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Guinness Collecting Guides

From the early days of Guinness Superlatives, reference books for collectors formed a big part of the company's output. The early series of booklets (known as "Guinness Signatures") and books encompassed a wide range of collecting information, from English furniture to glassware, pottery and firearms. This section of our site gives details the original series and provides information on later publications related to collecting, collections and historical information.

Title

English and Irish Glass

Author

Geoffrey Wills

Date

October 1968

ISBN 0-85112-117-9

Format

Hardback 242x182mm

Pages n/a Price New 84s.

Publisher

Guinness Signatures, 24 Upper Brook Street, London, W.1.

Printer

McCorquodale and Company Limited, London.

Notes

Originally published as 16 booklets, ranging from "Commemorative Goblets" to "Modern Glass".

We have a set of the original booklets, each of which sold for 3/6d:

  1. Commemorative Goblets
  2. Drinking Glasses Part 1
  3. Drinking Glasses Part 2
  4. Ewers and Decanters
  5. Table Wares
  6. Candlesticks and Lustres
  7. Chandeliers
  8. Irish Glass
  9. Bottles to 1720
  10. Bottles from 1720
  11. Enamelled and Engraved Glass
  12. 18th Century Coloured Glass
  13. Novelties and "Friggers"
  14. Victorian Glass Part 1
  15. Victorian Glass Part 2
  16. Modern Glass

 

(2nd Impression)

Title

Antique Firearms

Author

Frederick Wilkinson

Date

March 1969

ISBN 0-85112-164-0

Format

Hardback 242x182mm

Pages 256 Price New 84s.

Notes

Originally published as 16 booklets, ranging from "Matches and Powder" to "Manufacture and Identification".

 

We have a set of the original booklets (published in 1968-69), each of which sold for 3/6d:

  1. Matches and Powder

  2. Wheels and Keys

  3. Flint and Steel

  4. Chemicals and Caps

  5. Military Firearms

  6. Duelling Pistols

  7. The Blunderbuss and Multibarrel Weapons

  8. Combination Weapons and Curiosa

  9. Pocket Pistols and Decoration

  10. Asian Weapons

  11. Continental Weapons

  12. Revolvers

  13. American Firearms

  14. Rifled and Breechloading Weapons

  15. Flasks and Accessories

  16. Manufacture and Identification

A second impression was published by Guinness Superlatives in 1977 (printed by Redwood Burn Limited, Trowbridge & Esher).

Title

English Pottery and Porcelain

Author

Geoffrey Wills

Date

December 1969

ISBN 0-85112-145-4

Format

Hardback 242x182mm

Pages 383 Price New 105s.

Publisher

Guinness Signatures, 24 Upper Brook Street, London, W.1.

Printer

McCorquodale and Company Limited, London.

Notes A second impression was published in 1978.

Originally published as 24 booklets, ranging from "Pottery: Red Clay Ware" to "Porcelain: 19th Century".

We have a set of the original booklets (published in 1968-69), each of which sold for 3/6d. The slipcase to house the booklets cost 7/6d:

Pottery:

  1. Red Clay Ware Part 1
  2. Red Clay Ware Part 2
  3. Delftware Part 1
  4. Delftware Part 2
  5. Stoneware Part 1
  6. Stoneware Part 2
  7. Cream Ware
  8. Wedgwood Part 1
  9. Wedgwood Part 2
  10. Wedgwood's Contemporaries
  11. 19th Century Part 1
  12. 19th Century Part 2

Porcelain:

  1. Chelsea
  2. Bow
  3. Derby
  4. Lund's Bristol & Worcester
  5. Worcester
  6. Longton Hall
  7. Liverpool
  8. Lowestoft and Caughley
  9. Plymouth and Bristol
  10. 19th Century Part 1
  11. 19th Century Part 2
  12. 19th Century Part 3

Title

Edged Weapons

Author

Frederick Wilkinson

Date

January 1970

ISBN 0-85112-171-3

Format

Hardback 242x182mm

Pages 256 Price New 84s

Publisher

Guinness Signatures, 24 Upper Brook Street, London, W.1.

Printer

McCorquodale and Company Limited, London.

Title

Battle Dress

Author

Frederick Wilkinson

Date

September 1970

ISBN 0-85112-172-1

Format

Hardback 242x182mm

Pages 256 Price New 84s

Publisher

Guinness Signatures, 24 Upper Brook Street, London, W.1.

Printer

McCorquodale and Company Limited, London.

Title

English Furniture 1550-1760

Author

Geoffrey Wills

Date

July 1971

ISBN 0-85112-174-8

Format

Hardback 242x182mm

Pages 256 Price New 4.50

Publisher

Guinness Superlatives Ltd., 2 Cecil Court, London Road, Enfield, Middlesex

Printer

McCorquodale Printers Limited, London.

 

Title

English Furniture 1760-1900

Author

Geoffrey Wills

Date

October 1971

ISBN 0-85112-175-6

Format

Hardback 242x182mm

Pages 260

Publisher

Guinness Superlatives Ltd., 2 Cecil Court, London Road, Enfield, Middlesex

Printer

McCorquodale Printers Limited, London.

