SPL Hand Coloured Rare Book Collection Featuring Norman R Bobins

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A nice set of loose hand coloured manuscript pages that once had the relevant stamps affixed to them - they are no longer present. Now all housed in a modern full leather tan coloured Solander box. Most pages allude to an historic saint, with a brief description, illustration, space for stamp(s), and a decorative border, with gilt ragged edges. Coloured plates not in order: 1. St. Angela Merici is depicted on one of the stamps issued by the Vatican in 1946 in honor of the great Council of Trent.St Angela who lived from 1474-1540 was a humble maiden devoted to works of piety and charity, zealous promoter of reforms in the church and foundress of the Congregation of the Ursulines, dedicated to the education of young women which later spread throughout the Catholic world. 2. The discovery of the in corrupt body of St. Barnabas, the location of which was determined by a dream, is shown on this stamp of Cyprus. He was St.Paul's companion in converting the Gentiles of Asia Minor and Cyprus, where he was stoned to death there some years later at an extreme old age. 3.This stamp is a reproduction of a window in the Church of St .Charles. It was issued in Monaco in 1951 to celebrate the Holy Year which occurred in 1950. It represents St. Charles Borromee. He was Archbishop of Milan, and a cardinal at 23. He tendered the sick during the plague epidemic and died in 1584. The Borromee and the royal family are related. 4. St. Christopher was a giant and very strong who once served the devil. But he understood Christ was more powerful so he began serving him by carrying travelers across a river. One day he way carrying a small boy and he almost collapsed under the child's weight, then he realized he was carrying Jesus with the weight of our sins. He is the patron saint of travellers. 5. St. Elizabeth ,Quenn of Hungary is honored on stamps of Hungary & Austria. She was cevoted to the study of religion and acts of charity which her husband forbid. On one occasion he saw her with a bundle of bread and ordered her to open it, upon doing so he saw not bread but roses. After his death she renounced all power and lived in seclusion doing penance and ministering to the sick. She died in 1231 and was cannonized in 1235. 6. St. Francis of Assisi wore a coarse brown garb and walked through the hills of Umbria, Italy preaching the Gospel. Other young men joined him in this life of happy poverty - thus began the Franciscan Order. His love of animals, trees and flowers was great. He preached a sermon to the birds. The' Poor Clares' an order for women was also started by him. In 1226 he died and two years later was cannnonised. 7. St. Francis Xavier was sent to Asia as a missionary in 1540. He died in China in 1552. In 1662 he was cannonized and in 1747 was pronounced the patron Saint of the east Indies. This stamp issued in 1923 bears a portrait of St. Francis and the badge of the Jesuit Order in the corner. 8. St. Ignatius of Loyola was a wounded soldier who upon his recovery led him to seek the monastery of Mt. Serrat, where he took himself the holy vows. He journeyed to Jerusalem and Paris where he met Francis Xavier and five others who with Loyola were to found the famous 'Society of Jesus'. He died in 1556 and was cannonized in 1662 by Pope Gregory XV. St. Ignatius is depicted on a stamp of Vatican City issued in 1946 to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the great Council of Trent. The Jesuits occupied leading positionsin the proceeding of this council. 9. St. James The Greater, a near relative was one of the three Apostiles Jesus kept nearest to Him. He preached the Gospel in Spain. Returning to Jerusalem, he was beheaded by order of Agrippa and was the first martyr among the Apostiles. Spain issued stamps in 1936 and in 1943 honoring St. James both commemorating Holy Years. 10. France and Indo China honor St. Joan of Arc by issuing stamps. Under guidance of St. catherine and St. Margaret, whose voice she heard, Joan of Arc led the army of France and drove out the English. Later she was burned at the stake by the English because of her crusades against them. 11. Issued by France & Brazil in honor of the 300th anniversary of the birth of John the Baptiste de la Salle, french prelate who foiunded the Christian Brothers, a teaching order of Catholic clergymen. He was cannonized in 1900 and is the 'patron of teachers'. 12. St. John of God, born in Portugal, was a soldier under Charles V of Spain, heard a sermon by John of Avila which stirred his soul and under the great direction of the same holy man entered upon a career of practical charity by supporting the homeless and helpless poor. He died in 1550. 13. St. Michael, Patron saint of Belgium is shown on two stamps of Belgium issued to advertise the Brussels Exhibition of 1896-97. The Devil is represented as a Dragon. Lucifer full of pride at his angelic power defied God and challenged him. God sent Michael the Archangel against Lucifer and drove him into the pits of hell. The tabs bear the words "Do not deliver on Sunday." 