Book Reviews

Book reviewers wanted

Philatelic Literature ReviewBook reviews are a popular section of our journal, Philatelic Literature Reviewand we thank the individuals who contribute reviews.

Have you read any good (or not so good) books lately? Consider submitting a review. We welcome short, thoughtful reviews of books (including digital books). Please include as much bibliographic information as possible, including ordering details. Address all submissions to Barbara Boal, Philatelic Literature Review, 100 Match Factory Place, Bellefonte, PA 16823 or

If access to books is the only thing holding you back, the APRL can lend you books for review at no cost to you. If you are interested in being a reviewer, please contact Tara Murray. Include the subject area(s) in which you are qualified to review books. (Please note we can only supply books for review to APS/APRL members in the U.S.)

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What’s on your bookshelf?

book stack by ginnerobot

book stack by ginnerobot

The Philatelic Literature Review wants to know what’s on your bookshelf. In each quarterly issue, the journal features a brief essay by a reader about a favorite philatelic publication. It can be old or new, common or rare – as long as you deem it worthy of inclusion on your bookshelf.

To submit an essay or for more information, contact editor Barb Boal.

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John Barwis Wins Champion of Champions


John Barwis

Last weekend at STAMPSHOW in Columbus, Ohio,  John Barwis, who had two exhibits entered in the World Series of Philately competition, won the championship with his The Half-Lengths of Victoria, 1850-59. Those interested in spending more time with the first stamp issue from Victoria will find his book, The Half-Lengths of Victoria: The Stamps and Postal History 1850-59, published in 2009 with Rod Moreton, in the several philatelic libraries.

This attractive, readable, and well-designed volume should interest collectors beyond Australia, or even British Empire, because it set a new standard for the research and publication of monographs on a single stamp issue. Additionally, John provides a model for researchers planning to undertake a cover census, or analyze existing census data in greater depth. The authors consider stamps and covers in relationship to their postal use and historical events, placing the Half-Lengths within the context of Victoria’s developing postal system and 1850s Australian gold rush. “By concentrating on the confluence of stamp collecting and postal history and by presenting previously unpublished census data on Half-Length covers, we hope to shed light into areas that cannot be illuminated by stamps or covers alone.”

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