Fortune Wang has created the greatest, most extensive collection of the Treaty Ports. With essays and proofs; stamps, sheets and varieties; postal stationery and covers, both domestic and international, the scope of this remains unmatched. The collection has been fully illustrated in his impressive 3-volume publication. This auction is the first portion of the Yangtze River ports and includes many great rarities as well as more modest lots. Highlights include Chungking from the Lee Chuan essay, the beautiful third issue hand-drawn easy, used with 1897 surcharges after the closure of the L.P.O. and desirable postal stationery; Ichang essays, surcharge varieties, diplomatic bag mail; Hankow with Br. P.O. "62B" cover, extensive proofs, numerous surcharges with the stunning diagonal surcharge cover; Kewkiang with many proofs and postal stationery; important Wuhu; Nanking from Postal Agency covers and Chinkiang with post office documents, proofs, covers, extensive postage dues and more.
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