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SG# ZP1(a) // 1 December 1969
Stamps for Cooks
The booklet's front cover shows
Baked, Stuffed Haddock.
The booklet containing stamps with
a total face value of £2.40 was sold
at post offices for £1. The difference
of £1.40 was sponsored by the
»Milk Marketing Board«.
Apart from the stamps the booklet contains twelve recipes.
ZP1 stapled bookbinding - AMV 387 €
ZP1a stitched bookbinding - AMV 8 €

SG# DX1 // 24 May 1972
The Story of Wedgwood
(Volume I)
Josiah Wedgwood FRS
(* 1730, † 1795)
English potter and founder
of the Wedgwood company
The booklet's front cover shows
»The Dancing Hours«
(in Jaspers, 1775),
Josiah Wedgwood FRS
(ceramic portrait),
Ruby »Whitehall« bone china
The ½p left band stamp showing
full perforation - AMV 39 €,
trimmed perforation - AMV 17 €
     

                          

(inscribed "January 1980")

SG# DX2 // 16 April 1980 The Story of Wedgwood
(Volume II)
The booklet's front cover shows a
painting by George Stubbs
(* 1724, † 1806)
»Josiah Wedgwood and his Family«
AMV 5 €

SG# DX3 // 19 May 1982
The Story of Stanley Gibbons
Edward Stanley Gibbons
(* 1840, † 1913)
English philatelist and founder
of »Stanley Gibbons Ltd« in 1856.
 
mint - used
The company is specialised in
publishing stamp catalogues and
retailing of collectable postage stamps,
albums and other related products.
AMV 6 €

(inscribed "February 1982")
Booklet exists with overprint »ANPEX '82, Brisbane«.


(inscribed "February 1982")
Booklet exists with overprint »AUSIPEX '84, Melbourne«.
SG# DX4 // 14 September 1983
The Story of the Royal Mint
The booklet's front cover shows
coins and its manufacturing tools.
The Royal Mint was established in 886,
over 1,000 years ago!
AMV 6 €

SG# DX5 // 4 September 1984
The Story of our Christian Heritage
The booklet's front cover shows
a mosaic of Christ from
Hinton St. Mary Roman villa.

FDO postmark - Canterbury
The mosaic was discovered in 1963
at excavations in the English county
of Dorset and dates from the early
fourth century.
AMV 18 €

Booklet exists with overprint »AUSIPEX '84, Melbourne«.

SG# DX6 // 8 January 1985
The Story of
»The Times«
Commemorating 200 years of
»The Times« newspaper.
The booklet's front cover shows a painting by Robert Haydon
(* 1786, † 1846)
»Waiting for The Times«:
In Regency coffee houses you
queued impatiently for the latest
news of Napoleon or the Reform Act
in the only oracle
.
The famous London daily newspaper
was founded by the English book printer
John Walter (* 1738/39, † 1812),
first published on 1 January 1785.
AMV 12 €

SG# DX7 // 18 March 1986
The Story of British Rail
The Steel Wheel on the Steel Rail
The booklet's front cover shows
wheels of a diesel locomotive.
»British Rail« was established on
1 January 1948 after nationalisation
of the »Big Four« British railway companies (GWR, LMS, LNER, SR).
AMV 13 €

British Rail Corporate Logo

Booklet exists with overprints »AMERIPEX '86, Chicago« and »STAMPEX '86, Adelaide«.


Booklet exists with overprints »CAPEX '87, Toronto« and »HAFNIA '87, Danmark«.
SG# DX8 // 3 March 1987
The Story of P&O
1837 - 1987
Commemorating 150 years of the
»Peninsular and Oriental
Steam Navigation Company«.
The booklet's front cover shows
the P&O passenger and cargo liner
»William Fawcett« in 1838.
In August 1837 Richard Bourne,
a Dublin shipowner, signed the
first commercial contract for
carrying mails by sea.
AMV 12 €

SG# DX9 // 9 February 1988
The Story of the
»Financial Times«
1888 - 1988
Commemorating 100 years of the
leading British daily newspaper with
a special emphasis on international
business and economic news.
The »Financial Times (FT)« was founded by James Sheridan and first published on 9 January 1888. In 1893, the FT began to use salmon pink newsprint that made it immediately distinguishable from its competitors. In 1945 the FT merged with its last British rival, the »Financial News«, founded in 1884.
AMV 26 €

Booklet exists with overprint »FINLANDIA '88, Helsinki«.


Booklet exists with overprint »WORLD STAMP EXPO '89, New York«.
SG# DX10 // 21 March 1989
The Scots Connection
The booklet's front cover shows the
cantilever railway bridge crossing
the »Firth of Forth« nine miles west
of Edinburgh's city center. The bridge
was opened on 4 March 1890.
Scotland became part of the
United Kingdom of Great Britain
on 1 May 1707.
AMV 13 €

Flag of Scotland

                          

»London Life« is the first PSB which contains definitive stamps and special stamps on the subject of the book.
Booklet exists with stamped commemorative cachet on the back cover.

SG# DX11 // 20 March 1990
London Life
The booklet's front cover shows soldiers
of the »Life Guard« cavalry regiment,
active since 21 May 1922 with roots
dating back to 1660.
AMV 16 €

SG# DX12 // 19 March 1991
Alias Agatha Christie
»The Mousetrap«
A detective story, written by the
English crime novelist Agatha Christie,
and the world's longest running play
since its premiere on 25 November 1952
in London's West End.
Dame Agatha Mary Clarissa Christie
(née Miller, * 1890, DBE 1971, † 1976),
pen names Mary Westmacott
and Agatha Christie.
AMV 11 €

SG# DX13 // 25 February 1992
Cymru - Wales
The booklet's front cover shows
the mountain ranges of Snowdonia
[Eryri] in northern Wales.
Wales became a full part of the
Kingdom of England by the
»Laws in Wales Acts«
of 1535 and 1542.
AMV 11 €

Flag of Wales

SG# DX14 // 27 October 1992
Tolkien
The Centenary
1892- 1992
Birth Centenary of
John Ronald Reuel Tolkien
(* 1892, CBE 1972, † 1973)
renowned author of
»The Hobbit« (1937),
»The Lord of the Rings«
(Triology, 1938/49) and
»The Silmarillion«.
AMV 11 €


Booklet exists with overprint »HONG KONG '94 STAMP EXHIBITION«.
Although inscribed £6.00 on the cover the booklet was sold at £5.64, the total face value of the stamps. Royal Mail could not enforce an intended surcharge of 36p for the PSBs.
SG# DX15 // 10 August 1993
The Story of Beatrix Potter
(Volume 1 of 2 )
Centenary of a letter that was to
become the most famous of all
children's books
»The Tale of Peter Rabbit«
sent to the five-year-old Noel Moore
on 4 September 1893 and written by
Helen Beatrix Potter
(*1866, † 1943),
English children's author and illustrator
The booklet also commemorates the
50th anniversary of Beatrix Potter's
death on 22 December 1943.
AMV 12 €

SG# DX16 // 26 July 1994
Northern Ireland
Tuaisceart Éireann
Norlin Airlann
The booklet's front cover shows
the »Mussenden Temple«
(County Londonderry),
the »Giant's Causeway«
(County Antrim),
the »Giant's Ring«
(County Down)
Northern Ireland became offical part of Great Britain in 1921 by an act of the British Parliament.
In the late 1960s the Northern Ireland conflict, »The Troubles«, began which lasted over three decades.
AMV 13 €

(Unofficial) Flag of Northern Ireland
In addition to the postage valued at £5.69 in four stamp panes, there are two picture postcards
depicting the »Giant's Causeway«, one of which is pre-paid at the 35p airmail rate.