14. To honor St.Patrick, ireland issued this new stamp in 1949. When Ireland was the land of the Druids, there was a Bishop Patrick, who came to teach the word of God. One day a group of his followers came to him and admitted that it was difficult to believe in the doctrine of the Holy Trinity. Bishop Patrick, bending down plucked a leaf from a shamrock bidding them to behold the living example of the three in one. 15. The first canonical saint chosen from the western shores of the Atlantic appear on this stamp of Peru issued in 1937. St. Rose at a very early age took the habit and vows of the third order of St. Dominic. She died at the age of 31 at Lima, Peru and was coannonized in 1671 by Pope Clement X. 16. St. Sebastian who was honored on these stamps of Belgium and Croatia in 1944 was a noble Roman soldier and the Commander of the First Cohort. For professing Christianity he was tried in the middle of camp, shot with arows and then struck with clubs until he died. His martyrdom took place in 288. The surtax from the stamps of the Croatia issue was used for wounded war victims. 17. St. Ursula is depicted on this stamp issued in 1899 of the Virgin Islands which were discovered by Christopher Columbus in honor of the saint. According to a legend St. Ursula was returnd from a pilgrimage to Rome, with a group of virgins when , near Cologne a horde of Huns attacked and killed them. The religious order of Ursuline Sisters were named after St. Ursula. 18. St. Vincent de Paul, a french priest who is the patron saint of charitable works lived from 1576-1660. In Paris he started the "Lazarites' of 'Fathers of the Mission' and later 'The Congregation of the Sisters of Charity'. He did great work for the hospitals of Paris. In 1737 he was canonised. 19. The monogram "A.M.' for Annus Marianus (Marian Year) decorates each of the six stamps issued by Vatican City for the Marian Year. Pope Pius IX is portrayed on three of the stamps with a Latin inscription which reads: 'Pope Pius IX Solemnly Established the Dogma of the Immaculate Conception 1854-1954'. The present pontiff, Pope Pius XII is pictured on the other three values with the inscription: "Pope Pius XII Proclaimed the Marian Year on Dec 8, 1953.' 20. Vatican City marked the end of the Marian Year by the release of this set of stamps reproducing the Venerated 16th century painting "Mother of God of the Holy Gate" sometimes known as the Black Virgin. This painting disappeared from the chapel in the gate of Vilna, Poland after the Russians retook the city in 1944. Below the image the stamps are inscribed "Mater Misericordeiae" (Mother of Mercy). 21. Italy honored the Marian year with the issuance of two stamps each a different portrait of the Holy Mother. The 25 lire design shows a detail from a painting by Perugino now in a gallery in Florence, Italy. The 60 lire stamp depicts a detsil from the "Pieta" by Michelangelo. 22. Toi commemorate the Marian Year the Saar issued three stamps reproducing famous painting of the Madonna and Child. (The Madonna of The Mayor of Basel by Holbein), (The Sistine Madonna by Raphael), (The Madonna and Child with the Pear by Durer). 23. The Philippines issued this stamp for the Marian year. The design reproduces the well known painting "The Immaculate Conception" by Murillo. A 14th century wood carving of the Virgin Mary which is in the National Museum in Vaduz is reproduced on the above stamps issued by Liechtenstein. 24. During the Congress of the Patroness of Brazil held in connection with the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the proclamation of the Dogma of the Immaculate Conception the above stamps were issued by Brazil. The 60c depicts Our Lady of Aparecide as Patroness of Brazil and the 1.20cr the Holy Mother. The stamps above were issued by Matta features a reproduction of the central altar piece in the Collegiate Parish Church of Cospicua. 25. Eire issued the above stamps for the Marian Year. They depict a terracotta relief of the Madonnaand Child by de Robbia which is in a chapel of a church in Florence, Ital;y. The Dominican Republic offers three airmail stamps as a postal tribute for the Marian Year. The design spotlights a large "A.M." monogram for Ano Mariano with seven radiant stars above it. 26. (Our Lady of the Pillar), (The Voyadonga Virgin), Virgin of the Kings), (The Almudena Virgin), (a blank caption space), Our Lady of Guadelupe). 27. Spain commemorates the Marian Year by releasing the following stamps with designs reproducing Spanish works of art venerating the Blessed Virgin Mary. ("Purisima"), ("Our Lady of Begona"), ("Our Lady of The Abandoned"), ("The Black Virgin"). 28. Monaco issued the three stamps below to honour the Blessed Mother. The 5fr show a detail from a triptych by Francesco Brea (1540). The 10fr is a detail from an altarpiece in Monaco Cathedral by Luigi Brea. The design of the 15fr is from a wooden statue of "Blessed Rainer" in the church of St. Charles, Monte Carlo.