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National Geographic. Around the World in 125 Years Hardcover – Special Edition, 25 Jan 2014

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  • Hardcover: 1404 pages
  • Publisher: TASCHEN Gmbh; Limited edition (25 Jan. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3836549980
  • ISBN-13: 978-3836549981
  • Product Dimensions: 36.8 x 26 x 48.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 353,127 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"TASCHEN has taken these photos out of our archives and elevated them into the realm of fine art." --Declan Moore (Executive VP, National Geographic Society)

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Reuel Golden graduated in politics from the University of Sussex, England, and is the former editor of the British Journal of Photography and executive editor at Photo District News. He has edited on titles including both New York, and London, Portrait of a City, Her Majesty, and Harry Benson. The Beatles.


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By Cnd on 11 July 2014
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These books are absolutely beautiful. I first saw them in my local book store (for the cheap price of £300; £50 cheaper than retail) and fell in love immediately, but couldn't afford them. 125 years of National Geographic from around the world; all the magic, captured in 3 volumes. The print quality is second to none - the colours pop and the contrast is great (this is what Taschen does best). The slip cases, covers and pages are also absolutely beautiful and of very high quality. The fact that the slipcases convert to book stands is great for viewing and increases the longevity of the spine. When I saw these volumes on Amazon for £226 I just knew I had to have them - they will be in our family for generations to come. As a single point of criticism, I would have liked to see more of Canada. Geographically, it is larger than the United States, but only 32 pages are dedicated to it (this including Alaska and the Arctic), whereas 202 pages are dedicated to the United States. Also, keep in mind that these books are HEAVY and require special care when handling.

Unfortunately, I must add that I also had some trouble with the volumes when they first arrived. 3 sheets in one of the books were ripped and there were some ink splashes on them (it looks like it was a printing error). A second book also had a bit of glue splashed on a few of the pages, so they were glued together about 2cm away from the binding. Amazon quickly replaced them the next day, however one of the books in the new set had a folded corner on one of the photos on the back cover. The fold was not huge, but it bothered me; considering the price of these books and the fact that they will be on display, I wanted them to be perfect. The following day I received a third set, which is free of any problems.
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I'm not sure if five stars is enough for this book(s). I have quite a lot of picture books in my collection. Most of them by Taschen. But this one is truly something special. I've spent fiew hours going through entire 3 volumes and it was simply mesmerizing. Like travelling through space and time at the same time. And I already can't wait to go through it again, but now paying attention to as many details as possible, because many of the pictures are like little journeys themselves. There is no point to talk about quality of print because this is what Taschen do the best. And they're at their best once again. Volumes are big, heavy and beautiful. Exactly like they should be.
It's quite expensive. True. (I was lucky to preorder it at £225) But it is worth every penny. It's the kind of book you'll return to many, many times - like your favourite classic record. Trust me. You want it.
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Amazing quality books - very special. Perfect for a big birthday present.
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I must say, when I first saw the price tag on this set of books I wondered if the fact that it was a limited edition led to an inflated RRP.

I was wrong. This is massive. I struggled to carry it up three flights of stairs to my flat (43lb!). The scale of the project and the production is second to none. It will be an heirloom…

With a global production of 125k, I suspect that this will disappear quick smart. Highly recommended.
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I bought it for a collector who has been subscribed to NG since 1976. He did not see this coming. A perfect gift. A very nice book for a decent price.
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Amazing! Superb, fascinating pictures. Stunning large size pixel perfect reproductions. WYPIWYG - what you pay is what you get.
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This set is stupendous, excellently published and presented - it was ordered as a gift and the recipient was delighted ...
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amazing pictures, and the quality of the printing is exceptional. very very very heavy too.
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