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of the last thirty years he has purchased many

well-known old collections, amongst which may

be mentioned that of Judge Philbrick for L7,000,

Sir Daniel Cooper’s for L3,000, W. B. Thorn-

hill’s Australians, etc. M. la Renotiere has been

a large buyer in the leading capitals of Europe

for a great many years. His expenditure with

our own publishers is said to average from L3,000

to L4,000 a year. He employs two secretaries

who are paid large salaries, one to look after the

postage stamps and the other the post cards,

envelopes, and wrappers.

Mr. F. Breitfuss, of St. Petersburg, who has

been collecting since 1860, is credited with the

third finest collection in the world. He is an

omnivorous, but scientific general collector.

Mr. H. J. Duveen, the well-known art con-

noisseur of London and New York, although he

did not take to stamp collecting till 1892, has

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already got together the finest collection, out-

side the British Museum, in this country. It is

celebrated not only for the beauty of its speci-

mens, but also for its completeness, neatness,

and scientific arrangement. The value of the

collection is probably close on L80,000. It is

enclosed in seventy handsome Oriel albums.

Mr. W. B. Avery, head of the well-known firm

of scale-makers of Birmingham, has one of the

finest general collections. It is justly celebrated

for the large number of great rarities that it

contains, amongst which are the two rare ”Post

Office” Mauritius in superb unused condition.

The collection cannot be worth at present far

short of L50,000.

Mr. M. P. Castle, the Vice-President of the

Philatelic Society of London, who succeeded the

late Mr. Tapling in office, is one of the keenest

of keen collectors. His general collection be-

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