                          


Booklet exists with overprint »Singapore '95«.
SG# DX17 // 25 April 1995
The National Trust
One hundred years of conservation
The booklet's front cover shows
contemporary photos of hikers
in the Lake District.
Celebrating the centenary of the National Trust for »Places of Historic Interest or Natural Beauty« in England, Wales and Northern Ireland. The Trust does not operate in Scotland, where there is an independent National Trust for Scotland.
Octavia Hill, Sir Robert Hunter and Hardwicke D. Rawnsley, two seasoned reformers and a vicar from northwest England, established the trust, which took possession of its first property, Dinas Oleu {Fortress of Light}, located in Gwynedd county in northwest Wales, on the 29th of March 1895.
AMV 12 €

SG# DX18 // 14 May 1996
European
Football Championship '96

Football Comes Home
The UEFA Euro 96 took place in
England from 8 - 30 June.
The winner was Germany.
AMV 10 €

SG# DX19 // 23 September 1997
Celebrating 75 Years of the BBC
The British Broadcasting Corporation
was established under a Royal Charter
on the 18th of October 1922.
John Charles Walsham Reith,
1st Baron Reith,
KT GCVO GBE CB TD PC,
(* 1889 in Scotland, † 1971)
He was appointed BBC's
General Manager in December 1922,
Managing Director in 1923 and
Director-General of the BBC in 1927.
He was in office until 1938.
AMV 10 €

SG# DX20 // 10 March 1998
The Wildings Definitives
Her Majesty's stamps
celebrated by Royal Mail
(Volume I)
The three symbols on the book cover
(top left) show QE II Machin portrait,
the St. Edward's crown, and Roman numerals I/II signifying that this is the
first of three booklets in the series.
Dorothy Frances Edith Wilding,
English society photographer
(* 1893, † 1976)
Between 1952 and 1971 a series of GB
definitive postage stamps were featuring
her photographic portrait of QE II.
AMV 14 €

SG# DX21 // 13 October 1998
Breaking Barriers
A Century of
Great British Speed Records
Sir Malcolm Campbell,
English racing motorist
(* 1885, † 1948)
He gained the world speed record on
land and on water at various times
during the 1920s and 1930s using
vehicles called »Blue Bird«.

The infinity symbol often used
on spreed record breaking crafts.
AMV 19 €

SG# DX22 // 16 February 1999
Profile on Print
Her Majesty's stamps
celebrated by Royal Mail
(Volume II)
The three symbols on the book cover
(top left) show QE II Machin portrait,
the St. Edward's crown, and Roman numerals II/III signifying that this is the
second of three booklets in the series.
AMV 26 €

SG# DX23 // 21 September 1999
World Changers
A Tale of British Scientific Genius
Edward Jenner's development
of smallpox vaccine,
Michael Faraday's work on electricity,
Charles Darwin's theory on evolution,
Alan Turing's work on computers
AMV 16 €

                          

SG# DX24 // 15 February 2000
Special by Design
Her Majesty's stamps
celebrated by Royal Mail
(Volume III)
The three symbols on the book cover
(top left) show QE II Machin portrait,
the St. Edward's crown, and Roman numerals III/III signifying that this is
the third of three booklets in the series.
AMV 23 €

SG# DX25 // 04 August 2000
The Life of the Century
A poem for
HM Queen Elizabeth
The Queen Mother

by Andrew Motion
Celebrating the
Queen Mother's 100th Birthday
(Elizabeth Bowes-Lyon,
* 4 August 1900, Hitchin,
Hertfordshire, UK)
AMV 19 €

SG# DX26 // 18 September 2000
A Treasury of Trees
The booklet's front cover shows
the shapes of various tree species
AMV 20 €

SG# DX27 // 21 October 2001
Unseen and Unheard
Centenary of Royal Navy
Submarine Service
The Royal Navy launched its first submarine HMS Holland 1 on 2 October 1901, sea trials began in April 1902, decommissioned on 5 November 1913. On display at Royal Navy Submarine Museum, Gosport, Hampshire, England.
AMV 21 €

SG# DX28 // 6 February 2002
A Gracious Accession
Golden Jubilee of
HM Queen Elizabeth II.
(Volume I)
Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. took place on 2 June 1953 in Westminster Abbey, London, and was the first ever being broadcasted on TV.
AMV 23 €

SG# DX29 // 24 September 2002
Across the Universe
The booklet's front cover shows the
»Halley's Comet«.
Constellation »Gemini«
AMV 23 €

SG# DX30 // 23 February 2003
Microcosmos
A Guide to Inner Space
50th Anniversary of Discovery of DNA
AMV 24 €

SG# DX31 // 02 June 2003
A Perfect Coronation
Golden Jubilee of
HM Queen Elizabeth II.
(Volume II)
Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II. took place on 2 June 1953 in Westminster Abbey, London, and was the first ever being broadcasted on TV.
AMV 39 €

SG# DX32 // 16 March 2004
Letters by Night
A Tribute to the Travelling Post Office (TPO) in Britain. The first TPO carriage ran on 20 January 1838, the last train on the night of 9 January 2004.
AMV 18 €

SG# DX33 // 25 May 2004
The Glory of the Garden
Bicentenary celebration of the
Royal Horticultural Society (RHS)

Sharing the best in Gardening
The RHS was founded on 7 March 1804 at John Hatchard's bookstore, Piccadilly, London, Royal charter was granted by Prince Consort Albert of Saxe-Coburg and Gotha in 1861, number of RHS members 414,699 (2013).
AMV 23 €

                          

SG# DX34 // 24 February 2005
The Brontë Sisters
150th Death Anniversary of
Charlotte Brontë
Charlotte (* 1816, † 1855)
Emily (* 1818, † 1848)
Anne (* 1820, † 1849)
Poems by
»Currer, Ellis & Acton Bell«
volume of poetry published jointly
by the three Brontë sisters in 1846
under their male pennames
Authors of the famous novels
»Jane Eyre«
(1847, by Currer Bell [Charlotte])
»Wuthering Heights«
(1847, by Ellis Bell [Emily])
»The Tenant of Wildfell Hall«
(1848, by Acton Bell [Anne]
and others ...
AMV 16 €

SG# DX35 // 18 October 2005
Bicentenary of the
Battle of Trafalgar
Sea battle at Cape Trafalgar, South Spain
French-Spanish Armada vs Royal Navy
on 21 October 1805
Death of Nelson
Vice Admiral Horatio Lord Nelson
(* 1758, † 1805, Cape Trafalgar)
Commander of the English fleet
Nelson's famous final signal to the
English fleet hoisted onboard of his
flagship »HMS Victory«:
"England expects that every
man will do his duty"
AMV 16 €


Booklet exists with overprint »WASHINGTON 2006, World Philatelic Exhibition«.
SG# DX36 // 23 February 2006
200th Birth Anniversary of
Isambard Kingdom
Brunel
(* 9 Apr 1806, † 15 Sep 1859)
Civil and mechanical engineer who constructed railways, locomotives, ships, numerous bridges and tunnels.
The booklet's front cover
shows a plaque of the
»Clifton Suspension Bridge«.
The bridge, opened to the public in December 1864 as toll bridge, spans the picturesque gorge of the River Avon and is the symbol of the city of Bristol, North Somerset, England.
AMV 20 €

SG# DX37 // 21 September 2006
150th Anniversary of the
Victoria Cross
1856 - 2006
Britain's highest award for gallantry

Victoria Cross
(until 1918 blue riband for naval forces)
The VC was introduced on 29 Jan 1856 by Queen Victoria (* 1819, r. 1837, † 1901) to honour acts of valour during the Crimean War (1853 - 1856).
AMV 20 €
The booklet was printed in vertical format

[1/5] Beginning with Prestige Stamp Book »World of Invention« [DX38], issued in March 2007, the back cover carries the Royal Mail logo on a regular base.

