1917 BEIRUT (BEYROUTH): Sheet of five receipts for 'Ottoman Empire' telegrams used in Beirut, franked with 18 stamps of 20p. surcharged '1331' Star & Crescent (blocks of 8, 6 and 4) all tied with scarce octogonal ”BEYROUTH 30 1 17” bilingual d/s. Few stamps damaged and sheet was folded, but still a scarce telegram receipt multiple used in Beirut with a scarce cancellation. (M)
1929, Airmails 15pi. on 25pi. ”Small Cipher 15”, fresh colour, well perforated, mint o.g. previously hinged, signed Herbert Bloch/Friedl Expert Committee. Only 100 surcharged! Maury PA36II, 1.470,- €.
1936, Franco-Lebanese Treaty, not issued, complete set of five values as IMPERFORATE top marginal vertical pairs, unmounted mint (partly some slight and almost invisible adhesion marks/fingerprint), 10pi. blue with clear DOUBLE IMPRESSION of value field. Maury 16.500,- €++. EXTREMELY RARE ISSUE, ESPECIALLY AS PAIRS - A SPECTACULAR SHOWPIECE!
1936, Tourism, complete set of eight values as IMPERFORATE top marginal vertical pairs, unmounted mint and hinged in margin only, four pairs with toning. Only 150 imperforate sets were issued. Maury PA49/56, 2.860,- €.
1939, Definitives ”BEIT-EDDINE”, 7.50pi. carmine with re-entry, most clearly seen in the bottom imprint at right, block of four with adjoining gutters, unmounted mint (one stamp toning spot). Maury 166, the variety not listed.
1943. Registered airmail cover to Madagascar, franked 10p dull-violett and 50 p yellow-green of 1937-40 Airmails, each tied by bilingual ”BEYROUTH 18.1.43”, carried by the 1st Lebanon- Madagascar Flight (”Free French Air Force” illustrated cachet in red), both corresponding labels alongside, upon reaching Madagascar arrival and distributing ”Tamatave, Madagascar 7/FEV/43” applied. Unable to deliver, boxed ”INCONNU” and two line ”RETOUR / A L'Envoyeur”, cachets at front, opend by British censors, re-sealed with ”OPEND BY BRITISH CENSORSHOP” tape, tied at back by ”PASSED BY CENSOR / 252-1”, with additional potpourri of censorship and transit markings including rare ”FIELD POST OFFICE 143, 13 MR / $3” of British censors in Lebanon and Egyptian markings.
1943, 2nd Anniversary of Independence, 25pi. to 500pi., complete set of ten values as imperforate vertical pairs from the upper left corner of the sheet, unmounted mint (few slight imperfections). Maury 183/86, PA82/87 nd, 1.530,- €
1943, Medical Congress, combined proof sheet in red on bristol, showing five se-tenant pairs of designs for the surface mail stamp and the airmail stamp each with blank value fields, size 139 : 168 mm. Maury 187/88, PA88/90 (T)
1945, Definitives, airmails and postage dues, combined proof sheet in violet on gummed paper, showing all twelve stamps issued in 1945, sized 226 : 149 mm. Maury 197/200, PA97/100, Taxe 37/40 (M)
1961, airmail stamp 200pia. 'Maameltein Bay' imperforate PROOF block of four in ultramarine/black from upper right corner, the issued stamp in an IMPERFORATE horiz. pair from left margin and another imperf. vert. pair with light printing and OFFSET, MNH or mint lightly hinged, unusual and scarce group!
1924/1940 (ca.), VARIETIES/SPECIALITIES, extraordinary and comprehensive collection of apprx. 270 stamps on written up pages, showing a vast range of overprint varieties incl. better pieces and also some imperfs etc. Maury cat.value estimated to apprx. 8.000,- € (M)