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Lot #1374
1774-1850 Pre-stamp marks of Spain collection, divided into five sections, with marks indicating only the district name; district and city; locations other than those of posting; standardized Baeza marks (1842) and handstamps used in Spain's Colonies. An incredible exhibit of 170 stampless letters, neatly written-up, exhibition style on pages, with letters from Madrid, without postal markings (precursors), straight line handstamps of Cadiz, Andalucia Alta, Vizcaya, Galicia, Andalucia Vaxa, Navarra, Castilla/La Vieja, Mallorca, Leon (red Lion mark on FL used in 1825 to Madrid, referred to as "Ciudad Real"), Aragon, Valencia and Pamplona. The next section contains district and city marks, with "S.S. Vizcaya" (San Sebastian) in black and red, "B/Cataluna" (three letters to Gand), "V Valencia", "V Castilla la Viela" to Madrid, "M Andalucia Vaxa" (Malaga) and "S Andalucia Vaxa" (Sevilla), all to Gand, "R.da Andalucia Baxa" (Ronda, a village in the Andalucia Baja district) to Burgo, apparently unlisted mark, others include "M Principado de Cataluna" (Manresa), "Cal Rioxa" (in 1800, Calahorra was a village of 6,000), "Caparrso de Navarra" (in 1803, Caparroso was a village of 1,400), "Tudela di Navarra" (in 1816, Tudela's population was 7,000), "Vigo Galicia" (1802 and 1803 letters to Buenos Aires), large "Bilbao Vizcaia" in red, markings used in combination with "Espagne par Bayonne", also "Espagne par Perpignan," blue "Galicia/Ferrol" circle, red "Santander Montanas", "Albqque Estremadura Baxa" (Albuquerque is in the province of Estremadura Baxa), box/wreath of "Rivadeo" (in 1807, population of 2,700), circled crown and wreath mark of "Pamplona," red "Alcantara" (small village in the sparsely populated portion of western Spain, known at that time as Estremadura Baja), crown "Granada and Baja," plus many others. There are marks of New World Colonies including "Habana Franco" (1825), "Villaclara" (three letters used 1830-34 to Havana), "Guatemala" (letter and two coverfronts used 1797-1820), "Guayaquil Debe" (on part of letter used in 1821 to Cuenca, in the Nueva Granada territory). An important collection of pre-philatelic Spain, with emphasis on origins of mail, postal markings, rates within inland Spain, Balearic Islands, the Canary Islands and overseas Colonies, foreign destinations and more. Overall quality fine or better, with many rare strikes

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