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The Identification of the Essays Proofs & Reprints of the 1854 issue of India by James A. Spence

Published by Robson Lowe in 1975, this is (almost) the last word on this maddening area of the first issues of India. Covering the Half, One, Two, Four, and Eight anna stamps with detailed listings of the many varieties under each value. The individual listings have their own ‘Spence numbers’ which are invariably referred to in auction catalogues. 84 b/w plates and 4 colour ones are bound in and many of them show the way to assign the printing and the position to the proofs. A masterful work not surpassed. Essential resource for any collector of the Indian lithograph and typograph stamps and/or their essays / proofs / reprints. Edition of only 500 copies.

This copy is hardbound in red cloth with dust jacket. In very good condition having just come to hand.