Runner & Mailcoach
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Runner and Mailcoach. Postal History and Stamps of Southern Africa
by Eric Rosenthal & Eliezer Blum
First Edition 1969
Dust jacket condition: Good, with minor inconspicuous tear
280pp. Indexed. Illustrated.
Magnificently illustrated in colour and black and white, Runner and Mailcoach will be enjoyed and appreciated by specialists and amateurs alike. Much has been written on the subject, yet Runner and Mailcoach, by Eric Rosenthal and Eliezer Blum is unique. For the first time we have a comprehensive account in a single volume, not only of the postage stamps, but of the romantic and exciting postal developments in the entire sub-continent, and its adjacent islands.
South Africa, South West Africa, Rhodesia, Northern Rhodesia (Zambia), Basutoland (Lesotho), Bechuanaland (Botswana) and Swaziland are all dealt with, as well as the old colonies and Boer states, including the New Republic of Stellaland, Goshen, defunct territories like Griqualand West and Zululand and such oddities as the Mount Currie Express.
The Boer War is covered as are South African ventures into the Antarctic - Marion Island, Bouvet Island and Sanae - to say nothing of Tristan da Cunha and so on.
But apart from the width of its scope, Runner and Mailcoach contains a mass of fascinating information on postal history and development, from the Bantu runner to the camel, the travelling post offices and the mail plane, much of it dug up for the first time by that master of the lesser known aspects of South Africa, Eric Rosenthal, the 'Quiz Wizard', who also deals with unfamiliar matters like our overseas mail packets before the days of steamers, and the postal arrangements of the Voortrekkers.
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