State of Jammu and Kashmir was, from 1846 until 1947, a princely state in the British Empire in India, and was ruled by a Maharaja. The Postage Stamps and Postal History book details a pretentious version on the subject, covering from 1866 to 1877 and this 300 page book on such a short period is the first if its kind. The collection of such a historic study with comprehensive details in one book is by Mr. Iqbal H. Nanjee and is a very worthy effort. He is the person who has achieved remarkable awards and appreciations in the field of Philately during the last two decades.
book collects the major aspects of postal history which includes brief
summary on the subject, Postal Routes discussed with distances, the complex
study of the colours, missing dies, designs, varieties including plating,
figures and scarcity/provenance and is an exhaustive revelation.
In every chapter something new has been introduced. The State postal System with postmark has illustrated examples of Postmarks with value chart. Similarly the Imperial postal marking study consisting of Circular, Triangular and Duplexes alongwith transit markings of Sialkot, Murree & Rawalpindi.
The Study of Jammu Circulars Dies ½ a, 1a and 4as with design, watercolours, Special production, oil colours and reprints has been discussed with new discoveries. This section updates the previous research of the great collectors as well. The attempt to make a chart with the collection of the images of the die shades is indeed commendable. This is for the first time in the history that a chart has been made with references. The real colour printing makes all this possible.
The chapter on Forgeries includes Die, Missing Die, Die X, Long Tail and Brighton forgeries discussed with the illustrated features to identify these dies. The Jammu plate with transitional printing study has also been provided with illustrated example.
comprehensive study in the chapters of Old Rectangulars of Jammu &
Kashmir and the study of the Single and Composite Plate dies discussed
with shades include the charts of the whole chapter which describes the
importance and purity of the research. Forgeries are also discussed with
the illustrated examples and pointing out differences to ensure the genuine
pieces as every item of Jammu & Kashmir is a precious treasure today.
This chart is also seen for the first time.
This book is indeed a landmark study in the philatelic history of Asia and is indeed registered as a milestone and an example for philatelic study of any of the great Princely States of this region.
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