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Q: Sulser Catologue On Swiss Army Stamps for collectors ( Answered 3 out of 5 stars,   0 Comments )
Subject: Sulser Catologue On Swiss Army Stamps for collectors
Category: Reference, Education and News > Consumer Information
Asked by: stampbaron-ga
List Price: $15.00
Posted: 24 Jun 2002 06:48 PDT
Expires: 01 Jul 2002 06:48 PDT
Question ID: 32319
How would I find somebody in Switzerland that I may buy a copy of an
outof print catologue by the name of "Die Soldatenmarken der schwiez
Band 1: Textteil"?
Subject: Re: Sulser Catologue On Swiss Army Stamps for collectors
Answered By: fugitive-ga on 24 Jun 2002 07:46 PDT
Rated:3 out of 5 stars
I'm more fluent in coins, but am still intrigued
by your stamps oriented query! This can be a
real scavenger hunt so don't hesitate to use
my offer of following up if you can't get this

The full citation for the book you are seeking 
appears to be:

Sulser, Hans Ulrich. Die Soldatenmarken der Schweiz : 
1914/18, 1939/45. Zurich : H. Sulser, 1977
OCLC Number 7374026

There is a possibility that you could not find
this item due to a misspelling of "schwiez"
(should be "schweiz" reversing "i" and "e")
as in your question. My assumption is that
it is a typographical error on your part, 
but I bring it up just in case.

The following company in Switzerland appears to have
a copy of the above item for sale.

R+B Rölli-Schär AG 
Haus zum Seidenhof, Seidenhofstr. 10,
CH-6003 Luzern, Switzerland 
Telephone ++41 41 210 45 45
Telefax ++41 41 210 45 41 

   Home Page

   English language Home Page

Using the English language version, under the 
heading "You Want to Buy" Click on the link for 

They list

   Soldatenmarken-Katalog (Sulser) CHF 150.00 

Let me know if you have the flexibility to purchase
this book someplace else other than Switzerland.
German and Austrian booksellers may also have copies.

Also let me know if, after contacting this business,
whether they had what you desired, or not. In that
case I will post follow-ups as needed.

Search Process:


Terms: soldatenmarken der schweiz

Several other possibilities will turn up as well
as the one cited above if you do this search.

As a bonuns, at least three libraries in the 
United States own this two volume set 
(Bd. 1. Texteil, Bd. 2. Abbildungen.) They are:

The Smithsonian Institution (Washington, DC)
University of Florida
University of Texas (Dallas)

Here's wishing you (and me!) luck in this quest.


Request for Answer Clarification by stampbaron-ga on 25 Jun 2002 07:26 PDT
I have the volume 2 already which I located in London, and bought for
L12.50 with airmail shipping. I would like to purchase volume 1
Textteil as spelled on the front of volume 2, for somewhere in that
same price range. No I don't really need to get it from Switzerland, I
just thought I might be able to make a good contact there for other
things. You are right I did turn the e/i around by error. Sometimes my
fingers get ahead of my brain.
I believe that the katalog you came up with is a latter combined
version, however I will check it out.

Clarification of Answer by fugitive-ga on 25 Jun 2002 08:34 PDT

You are looking for an incredibly devious, hard to find title! I can
understand your desire to spend as little as possible, but my
follow-up searching hasn't turned up anything more. Note that only 3
US libraries (Smithsonian, Florida, Texas) have this title and thus we
see a red flag regarding availability. Hey, if this were easy you
wouldn't have posted this question on Google Answers. I searched on
Foreign language Google's in Germany, Switzerland, France, Italy,
Spain, and the UK and could only come up with the katalog I cited in
my original answer.

I also searched for the publisher, Sulser, in the 25th edition of the
as well as the current BOOKS IN PRINT publishers index and found no
listing. I was hoping to at least be able to give you a contact for
the publishing house. They are either out of business or have been
swallowed up over the years by a larger concern. Note that H.
(Heinrich) Sulser is the publisher, and Hans-Ulrich Sulser is the
author. Possibly they're related and this was a labor of love by a
single family, perhaps the work of an entire lifetime.

You might want to consider purchasing this at the higher price (higher
than you paid for volume 2) for the set I found in Switzerland to
avoid inconvenience. This book just isn't easily found! I, personally,
enjoy the ongoing chase for things like DIE SOLDATENMARKEN DER SCHWEIZ
and am usually in no hurry to pay a higher price for convenience. I
just keep my eyes open and eventually, get what I want at the price I

Here is another set of approaches to consider should you not wish to
shell out the 150 Swiss Francs (not including S/H) and assuming it's
the correct work (I'd be surprised if it's some "other" Sulser

First, if you're not already connected to the stamp collecting
community in Switzerland, the following site should get you started.

   Equipment for Stamp Collecting - Switzerland

This is an excellent window into the Swiss philatelist community. I
Recommend opening a correspondence with individuals and companies

An excellent site for understanding how to find out of print books
(the general process) is at:

The following is the "ultimate" out of print book finding site. It
will allow you to search  all of the major out of print sites in one
place, as well as place "wants." It also points to foreign language

   Books and Book Collecting

It has an excellent interface where you can submit your terms once,
and it will automatically fill out search forms on the rest of the
site. When you execute a search for each of the finding services, it
will open the search in a new window, allowing you to easily cycle
through all of the choices.

I did not find your work via this route, but since these catalogs are
you would likely use them periodically to see if your title has become

More likely to lead to success would be to place several "want"
requests for your title and when they become available you will
receive an email informing you.

I'm still looking and am finding out that the site I found a copy at
may be one of a kind. This is definitely a rare work (rare does not
necessarily equal expensive - but it is a contributing factor).

stampbaron-ga rated this answer:3 out of 5 stars
I found the expert to be helpful and willing to go the extra mile to
try and help. However I was not able to come up with exactly what I
was looking for.

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