The illustrated catalogue of postage stamps

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Marlborough, 1875 - Postage stamps - 522 pages
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Page 345 - ... 1325. They there beheld, perched on the stem of a prickly pear, which shot out from the crevice of a rock that was washed by the waves, a royal eagle of extraordinary size and beauty, with a serpent in his talons, and his broad wings opened to the rising sun.
Page 345 - They there beheld, perched on the stem of a prickly pear, which shot out from the crevice of a rock that was washed by the waves, a royal eagle of extraordinary size and beauty, with a serpent in his talons, and his broad wings open to the rising sun. They hailed the auspicious omen, announced by an oracle as indicating the site of their future city, and laid its foundations by sinking piles into the shallows ; for the low marshes were half buried under water.
Page iii - The use and charm of collecting any kind of object is to educate the mind and the eye to careful observation, accurate comparison, and just reasoning on the differences and likenesses which they present, and to interest the collector in the design or art shown in their creation or manufacture, and the history of the country which produces or uses the objects collected. The...
Page iii - The postagestamps afford good objects for all these branches of study, as they are sufficiently different to present broad outlines for their classification ; and yet some of the variations are so slight, that they require minute examination and comparison to prevent them from being overlooked.
Page iii - ... they are sufficiently different to present broad outlines for their classification ; and yet some of the variations are so slight that they require minute examination and comparison to prevent them from being overlooked ; and the fact of obtaining stamps from so many countries suggests to ask what were the circumstances that induced their adoption, the history of the countries which issue them, and the understanding why some countries have considered it necessary, in so few years as have passed...
Page iv - Hence a collection of postage stamps may be considered, like a collection of coins, an epitome of the history of Europe and America for the last quarter of a century ; and at the same time, as they exhibit much variation in design and in execution, as a collection of works of art on a small scale, showing the style of art of the countries that issue them ; while the size of the collection, and the. manner in which they are arranged and kept, will show the industry...
Page 284 - Pueyrredon, who appears fo have been gained by the agents of his majesty, while occupying the post of supreme director of the republic of the United Provinces of La Plata, could not carry with him a single man, was obliged to quit his post and his country, and has since, it is understood, died somewhere, in obscurity, of a broken heart. Such have been the fortunes of the principal authors of internal...
Page ix - ... work, to the new procedure under the Judicature Acts. Solicitors know that the difficulties in the way of satisfying the different clerks at Somerset House are frequently great, and there is nothing so likely to tend to simplicity of practice as Mr. Coote's book.
Page 476 - Type have long since been shipped away among old type metal. 3. Engraved portrait of Kamehameha III., in military uniform in rectangular disk, having inscribed arched label above; inscription at sides and value below on plain ground; figures of value in upper corners. HONOLULU at left side, POSTAGE in arch and HAWAIIAN Is. at right side. Col. imp., rect.
Page 478 - Be gives us an engraved stamp of a vcrmil • lion color, but makes this note: " There is no proof that the engraved stamp was ever used. It is known only by reprints or remainders. It may have been prepared for use...

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