The Queen's Stamps: The Authorised History of the Royal Philatelic Collection
This is the story of the Royal Philatelic Collection, one of the greatest stamp collections ever put together.
The Queen's Stamps - The Authorised History of the Royal Philatelic Collection tells the tale of some of the rarest stamps in the world and of how successive royal collectors, beginning with Prince Alfred, the second son of Queen Victoria, acquired them. Prince George - later King George V - shared his uncle's enthusiasm, and it was he who built up the collection from a few 'schoolboy' albums of stamps compiled as a cadet in the Royal Navy, to his legacy, five decades later, of one of the most comprehensive collections of Great Britain and her Empire.
The Queen's Stamps is the first comprehensive, authorised narrative history of the collection and those who created it. Illustrated in full colour throughout, and written for the general reader as much as for the expert philatelist, it is the story of a truly magnificent collection, and an important addition to the history of the royal family.
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Africa album ANNA auction Australia Barbados Benn block of four bought British Buckingham Palace cancelled Cape CENTS Charles Goodwyn Collection holds collector Colonial colour trials commemorative corner block Crawford Crown Agents dealer diary Duke of York Duveen Edward Bacon Edward VII envelope error essays FOUR PENCE George V's green Hausburg Ibid imperforate interest Islands issue Jubilee Keeper King King's later letter lithographic London Philatelist Mafeking Majesty Marriott Mauritius mounted original overprinted pair PENCE blue Penny Black perforated Philatelic Exhibition philately photograph plate portrait Post Office Post Office Mauritius postage stamps Postmaster Prince of Wales printed Private Secretary produced proofs purchase Queen Victoria Queen's head rarities Red Collection reign rose Royal Philatelic Collection Royal Philatelic Society s1x PENCE sent sheet SHILLING Sir John Wilson sold South Wales specimens Stamp Room Stanley Gibbons surcharged tete-beche THREE PENCE Tilleard unused block watermark Wigram wrote