Folken runt Östersjön
(Peoples Around the Baltic Sea) by Lars Enkler. 8½ by
12 inches, 160 pages, hardbound, duct cover, in Swedish, Hjalmarson &
Högberg, Stockholm 2003, ISBN 91-89660-33-1. Approximately
$40 plus shipping from the publisher, 76320
This richly illustrated book will appeal to anyone interested in stamps as well as regional European history. The author first developed an award-winning philatelic exhibit which then grew into this handsome text.
with ancient history and exploration that eventually led to the settlement of
areas in northern
The rise of
II and its aftermath also greatly affected the peoples of this region, and
A remarkable feature of this book is that every page contains five to ten illustrations in beautiful color. Although they are largely philatelic items such as stamps, covers, souvenir sheets, and cancellations, there are also historic photos and other documents, and pictures of people and places that enhance the story. Each stamp illustration is marked with the year of issue. Notes on and sources of the illustrative material are found at the back of the book, along with tables of the royalty and heads of state of these countries up to the present.
This book makes a wonderful gift, especially for Swedish language readers.