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Auction: 23027 - Stamps and Covers of Great Britain
Lot: 2060A

Great Britain
Postal History
The Herbert Joyce Family Archive
The Working Archive of Herbert Joyce, C.B., Third Secretary of the Post Office, in a hardbound Foolscap volume (compiled c. 1890).
This remarkable volume, blind stamped "News Cuttings" on the front, consisting of over 100 pages, contains a wide array of letters, documents, manuscripts, etchings, engravings and numerous new cuttings, relating to the Post Office, from the 17th. to 19th. centuries. Notable inclusions are a series of letters to Herbert Joyce, author of "The History of the Post Office" (1893); a multiplicity of notes and comments in the hand of the compiler; and a series of complete articles and extracts on different aspects of the Post Office, within near transparent covers, annotated by Joyce, covering subjects ranging from a satirical "Apology for Posts" (1753), and Thomas Tennant in "Mail Coaches" (1792) to "Unpaid Letters & Parcels" and "Early History of the Penny Post" (1829).
Thereafter is and extraordinary array (over 330) - a lifetime's work of original, tipped in articles, reports, extracts and cuttings from newspapers and other publications, nearly all dated in Joyce's hand, covering all manner of topics relating to the Post Office.. A unique insight into the working of the Post Office over a period of nearly two centuries, seen through the eyes of a diligent employee and a distinguished author, who dedicated his life to the subject.

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