A standard work on postal history on the Gulf

Donaldson, Neil. The Postal Agencies in Eastern Arabia and the Gulf.

West Yorkshire, Harry Hayes, 1975.

8vo. 280 pp. With a folding table of postal stamps as well as numerous black-and-white photographic illustrations throughout the text; two maps of the Gulf to pastedowns. Contemporary full blue cloth with giltstamped title to cover and spine.


First edition of this fundamental work on Indian and British post agencies and stamps used in the Gulf region. The book covers a vast time period from the 1850s to the early 1970s, discussing Muscat, Guadur, Bahrain, Dubai, Kuwait, Qatar and Abu Dhabi. The chapters on each country open with a historical background of the region, followed by observations on the circumstances which led to the opening of each post office, the various cancellations, postmarks, registration labels, and (overprinted) stamps used. In addition, the work addresses matters of airmail and war mail (air graphs, FPOs, etc.) and includes an appendix with useful resources for philatelists.

Issued as Harry Hayes Philatelic Study no. 14. A supplement was published in 1994.

Slightest hint of wear; in near mint condition.


OCLC 16430285.