – Volume 1 (1966) HB 541pp VG $19.50
American Air Mail Cat. Fourth Edition – Volume 4 (1971) HB 541pp VG $19.50
American Air Mail Cat. Fifth Edition – Volumes 1-5 plus Supplement HB VF No DJAI —–
APS Vol. 54 #10 The Chatham Square Post Office (1941)SB 34pp FINE $12.50
Ashbrook, Stanley The US Issue of 1869 Preceded by add. Notes on the Premieres Gravures of 1861(1943)HB 77pp Complete with Addendum – Very Scarce GOOD $95.00
Ashbrook, Stanley The United States Ten Cent Stamp of 1855-1857 (1936) 87pp PB VG-F —–
August, Leo The US Specialized Catalog of First Day Covers (1949) 16th ed. PB FINE $5.00

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Baker, Hugh and David Baker’s U.S. Classics (1985) 343pp HB Very FINE ——-
Bartels and Berthold Rare United States Envelopes (1908) Cover Separated 16pp $4.00
Baur, Brian C. F.D.R. and the Stamps of the U.S. 1933-1945 (1993 Linn’s) HB 361pp VG-F $15.00
Berthold, Victor Wells, Fargo & Co.’s Handstamps and Franks (1926) PB 85pp As NEW $27.50
Berthold, Victor Wells, Fargo & Co.’s Handstamps and Franks (1944) PB 85pp ——-
Biddle, John R. American Illustrated Cover Catalog (1982) David G. Phillips Auction w/PR 259pp PB GOOD ——
Boerger & Stark, John Handbook on US Luminescent Stamps (1970) 112pp PB NF $9.50
Boerger, Alfred G. Handbook on US Luminescent Stamps (1975) 145pp PB NF ——
Boggs, Winthrop Foundations of Philately (1955) 196pp HB VG $9.50
Brazer, Clarence Historical Catalog of U.S. Essays & Proofs The 1898 Issue (1939) PB VF $15.00
Brazer, Clarence Essays for U.S. Adhesive Postage Stamps (1941) HB 236pp FAIR ——–
Brookman, Lester 19th Century postage Stamps of the U.S. Vol. 1-3 (1966-67) 2nd ed. HB ——-
Bureau Specialist Journal of the BIA (Bureau Issues Association).

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Chapin, John A Census of US Classic Plate Blocks (1982) 116pp HB FINE $17.50
Chase, Carroll Classic U.S. Stamps 1845-1869 (1962) HB NF ——-
Chronicle, The The Chronicle of the US Classic Postal Issues – available by volume or whole number, please inquire
Clarke, Tom Beyond Mere Collecting (1989)15pp see: S.E.P.A.D.
Combs, W. V. Second Federal Issue 1801-1802 (1988) HB 142pp Fine $17.50

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Datz, Stephen Errors on US Postage Stamps (1998) 167pp PB VG —–
Davis, Dr. H. A. U.S. 1887 3 Cent Vermilion (Denver Multigraphing Co.) ——-
Diamond & Hesly The Types & Varieties of the US 10c Issues of 1855-1859 (S.P.A. #13) PB 12pp Minor Toning $7.50
Diamond & Hesly The Types & Varieties of the US 10c Issues of 1855-1859 (S.P.A. #13) PB 12pp Nicer Copy $12.50
Diamond, A.& Kenworthy The Types of the 2c and 3c Washington Series of 1912-21 (Offsets – S.P.A. Handbook #4)12pp VG ——
Dietz, August Dietz Confederate States Catalog and Handbook (1959) HB 282pp Fine ——
Durland (BIA) Durland Standard Plate Number Catalog (1994)352pp PB VG $9.50

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Evans, Don L. The United States One Cent Franklin 1861-1867 (1997)SB 418pp VF ——-

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Gilman, Kenneth L. Doane-Thompson Catalog of U.S. County and Postmaster Postmarks (1990) 240pp NF ——
Glass, Sol United States Postage Stamps 1945-1952 (1954 BIA) 280pp HB GOOD $15.00
Goodkind, Henry M. US 24c Air Mail Inverted Center of 1918 (1956)Collector’s Club PB VF 32pp $9.50
Goodwyn, Frank United States Department Stamps (2nd ed.) 14pp SB FINE $9.50
Griffith, Gary United States Stamps 1922-1926 (1997) 390pp PB FINE $22.50
Griffith, Gary United States Stamps 1927-1932 (2001) 500pp PB FINE $22.50

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Hahn, Mannel The Waterbury Cancellations 1865-1890 (1940) PB 31pp NF ——-
Hall, Edward, Hagaman The Hudson-Fulton Celebration 1909, Volumes I and II (1910)1421pp HB Very Rare Presentation Set
incl. nearly 200 plates and poster-size 1:80 scale plans for the replicas of the Clermont and the Half Moon FAIR $95.00
Hellbock, Richard Prexie Postal History (1988) La Posta ——-
Herst-Sampson 19th Century U.S. Fancy Cancellations (1963 Revised 3rd) HB 288pp FINE (owner’s stamp) ——
Hesley & Diamond The Types & Varieties of the US 10c Issues of 1855-1859 (S.P.A. #13) PB 12pp Minor Toning $7.50

