My world knew no joy like I did the day this parcel landed at my doorstep. Well, as you see here, it is the 6 volume set of the Stamps of the World, Simplified 2013 edition by Stanley Gibbons. I am not going to mention details about where to get these and how much I paid for these. It is all available for everyone to see on the Stanley Gibbons web-site and it will cost you just as much plus the shipping and duty.
A typical page from the catalogue. What you see here, is the page listing the stamps of India from the year 1948. You can click on the image for a closer look. What you get is the catalogue number, year of issue, the face value and pricing for the used and mint variants. The price for the mint 1948 Rs 10 Mahatma Gandhi stamp is £275. This is a simplified catalogue. It is called so because it contains listings of postage stamps only. Fiscal or revenue stamps, Local stamps, Local carriage labels and Private local issues, Telegraph stamps, Bogus stamps, Railway letter fee stamps, perfins, Labels and Cut-outs are not included.
The other picture above is the cover of one of the volumes, Volume 3 of the catalogue.
The SOTW simplified catalogue from Stanley Gibbons is a great resources for those trying to identify and value stamps. The catalogue contain basic stamp listings, which is more than sufficient in my opinion for a general world wide collector, and acts as a quick reference guide. Of course, for more detail such as watermark variations, errors, plate flaws, paper and print methods and perforation varieties there are the comprehensive and specialized catalogues too, which are country specific, obviously.
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NOTE: Please click on the images for a larger view / closer look.