Opus XXIII, this year’s volume of the European Academy of Philately (AEP), is dedicated to the philately of Africa. The same theme had also been chosen for Opus XIV (2014). Nineteen authors responded in time to Editor Guy Coutant’s call for papers, and the result was a 244-page panorama of exceptional philatelic content.
Well, not just philatelic, as President Jean Voruz points out in his introductory message: “For several years, it has been possible to observe how authors are increasingly making an effort to place the subject of philately in a historical context, as well as its cultural and human environment. This is extremely encouraging for the future of philately, as ordinary collectors seem to be disappearing from the European scene”.
The central themes for the next two years have already been selected: Spanish-speaking countries for 2024; Italy, territories and colonies for 2025.
Cover design by Dr Myrsini Vardopoulou, Hon. AEP.