George C. Marler
[Source: BNA Topics, Vol. 38, No. 4,
July-Aug. 1981, p. 14]
Marler, George C. The Admiral Issue of Canada.
State College PA: American Philatelic Society, 1982. 567 pp.
This is the book on the Admirals. Lots of
information and very detailed. Will answer most questions you have
about the Admirals if you can find the right place in the book.
Unfortunately, the index and the photos are sometimes not the greatest.
It is most likely to be used by the specialist since it gets into the
Admirals deeper than most collectors wish to get into them.
Marler, George C. Canada - The Admiral Issue 1911-1925.
Toronto: Unitrade Press, 1980. 75 pp.
A reprint of the 1949 book entitled
Canada: Notes on the 1911-1925 Issue
(APS). The 1949 edition was the first book to be published on the
Admirals. It is still a good source of basic information on the stamps.
However, it should be remembered that much of the information is dated
and has been corrected and/or expanded in the author's 1982 book (see
Marler, George C. Booklets of the Admiral
Stamps of 1911 to 1925.
British North America Philatelic Society, 1970. 58 pp.
A detailed treatment of the Admiral booklet stamps. Although the
author incorporated much of the material in his 1982
book, this handbook still has useful information not covered elsewhere.
Morris, Richard M. Color Guides for the
Admiral Issue of Canada.
Norfolk MA: Pittsboro Philatelics, 2000. (unpaged).
Uses actual color chips attached to the pages to illustrate
the colors found on the Admirals. A very useful book for someone
interested in the different colors and shades found on these stamps.
Morris, Richard M. A Guidebook to the
Admiral Issue of Canada: Understanding Marler and Others.
Norfolk MA: Pittsboro Philatelics, 2001. (unpaged).
Published on behalf of the Admiral Study Group, this booklet
provides notes to guide Admiral collectors who are beginning to
specialize. It has a brief overview of line engraving, explains
various terms found in Marler, describes how to distinguish
between die types and wet and dry printings, illustrates
several plate flaws, etc.
Morris, Richard M. The Admiral Issue
British North America Philatelic Society, Ltd., 2008. 167 pp.
(Volume 48 of BNAPS Exhibit Series)
This is based on a ten-frame exhibit covering the entire
Admiral issue. For each stamp, it shows all the types described
by Marler in his 1982 book. It illustrates re-entries, relief
breaks, new early dates of use, and discoveries that Marler
did not report.
A small booklet that discusses and illustrates many of the
cancellations found on the Admirals. A good introduction to the
Reiche, Hans. Admiral Color Identification.
Zurich: Fretz Brothers, (date: ?). 19 pp.
This booklet uses fairly accurate color photographs to
illustrate the various colors found on the Admirals. However, the first
ten pages of the booklet are more valuable than the photographs. They
are a discussion of the colors and shades found on each denomination of
the Admirals except the War Tax stamps, which are missing from both
sections of the book. An excellent companion to the Richard
Morris Color Guide book (see above).
Reiche, Hans. The Admiral Issue
(part of the series Canadian Stamp
Handbooks edited by Michael Milos).
Toronto: The Unitrade Press, 1984. Unpaged & loose-leaf.
A specialized listing of the Admiral stamps. The listing of
complete stamp booklets is easy to use. This work does not cover the
War Tax stamps. Removing the pages with the stamp values makes the
page layout less confusing. Most of the information presented here is
available elsewhere so this is not a "must" for a philatelic library on
Reiche, Hans. Canada: The Admiral Flaws.
(Printer: ?); 1987. 22 pp.
A small booklet illustrating 269 plate varieties found on
the Admirals. The introduction claims these varieties are not listed in
Reiche, Hans. Canada: The Admiral Stamps of 1911 to 1925.
(printer: ?); 1965. 136 pp.
An attempt to get a handle on all the Admiral information by
one of the great Admiral specialists. Easier to use but not as
detailed as Marler. Some of the information and conclusions are
dated, but this is still a very useful book.
Reiche, Hans. Canada: The Admiral
Stamps of 1911 to 1925, Part 2.
(printer: ?); 1971(?). 49 pp.
A companion volume to the preceding book. It presents
information and corrections after the first book
Reiche, Hans. The Canadian Admiral
Stamps: A Complete Annotated Reference Guide.
(printer: ?); 1990. 76 pp.
A very valuable book providing nearly 400 annotated
bibliographic references to articles and books on the Admirals, current
through the late 1980s. Once you have the bibliographic citation, the
article can be obtained from your favourite philatelic library if
it isn't available online at the websites listed under
Reiche, Hans. The Canadian Lathework Design.
Toronto: Unitrade Associates, 1978(?). 11 pp.
A small booklet illustrating the various lathework designs
that exist on the Admirals. There is also a discussion of the various
theories as to why the lathework was put on the plates in the first
Steinhart, Allan L. The Admiral Era: A
Rate Study 1912-1928.
Toronto: Jim Hennok Ltd., 1981. 166 pp.
This is the book on the postal rates of the
Admiral era. All the rates and rate changes are discussed. Some are
illustrated with appropriate covers. Of use to the collector who has an
interest in collecting the Admirals on cover and needs to understand
the various rates of this period.
War Tax Study Group, Hans Reiche, chairman.
Canada - The War Tax Stamps.
Jamaica NY: Fritz Billig, 1959. 36 pp. (Volume 9 of
Billig's Specialized Catalogues.)
