Fair. Good copy for reading, may have heavy page wear with writing textual notes highlighting or be an heavily used ex library copy with library markings, stickers or stamps. Dust jacket or accessories may not be included.
Good in Poor jacket. 8vo-over 7¾"-9¾" tall. Signed by Author 305pp. Signed by the author on the front flyleaf. Lower down on that same page there is former owner's name/info that is marked over with a black marker. There is some cover soiling. The dust jacket is worn with numerous tears.
ISBN. Hardback. Later printing. No dustjacket; bound in blue boards with gold gilt lettering to spine. Very Good condition copy with very slight wear to corners; signed by author on first free endpaper; otherwise tight, sound and unmarked.
Very Good in Good dust jacket. Blue cloth binding. Boards sunned and rubbed, jacket tattered. Author photo on rear jacket panel. Indices. Jacket art by Larry Lurin. Library of Congress number 60-12829. An autobiography and many anecdotes from the noted stamp collector and dealer. Ev; 8vo 8"-9" tall; 305 pages.
The author of nearly a dozen volumes on stamp collecting, Herman (Pat) Herst, Jr. was the most prolific and well respected stamp collecting author of his day. He had considerable knowledge of, and contact within the hobby. He was a member of as many as 81 different stamp clubs at one time. Herst was honored with the American Philatelic Society's Luff Award and was elected to Britain's Philatelic Traders Society. He writes with humor in an easy to read style. You will learn from his books, but he always makes his point using stories and anecdotes stemming from his experience as a collector, appraiser, auctioneer and dealer. Herst's books will not appeal to everyone, but every collector of U.S. stamps should read at least one. This particular book is a good choice because it is Herst's best know and most widely read book. It relates stories of stamp collecting and stamp dealing the Golden Age of philately when stamp stores were found in many towns across America and the epicenter of this activity was Nassau Street, in Manhattan, NYC. You'll want to read all of Herst's books if you enjoy this one.
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