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The Postage Stamps and Postal History of Tibet, by H. D. S. Haverbeck.

Paperback book, size approx 170 mm x 255 mm. 52 pages. All text in English.

Includes photos, maps, tables, and appendices. All pages printed in black, with cover in red and gold. See contents list below: in addition to the contents mentioned, the book also has tables of postmarks and Post Offices, and photos of various Post Offices in Tibet, postal runners, etc. The back cover has an array of various Tibet stamps plus Austrian and NZ "cals" honouring Tibet, and a maxicard celebrating the Dalai Lama's birthday.

Originally published in 1952; this is the 2003 reprint in actual size. Sewn binding, includes satin bookmark.

This book is tremendously important for our philatelic knowledge of Tibet, for while later works (particularly Arnold Waterfall's book) are more comprehensive, this book illustrates all the Tibetan stamps and cancellations etc. in actual size. This is certainly most useful when comparing your stamps & covers.

Contents include:

The Geography and History of Tibet; Map of Tibet showing boundaries and major trade routes; The Postal History of the Tibetan Border Commission of 1903; Table of Postmarks of the Tibetan Frontier Commission, April - December 1903; The Younghusband Expedition; Table of Postmarks of the Younghusband Expedition, December 1903 - November 1904; The British Indian Postal Agencies in Tibet; Map showing route from Lhasa and Gyantse to India; The Chinese Post Offices in Tibet; The first issue of Tibetan postage stamps in 1912; How to pick forgeries; The second stamp issue of 1914; The third stamp issue of 1933; The fourth issue of 1939; Cancellations and Postal History; Acknowledgements; Bibliography.

The book includes several useful appendices:

The Tibetan Radio Telegraph stamps; the Tibetan monetary system; the Tibetan alphabet and its pronunciation; The Mount Everest Expedition label of 1924; and an Addenda on the "Official stamps" (inscribed "STAMP".)

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