Notes A 2nd Impression (printed by Redwood Burn Limited, Trowbridge & Esher) was published in 1979

Title

The Universal Soldier

Editors

Martin Windrow and Frederick Wilkinson

Date

October 1971

ISBN 0-85112-176-4

Format

Hardback 242x182mm

Pages 264 Price New 4.50

Publisher

Guinness Superlatives Ltd., 2 Cecil Court, London Road, Enfield, Middlesex

Printer

McCorquodale Printers Limited, London.

Title

British Gallantry Awards

Authors

P. E. Abbott and J. M. A. Tamplin

Date

November 1971

ISBN 0-85112-173-X

Format

Hardback 242x182mm

Pages 359 Price New 6.00

Publisher

Guinness Superlatives Ltd., 2 Cecil Court, London Road, Enfield, Middlesex

Printer

Mears Caldwell Hacker Ltd, London

Title

The Guinness Book of World Autographs

Author

Ray Rawlins

Date

November 1977

ISBN 0 900424 73 7

Format

Hardback 266x195mm

Pages 244 Price New 7.95

Publisher

Guinness Superlatives Ltd, 2 Cecil Court, London Road, Enfield, Middlesex

Printer

Jarrold & Sons Ltd, Norwich

Title

The Guinness Book of Silver

Author

Geoffrey Wills

Editor

Beatrice Frei

Date

September 1983

ISBN 0-85112-222-1

Format

Hardback 266x195mm

Pages 162 Price New 7.95

Publisher

Guinness Superlatives Ltd, 2 Cecil Court, London Road, Enfield, Middlesex

Printer

William Clowes (Beccles) Ltd, Suffolk

Title

The Guinness Book of Clocks

Author

Alan Smith

Editor

Beatrice Frei

Date

April 1984

ISBN 0-85112-225-6

Format

Hardback 266x195mm

Pages 168 Price New 8.50

Publisher

Guinness Superlatives Ltd, 2 Cecil Court, London Road, Enfield, Middlesex

Printer

Mateu Cromo Artes Graficas, S.A. Pinto (Madrid)

Title

Guinness Antiques (Pocket Price Guide)

Author

Rachael Feild

Editor

Beatrice Frei

Date

May 1986

ISBN 0-85112-474-7

Format

Hardback 197x98mm

Pages 288 Price New 6.95

Publisher

Guinness Superlatives Ltd, 33 London Road, Enfield, Middlesex

Printer

Butler and Tanner Ltd, Somerset

Title

The Guinness Antiques Price Guide (2nd Edition)

Author

Rachael Feild

Editor

Beatrice Frei

Date

May 1988

ISBN 0-85112-380-5

Format

Hardback 197x98mm

Pages 288 Price New 6.95

Publisher

Guinness Publishing Ltd, 33 London Road, Enfield, Middlesex

Printer

Printer Portuguesa

Title

The Guinness Antiques Price Guide (3rd Edition)

Author

Rachael Feild

Editor

Beatrice Frei

Date

April 1990

ISBN 0-85112-394-5

Format

Hardback 197x98mm

Pages 288 Price New 8.99

Publisher

Guinness Publishing Ltd, 33 London Road, Enfield, Middlesex

Printer

Printer Portuguesa

Title

Popular Collectables: Glass

Author

Muriel M. Miller

Editor

Honor Head

Date

October 1990

ISBN 0-85112-903-X

Format

Hardback 197x105mm

Pages 192 Price New 9.95

Publisher

Guinness Publishing Ltd, 33 London Road, Enfield, Middlesex

Printer

New Interlitho SpA, Milan

Title

Popular Collectables: Household Treasures

Author

Muriel M. Miller

Editor

Honor Head

Date

October 1990

ISBN 0-85112-904-8

Format

Hardback 197x105mm

Pages 192 Price New 9.95

Publisher

Guinness Publishing Ltd, 33 London Road, Enfield, Middlesex

Printer

New Interlitho SpA, Milan

Title

Popular Collectables: Lamps & Lighting

Author

Josie A. Marsden

Editor

Honor Head

Date

October 1990

ISBN 0-85112-905-6

Format

Hardback 197x105mm

Pages 192 Price New 9.95

Publisher

Guinness Publishing Ltd, 33 London Road, Enfield, Middlesex

Printer

New Interlitho SpA, Milan

Title

Popular Collectables: Toys

Authors

Stewart Orr and Kevin McGimpsey

Date

October 1990

ISBN 0-85112-923-4

Format

Hardback 197x105mm

Pages 192 Price New 9.95

Publisher

Guinness Publishing Ltd, 33 London Road, Enfield, Middlesex

Title

The Phillips Antiques Pocket Price Guide (4th Edition)

Author

Rachael Feild

Editor

Beatrice Frei

Date

April 1993

ISBN 0-85112-590-5

Format

Hardback 197x98mm

Pages 288 Price New 9.99

Publisher

Guinness Publishing Ltd, 33 London Road, Enfield, Middlesex

Printer

Printer Portuguesa