Never paste stamps in your album .... Don't buy the most expensive albums as a beginner. . . Watch for the release date of a first issue stamp and send a self-addressed envelope to the post office . . . these and other intricacies of philately are explained in an introductory book on stamp collecting. The format is similar to picture story books with many drawings and reproductions of stamps, well spaced with pleasing ratios of white space about the illustrations. The terms and tools of collecting are explained cogently. Specialized collections are suggested -- of portrait stamps, of a single hemisphere or continent, of new countries, of memorial or air mail stamps. An extra soupcon of excitement lies in the chapter describing ""fabulous rarities and famous collections"":- the 1856 British Guiana stamp, valued at $40,000; the opulent son of eccentric Hetty Green who bought $77,000 worth of stamps in a single day; and amusing as well as valuable examples of ""inverts"". An attractive how-to-do it book for the beginner.