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Click for enlarge!Synopsis to Fiscal Philately of Hungary by Károly Szücs

5th edition: Budapest 2018 by the author first in English About 400pp A4 size 297x210mm, profusely illustrated in full colour, perfect bound. Available at the for price 80 Euro plus shipment

This book has been produced first in 2007 over several years by many authors, an enthusiastic group of members of MABÉOSZ's Revenue Stamp collectors' group in Hungarian. The 4rd edition is hardly extended by one of the authors and was published in May of 2017. 120 new pages were added with information of latest research in the past decade in this hardly developing philatelic field. At the end, the first English edition appears in 20 of June 2018 exactly on the day of 150 anniversary of issue of the first Hungarian adhesive revenue stamps. It was long awaited by the foreign collectors and lover the Hungarian revenue philately!
It was originally envisaged as a revision of the late Floderer István's 1991 catalogue of Hungarian revenues but has grown to be much more than that. Indeed, it covers more than just Hungarian material – as the title suggests, all the Habsburg issues used in Hungary(Hungary, Austria, Bosnia & Herzegovina, the Military Border District and the WWI occupations) – are included). And not just the adhesive stamps, the pre stamp 'Signettes' on stamped paper from 1850 are also listed and illustrated, as are the newspaper tax, calendar and other special purpose imprints and adhesives. In addition, all the post WWI Hungarian stamps are fully listed, again in considerable detail and beautifully illustrated in full colour. The listing of the interesting and attractive Hungarian municipal revenue stamps alone runs to over 100 pages. In fact the only major topic in Floderer's book which isn't fully reworked and included here is the revenue stationery (parcel cards, bills of lading, hunting permits, bills of exchange and so on.) They appear only in Hungarian recently in another new books.
Of course, there was the drawback that much of the explanatory text (and there is a huge amount of information given, throughout the book) was pretty impenetrable for the non Hungarian speaker. Fortunately, the recent first English edition was selfless supported by selfless sponsors from England and Hungary. The author has obviously given much thought in making the book as 'user friendly' as possible and there are a multitude of helpful diagrams, charts, tables and yet more illustrations included. There is also a brief vocabulary and key to symbols and abbreviations included, in Hungarian, English & German.
The author has also bravely priced everything (in Euros), including varieties and valuation of the stamp on document. Quantities issued are noted where known. Naturally, the prices sometimes give rise to incredulity – in some cases for their cheapness, in others for their apparently high valuations. Surely, the author has done their best to coax other collectors to assist them in estimating scarcity. The market for revenues in Hungary is probably more developed than in some other countries and there is a lot of material about (there always seems to be a good selection on eBay, for example). But there are lots of very rare items listed and they can fetch hundreds of pounds on the very few occasions one appears at auction. It won't be long, before they will be fetching thousands.
If you are at all seriously interested in Hungarian (or Austrian) revenue philately, then this book is absolutely indispensible.
Actualised by the author of original review in 2007 written by Martin Brumby Chairman of Austrian Philatelic Society in Great Britain

Click for enlarge!Dear Collectors, Dealers, and those interested in Baden's history, following many years' research and study, we are pleased to announce the publication of the second book in our German fiscal philately series, namely:
"Stamp Duty Statutes, Rates and Application in Baden 1628-1952: Baden Fiscal Philately Handbook and Catalogue"
Published by Engelsdorfer Verlag, Schongauerstr. 25, 04329 Leipzig, Germany, and available through book-dealers and other stockists at the retail price of 49,95 Euros.
660 pages, around 770 colour illustrations, offset printed, sewn hardback binding (ISBN 978-3-95744-583-4).

The handbook provides a historical outline of taxation and stamp duty applied to revenue stamped paper, Playing cards, Almanacs, Newspapers, and Baden's revenue stamps, sales tax stamps, judicial fee stamps, and municipal fee stamps. The stamp listings are supported by a detailed assembly of extracts and examples of Baden's statutes and taxation rates, together with a listing of Baden's municipal authorities between 1910 and 2010, an overview of Baden's administrative and judicial history, and a bibliography.

