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Vintage, Technical, and pre-Book Service N.G.S. books ~ c. 1895 - 1956


Vintage, Technical, and pre-Book Service N.G.S. books ~ c. 1895 - 1956

Once upon a time, the Society did not have a formal or structured book department or staff (hard to believe now!) ... the early years there were 'accidental' books, either by chance or favor. Some various monographs and myriad scientific reports made their way to publication with hard covers. Essentially, the popular book releases started with 1907's Scenes From Every Land, followed with a 2nd, 3rd, and 4th edition (e.g., 1909, 1912, 1918). 

From there, NGS's books were mostly nicely hardbound reprints of either:  A} in-demand articles from NGM , or,  B} were compilation volumes of multiple articles on a common topic --again from NGM itself.

Here n' there, were larger, original works by persons associated with some research or expedition sponsored or supported by the Society.

Such titles that fall within this group's purview would be thus:

  • Book of Monsters,
  • Valley of the 10,000 Smokes,
  • Alaskan Glacier Studies,
  • Physiography of the United States,
  • Book of Birds (pick a version!),
  • Book of Dogs,
  • Indians of North America,
  • Book of Fishes (pick one),
  • Flags of the World, 
  • Hunting Wild Life with Camera & Flashlight,
  • ...and much more!


   ~ Scott S. 

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Book or Article Reprint? 3 Replies

Book or Article Reprint?I recently acquired a copy of Insignia and Decorations of the U. S. Armed Forces, Revised Edition, December 1, 1944. This is a 208-page compilation of several articles from…Continue

Started by George Thomas Wilson. Last reply by Larry Moffett Mar 27.

Some Comments and Questions Re: "The Physiography of the United States" (1896) 4 Replies

The Physiography of the United States (1896)As I had commented in this group before, I am in possession of a copy of the compilation, "The Physiography of the United States".  While the book was…Continue

Started by George Thomas Wilson. Last reply by George Thomas Wilson Feb 10.

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Comment by Scott T. Shier on January 28, 2016 at 12:11am

Jeff,'s a few quick images to give you an idea of the 1935 + 1971 editions of E. Buxbaum's NG guides ; also sample images of a Don Smith guide (c. 1996 ed.) : 

**see the size difference between Buxbaum's 1st book, as compared to the very substantial 4th version of '71.

**note: you can click on any image to enlarge it.


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