The Queen's Stamps (Hardcover)

The Authorised History of the Royal Philatelic Collection

By Nicholas Courtney

Methuen Publishing, 9780413772282, 337pp.

Publication Date: May 1, 2004

Other Editions of This Title:
Paperback (12/8/2017)

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The first popular history of the world's finest stamp collection. This elegant book is the definitive historical account of one of the world's most important and extensive stamp collections, and the monarchs and keepers who have contributed to it. Inaugurated by Queen Victoria, and enlarged by five successive British monarchs, the main body of the Collection came into being under George V, whose passionate and shrewd acquisition of many other private collections has ensured the unique and comprehensive character of his own. This is a story told through the stamps themselves, many of the most famous of which are produced here in full color, as well as through astonishing anecdotes featuring the kings, queens, and courtiers who brought them together. This informative, surprising, highly illustrated volume is written to appeal to the general reader with an interest in Royal history, as well as to the specialist enthusiast.

About the Author

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.