Printed in gravure by De La Rue (DLR) Security Printer
SG# DX38 // 1 March 2007
World of Invention
Technology to change our lives
The booklet's front cover shows
an extract from
John Urpeth Rastrick's
(* 1780, † 1856) notebook:
hand-written calculations, remarks,
and drawings about the distance
from the earth to the moon
AMV 20 €

SG# DX39 // 5 June 2007
The Machin
The Making of a Masterpiece
40th Anniversary of the
Machin Definitives

£ 1.00 ruby
Machin definitive
Anniversary issue

Anniversary postmark
AMV 19 €
Printed in gravure by De La Rue (DLR) Security Printer
The booklet's front cover shows the
famous portrait Machin Head of QE II
of QE II
created by Arnold Machin (* 1911, † 1999) and
since 5 June 1967 depicted on Royal Mail's definitive postage stamps.
  The stampbook also spotlights
London 2010 - Festival of Stamps
(Volume I of IV)
 

Printed in lithography by Royal Joh. Enschedé Security Printer
except pane #3 printed in gravure
SG# DX40 // 20 September 2007
British Army Uniforms
(First volume in a series of three)
The booklet's front cover shows a
variety of soldiers in the uniforms
they might have worn at the beginning
of the »Crimean War« in 1853
AMV 22 €

[2/5] Beginning with Prestige Stamp Book »James Bond« [DX41], issued in January 2008, Royal Mail prints a barcode on the back cover of the stamp book.
Bar Code

SG# DX41 // 8 January 2008
James Bond
Birth Centenary of
Ian Lancaster Fleming
(* 1908, † 1964),
Scottish author and creator of the
fictional character of the MI6 agent
»James Bond«, hero of his world-famous spy novel series
AMV 20 €
Printed in lithography by De La Rue (DLR) Security Printer
The booklet's front cover shows a typewriter and items related to the spy novel »Casino Royale« (1952).
In 1962 the British-based American producers Albert R. Broccoli and Harry Saltzman made Ian Fleming's spy novel »Dr. No«, written in 1958, into a film with Sean Connery in the leading role as »James Bond«. Thereafter, the Bond films and books became an international phenomenon.

Printed in lithography by Walsall (WSP) Security Printers
SG# DX42 // 18 September 2008
Pilot to Plane
RAF Uniforms
(Second volume in a series of three)
The booklet's front cover shows the
Royal Air Force Badge
The »Royal Air Force (RAF)« was formed on 1 April 1918 by the amalgamation of the »Royal Flying Corps (RFC)«, founded in 1912, and the »Royal Naval Air Service (RNAS)«, founded in 1914.
AMV 20 €

SG# DX43 // 29 September 2008
The Regional Definitives
Heraldy and Symbol
The booklet's front cover shows symbols
of Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales
The stampbook also spotlights
London 2010 - Festival of Stamps
(Volume II of IV)
 
AMV 28 €
Printed in lithography by De La Rue (DLR) Security Printer
           
British regional definitives from Guernsey (1), Jersey (1) and Isle of Man (2)
until local independent postal administration was established
(Guernsey, Jersey in 1967, Isle of Man in 1973)

Printed in lithography by Cartor (ISP)
SG# DX44 // 8 January 2009
British Design Classics
The booklet's front cover shows
production drawings of a wing,
an anglepoise lamp and
a routemaster bus
AMV 26 €

SG# DX45 // 12 February 2009
Birth Bicentenary of
Charles Darwin
Naturalist and evolutionary theorist
(* 1809, † 1882)
The booklet's front cover shows a
contemporary photo of Darwin
and his statement
"Light will be thrown on the
origin of man and history"
AMV 49 €
Printed in lithography (panes #2/4) and gravure (panes #1/3) by De La Rue (DLR) Security Printers

Printed in lithography by Cartor (ISP)
SG# DX46 // 18 August 2009
Treasures of the Archive
Post Office Letter Boxes

Opened in 1969
The booklet's clear front cover shows
a proof sheet of Penny Black stamps
The stampbook also spotlights
London 2010 - Festival of Stamps
(Volume III of IV)
 
AMV 27 €

SG# DX47 // 17 September 2009
Royal Navy Uniforms
(Third volume in a series of three)
The booklet's front cover shows
Officers, Marines and Seamen
on Deck in Uniforms of 1884
The three silver-thread stars on the
epaulette indicate the rank of Admiral,
19th century
AMV 24 €
Printed in lithography by Cartor (ISP)

                          

Printed in lithography by Cartor (ISP)
SG# DX48 // 7 January 2010
Classic Album Covers
The booklet's front cover
shows a vinyl disc.
Analogue audio recording onto
vinyl discs was the main technology
used for storing recorded sound
in the 20th century.
AMV 46 €

SG# DX49 // 25 February 2010
350th Anniversary of
The Royal Society
The Royal Society is a Fellowship of the world's most eminent scientists and is the oldest scientific academy in continuous existence, founded on 28 November 1660.
The First Royal Charter was granted by King Charles II in 1662.

NULLIUS IN VERBA
AMV 20 €
Printed in lithography by Cartor (ISP)

Printed in lithography by De La Rue (DLR) Security Printers
except panes #2/3 printed in recess/litho by Royal Joh. Enschedé Security Printers
and pane #4 printed in gravure by Walsall (WSP) Security Printers
Stamp book exists in two versions
SG# DX50 // 8 May 2010
Centenary of Accession of
King George V
(* 1865, r. 1910, † 1936)
The stampbook also spotlights
London 2010 - Festival of Stamps
The Kings Stamps
(Volume IV of IV)
AMV DX50a 27 €
AMV DX50b 39 €
Centenary of Accession of King Georg V
Special First Day of Issue Postmarks
London 2010 Festival of Stamps
Special First Day of Issue Postmarks

SG# DX51 // 13 May 2010
Britain Alone
The booklet's front cover shows a
propaganda poster
calling for perseverance
The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland declared war on Nazi Germany on Saturday, 3 September 1939, which was the beginning of the »Second World War« (1939 - 1945)
AMV 28 €
Printed in lithography by Cartor (ISP)

Printed in lithography by Cartor (ISP)
Booklet exists with overprint »Phila Taipei 2016«
SG# DX52 // 22 March 2011
50th Anniversary of
WWF
For a Living Planet
World Wide Fund for Nature
The booklet's front cover shows
part of the globe with wildlife drawings
and the WWF logo the Great Panda
AMV 25 €
The »World Wildlife Fund« (WWF) was conceived on 29 April 1961 in Switzerland as an international non-governmental organization working on issues regarding the conservation, research and restoration of the environment. In 1986 the name was changed to »World Wide Fund For Nature« (in USA and Canada the old name remained). The central secretariat for the NGO's network is located in Gland, Canton of Vaud, french-speaking Switzerland.

