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British King George V Definitive, Profile Head and Seahorse Stamps Overprinted for NAURU, by Robert C. Stein FRPSL.

This study provides a detailed examination covering production from design, paper and ink, to printer, and distribution to Nauru for the definitive King George V Profile Head (½d to 1s) and Seahorse (2/6 to 10/-) stamps of Great Britain overprinted for use in Nauru.

The book is relevant to a wider audience than just Nauru collectors, as it is more about the production of British stamps supervised by Great Britain's Inland Revenue Stamping Department.

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Perkins Bacon Great Britain Line-Engraved Postage Stamp Printing 1840 to 1846, by Alan Druce FRPSL.

After five years of research in the archives of Perkins Bacon Records and the Postal Museum, primary sources in the British Library, the Victoria & Albert Museum and the National Archives at Kew, the information gleaned has been meticulously analysed and the full story told in more detail than ever before.

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The Paper Trail: World War II in Holland and its Colonies as seen through Mail and Documents, by Kees Adema RDP FRPSL and Jeffrey Groeneveld.

This book tells the story of the postal history of Holland and its colonies during World War 2 in a fresh and compelling way. A myriad of correspondence has been unearthed from family records, and the book weaves together the evidence from mail and other documents into a distinctive narrative.

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The Returned Letter Offices of Great Britain to 1912 and Beyond, by J. Kenneth Snelson and Robert B. Galland FRPSL.

The book, arranged in 3 parts, provides postal historians and collectors of UK postal history with a comprehensive reference on the handling of undeliverable mail, the history of the Returned Letter Offices (RLOs), the stationery of the RLOs, and the rules and procedures used in the RLOs.

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History and Objectives

One of the Society's principal objectives as defined in its constitution is " print, publish, issue and circulate, or contribute to the expenses of production of such papers, periodicals, books, circulars and other literary undertakings as may seem necessary for the objects of the Society". Over the years the Publications Committee has played no small part in implementing this objective.

Since its inception, the Society has produced many major works relating to philately which represent the latest state of knowledge on the subject at the time of publication. In some cases, they have remained the standard reference for over 50 years.

The first major work published by the Society was Catalogue of Postage Stamps, Stamped Envelopes and Postcards: Spain and Colonies in 1878, and this was followed in 1881 by the seminal publication The Postage and Telegraph Stamps of Great Britain by Philbrick and Westoby, a technical study against which all future publications would be judged.

It was not until 1890 that the first Publications Committee was appointed. It was a formidable team of three of the most famous philatelists of their generation, namely T.K. Tapling, E.D. Bacon and Major E.B. Evans, together with the Honorary Secretary, Douglas Garth.

Over the intervening years many works have been published, from erudite and detailed studies to more general books on wider subjects. The high standard set in those early days has been maintained up until the present day. The publications are too numerous to detail here but one work worthy of mention is Perkins Bacon Records by Percy De Worms in 1953, a detailed listing of many of the secrets that are in the Perkins Bacon archives. To this day this book remains one of the primary research sources for those studying the design, printing and production of the early stamps of most British Colonies and several foreign countries.