No Longer Available - UPU SPECIMEN STAMPS 1878-1961

Stock Code: R2860

The 2015 edition of UPU Specimen Stamps, covering the years 1878-1961. An essential guide for any philatelist with an interest in the stamps and stationery items distributed to the member countries of the Universal Postal Union. Written by James Bendon, an acknowledged expert in the field, this handbook gives a detailed history of the UPU, key information on specimen stamps, their classification, distribution, and receipt, as well as access to its comprehensive catalogue spanning over four-hundred pages.

2021 supplement for UPU Specimen Stamps 1878-1961 containing even more information about stamps and stationery items distributed to the member countries of the Universal Postal Union is also available.


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Key Features

  •  A complete revision of the 1988 Edition.
  •  Stamps that were cancelled with a date stamp or other postal obliterator by the issuing postal authority (cancelled to order) before being sent to the UPU for distribution to fellow members are now catalogued.
  •  The Reprints of stamps of Portugal, the Azores, Madeira, and the Portuguese Colonies that were sent to the UPU as specimens in 1885 are now listed.
  •  There are many references to Postal Stationery, in particular regarding items that were protected using the same methods as were used on contemporary postage stamps.
  •  Appendices now include details of the number of specimens required by the UPU up to 1961 for both postage stamps and or Postal Stationery; UPU membership lists in both alphabetical and chronological order.
  •  A reproduction of the earliest published information on UPU specimen stamps, namely a 24-page article by Marcus Samuel serialised in 1964-65 in Stamp Collecting.
  •  More than 1800 colour illustrations of specimen stamps and postal stationery, UPU documents and other archival material included.