The author is a dealer and the author of a number of stamp albums, so is well known to the field of philately. This is the romance of the rarities, the biographies of the most interesting stamps in the field. He has chosen fifty, representing thirty countries. He tells where they might be found, illustrating his points with anecdotes. He has brought together something of their history, of their ownership, of their value. He includes a check list of the known rarities and what they are worth.