Listed here are Large Queen-specific literature that has
been published over the years or titles that include important information
regarding other facets of Large Queen collecting.
All are a must
for the library of a serious Large Queen collector.
The Large Queen Stamps of Canada|
and Their Use 1868-1872
H.E. & H.W. Duckworth
The most exhaustive study of this issue.
Review from Canadian Philatelist, May-June, 1986, page
For many years specialists and those interested in the "Large
Queens" have been awaiting this volume. The "Large Queens" were issued in 1868,
the first stamps of the Dominion of Canada. Not only are the "Large Queen"
stamps thoroughly described in this new book but the postal arrangements
existing at the time of their use are also included. The period of the "Large
Queens" 1868-1872 is one of the most interesting in the annals of Canadian
philately. These large beautiful engraved portrait stamps of Queen Victoria have
always enchanted the collector. Specialists have longed for a comprehensive work
on these stamps with their varied colours, papers, watermarks and use. The
Duckworths, an academic father and son team, are "Large Queen" specialists. They
have combined their knowledge and talents and written this book with the
viewpoint of the stamp collector attempting to rationalize the stamps and covers
in his own collection. It is for this reason that those interested in this
fascinating stamp issue will find, "The Large Queens of Canada", illuminating
and generative of new conclusions.
This book, thorough in its content, evidences access to all the
important sources of information including the major current specialized
collections. The monograph begins with a chapter on the new Dominion of Canada
Postal Administration at the time of Confederation, the Dominion Post Office Act
and the provision for new postage stamps. The second chapter follows with a
discussion and a thorough listing of the "Plates and Proofs of the Large Queen
Issue". The third chapter describes the stamps, their papers, perforations and
denominations. Papers are perhaps one of the most difficult areas for the
philatelist to understand. The ten different papers used for the "Large Queens"
are well described and illustrated. The four succeeding chapters on the mail
service, cancellations and arrangements for exchanging mail with the Postal
Administrations of Newfoundland, Manitoba, British Columbia, the U.S.A. and the
other countries are convincingly discussed and explained. Numerous appendices
such as the list of postage stamps supplied by the British American Bank Note
Company as well as a listing of plates, engraved and re-entered have been
This volume will have an irresistible attraction to the collector
and specialist. The cost might be considered moderately high but, where do you
find all the known information in one book? When you consider the hours of
research spent on a book of this magnitude the cost becomes quite insignificant.
This book is a must for the collector and a once in a lifetime acquisition, of a
very limited edition. This is the third volume published by, The Vincent Graves
Greene Foundation and is the largest and most comprehensive to date.
1986 | Hardbound | 488 pages | 6x9
A Large Queen's Report|
Correlates published and known information (to 1977) about the
Large Queen issue of Canada. Each denomination has its own separate chapter
covering such things as papers, printings, usages, quantities, varieties, and
1977 | Perfect bound | 69 pages | 6x9
Canada, The Fifteen
Cents of 1868|
L. Gerald Firth
Review from Maples Leaves, February 1964:
This is undoubtedly a work of inestimable value to all serious
collectors of this issue and specialists who are in search of a dependable guide
through the maze of shades, perforation, plate varieties which characterize the
15 cent large head.
There are 54 illustrations of stamps in colours which are as
faithfully reproduced as the most modern of printing techniques will allow and
this undoubtedly will be a major attraction. The re-entry in the '15' of the
left value table and the 'Canada P' is most faithfully and painstakingly
recorded together with the well known '3 dot' plate variety.
Long study and considerable experience on the part of the author
is reflected in the faultless manner in which he deals with the Montreal and
Ottawa printings, types of paper used (and how to distinguish them), the
different types of gum, the watermarks and perforation varieties. Indeed nothing
has been overlooked that is of any importance.
For good measure two invaluable appendices are included giving
receipts from printers, stocks and issues to postmasters and notes on the
nomenclature of colours and shades (Maerz & Paul colour code).