[3/5] Beginning with the issue of the »Morris & Co.« [DY1] Prestige Stamp Booklet, Royal Mail introduced an additional cost, over and above the face value of the stamps contained within these booklets. The surcharge averages 95p. The booklets are seperately numbered in a new series, commencing DY1.

SG# DY1 // 5 May 2011
Morris & Co.
A Definitive Claim to Beauty
150th Anniversary of Morris & Co.,
designers and manufacturers of
textiles, wallpaper and furniture
The booklet's front cover shows
»Flora« wallpaper pattern
by William Morris, 1891
AMV 23 €
Printed in lithography by De La Rue (DLR) Security Printers
except pane #1 printed in gravure by Walsall (WSP) Security Printers

Printed in lithography by Cartor (ISP)
except pane #4 printed in recess/intaglio by the French Government printer
SG# DY2 // 9 September 2011
First United Kingdom Aerial Post
Centennial
The booklet's front cover shows the
preparation of a promotional poster
for the Grahame White Aviation Co.
for the First UK Aerial Mail
AMV 56 €
The world's first scheduled airmail service took off as part of the celebrations for the coronation of King George V. Between 9 and 26 September 1911 16 flights carried 37 bags of commemorative postage (total weight 926 lbs) from Hendon Aerodrome in North-West London to Windsor Great Park, a distance of about 20 miles. The first aviator on the 15-minute flight was Gustav Hamel (* 1889, † [missing] 23 May 1914) flying a »Blériot« monoplane.

SG# DY3 // 10 January 2012
Roald Dahl
(* 1916, † 1990)
One of the greatest storytellers for children in the 20th century
The booklet's front cover shows a
bookshelf with children's stories
written by Roald Dahl
In 1983 he received the
»World Fantasy Award
for Life Achievement«
AMV 20 €
Printed in lithography by Cartor (ISP)
except pane #1 printed in gravure by Walsall (WSP) Security Printer

Printed in lithography by Cartor (ISP)
except pane #1 printed in gravure by Walsall (WSP) Security Printer
SG# DY4 // 31 May 2012
The Diamond Jubilee
The booklet's front cover shows a
portrait of HM Queen Elizabeth II.
AMV 23 €
CELEBRATING HER MAJESTY'S
60
YEARS OF
SERVICE
TO HER COUNTRY
AND THE COMMONWEALTH
[Front cover of the stamp book]
I cannot lead you into battle.
I do not give you laws or administer justice
but I can do something else.
I can give you my heart and my devotion
to these old islands and to all the peoples of our
brotherhood of nations.
HER MAJESTY THE QUEEN
[Back cover of the stamp book]


The Diamond Jubilee's NVI Definitive Stamps
Portraits of HM Queen Elizabeth II.
Portrait from photograph
by Dorothy Wilding
on predecimal postage stamp, 1955
Portrait by Robert Austin
on £1 banknote, 1960
Portrait by Harry Ecclestone
on £5 banknote, 1971
Portrait by Mary Gillick
on predecimal coinage, 1953
Portrait by Arnold Machin
on decimal coin, 1971
Portrait by Arnold Machin
on Diamond Jubilee definitive stamp
The stamp has an iridescent overprint reading DIAMOND JUBILEE and the
source code DIAMMND
SG# MS3272 // 06 February 2012 // Individual stamps ex Miniature Sheet

[4/5] Beginning with Prestige Stamp Book »Morris & Co« [DY1], issued in May 2011, the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) certification is printed on the back cover of the stamp book. The license code number (red marking, below) identifies the printer firm, which has produced the stamp book.
C020244 - De La Rue Security Printing (DLR), England
C023216 - Walsall Security Printers Ltd., England
C100572 - Cartor Security Printing (ISP), France
C017480 - Joh. Enschedé Stamps B.V., Netherlands

SG# DY5 // 27 July 2012
Keeping the Flame Alive
British Achievment of the
Olympic and Paralympic Games

Games of the XXX. Olympiad
27 July - 12 August,
third time London hosts Olympic Games
after 1908 and 1948
The booklet's front cover shows the
torch bearer of the Games of the
XIV. Olympiad in London, 1948
AMV 46 €
Printed in lithography by Cartor (ISP)
View 1948 Olympic Games stamp set

The Blockbuster Stamp Book Issue
The ultimate »Doctor Who« Prestige Stamp Book contains all the »Doctor Who« stamp collections in one unique collector's edition - the »TARDIS« sheet, the Monsters' Mini Sheet and the complete set of eleven Doctors' stamps. Written by Gary Russell, author of numerous »Doctor Who« novels, the book beautifully shows the progression through all eleven Doctors as well as a section dedicated to the monsters.
The stamp book, having two covers and two ends, was assembled by joining two separate stamp booklets inverted to each other.
Printed in lithography by Cartor (ISP)
SG# DY6 // 26 March 2013
50 Years of
Doctor Who
Classic BBC TV Series
The first »Doctor Who« episode was broadcast on Saturday, 23 November 1963 at 5.15 pm. The sci-fi series became a popular part of British culture over the years.

»TARDIS«
The booklet's coloured front cover
shows Matt Smith playing since 2010
the role of the eleventh Doctor
AMV 32 €

SG# DY7 // 9 May 2013
Football Heroes
The FA - 150 Years
26 Oct 1863, London
 
The Scottish FA - 140 Years
21 Mar 1873, Glasgow
The booklet's front cover shows
George Banks, John Barnes,
Bobby Moore, Kevin Keegan

and George Best
AMV 36 € wrapped/sealed
AMV 30 € unwrapped/unsealed
Printed in lithography by Cartor (ISP)
The stamp book comes in a sealed souvenir silver foil wrapper, rather like those packs
of football stickers most of us collected avidly in the days of their youth.

Printed in lithography by Royal Joh. Enschedé Security Printer
Booklet exists with overprint »Singapore 2015«
SG# DY8 // 19 September 2013
Merchant Navy
of the United Kingdom
"WE'RE A MARITIME NATION -
WE'VE GROWN BY THE SEA
AND LIVE BY IT;
IF WE LOSE COMMAND OF IT
WE STARVE."

Erskine Childers
(* 1870, † 1922),
Irish author and nationalist
AMV 26 €

SG# DY9 // 20 February 2014
Classic Locomotives
of the United Kingdom
Steam Railway Preservation
The booklet's front cover shows
the »Southern Railway« Class
M7 0-4-0T № 53 on the
»Great Central Railway«, 2012
AMV 26 €
Printed in lithography by Royal Joh. Enschedé Security Printer
Booklet exists with overprint »Europhilex«

Printed in lithography by Royal Joh. Enschedé Security Printer
Booklet exists with overprint »Philakorea«
SG# DY10 // 15 April 2014
Buckingham Palace
Celebrating the 300 year
history of the palace
The booklet's front cover shows
the east front of the palace and
one of the two entrance gates
AMV 22 €
Buckingham Palace serves since 1837 as the official home of the King/Queen as Head of State of the United Kingdom. It is one of the few remaining working Royal palaces in the world today and provides the setting for ceremonies and formal entertaining. Investitures, state banquets, garden parties and diplomatic receptions all take place here, as does the Prime Minister's weekly audience with the King/Queen. It is arguably one of the most recognised buildings in the world.

