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Whatever happened to Edwin C. Buxbaum, the National Geographic dealer?

I need a list of National Geographic maps that were inserts in the National Geographic magazine from 1888 to now.

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Comment by Scott T. Shier on January 13, 2014 at 10:48pm

Hello Richard,

Mr. Buxbaum passed away in June 1989. His collector's guide book of 1971 was his last edition. 

Mr. (Dr.) Buxbaum was mentioned twice in the NGM:

  1. Gilbert M. Grosvenor's President's page in March 1989 spoke of Nat Geo collector's,
  2. in January 1990 announcing his death, in the GEOGRAPHICA section.


  - Scott Shier

Comment by Richard K. Curoe on January 13, 2014 at 11:46pm

Sorry to hear the really bad news.  Has anybody taken over his business?  Do you know where I can get a copy of his collector's guide of 1971 and the two previous collectors guide.


Comment by Philip Riviere on January 14, 2014 at 12:18am

Hi Richard,

           I posted a list of all Maps and Supplements as an article in the main forum. These discussion blogs don't allow inserting Excel  files into  them.. Buxbaum's list is incorporated in the list I posted.. Also E-Bay has his books listed quite often......



Comment by Scott T. Shier on January 14, 2014 at 12:23am


You can check or and search (for purchase) the Buxbaum guides. Also, are you familiar with Roger Nathan and his collecting probably are.

The widow Mrs. Buxbaum liquidated her husband's collection/holdings back in the early 1990's, and there were some established dealer-collectors who purchased in-bulk his items. His collections, as he owned them, are looong gone. I vaguely know a few names of who bought portions of the Buxbaum inventory.

On this site, there is a Dealers Directory tab, and you might peruse that just for your own FYI. One name in particular is Mr. Nick Koopman, a very established, long-time dealer that many who have been in the Nat Geo collecting world pre-internet, knew well. 

 - Scott S.

Comment by Scott T. Shier on January 14, 2014 at 12:27am

dealers listing:

list of published sources of "about" NGS and NGM items, history, etc. (not just Buxbaum's) :

Welcome to the 'Corner, Richard !

 - Scott

Comment by Melvin L. De Vilbiss on January 14, 2014 at 5:23pm


Someone has recently offered a collection for sale, in which he includes many of the reference materials Scott mentioned:

I'm uncertain if these items are still available - but at least you'll get the list with pictures of what you may wish to look for.

Please note that Buxbaum actually had four publications, with the first as a pamphlet/booklet format followed by his three "Collector's, et al " guide editions.

The pamphlet only had 1000 copies printed and has become quite a collector's item in its own right.

Hope you find this information useful.


Comment by Steve Kovacs on February 24, 2014 at 8:57pm

Hello Richard,

My father, Steve, was a good friend of Edwin Buxbaum for many, many years.  They were communicating to each other earlier than l967.  There are many letters back and forth which I have while my father was collecting the complete set of National Georgraphics.  I also have many Index'es by Mr. Buxbaum that I would love to part with, with earlier issues of the magazines.  If you are interested I can be contacted at or at 604.952.7663 or on my cell phone 604.307.4922.  We lived in Edmonton until my family moved to BC in l988. My father passed away earlier than Mr. Buxbaum and left me his collection that I also want to sell off. If you are interested I would love to chat with you.  Sincerely,  Steve Kovacs


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