The illustrated catalogue of postage stamps

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Overy Taylor
1870 - 210 pages
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Page v - Ahasuerus' name, and sealed it with the king's ring, and sent letters by posts on horseback, and riders on mules, camels, and young dromedaries : wherein the king granted the Jews which were in every city to gather themselves together, and to stand for their life, to destroy, to slay, and to cause to perish, all the power of the people and province that would...
Page v - 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 vi - I believe 1 was the first who proposed, in 1834, the system of a small uniform rate of Postage to be prepaid by Stamps...
Page v - ... the eye to careful observation, accurate comparison, and just reasoning on the differences and likenesses which they present, and so 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 postage stamps 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...
Page v - ... change in the currency, or some other revolution. 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...
Page vi - I was the first who proposed the system of a small uniform rate of postage to be prepaid by stamps, having satisfied my own mind that the great cost of the Post Office was not the reception, carriage, and delivery of the letters, but the complicated system of accounts that the old system required; and having learned from the best writers on political economy that the collection of money by stamps was the most certain and economical.
Page vi - Post-Office was not the reception, carriage, and delivery of the letters, but the complicated system of accounts that the old system required, and having learned from the best writers on political economy that the collection of money by stamps was the most certain and economical. It was, in fact, the mere application of the system used with regard to newspapers to letters in general.
Page vii - King' dom, was about 76,000,000. The four-penny rate, and the alter' ation in the system of charge by number of enclosures to that • by weight, was introduced on the 5th of December, 1839, and ' on the 10th of January, 1840, the rate was reduced to one ' penny. During that year, the number of letters increased to ' 169,000,000, about half of which were enclosed in envelopes. ' The number of letters has been steadily increasing since that ' period, and during the year 1850, it reached the astonishing...
Page 180 - St. George and the Dragon in upper half of oval on ground of vertical lines, sun-dial in lower half on ground of horizontal dotted lines, Russian inscription in surrounding oval frame, value in angles ; double external frame of undulating lines.
Page 124 - Representation of the Goddess of Health (Hygeia) giving water from a healing spring in the island to a sick person.

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