Washington, DC: National Geographic Society, 2009. First Edition of the very scarce Deluxe Edition of National Geographic's Complete National Parks of the United States. This is not the standard hardcover issue, but the fine-grain synthetic leather-bound, lightly padded Deluxe Edition (see scans), which bears its own ISBN, that being 9781426205286, and which was copyrighted and published in 2009, one year prior to the publication date of the standard hardcover edition. Quarto, deep navy blue fine grain synthetic leather lightly padded boards, gilt imprinting on front cover and spine, navy blue satin page-marker ribbon, All Edges Gilt, and a thick 527 pp. + 1. The scarcest edition of the profusely illustrated (photos and maps) master work on the topic by Mel White. A scarce collector piece, wall-to-wall. Pristine.
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