[5/5] Beginning with Prestige Stamp Book »Morris & Co.« [DY1], issued in May 2011, the back cover of the booklets carries, apart from any other text and/or illustration, always
Royal Mail logo, Barcode, Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) logo & printer ID
at any position and in any sequence

SG# DY11 // 28 July 2014
The Great War 1914
(First World War, 1914 - 1918)
First volume in a series of 5
The centenary of this conflict is
being marked with a series of
five PSBs to be issued one
annually until 2018.
AMV 23 €
Printed in lithography by Royal Joh. Enschedé Security Printer
Booklet exists with overprint »ASDA 100th Anniversary«
The booklet's front cover shows snippets from contemporary photographs
arranged in/to the numeral »14«:
Figure »1« (left):
Men of the »Army Service Corps« hold Princess Mary's »Gift Fund« box they received for Christmas 1914
Figure »4« (right):
Lance Corporal Fredrick William Holmes, of 2nd Battalion, »King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry«, was one of the earliest recipents of the »Victoria Cross« during the First World War, for his action on 26 August 1914, during the Battle of Le Cateau.

                          

EuroPhilex Stamp Exhibition London 2015
The 175th Anniversary of the
First British Postage Stamps
which became valid for postage
on Wednesday, 6th May 1840
The »Penny Black« stamp and
the »Twopenny Blue« stamp
Anniversary Postmark
Sir Roland Hill
Postal reformer
Original/Reprint
Anniversary Postmark
Red »Maltese Cross«
Historical postmark 1840-1844
SG# 3709 // 6 May 2015
NVI 1st Class (63p) self adhesive commemorative stamp
Reprint of the »Penny Black« Stamp
(SG #1, 6th May 1840, black, letter in lower corners S/C, adhesive, imperforated)
depicting a bust of HM Queen Victoria (* 1819, r. 1876, † 1901)
Anniversary Retail Booklet
At left - Promotion for »EuroPhilex« Stamp Exhibition London 2015,
Roland Hill's (* 1795, † 1879, postal reformer) proposal about the character of a postage stamp,
the background shows a historical sheet of »Penny Black« stamps.
At right - Two rows of three NVI 1st Class (63p) self adhesive anniversary stamps.

Original

Reprint

Original

Reprint
SG #MS3710 // 6 May 2015
Anniversary Miniature Sheet (I)
(Will be supplied either with or without a barcode tab at left)
The minisheet encloses a se-tenant block of reprinted
»Penny Black« (S/C) and »Two Pence Blue« (Q/B) stamps
(not available anywhere else)
The background shows the production of stamp sheets on
historical printing presses in 19th century
    
Anniversary postmarks showing historical printing presses in 19th century.

SG #MS3710v // 6 May 2015
Anniversary Miniature Sheet (II)
A limited edition of 7,500 numbered miniature sheets was sold only at the stamp exhibition site.
Each sheet bears a unique number (see red marking).
Post & Go stamps
The 175th Anniversary of the »Penny Black«
NVI postage rate
Europhilex London
Penny Black 175
Vending machine ID
Machin head of QE II
NVI postage rate
The B.P.M.A (British Postal Museum & Archive)
Penny Black 175
Vending machine ID
»Maltese Cross«, historical postmark
Machin head of QE II

Printed in lithography by Cartor (ISP)
SG# DY12 // 19 February 2015
Inventive Britain
Celebrating eight world-changing
British inventions of the
20th and 21st centuries
The booklet's cover shows symbols
of modern information technologies
AMV 32 €

SG# DY13 // 14 May 2015
The Great War 1915
(First World War, 1914 - 1918)
Volume 2 in a series of 5
AMV 22 €
Printed in lithography by Cartor (ISP)
The booklet's front cover shows snippets from contemporary photographs
arranged in/to the numeral »15«:
Figure »1« (left):
Officers and men of the 11th Battalion, 3rd Brigade, »Australian Imperial Force« visit the »Great Pyramid« of Khufu (Cheops) during a period of leave in 1915.
Figure »5« (right):
Amatol-filled shells are examined by workers at the »National Shell Filling Factory« at Chilwell, Nottinghamshire, during the First World War.

Printed in lithography by Cartor (ISP)
SG# DY14 // 18 June 2015
The Battle of Waterloo
Bicentenary
AMV 31 €
The booklet's front cover shows in the foreground of a battle scene:


Allied forces
Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington, KG, GCB, GCH, PC, FRS
(* 1769, Dublin, Ireland,
† 1852, Walmer Castle, Deal, Kent, England),
Field Marshal and Commander of the Anglo-Allied Army

French forces
Napoleon I. Bonaparte
(* 1769, Ajaccio, Corsica, France,
r. 1804 - 1814 and from March, 1 to June 22, 1815,
† 1821, Longwood House, St. Helena Island, British Overseas Territory),
Emperor of the French

SG# DY15 // 17 December 2015
Star Wars™
(Volume 1 of 3)
The British Story
Epic »Space Opera«,
a film phenomenon that took the
world by storm, created in 1977
by
George Lucas George Lucas
(in November 2009)
(* 14 May 1944, Modesto, Ca., USA)
screenwriter, film director
and film producer
Mouse Click
(* 1944, Ca., USA)
AMV 26 €
Printed in lithography by Cartor (ISP)
Booklet exists with overprint »World Stamp Exibition - NY2016«
The booklet's front cover shows Rebel
»T-65B X-wing fighters« Rebel T-65B X-wing fighters
(Red Squadron)
in
»Star Wars«
(1997 Special Edition)
Mouse Click
(the Red Squadron),
fictional spacecrafts from the original and sequel »Star Wars™« trilogies.
  
Postmarks used in order to obliterate the stamps of the »Star Wars« PSB.
The postmarks depict the characters of
»Yoda« Yoda  
Please click
and
»Darth Vader«. Darth Vader  
Please click
.

500

Years

Printed in lithography by Cartor (ISP)
SG# DY16 // 18 February 2016
500 Years of Royal Mail
Sir
Brian Tuke Sir Brian Tuke († 1545)
as painted by Hans Holbein
»the Younger«, c 1527
Mouse Click
was appointed to
the newly created role of
»Master of the Posts«
and knighted in 1516
by King
Henry VIII. King Henry VIII.
(* 1491; r. 1509; † 1547)
Mouse Click
AMV 24 €
The booklet's front cover is based on a historical envelope stamped with
ONE PENNY (10 Feb 1841, corner letters A/L, red-brown) and obliberated by postmark »308«.
In 1844
numbered obliberators Example of 1844
type postmark
of varied type superseded the
»Maltese Cross« Maltese Cross
postmark, 1840
postmark design.

