Reference sources

Over the years major reference works or handbooks on aspects of Southern African philately have been published.  Eagerly sought by stamp collectors and bibliophiles alike, just about none of these books are freely available any more.
Occasionally copies are offered in philatelic auctions.
A list of reference books published in the last forty years or so is given below.  Please check under the heading ‘How things work’ for books currently available as those titles are not repeated here.

Reference sources    
See also:  Books available

Airmail
   Airmails of the Republic of South Africa 1961-1981, a chronological listing including flights in SWA, by Capt D J Uys.  Published by the Aerophilatelic Society of Southern Africa, 1982.  A5 limp cover, 34 pages.

The Airmail Labels of South Africa, compiled by C F Hegardt.  Published by the South African Airmail Label Study Circle, Cape Town, 2004.  A5 limp cover, 50 pages.

Basutoland
The Cancellations and Postal Markings of Basutoland / Lesotho Post Offices and their historical background, by Aubrey H Scott.  Published by Collectors Mail Auctions (Pty) Ltd, Cape Town, 1980.  A4 hard cover, 294 pages.

Bechuanaland
The Postage Stamps, Postal Stationery, and Postmarks of the Bechuanalands, by H R Holmes.  Published by the Royal Philatelic Society, London, 1971.  A4 hard cover, 189 pages.

Cape of Good Hope   (postal history)
Military Mails at the Cape of Good Hope 1795-1870, by Ken Baker.  Published by Reijger Publishers (Pty) Ltd, Cape Town, 1985.  A5 limp cover, 43 pages.

Cape of Good Hope   (postmarks)
Postmarks of the Cape of Good Hope, by Robert Goldblatt RDPSA.   Published by Reijger Publishers (Pty) Ltd, Cape Town, 1984.  Hard cover, 265 pages.
 A Supplement to Postmarks of the Cape of Good Hope was published by Reijger in 1988.  A5 limp cover, 47 pages.

The Postal Cancellers of the Cape of Good Hope, Volume 1 – The Barred Oval Numeral Canceller of 1864, by Franco Frescura and Michael Nethersole.  Published by the Philatelic Federation of Southern Africa, Johannesburg, 1991.  A4 hard cover, 30 + 248 pages.

Natal
The Postal Markings of Natal, by W R Hart, B A Kantey and A Leslie Leon.  Published by the authors, 1977.  Hard cover, 168 pages.

New Republic
The New Republic in South Africa 1884-1888, by Gerrit H Jonkers.  Published by the author, Schiedam, Nederland, 1997.  Limp cover, 251 pages.

Orange Free State
Orange Free State Philately, Volume 1 – Postage Stamps, by Robert W Hisey and R Timothy Bartshe.  Co-published by the Philatelic Society for Greater Southern Africa and the Ossewa Press, Sebring, Florida, USA, 2002.  A4 hard cover, 277 pages.

Orange Free State Philately, Volume 2 – The Telegraphs.  Further details as above.  Published 2004.  A4 hard cover, 243 pages.

 Orange Free State Philately, Volume 3 – The Republic and the Occupation (revenues, postal stationery etc).  Further detuils as above.  Published 2009.  A4 hard cover, 201 pages.

Rhodesia
Rhodesia, a Postal History – its Stamps, Posts and Telegraphs, by R C Smith.  Published by RC Smith, Salisbury, Rhodesia, 1967.  Hard cover, 453 pages.
The Surcharging of Rhodesia’s Mail 1965-1971, by D A Mitchell and H T Tring.  Published by the authors, Bulawayo, 1978.  Limp cover, 91 pages.

South Africa   (general)
Runner and Mailcoach, Postal History and Stamps of Southern Africa, by Eric Rosenthal and Eliezer Blum.  Published by Purnell, Cape Town, 1969.  Hard cover, 280 pages.

South Africa   (postal labels)
The Frama Postage Labels of South Africa and South West Africa / Namibia 1986-1994, by the RSA Stamp Study Group.  Published by G J C van Eeden, Pretoria.  A5 limp cover, 46 pages.

South Africa   (postal offices)
The Encyclopaedia of South African Post Offices and Postal Agencies (including their forerunners in the Cape, Natal, Orange Free State and Transvaal, Basutoland, Bechuanaland and Swaziland, etc), Volume 1 (A-E), by Ralph F Putzel.  Published by Hale and Putzel, Cape Town, 1986.  A4 hard cover, 458 pages.

As above, Volume 2 (F-M).  Published by Ralph F Putzel, Cape Town, 1987.  A4 hard cover, 406 pages.

As above, Volume 3 (N-T).  Published by Ralph F Putzel, Cape Town, 1989.  A4 hard cover, 398 pages.

As above, Volume 4 (U-Z) (and telegraph offices).  Published by Ralph F Putzel, Cape Town, 1990.  A4 hard cover, 292 pages.

South Africa   (postal stationery)
De Postwaardestukken van Zuid-Afrika / The postal stationery of South Africa Deel 1 (Kaap de Goede Hoop, Natal, Nieuwe Republiek, Oranje Vrijstaat, Transvaal, Zoeloeland), by W J Quik and Dr G H Jonkers.  Published in bilingual Dutch/English format by the Filatelistevereniging Zuidelijk Afrika, Rotterdam, 1998.  A4 limp cover, 158 pages.

