The Postal Issues of Hejaz, Jeddah and Nejd


The Postal Issues of Hejaz, Jeddah and Nejd is a descriptive catalog of the postage stamps issued by the Arabian jurisdictions noted in the title. The work is generously provided with analytic photographs and engravings of calligraphic and ornamental detail, including overprints, misprints, variations in ornamental borders and calligraphy, paper, and perforation, and notes on forgeries. According to the author, the stamps were designed in Cairo and most were printed there at the Survey of Egypt facilities. The catalog is preceded by a brief introduction to the political and postal history, covering the years 1916‒27, of three regions in the present-day Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. This book appears to have been one of the author’s very few ventures into analytical philately. She also collaborated with stamp dealer David Field (died 1926), her employer, on publication of a sale catalog entitled The Postage Stamps of the Hejaz, Jeddah and Nejd: A Complete and Illustrated Price-List of the 1924 Provisionals, Including all Subsequent Issues up to June 1926, also present in World Digital Library. The volume presented here is meticulously printed and contains commentary on postal issues in the short-lived Kingdom of Hijaz and its successor, the early Saudi kingdom of ‘Abd al-‘Aziz ibn Sa’ud (1880‒1953). The design of some of the stamps from this region has been attributed to T.E. Lawrence (Lawrence of Arabia, 1888‒1935), although this has not been confirmed. Little is known of the author, who died young. The book was published by Field in a limited edition of 350 copies and never reprinted for wider sale. The illustrator, John Calcott Gaskin, can be identified as a British colonial officer who served in Bahrain and Iraq and who was interned in Aleppo in 1915‒18. The color folding map of the Arabian Peninsula was produced by London engraver Geographia. Until the embryonic states of the Arabian Peninsula began to extract commercial quantities of oil in the 1950s, income from postage stamps was an important revenue source.

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D. Field, London

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The postal issues of Hejaz, Jeddah and Nejd

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130 pages : illustrations ; 25 centimeters


  1. Robert Obojski, “Stamps and the History of the Hijaz,” Aramco World 30, number 5 (September‒October 1979).
  2. Ghassan Riachi, “A Theory on the Numerous Varieties of the Jeddah Issues of Saudi Arabia,” Linn’s Stamp News, August 7, 2015.

Last updated: April 29, 2016