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Status Update: 39 Limited Edition Books Left as of August 17th / Van Gogh stamps will now be included in all 100 of the Limited Edition books!

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This is the sequel to the Make 100 American Art Stamp Albums that was successfully funded in February which included 40 United States stamps depicting paintings by 30 American artists. In this new project we have 32 French jumbo size stamps of paintings by 32 French artists. Help me finish this book.

The French artists include: the prehistoric Lascaux cave painters, Jean Clouet, George de la Tour, Louis le Nain, Jean-Antoine Watteau, Francois Boucher, Jean-Honore Fragonard, Jacques-Louis David, Jean Auguste Ingres, Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot, Honore Daumier, Jean-Francois Millet, Edouard Manet, Edgar Degas, Paul Cezanne, Alfred Sisley, Claude Monet, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Henri Rousseau, Paul Gauguin, Georges Seurat, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Georges Rouault, Maurice de Vlaminck, Raoul Dufy, Andre Derain, Maurice Utrillo, Roger de la Fresnaye, Marc Chagall, Edouard Pignon, Yves Brayer, and Bernard Buffet. (I am not able to add the proper French accents in Kickstarter but they will be there in the book)

There is also a tribute to Vincent Van Gogh, who although not French, did many of his best paintings in the south of France at the end of his life.

We are offering two versions of this book. The first is the Limited Edition of one hundred books with all of the stamps mounted carefully by the author, signed by the author, and numbered 1 of 100, 2 of 100 etc. to 100 of 100. The Limited Edition book is $45 plus shipping. The books will be shipped in the order of your backer number, so pledge early. There is also a limit of two Limited Edition books per person.

Cover of Limited Edition Book
Cover of Limited Edition Book

All of the French art stamps are the same jumbo size, 2 inches by 1 5/8 inches, in either a landscape or portrait orientation. The French stamps date from 1961 to 1989 and were selected for their beauty, and the reputation of the artist in the history of French art. The stamps were expensive and it was hard to obtain 100 copies of each. I purchased the stamps over a period of nine months from dealers in France, Switzerland, Italy, Canada and the UK. The Limited Edition will not be reprinted and there will only be one hundred copies in existence.

Here are examples of the detail and quality of printing done by the French with their art stamps starting with Mark Chagall's stamp from 1963, the Manet stamp from 1962, and the Pignon stamp from 1981.

Mark Chagall's "The Married Couple of the Eiffel Tower"
Mark Chagall's "The Married Couple of the Eiffel Tower"
Edouard Manet's painting "Madame Manet on Blue Sofa"
Edouard Manet's painting "Madame Manet on Blue Sofa"
Edouard Pignon's painting "The Divers"
Edouard Pignon's painting "The Divers"

A tribute to Vincent Van Gogh's time in southern France will be included along with the 32 French artists. There will be a Dutch self adhesive stamp of a self portrait of Van Gogh, issued in 2003, in every book. There will also be the Van Gogh's Church at Auvers Sur Oise French stamp from 1979 mounted in every Limited Edition book.

Vincent Van Gogh's painting "Church at Auvers Sur Oise" which appears on a French stamp in 1979
Vincent Van Gogh's painting "Church at Auvers Sur Oise" which appears on a French stamp in 1979

The other version of the stamp album is the Basic Stamp Album for $18 plus shipping. It will have a yellow cover and its own ISBN. You receive the spiral book of 140 pages with the first stamp, of the Lascaux Cave Paintings, mounted (and the Dutch stamp) and spaces for the other stamps to be filled in. These stamps can be obtained on eBay or at stamp shows. This version is for stamp collectors or those just interested in the stories of the artists.

"Horses" by Yves Brayer
"Horses" by Yves Brayer

Memberships in the Railway Station Press Founders Club are still available. The membership has a one time fee of $100 and spans five years from 2017 to the end of 2021. So if you join now you will receive a medium size Priority Mail box in October with the seven books we have published to date (see below), your letterpress printed membership card, and all of the quarterly packets from 2017 to date which includes newsletters and extra surprises. The packets are sent out to members every January, April, July and October.

We publish three books each year so you would receive 15 books plus extras for $100. That is an incredible deal! Membership is limited to 50 and many of the books are signed First Editions.

The seven books Railway Station Press has published since 2017
The seven books Railway Station Press has published since 2017

Risks and challenges

I have completed successful nonfiction book Kickstarter projects in the past few years using the same book printer. I do not expect any problems or delays in the distribution of these books. It does take some time to mount the stamps in the Limited Edition books. I will prepare and ship them in the order that you pledge.

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    The Basic Stamp Album is spiral bound with 140 pages. The first stamp is mounted by the author. There are short biographies of 32 French artists with places for French stamps illustrating their paintings. It is up to you to find the other stamps on eBay or at local stamp shows.

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    This, like the American Art Stamp Album, is limited to 100 copies, signed by the author and numbered. All 33 stamps are included and mounted carefully by the author. The book has a gray cover and its own unique ISBN. It is also 140 pages and spiral bound with extra pages for other material that you may want to add.

    The first 50 copies will include an extra Van Gogh French stamp "tipped in" on a card. The books will be prepared and shipped in the order of your backer number. Limit two books per person. If you want two books then pledge $90 instead of $45 and I will pay any extra shipping. Shipping to one address only. Books will be sent with insurance and tracking.

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    I have just three of the 100 American Art Limited Edition Stamp Albums left. Here is your chance to receive both the American and French Limited Edition books. The American book will be sent in October and the French book by December. They will both have insurance and tracking. For US addresses only.

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    This is a five year subscription to Railway Station Press books, from 2017 to 2021. You will receive all seven books we have published to date, the Basic Stamp Album for France, and three books a year in 2020 and in 2021.

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