The Queen's Stamps: The Authorised History of the Royal Philatelic Collection

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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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Authors Note xi
Philatelic Map of the World xii

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About the author (2004)

Nicholas Courtney has written 20books, including Gale Force 10: The Life and Legacy of Admiral Sir Francis Beaufort. He is the former governor of the island of Mustique.

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