As above, Deel 2 Zuid-Afrika 1910-1997, by W J Quik.  Published 1998.  A4 limp cover, 353 pages.

The Aerogrammes of the Union of South Africa 1942-1961, by Eddie Bridges.  Published by the South African Collectors’ Society, London, 2004.   A4 limp cover, 91 pages.

South Africa   (postmarks)
The Special & Commemorative Postmarks, Cachets & Covers of South Africa 1892-1975, by Hasso O Reisener.  Published by Dr H O Reisener, Pretoria, 1975.  A4 hard cover, 341 pages.
A second, revised edition, was published by Collectors Mail Auctions (Pty) Ltd, Cape Town, 1978.  A4 hard cover, 341 pages.

 A Chronology of the Postal Slogans of South Africa, by S J Vermaak RDPSA.  Published by the author, Florida, 1979.  A4 limp cover, 102 pages.

Atlas Listing of Commemorative and Special Datestamps (1910-2006), compiled by Danie van Zyl.  Privately published, Pretoria, 2007.  A4 limp cover, app 150 pages.

South Africa   (railway stamps)
Railway Stamps of South Africa, by H S Hagen and S P Naylor.  Published by the Philatelic Federation of Southern Africa, Johannesburg, 1985.  Hard cover, 150 pages.

South Africa, Republic of   (postal stationery)

The Easy Guide to the Postcards of the Republic of  South Africa, compiled by Danie van Zyl.  Published 2012.  A5 limp cover, wirebound.

South Africa, Union of  (general)
Stamps of South Africa, Handbook Catalogue, second revised edition.  Published for the Philatelic Federation of Southern Africa by Collectors Mail Auctions (Pty) Ltd, Cape Town, 1979.  Hard cover, 454 pages.
This edition covers interprovincials, stamps, booklets, officials, postal stationery, postage dues, ‘used abroad’ etc.

South Africa, Union of  (stamps)
The Stamps of the Union of South Africa 1910-1961, edited by S J Hagger RDPSA.  Handbook Catalogue, definitive edition.  Published for the Philatelic Federation by Reijger Publishers (Pty) Ltd, Cape Town, 1986.  A4 hard cover, 253 pages.

South West Africa
The Postage Stamps and Cancellations of the Post Offices in German South West Africa, by Dr Heinrich Wittmann, translated into English by Ralph F Putzel assisted by Peter J Morrison.  Published by Collectors Mail Auctions (Pty) Ltd, Cape Town, 1980.  A4 hard cover, 202 pages.

The Comprehensive Handbook of the Postmarks of German South West Africa / South West Africa / Namibia, by Ralph F Putzel.  Published by the author, Cape Town, 1991.  A4 hard cover, 599 pages.

De postwaardestukken van Zuid-West Afrika 1888-1990 / The postal stationery of South West Africa, by W J Quik and J Stolk.  Published in bilingual Dutch/English format by the Filatelistevereniging Zuidelijk Afrika, Rotterdam, 1993.  A4 limp cover, 116 pages.

De postzegels van Zuidwest Afrika / The postage stamps of South West Africa 1884-1990, by W J Quik.  Published in bilingual Dutch/English format by the Filatelistenvereniging Zuidelijk Afrika, Rotterdam, 2005.  A4 limp cover, 353 pages.

Southern Rhodesia
The Postmarks, Postal Routes and Principal Postage Rates of Southern Rhodesia to 1924, by R C Knight and D A Mitchell.  Published by R C Knight, Cape Town, 1984.  A4 hard cover, 176 pages.
The Postmarks of Southern Rhodesia to 1924, by D A Mitchell.  Published by the author, Durban, 1988.  A5 limp cover, 63 pages.

Stellaland
Stellaland, dokumenten en onderzoeken van dr G H Jonkers, being documents and papers of Dr Jonkers assembled by W J Quik.  Published by the Filatelistenvereniging Zuidelijk Afrika, Rotterdam, circa 2000.  A4 limp cover, 106 pages.

Transvaal
Transvaal Philately, by Ian B Mathews and eight others.  (The stamps, forgeries, postal history and miscellanea of the Transvaal territories from inception to Union.)  Published by Reijger Publishers (Pty Ltd, Cape Town, 1986.  A4 hard cover, 291 pages.
The Tête-bêche Varieties of Transvaal, by Dr Alan R Drysdall and Major Harold M Criddle.  Published by B.P.A. Expertising Ltd, Leatherhead, UK, 1993.  Hard cover, 50 pages.
Transvaal, The Provisional Issues of the First British Occupation, by Alan R Drysdall.  Published by James Bendon Ltd, Limassol, Cyprus, in association with the Transvaal Study Circle, 1994.  Hard cover, 82 pages.
Transvaal, Revenue and Telegraph Stamps, by Alan R Drysdall.  Published by James Bendon Ltd, Limassol, Cyprus, in association with the Transvaal Study Circle, 1995.  Hard cover, 182 pages.
Transvaal, Railway Stamps and Travelling Post Offices, by Alan R Drysdall.  Published by James Bendon Ltd, Limassol, Cyprus, in association with the Transvaal Study Circle, 1997.  Hard cover, 153 pages.

Zululand
The Postmarks of Zululand, by Tony Davis and Hugh Joseph.  Published by the authors, 1984.  A5 limp cover, 57 pages.