El PapelSellado en Colombia 1640 - 1981
By Manuel Arango Echeverri
Three volumen, 2.120 pages , Format: 21 x 25 cm

Our Secretary, Jukka Mäkinen, us make known the magnificent work that summarizes over 15 years of research and compilation of material by our dear Colombian friend Manuel Arango Echeverri. Manuel was given the task of wandering around almost all the historical archives of Colombia; work has finally been captured in this beautiful work, presented in three volumes. The book is a journey through a deep and detailed study of stamped paper used in Colombia since its inception in 1640 until 1981, when by force of law became extinct as a direct tax.
Author's Note "For a long time by I tried very hard with different governmental and business circles to help me with the publication of this research. It was not possible. So, I finally decided to do it on my own. I bought a professional laser printer and I did the work on my house. It takes me about seven hours to print 2130 pages and then somebody else takes care of the plastering. Just print on request. Of a planned 50 books I have printed already 35, including donations to History and the other few that I sold. It is therefore very expensive. The price is U.S. $ 250 plus shipping via UPS or Fedex, (about $ 120, depending on the destination). Please be aware that the book is written in Spanish."      More about his work, here!!!.
Click for enlarge!Austrian Revenue Stamps: the Handbook
Das Gebühren- und Stempelwesen
Handbuch über die Stempelung von Urkunden, Karten, Kalendern und Zeitungen in Kärnten des Zeitraums 1686 bis 2002

Book description from The Austrian Philatelic Society (APS)
Over the last years the collecting of Austrian Revenue Stamps has become more and more popular and acceptable. Any traditional collection will be enriched by revenue stamps used as postal stamps and vice versa. But who amongst us knows the beginning and the foundation of the taxation and duties used in Austria? What different areas were used by the Austrian governance and officials during the 17th and 18th century to increase the public revenue? Everybody knows the newspaper tax stamps and the common documentary adhesive tax stamps, but just a few of us know the signets used more than 150 years before the first adhesive stamps, much less the usage and the taxation systems of these. Very attractive and almost unknown are the taxation systems for other printed items such as almanacs & advertisements. And the oldest taxation was used in Austria for playing cards – introduced in 1638.

Click for enlarge!Dear collectors, traders, and people who are interested in the Saxon history, after years of research and collecting facts, my handbook and catalog about

Saxon Revenue Stamps (Saxon fiscal philately) Revenue papers, revenue stamps, fee stamps
“Stempelgesetze und Gebühren in Sachsen von 1682 bis 1952 Handbuch und Katalog” (“Stamp Act and fees in Saxony from 1682 to 1952 - Handbook and catalog”)
is finally available.

Appendixes: - Summary [17 kb] - Table of contents [27 kb]

Walter Morley’s Catalogue & Price List of the Revenue Stamps of the British Colonies, Including Railway Stamps

Morley’s Catalogue, published in 1910, is a classic reference for those collectors who specialise in the revenue stamps of the British Commonwealth. For many years it was the only comprehensive catalogue for this material and copies, and photocopies, are still of interest despite the publication of more recent listings such as those by John Barefoot Ltd.

It is therefore a pleasure to announce that Morley’s catalogue is now available as a CD-Rom. It can be purchased from Templar House Books located in the UK at a cost of L4.99 plus packing and international airmail postage. Any orders or queries to Stephen Gardner;
Romanian Revenue & Cinderella Catalogue 2011

The book contains 596 full color pages, in Romanian, the introductory chapter in English and Romanian. It weighs about 1,100 grams. The catalogue lists 8126 stamps as compared to 6998 in the 2006 issue. The entries for local issues have increased to 3079 from 2727 and there are 2249 digital photocopies as compared to 1668. The great increase of the number of the stamps described in this catalogue in comparison to the previous issue, confirms that this field of revenue research and collecting is alive and well.