A detailed examination of each of the War Tax stamps of
Canada (including the overprints). There is much good information
here even though some of it may be dated.
Willson, Vic. Admirals Away: Canadian
Letter Rates 1912-1928.
British North America Philatelic Society, Ltd., 2011. 186 pp.
(Volume 61 of BNAPS Exhibit Series)
This book is based on an eight-frame exhibit showing examples of rates for
letter mail posted during the Admiral period. The book is divided into
four sections: 1) domestic mail; 2) preferred rates to the U.S. and other
countries; 3) British Empire mail; and 4) UPU mail. Each
section shows rates for forward letters, shortpaid mail, and registration.
Domestic mail also covers drop letters, airmail, semi-official mail,
and special delivery. Great companion to Allan Steinhart's book on
Admiral postal rates.
2. Books with
sections relevant to Admiral stamps
Unitrade Specialized Catalogue of Canadian Stamps.
Toronto: The Unitrade Press.
Baxter, James H.
Printing Postage Stamps by Line Engraving.
American Philatelic Society, 1939. Reprinted in 1981 by Quarterman
Publications, Inc. 164 pp.
This book does not explicitly discuss the Admiral issue; however,
it has probably the most detailed description of the engraving and
printing of line engraved stamps, the process used to produce Admiral
Boggs, Winthrop S. The Postage Stamps and
Postal History of Canada.
Lawrence MA: Quarterman Publications, Inc., 1974. 870 pp.
Gray, Ross. Catalogue of Canadian
Railway Cancellations and Related Railway Postmarks including
Selected Waterway Postmarks.
British North American Philatelic Society, 2009. 316 pp.
For the stamp collector interested in RPO cancels of the
Admirals era (or any other era, for that matter), this book is an
absolute necessity. The catalogue is a major rewrite of Lewis
M. Ludlow's 1982 catalogue, and incorporates the 22 annexes and other
information uncovered since that 1982 catalogue was published.
Holmes, L. Seale. Holmes' Specialized
Philatelic Catalogue of Canada and British North America.
Toronto: Ryerson Press, 1968 (11th edition). 434 pp.
The 1943 edition includes a 246 page
"handbook" section that was cut from subsequent editions.
Chapter 39, some 30 pages long, was devoted to
the Admiral issue, and much of it was written by Frank W. Campbell,
who was noted for his studies of this issue prior to acquiring his
renown as a postal historian. Although most of the information
appears in later books, there are still items that make this chapter
Jarrett, Fred. Stamps of British North America.
Lawrence MA: Quarterman Publications, Inc., 1975. 595 pp.
All the perfins known to exist on Canadian stamps are
illustrated in this book. Indispensable for the collector
interested in perfins on the Admirals. The 4th edition
was published by Unitrade Press, 1985.
Kraemer, J.E.; Marasco, D.; Field, B.
The Standard Canada Precancel Catalogue.
Toronto: The Unitrade Press, 2004 (5th edition). 56 pp.
A catalogue listing the various types of precancels that exist
on Canadian stamps - including the Admirals.
Lowe, Robson. Encyclopedia of British
Empire Stamps, Vol. V: North America.
London: Robson Lowe, Ltd., 1973. 760 pp.
Maresch, William H.P.; Leggett, Arthur, ed.
Canada Specialized Postage Stamp
Toronto: Unitrade Press, 1980. 143 pp.
McCann, Bill. Standard Catalogue of
Canadian Booklet Stamps.
Toronto: The Unitrade Press, 1996 (3rd edition). 204 pp.
Booklets, booklet panes, and single stamps from booklets are
listed for all Canadian stamps that come in the booklet format -
including the Admirals.
The Precancel Committee, H.G. Walburn editor.
The Canada Precancel Handbook.
Toronto: The Unitrade Press, 1988. 183 pp.
A detailed study of Canadian precancelled stamps. While
information pertaining to the Admirals is found in many chapters,
Chapter 22, "The Admiral Period", is of special interest to
the stamp collector studying precancels found on the Admiral stamps.
Reiche, Hans. Canada - Steel Engraved
Constant Plate Varieties.
Toronto: Unitrade Press, 1982. 114 pp.
Wrigley, Roy. The Catalogue & Guidebook
of Canadian Official Stamps.
Vancouver: J. & M. Publishing Co., Ltd., (1982 or 1983) (10th edition). 65 pp.
The discussion of the 5-hole OHMS perfin is relevant to the
Admiral collector because this perfin is found on the Admirals.
The Admiral's Log.
Admiral Study Group of the British North
America Philatelic Society, ISSN 1916-6664.
Newsletter published by the Admiral Study Group on an irregular
basis since January 1996. Contains tutorials, inventories of known copies of scarce
varieties, and new research. Has described several major discoveries
made since Marler's 1982 book was published.
This website has a comprehensive, well illustrated presentation
of the Admiral issue. It has information on general topics such as
essays and proofs, lathework, wet and dry printings, shades, rates,
etc. It also has a separate page for each denomination with
illustrations of proof material, plate imprints, lathework,
pyramid lines, etc.
Trimble, Ralph E. Re-entries.com.
Pages dated 2002 - present. Viewed in February 2013.
As the website's home page says, this is "A site devoted
to the study of re-entries on postage and revenue stamps". Most of the
re-entries shown are on stamps of Canada and British North America,
including many on Admiral stamps. Even if you are not interested in
re-entries or the Admirals, this website is worth visiting for its
fantastic close-up stamp images.