Edited by David Reitsema, this book reproducing Gruson’s exhibit is a valuable companion volume to her Postal Markings of Guatemala published in 2007.
There are three sections in the book. The first section is pre-stamp markings 1768-1875 which include markings from the colonial, State and Republic periods, and diligencias. There are nearly 100 items pictured, including many exceptional rarities.
The second section illustrates town postmarks 1851-1900. These include single, duplex and non-standard postmarks on a wide range of rare stamped and stampless covers. Covers pictured include the 1871 and 1873 regular issues, Liberty head, Indian woman, quetzals, railbond, and the 1886 provisional issues.
The third section consists of a wide variety of postal markings such as those for specific uses (registry, ambulante, etc.), instructional markings (franco, postage due, etc.) and cancellers including numerals, stars and corks.
There is an addendum with various experts’ certificates and notes including provenance of certain items. The book concludes with a four page index.
30 copies of this 148 page full color softcover book were printed. It is available to order until July 30 unless all are sold before that date; thereafter, remaining unsold copies will be donated to philatelic organizations. The book is priced at US$27 per copy. Postage is US$8 (US addresses) and US$25 for non-US addresses. Registration is an additional US$11 if necessary.
The book can be ordered from David Reitsema. Payments are to be checks drawn in US$ drawn on US banks sent to David Reitsema, 8085 S. Willow Ct., Centennial, CO 80112 USA. Payment may also be made by PayPal using the email address DReitsema@comcast.net. You may use that email address for any inquiries you have.
ISGC Auction manager Jonathan Topper has announced the results of the 2014 ISGC Auction.