The Complete Guide to Stamps & Stamp Collecting
Probably "The Complete Guide to Stamps & Stamp Collecting: The ultimate illustrated reference to over 3000 of the world's best stamps, and a professional guide ... and perfecting a spectacular collection" by Dr. James Mackay has the longest title you might come across but it is definitely the book worth reading. It contains a most complete directory of the best stamps in the world, including full-color photographs of more than 3000 stamps from over 200 countries.
If you are into stamp collecting this book is a real must have. The author focuses on history a lot, touching upon the history of postal organizations and the various niches of collecting. Mackay covers the history of the stamps in detail, with two facing pages devoted to the particular country or time frame he describes. The historic background covered in the book is really impressive, so many collectors are sure to find plenty of detailed and excellent reference they need for their collection.
It should be noted that the book is printed on high-quality paper so the colors of stamps and postal items are excellent. In addition, the book features great stamp dictionary, although it lacks information concerning the price of stamps.
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