The Postal History of the Spanish Philippines, 1565 – 1898

Authors are Geoffrey Lewis and Don Peterson.
The book has been printed, and has been distributed since 1 December 2000.  The vast majority of the stock of books are with Don Peterson in Washington, D.C., but a few are with Geoffrey Lewis in Sydney, Australia.
The book won a Gold Medal with Felicitations at the FIP show at Tokyo.  

Summary

Spain controlled the Philippines for over 375 years, creating an interesting and complex story of the Islands’ postal routes, rates, and markings.  The Spanish occupation of the Philippine Islands spanned a period from 1521, when Ferdinand Magellan discovered the islands, through 1898, when Commodore Dewey defeated the Spanish fleet in Manila Bay.
The book, which took over 20 years to write, discusses postal rates, routes, and markings of the Spanish period, beginning in 1565, when the first letter was mailed, through the issuance of stamps from 1854 through 1898.  The book addresses the transport of mail from the islands using Spanish ships, American whaling vessels, British and French packet ships, and naval vessels.  It covers the transport of Philippine mail by Spanish galleon via Acapulco, and other sail and steam ships via various ports in India, the Persian route, the Cape of Good Hope route, the Isthmus of Suez route, and routes to Far East ports, such as Hong Kong, Singapore, and Macao.  The book describes the postal rates of the stampless and adhesive periods, including interior and overseas rates, registration fees, newspaper and circular rates, postal card rates, and the use of British Asian stamps on overseas mail.   The book addresses official mail, military mail, consulate mail, numerical markings applied on incoming mail, cancellation types, and mail to and from the Mariana and Caroline Islands. 
We hope the book will encourage interest in collecting postal history of the Spanish Philippines, and prove useful to the novice and advanced collector and postal historian alike.

Order the Book


The book has 240 quarto-size pages with over 160 illustrations.  It is hard-bound with a colour dust-jacket.

There are only a few copies left.  The price has been reduced to $US50.00 (which is way below the cost of production).  Postage is extra.  Contact us for a quote on postage price.  Email to glewis@custom-made.com.au
The books will be mailed either from Washington DC, or from Sydney.
Let us know your name and your postal address.  In case we have to contact you about this order, let us know your email or fax or telephone.

Payment methods

Check in $US.  
Payment by PayPal, MasterCard or Visa.
Cheque or direct deposit in either Australian dollars or English pounds (or Euros in Spain).  

Home.