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Ishikawa, Ryohei R. Ishikawa Collection U.S. Stamps and Covers 1847-1869 (9/28-29/93) Christie’s Auction 365pp w/PR HB/DJ FINE $75.00

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Jarrett, Fred The Stamps of British North America (1975 Quarterman Reprint) HB 595pp FINE $39.50
Johl, Max U.S. Postage Stamps of the 20th Century Vol.1-4 (1937) HB G-VG ——–
Johl, Max U.S. Post. Stamps 20th Century Vol.1: 1901-1922 (1932 1st ed.)262pp VG $25.00
Johl, Max U.S. Post. Stamps 20th Century Vol.3: 1922-34 Parcel Post Air Mails (1937) HB 286pp GOOD ——–
Johl, Max U.S. Post. Stamps 20th Century Vol.4: 1933-1937 (1937) HB 309pp GOOD $19.50
Johl, Max U.S. Commemorative Stamps of the 20th Century Vol.1-2 (1947) VG ———-
Juhring, John The Juhring Collection of 1869 Pictorial Issues (6/14 1978) Sotheby Parke Bernet PB 96pp NF ——-

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Kane, Joseph N. U.S. Postage Firsts (1983) 22pp VG ——
Kingsley, Thomas C. The Legendary Persian Rug (1993) HB DJ 152pp XF (as new) $22.50
Konwiser, Harry US Stampless Cover Catalog (1936) PB 200pp VG $25.00

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Lane, Maryette The Harry F. Allen Collection of BlackJacks (1969 APS) HB 148pp FINE $35.00
Lauzon, A. A. The U.S. Columbian Issue 1893 69pp (original Chambers Hanbook Series)FINE ——
Laurence, Robert 1975 George Walcott Coll. Of Used Civil War Patriotics (1974 Ltd. ed. of 750) HB 261pp+PR FINE+ $35.00
Linn, George Paid Markings on the 3c US Stamp of 1861 (1955) PB 104pp + 4 pages of illus. VG ——
Luff, John N. Postmaster’s Provisional Stamps (1937) HB 70+pp + 15 plates ex-libris FAIR —–

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McBride, The Federal Duck Stamps Complete Guide (1984) HB 206pp FINE $17.50
Melville, Fred #3 US Postage Stamps 1847-1869 (circa 1910) 71 pp Staple Rusting (Contents Fine) $5.00
Melville, Fred #10 US Postage Stamps 1870-1893 (circa 1910) 55pp + 16pp Cover Faults (Contents Fine) $5.00
Melville, Fred #11 US Postage Stamps 1894-1910 (circa 1910) 76pp + 15pp Staple Rusting (Contents Fine) $5.00
Milgram, James Abraham Lincoln Illus. Envelopes & Letter Paper 1860-1865 (1984) HB 272pp VG $37.50
Milliken, Ed New York Foreign Mail Cancellations 1870-1876 (1942) Pamphlet 16pp FAIR $9.00

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Nat. Philatelic Museum Postage Stamp Design (1951 Baxter/APS) HB 246pp(starts at p.55) FINE $17.50
Nat. Philatelic Museum U.S. Perforation Centennial (1957 APS) 1st ed. PB 232pp VG $17.50
Neinken, Mortimer The United States Ten Cent Stamp of 1855-1859 (1960)HB 252pp VG —–
Norona, Delf General Catalog of US Postmarks (1935) 1st ed. PB VG $17.50

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O’Sullivan & Weber History of U.S. Pioneer & Govt. Operated Airmail Service 1910-28 (1973) HB 180pp FINE+ ——

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Perry, Elliot Harry F. Allen Collection of Blackjacks 1969 1st ed. (see also Lane, M.)
Philatelic Lit. Review Philatelic Literature Review – The Journal of the APRL – $1 per issue, please inquire for availability
Possessions: The Journal of the US Possessions Philatelic Society (1978-81) Whole Nos. 1-13 lovely bound volume $15.00
Power, Eustace U.S. Stamps Shades & Varieties – Hist. of Private Perforating Machines (1909 1st ed.) 118pp PB Fair —–
Power, Eustace General Issues of U.S. Stamps Shades & Varieties (1917) 91pp HB NF —–

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Reed, Eugene C. US One Cent Stamp 1851 To 1861(as recvd. by Exhibition Photocopy Comm. of the USPCS 1/17/89)Useful but illus. are poor $25.00
Remele, C. W. US Railroad Postmarks 1837-1861 (1958) HB Fine —–
Rich, Wesley Everett The Hist. of the US Post Office to the Year 1829 (Quarterman Reprint) HB DJ 190pp Fine ——–
Rose, Jon Classic U.S. Imperforate Stamps (1990) PB 95pp VF $15.00
Rose, Jon U.S. Postage Stamps of 1869 PB VF ——-

