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26.01.2018 - Edition d'Or (Volume 51): Postal services in rural areas in the Netherlands before 1850. The Hotze Wiersma Collection

Edition d'Or (Volume 51): Postal services in rural areas in the Netherlands before 1850. The Hotze Wiersma Collection
The former primary school teacher, the Dutchman Hotze Wiersma, started decades ago collecting. But soon his interest turned more and more to eophilately. Old letters, their destinations, taxes and transport routes fascinated him and from this interest grew an excellent collection that won Large Gold in Rio de Janeiro ( 2013). Wiersma’s time frame covers a period of more than 400 years; it ends in 1852, when the first Dutch stamps were issued and starts in 1581, when messengers carried mail over land and over water. Wiersma divides this period in several parts. At first he deals with - and documents copiously - the time before 1803. Then follows the period from 1803 until 1811, when the national postal service in the Netherlands found its form, was set up, which left marks like the use of the first hand stamps (1809), the introduction of registered mail and the instalment of new post offices.
During a few years (1811-1813) the French Empire of 1811-1813 was responsible for the postal service, but in 1814 the Kingdom of the Netherlands used its own hand stamps again. The development of the Dutch postal service was impressive; in 1850 it could look back on a period of about 270 years in which 800 new post offices and 800 new postal routes were established. The Wiersma Collection is described in Dutch and the book is professionally designed.
Postal services in rural areas in the Netherlands before 1850 - The Hotze Wiersma Collection. Format 44.5 x 33.5 cm. Hardcover with dust jacket, full-colour, 150 pages, selling price: 69 Euro plus postage. More information: Auction House Heinrich Köhler, Wilhelmstr. 48, 65183 Wiesbaden (Germany), telephone 0611/39381, E-Mail: info@heinrich-koehler.de