This book is a positive wealth of information for the British Antarctic collector, covering from 1910 (South
Georgia) i.e. whaling, Discovery Investigations, Operation Tabarin, Falkland Islands Dependencies Survey (FIDS), British Antarctic
Survey (BAS) and various expeditions.
It details not only clear illustrations of each postmark with recorded dates of use but also base and ship cachets
associated with the dates. The dates have been collated from various sources, authenticated by the author. All postmarks are
reproduced to original size, as are the cachets except for a few which have been identified as reduced.
It is divided into sections. South Georgia, South Shetlands, Graham Land, South Orkneys and Halley (including
the IGY Base). Each territory is introduced with a map and brief history, followed by illustrations of the cachets used at
the bases. Useful notes accompany many of the cachets, giving details of when introduced/discontinued, whether "official"
or "unofficial/private" etc. Under South Georgia, military cachets are illustrated and a comprehensive list of deputy postmasters
with the name of their military unit is included.
Expedition cachets have been included, such as the Filchner's Polarschiff used at South Georgia, Wilkins and
Hunting Aerosurveys Expeditions to Deception, Joint Services Expeditions to Elephant Island etc., where a clear connection
with a base or territory is apparent. The other major expedition, given its own sub-section is the Commonwealth Trans-Antarctic
Expedition 1957/58, where cachets, postmarks and dates are covered.
The book is a hardback in A4 size with 188 pages. A pdf file as an addendum is available from the author.