(Accountancy) 1874 incoming unfranked commercial entire to Cairo from Malta whose cds appears top right, towards bottom left is very fine example of the rare ‘3½‘ accountancy handstamp, reverse with transit of Poste Egiziane Alessandria and arrival cds.
(British Post Office) 1846 (NO 21) thin paper, disinfected cover to London, endorsed “Via Marseilles”, bearing fine strike of the rare red crown circle PAID/ AT/ ALEXANDRIA, reddish crayon “1/8(d)” at left, black Alexandria double arc, two diagonal disinfection slits and Maltese Lazaret handstamp, London arrival at top, without any backstamps; fine and clean condition.
(British Post Office) 1870 (JA 1) cover to Lancaster, Penn., USA franked Great Britain 1858-79 1d., plate 116 and 1867-80 10d. tied 'B02' obliterators, Alexandria transit to left, cursive US '2 CENTS' and entry cds. The cover pays 11d. rate that changed this day to 8d.; ex Wolsbauer.
(British Post Offices) 1872 cover to Germantown, Philadelphia, USA franked Great Britain 4d. and 6d. cancelled ‘B01’ obliterators with Cairo cds in association to left, London transit with New York Paid All cds alongside with cursive ‘2/ CENTS’ overstruck, unclear framed hand stamp on reverse; fine early stamped pre UPU transatlantic cover.
(Consular Offices in Turkish Empire) 1881 cover bearing single franking 1pi. tied V.R. Poste Egiziane Costantinopoli cds with another strike alongside, reverse with rare V.R. Poste Egiziane Metelino cds of 17 Feb. Fine Metelino cancels, a late usage, some faults to envelope.
(Disinfected Mail) 1845 entire from Alexandria to Marseille bearing despatch date stamp of French Post Office, framed red maritime hanstamp, two disinfection slits with straight-line PURIFIE LAZARET MARSEILLE, arrival cds alongside; good clean condition.
(Disinfected Mail) 1899 (3 VI) 4m. on 5m. incoming Egyptian postal stationery card from Cairo, arriving on JU 15, the card bearing large oval ‘Disinfected Lazarretto Malta’, at left manuscript “Left Malta/ no address/ ...”, Retd. Letter Branch G.P.O. Malta cds of JY 22 overstruck with red framed Egyptian date stamp of 10.VIII.; fine and unusual.
(French Post Office) 1873 disinfected cover to Bologna, Italy franked Ceres 40c. cancelled by ‘anchor’ in lozenge with octagonal Port Said Paq. Fr. N No.4, reverse with transits of Alessandria and Napoli plus arrival cds. Tear in backflap slightly extending on to front.
(French Post Offices) 1865 wrapper to MARSEILLE franked 10c & 40c Napoleon Empire Franc, cancelled '5080' gros chiffres with 'ALEXANDRIE * EGYPTE' cds in association. Obverse also bears boxed 'P.P.' and red boxed 'PAQUEBOTS/DE LA/MEDITERRANEE'.
(French Post Offices)1861 Family letter to Dijon, France. On reverse fine d.c. 'POSTA EUROPA CAIRO' date stamp. Taken to Alexandria, letter put into the French Post Office and franked 10c & 40c Imperf Napoleons. On reverse also MARSEILLE transit cds.
(ITalian Post Office) 1870 (3 Mar) registered cover to Livorno franked two Italy 1866 40c. (Sassone T20) cancelled by fine '234' numeral lozenges with very fine strike of the rare 'keyhole' Alessandria D'Egitto Poste Itale/ Consegne date stamp, reverse with Brindisi transit and arrival cds; a few insignificant flaws to envelope, stamps and cancel very fine and rare.
(Italian Post Office) 1872 printed entire ‘Collegio Italiano D’Alessandria’ to Genova franked by Italy 15c. tied by numeral lozenge, a little unclear but to right a very fine Alessandria D’Egitto Poste Itaiane, unclear College handstamp bottom left; fine and rare printed matter rate
(Italian Post Office) 1875 stampless cover from Napoli to Alexandria charged at 80c. (double rate) folowing UPU regulation, with Postage Dues 10c. pair and a 60c. tied Alessndria D’Egitto Poste Italiane cds, repeated on reverse. Despite adopting the U.P.U.’s double rate, the Italians did not reduce the postage to the suggested 25c., eventually reducing to 30c in 1876. Cover illustrated page 88 of Peter Smith’s book.
(Italian Post Offices) 1876 entire to Mulhouse, Alsace bearing single franking ‘Estero’ overprinted 30c. tied ‘234’ numeral lozenge with Alessandria D’Egitto Poste Italiane cds alongside, endorsed Via Brindisi with their transit on reverse together with ‘horseshoe’ arrival.