part of the former Rusian province of Livonia, and subsequently became
part of Latvia under the name of Vidzeme.
stamps were used for local district deliveries, and for delivery to the
Imperial Russian Post Office. Additional Russian stamps were
required to be added to then cover the on cost of postage from the
Imperial Post Office to its final destination.
SG lists 16
different stamps issued in the period 1863-1901 in a separate section
(p302). Scott lists 12 different stamps in a series of "L" prefixed
stamps at the end of its Russia section. Michel lists 12 stamps also
at the end of its Russia section.
important to appreciate that Scott values the cancelled stamps on the
basis of pen cancels, and says that postmarked examples sell for
considerably more. SG values cancelled stamps on the basis of
postmarked specimens, and says that pen cancels are worth about 40% of the
postmarked specimens, which would suggest that Scott prices should be
multiplied by 2.5 to convert from pen cancels to postmark cancels.
Michel generally shows prices for both pen and postmark cancels, with the
relativity being close to the 40% factor suggested by SG.