Stamps on Music

The World-wide Catalogue & Handbook of Stamps issued under Copyright Acts.

Adam Miller



I have been collecting and writing about these stamps for over 20 years.  This catalogue/handbook brings together the results of my studies under one cover for the first time.  The catalogue is based largely upon my own extensive collection of these stamps, plus I have been privileged to have had access to several other significant collections.

Printed in full colour, on 100gsm A4 paper with card covers, this 240-page book has been wiro-bound to ensure it lies flat for its primary usage as a catalogue.  The stamp illustrations were all scanned at 600dpi and 150% for ease of reference.  Throughout the listing, I have endeavoured to highlight important variances in type, perforation, shade, watermark and method of value - be that printed, handstamped, typewritten or manuscript.  In all, close to 4,000 different stamps are listed!

Over 220 stamp issuers are listed, from Aberbach to Zonophone.  Many well-known names are in here, including music publishers like Francis, Day & Hunter, Chappell & Co, J. Albert & Son, G. Ricordi and Boosey & Hawkes.  Copyright collecting organisations are represented by BIEM, EDIFO, MCPS and their various precursors, among others.  Record companies also issued copyright stamps, and so the majors like The Gramophone Co (HMV), Columbia and Victor are here, as well as many earlier labels such as Ariel, Beka and Scala. Some individual composers also issued these stamps  including such famous names as Granville Bantock and C. Villiers Stanford in the UK and Jack O'Hagan in Australia.  For completeness, the catalogue also covers Authors' copyright stamps from books (notably R.L. Stevenson), Inspection stamps and UK Purchase Tax stamps.

Most of the issuers are from the UK (just over 100), plus significant numbers from Australia (38), Italy (30) and France (16).  A further 15 other countries are represented, including most European nations, but also represented are the USA, Argentina and New Zealand.

I made this a priced catalogue, rather that using just rarity factors.  As this is the foundation work in this field, it is likely that either method would be obsolete in time, but importantly the relative value of a stamp incorporating both scarcity and desirability is better reflected through a price, rather than a code such as RRR.  A Pricing to Scarcity conversion is available here.

Full colour was chosen to reflect the importance of this work as the expected long-term reference in this area of Revenue philately.  The number of colour pages combined with the small print run reflected in the price.

2014 Update: I have now placed all the introductory matter online below.  There are also four subsequent updating Newsletters available online.

Sample pages

Cover (500Kb)

Table of Contents

Introduction (7MB)

Catalogue Information (3.2Mb)

Collecting the Stamps

Catalogue listing sample chapter - F (430Kb)

References sample


** 19 June - Awarded Large Vermeil in Literature Class at Sydney Stamp Show, 2007.
** 26 June - Awarded Large Vermeil in Literature Class as St. Petersburg, F.I.P., 2007
** 30 June - Awarded Silver Gold at 10th New Zealand Philatelic Literature Exhibition, Palmerston North, 2007

** 14 August - Awarded Gold at APS Stampshow 2008, Hartford, CT.

Purchasing Information

** As at August 2011 the book is SOLD OUT.  Copies do occasionally turn up for re-sale.  Contact me if interested **

Biographical notes

I am the immediate past-President of The Royal Philatelic Society of New Zealand, and also a member of these other societies:
As well as numerous articles in philatelic and gramophone society journals, I have authored four other philatelic books:
Index to The New Zealand Stamp Collector 1919-1994 (1998),
its follow-up, Index to The New Zealand Stamp Collector 1995-2004 & The Newsletter 1947-1973 (2005),
and The RPSNZ Library: A List of Library Holdings, 2007 Edition.
In 2011 the RPSNZ  published my latest book The Parcel Carriage Labels of New Zealand

Adam Miller
New Zealand
March 2007.