Stamps of the Siamese Kings, 1876-1948: A Journey Through Five Reignsby Michael A. Jones
This delightful little book presents a colourful procession of Siamese stamps through the past five reigns. Beginning with the first stamps used in Siam during the reign of King Chulalongkorn, it continues through the very last stamps bearing the name 'Siam' issued during the reign of King Bhumibol Adulyadej.
An anecdotal account of Siamese history is the stage and backdrop for this procession of stamps. Written informally, it provides a fascinating context for the stamps of each reign, while the stamp images themselves uniquely engage us and draw us into their history in a surprisingly dynamic way.
Each stamp is illustrated, with pertinent information for me stamp collector including the date of issue, the printer, the type of printing, and the perforation size. The book is careful to point out variants and successive printings, noting the features that distinguish each one, with detail enlargements to aid identification, when necessary. This handy volume also includes the complicated surcharges of King Chulalongkorn's reign, as well as a final table listing the print-run of every stamp featured.