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Level of detail: Comprehensive
Published: September 2011
Pages: 700+ colour pages (see below for sample page)
This Stanley Gibbons comprehensive colour catalogue is the definitive and comprehensive reference to British Commonwealth and Empire (including Great Britain) stamps issued between 1840 and 1970. With internationally recognized and respected listings, now comprehensively re-priced to reflect the very active global market, this catalogue includes new illustrations of varieties, new inverted watermarks and additional information and listings among its 700 pages.
The catalogue contains a fantastic in-depth article showing the complex considerations which go into deciding what makes a stamp qualify for a ‘fine’ condition assessment (and therefore full SG catalogue price). Having this knowledge will mean readers can assess the prices asked for items against the benchmark catalogue price and pick up bargains or avoid costly mistakes. Learn how to understand why something advertised at ‘50% of catalogue price’ may not be such a bargain after all! The article covers gum, margins, perforations, damage, fading, cancels or postmarks and is invaluable information for the knowledgeable collector. Additional material covers cover prices to 1945.
• The authoritative reference source for GB and Commonwealth information – all stamps from 1840-1970 listed and priced
• Prices have been carefully and extensively reviewed with nearly all areas seeing widespread increases.
• Price changes on errors and varieties have been particularly significant with many plate flaws and watermark varieties showing marked price rises.
• Stamps prepared for use and for which ‘Specimens’ were distributed through the UPU but not actually issued are now given full listing; a notable example being the Jamaica 6d. ‘Abolition of Slavery’, for which unoverprinted examples are also now listed.
• Varieties hitherto described in notes are now illustrated for the first time, including the Australia ‘Line through FOUR PENCE’ and ‘Retouched E’.
• Several new plate varieties have been added, including the Jamiaca King George VI 6d. ‘exhaust pipe’.
• Several newly discovered inverted watermarks appear for the first time.
• Includes an essential guide from Gibbons’ specialists on the definition of ‘fine’ condition – essential to assessing a stamp’s market value.
• A new priced listing has been compiled of Indian stamps used on the Abyssinia Expedition of 1867/8 and cancelled ‘FF’
• Throughout the listings, additional notes provide guidance on forgeries, condition and usage, enhancing yet further the unsurpassed reference value of this catalogue.
• Unique listing by SG number.
• Full colour illustrations.
• To help readers avoid buying forgeries or fakes, or stamps with forged postmarks there is helpful information on identification.
• Strengthened, casebound binding for extra durability
• Whether you are an active buyer of Commonwealth stamps, a dealer or an investor, it is vital to be right up to date with this very active market – and there is no more up-to-date reference than the 2012 Commonwealth & Empire Catalogue
What the critics have said about previous editions:
'Its time-honoured place as the standard work of reference for its subject remains unchallenged'
- John van der Kiste, The Bookbag, Sept 2010
'Trust me – you’ll do well to invest in one'
- Glen Stevens, Australasian Stamp News, Nov 2010
'No serious collector or dealer of the ‘Empire’ can possibly keep up to date without this volume…I heartily recommend it'
- David Rennie, Philatelic Exporter, Dec 2010
'A bargain when one considers the quality of its workmanship, its comprehensive content and practical lifetime…
it continues to improve with each new edition'
- Tony Shaman, The Canadian Philatelist
'Authoritive as always, it will prove to be very useful'
- The London Philatelist, Dec 2010
'The six-page article ‘The Importance of Condition’ is a welcome addition with much detail and relevant illustrations.'
- INT, Amazon reviewer, Oct 2010
'The best reference work. …by far the best overall listing of the basic stamps and varieties… accurate and very helpful…catalogue prices are the most reflective of the actual market.'
- W. Danforth Walker, Philatelic Literature Review, 1st Quarter 2009
'….a large hardcover volume of amazing scholarship….There is no doubt as to this volume’s authority and reputation for excellence….I would recommend it for purchase by all large public libraries and suggest that it be considered as an extra title in areas where local stamp clubs exist.'
- Aileen Wortley, CM Magazine, Dec 2009
'…this annual volume has become a masterful source of information and research relating to Commonwealth material'
- Michael O Nolan, Canadian Stamp News 27 Oct 2009
'There is no question in my mind that Stanley Gibbons has the most information about British Commonwealth stamps in its catalogues…..Impressive…. I make extensive use of the StanGib catalogues…countless pages of very useful collector information…something all philatelists should read'
- Dr Everett Parker, Meekels and Stamps 8 May 2009