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
The book won a Gold
Medal with Felicitations at the FIP show at Tokyo.
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
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
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.
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The book has 240
quarto-size pages with over 160 illustrations.
It is hard-bound with a colour dust-jacket.
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