VERY FINE. A DESIRABLE EXAMPLE OF THE FOURNIER FORGERY ALBUM. ONLY 480 ALBUMS WERE MADE.
According to Varro Tyler's Philatelic Forgers, Their Lives and Works, Fournier, unlike many of his contemporary forgers, did not seek to defraud the public. He described his material as facsimiles and promoted it to collectors who could not afford to purchase genuine items and to uneducated collectors as a preventive measure against being deceived by dishonest stamp dealers.
When Fournier died in 1917, one of his employees, Charles Hirschburger, unsuccessfully tried to continue the business. When Hirschburger died in 1927, L'Union Philatélique de Genève purchased the Fournier stock, which weighed over 800 pounds, from Hirschburger's widow. The Union then marked the forgeries with "FAUX" handstamps on the front and/or "Facsimile" on the reverse, and employed students from the Geneva School of Arts and Crafts to mount representative selections of the forgeries in 480 albums. Whatever was not placed into one of the books was burned to ashes.
Because Fournier made forgeries from such a wide variety of countries, many of the 480 books have either been divided into country references or have had many items removed. Very few remain intact or have the degree of completeness of this book.
EXTREMELY FINE. A REMARKABLY FRESH COVER BEARING A SUPERB EXAMPLE OF THE 6-PENCE IN THE BROWN PURPLE SHADE ON LAID PAPER.
Used 23 days after the stamp was issued. With 2000 P.F. certificate.
EXTREMELY FINE AND RARE COMPLETE SET OF THE CANADA JUBILEE ISSUE PLATE PROOFS ON INDIA IN BLOCKS OF FOUR.
Unlisted in Scott. Unitrade value as singles
VERY FINE. A SCARCE GROUP OF HORIZONTALLY IMPERFORATE PLATE BLOCKS OF SIX OF THE 1928-29 CANADA KING GEORGE V SCROLL ISSUE.
Unlisted in Scott.
VERY FINE. A COLORFUL AND RARE USE FROM INDIA TO LEBANON, WHICH WAS MISSENT TO LABUAN. A PHENOMENAL COVER.
According to an accompanying analysis, the destination was evidently misread by the postal clerk in Bombay, who would have been more familiar with Borneo than with the Levant. It went to Galle and was carried on the P & O's Khedive to Singapore, where the error in sending was also not identified. It was then carried by local sailing vessels to Labuan. In Labuan it was labelled missent, and the address was clarified to eliminate any additional confusion. It then made its way from Labuan to Lebanon. It went thru Port Said on Aug. 5 and may have been undeliverable so went back to Port Said on Aug. 18 on its way back to the sender. In the absence of any return to sender markings it was then sent to Jaffa and then to the French postal agent in Jerusalem, who apparently held it for a month before sending it to Beirut.
With 2004 R.P.S. certificate.
VERY FINE APPEARANCE. A BEAUTIFUL AND RARE COVER BEARING THE COMPLETE SET OF THE LLAMA ISSUE. THIS COVER WAS DESCRIBED IN THE SALE OF THE RIDER COLLECTION AS "ONE OF THE MOST IMPORTANT PERUVIAN COVERS EXTANT."
Ex LeBow. With 1988 P.F. certificate