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First Class

A History of Britain in 36 Postage Stamps

Chris West

From the world's first postage stamp, the 1840 Penny Black, to the First Class stamp 2012, Chris West's selection of 36 stamps – 'some beautiful, some quirky, some baffling, some stained with blood' – are the inspiration for his idiosyncratic and entertaining history of Britain. Among his collection are the 1881 Penny Lilac (33 billion printed); the first decimal set (1971); and a single foreign stamp telling a story of reparations and hyperinflation: a 1923 German 200 mark stamp, overprinted 2 million.
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  • Publisher: Square Peg
  • Year: 2012
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 267pp
  • Illustrated: Yes
  • ISBN: 9780224095471
  • Condition: New
  • Weight: 0.4kg
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