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First Day Cover - Monaco - 1966 - R. Géndt and Unknown Designer

Title

First Day Cover - Monaco - 1966 - R. Géndt and Unknown Designer

Type

First Day Cover

Coverage

Monaco

Date Issued

1966-02-01

Description

The issuer of these first day covers is not indicated but the cachets are all of similar design and the phrases on each FDC are the same and set in the same fonts.

One cachet is signed "R. GÉNDT" in the lower right corner and depicts a montage of the following Gustave Doré illustrations:  "The Eagle" from Purgatorio 9:29–30; "Charon and the River Acheron" from Inferno 3:82–84; and portrait of Dante. The portrait is reversed from the original. At the top of the montage is "1265".

The other two cachets are the same but printed with different predominant colors, one orange, the other purple. They show Doré's portrait of Dante with "1265", "1965", and "DANTE". 

All of the cachets have the same text as follows: at the top: "MONACO"; and at the bottom: "7
e Centenaire de la Naissance de Dante" (7th centenary of the birth of Dante). Beside the cachets is "PREMIER JOUR / D'ÉMISSION / FIRST DAY COVER".

Extent

92 × 164 mm (R. Géndt)
91 × 164 mm (Doré orange)
92 × 164 mm (Doré purple)

Contributor

R. Géndt
Gustave Doré

Language

English
French