1871 Cakobau 'CR' 1d 3d & 6d SG 10-12, a few small faults, each with a part- to large-part strike of the rare undated 'G.P.O./FIJI' cancel, Cat £770, as they have been for at least 12 years. Ex Gerald Patterson. (3)
1874 Local 'V.R.' (Crown Colony) Overprints 'Two/Cents' on 1d blue with Inverted 'A' for 'V' SG 16e, hint of a small repair at lower-right, Sunburst cancel just clear of the variety, Cat £1000, as it has been for at least 12 years. Ex Gerald Patterson. [The Inverted 'A' has a small upwards protrusion on the central bar]
1912-23 Multiple Crown/CA 3d purple/yellow with the Watermark Sideways SG 130a, significant rubbing (to erase blue-pencil registration lines), Cat £500, as it has been for at least 12 years. Ex Gerald Patterson.
1912-23 Multiple Crown/CA 3d purple/yellow with the Watermark Sideways SG 130a, minor rubbing (to erase blue-pencil registration lines), Cat £500, as it has been for at least 12 years. Ex Gerald Patterson.
1915-19 'WAR STAMP' Overprints 1d deep rose SG 139d with Strong 'WAR TAX' Offset on the Reverse SG 139d(var) corner block of 6 (3x2) from the upper-right of the left-hand pane, a couple of very minor blemishes, unmounted. Ex Gerald Patterson.
1938-55 KGVI Pictorials complete set SG 249-267 including all listed dies, shades & perforation varieties, plus ½d Perf 13½ Sheet Number corner block of 4, unmounted, a few with minor gum tropicalisation, Cat £450+.
(Qty 39 stamps)
1938-55 KGVI Definitives 2d Government Offices Perf 13½ SG 255 complete sheet of 60 (6x10, missing the upper selvedge) with De La Rue Imprint and Plate Numbers '1', Pos R10/2 with Scratched Building SG 255aa (Cat £75), unmounted, Cat £110+.
1938-55 KGVI Definitives 6d Map Die II with Degrees Perf 13½ SG 261 complete sheet of 60 (6x10, missing the upper selvedge) with De La Rue Imprint and Plate Number '1', some minor perf separation/reinforcing otherwise unmounted, Cat £660+.
1954-59 QEII Pictorials complete set SG 280-295 plus 1959-63 Pictorials set SG 298-310 and 1962-67 Pictorials set SG 311-325, unmounted, a couple of lower values with minor gum tropicalisation, Cat £170+.
POSTAGE DUES: 1917-18 Second Issue with Narrower Setting ½d black SG D5a with Fraction Bar Closer to 'F' of 'FIJI', characteristic rough perfs, unused with no gum as issued, Cat £500, having barely budged for at least 12 years. Ex Gerald Patterson. [On all other examples we have inspected, the fraction bar ends 1mm above the 'F'. On this stamp, the space is only ½mm]
POSTAGE DUES: 1917-18 Second Issue with Narrower Setting ½d black SG D5a horizontal pair, light Sunburst cancels, Cat £600+, as it has been for at least 12 years. A rare & very attractive multiple. Ex Gerald Patterson.
CINDERELLAS: 1941 Fiji Bomber Fund label & selvedge from the sheetlet tied on local cover endorsed "First Day Cover" with Suva cds of 15FEB41. Ex Gerald Patterson. [The only such First Day Cover we have seen]
LITERATURE: 'The Postage Stamps Etc. of the Fiji Islands' by Charles J. Phillips (1908), 116pp and 15 photogravure plates, original paper binding that has split in places but the pages & plates are very fine. Rebinding recommended for this classic text by the then proprietor of Stanley Gibbons.
LITERATURE: 'Compendious Grammar of the Feejeean Language with Examples of Native Idioms' by the Reverend David Hazlewood (1850), 12pp octavo bound with thread in non-contemporary paper cover (which has a fault at the back). Rare: published at the Wesleyan Mission Press at Vewa and considered one of the most important early works published in the Islands. [This is the first 12pp of 72. A complete copy in non-contemporary case-binding with Hazlewood's Feejeean-English Dictionary is currently available online for US$2500. The seller records eight other copies, all in major institutions including the British Library, the Bodleian Library and at Cambridge University. There is also a copy in the National Library in Canberra]