A masterpiece in its completion, its importance, and its beauty too.
In retrospect, addressing philatelic importance, we know that most prominent philatelists are compliant with having one thing in common: they seek for certain criterion of attraction connected with the stamp issues they commit to. Very often, such stamp issues are of provisional status, and/or primitive design. Finland was early to implement uniform postal rates in 1845, with corresponding postal stationery stamped envelopes. However, Finland was relatively late in 1856 to issue their first stamps. The 1856 adhesives are of oval design, primitively printed and manufactured, and supplied in very low quantities. They were hand-printed one by one in a process causing tête-bêche positions. All these facets of Finland's first adhesives make them philatelically important, and they have attracted many prominent philatelists, and the authors to this book.
The authors, Tomas Bjaringer RDP Hon. FRPSL and Marten Sundberg FRPSL, have many things in common. They are fascinated by the history
of philately generally, of philatelic provenances and legends, of census registrations, and not least to connect all their fascinations in philately
into this one publication. They are also very passionate members of The Royal Philatelic Society London. However, their most common
practice relates to the classic Finland oval design adhesives, and their tete-beches, and here we are in this book. This book is a complete
census of all recorded tete-beches, a complete volume of all their recorded provenances, and a complete biographic census of everything
known to date being published about the tete-beches.
The Royal Philatelic Society London as the most prestigious philatelic publisher in the world, is the publisher of this work too.
Addressing this masterpiece in its completion, its importance, and its beauty too, the format on which it is published follows a tradition from
Tomas Bjaringer's previous philatelic authorships. The book is published in 100 + 12 and offered on pre-subscription only. The binding
and its slipcase are hand-crafted and conclude what this book is about: an important monograph, reflected by its perfectionism in performance,
and its final presentation addressing philatelic connoisseurs, and philatelic bibliophiles.
I want to congratulate the authors to have accomplished their mission.
At this final presentation, it all proves to have been worth the efforts. I thank you for the education the book gives, and its reference to further
exploration not only into the tete-beches, but also deriving the roots to how our hobby has evolved through history, including our hobby's
many prominent characters.
Jonas Hällström RDP FRPSL