Jacques Legrand (philatelist)
Dr. Jacques Amable Legrand (1820-1912) was one of the first collectors of French stamps in the nineteenth century and one of the first organizers and scholars of philately
Philately is the study of stamps and postal history and other related items. Philately involves more than just stamp collecting, which does not necessarily involve the study of stamps. It is possible to be a philatelist without owning any stamps...

 in France as a serious topic of study. He used the pseudonym of Dr. Magnus.

He participated actively in the journal Le Timbrophile and with Pierre Mahé invented the perforation gauge instrument necessary to determine the perforation of stamps.

He also fought an unsuccessful battle to reject the title of the subject advocated by Georges Herpin and Arthur Maury as "philately" and sought it to be renamed "Timbrology".

Jacques Legrand was one of the founders on 14 June 1875 of the Société Française de Timbrologie, one of the most important philatelic institutions in France, and served as its first secretary. Arthur de Rothschild
Arthur de Rothschild
Baron Arthur de Rothschild was part of the French branch of the prominent Rothschild family. He was the son of Nathaniel de Rothschild and Charlotte de Rothschild . He was a prominent philatelist and published a book on the subject...

 became its president. Early members included Arthur Maury, despite his disagreement with Legrand over the word philately, and the painter Gustave Caillebotte
Gustave Caillebotte
Gustave Caillebotte was a French painter, member and patron of the group of artists known as Impressionists, though he painted in a much more realistic manner than many other artists in the group...


Dr. Legrand was the Redactor of review "Le timbre fiscal", published by J. B. Moens, since January 1874, and an honorary member of the Fiscal Philatelic Society
Fiscal Philatelic Society
The Fiscal Philatelic Society was an early twentieth century philatelic society that is seen as a predecessor to today's Cinderella Stamp Club and The Revenue Society...



  • Les écritures et la légende des timbres du Japon, 1878. (A study of early stamps of Japan.)


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