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Covering Irish Stamps comprehensively
The 2009 edition of the Hibernian Catalogue offers more complete coverage of the world of Irish philately than any previous issue of this famous publication. Four new sections have been added: Booklet Panes, Railway Letter Stamps, Overprint Controls and Forerunners. Each of these new sections is designed to give the collector as much information as possible about the topic covered.The new section on Railway Letter Stamps, for example, called for a totally new approach, including a 'straight-through' numbering system. In the new Forerunners listing, an attempt is made to provide an illustration of virtually every issue taken from an original stamp - a major undertaking. For the Overprint Control section, all existing cataloguing structures were scrapped and a completely new system was devised. The new Hibernian Catalogue also reflects the recent upsurge in the market for Irish stamps, particularly in Forerunners, Essays, Overprints in top condition and booklets. These and other revisions make the 2009 Hibernian Catalogue the most comprehensive reference work in the field of Irish stamps. The 2009 edition has also been awarded a Gold Medal at Stampa 2008 and the EPA Award for 'an outstanding work of Philatelic Literature'. This truly makes this an essential purchase for any serious collector.