Click for enlarge!Mr. Igor Pirc us signals a new book: "Administrative Revenues of Slovenia" by Zmago Jelinčič Plemeniti

The 310-page A4 size and full colour most comprehensive catalogue of the administrative revenues of the former Yugoslav territory. Complete study from the first beginnings until the suspension of the administrative revenues. Approximate values of each stamp in Euros – almost 2000 examples.

The writer of the book is Zmago Jelinčič Plemeniti, specialist in revenues and numismatics, member of the Slovene parliament. The book was published by Učila Tržič, Slovenia in September 2010. The price of the book is 69,90 €, , then the postal service (stamps, envelope) makes alltogether 80 €. (Contact:

Click for enlarge!REVENUE STAMPS OF DODECANESE (I Fiscali del Dodecaneso)
by Michael S. Petradakis, in Greek and in Italian, Collectio Athens 2005, soft cover,
color illustrations, 192 pp., 20x26, available from Alexander Galinos, Collectio,
P.O. Box 3138, 10210 Athens, Greece at $45 each, ISBN 960-88597-0-0
Book review by Constantin Mattheos, Collectors Club Philatelists, Vol. 85, No. 5, 2006

Michael Petradakis, after his quite successful previous book on "Postal History of Aegean Islands, Italian Military Post Offices (1897-1943)", Athens 1991, offers his new book on revenue stamps of Dodecanese islands. This has been the result of a long and hard work, in which he presents the finest study on revenue stamps ever made in Greece.


A long-awaited and much needed book has finally seen the light —“Spanish revenues: Study and cataloguing of Spanish fiscal stamps, including their postal use”, by Luis Alemany, probably the most awarded Spanish philatelist (3 international FIP Grand prix, World champion in “Israel 2008”), a dedicated collector covering several competition fields and a member of the Royal Spanish Academy of Philately. The 470 page, full colour book is the first successful attempt to record the wealth of Spanish revenue stamps undertaken by a Spanish author since the former dealer Gálvez published his specialized Catalogue back in 1923, updating older works, such as those by Fulcher, Forbin and Carreras Candi, dating back to the 1910’s. In the long interval since then, no other reliable sources were available to the inquisitive collector or researcher.

A new handbook of the earliest Swedish revenue stamps

As a result of Swedish-Finnish bilateral cooperation, the first major handbook of early Swedish revenue stamps has been completed: Svenska beläggningsstämplar (eller Charta Sigillata) 1811-1880.

The new 100-page handbook was published by the Swedish Philatelic Federation (SFF) in early March, 2008, in the Swedish language. Writers of the book are Jukka Mäkinen of Helsinki, Finland, and Per Sundberg of Lulea, Sweden, both advanced collectors and specialists of the field. The book came in A4 size and full colour.

The earliest revenue stamps of Sweden are special and unconventional in several ways. They are documentary stamps, the largest in size in the world. They are imperforate and without gum, and were affixed on documents by sealing, embossing or stitching.

Romanian Revenue & Cinderella Catalogue 1856 – 2006

In 2006 the first Romanian revenue stamp celebrated its 150th birthday!
On January 12, 1856 at Iasi in the Moldavian Principality during the reign of voivode Grigorie A. Gika, Ruling Ordinance no. 2 of the Stamp Tax Law was promulgated. The first revenue stamps were introduced in the form of stamped paper as used by the French at that time.

In November of the same year at Bucharest in the Walachian Principality, under the rule of Kaimakam, the same Grigorie A. Gika issued a stamp to supplement the bread price for impoverished families from 24 to 34 coins (a dry measure). This was the first Romanian social welfare stamp. On January 24, 1859 the Moldavian and Walachian Principalities joined to form the unitary, national state of Romania. In January 2006 to mark the anniversary of these historical events, the “Romanian Revenue & Cinderella Catalogue 1856 – 2006” by Mihai Cojocar was published.

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