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This website is designed to show interesting or colourful covers of the whole world. We try to add about 25 to 30 new items each week. Many countries are included but there is particular strength in GB, the French Group & the German Group, as well as world-wide Wartime Censorship in WW1 & WW2, Postage Dues, Mis-routed mail, Special Services and Airmails. Please note items marked with a reference number BPS-xxx are auction lots for viewing only in a Bradford postal auction, not for immediate sale.

Items in category Non Philatelic & History, most recent first.
BRITISH RED CROSS SOCIETY FIRST-AID MANUAL 1939BRITISH RED CROSS SOCIETY FIRST-AID MANUAL 1939
Small pocket-sized hardback, British Red Cross Society First-Aid Manual No 1 by St J D Buxton, 8th edition, Cassells 1939, 340pps indexed, very detailed with instructions and illustrations of how to deal with many situations (ex Manchester Casualty Service); slight wear to spine but in good sound condition (marked in the introduction where a name has been crossed out): (postage GB 1st 3.50, 2nd 3.00, abroad 5.00)

Reference: S351
£12.00

BOOK RED CROSS INTERNATIONAL, CENTENARY HISTORY 1959BOOK RED CROSS INTERNATIONAL, CENTENARY HISTORY 1959
Hardback work 'Red Cross International & the Strategy of Peace' by James Avery Joyce, Hodder & Stoughton 1959, 270pps with dust jacket, many illustrations, indexed, wth summary of the Geneva Conventions: a centenary history of the organisation since its foundation by Henri Dunant after the terrible carnage at the Battle of Solferino 24 June 1859: (postage GB 1st 3.50, 2nd 3.00, abroad 9.00)

Reference: S350
£15.00

CHINA NOW, BOOK BY D J DWYERCHINA NOW, BOOK BY D J DWYER
A survey of the basic aspects of the development of modern China, intended as an educational work for students of present day China, by D J Dwyer, written from Hong Kong, Longmans 1973, 510 pps with sealed in dust-jacket, ex Essex County Library but sound, illustrated with maps and diagrams (postage GB 1st 3.50, 2nd 3.00, abroad 9.00)

Reference: S327
£10.00

BOOK THE DRAGON WAKES, CHINA & THE WEST 1793-1911BOOK THE DRAGON WAKES, CHINA & THE WEST 1793-1911
Scholarly work on the development of China and its relations with the Western world 1793-1911, by Christopher Hibbert, Longmans 1970, 427 pps, illustrated, indexed, with bibliography, with dust jacket, a classic work of importance for the modern world (postage GB 1st 3.50, 2nd 3.00, abroad 9.00)

Reference: S325
£10.00

BOOK THE SPIRIT OF PARIS, BATSFORD 1937BOOK THE SPIRIT OF PARIS, BATSFORD 1937
An interesting and detailed study of the city as it was just before the Second World War, by Paul Cohen-Portheim, 118 pps, illustrated & indexed, Batsford 1937: with a long list of Batsford publications at the end, no dust jacket: (postage GB 1st 3.50, 2nd 3.00, abroad 9.00) title page shown

Reference: S324
£6.00

THE SIEGE OF PARIS, HISTORICAL BOOK THE SIEGE OF PARIS, HISTORICAL BOOK
'The Siege of Paris' by Robert Baldick, Batsford 1964, a fine general historical study of the background to the philatelic history, arranged by the nineteen weeks of the siege, with good illustrations, 248pps; slight faults to dust jacket and spotting on boards, but still a very good reading or reference copy (postage GB 1st 3.50, 2nd 3.00, abroad 9.00)

Reference: S305
£8.00

THE FALL OF PARIS, HISTORICAL BOOK THE FALL OF PARIS, HISTORICAL BOOK
'The Fall of Paris, The Siege and the Commune 1870-71', by Alistair Horne, The Reprint Society 1965; an excellent general history of the Siege & the Commune, illustrated, 454pps, a clean copy with dust jacket (postage GB 1st 3.50, 2nd 3.00, abroad 6.00)

Reference: S304
£10.00

AIRLIFT 1870, BOOK ON THE SIEGE OF PARIS BALLOONSAIRLIFT 1870, BOOK ON THE SIEGE OF PARIS BALLOONS
'Airlift 1870, The balloon and pigeon post in the Siege of Paris', by John Fisher, Max Parrish 1965: an excellent general handbook on the Siege of Paris balloons and their history, illustrated 166pps; a clean ex library copy with covered dust jacket (postage GB 1st 3.50, 2nd 3.00, abroad 6.00)

Reference: S303
£10.00

USA MASONIC NOTICE & ENVELOPE, USED 1857USA MASONIC NOTICE & ENVELOPE, USED 1857USA MASONIC NOTICE & ENVELOPE, USED 1857
A Masonic advice of a forthcoming meeting. July/August 1857 in Massachusetts, in envelope with embossed Sigma motif on the flap; has been posted with handstamp (partial) PAID. Rare thus

Reference: S196
£80.00

ANDORRA, PUBLICITY PAMPHLET WITH FINE MAP 1930s?ANDORRA, PUBLICITY PAMPHLET WITH FINE MAP 1930s?
A small folded publicity pamphlet in several languages, with the whole interior of the item being a fine detailed map, apparently undated but the artwork style suggests mid to late 1930s. A fine clean copy and it must be scarce in this ocndition.

Reference: S120
£20.00

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