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Editions from the 1990s

1990 37th Edition 1991

Edition

37

Publication Date

October 1990

Cover

Grey background

Price New 11.95
ISBN 0-85112-374-0

Foreword

October 1990, Earl of Iveagh

Pages

313

Chapters 11 ("The Human Being", "The Living World", "The Natural World and Space", "Science and Technology", "Building and Structures", "Transport", "The Business World", "The Arts & Entertainment", "Human Achievements", "The Human World" and "Sports and Games")
Dimensions 11x8 inches (292x216 mm)
Copyright Guinness Publishing Ltd

Publisher

Guinness Publishing Ltd

33, London Road, Enfield, Middlesex, EN2 6DJ, England

Printer Printer Industria Grfica S.A., Barcelona
Notes:
  1. This edition was again slightly different in size to previous editions.

  2. First edition printed outside of the UK.

  3. Title page credits the Editor (Donald McFarlan) and Founding Editor (Norris D. McWhirter).

  4. Foreword says, "In October 1990 the global sales surpassed 65 million".

  5. Slight changes to chapter names from the 26th edition.

  6. Modifications to eighty-one pages in the "stop press" section on pages 311 and 312.

  7. The stop press section also has an advert for "The Guinness Video of Records" and "The New Guinness Disc of Records".

  8. Inside back cover has an advert for the Guinness World of Records Exhibition.

 

1991 38th Edition 1992

Edition

38

Publication Date

October 1991

Cover

Multi-coloured background

Price New 12.99
ISBN 0-85112-378-3

Foreword

October 1991, Earl of Iveagh

Pages

311

Chapters 11 ("The Earth and Space", "The Living World", "The Human Being", "The Human World", "Science and Technology", "Building and Structures", "Transport", "The Business World", "The Arts and Entertainment", "Human Achievements",  and "Sports and Games")
Dimensions 12x8.85 inches (305x225 mm)
Copyright Guinness Publishing Ltd

Publisher

Guinness Publishing Ltd

33, London Road, Enfield, Middlesex, EN2 6DJ, England

Printer Printer Industria Grfica S.A., Barcelona
Notes:
  1. This edition returned to the size of the 36th edition.

  2. Cover designed by 14 year-old Joanne Bloomer.

  3. Title page credits the Editor (Donald McFarlan) and Founding Editor (Norris D. McWhirter).

  4. Foreword says, "By the end of 1990 the global sales surpassed 65 million".

  5. Chapters again renamed and reorganised.

  6. Modifications to sixty-seven pages in the "stop press" section.

  7. Inside back cover has, "Be a Pure Genius with Guinness Reference Books".

  8. A paperback International Edition containing all of the records from this year was also available.

 

1992 39th Edition 1993

Edition

39

Publication Date

October 1992

Cover

Beige background

Price New 13.99
ISBN 0-85112-978-1

Pages

300

Chapters 11 ("Earth and Space", "Living World", "Human Being", "Science and Technology", "Buildings and Structures", "Transport", "Business World", "Arts and Entertainment", "Human World", "Human Achievements",  and "Sports & Games")
Dimensions 12x9 inches (305x228 mm)
Copyright Guinness Publishing Ltd

Publisher

Guinness Publishing Ltd

33, London Road, Enfield, Middlesex, EN2 6DJ, England

Printer Printer Industria Grfica S.A., Barcelona
Notes:
  1. Some copies did not have 1993 on the cover (right). The reason for this omission is unclear.

  2. The inside front cover has photographs of some older editions (the 1969 edition doesn't appear to be in very good condition, and the 1972 edition is the Australian version).

  3. Title page credits the Editor (Peter Matthews) and Founding Editor (Norris D. McWhirter).

  4. The foreword (which has been titled, "The Story of the Guinness Book" for some time) is no longer credited to the Earl of Iveagh (the 3rd Earl died in 1992).

  5. "The Human World" chapter moves yet again. Minor chapter title renaming.

  6. At the end of the book, there is an 11 page section dedicated to the 1992 Summer and Winter Olympics.

  7. Modifications to sixty-eight pages in the "stop press" section.

  8. After the Index, there is a call for collectors with over 30 editions of the book, "so that we can recognise their dedication".

