One-cent magentas were provisional stamps, printed quickly when a shipment of official stamps from London did not arrive in British Guiana. They were mostly thrown out with the newspapers; one stamp survived. Through the stories of the eccentric characters who have bought, owned, and sold the One-Cent Magenta, James Barron delivers a fascinating tale of global history and immense wealth, and of the human desire to collect.
Writer Chris West s best known for his China Quartet, a crime series set in contemporary China. He turns his attention closer to home with his latest book A History of Britain in Thirty-Six Postage Stamps.