San Francisco: by the author, 1909. FIRST EDITION. With 22 plates in a portfolio pocket on the inside of the front cover, numerous text illustrations. Original publisher’s three-quarter morocco over cloth, spine gilt in compartments, gilt design on front cover, hinges and edges worn; interior excellent. Item #16100
First edition of this catalogue detailing the typesetting for stamps produced in Hawaii, as well as a general history of stamp production in the Islands.
Crocker (1861-1912) was a prominent San Franciscan businessman, one of the Committee of Fifty formed after the 1906 San Francisco earthquake. He was the founder and director of a number of Bay Area businesses. A noted philatelist, he was one of the founders of the Pacific Philatelic Society in 1884. He had a notable collection of the famous Hawaiian Missionary stamps, the first stamps of Hawaii. Part of Crocker's collection was destroyed in the 1906 earthquake but important Missionary stamps were saved as they were on display in Britain at the time.
For an in-depth discussion of the history of stamp production in Hawaii, see Steiner, Numerals: Hawaiian Kingdom Stamps that Fill a Need and Fascinate Collectors Worldwide, 1859-1866
(Honolulu Historical Society, 2009) at