National Geographic: Around the world in 125 years

National Geographic: Around the world in 125 years

National Geographic – Around the world in 125 yearsExploring the globe since 1888. A journey through time with the world’s favourite magazine.

In celebration of its 125th anniversary, National Geographic has given TASCHEN complete access to its archives to distil the journey of a lifetime into three oversized volumes featuring photographs – many unpublished – almost as rich, deep, and colourful as the world itself. Steve McCurry rates Around the World in 125 Years as the best book that has ever been published on the National Geographic archives.

The trans-continental trip starts in the Americas and Antarctica (Volume 1); then cross the Atlantic to Europe and Africa (Volume 2); and finally sail the Indian Ocean to Asia and Oceania (Volume 3). From evocative early black-and-white pictures to autochromes, from the golden age of Kodachromes to digital, National Geographic invented the aesthetic of the photo essay, while pushing the technical boundaries of the medium. Readers will discover how the magazine evolved from presenting a romantic view of the world – subjects posed and smiling – to edgier stories reflecting political turmoil, social issues, and environmental threats. Of course, the journey would not be complete without prime examples of the magazine’s revered groundbreaking underwater and wildlife photography, so they’ve included plenty of such treasures as well. This world class set is a cultural investment to be cherished, shared, and passed down to future generations.

Only a limited amount of 125,000 copies will be produced worldwide and each volume is presented in its own slipcase that folds into a handsome bookstand, allowing easy browsing and display. It features approximately 1,500 pages of photos and illustrations by Steve McCurry, Frans Lanting, George Rodger, James Nachtwey, and dozens of National Geographic staffers who covered the world from Timbuktu to Tuvalu. It also features an introductory essay by historian Douglas Brinkley and photographer biographies.

Starting November 19 through December 3 Christie’s auction house will present the online only sale entitled Timeless: National Geographic as Celebrated by TASCHEN. It will encompass a spectrum of images that have been illustrated in the upcoming 3-volume limited edition book by TASCHEN entitled, National Geographic: Around the world in 125 years. The sale is led by an extremely rare version of the 3 Volume set with all proceeds from the sale going to The National Geographic Archive. The book set is #5 of only 5 sets that have been signed by 43 of National Geographic’s most influential photographers, including signatures from current notable photographers such as Brian Skerry and Frans Lanting to golden age legends such as William Allard and James Stanfield. This signed edition will be the only one made available for sale. Copy #1 will be presented to President Barack Obama, and TASCHEN and National Geographic will retain the additional 3 sets for their archives. #5 has been estimated at $ 10,000-15,000.

To learn more about the auction, please go to or visit to discover more about this limited edition book set.

Limited edition published November 2013 by Taschen
Hardcover, 3 volumes in slipcase, 1,468 pages
Size: 28 x 39 cm
ISBN: 978-3-8365-4998-1
$499 / £349 / €399
Buy this book: National Geographic. Around the World in 125 Years (Nationl Geographic)

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