  9. Final page has adverts for "The Guinness Game of Records" and the Guinness World of Records.

  10. Inside back cover has, "There's no end of good books from Guinness".

  11. A paperback International Edition containing all of the records from this year was also available.

 

1993 40th Edition 1994

Edition

40

Publication Date

October 1993

Cover

Black/Yellow background

Price New 14.99
ISBN 0-85112-512-3

Pages

310

Chapters 11 ("Earth and Space", "Living World", "Human Being", "Science & Technology", "Buildings & Structures", "Transport", "Business World", "Arts & Entertainment", "Human World", "Human Achievements",  and "Sports & Games")
Dimensions 12x9 inches (305x228 mm)
Copyright Guinness Publishing Ltd

Publisher

Guinness Publishing Ltd

33, London Road, Enfield, Middlesex, EN2 6DJ, England

Printer Printer Industria Grfica S.A., Barcelona
Notes:
  1. Inside front cover has "The FIFA World Cup".

  2. Title page credits the Editor (Peter Matthews) and Founding Editor (Norris D. McWhirter).

  3. Modifications to seventy pages in the "stop press" section.

  4. The final page has a list of 87 collectors with 30 editions or more. Ten have all of the previous 39 editions, not counting Norris McWhirter. His picture shows that none of the early editions he is carrying have dust-jackets. Yet another advert for the Guinness World of Records also appears on that page.

  5. Inside back cover has an advertisement for "The Complete Guinness Library".

  6. Back cover says, "This 1994 edition contains more than five times as much information as that [1955] first one".

  7. A paperback International Edition containing all of the records from this year was also available.

 

1994 41st Edition 1995

Edition

41

Publication Date

October 1994

Cover

White background

Price New 14.99
ISBN 0-85112-736-3

Pages

311

Chapters 11 ("Earth and Space", "Living World", "Human Being", "Science & Technology", "Buildings & Structures", "Transport", "Arts & Entertainment", "Business World", "Human World", "Human Achievements",  and "Sports & Games")
Dimensions 12x9 inches (305x228 mm)
Copyright Guinness Publishing Ltd

Publisher

Guinness Publishing Ltd

33, London Road, Enfield, Middlesex, EN2 6DJ, England

Printer Printer Industria Grfica S.A., Barcelona
Notes:
  1. No Guinness logo on the spine.

  2. Title page credits the Editor (Peter Matthews) and Founding Editor (Norris D. McWhirter).

  3. "Arts & Entertainment" and "Business World" chapters swapped.

  4. Modifications to seventy-six pages (and some additions) in the "stop press" section on pages 307 to 310.

  5. Special "World Cup 1994" and "Dear Guinness Book of Records" are added before the Index.

  6. The final page has details of the Guinness Gold Club (167 members) and an advertisement for the Guinness World Records Exhibition. There is an "admit one free" voucher, which could be clipped.

  7. Inside back cover has "Everything Under the Sun".

  8. A paperback International Edition containing all of the records from this year was also available.

 

1995 42nd Edition 1996

Edition

42

Publication Date

October 1995

Cover

Blue and Yellow background

Price New 14.99
ISBN 0-85112-646-4

Pages

311

Chapters 11 ("Earth and Space", "Living World", "Human Being", "Science & Technology", "Buildings & Structures", "Transport", "Arts & Entertainment", "Business World", "Human World", "Human Achievements",  and "Sports & Games")
Dimensions 12x9 inches (305x228 mm)
Copyright Guinness Publishing Ltd

Publisher

Guinness Publishing Ltd

33, London Road, Enfield, Middlesex, EN2 6DJ, England

Printer Printer Industria Grfica S.A., Barcelona
Notes:
  1. No Guinness logo on the spine.

  2. Inside front cover is "40 years of the Guinness Book of Records". The text states that, "Total sales of all editions passed 50 million in 1984, 75 million in 1994 and wil reach the 100 million mark early in the next millennium".

  3. Title page has "The New Guinness Book of Records 1996".

  4. Title page credits the Editor (Peter Matthews) and Founding Editor (Norris D. McWhirter).

  5. Modifications to sixty-six pages in the "stop press" section on pages 309 to 311.

  6. "Dear Guinness Book of Records" appears before the Index.

  7. Inside back cover has "Books That Stand the Test of Time".

 

1996 43rd Edition 1997

Edition

43

Publication Date

October 1996

Cover

Black background

Price New 16.00
ISBN 0-85112-693-6

Pages

350

Chapters 11 ("Earth and Space", "The living world", "The human being", "Human achievements", "Science and technology", "Transport and travel", "The arts", "Leisure and entertainment", "Commerce", "The human world" and "Sports and games")
Dimensions 12x9 inches (305x228 mm)
Copyright Guinness Publishing Ltd

Publisher

Guinness Publishing Ltd

33, London Road, Enfield, Middlesex, EN2 6BR, England

Printer Printer Industria Grafica S.A., Barcelona
Notes:
  1. Some copies had a black Holofoil dust-jacket; the boards did not have the Holofoil printing.

