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Epirus

February 1914

Europe 33, 33a

EpiSc1
Ep5
Ep7
 
Chimarra Issue
Provisional Government Issues
xxx
  1914 Sc1 SG1 1914 Sc5 SG25 1914 Sc7 SG23  
 
EpiKor
EpiCmin
EpiN1
 
 
Koritsa Issue
Chimarra Issue
Greek Occupation
 
  1914 Sc26 SG47 1914 Sc34 SG31 1914 ScN1 SG49b §  

Image from David Olson, with the comment, "A second printing was made from original handstamps, on similar thin wove paper, but not transluscent, known as Spetsiotis Reprints.'"
There are two designs in this set. Scott lists them all in order of denomination, Gibbons separates them in its listing.
§ The stamp shown is the double overprint variant.

Gibbons [1] only has two categories for Epirus, Provisional Govt 1914, SG1-58 and Northern Epirus, Greek Occupation 1914, SG59-85.
Scott [2] is more nuanced, with general and regional headings. Scott also illustrates a number of designs described as "not regularly issued for postal purposes in the opinion of the editors" that are actually listed by Gibbons.

Entity (listed under Epirus) Date Sc# Gibbons (listed under Epirus) SG#
Chimarra Issue
1914
Sc1-4
Provisional Government Issues
SG1-SG4
Provisional Government Issues
1914
Sc5-22
SG23-30
Koritsa Issue
1914
S26-27
SG47-48
Chimarra Issue
1914
Sc34-41
SG31-38
Greek Occupation
1914
Sc-N1-N32
North Epirus, Greek Occupation
SG59-85
listed under Greece
listed under Albania
  for use in North Epirus (Albania)
1940
Sc-N202-238
Greek Occupation
SG1-45

Wikipedia traces the history of Epirus back to Neolithic times, but looking at the more recent labyrinthine balkanisation, "While the Treaty of Berlin (1878) awarded large parts of Epirus to Greece, opposition by the Ottomans and the League of Prizren resulted in only the region of Arta being ceded to Greece in 1881. It was only following the First Balkan War of 1912–1913 and the Treaty of London that the rest of southern Epirus, including Ioannina, was incorporated into Greece. Greece had also seized northern Epirus during the Balkan Wars, but the Treaty of Bucharest, which concluded the Second Balkan War, assigned Northern Epirus to Albania." This was unpopular with the Greek population of Northen Epirus who revolted and "proclaimed the Autonomous Republic of Northern Epirus in February 1914".

GreN202
for use in North Epirus
1940 Greece Sc-N202
Albania, Greek Occ. SG1

Gibbons [1] on the 1940 occupation issues states that, "Italian troops invaded Greece from Albania [in 1940]. The Greeks counter-attacked and occupied part of Southern Albania, including Koritza, until the German invasion of Greece forced them to surrender [in 1941]."