1963 | Hardbound | 55 pages | 6x9½
The Postage Stamps|
and Postal History of
Winthrop S. Boggs
Review from Canadian Philatelist, Nov-Dec 1974:
Since its original publication in 1945, Boggs' two-volume set has
been to many the "Bible" of Canadian philately and has become a rare and
expensive collector's item. This Quarterman reprint again makes available the
extensively illustrated Volume I of the original in its entirety and those
sections of Volume II dealing with the organization of the Canada Post Office
and the design, paper and plate makeup of the stamps themselves. This 912-page
hardbound volume also contains a section of corrections and additions which were
compiled from the author's own annotated copy of the original edition. A
foreword by John Alden has also been added.
The Postage Stamps and Postal History of Canada, on of the
largest and most important philatelic works, is a necessity for all Canada
collectors and also for those interested in philatelic scholarship, for which
this book was awarded the Crawford Medal in 1947.
Quarterman reprint (illustrated at left) 1974 |
Hardbound | 870 pages | 6x9
Original: 1945, 2 volume set
Stamps of British North America|
Review from Canadian Philatelist, Nov-Dec 1975:
Quarterman's reprint of this famous book completes the trinity of
"classical" definitive works pertaining to the stamps and postal history of
Canada and British North American - Howes, Jarrett and Boggs. This publishing
company deserves the sincere thanks of all serious collectors for making these
works available in reprint form.
The "Jarrett's" is reproduced without change from the original
work of 1929. The paper, as in all Quarterman reprints, is of fine quality
(better than the original) and well bound with a hard cover in blue linen.
Reproduction of the printed pages is faithful but some illustrations lose
definition in the reprint.
This work extensively covers postmarks and cancellations, regular
issues of Canada and the provinces including British Columbia, Vancouver Island,
New Brunswick, Nova Soccia, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland. Included also
are revenues, postal stationery, law stamps and other philatelic subjects too
numerous to mention.
Quarterman reprint (illustrated at left) 1975 |
Hardbound | 595 pages | 6x9
The Canadian Posted Letter Guide|
The Classic Period, 1851-1902
Charles G. Firby and Victor L. Willson
Review, Canadian Stamp News, August 20, 1996:
The Canadian Posted Letter Guide: The Classic Period 1851-1902,
edited by Charles G. Firby and Victor L. Willson, is the first of its kind with
a detailed price breakdown for Canadian postal history based on stamp issue,
destination, rate, and franking.
The Canadian Posted Letter Guide examines all usages of mailed
letters between 1851 and 1902 commencing with the Pence issues of the 1850s. It
follows with the Cents issue, the Large Queens, the Small Queens and the Jubilee
issues. It concludes with the Leaf and Numeral issues of the Queen Victoria era
and Canada's famed Map stamp. There are over 1,750 different listings that deal
with postage rates within Canada, to the US, and to overseas destinations.
The book has beautiful colour illustrations of all the stamps and
some fascinating covers. Prices are given for very fine, fine, and average
1996 | Spiral bound | 128 pages | 6x9
(Charles G. Firby Publications, ISBN 0-9652431-0-9)
The Standard Canada Precancel Catalogue|
J.E. Kraemer, D. Marasco, B. Field
2004 | Spiral bound | 96 pages | 6x9
(The Unitrade Press, ISBN 1-895909-77-5)
of Canadian Stamps
Editor: D. Robin Harris FRPSC
An annual catalogue featuring the established Scott Numbering
System. Includes pricing in several grades on the Large Queen stamps.
2008 edition (2007) | Spiral bound | 608 pages |
(The Unitrade Press, ISBN 1-894763-26-2)
Stamps of Canada Catalogue
Features the Darnell numbering system.
2003 | Spiral bound | 438 pages | 6x9 | ISBN
½¢ black | 1¢ brown red |
1¢ yellow orange | 2¢ green | 3¢ red |
5¢ olive green | 6¢ brown |
12½¢ blue | 15¢ grey violet