Royal Mail Heritage - Transport
NVI Postage rate printed on the
left part of the stamps below

Post Boy, 1640s [1]

Mail Coach, 1790s [2]

Falmouth Packet Ship, 1820s [3]
[1] Post boys could be of almost any age and carried messages between relay points some 20 miles (32km) apart, the distance a horse could travel at speed before being replaced. Post boys kept to time and carried a horn, blown periodically, to warn of their approach.
[2] The first mail coach ran between Bristol and London on 2 August 1784. At the time, coaches were among the swiftest vehicles on the road. The only postal employee on board was the heavily armed mail guard. The last London-based mail coach ran in April 1846.
[3] Falmouth became an important port for ships sailing to the West Indies and the Mediterranean.

Travelling Post Office, 1890s [4]

Air Mail, 1930s [5]

Royal Mail Minivan, 1970s [6]
[4] The first purpose-built Travelling Post Office (TPO), in which mail was sorted en route, ran on 20 January 1838. Many of the trains exchanged mail pouches without stopping via trackside bag exchange apparatus. The last exchange took place in 1971. Today, mail still travels in sealed train carriages.
[5] The world's first scheduled airmail service began on 9 September 1911. The use of airplanes for long-distance transport of mail increased significantly during the 1920s and 1930s. Originally intended for Imperial Airways' European mail routes, HP 45 G-AAXE Hengist first flew on 8 December 1931.
[6] Minivans were purchased in large numbers in the 1970s following the demise of the Morris Minor. They were ideal for smaller collection and delivery duties in towns, but low height and limited ground clearance made them less suitable for rural deliveries.
SG# xxxx - xxxx // 17 Feb 2016
»Post & Go« stamp issue #22
Royal Mail Heritage: Transport
6 x 1st Class (63p) selfadhesive stamps

175th Anniversary of the »Penny Red« Stamp
Anniversary Postmark
Original/Reprint
Anniversary Postmark
SG# 3806 // 18 Feb 2016
NVI 1st Class (63p) self adhesive commemorative stamp
Reprint of the »Penny Red« Stamp
(SG #7, 10th Feb 1841, red-brown [shades], letter in lower corners T/H, adhesive, imperforated)
depicting a bust of HM Queen Victoria (* 1819, r. 1876, † 1901)
Anniversary Retail Booklet
At left - Proposal for a new stamp colour made by Roland Hill (* 1795, † 1879, postal reformer) on 17 Sep 1840,
the background shows a historical sheet of »Penny Red« stamps.
At right - Two rows of three NVI 1st Class (63p) self adhesive anniversary stamps.

SG# DY17 // 21 April 2016
HM The Queen's
90th Birthday
AMV 29 €
Printed in lithography by Cartor (ISP)
RM has issued an additional Gold edition of 500 copies only - AMV £££
The booklet's front cover shows a photo of HM Queen Elizabeth II. on a State Visit to Germany, June 2015
The custom of a military parade, referring to as »Trooping the Colour« and dating back to the year 1748, marks the British Sovereign's official birthday celebration. This impressive ceremony is now held on the occasion of HM Queen Elizabeth II. official public open air birthday party. It takes place on second Saturday in June and is carried out by her personal troops, the Household Division, on the large parade ground Horse Guards Parade off Whitehall in central London, with the Queen herself attending and taking the salute. Among the audience are the Royal Family, invited guests, ticket (£5 to £40) holders and the general public.

Printed in lithography by Cartor (ISP)
SG# DY18 // 26 June 2016
The Great War 1916
(First World War, 1914 - 1918)
Volume 3 in a series of 5
AMV 27 €
The booklet's front cover shows snippets from contemporary photographs
arranged in/to the numeral »16«:
Figure »1« (left):
Lieutenant William Leefe Robinson (* 1895, † 1918) was part of the Royal Flying Corps in the First World War. He was awarded the Victoria Cross (VC) after a dramatic aerial pursuit and successfully shot down of a German »SL11« airship.
Figure »6« (right):
Infantry attack on the River Somme battlefield, France.
The »Battle of the Somme« took place between 1 July and 18 November 1916 on both sides of the upper reaches of the River Somme in France and was the largest battle of the First World War on the Western Front. More than three million men fought in the battle and one million men were wounded or killed, making it one of the bloodiest battles in human history.

SG# DY19 // 28 July 2016
The Tale of Beatrix Potter
( Volume 2 of 2 )
150th Birthday Anniversary
(* 28 July 1866, † 22 December 1943)
AMV 23 €
Printed in lithography by Cartor (ISP)
RM has issued an additional limited edition of 1,866 copies only - AMV £ 70
The booklet's front cover shows photos of Beatrix Potter's early life (with her spaniel »Spot)«,
middle years (with rabbit »Benjamin Bouncer«) and late in life (with two Pekingese dogs),
amended by drawings from her painting book.
Helen Beatrix Potter (* 28 July 1866, Kensington, London; † 22 December 1943, Near Sawrey, Lancashire) was an English children's author and illustrator, natural scientist, farmer and preservationist. Immersed in the arts from an early age - her mother was a watercolourist and her father a photographer - she was inspired to sketch and paint fauna and flora during holidays in Scotland and Lake District, and went on to become a published illustrator. But it was the reworking of the stories and drawings in her picture-letters to children that led to the publication of »The Tale of Peter Rabbit« (October, 1902) and the start of a successful literary career.
She conceived some of her best-loved tales not for publication but to amuse real children. She was an intuitive verbal and visual storyteller and a passionate observer of the natural world. Her series of twenty-three little tales, elegantly written and exquisitely illustrated, continues to delight both children and adults the world over.

Printed in lithography by Cartor (ISP)
Booklet exists with overprint »Finlandia 2017«
SG# DY20 // 15 February 2017
Windsor Castle
Founded by the Norman William the »Conqueror« in around 1080, the castle is the oldest inhabited fortress in the world, and the Queen's private home.
AMV 23 €
The booklet's front cover shows
»Windsor Castle: from the River Thames«, painting by Richard Willis (* 1924)
Windsor Castle is owned by the British Crown and has been the family home of British kings and queens for almost a thousand years. Covering an area of 13 acres, the castle is a working royal palace, regularly used for ceremonial and state occasions.
The year 2017 marks the 25th anniversary of the devastating fire, which was the spur to the extraordinary rebuilding and refurbishment that almost one million visitors a year enjoy. The fire at Windsor Castle broke out in the morning of 20 November 1992 and was finally extinguished fifteen hours later. One hundred and fifteen rooms were destroyed or very badly damaged by the fire and over a million gallons of water were pumped into the fabric of the building. The process of clearing, drying out, rebuilding and redecorating the damaged structure was completed five years later.

