Lapidarstemplerne by Jan Bendix. 216 pages, perfect bound, stiff covers, 6 by 8 ¼ inches, in Danish, Forlaget Skilling/Daka, Copenhagen 2007. ISBN 87-91932-03-3, $54.50 plus postage from Jay Smith & Associates, PO Box 650, Snow Camp NC 27349.


The 19th century Lapidar cancels of Denmark were essentially circle die stamps, sometimes duplexed with numeral cancels, and typically bearing the town and month and day but not the year. The term Lapidar refers to the typeface of the lettering. Other types of markings are Antique and Gothic. There are 19 major types that are illustrated at the front of this catalog. The catalog listings are alphabetical by town name, and each entry shows the cancel type, earliest and latest known use, and the catalog value of a stamp so cancelled, with a supplement if on piece.

Although the listings are in Danish, the illustrations and data and values are easily understood. There are only a couple of explanatory text pages that are in Danish. All of the cancels are nicely shown in black and white, and many examples of entire covers in color appear throughout the catalog. Following the main catalog are special listings of the many Lapidar cancels of Copenhagen, and those used for railway markings.