BNAPS actively encourages the publication of new books on suitable subjects in BNA philately through its Handbooks and Exhibit series which are produced by the Publications Committee. For more information on having books published, please contact the Book Department Coordinator, Mike Street email.
All the books released during the past 12 months are listed below.
Use the Search Books feature above to find all books published on any subject or any era of interest.
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Released February 2018. Exhibit series # 99. 88 pages, 8.5x11, spiral bound.
Colour C$ 54.00 [ISBN 978-1-927119-87-7].
In Saskatchewan Territorial Mail: 1846 to 1905, Hal Kellett uses many fine covers and in some cases the contents of letters to present the development of mail services to and from settlements that were in, or came to be in, the provisional district of Saskatchewan that was formed after the Hudson’s Bay Company transferred the Northwest Territories to Canada in 1870. He then focuses on locations which became large enough to have a post office after the District of Saskatchewan ... Read more...
Released February 2018. Exhibit series # 98. 146 pages, 8.5x11, spiral bound.
Colour C$ 69.00 [ISBN 978-1-927119-86-0].
In Steamship Mail in the Early Decimal Period of Newfoundland 1865-1910, David Piercey presents a postal history exhibit organized by steamship routes, either around the island for domestic communication, or off the island for communication with the rest of North America or with Great Britain and the rest of the world. In addition to the difficulty of simply obtaining this scarce material, the greatest challenge in putting the exhibit together was to determine and illustrate some of ... Read more...
A Study of the Printing Dies and Plates (1900 –1935)
Gordon W. Turnbull
Released February 2018. Exhibit series # 97. 88 pages, 8.5x11, spiral bound.
Colour C$ 54.00 [ISBN 978-1-927119-85-3].
In Booklets and Coils of Canada, Gordon Turnbull studies the second stage of mechanization of the Canadian postal system. After the introduction of cancelling machines in 1896, the next step was to make postage stamps available to the Canadian public in a more efficient manner than having to go to the local post office each time stamps were required. The first innovation was small booklets intended for sale through vending machines. Subsequently strips of stamps separated from full ... Read more...
A. David Hanes
Released November 2017. Exhibit series # 96. 178 pages, 8.5x11, spiral bound.
Colour C$ 77.50 [ISBN 978-1-927119-84-6].
Almost two years after the start of World War I the Canadian government purchased 17,700 acres of tree stumps and blowing sand on the plains south of Georgian Bay and west of Barrie, Ontario, to be the site of Camp Borden, a military training base to support the war effort. In the first year of operations, the main shelter for the soldiers consisted of hundreds of tents. In 1917 an aerodrome operated by the Royal Flying Corps was built. After WWI, reduced training continued. In 1938, just before ... Read more...
Released November 2017. Exhibit series # 95. 134 pages, 8.5x11, spiral bound.
Colour C$ 59.00 [ISBN 978-1-927119-83-9].
Barrel Cancel handstamps were used from early 1955 to the end of 1962. Assigned to 34 of the largest post offices in Canada, they were intended for use on mail items requiring special handling such as parcels, registered mail, redirected letters and First Day Covers, among other applications. The main reason they were acquired from the Pitney Bowes Company was because they did not require removal and replacement of the date and time indicia, which were mounted in the body of the device in the fo ... Read more...
Released November 2017. 88 pages, 8.5x11, spiral bound.
Colour C$ 49.95 [ISBN 978-1-927119-81-5].
The Thirty-Six Types of the Canada 1898 Two Cent Numeral Issue is the eighth volume in Peter Spencer’s series on the plating of Canada’s Queen Victoria era Numeral Issue, and the third covering specific aspects of the Two Cent value of the issue. Pretty in Pink (2005) covered in depth ways to distinguish between stamps produce by the many different plates used to print the issue. The Joy of Panes (2015) was the first major plating study of the T ... Read more...
Released November 2017. 0 pages, 8.5x11, spiral bound.
Colour C$ 49.95 [ISBN 978-1-927119-82-2].
Canada’s Prime Ministers on Stamps and First Day Covers is Gary Dickinson’s personal contribution to Canada’s sesquicentennial. Between the first day covers in his own collection, those that had been placed on the website of the First Day Cover Study Group, and additional contributions from several members of the group, the volume of material relating to Canada’s Prime Ministers far exceeded his expectations. This resulted in a volume that, unlike Gary’ ... Read more...
Arthur W. Leggett
Released June 2017. Exhibit series # 94. 144 pages, 8.5x11, spiral bound.
Colour C$ 66.00 [ISBN 978-1-927119-79-2].
In talking about how he started the BNAPS Exhibit Book Series, the late Ken Ellison lamented only two things, the fact that 21st Century digital technology was not available at the beginning so all books in the series could be available in colour, and that virtually all the great exhibits of the last half of the 20th Century had been broken up before the series was started. This volume remedies in part one of those thoughts – an exhibit long dispersed, The Arthur W. Leggett Exhibit Decimal ... Read more...
Released June 2017. 82 pages, 8.5x11, spiral bound.
Colour C$ 49.00 [ISBN 978-1-927119-78-5].
Everyone knows that Benjamin Franklin was a founding father of the United States of America and that he also proved that lightning carried electricity, but not everyone knows how involved he was with the early postal system in the British part of continental North America. In his latest BNAPS handbook, Benjamin Franklin and Postal Services in British North America, Gary Dickinson tells this story and documents the Franklin related stamps issued by Canada, especially the stamp jointl ... Read more...
J. Michael Powell
Released June 2017. 174 pages, 8.5x11, spiral bound.
Colour C$ 73.00 [ISBN 978-1-927119-80-8].
Canadian Prisoners of War and Civilian Internees in Europe during the Great War by J. Michael Powell is an amazing study of Canadians held in camps in Europe during World War I. It has taken the author years to obtain the hundreds of covers and postcards sent both to and from Canada, as well as collateral photographs, images of postmarks and other items – and that was just the beginning of the effort. The author then conducted an incredible amount of research to not only locat ... Read more...
Ian Kimmerly Stamps of Ottawa has been the BNAPS books distributor since 2004. In October 2014, Ian Kimmerly moved to Victoria, BC, closing his stamp shop which had served the philatelic community in Ottawa for almost 35 years and relinquishing the distribution of BNAPS books. BNAPS would like to express its heartfelt thanks to Ian for a most successful and rewarding business relationship.
BNAPS is pleased to announce that Sparks Auctions of Ottawa is the new distributor of BNAPS books as of 1 October 2014.
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