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06.03.2017 - Impressive book presentation in London

(wm) When the "Royal" (the pet name of the world’s oldest collectors club) invites you to come along you may count on it that you will be treated to something special. A fine example was the impressive book presentation that the Royal Philatelic Society in London held on 16 February of this year. It concerned the latest book of Freddy Khalastchy, titled “Baghdad in British Occupation - The Story of the 1917 Provisional Stamps”. More than 100 guests were present. The author is well-known thanks to his activities as an international exhibitor and also thanks to his collection, which has already been awarded Large Gold and a Grand Prix. Freddy Khalastchy comes from an important Jewish family, that once settled in Baghdad. In 1973, Freddy had to leave Iraq because it became increasingly difficult for the Jews living in that country; his parents followed him 17 months later. Khalastchy studied in England and then successfully started an import-export trade. Today, this internationally renowned philatelist not only is a member of the RPSL, but also of the Collectors Club in New York and the Club de Monte-Carlo in Monaco. His latest publication, that contains 318 pages, is published by the 'Royal'. The book contains numerous color illustrations of stamps and covers franked with the with the temporary provisos of 1917, which were only briefly available and were printed in small numbers. That not only connoisseurs appreciate the book was already apparent during the vernissage, where the available hardcover copies sold like hot cakes.
Freddy Khalastchy: Baghdad in British Occupation - The Story of the 1917 Provisional Stamps. ISBN 978-0-900631-88-7. Price: £ 50.-. (see www.rpsl.org.uk).

The book presentation held by RPSL on 16 February 2017 was exceptionally well-attended (picture: Wolfgang Maassen)