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New issues on 4 September 2024

40th ANNIVERSARY OF THE PRINCESS GRACE IRISH LIBRARY

One of the Principality’s most treasured cultural gems can be found hidden away in the Old Town district. The Princess Grace Irish Library, part of the Princess Grace of Monaco Foundation, was officially opened on 20 November 1984 by Prince Rainier III as a tribute to his late wife, Princess Grace, and her proud Irish heritage. The Library has a collection of books by Irish authors and many beautiful reference books of genuine historical value, all of which are available to borrow. It also houses Princess Grace’s own collection of sheet music and books, all in some way linked to Ireland.

Design: Stefanie VAN ZYL
Printing process: Offset
Size of the stamp: 30 x 40,85 mm vertical
Quantity of issue: 40 000 stamps
Sheet of 10 stamps with illuminations


500th ANNIVERSARY OF THE BIRTH OF PIERRE DE RONSARD

Nicknamed “prince of poets and poet of princes”, Pierre de Ronsard left an indelible mark on French Renaissance literature. He was born into an aristocratic family in 1524, and though destined for a promising military and diplomatic career, he was forced to abandon those ambitions after a sudden illness that left him partially deaf. Moving to Paris in 1544, he founded a literary circle with Joachim du Bellay called La Brigade, later renamed La Pléiade in 1553. The new movement aimed to forge a new genre of French-language literature, capable of standing alongside works of the great Greek or Latin poets. Ronsard published the first four volumes of his first great work, Les Odes, in 1550. He went on confirming his literary skills with Les Amours de Cassandre, an anthology of poems written in a decasyllabic metre. Others followed, including Les Amours in which Ronsard effectively defined the rules of what constituted a sonnet. He died in 1585 and was buried in the chapel crypt of the priory of Saint Cosme, gifted to him by King Charles IX in 1565.

Design: Gueorgui CHICHKINE
Line-engraving: Claude JUMELET
Printing process: 3 colours steel-engraving
Size of the stamp: 52 x 40,85 mm horizontal
Quantity of issue: 36 000 stamps
Sheet of 6 stamps with illuminations


These issues will be on sale at the “Office des Timbres”, the “Musée des Timbres et des Monnaies”, the post offices and philatelic counters of the Principality, the Monaco stamp-dealers as well as the “Carré d’Encre” in Paris, France. They will be included, with other values, in the 2nd Part of the philatelic programme 2024 and offered to our subscribers and customers.