Recent Publications

New for 2022

DELIVERED BY THE HOTEL’S CARE: The Private Postal Services of French Hotels in Jersey by Roger Harris

This 93-page book is a study into the significance of the French Hotels’ private stationery and private cachets and their recognition by the Jersey Post Office mail sorters as instructional marks, ensuring that mail was routed straight to France, either via the Boite Mobile or in mail bags routed by French mail boats.

The book is available at £5.00 with post and packing free to C.I.S.S. members (Non-C.I.S.S. £18.00). To order a copy email or write to Books, 64 Falconers Green, Burbage, Hinckley, Leicestershire, LE10 2SX, UK.

New for 2022


A book in two A4 -size volumes by Roger Harris. Volume 1: Dawn to 1933 (278 pages) (ISBN: 978-1-8382059-0-4) and Volume 2: 1934 – 1947 (306 pages) (ISBN: 978-1-8382059-1-1) This is the first comprehensive history of aviation in the Channel Islands with every known pioneer flight to, or within, the Islands recorded and illustrated with 1100 original photographs and images, including postcards, posters, timetables, tickets, etc. Each illustration is given a Collector’s Valuation at 2020 market values.

Normally priced at £30 per volume but SPECIAL CISS MEMBERS PRICE of £40 if you purchase both volumes (or £25 per individual volume) plus £5.00 postage and package per volume. For further detail visit our website at and click on “News”.

New 2019 The German Occupation of the Channel Islands 1940-1945 – The immediate impact of the occupation on the postal services and postage stamps during the occupation period by Ron Brown FRPSL, 2019. 114 pages. £15.00 plus postage and package.

NEW 2017 “waists getting waspish” – A monograph of the Guernsey Red Cross messaging service by Leo Mayr, 2017, £6.00 plus postage and package.

CD-ROM of LL Postcards of Jersey, 2012, £10.00 inc P&P.


This CD-ROM contains 333 images of the numbered black and white LL postcards of Jersey, from the collection of the late Andrew Hinks. It includes all but 2 of the numbered black and white Jersey cards listed in the book LL Postcards of the Channel Islands by the late Stanley Newman.

The CD-ROM is available from the Archivist, Mark Bailey, 36 Jerrymoor Hill, Finchampstead, Wokingham RG40 4UG, email: Any cheque should be made payable to the Channel Islands Specialists’ Society.

Still available from the Book Secretary

The Postal History of Guernsey Sub-Post Offices, David Gurney, 1995, 265pp, £10.00


Red Cross Postal Message Scheme with the Channel Islands during the Occupation 1940-45, David Gurney, 1992, 389pp, £8.00


Islanders Deported II, 246pp, £4.00. The second volume, dealing specifically with mail to and from the Islands and the Internees in Germany and France.


The Postal History of the Jersey Sub Post Offices, David Gurney, 2001, 376pp – special price due to some staples being rusty, REDUCED to £7 as secondhand copy but in good condition. NOW SOLD OUTPLEASE ENQUIRE TO SEE IF THERE ARE ANY SECONDHAND COPIES AVAILABLE.


A Study & Checklist of Jersey Definitives Booklet Panes, JG Hesketh, 1997, ONLY 1 COPY NOW AVAILABLE AS A SECOND-HAND COPY, THEREFORE BEING SOLD AT £2.00


Jersey & Guernsey Slogan Postmarks of the 20th Century, 2007, 85pp, £7.50


Boat Services to the Smaller Channel Islands, Second Edition, 2010, £24.00 (Members’ discounted price £20.00) NOW SOLD OUTPLEASE ENQUIRE TO SEE IF THERE ARE ANY SECONDHAND COPIES AVAILABLE.

60th anniversary booklet

Channel Islands Specialist Society 60th Anniversary Booklet, 2010, £4.00.

For SOLD OUT stock, occasionally books are returned so please check with to see if any secondhand copies are available at reduced price.

Also available from the Book Secretary

Binders for Les Iles Normandes to hold 16 issues @ £4.50 each or 3 for £12.50  
Society ties available in maroon or blue with CISS motif @£8.00 each

Society Tie, new design, in blue or maroon with CISS motif, £8.00 each

For more details or to place your order, please contact the Book Secretary, Richard Flemming, 64 Falconers Green, Burbage, Hinckley, LE10 2SX or email

Remember to quote your Membership number when ordering.

Payment can now be made by cheque, PayPal or bank transfer. Please indicate with your order if you wish to pay by PayPal or bank transfer, when details will be included with your invoice. Email: and ensure you include your address.

Bulletins and Journals

We have stocks of some of the past issues of the Bulletin and the Society Journal, Les Iles Normandes.

Most back issues have been donated to the Society by Members. Back issues of Les Iles Normandes are £1.00 each and the Bulletin is priced at £0.50. Postage and packing is not included in the price of each item. Please refer to the indexes of the Journals and Bulletins for the contents.

To enquire about past Journals and Bulletins, please contact Mark Bailey, 36 Jerrymoor Hill, Finchampstead, Wokingham, Berkshire RG40 4UG or email

Recommended Reading

Inevitably many key reference books are out of print. These out of print books do become available from time to time and are made available in the Society auctions.

A list of key reference works recommended and used by our members is available here: Recommended Reading

*** November 2012 ***

Forwarding Agents of Great Britain handling Channel Islands letters 1673 -1855, by David Gurney FRPSL, 170 pages, A5, profusely illustrated in black and white, ring bound, £9.50. This book is available from The Stuart Rossiter Trust