SG# DY21 // 05 June 2017
50th Anniversary of the
Machine Definitive


£ 5 Machin definitive
65th Anniversary of the Accession of
HM Queen Elizabeth II
AMV 24 €
Printed in gravure by Cartor (ISP)
except pane #5 printed in lithography and foiled in gold
RM has issued an additional limited DeLuxe edition of 500 copies only - AMV ca. £ 220
The booklet's front cover shows Machin Definitives of
different predecimal (D) and decimal (P) values in various colours.
Limited Edition
This Limited Edition Prestige Stamp Book comes in an exquisite specially-created display case together with a silver Machin medallion which was handmade in the UK and has been struck in solid sterling silver, weighing 97 grams (diameter 60 mm). In addition, centrally placed in the lid of the case is an original
4d stamp SG# 731 // 5 June 1967
First Machin Definitive
4D sepia
as replicated on the
»Golden Anniversary Celebration« miniature sheet SG# MS3965 // 5 June 2017
. The cover of this PSB consists of duotone imagery with silver foil lettering and this unique presentation set is complete with a »Certificate of Authenticity« and hologram on the inside cover complete with each book's individual serial number.
Sir Arnold Machin OBE, RA (* 30. September 1911 in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire; † 9. März 1999 in Eccleshall, Staffordshire) was a skilful English sculptor, illustrator and ceramic designer. He is remembered as the creator of the iconic image of HM Queen Elizabeth II., which as a sculptor he did in the form of a plaster cast. The bas-relief cast was then photographed and used as the image that appears until today on Royal Mail's definitive postage stamps. The first definitive stamp bearing Machin's portrait of the Queen was the 4d value sepia stamp issued on 5 June 1967, replacing the
Wilding Wilding Definitives
SG# 515 // 31 Aug 1953
SG# 519 // 05 Dez 1952
definitive series.
Since the first issue of the Machin classic design for definitives, it has been reprinted an estimated 220 billion times, in more than 130 different colours, and is considered to be one of the most reproduced images in the world. A remarkable number of different stamps have been produced. There have been more than 550 basic varieties, where the differences being mainly in value, colour, shape, security features, phosphor bands or coating, methods of printing and printers.

Printed in lithography by Cartor (ISP)
SG# DY22 // 31 July 2017
The Great War 1917
(First World War, 1914 - 1918)
Volume 4 in a series of 5
AMV 25 €
The booklet's front cover shows snippets from contemporary photographs
arranged in/to the numeral »17«:
Figure »1« (left):
Member of the »Women's Land Army (WLA)«, a British civilian organisation created during the First World War so women could work in agriculture, replacing men called up to the military.
Figure »7« (right):
Australian troops at the Third battle of Ypres in Belgium, October 1917.

SG# DY23 // 14 December 2017
Star Wars™
(Volume 2 of 3)
The Making of the
Droids, Aliens and Creatures
Wookiee Chewbacca
Issued to coincide with the release of »Star Wars Episode 8 -
The Last Jedi Promotional Poster
Star Wars: The Last Jedi
released on 14 Dec 2017
Mouse   Click
« which has been filmed at Pinewood Studios, Buckinghamshire.
AMV 24 €
Printed in lithography by Cartor (ISP)
RM has issued an additional limited edition of 1,977 copies only - sold at £ 75, AMV £ 120
The booklet's front cover shows a shooting for an episode of the space opera film »Star Wars™«
with the characters of scavenger
»Rey« Scavenger »Rey«
(Daisy Ridley)
Mouse      Click
« (starring Daisy Ridley) and astromech droid
»BB-8« Astromech droid »BB-8« Mouse      Click
.

Printed in lithography by Cartor (ISP)
RM has issued an additional limited edition of 2,000 copies only - sold at £ 75, AMV £ 115
SG# DY24 // 23 January 2018
Game of Thrones
Based on the series of
epic fantasy novels
»A Song of Ice and Fire«
written by US novelist
George R. R. Martin (* 1948, NJ)
in 1991, published in 1996
FDC cachet and FDI postmark featuring the
»Iron Throne«
AMV 21 €
The booklet's front cover shows a sphere globe adorned with the crests/sigils of the
»Nobel Houses« of »The Seven Kingdoms of Westeros«
The landscape and history of the
Republic of Iceland Flag of Iceland Mouse   Click
was part of the reference
for George Martin's successful epic fantasy novels.

SG# DY25 // 20 March 2018
R.A.F. Centenary
The Royal Air Force was formed towards
the end of the First World War
on 1 April 1918
AMV 26 €
Printed in lithography by Cartor (ISP)
RM has issued an additional limited edition of 2,018 copies only - sold at £ 45, AMV £ 65
The booklet's front cover shows »Royal Air Force« emblems and a hologram
against a background of a camouflage pattern.
Royal Air Force    Badges    and Icons
Common RAF badge // RAF Aerobatic Team badge
       
Ensign // Logo // Anniversary logo // Roundels // Fin flashes

Printed in lithography by Cartor (ISP)
SG# DY26 // 13 September 2018
The Great War 1918
(First World War, 1914 - 1918)
Last volume in series
The final part of this momentous five-year-series marks the centenary of
the end of the First World War.
AMV 25 €
The booklet's front cover shows snippets from contemporary photographs
arranged in/to the numeral »18«:
Figure »1« (left):
German prisoners near Abbeville, Département Somme, France.
Figure »8« (right):
Crowds outside the Buckingham Palace at proclamation of armistice agreement on 11 November 1918.
The Great War was a global war originating in Europe that lasted from 28 July 1914 to 11 November 1918. Contemporaneously described as »The war to end all wars« , it led to the mobilisation of more than 70 million military personnel, including 60 million Europeans, making it one of the largest wars and one of the deadliest conflicts in history. When the fighting was finally over, no-one could tell exactly how many had been killed but historians estimate that up to 10 million men lost their lives on the battlefield and another 20 million were wounded. Seven million civilians died as a direct result of the war. The war was a struggle between Europe's great powers, which were grouped into two hostile alliances. The flags below (please click images) symbolize the main belligerents.
The Central Powers
        ... and co-belligerents
The Allied/Entente Powers
                             

SG# DY27 // 04 December 2018
Harry Potter
Most successful typical British fantasy book series for teenage readers
written by English novelist
Joanne (J. K.) Rowling CH OBE
(* 1965, Gloucestershire)
The first book in series
»Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone« Early book cover, 1997

