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Special Editions from Other Countries

This page details some more special, unusual and rare editions (and editions with original letters) that do not originate in the U.K. or the U.S.A.

As always, if you know of any other special editions, please let us know.

1956 Australia - AWA Communication Equipment Special Inscription

Edition

6

Text With Compliments AWA Communication Equipment

Simon Jordan has a copy of this edition with a compliments slip from AWA, believed to be signed by Joseph Murray Johnson (Aviation Wireless Manager):

 

1968 Southern Africa - F. A. Droste Special Inscription

Edition

15

Text

F. A. Droste & Co. Ltd.

Notes An earlier edition from 1964 is also known (below)

 

1969 Mexico - Libro Guinness de Records Olimpicos

Subtitle

Lista completa de ganadores de medallas olimpicas (1896-1968) para los 20 deportes en que se competira en los juegos de 1972 y otra informacion esencial.

Publication Date

26th September 1969

Cover

Orange background

Pages

199

Format Paperback 180x105 mm
Copyright Sterling Publishing Co., Inc.
Publisher Editorial Diana, S. A., Calles de Tlacoquemécatl y Roberto Gayol, México 12, D. F.
Notes:
  1. This is a limited edition print run of 1,000 copies only (which includes results from the 1968 Mexico Olympic games).

     

  2. We also have a copy of the earlier, first edition in Spanish from 15th November 1966 (right), which was limited to 6,000 copies and had fewer (169) pages.

 

1974 Australia - Hansen Transmissions (A'asia) Pty Ltd Special Binding

Edition

21

Notes

Hansen Transmissions (A'asia) Pty Ltd, based in Melbourne, was established in 1970.

 

 

1975 France - Le Livre des Records (Livres A, B, C)

Notes

Alongside the 1975 edition of Les Livres de Records (pictured left, published by Edition Denoël, 14, Rue Amélie, 75007 Paris), a number of paperbacks were printed for the Gift Club of Paris.

There were three books, each having sections of the main book as follows:

Livre A - L'être humain, les règnes animal et végétal

Livre B - Le monde de la nature, arts et divertissements, performances humaines

Livre C - Le monde de la mécanique, le monde des sports

The first 3 copies below were produced for "Le Petit Brun Extra" (biscuits), whilst the 4th copy was produced for the Chantovent vineyard. Each copy has an extra section with information about the organisation concerned.

No. 4277

21/7/1975

No. 4210

10/3/1975

No. 4211

10/3/1975

No. 4299

5/9/1975

(The edition numbers and dates are those in our copies)

 

Ross and Norris McWhirter, together with David Hoy, launched this edition on April 23rd, 1975 at the Meridian Hotel in Paris. 55,000 copies of the hardback edition were printed, along with 200,000 paperbacks as part of the Le Petit Brun promotion.

 

1982 Australia - Twenty-Ninth Edition

Edition

29 with Australian Supplement

Pages

382

ISBN

0 85112 253 1

 

Notes:
  1. The Australian Supplement consist of an additional 32 pages.

  2. Pat Bender has a copy of the Australian Edition with an original press release:

 

 

1982 Australia - Toyota Special Cover

Edition

29 with Australian Supplement

Pages

382

ISBN

0 85112 253 1

Notes This is a standard copy of the 1983 Australian edition, but has a clear plastic cover with the words, "GET THE FACTS  TOYOTA  Oh what a feeling!" in silver and red lettering.

 

1985 Australia - 32nd Edition 1986

Edition

32 with Australian Supplement

ISBN 0-85112-434-8

Pages

352

Notes:
  1. Pat Bender has a copy of the Australian Edition with two "thank you" letters from Bob Burton, Director of the Australian Office:

 

 

 

1989 Holland - Oscorel Het Groot Guinness Record Boek

Publication Date

1989

Cover

Grey

ISBN 90-215-1533-4

Pages

208

Chapters 12 ("De Mens", "Het Dieren - en Plantenrijk", "De Natuur", "Heelal en Ruimte", "De Wereld van de Exacte Wetenschappen", "Kunst en Amusement", "Bouwwerken", "De Wereld van de Machine", "De Zakenwereld", "Menselijke Prestaties", "De Wereld van de Mens" en "Sport en Spel").
Format Paperback - 294x207 mm
Copyright Guinness Superlatives Ltd. & Uitgeverij Kosmos
Notes:
  1. This is a version of the standard 1989 Dutch edition specially bound for Smith Kline & French b.v., which advertises Oscorel NSAID capsules. As well as the cover, two additional full colour pages are dedicated to the advertisement.

  2. The front cover says, "Plotseling blijkt aanzienlijke verbetering mogelijk" - "Suddenly shows significant improvement".

 

1989 Holland - Mercedes Benz Het Groot Guinness Record Boek

Publication Date

1989

ISBN 90-215-1533-4

Pages

208

Chapters 12 ("De Mens", "Het Dieren - en Plantenrijk", "De Natuur", "Heelal en Ruimte", "De Wereld van de Exacte Wetenschappen", "Kunst en Amusement", "Bouwwerken", "De Wereld van de Machine", "De Zakenwereld", "Menselijke Prestaties", "De Wereld van de Mens" en "Sport en Spel").
Format Paperback - 294x207 mm
Copyright Guinness Superlatives Ltd. & Uitgeverij Kosmos
Notes:
  1. This is a standard 1989 Dutch paperback edition with a special Mercedes Benz dust-jacket.

