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cocollectibles
12 Mar 2015
06:38:10am
In another post Ningpo had mentioned sharing information from Hong Kong collectors' literature collections. Over the years I've purchased several specialized books on Hong Kong Philately, with the ambition that after I retire I'll devote a large chunk of my time to studying my collection in more detail. Here is what I have so far. I have NOT included Scott or Gibbons catalogues.

I will be happy to provide information from these sources if you PM me.

Key:
Author and title, self-explanatory
Date - publication date of this edition
Pages - total substantive pages (i.e., not including advertising, title pages, etc.)
Illustrated? - B/W = Black and White; C = Color; none = not illustrated
Cover - PB = paper or cloth cover including spiral bound; HC = hardcover

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cocollectibles
12 Mar 2015
06:48:43am
re: Hong Kong Philiatelic Literature

Add to my list:

Lee C. Scamp & Harmon K. Fine: Hong Kong Arrival Markings (HK Study Circle publication reprint). 1980; 142, B/W; PB

This is an excellent source of information about HK cancels on foreign stamps, and non-HK cancels on HK stamps.

Peter

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cocollectibles
12 Mar 2015
01:21:41pm
re: Hong Kong Philiatelic Literature

Folks, just to clarify my offer.

If you have issues you would like me to see if any of these books address, I'm happy to do that and will help as best as I can.

But I cannot print and send, in the mail or by PDF in email, copies of pages or chapters that might be of interest to you. It would be a copyright infringement to reproduce a printed work and distribute it, just as we are not to do the same with copies of Scott or Gibbons pages.

Cheers,
Peter

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12 Mar 2015
04:04:50pm
re: Hong Kong Philiatelic Literature

That's a fairly comprehensive and impressive list of titles you have there. I note that two of the titles were amongst the ones I bid for and didn't win.

I'm afraid I am not as organised as you. Although I have a fair few myself, I should have such an index.

Do you by any chance buy old auction catalogues? I have quite a number but refrain from looking at them too often. Each time I do, I end up wishing I'd just collected frogs or bats on stamps because some of the material just brings me down with a bump!

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cocollectibles
12 Mar 2015
04:19:58pm
re: Hong Kong Philiatelic Literature

Ningpo, that's exactly how I feel when I look at realized auction prices. I wonder, who the heck are these people with such cash flow? (actually, "heck" is a euphemism for what I really say.)

Don't be deceived by the list; I just put it together to post here. I'm not that organized when it comes to the literature. I have two shelves of books on stamps from the British Empire and GB too but they are not listed. Missing only one of the Robson Lowe "Enclyclopedia" sets (I believe it is the North America one I'm missing).

I also have another Webb, from the 1940s I believe, a small paperback edition; since it is duplicated by the later edition, I didn't list it. The Scamp and Fine publication is one I've consulted most often as I love finding those unusually canceled stamps.

Retirement is dearly longed for at this stage!

Cheers,
Peter

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12 Mar 2015
04:27:51pm
re: Hong Kong Philiatelic Literature

Peter, you might be able to help me here. I have a QV 10c definitive with a VERY unusual cancellation. I know it is listed but I can't remember where. It's definitely not listed in any of my books.

When I get it scanned I'll post it under the 'Errors, curiosities' thread.

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12 Mar 2015
06:23:50pm
re: Hong Kong Philiatelic Literature

Great list Peter! Happy

I can add three titles:

#1: André de Cock, "Les Obliterations sur Timbres de Hong Kong", 1940, 28pp, B/W, PB

- Small booklet in French

#2: Hans Schoenfeld, "Cancellations of the Treaty Ports of Hong Hong, 1850-1930", 1988, 230pp, B/W, HC

- Small format book, one page per cancellation

#3: China Philatelic Association, "Hong Kong Post Offices and Postal Cancels", 2014, 2156pp, B/W & C, HC

- Large detailed encyclopaedia in 4 volumes with coverage right up to date

The page counts are approximate total counts.

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12 Mar 2015
11:06:55pm
re: Hong Kong Philiatelic Literature

Thank you for this valuable list, Peter. I also enjoy your other Hong Kong posts.

I collect Hong Kong registered covers, and I would add this publication to your list:

"Hong Kong Registration Labels" by Ming W. Tsang - Second Edition Copyright 1997, black/white illustrations, 180 pages, soft cover.

I use it as a relative price guide when bidding on covers, to estimate today prices, and to verify that the registration label is correct for the cancellation date on the cover. I would recommend this publication if you collect Hong Kong registered covers. Just like a lot of stamp collecting specialties, once you buy the reference book, it opens up a whole new world of things to hunt for. I enjoy this book a lot.

Linus

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cocollectibles
13 Mar 2015
05:22:55am
re: Hong Kong Philiatelic Literature

Linus, I've seen that book but wasn't sure I wanted to open up yet another Hong Kong collecting area! Happy

Thanks to you and Nigel for adding to the list.

Cheers,
Peter

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