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SA Auction #101 begins on 25 Aug 2022

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Collection of Universal Postal Union and other documents relating to the South African republics and colonies in the 1890s

Edition: First thus

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The collection was made by the Consulate of the Orange Free State Republic in North and South Holland.

The documents, which are in French, Dutch, Flemish and other languages, are mainly from 1892, when the Netherlands and Belgium joined the Universal Postal Union (acceded to in Vienna the year before by the 19 original signatory countries), followed shortly afterwards by the South African Republic (the Transvaal) and the Colony of Natal - remarkably, ahead of much older and developed countries (including Britain and the United States).

The documents are paginated in red crayon consecutively from 1 to 508 and are loosely bound with green ribbons in plain pink boards.

An additional item is a thin 1883 agreement for a telegraph union between the Orange Free State and the Cape and Natal Colonies. This is in beige wraps, and is in Dutch.

The boards are rubbed and there is a piece missing from the top of the lower board. The contents are unmarked and undiscoloured.

  • Binding Condition: Fair to Good
  • Overall Condition: Very Good
  • Size: 150 x 165 x
  • Sold By: Fontein Books
  • Contact Person: Richard Proctor-Sims
  • Country: South Africa
  • Email: [email protected]
  • Telephone: 051 773 0486/+79 546 4032
  • Preferred Payment Methods: Eft (South Africa), SWIFT (rest of world), or $ checks for US or Australian buyers
  • Trade Associations: AA Approved

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