  2. The front cover of the dust-jacket says, "GUINNESS Book of Records. Het boek der opmerkelijke kampioenen" - "The book of notable champions".

 

1989 Spain - Libro Guinness 1990 Philips Todo Un Record

Edition

36

Publication Date

October 1989

Cover

Blue background

ISBN 84-87069-01-0

Pages

333

Chapters 11 ("El Ser Humano", "El Mundo Vivo", "La Tierra Y El Espacio",  "Cienca Y Technologia", "El Mundo De La Construccion", "Transporte Y Comunicaciones", "El Mundo De Los Negocios", "Artes Y Espacraculos", "Proezas Humanas", "El Mundo Politico Y Social" y "Deportes, Juegos Y Pasatiempos")
Dimensions 11x8¾ inches (303x222 mm)
Copyright Guinness Publishing Ltd. and Producciones Jordan S. A.
Notes:
  1. This is an edition of the standard 1990 edition specially bound with a Philips cover. The book has an extra 2 pages (one fold-out) detailing the features of the K-200 "Black Line" television.

 

1991 India - Fact File from the Guinness Book of Records

Edition

1

Publication Date

April 1991

Pages

61

Sections 251 "comic strips", with 3 records per strip.
Format Magazine 313x203 mm
Editor Gulshan Rai
Publisher Diamond Comics PVT. Ltd. 2715 Daryaganj, New Delhi-110002
Copyright Guinness Publishing Ltd.

Notes:

  1. The introduction says: "The present book in comic-form is a novel idea of giving all the interesting records under different sub-headings, spaced in such a manner as to not bore the reader. Giving the 'two sides of the same coin vis-a-vis each other' makes this comic a unique book. Amusing and enlightening in equal measure, this is the first time that all these chosen records are being represented pictorially also in four eye-catching colours together with a witty or jovial remark side by side with the entry. These authentic records have, so far, never been given in such 'easy to grasp' format and the Diamond Comics proudly becomes a pioneer in this sphere also!"

 

1992 Spain - Libro Guinness de los Récords 1993 (Kaliber)

Edition

39

Publication Date

October 1992

Cover

Silver background

ISBN 84-87069-07-X

Pages

336

Chapters 11 ("El Universo Y La Tierra", "El Mundo Vivo", "El Ser Humano", "Mundo Politico Y Social", "Cienca Y Technologia", "El Mundo De La Construccion", "Transporte Y Comunicaciones", "El Mundo De Los Negocios", "Artes Y Espacraculos", "Proezas Humanas" y "Deportes, Juegos Y Pasatiempos")
Dimensions 11¾x8½ inches (300x216 mm)
Copyright Guinness Publishing Ltd. and Producciones Jordan S. A.
Notes:
  1. This is an edition of the standard 1993 book (right) specially bound with a Kaliber cover. Kaliber is a low-alcohol lager produced by Guinness.

 

1995 The Guinness Book of Records International Edition (Syntex)

Publication Date

1995

Cover

White cover

ISBN 0-85112-652-9

Pages

704

Format Paperback 7x4.33 inches (178x110 mm)
Notes:
  1. This edition has the same content as the standard 1995 International Edition, but has a cover advertising Anaprox 550 and Naprosyn SR 1000 pain relief for Syntex Australia.

  2. The book was printed in Australia by McPherson's Printing Group.

 

1999 France - Le Livre Guinness des Records 2000 (Planta Fin)

Publication Date

September 1999

Cover

Silver dust-jacket and cover

ISBN 2-911792-17-3

Pages

283

Chapters 11 ("Courage", "Société", "Insolite", "Argent", "Sagas", "Médias", "Homme", "Technologie", "Désastres", "Nature" et "Sports")
Dimensions 12x9 inches (305x230 mm)
Copyright Guinness World Records Ltd. and Guinness Media SAS, Paris.
Notes:
  1. This is a version of the standard 2000 edition of "Le Livre Guinness des Records", specially produced for Planta Fin (producer of margarine and vegetable oils). The book commemorates the world's biggest breakfast (at the Stade de France, Paris on 12th September, 1999).

 

2007 Guinness World Records Edição Especial Benfica

Publication Date

2007

Cover

Red

ISBN 978-972-20-3325-1

Pages

92

Dimensions 12x9 inches (305x230 mm)
Publisher Dom Quixote
Copyright Guinness World Records Ltd, a HIT Entertainment Ltd company and Produto Oficial Licenciado SLB.
Notes:
  1. This edition was produced for Sport Lisboa e Benfica (SLB). It has 22 pages of club records, followed by 64 pages of general Sports records from the 2007 edition of Guinness World Records.

 

2010 China's Guinness World Records

Publication Date

January 5th, 2010

Cover

Red

ISBN 978-7-80138-795-0

Pages

163

Chapters 6 ("Natural World", "Science, Technology and Engineering", "Modern World", "Arts and Media", "Talented People and Feats" and "Sports and Games")
Dimensions 303x220 mm
Publisher Dolphin Books (China International Publishing Group)
Copyright Guinness World Records Limited
Notes:
  1. This edition has both Chinese and English text, and is published under "the authorization of Guinness World Records".

 

2015 Guinness World Records 2015 Special Edition
A special edition of the 2015 Chinese edition of Guinness World Records features the 'longest wood carving' world record.

(ISBN: 978-7-51355-125-0, Foreign Language Teaching and Research Press)

(Images courtesy of Adam Teitge)