Stanley Gibbons: 552-553;
Yvert et Tellier: 510-511;
||Graphic designer: Vladimr Novak
Engraver: Milos Ondracek
|Stamps in set
12 CZK - Explorers: Ferdinand Stolicka
21 CZK - Explorers: Alois Musil
|Places of issue
||Kromeriz and Viskov
|Size (width x height)
||40mm x 23mm
||50 stamps in Sheet: 5x10
||12 x 11.25
|| rotary recess print in black
combined with photogravure in dark red, yellow, black and ochre
||Post Printing House
On June 18th
, 2008, Post Authority of Czech Republic issued a set of two
One of the stamps shows Czech paleontologist - Ferdinand Stolichka.
Ferdinand Stolichka on explorer stamps of Czech Republic 2008
MiNr.: 566, Scott: 3392.
The Czech geologist, paleontologist
natural scientist of world significance.
Ferdinand Stolicka graduated in geology from the Faculty of Arts in Vienna.
He did mapping in the Eastern Alps, in Hungary and Dalmatia.
As a paleontologist of the Indian Geological Institute, he researched mainly the
Himalaya and the Karakoram.
He went on his first journey to the Himalayas in 1864.
During the four-month expedition he created geological maps of extensive areas
of the mountains; in particular, he defined the core of the Himalayas as consisting
of gneiss layers covered with by primary and secondary sediments.
He contributed also to other disciplines, mainly to ornithology.
On his return from the third expedition to the Himalaya he died, probably of high
The extent of Stolicka's scientific work is admirable.
Alois Musil on explorer stamps of Czech Republic 2008
MiNr.: 567, Scott: 3393.
After graduation from the Faculty of Theology in Olomouc, the world-famous
Czech geographer, orientalist and traveler Alois Musil continued his
studies in Jerusalem and Beirut.
He travelled through Arabia and made detailed maps there.
He was engaged in ethnography and botany.
In addition to world languages, he had a command of 35 Arabian dialects.
He became the sheikh of two tribes.
Bedouins brought Musil to his greatest discovery - they showed him the mysterious
century building in the desert Kuseir Amra in the territory of today's
After World War I he was appointed professor at Charles University for oriental
sciences and the Arabian language.
With President Masaryk's support, Musil initiated the foundation of the Oriental
He contributed to the popularity of the Near East and published dozens of
traveler's books for the youth and adults.
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Many thanks to Dr. Peter Voice
, PhD Department of Geological and
Environmental Sciences, Western Michigan University, USA, for his help in finding
information and for review draft page of the article.