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Blue Mauritius by Helen Morgan

Title Blue Mauritius
Author Helen Morgan
Publisher Atlantic Books Ltd
Release 2015-06-04
Category History
Total Pages 300
ISBN 1782397744
Language English, Spanish, and French

Book Summary:

In September 1847 coloured squares of paper were stuck to envelopes and used to send out admission cards to a fancy-dress ball on the tropical island of Mauritius. No-one at the party would have guessed that the envelopes bearing these stamps would one day be worth more than a million dollars. When a two pence 'Blue Mauritius' surfaced on the fledgling French stamp-collecting market in 1865 it gained instant celebrity. Then in 1903, when a perfect specimen, discovered in a childhood album, was bought at auction by the Prince of Wales, the Blue Mauritius gained super-star status. Even now, the stamps of 'Post Office Mauritius' remain synonymous with fame, wealth and mystery. Helen Morgan tells the fascinating story of the most coveted scraps of paper in existence, from Mauritius' Port Louis to Bordeaux, India and Great Britain, Switzerland and Japan, into the fantasies and imagination of stamp collectors everywhere.

The Blue Mauritius by Chapman. George Warren Vernon

Title The Blue Mauritius
Author Chapman. George Warren Vernon
Release 1954*
Category Detective and mystery stories, English
Total Pages 189
Language English, Spanish, and French

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The One Cent Magenta by James Barron

Title The One Cent Magenta
Author James Barron
Publisher Algonquin Books
Release 2017-03-07
Category Antiques & Collectibles
Total Pages 289
ISBN 1616207175
Language English, Spanish, and French

Book Summary:

An inside look at the obsessive, secretive, and often bizarre world of high-profile stamp collecting, told through the journey of the world’s most sought-after stamp. When it was issued in 1856, it cost a penny. In 2014, the one-cent magenta sold at Sotheby’s for nearly $9.5 million, the most money ever paid for a stamp at auction. Following the journey of this highly coveted item, we meet a fascinating gallery of eccentric, rich, and influential characters who have bought, owned, and sold this tiny square of faded red paper. One-cent magentas were provisional stamps, printed in what was British Guiana when a shipment of official stamps failed to arrive. Most were thrown out with the newspapers. But one stamp survived. The singular one-cent magenta has had only nine owners since a twelve-year-old boy discovered it in 1873. He soon sold it—in what many call the worst stamp deal in history—for what would be $17 today. Among later owners was a wealthy Frenchman who hid the stamp from everyone, including King George V; a businessman who traveled with the stamp in a briefcase handcuffed to his wrist; and John E. du Pont, an heir to the chemical fortune, who died in prison after murdering Olympic wrestler Dave Schultz. Together, their stories form a peculiar global history of immense wealth and obsessive desire.

CultureShock Mauritius by Roseline Ng Cheong-Lum

Title CultureShock Mauritius
Author Roseline Ng Cheong-Lum
Publisher Marshall Cavendish International Asia Pte Ltd
Release 2009-10-15
Category Travel
Total Pages 337
ISBN 9814435600
Language English, Spanish, and French

Book Summary:

CultureShock! Mauritius contains all the information you will need to assimilate into life on this island where the dodo once roamed free. Mauritius has often been called a paradise on earth because of its picture-postcard beaches and idyllic resorts; but that image is just one facet of this small nation with a multi-racial heritage. In this book, you will discover more about the different ethnic groups that live side-by-side and the local customs such as what to do when invited to an Indian, a Muslim, a Creole or a Chinese wedding. Learn more about the local Creole language, the traditional dance know as séga, the difference between a bazar and boutique as well as what to do at a tea hotel. Let CultureShock! Mauritius introduce you to the wonderful people of Mauritius and guide you through the ins and outs of the country so that you get the most out of your stay here..

La Case Kreol Mauritius by Francie Althaus

Title La Case Kreol Mauritius
Author Francie Althaus
Publisher BoD – Books on Demand
Release 2014-10-30
Category Cooking
Total Pages 108
ISBN 3738681299
Language English, Spanish, and French

Book Summary:

"Creole cuisine for me personally is, when Orient and Occident are melting in my cooking pot and the result has its own character". Mauritian people inherited their delicious culinary from three continents. The various cultures have enriched their kitchen and eating habits. The roots of Mauritian Creole kitchen reach up to Europe, India, Africa and China.

Blue Mauritius by Karin Kavelin Jones

Title Blue Mauritius
Author Karin Kavelin Jones
Publisher Publishamerica Incorporated
Release 2009
Category Fiction
Total Pages 304
ISBN 9781608134298
Language English, Spanish, and French

Book Summary:

Out of the blue, a letter arrives informing Frankie that she has inherited her unknown grandmotheras farm in Italy. To the Sullivan family, Italy seems as far away as Mars. Blue Mauritius is the story of a family who leaves the comfort and security of their American suburb to start over again on this abandoned farm. At the heart of Blue Mauritius is a mystery involving Frankieas grandparents. Not only a mystery, but an ugly smear on the family name. Immediately it becomes Frankieas responsibility to unravel the mystery and absolve her familyas reputation of shame. Digging into the lives of the villagers, for the first time Frankieas own life becomes understandable through circles that return her to the place where understanding was lostaforbidden love, the sins of the mother, runaway husband, suicide, child needs mother. In Italy, those same circles seem to be closing in on the Sullivans now.

The Error World by Simon Garfield

Title The Error World
Author Simon Garfield
Publisher HMH
Release 2009-01-20
Category Biography & Autobiography
Total Pages 256
ISBN 0547586701
Language English, Spanish, and French

Book Summary:

An obsessively readable memoir about the passions—and perils—of collecting, from the New York Times–bestselling author of Just My Type. From the Penny Red to the Blue Mauritius, generations of collectors have been drawn to the mystique of rare stamps. Once a widespread pastime of schoolboys, philately has increasingly become the province of older men obsessed with the shrewd investment, the once-in-a-lifetime find, the one elusive beauty that will complete a collection and satisfy an unquenchable thirst. As a boy, Simon Garfield collected errors—rare pigment misprints that create ghostly absences in certain stamps. Then, in his mid-forties, this passion reignited—and it began to consume him. In the span of a couple of years, he amassed a collection of errors worth upwards of forty thousand British pounds. But as he was pursuing this secret passion, he was also pursuing a romantic one—while his marriage disintegrated. In this unique memoir, Simon Garfield twines the story of his philatelic obsession with an honest, engrossing exploration of the rarities and absences that both limit and define us. The end result is a thoughtful, funny, and enticing meditation on the impulse to possess.