Even if it presents itself as a catalogue, this volume is much more than a traditional stamp catalogue: it's a manual dealing with all the San Marino paper postal values, chronologically described and illustrated, following their history, development and evolution, so as to document in the simplest and most direct way, the fascinating history of the mail service and philately in the Land of Freedom. Stamps and surcharge stamps, postcards, envelopes and postal cards, international reply coupons, postal order forms and money order surcharges, parcel stamps and slips become history's true protagonists and testimonials, finally free from absurd philatelic and commercial barriers: logically grouped and listed, in colour print and accompanied by all the possible information regarding the authors, print-works, technical characteristics, print runs or sales. Also included is all the news and illustrations on the history (not just postal) of San Marino, so as to better comprehend the moment in time or the reasons for the issues. It's a defintely suggestive presentation and cataloguing system, which carries the signature of Franco Filanci, author of the work in collaboration with Maria Antonietta Bonelli and Carlo Sopracordevole, the three greatest experts on Sammarinese stamps and postal history. An innovative and original system, - which, amongst other things, allows us not to appear indebted to past or existing catalogues – no longer based on contradictory typological divisions, but on rationality and historical chronology, as well as on precise, farsighted, cataloguing criterion, as new millennium collecting now demands. Above all, it's also a system which allows us to highlight the correlation and historical and cultural significance regarding the various issues, drawing attention to the many novelties which San Marino has introduced into the philatelic world, ennobling these little pieces of paper which – in their own small way – have known how to transmit the idea of sovereignty and independence of a small, yet dynamic Medieval Republic, which has survived over the centuries. In fact, even if it may seem strange to teenagers today, for centuries, the letter and the stamp were fundamental elements in civilised society. Until the end of the nineteenth century – and in many cases until the middle of the twentieth – the mail system was the only way to communicate over long distances. Whilst the stamp, which immediately became the symbol of the mail system, soon imposed itself everywhere as the first and most popular form of collecting. Since its beginnings, San Marino has always been a protagonist, giving origin to a history spanning four centuries, made up of services for both the general public and collectors, of unusual and often unique ideas, of closely guarded autonomy and innovative broad-mindedness towards the world of thought and culture. Often, even of unjustified prejudices and criticisms (and upon closer examination, even the less “postal” of the Sammarinese issues often appears extremely serious if compared with well established values from larger and more esteemed countries) and with many surprises, such as the unilateral adoption of Italian stamps in San Marino, or the chapter on the parcel service. In brief, it's a publication which intends to supply a service, not only for the market, but for the collector and the curious above all, with its tradition of hospitality, knowledge and freedom of thought, which are San Marino's cornerstones, and with a spirit of collecting transparency and support, which since 1944, has characterised the birth and activity of Sammarinese organised philately.
Date of issue: 5th of September
A Cif Unificato work for the Azienda Autonoma di Stato Filatelica e Numismatica di San Marino
Written and created by Franco Filanci with the collaboration of Maria Antonietta Bonelli and Carlo Sopracordevole
192 colour pages, size: 17x24 cm
Size: 17x24 cm
Selling price: 8,00 Euro
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