The Old Farmer's 1999 Almanac, published by Yankee Publishing and distributed to trade bookstores for the second year by Villard, lands on the trade paper charts with about 244,000 copies after two trips to press. That figure represents bookstore distribution; total annual sales for the almanac is closer to four million. Editor Judson D. Hale is only the 12th editor since the Almanac was founded in 1792; it holds the record for the oldest continually published magazine in North America. For the first time for book retailers, the Almanac is shrink-wrapped with a copy of OFA's 48-page Gardener's Companion. Hale and three other Almanac editors have fanned out across the country on a 35-city tour.