The British North America Philatelic Society (BNAPS) recently announced the release of three new volumes of its Exhibit Book series as well as one handbook, all of which are available through Sparks Auctions in Ottawa.
Arthur Klass’ Christmas Seal Ads on Canadian Post Cards (Second Edition) was edited by long-time collector Bob Vogel. The 80-page, spiral-bound colour handbook retails for $47.95.
The first edition of Arthur Klass’ Christmas Seal Ads on Canadian Post Cards was published in 2003, when BNAPS first began preparing and printing books from digital files and had not started printing books in full colour. Now, with Klass’ encouragement and the help of fellow collectors, Vogel has prepared a second edition in colour and with updated information on new cards and varieties.
BNAPS Book Department Co-ordinator Mike Street said among the many improvements are full-colour reproductions of almost all known cards, including 39 new listings and four new card types, as well as a new decimal numbering system adopted to allow sequential insertion of any new discoveries.
Vogel was co-author of The National Christmas Seals of Canada Catalogue (First Edition) along with Cliff Beattie and Andrew Chung and is a well-known collector and author in the field of Canadian first-day covers.
EXHIBIT SERIES No. 87
Richard P. Thompson’s The Development of the Stamps of the First Decimal Issue of Canada 1859-68 is the 87th volume of BNAPS’ Exhibit Book series. The 58-page, spiral-bound colour book retails for $43.
The Development of the Stamps of the First Decimal Issue of Canada 1859-68 presents an interesting study focused on the printing aspects of Canada’s second stamp issue, the 1859 Decimal issue (SC #14-20). Illustrated and discussed in careful detail are plate proofs, perforations, colours, watermarks, papers, printing orders, plate imprints and varieties, said Street.
Thompson’s first serious collection was of the Four-Ring Numeral Cancels of Canada, which received two National Gold awards, one Reserve Grand, and an International Silver at Capex ’96. The collection in this book started out as a one-frame exhibit of the 10-cent Prince Albert stamp (SC #17) but was quickly converted to a collection of all six values of Canada’s first Decimals. It has been awarded a BNAPS Vermeil in 1999, 2003 and 2007 as well as a BNAPS Gold in 2009, 2012 and 2014.
EXHIBIT SERIES No. 88
Douglas Irwin’s Postal Beginnings at Niagara Falls, Canada 1801-1904 is the 88th volume of BNAPS’ Exhibit Book series. The 136-page, spiral-bound colour book retails for $60.
Irwin’s Postal Beginnings at Niagara Falls, Canada 1801-1904 is the result of many years of research into the history of one of Canada’s best known cities and home of a tourist attraction that draws millions of visitors every year. His postal history collection earned him the Allan Steinhart Reserve Grand Award at BNAPEX 2015 in Niagara Falls. The exhibit has also been awarded an international Large Vermeil as well as nine national-level gold medals. In 2007, it competed in the American Philatelic Society (APS) Champion of Champions class after winning the Grand Award at the Philatelic Show in Boston. What’s more, the exhibit won the Grand Award at Novapex 2006 and the Reserve Grand Award at Orapex 2008. It has been awarded three American Philatelic Congress awards and been shown twice in the Court of Honour at the annual Royal Philatelic Society of Canada (RPSC) convention and exhibition.
Irwin has been a BNAPS member for almost 40 years. His first philatelic speciality and exhibiting interest was the Centennial Definitives of Canada, which earned him several national-level gold medals. In the mid-’80s, he formed the BNAPS Centennial Definitive Study Group and edited its newsletter for many years.
EXHIBIT SERIES No. 89
Christiane Faucher and Jacques Poitras’ Lower St. Lawrence and Gaspé Peninsula Postal History is the 89th volume in BNAPS’ Exhibit Book series. This 88-page, spiral-bound colour book retails for $51.
Faucher and Poitras’ Lower St. Lawrence and Gaspé Peninsula Postal History was shown for the first time at Filex 2016, where it received a gold medal and the Reserve Grand Award. This is the couple’s second BNAPS Exhibit Series book, following on their Postal usages in the Province of Quebec and Lower Canada until 1831, published in 2013.
Street said the new volume “illustrates the fascinating postal history of the difficult routes along the lower St. Lawrence River and around the Gaspé peninsula.”
Faucher is the president of Société d’Histoire postale du Québec and a member of many philatelic and postal history organizations. Her main collecting interests are official mail postal history and Quebec City’s illustrated covers.
Poitras, her husband, was chairman of both the Royale 95 and Royale 2008 exhibitions held in Quebec City. He is currently president of the Fédération québécoise de Philatélie. He has written many articles on the subject of Lower Canada’s early postal history and regularly speaks on the subject at conferences. With Cimon Morin, he was co-author of the Catalogue des Marques postales du Québec 1743-1867, launched at the Lakeshore Stamp Club’s annual exhibition in April 2016.
For more information or to order a copy of one of BNAPS’ new books, visit Sparks Auctions.