103 Not Out: David Gentleman’s Stamps by Brian Webb (2023)
Artist(s): David Gentleman
Author(s): Brian Webb
Edition: First Edition
Year published: 2023
Publisher: Fleece Press
Illustrations: Lavishly illustrated
Brian Webb’s survey of David Gentleman’s 103 pioneering postage stamp designs, reaching back to the early 1960s, forms a new letterpress book from the Fleece Press. Each copy will feature 79 tipped-in stamps. Coinciding with a current decline in the quality of stamp design and the introduction of barcoded stamps, this book will be a gallery of some of the best British philatelic designs.
This fitting record of David’s achievement, including a good number of stamps first created on the boxwood block, is a book very carefully planned: the 29,000 stamps have been bought in tiny quantities here and there over several years, and every issue is represented. The text is set in 8 point Baskerville, and bound in quarter imitation vellum with printed paper over the boards.