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LITERATURE: "The Royal Philatelic Collection" by Sir John Wilson (1952), being a complete catalogue of the most important and valuable stamp collection ever formed, compiled by the Keeper of the Royal Collection himself. Without doubt, this is the finest philatelic book of all time, produced on the highest-quality paper, extensively illustrated with 64 black & white plates and 12 exceptional colour plates. This is the deluxe edition bound in red Morocco leather with the Royal coat-of-arms emblazoned in gold on the face.
If this book had been published in any other field of endeavour it would be worth many thousands of dollars. Because it's "only" philately, it has never achieved its potential and is a gift at our estimate. Weighing 7 kilograms, this impressive volume should be the cornerstone of every philatelic library worth the name. [Tim Rybak's very fine copy sold at the Prestige auction of 24/5/2008 for $1840 & the buyer asked for it to be sentt to him in Europe by express airmail! Two never-opened examples - one still in its original wooden packing case! - sold at the Prestige auction of 14/11/2014 for $2530 & $2760 respectively]
AUSTRALIAN COLONIES - General
Untidy collection but lots of little gems including NSW Imperf 'REGISTERED' with superb BN '81' of Warwick (Moreton Bay District), 20/- Governors, Charity duo, 'OS' to 5/- Coin & 5/- Map; Queensland 'REGISTERED' SG 20 mint pair, 6d SG 69 unused & Crown/Q 6d SG 92 superb used block of 4; South Australia 2d with superb Diamond Numeral '158' (rated RR); Tasmania Tablets mint to 5/- & DLR Pictorials and Crown/A 6d used strip of 3; Victoria earlies & 1/6d blue; Western Australia earlies & later to 10/-, etc, condition variable but many are fine to very fine.
(Qty few 100)
Collection on Hagners with numerous better items with NSW including a very fine 3d Sydney View, 20/- Governors, Charity duo, 'OS' to 5/- Coin (unused), KEVII Stamp Duty 14 values to £1; Queensland Large Chalons £1 postally used & very fine mint Charity duo; South Australia Imperf 1/- orange, 'TEN-PENCE' on 9d yellow x3 (one unused), '3-PENCE' in Red on 4d; Tasmania Courier 1d (attractive but rebacked) & 4d x3, Star Wmk 2d with full margins, Tablets to 10/-; Victoria good range of Imperfs including Half-Lengths 1d x4, 2d x 3 & 3d x4 + Perf 12 3d, Woodblocks 6d Experimental Separations x5, Imperf 2/- & Perf 12 2/-, Laureates 8d orange x3, 10d grey & a very fine 5/- blue/yellow, both Charity pairs, KEVII £2 mint, Stamp Statute to £5 including postally used ½d on 1d; Western Australia Litho 4d unused & £1 VFU; etc, condition variable but generally fine to very fine. A very good lot and an excellent basis for serious expansion.
NEW SOUTH WALES
1850-51 Sydney Views Plate II (Horizontally Lined Background) Worn Impressions 2d dull blue vertical pair with Retouched Lower Unit SG 25/28, margins large to enormous - at top and base - with outer framelines except at right, bars cancels of Sydney, Cat £360++. A rare se-tenant pair of impressive proportions.
Technically, all 2d Sydney Views are marginal examples. However, even singles with one sheet margin are rarely seen & a "complete vertical column" such as this is a great rarity. [Larger than the similar Prussian blue pair that sold at our auction of 20/4/2015 for $1404]
No longer available
1851-52 Laureates 2d blue Plate I largely complete reconstruction missing only ,  noted as "Cambridge blue", cancellations include Barred Numerals '2' '3' '22' '23' '25' '66' and '82', condition rather mixed but some have full margins, Cat £1700+; also 8d van Dyke Reprint block of 30 - the top three rows - in blue, vertical fold between the central units. [** NB: The reconstruction is the 2d Plate III Watermarked Issue SG 84-86 group, Cat £1185+. The Est/Res have been reduced to $300 & $200 respectively **]
1851-52 Laureates 8d dull yellow SG 79, an unusually large example with good to large margins & a fragment of the adjoining unit at left, bars cancel of Sydney & London arrival cds in red, Cat £600.
NEW SOUTH WALES - Postal History
1852 (Sep 18) mercantile entire to London per "Australian Str" with very fine Laureates 6d chocolate-brown/bluish paper SG 75 (full margins, Cat £250 x2+ on cover) tied by bars cancel of Sydney (b/s), London arrival b/s of 12JA12/1853, ironed-out horizontal filing fold.
