STOCKHOLMIA 2019 Private Treaty Sale

Lot 36


French Colonies, 1946, Book of Decaris Proofs, Du Tchad au Rhin. A glorious hardcover presenting proofs in blue of Albert Decaris' "Victory" stamp and "From Chad to the Rhine" series, issued throughout the French Colonies in 1946. The seven designs (Scott Common Designs #CD92-CD98) range in value from 5F to 50F, and their motifs follow the Second Division's advance from Africa to the Liberation of Paris, plus an allegorical depiction of Victory. Issuing entities run (in French alphabetical order) from French Equatorial Africa to Wallis & Futuna.

Produced by the Institut de Gravure in Paris, this is an "Album de Grand Luxe", half-bound in deep blue leather over papered boards, with title gold-stamped between raised bands, with proofs printed one per page on hand-made laid paper (top edge gilt), with each page signed by Decaris in pencil. Issued in an edition of 30 copies, this is copy #5. The book is sound and complete, including all bound-in interleaving, and the proofs are as fresh as the day they were pulled. Previous owner's penciled markings on fly leaf should be easily erasable.

A stunning addition to your library, philatelic or otherwise.

Price: $5,000; £3,925; €4,250; 50,000 SEK; HK$39,000.

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