I thought that I might do something slightly different from my usual posts here this weekend. As well as being a collector of books, I also collect mint (unused) stamps (I think there might just be a bit of a hoarder in me, and no I'm not boring, quite the reverse! ;-) . Stamps can be used to exhibit some magnificent miniture works of art and this year Royal Mail in the United Kingdom have issued two wonderful sets of book related stamps!
On 12th January 2012 six of the author Roald Dahl’s most popular children’s stories were featured on a set of Royal Mail stamps. The stories featured on these stamps included Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Fantastic Mr Fox, James and the Giant Peach, Matilda, The Twits and The Witches. As many of Dahl’s best loved stories have been illustrated by Quentin Blake, his illustrations were used for these Stamps.
On 19th June 2012 Royal Mail also celebrated the bicentenary of Charles Dickens birth with a special stamp issue featuring some of Dickens’ best-known characters. The Mint Stamps feature Mr. Bumble, Mr. Pickwick, The Marchioness, Mrs. Gamp, Captain Cuttle and Mr. Micawber; drawn in around 1890 by the artist Joseph Clayton Clark, also known as Kyd.
A striking Miniature Sheet was also issued with this series that comprises four First Class stamps bearing illustrations by Hablot Knight Brown, aka Phiz, taken from the original publications. It also has a quote from Dickens in its border, together with his key dates and a facsimile of his signature.
I hope you have enjoyed this slightly different feature. Do let me know what you think! I might just make collectors out of of you all yet! :-)
Futher details about these and other UK stamp issues can be found on the Roal Mail website at: http://shop.royalmail.com/stamps-collectibles+gifts/icat/cat111/