1860 Large Star Wmk Clean-Cut Perf 14-16 6d green SG 6, very slightly soiled, unused, Cat £1200. A very rare stamp in unused condition. [Bernie Manning's mint pair sold at the Prestige auction of 12/5/2007 for $9200. Manning's census amounted to his pair, two blocks of 4 - one in the Royal Collection - and "a small number of singles"]
Perkins Bacon imperforate plate proofs on ungummed unwatermarked paper comprising 1) 2d pair in black with full margins; 2) 6d block of 6 (3x2) in blue, the upper units a bit cut-into, the lower units with full margins; and 3) 2/- in black block of 4 with full margins.
(Qty 3 items)
1860-69 Second Roulettes 2d bright vermilion SG 26 marginal horizontal strip of 5 from the right of the sheet, some minor oxidisation, large-part o.g., Cat £600++ A rare multiple.
1860-69 Second Roulettes 2d bright vermilion horizontal pair Imperf Between SG 26a, deep shade, small scissor-cut into the base of the first unit, neat Adelaide cdsof 67/JU28, Cat £650. Most of the surviving pairs have significant faults. [This pair has traces of roulettes at the top & base but has essentially been cut from the sheet to preserve the design. It may actually be Imperf Vertically (as distinct from "between")]
1860-69 Second Roulettes 1/- yellow SG 38, roulletting on all sides but misplaced at the base resulting in No Value Tablet, unused, Cat £900.
SOUTH AUSTRALIA - Postal History
1859 double-rate cover to Essex with 6d slate-blue SG 17 horizontal pair tied by 'PAID/JU18/1859/=ADELAIDE -S.A.=' cds, 'EPPING/OC15/1859' arrival cds in blue, two vertical folds at left & some peripheral soiling, minor flap fault.
SOUTH AUSTRALIA - Postmarks
Echunga (2): 'ECHUNGA/SP9/1859/=SOUTH-AUSTRALIA=' light but clear strike & fine '50' cancel on Rouletted 2d on outer to "Lapton (?)/Callington", very fine to superb transit b/s of 25mm 'HAHNDORF/S-A' (rated RRR), 'KANMANTOO/=SOUTH-AUSTRALIA=' (RRR) & 25mm 'NAIRNE/S-A' (RRR, with a second strike on the face), minor blemishes. Rated RRRR. [Adelaide Hills]
Morphett Vale (1): 'MORPHETT-VALE/("Jan") 21/1858/-SOUTH-AUSTRALIA' superb strike and '66' cancel on Adelaide Printing 2d (3½ margins), GPO arrival b/s. Rated RRRR.
Miscellany with a very fine 1835 entire from Hobart Town with no Tasmanian markings but superb British '1' handstamp, a fine 4d Courier with full margins, Star Wmk 4d x5 in mixed condition (one on cover of 12SP1/1855, stated to be the earliest recorded usage), Sideface 3d corner example with Plate Scratch on 1900 philatelic cover, Tablets 2½d unmounted pane of 60 (some perf splitting), Pictorials 1d Imperf single used, Reprints of Chalon 6d & 1/- blocks of 8 and Sideface 4d blue Plate Number '3' block of 4 all without overprint and 'Halfpenny' on 1d Plate Number '1' block of 30 (6x5) with overprint, very fine unused second issue Letter Cards "RIVER DERWENT" x2 & "LAUNCESTON", etc. A very handy lot.
1856-57 No Watermark Pelure Paper 1d deep red-brown SG 24 horizontal pair, margins just touched - at right - to good, BN '68' cancel, Cat £1500++. A very rare & desirable multiple of this scarce stamp; the left-hand unit is superb!
1857-69 Numeral Watermarks 1d pale red-brown SG 26 horizontal strip of 6, margins largely complete but slightly cut-into in a couple of places, six good to very fine strikes of BN '91' of Torquay, Cat £210+. A very scarce & attractive multiple.
Basic library of Victorian references mostly by JRW Purves including his seminal "Half Lengths" (a very fine copy with all the plates), "Emblems". "Postage Dues" & several Hawthorn Press Monographs, also "Australia New Zealand UK Mails to 1880 by Colin Tabeart (a must-have for the postal historian), pre-loved but generally in very good nick.
(Qty 14 titles)
1855-56 Litho Queen-on-Throne Early Printings with only Minor Wear 2d brown SG 37 (shades) large-part reconstruction of 34 of the 50 positions including three pairs, a few problems but generally very attractive & most have full margins, unused, Cat £14,450+. A remarkable effort that cries out to be completed by another enthusiast. [John Shawley has advised that theses stamps are from Thomas Ham's engraved printing SG 18, Cat £500 each, or £17,000 which makes this lot even more remarkable]