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Sampson, J. W. The Seven Cent Vermilion U.S. 1871-1873 Issue 16pp SB VG $7.50
Sampson, J. W. The Seven Cent Vermilion U.S. 1871-1873 Issue 16pp SB FINE $12.50
Sampson, E. N. American Stampless Cover Catalog (1978) 3rd ed. HB 280pp VG —–
Sanabria Sanabria’s Airpost Catalogue (1950) HB 469pp ——-
Schmid, Paul The Expert’s Book (1990) HB 209pp XF (as new) ——-
Schoen & Devoss Counterfeit Kans-Neb Overprints on the 1922-34 & FDCs (1973) 33pp Nicer Copy $9.50
Schoen & Devoss Counterfeit Kans-Neb Overprints on the 1922-34 & FDCs (1977) 33pp $7.50
S.E.P.A.D. Southeastern Pennsylvania and Delaware Oct. 5-7, ’89 (see Krievens, Keally, Taylor, Clarke and Gibbs)$5.00
Short, Simine Via Airmail, An Aerophilatelic Survey of Events, Routes, & Rates (1992) HB 224pp FINE+ $17.50
Silberberg, Bernard United States Stamps Series of 1901 (1976) PB spiral bound Fine $17.50
Silver, Philip K. The Philip Silver Specialized U.S. Air Mail Collection (1985) J. Fox auction HB lovely book w/owner’s stamp $19.50
Simpson, Tracy US Postal Markings 1851-1861 (1979 2nd Revised Ed.) 434pp HB VG —
Sloane, George Sloane’s Columns – arranged by Turner (1961) 461pp FAIR-GOOD $25.00
Souder, Charles Postal History and Usage of 1907 and Earlier Precancels (1989) 297pp PB FINE ——
Staff, Frank The Transatlantic Mail (1980 Quarterman Reprint) HB DJ VF $65.00
Stamp Specialist The 20 volume set is described and sold by volume
Stark, Boerger see Boerger
Starnes, Charles J. US Letter Rates to Foreign Destinations 1847 to GPU (1982) HB 74+pp VF $22.50
Stevenson, Wm United States Grills 1867-1872 as Actually Issued PB 2nd ed. 15pp VG+ —–

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Taylor, Thomas O. Georgetown on the Potomac(1989)11pp see: S.E.P.A.D.
Thorpe Bartels Catalogue of United States Stamped Envelopes (1954 Century Ed.) No DJ ——-
Towle and Meyer Railroad Postmarks of the US 1861-1886 (1968) HB DJ VG+ $55.00
Trepel, Cat. # 2005 Wells, Fargo & Company – 1861 Pony Express Issues SB 40pp ——-

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UPSS Catalog of the 19th Cent. Stamped Envelopes & Wrappers of the U.S. (1984) PB 344pp Fine ——
UPSS United States Postal Card Catalog (1990) HB 315pp Fine ——
US Specialist
Journal of the BIA (Bureau Issues Association)
US 1869 PRA 1869 Times (US 1869 Pictorial Research Assoc.) Vol. 3 Nos. 8-11 (1977) SB 68pp VG+ ——-

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Walcott, George George Walcott Coll. Of Used Civil War Patriotics (1975 Reprint Ltd. ed. of 750) HB 261pp+PR ——-
Wampler, The Wampler Collection of US Stamps & Important Plate Blocks (4/24/98) Shreves Philatelic Galleries HB ——
Wawrukiewicz & Beecher US Domestic Postal Rates,1872-1993 (1994) HB DJ 229pp FINE+ $25.00
Weiss, Larry S. Washington Franklin Heads Issues Specialist Gauge Measurements(1989) Pamphlet FINE —–
Weiss, William Collecting U.S. Covers and Postal History (1987) PB 95pp ——-
Weiss, William The Foreign Mail Cancellations of New York City 1870-78 (164pp) ——-
Weiss, William The U.S. 15c Stamp of 1870-1890 (1995) PB 97pp FINE —–
West, Christopher (see: Elliot Perry)
Wiley and Davis U.S. Three cent Green and Three Cent Vermilion PB 48pp FINE $19.50
Willard, Edward L. United States Two Cent Red Brown of 1883-1887 (1970) Vol. 1-2 HB 328pp VG (some rusting) $32.50
Willard, Edward L. United States Two Cent Red Brown of 1883-1887 (1970) Vol. 2 only HB 164pp FINE $20.00
Wilshire Auctions US – The Unique Unused 24c Grilled Banknote (12/5 1991) Auction Cat. 6pp NF $7.50
Wiltsee, Earnest Gold Rush Steamers of the Pacific (1976 Reprint) 421pp FINE+ $65.00
Wood, Ken Post Dates – A Chronology of Intriguing Events in the Mails and Philately (1985) HB (about 400pp) No DJ FINE —–

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