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Total Number of Reprints Published by the National Geographic Society (NGS)
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In a letter dated July 13, 1989, signed by Eugenia M. Ryan, Research Correspondence for the NGS, a copy of which was posted on the National Geographic Collector’s Corner forum by Mr. Jeffry Persons…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Douglas Groenendijk Sep 11.

Would you look at this!
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Started this discussion. Last reply by Mike Oliphant Aug 6, 2018.

Buyer Beware!
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Listing as an original Volume I, No. 3, on eBay:…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Michele Aug 21, 2018.

The Passing of a Great Grandfather’s Legacy
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This is food for thought for any who believe they leave behind their National Geographic Magazine Collection as a legacy for those to follow.Many years ago, sometime after 1903 a Great Grandfather…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Melvin L. De Vilbiss Mar 17, 2018.

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Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Richard Kennedy's discussion NatGeo VHS Videos -- Help Needed
"Excellent work Richard! I'll cross check with my limited inventory but doubt I'll find anything to add."
7 hours ago
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to George Thomas Wilson's discussion Photos at the 'Corner
"An interesting tidbit Tom - thanks!"
yesterday
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to George Thomas Wilson's discussion 100 Years Ago: November 1919
"As always, well done Tom!"
Oct 28
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Chris Sorensen's discussion 1906-present complete plus a few pre-1906
"It's a balancing act. You'll probably obtain more for the most sought after issues - pre 1920's but it will be a long and hard trod and sales have been very sluggish these past two or three years. All you can do is ask... Mel"
Sep 27
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Chris Sorensen's discussion 1906-present complete plus a few pre-1906
"Try getting in contact with any of the NE dealers as listed in the Dealer Directory at the top left margin of the main page. They will most assuredly offer you rock bottom prices (as they're in the business to make a small profit) but they…"
Sep 25
Douglas Groenendijk replied to Melvin L. De Vilbiss's discussion Total Number of Reprints Published by the National Geographic Society (NGS)
"Okay yeah that is nice that they included the covers. Forsure always have to be careful and mindful. Thanks for all the information"
Sep 11
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Melvin L. De Vilbiss's discussion Total Number of Reprints Published by the National Geographic Society (NGS)
"Yes they do include the covers - at least those bound by the NGS. I have observed, on two occasions, bound reprints for private collections bound like all the other volumes in the private collection, i.e. not the standard brown with gold trim as the…"
Sep 10
Douglas Groenendijk replied to Melvin L. De Vilbiss's discussion Total Number of Reprints Published by the National Geographic Society (NGS)
"This is all really helpful information on collecting the reprints, Thanks for doing this Melvin. I was also just wondering if the bounded Reprinted Volumes Include the Covers of the magazines in the binding?"
Sep 10
Scott T. Shier replied to Melvin L. De Vilbiss's discussion Total Number of Reprints Published by the National Geographic Society (NGS)
"i had a '75 copy, but sold it."
Sep 10
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Melvin L. De Vilbiss's discussion Total Number of Reprints Published by the National Geographic Society (NGS)
"Good catch Tom - correction made. That's been in my sales summary since 2015 - can't tell you how many times I've reviewed it and just glossed over the same mistake every time. Thank you! Mel"
Sep 10
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Melvin L. De Vilbiss's discussion Total Number of Reprints Published by the National Geographic Society (NGS)
"Correction: "horizontal column" should read "vertical column" - as if a column could be anything else :)"
Sep 10
George Thomas Wilson replied to Melvin L. De Vilbiss's discussion Total Number of Reprints Published by the National Geographic Society (NGS)
"Mel, Shouldn't that be Volumes 1-8 (1888-1897) and Volumes 9-18 (1898-1907)."
Sep 10
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Melvin L. De Vilbiss's discussion Total Number of Reprints Published by the National Geographic Society (NGS)
"And only "1,000" were produced in 1975 versus the "3,400" produced in 1964. The 1975 version is considered "rare" by book collecting standards. The 1964 version is considered "scarce.""
Sep 9
George Thomas Wilson replied to Melvin L. De Vilbiss's discussion Total Number of Reprints Published by the National Geographic Society (NGS)
"The 1975 Reprints of Vol.1, No.1 have this easily-missed mark to distinguish them from the 1964 Reprints."
Sep 9
Mark Van Winkle replied to Melvin L. De Vilbiss's discussion Total Number of Reprints Published by the National Geographic Society (NGS)
"I found it (barely), but what does it represent?"
Sep 9
George Thomas Wilson replied to Melvin L. De Vilbiss's discussion Total Number of Reprints Published by the National Geographic Society (NGS)
"Can you find the "75"?"
Sep 9

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Collecting since the mid '70s, I didn't get serious about it until 2001. Now I'm hooked!

Comment Wall (15 comments)

At 6:47am on June 7, 2010, Claude Belisle said…
Melvin,
Can you send me an email at belisle@mat.ulaval.ca ?
Thank you.
Claude
At 8:00pm on October 13, 2010, Keith Sargent said…
I grew up with NG's and my parents bought me a lifetime subscription when I was 15. I've finally decided to stop at 1909 (I hope), because several years back, I purchased a bound volume for that year. I had stopped at 1913 (the year my dad was born), but that three year gap bothered me; then, three months ago, I found someone selling his early 1910's and picked up 1910-1913 (about $20 each). I purchased the 1913's to get the one issue I was missing - April (Machu Picchu). I feel really satisfied now. I'm only missing May 1923, "At the Tomb of Tutankhamen" How far back does your collection go?
At 8:48am on April 17, 2012, Dale said…

Hi Mel,

Sorry to say, but I only have spares of V3 #1 (May'91) and #5 (Feb '92), both VG+ copies.

Dale

At 9:29pm on May 7, 2012, Freddie L. Smith said…
I will be happy to send a list to you. Possibly by
the weekend.
At 10:40pm on May 7, 2012, Freddie L. Smith said…
Individual copies: (o) original (r) reprint
These are spares be willing to swap-trade
Etc..
1900
Jan-O
April-O
May-O
1899
Jan-O
Feb-O
Aug-O
Nov-R
1897
July-Aug-O
1896
Feb(2)-O
May-O-missing back cover
1894
Jan,31-R
May,23-R
1893
April,29-R
1888
Vol. 1 # 1
At 11:10am on September 10, 2012, Pier C. RONCHIETTO said…

I got a message from you regarding some very old issues . My E-mail is caio@mweb.co.za and my name is Pier Ronchietto. Can you giveme you Emails address?

Thanks 

Pier 

At 2:49pm on November 9, 2012, Lia Calder said…

Dear Melvin,

We're looking foward to sell the whole collection, not just a single volume... Let me know if you are still interested.

Best relagrd, Lia

At 12:24am on December 4, 2012, Sivaramakrishnan Balakrishnan said…

Hi Melvin - I am new to collecting the National Geographic magazines and so at this point I am looking to buy the more extensive collections - but quite clearly the more recent vintages (like 1950s onwards - unless there's a way to get the earlier years at a reasonable price) - since the very very early vintages (late 1800s-early 1900s) are quite out of my reach (and intent).

At 12:12pm on October 30, 2013, Dawn S said…

Hello Melvin, thank you for friend requesting me.  Mine or the bound set for 1964 I believe.

At 8:20pm on November 1, 2013, Sandra J. Phipps said…

We have a few from 1917   however,    January 1965 through 1988 the collection is non stop, and complete. He got them every month . He died 1987 and mom never renewed. '.

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