  2. Guinness harp logo returns to the spine.

  3. Inside front cover - baked beans.

  4. This edition had a questionnaire card with seven questions, that could be sent FREEPOST to Guinness Publishing.

  5. No credits on the title page; following pages credit the Joint Publishing Directors (Ian Castello-Cortes and Michael Feldman), Managing Editor (Elizabeth Wyse).

  6. The "Welcome" page states that, "... we've gone digital ... Records are now derived from an automated database".

  7. Chapters again reorganised and renamed.

  8. No "stop press" section.

  9. After the Index, there are two pages - "Register now to become a Citizen of guinnessworldrecords.com" (with another version of the questionnaire) and the potted history of the book that previously appeared at the beginning of the book.

  10. Inside back cover - sheep.

  11. According to the Fourth Issue of the Guinness Gold Club Newsletter, this edition "achieved its highest sale for twenty years reaching 610,000 copies of the U.K. produced edition. Total worldwide sales of the combined 1997 editions exceeded 1.5 million copies".

 

1997 44th Edition 1998

Edition

44

Publication Date

October 1997

Cover

Purple background

Price New 17.00
ISBN 0-85112-044-X

Pages

352

Chapters 14 ("The human body", "Human achievements", "Size", "Hobbies and Pastimes", "Taking it to the limit", "Society", "Money", "Media", "The arts", "Architecture and design", "Science and technology", "Earth", "The living world" and "Sport")
Dimensions 12x9 inches (305x228 mm)
Copyright Guinness Publishing Ltd

Publisher

Guinness Publishing Ltd

338 Euston Road, London, NW1 3BD, UK.

Printer Printer Industria Grafica S.A., Barcelona
Notes:
  1. Some copies have the date 1998 at the bottom of the front cover.

  2. Guinness Publishing "whoosh" logo on the spine.

  3. Joint Publishing Directors (Ian Castello-Cortes and Michael Feldman), Managing Editor (Elizabeth Wyse).

  4. "The World of Guinness" is now located on page 7.

  5. Chapters completely reorganised and renamed.

  6. No "stop press" section.

  7. Final page is now "Getting into the book".

 

1998 45th Edition 1999

Edition

45

Publication Date

October 1998

Cover

Black and blue background

Price New 18.00
ISBN 0-85112-070-9

Pages

335

Chapters 12 ("Fame", "Money & Big Business", "Extraordinary People", "Extraordinary Lives", "The Body", "The Natural World", "The Material World", "Hi-Tech", "War & Disaster", "Arts & Media", "Music & Fashion" and "Sporting Heroes")
Dimensions 12x9 inches (305x228 mm)
Copyright Guinness Publishing Ltd

Publisher

Guinness Publishing Ltd

Printer Printer Industria Grafica S.A., Barcelona
Notes:
  1. Publishing Director (Ian Castello-Cortes), Managing Editor (Nic Kynaston).

  2. Introduction mentions, "Our transatlantic research teams based in London and Stamford, Connecticut".

  3. Chapters completely reorganised and renamed.

  4. Final pages are now, "Getting into the Book" and the book's history.

 

1999 46th Edition, 2000 Millennium Edition

Edition

46

Publication Date

September 1999

Cover

Silver background

Price New 18.00
ISBN 0-85112-098-9

Pages

288

Chapters 10 ("Courage", "Knowledge", "Achievement", "Wealth", "Fame", "Media & Pop Culture", "The Body", "Technology", "Danger & Disaster" and "Sports")
Dimensions 12x9 inches (305x228 mm)
Copyright Guinness World Records Ltd

Publisher

Guinness World Records Ltd

Printer Printer Industria Grafica S.A., Barcelona
Notes:
  1. After 45 editions, the book title changes to "Guinness World Records".

  2. Guinness World Records "star and whoosh" logo on the spine.

  3. Publishing Director (Ian Castello-Cortes), Managing Editor (Nic Kynaston).

  4. Introduction says, "... this year we achieved the highest print-run record for a colour hardback title".

  5. Chapters completely reorganised and renamed.

  6. Seventeen changes noted in the "stop press" section on page 274.

  7. Final page is now "history of the book".

  8. Some collectors have reported finding copies of this edition with a thick, clear dust-wrapper. We have a copy in such a dust-wrapper (which keeps the silver cover in pristine condition), so it would be interesting to know why these were specially produced.