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Nauru 1915 - 1923 by Keith Buckingham

Contents of the book

Foreword : Why Nauru?

About Nauru generally

Communications generally
Marshall Inseln stamps
NWP overprints on Australian stamps
Why were there overprints on GB stamps?
Overprint batches and first batch quantities
Dates of delivery of the GB stamps overprinted ‘NAURU’

The British Library
Its holdings listed and described
Information in archives

National Postal Museum
Specimen stamps and imprimaturs
Lotting summary
Nauru summary
Description of Nauru lots sold

Specimen stamps

Checklist of Great Britain stamps overprinted for use in Nauru
Checklist of UPU releases
Checklist of abnormal specimens [NPM release]

Brief History, Postal History and Stamp chronology
Brief History chronology
Brief Postal History and stamp chronology

German administration
Postal stationery
Postal stationery printed to private order

Illustrations of Postal and censor markings
Postmark illustrations
Fiscal use
Official handstamps
Return to Sender cachet
Censor handstamps
Registration labels and handstamps

Miscellaneous postal history
Ship markings
Official envelopes

Varieties on the basic British stamps before overprinting
Paper varieties including watermarks
Dandy Roll varieties
Mould marks
Printing varieties [list of possibilities]

Colours of Overprinting inks

This includes a listing of controls and known or recorded plates

Typewear on the ½d to 1s 0d values
Constant varieties
Variable type varieties

Great Britain Seahorses overprinted ‘Nauru’
Printing varieties including fresh or re-entries
Bradbury Wilkinson 2s 6d Pl.6 and Pl. 11 re-entries
Overprinting inks
Overprinting forme

Review of Great Britain Seahorses overprinted ‘NAURU’
By Waterlow Bros. and Layton
By De La Rue SG 19 Sepia Brown shades checklist
By De la Rue Yellow Brown and Brown shades
By De La Rue 5s 0d and 10s 0d values
By Bradbury Wilkinson 2s 6d values

Checklist of Seahorse overprints

Albino overprint varieties on low values

Albino overprint varieties on seahorses
2s 6d discussion
5s 0d discussion
10s 0d discussion

Checklist of albino overprints on Great Britain seahorses

Mint forged overprints
Forged overprints and forged cancellations
Normal overprints with forged cancellations
Madame Joseph forgeries

Maritime Mail

Appendix 1
British Philatelist 1921 – 2s 6d, 5s 0d and 10s 0d first issue
Appendix 2
British Philatelist 1924 – Typewear
Appendix 3
Philately from Australia 1949 – Nauru Overprints by Rev. T.P. Davis
Appendix 4
Strand Stamp Journal 1956 – Stamps of Nauru by Kudat
Appendix 5
Strand stamp Journal 1956 – Correspondent Sir John Dodd
Appendix 6
Correspondence – Sir John Dodd and the AuthorAppendix 7
Internal email Stanley Gibbons 25th May 2004 about SG19 2s 6d
Appendix 8
Sources consulted and bibliography

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