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Additional Reading

The following is a list of suggested reading. QV Pennies does not sell books but the books listed are available from leading book sellers or in auctions

The Stanley Gibbons Specialised Great Britain Volume 1 Queen Victoria Catalogue is an essential reference. Edition 15 was published in October 2008 and edition 16 is due at the end of January 2012.

Some of the other publications offering  great value to the collector and plater include:

  • Guidelines to the Penny Black by P C Litchfield (Additionally useful when pursuing the study of the early 1d red plates (i.e. 1, 2, 5, 8, 9, 10 and 11)).
  • The Postage Stamps of Great Britain (Part 1) - Introduction to the Imperforate Line-Engraved Stamps by J B Seymour and Clive Gardiner-Hill, published by the Royal Philatelic Society, London.
  • The Postage Stamps of Great Britain (Part 2) - The Perforate Line-Engraved Issues, edited by Dr. W R D Wiggins and published by the Royal Philatelic Society, London.
  • Repaired Impressions by Dr H. Osborne - contains much detail on the repaired states of the 1d black and 1d red
  • Two Pence Blue - Studies of Plates 1 to 15, by Dr H. Osborne - contains much detail about each of these plates including the repairs
  • The Essential Guide to the Great Britain Line-Engraved 1d and 2d Stars - 1840-1864, published by Eric Paul Ltd., Marple, UK. This is a major work written by the late Dr. K W Statham in 18 volumes being an in-depth study of the 1d and 2d issues: a work of great dedication.
  • The Cancellations of the 1841 Penny Red - an illustrated guide and catalogue by David Goldsmith and Robert Danzig, published by Philatelic Imprint.
  • May Dates written and published by Mike Jackson in 1999. A fascinating reference to hundreds of covers used during the first month of the existence of the first Postage Stamp.
  • Post Office Numbers by George Brumell - "A record of the distinguishing numbers used given to Post offices 1844 to 1906 and the Stamps in which they were used"  Originally published by R C Alcock Ltd., and, once again, out of print.  This book lists the Offices in England ,Wales, Scotland and Ireland along with the numbers used on the cancellations.
  • Encyclopaedia Of The Maltese Cross by Professor S. David Rockoff and Mike Jackson - a two volume tome "providing a reference to the history and use of the first obliterator of the world's first postage stamps" - published in 2006 and 2008.
  • Stamp Perforation: The Somerset House Years 1848 to 1880 by Ray Simpson and Peter Sargent - published at the end of 2006 this is "a comprehensive and authoritative account of the origins and development of stamp perforation" and includes a very useful illustrated guide to perforation varieties.

The above does not pretend to give the reader a totally comprehensive listing of useful books (we would not be equal to it!) but is intended to show the type of publication which is most useful and available when studying the 1d black, 1d red and 2d blue (sometimes after a little hunting around, of  course).

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