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ROYAL REFORM. THE POSTAL REFORM OF 1837-1841


by Charles Goodwyn


This monograph covers the historically significant years of 1837-1841. Using material from the Royal Philatelic Collection, the Author, Keeper of the Collection tells the story of the invention of the world's first postage stamp.



It also covers the reform in postal rates and the effects this radical change had on trade, industry and the family life.



The contents include chapters on the reform of the postal service, treasury essays, parliamentary envelopes, Mulready envelopes and letter sheets, the Penny Black and embossed envelopes. Some of the many illustrations do not appear in any other published work, Appendices give further information on the history of the Royal Collection and treasury essays.


This is an important book for the postal and social historian complementing the display of the Royal Philatelic Collection at The Stamp Show 2000.


"The author has achieved wonders, thanks to the unique contents of the Royal Philatelic Collection. An exemplary brief summary of a fascinating and significant period in world postal affairs" London Philatelist February 2000.





112 pages

B/W illustrations throughout and 24 colour plates

Cover binding: Card cover.

ISBN 978 0 9527177 9 9

Publication date : 2000

Price 35.00 + postage & packing


Places & Subjects: Great Britain



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