Our Philatelists (Stamp Experts)
We have just over a dozen philatelists they are the authority on British, Commonwealth and Chinese rare stamps. They work at our flagship London office at 399 Strand and include some of the most renowned philatelists in the world.
Dr. Philip Kinns
Director of Philately
Dr Philip Kinns is our India and Commonwealth specialist who holds a PhD in Classics from Cambridge. A lifelong collector (since the age of 3!) he has spent his entire working career at Stanley Gibbons. Appointed a Director in 1989 his chief responsibility is running the Commonwealth rare stamp department. He has been a member of the BPA (expert committee) since 1987, and is now a Director and a trustee of the Educational Charity which it supports. In 1997 he became the Grantee of the Royal Warrant which Stanley Gibbons has been privileged to hold since 1914 and in 2002 was made Director of Philately.
Director Great Britain Department
Vincent has been a driving force in the GB market for years and has bought some prize rarities in this field. These have included world renowned collections, proofs and trials for the Penny Black, sought-after blocks of Two-Penny Blues and two of Britain’s rarest stamps, the 6d IR Official and the ‘mythical’ Plate 77 Penny Red, sold for £550,000 in 2012.
Our Rare Books Experts
Rare Book Expert
Clive Moss has over thirty years’ experience as a bookseller, including Director for fine bookbinders Sangorski, Sutcliffe & Zaehnsdorf (SSZ, a subsidiary of Asprey’s). He joined the Book Department at Bloomsbury Auctions in 2006.
Clive has been involved with some of the most important collections of rare and important books to come to market in the UK and the US, both at retail and auction level. Notable successes include brokering the auction of the Hirschhorn collection of Modern First Editions, sold by Bloomsbury Auctions in 2012 for over $1.2million. Highlights included a first edition of F Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby which sold for over $100,000 and Ian Fleming’s first James Bond novel, Casino Royale, which sold for over $30,000.
Although Clive specialises in children’s books, illustrative art and fine bindings, he has a great deal of experience across all aspects of the rare book world, and plays a key role in the ongoing business development of Bloomsbury Auctions.
Rare Book Expert
Following a misspent youth in the civil service, Roddy’s career in the world of rare & collectable books commenced working for his father’s maritime & naval book business McLaren Books on the west coast of Scotland. A chance spotting of an advert in trade press led to an application for the position of book cataloguer at Bloomsbury Auctions in 1993, a role secured by a series of interviews and an over-used Samuel Johnson quote, and bar a few intervals abroad Roddy has worked for the company ever since, currently residing as Head of Book Department.
Roddy has been responsible for many of the key auctions Bloomsbury has held over the years, including the Weinreb Computer Collection (1999), the Zentner W. Somerset Maugham Collection (2010), the Ottignon Beatrix Potter Collection (2013), and the Cawood Beatrix Potter Collection (2016), the auction for which included a true first edition of The Tale of Peter Rabbit that sold for £43,400. Roddy’s particular enthusiasm for modern literature and children’s books led to the creation of the Modern First Editions department at Bloomsbury, and he regularly comments on these aspects of the trade in mainstream and trade press, most recently writing an article on collecting Modern Firsts for the Antiques Trade Gazette.
Outside interests include web & graphic design, digital marketing and the wines of Abruzzo.