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 30 years.
This 2nd editions catalogue/handbook updates the results
of my studies under one cover following the 1st Edition of 2007.
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 A4 paper with card covers, this 312-page
book has been coil-bound to ensure it lies flat for its primary usage
as a catalogue. The stamp illustrations were all generated
for printing at 300dpi 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 5,000 different stamps are listed!
420 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 Other non-copyright
stamps occasionally found on 78rpm records are also now listed.
of the issuers are from the UK (well over 100), plus significant
numbers from Australia (40), Italy (45) and France (34). A
further 16 other countries are represented, including most European
nations, but also represented are the USA, Argentina and New Zealand.
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.
Sample part catalogues
These were produced earlier in 2017 before the 2nd Edition was finalised,
and the images are at a lower resolution than the final copy.
Awards for the 1st Edition
** 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.
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a 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
- Cinderella Stamp Club (UK)
- 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 previous book The Parcel Carriage
Labels of New Zealand