was published in 1997 first by
Bloomsbury PLC, Camden, London.
AMV 27 €
Printed in lithography by Cartor (ISP)
RM has issued an additional limited edition of 2,000 copies only - sold at £ 45, AMV £ 80
The layout of the booklet has two front covers, inverted in relation to the other and can be started from either end. Half the pages inverted in relation to the others, presenting two stories. The first half of the book explores the key characters from the film while the inverted second half focuses on »Hogwarts« and the »Marauder's Map« , a magical document that reveals all of the »School of Witchcraft and Wizardry« .
[The scroll's Latin inscription at the bottom of »Hogwarts'« crest (see image at the left) "DRACO DORMIENS NUNQUAM TITILLANDUS" reads in English "Never tickle a sleeping dragon".]
The bestselling fantasy story of Harry Potter and »Hogwarts, School of Witchcraft and Wizardry« was written by English novelist
J. K. Rowlings J. K. Rowlings (* 1965)
at the White House, April 2010
(* 1965) as a series of seven books , first book published in 1997 and the final one in 2007. Each novel chronicles one year in Harry's life at »Hogwarts« during the period from 1991 to 1998.
Magic Lines
Begin
The central character of the novels is Harry Potter , a young boy who lives in
Surrey Coat of arms of Surrey
Flag of England
, a county in south-east England, in the familiy of his aunt and uncle Petunia and Vernon Dursley and their son Dudley . To ensure Harry's safety, Albus Dumbledore placed him in the Dursleys' care when he was a baby and became an orphan. At the age of eleven Harry learned that he is a half-blood wizard, though he lives in the ordinary world of non-magical people known as »Muggles« .
Thus he decides, against the Dursley's resistance, to become a student at »Hogwarts , School of Witchcraft and Wizardry«, located somewhere in the Highlands of
Scotland Flag of Scotland
. The gateway to »Hogwarts« is the hidden, invisible to »Muggles«,
Platform 9¾ Hidden Platform 9¾ at »King's Cross«
Railway Station, invisible to »Muggles«
at »King's Cross« Railway Station , Borough of Camden, London. Harry was sorted to Griffindor's living and learning community, one of »Hogwarts'« four Houses . Harry's best friends are his fellow students Hermione Granger and "Ron" Weasley , both he met aboard the »Hogwarts Express« . Together, they faced many challenges during their adolescence.
During his magical education at »Hogwarts« Harry learns, that as a baby, he witnessed the murder of his parents James (»Prongs«) and Lily (née Evans) by the power-obsessed »Dark Wizard«, Lord Voldemort (Tom Riddle) , who subsequently attempted to kill him as well. The main story arc concerns Harry's struggle against Lord Voldemort, who intends to become immortal, overthrow the wizard governing body known as the
Ministry of Magic "Ignoratia Juris Non Excusat"
"Ignorance is no excuse in law"
, and subjugate all wizards and »Muggles« (non-magical people).
End
Magic Lines
Joanne (J. K.) Rowling conceived the idea for the Harry Potter series while aboard a delayed train from Manchester to London in 1990. Over the next five years, she began to map out all seven books of the series. In 1995, she finished her deput novel »Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone« , however the manuscript was rejected by twelve publishing houses. Finally the British publishing house Bloomsbury in London accepted the manuscript and released the book on 26 June 1997. Soon after, the children's novel had found immense popularity and commercial success worldwide - a new »Bestseller« was born. The seventh and final book in series »Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows« was released on 21 July 2007 and broke its predecessor's record as the fastest-selling book of all time.
The Harry Potter series is now published in eighty languages, and over 500 million copies have been sold across the world, becoming the best-selling book series in history. In 1998, Rowling sold the film rights of the first four Harry Potter books to Warner Bros. for a reported £1 million. The
US based
USA Flag
»Stars and Stripes«
entertainment company released the first film (Volume I of the book series) in 2001, the last one(s) in 2011/2012 (Final volume VII splitted in two parts).
Apart from many honours and awards Rowling received worldwide for her literary works by various associations, institutions and universities, she was honoured on 31 December 2001 with the
»Order of the British Empire (OBE)« J. K. Rowling OBE
»Order of the British Empire (OBE)«
31 December 2001
by HRH Prince Charles,
Prince of Wales
Prince of Wales
Coat of Arms
, for her services to children's literature. On 12 December 2017 Rowling was made a
»Companion of Honour« J. K. Rowling CH OBE
»Companion of Honour (CH)«
12 December 2017
by HRH Prince William,
Duke of Cambridge
Duke of Cambridge
Coat of Arms
for her services to literature and philanthropy during an investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace in London.

Printed in lithography by Cartor (ISP)
SG# DY28 // 13 February 2019
Leonardo da Vinci
Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci
(* 15 Apr 1452, † 2 May 1519)
Italian polymath of the
High Renaissance
500th anniversary of his death
AMV 25 €
The booklet's front cover shows »The head of the Madonna« by Leonardo da Vinci, c. 1510- 1515
(red and black chalks, brush and ink, white heightening, on orange-red prepared paper) .
On the 500th anniversary of the death of Leonardo da Vinci, 144 of his finest drawings from the collection of Her Majesty The Queen, acquired for the »Royal Collection« by King
Charles II. Charles II.
Collector of Leonardo's drawings
Mouse click
(* 1630, r. 1660, † 1685) in around 1670, are being displayed during 2019 at twelve museums and galleries across the United Kingdom. Each of the twelve locations will have an exhibition of twelve of these drawings from 01 February to 06 May 2019, before all coming together for an exhibition at the »Queen's Gallery«, Buckingham Palace , London. The stamp booklet lists all the locations where each of the featured drawings will be displayed.
The full collection of around 600 drawings by Leonardo da Vinci, housed in the »Royal Library« at Windsor Castle , is among the most important in the world, and has been pre-eminent in the study of Leonardo for centuries.
But for all that ...
This PSB marks a new premium charged by Royal Mail, being £1.46 over the face value of the stamps, at a price of £13.10 against £11.64. With twelve stamps the need to make unusual arrangements on the panes is unnecessary and serves the only purpose to squeeze money out of the collector's pocket!

SG# DY29 // 14 March 2019
MARVEL
The World of Comic Books
Spider-Man
Silver medal by
Royal Mint Mouse click
AMV 31 €
Printed in lithography by ISP
RM has issued an additional limited edition of 4,955 copies only - sold at £ 64.99, AMV £ 100
The booklet's front cover shows the character of the invincible »Iron Man«.
The
comic book series Mouse click
debuted in May 1968.
The origins of the US publishing house MARVEL , specialized in comic books, date back to 1939. The US publisher of pulp magazines Martin Goodman (* 1908, † 1992) saw the huge success of the new comic-book format by the public and decided to enter the market under the name Timely Comics . In October 1939 he released Marvel Comics #1 . The period from 1938 to 1956 is known to fans and historians as the »Golden Age of Comic« .
In 1972 MARVEL opened a branch in the United Kingdom (MARVEL UK 1972 - 1995) to reprint US produced stories for the British weekly comics market. In September the first story was launched »The Mighty World of Marvel« . Four years later MARVEL created the fictional character of »Captain Britain« , appearing the first time in October 1976 in Captain Britain Weekly #1. The character was initially intended exclusively for the British comics market.

Printed in lithography by ISP
SG# DY30 // 24 May 2019
Victoria
(* 1819, r. 1837, † 1901)
FDC cachet & Special postmark
AMV 33 €
The booklet's front cover shows (portrait, left) Queen Victoria by German portrait painter Franz Xaver Winthertaler , signed and dated 1856; (portrait, right) Queen Victoria by Austrian portraitist Baron Heinrich von Angeli , signed and dated 1890; purple leather book cover with gilt decoration from »The Marriage Procession of V & A«, published in 1840.
The long and prudent reign of Queen Victoria , (widowed in 1861 aged 42), is today known as »The Victorian Era« . It was a period of political, cultural, economical, technical, and industrial change within the British society and it was marked by a great expansion of the British Empire with enormous benefits to the British economy.
Please click on crown to read    more about Queen Victoria's life.
In the last decades of her life and reign, Queen Victoria received the nickname, »Grandmother of Europe«. The nickname had much literal justification, as her many children, four sons and five daughters (born between Nov 1840 and Apr 1857) , had married into many of Europe's royal families, and her numerous grandchildren (42), once grown, did the same.

SG# DY31 // 26 November 2019
Star Wars™
The Making of the Vehicles
(Last volume of 3)
FDC cachet
AMV 32 €
Printed in lithography by Cartor (ISP)
RM has released an additional limited edition of 1,977 copies only - sold at £ 49.99
The booklet's front cover shows Poe Dameron's X-wing fighter.
This »Incom T-70« X-wing fighter is the signature ship of the Resistance. Fast and powerful, these crafts are able to dogfight against First Order »TIE« fighters and attack much larger ships with their proton torpedoes. Resistance pilot Poe Dameron flies a customized, orange-styled version with a hatch for his Droid R2-D2.


       

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