[St. Louis?]: Ernest F. Gambs, 1876-1877. Four issues, 8pp each, except as noted. Folded. The first issue [September 1876], the Centennial Year, is labeled Volume I, Number 1; the second issue combines numbers 2, 3, and 4; the third issue, numbers 5, 6, and 7; and the fourth issue, numbers 8 and 9 [lacking one leaf]. The third and fourth issues are printed on blue and yellow paper, respectively. Minor toning and wear, a few light wrinkles. Except as noted, Very Good.
'The St. Louis Philatelist' was founded by Ernest F. Gambs [1858-1902]. He settled in St. Louis, where he was a respected coin and stamp dealer. Some today still consider him a pioneer in this area. His paper, devoted to philatelic content but with a small amount of numismatic material, was published "as often as practicable," for free distribution from 1876 to 1882.
Gambs moved to San Francisco about 1883 and began publication of The California Philatelist, numbering it as an extension of his earlier publication. Edwin B. Hill noted in McKeel's Weekly Stamp News in 1919 that "The St. Louis Philatelist is a scarce item, these days. My file is still incomplete. It was issued seemingly on impulse, as the exigencies of business demanded, and its circulation was such that few copies were preserved to posterity. As a bit of philatelic history, however, it would well repay the collector to preserve to himself the issues that may turn up." Gambs was at the top of his profession when he died in his sleep at the age of 43 from gas inhalation caused by a faulty pilot light. ["Deep Calleth Unto Deep," by Edwin B. Hill. McKeel's Weekly Stamp News. May 31, 1919. Page 189; Scharf: HISTORY OF ST. LOUIS CITY AND COUNTY: FROM THE EARLIEST PERIODS TO THE PRESENT DAY. St. Louis: 1883. Page 951.]
Not in Lomazow. OCLC 9297270  [as of March 2015]. Item #31909