1863 (31.8) Entire letter from Cairo via Alexandria to Syra, Greece with Type VI circular POSTA EUROPEA / CAIRO dispatch datestamp in blue, thence transferred to Greek Post Office in Alexandria where franked by 1862 Athens printing 80 lep carmine tied by a diamond of dots with “97” in black with Greek Post Office in Alexandria circular datestamp below (August 19, Julian) and ‘foreign postage paid’ Greek handstamp in black at left, Syra arrival circular datestamp (Aug 25, Julian) on reverse, cover with light water stain not detracting, a rare combination usage
Note: Illustrated in Smith on colour plate 1
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