Alphonse Marie Tracey Woodward’s Postage Stamps of Japan and Dependencies (1928) is one of philately’s rarest books. Only one hundred signed and numbered copies were printed on handmade vellum paper, bound in full calf leather, and decorated with tooled gold. The National Philatelic Collection obtained this copy at auction in 1954. It will be shown alongside original pages from Woodward’s collection of the 1 sen issue of 1872, the first time they have been shown together.
Loan from Smithsonian Institution Libraries.