Stamps on Music
The World-wide Catalogue & Handbook of
Stamps issued under Copyright Acts.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
** 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.
** As at August 2011 the book is SOLD OUT. Copies
do occasionally turn up for re-sale. Contact me if interested **
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:
- Cinderella Stamp Club (UK)
- Cinderella Stamp Club of Australasia
- The Revenue Society of Great Britain
- The New Zealand Phonograph Society
- The Wellington Philatelic
- The City of London Phonograph &
Index to The New Zealand Stamp Collector 1919-1994
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,
In 2011 the RPSNZ published my latest book The Parcel Carriage Labels
of New Zealand