The September issue of Stamp Magazine, on sale from August 8, includes these great features:

Thematic guide to Napoleon

 Stamps and covers from France, the French colonies, the European nations and St Helena combine to tell the story of the Corsican misfit who rose to become an Emperor

Early postcards with postage due

Edwardian picture postcards were supposed to be a cheap and cheerful way of sending messages to friends and family. But evolving postal regulations meant that a surprising number ended up being charged postage due

Cocos (Keeling) Islands unmasked

This small Indian Ocean atoll has sometimes used its own stamps, sometimes Australian stamps, and sometimes both, making its postal history a complex puzzle

Commonwealth Classics

The 1920 issue of Barbados was one of the most powerful Victory sets that followed World War I

Great Engravers

With more than 1,000 stamps to his name, Czeslaw Slania is widely considered the best engraver ever 

Black Magic

In the early days of the Penny Black, rumours circulated that licking the gum could make you ill

GB Themes

From Dickens to Rowling, novelists and their popular characters are a busy theme on British stamps