BATUM UNDER OCCUPATION the years 1917 – 1921

The  British Society of Russian Philately (BSRP)  in conjunction with David Feldman SA are in the process of preparing a series of books covering many aspects of Russian philately.

BATUM UNDER OCCUPATION the years 1917-1921 by H G Grigoleit and E Klempka is the first in a series to be produced by the publishers, and has been funded by the kind sponsorship of David Feldman SA.

140 pages covering the postal history and stamps of the Occupation period 1917-21, this book is an important update of earlier works on this subject, which were produced in the pre-computer days when text, and in particular, illustrations were difficult to produce. It contains numerous illustrations, covers the stamps issued during the occupation period, and the postal history of both civilian and military mail.

Members of the British Society of Russian Philately will receive a complimentary copy. Members of ROSSICA, The German Society of Russian Philatelists and other societies will be offered complementary copies on request. Additional copies of the book will be available from the secretary of BSRP at £35 plus p&p.

Future titles under consideration will cover the published notes and works of Dr Raymond Casey, the Russian Civil War, Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan.

UPDATE BSRP Annual London Meeting: Saturday 7th October 2017

UPDATE BSRP Annual London Meeting: Saturday 7th October 2017

You are cordially invited to attend our 2017 Annual London meeting and get-together which will take place at the Union Jack Club, Sandell Street, SE1 8UJ  on SATURDAY 7th OCTOBER.  This year two of our long-standing members, President Lenard Tiller and Edward Klempka FRPSL have agreed to present major displays which will include important material from their collections:

World War I – Delayed and Suspended Mail – Mute cancellations  (EK)

    Azerbaijan 1917-23  (EK)

    The Zemstvo District of Gadiach  (EK)

Latvia – The 1st Independance – Covers and Stamps  (LT)

The  Wenden Townpost (LT)

There will also be plenty of time for Members’ Displays so do feel free to bring along your own material – anything from a single stamp or cover up to any number of sheets, and do not worry if your collection is rather modest – you almost certainly have something of interest to show (or even perhaps to sell in the bourse).

The programme will start at 10am and continue into the afternoon with a break for lunch. For those who wish to join together for dinner afterwards, a table has been reserved at the nearby Brasserie Blanc (located behind the Royal Festival Hall).

Overnight accommodation is available at the Union Jack Club (020 7928 6401 – ); you are advised to reserve as soon as possible and do mention that you are attending the meeting in order to qualify for the special discounted rate.

Sadly this year I will not be able to meet you personally as I will be visiting family in Australia however our President, Lenard Tiller will be “in the chair” and is greatly looking forward to welcoming you. I hope everyone will enjoy having the opportunity to meet and mix with like-minded colleagues whilst enjoying some great philatelic displays.

It would be very helpful if you could advise us of your intention to attend the meeting. Please email Lenard Tiller – – and also let us know (a) if you intend to show some of your material, and (b) whether you will be staying for dinner.

With my best wishes,

Terry Page

Meeting Coordinator

Meeting Co-ordinator: Terry Page, 30 Furze Lane, Purley, Surrey CR8 3EG, Telephone 020 8660 3905,

Dr R J Ceresa 1934-2017

Dr R J Ceresa 1934-2017

Dear Friends of Ray Ceresa,

It is with much sadness that we are writing to let you know that Ray Ceresa passed away on Saturday 10 June in St Richard of Chichester Hospital, West Sussex, UK.  It was a very peaceful and dignified passing, and we were able to be with him to the end.  We are immensely grateful to the hospital staff who were outstanding in their care of dad and support for us throughout.

We do not have a comprehensive list of all of dad’s philatelic friends and contacts, so please feel free to share the news of Ray’s passing with anyone who you think might know him and who would like to know.

We want to thank you for your friendship with dad.  We know how much stamp collecting and his fellow philatelists meant to him.  He relished your enthusiasm, he respected your expertise and enjoyed deeply your friendships and fellowship.  In time, we will be looking to find ways in which to celebrate and commemorate his knowledge and achievements in the area of Russian philately.

Kind regards,

Andrew, Dianne and Penny

 Saturday, 10 June 2017

Dr R J Ceresa

Dr Raymond J  Ceresa, who was best known for his encyclopaedic series of Handbooks on 1917 – 23 Russian area stamps and postal history, died on 10 June 2017. Ray Ceresa who was born in 1934 had been ill for some months. He is survived by his wife June and their three children.

Source: Trevor Pateman’s Philately Blog

For more about Dr R J Ceresa see

David Feldman SA 50th Anniversary Auction, Geneva 27 June 2017 – Russia and Soviet Union

David Feldman SA 50th Anniversary Auction, Geneva 27 June 2017 – Russia and Soviet Union

This catalogue represents the eighth major Russia sale David Feldman SA has had in the last five years. Again, we bring to the market an unusually large presentation of Russian material. This auction’s offer follows the amazing success of the five Dr. Casey’s Russian Post Offices in the Chinese Empire sales, which were offered between April 2012 and December 2016. The current auction presents to the market a wonderful offering of Soviet Union. It represents most certainly one of the most comprehensive collections of the Soviet period we have ever offered, with a particular emphasis on blocks of four, plus some important imperforates, errors and airmails. In addition we also have a fine selection of some early Imperial Russia with no less than two unused 1857 10k, plus some lots from the Casey Ship mail collection, a fine array of Zemstvos in large blocks and complete sheets, and a group of general Russia collections.

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