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Volume I Title Page Anomaly (original versus reprint):
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It matters not if you have bound or loose reprints – you do not have a Title Page for Volume I.This was a purposeful omission by the NGS when they did the 1964 reproduction of the first 18…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by George Thomas Wilson on Wednesday.

May 2006 perforated foldout "Physical Map of Australia"
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I was trying to replace my damaged May 2006 issue but discovered the seller was not aware the issue came with a perforated foldout titled “Physical Map of Australia.”I had not inquired before…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Melvin L. De Vilbiss Mar 26.

A Guide to Selling National Geographic Magazines (Revised 13 February 2015)
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{New for 2015 => Bound Volumes + Reprints (Bound and Individual)} NG Collector’s Corner: eBay:  …Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Mike Oliphant Feb 22.

John Shaddock - I am sorry you feel compelled to sell that which was given to you in good will.
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"focus__nj" is your eBay moniker.This is what you have put up for sale:…Continue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Scott T. Shier Feb 15.

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Melvin L. De Vilbiss commented on George Thomas Wilson's photo
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Vol I Index Cover forgery

"Nice work Tom. Page ii will be problematic because, believe it or not, the officers of the organization were slightly different between the years of 1889 and 1891."
Thursday
George Thomas Wilson replied to Melvin L. De Vilbiss's discussion Volume I Title Page Anomaly (original versus reprint):
"Thanks for the info and too bad about the electronic copy or lack thereof. If you need an electronic copy of the Vol. II cover, I scanned that page from my V2N5 reprint.  Here's the image, feel free to copy it if you need it for any…"
Wednesday
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Melvin L. De Vilbiss's discussion Volume I Title Page Anomaly (original versus reprint):
"Additional information: Sadly, the NGS was even less interested in getting it correct with the red brick issues for digitization than they were in 1964 with their reprints. Example: Not only is the Volume I title page missing from its original…"
Jun 23
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Melvin L. De Vilbiss's discussion Volume I Title Page Anomaly (original versus reprint):
"Technically speaking Tom, these are not copyright dates as the NGS did not copyright until after 1907 (I believe 1908 was the first year of copyright). At the very least, I know the 18** issues were not copyrighted. But to answer your question, on…"
Jun 23
George Thomas Wilson replied to Melvin L. De Vilbiss's discussion Volume I Title Page Anomaly (original versus reprint):
"Mel, Just out of curiosity, what is the small copyright year listed at the bottom of the Volume I title page?  I can see it being 1889, 1890, or 1891 depending on its actual creation. Also, is there an electronic copy of this page? I know you…"
Jun 22
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to M. Smith's discussion Hello. Looking for information.
"Both Roger Nathan and Edwin Buxbaum wrote about the pictorials in their respective guide books (check the link on the main page in the upper left margin titled "Published Sources for NG History." Buxbaum's third edition, page 276,…"
Jun 15
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Melvin L. De Vilbiss's discussion Volume I Title Page Anomaly (original versus reprint):
"Tom, Apparently the 1896 index was important to them - and they placed it in it's proper place. Or, unbeknownst to us "newer" collectors, perhaps there actually was a publication that did in-fact have it in the December issue - that…"
Jun 13
George Thomas Wilson replied to Melvin L. De Vilbiss's discussion Volume I Title Page Anomaly (original versus reprint):
"Thanks for laying it out for me, Mel.  I just got confused.  (Easy to do.) As I've stated before, the 1964 reprints messed the Vol 7 index as well.  My Dec 1896 and Feb 1897 are both reprints, the index is in Dec, not Feb. Tom"
Jun 13
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to Melvin L. De Vilbiss's discussion Volume I Title Page Anomaly (original versus reprint):
"Tom, In the original issue of Volume II, No. 5: The Volume I Title page (page i) follows 5 blank pages that fall immediately after the last page of the index (page 339). It's obverse (page ii) is the list of Society Officers. It is then…"
Jun 13
George Thomas Wilson replied to Melvin L. De Vilbiss's discussion Volume I Title Page Anomaly (original versus reprint):
"Good to hear from you Mel.  Just a bit of clarification: You state that the Vol. I cover page was part of the Vol II No 5 issue as part of the Vol I & II Contents; and you state that the issue starts with the Vol II cover page, then the Vol…"
Jun 12
Melvin L. De Vilbiss posted a discussion

Volume I Title Page Anomaly (original versus reprint):

It matters not if you have bound or loose reprints – you do not have a Title Page for Volume I.This was a purposeful omission by the NGS when they did the 1964 reproduction of the first 18 volumes.Why?The Volume I Title Page was part of the combined Volume I & II Contents, Illustrations and Index listing that was published as Volume II, No. 5.In the original, this issue begins with the Volume II Title Page followed by the combined Vol. I & II Contents and Illustrations as pages i…See More
Jun 12
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to George Thomas Wilson's discussion 100 Years Ago: May 1915
"Russ, Check out November 1910. The November issue was a favorite for colorization, i.e. 1911, 1912, etc. Mel"
Apr 19
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to George Thomas Wilson's discussion Lands of the Bible Today: 1956, 1962-3, and 1967 in the group Map, Atlas, Supplement, and Index Collectors
"Very nice indeed, thanks Tom!"
Apr 8
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to George Thomas Wilson's discussion Third Party Indices in the group Map, Atlas, Supplement, and Index Collectors
"Neither the binding title nor title page state an inclusive range. Some searching though shows a 1916 reference (forgot which month, but if I remember correctly - December). On the other end, the October 1939 map of Central Europe is not…"
Apr 7
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to George Thomas Wilson's discussion Third Party Indices in the group Map, Atlas, Supplement, and Index Collectors
"The most unique privately produced index I have was copyrighted 1939 and is titled: "The Skadsheim Topical Index to The National Geographic Magazine" with a subtitle: "With Alphabetical and Analytical Sections" The analytical…"
Apr 6
Melvin L. De Vilbiss replied to stephen zamarin's discussion April 1973 National Geographic Special The Haunted West
"My only copy has the Bushmen - sorry; and I no longer have available the large collection of extras I once had. I also didn't have time to watch T.V. back in those days - something to do with massive amounts of study, not enough time to do so,…"
Mar 31

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

Comment Wall (10 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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