Denys R. Martin

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Colonel Denys Richard Martin (11 October 1892[1] – 1970[2]) ranks among the most distinguished philatelists of the Twentieth century. As a systematic scholar and prolific writer, Martin illuminated some of the most difficult topics and set a high standard for the study of the postage stamps and postal history of India and Burma.[2]

Life[edit]

As a regular British Army officer of the Royal Engineers, Martin arrived in India during the First World War and travelled throughout the subcontinent during the next twenty years.

Philately[edit]

Martin's collection included postal history material from the Persian Field Force, the Abyssinian campaigns and the Treaty Ports, which are now in the Government of India's collection.[3]

He was a member of the India Study Circle.[4]

Awards[edit]

Publications[edit]

  • Half Anna Lithographed Stamps of India. 1928. (With E.A. Smythies)
  • The Four Annas Lithographed Stamps of India, 1854-55. London: Philatelic Society of India and Stanley Gibbons, 1930. (With E.A. Smythies)
  • Five appendices in L. E. Dawson, The One Anna and Two Annas Postage Stamps of India, 1854-55. Philatelic Society of India, H. Garratt-Adams & Co. and Stanley Gibbons, Ltd., London (1948): Die I, A Stone, No. 7 - p. 66; Die I, B Stone, Nos. 2, 28 and 64 - p. 67; India, 1854. Pin Perforated - p. 73; One Anna, 1854, Numbers Printed - p. 75; and The Two Annas, 1854, Some Problems - p. 81..
  • Pakistan Overprints on Indian Stamps, 1948-49, London: Robson Lowe, 1959.
  • The Second Afghan War. 1961.
  • The Bombay-Karachi Sea Post Office. 1963. (With G.C. Danby)
  • Indian Travelling Post Offices 1864-1891. London: Robson Lowe, 1969. First printed in The Philatelist.
  • Numbers in Early Indian Cancellations, London: Robson Lowe, 1970.
  • Burma Postal History, Including the 1987 Supplement. London: Robson Lowe, 1971. (With Gerald Davis.)
  • Overseas Letter Postage from India 1854-1876. 1975. (editor with Neil Blair)

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bateman, Robert. Stamp collectors' who's who. London: Stanley Gibbons, 1960, p. 59.
  2. ^ a b Who Was Who in British Philately, Association of British Philatelic Societies, 2012. Retrieved 18 January 2013. Archived here.
  3. ^ These were exhibited by the Government of India's P & T Directorate during the International Stamp Exhibition in London, September 18–26, 1970. India Post (Sep/Oct 1970)
  4. ^ India Study Circle home page