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15.07.2006 - A First Class Philatelic Bibliography
During the last years, Brian Birch from England became quite famous. His name stands for contributions about the history of philately as well as for a unique bibliography, the global “Who is who in

During the last years, Brian Birch from England became quite famous. His name stands for contributions about the history of philately as well as for a unique bibliography, the global “Who is who in Philately”.

The book of the AIJP member Birch differs from comparable publications, for example Wolfgang Maassen’s book of the same title, insofar as he does not present editorially edited portraits but gives the fundament, that is the bibliographic sources and habitats where you can find utilizable material on well-known philatelists of the past and the present.

The bibliography is structured into one chapter for each letter from A to Z and can be accessed freely. You can download the pdf file on the website of the FIP Literature Commission (http://www.norbyhus.dk/fipliterature). The latest version can be received by Brian Birch directly in the form of word files on CD-ROM. It is for free, too, but Birch might not mind a compensation for the postage.

So if you use this great source in your own work, it should be understood that you mention the source of your publication resp. information. Birch would highly appreciate this, as his aim is primarily to conserve his bibliographical work for the future to make sure it is not lost, as sadly is so much work of the last decades.

Brian Birch’s “Who is who” bibliography is the most comprising of its kind. It does not only include English and French language sources but names German and American origins as well, just to name two more examples. It will supposedly become the fundament of every journalistic work about this topic, as it eases research considerably.

Therefore, the AIJP congratulates Brian Birch on this phantastic achievement and is proud to call him their member. AIJP president Wolfgang Maassen has been cooperating very closely with Birch for years, and therefore is proud to use Birch’s book as a reference for the revision of his own “Who is who”. These revisions will be made available for members on the AIJP homepage from autumn / winter 2006 on.

If you are interested in his bibliography, you can contact Brian Birch directly via email: brian.birch@blueyonder.co.uk or via mail: Brian Birch, 33 Boar’s Head Avenue, Standish Wigan WN6 0BH, Great Britain.