The Error World

Some time ago, I bought The Error World by Simon Garfield (Faber and Faber, 2008) at a BOOKSALE outlet and I guess it is the reason that I’ve been into stamps lately. (Click on the pictures to see higher resolution versions of them.)

The book is essentially a series of autobiographical stories about stamps and collecting. Before the author decided to specialize in Great Britain Queen Elizabeth II errors, he

was grabbing at everything, the way one does when one is amassing rather than collecting, the way one hoards without knowledge.

There are three reasons why a collection is sold: divorce, debt, and death. For the author, the first two were what led him to sell his collection; he was able to get 42,500 pounds sterling for his collection of 15 great errors.

The website of the author’s dealer, David Brandon, can be found here.


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