Royal Mail Year Books 1999-2002.
These four books, written in successive years, tell the stories behind a year’s worth of special stamps – the ones with the pictures on them.
For Jim, this meant travelling up and down the country interviewing designers, illustrators, engravers, photographers, artists... even a weaver and silversmith. And researching all sorts of arcane subject matter he wouldn't normally get anywhere near, from submarines to circuses, the bridges of London to Peter Pan.
They’re beautifully produced square-format, slip-cased books, and come with a complete set of stamps, which slot neatly into tipped-in cellophane panels.
‘Royal Mail Year Books’ 1999-2002
Royal Mail Publishing
Robert Murray Stamp Shop in Edinburgh has a good stock of older Year Books.