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First Editions from Other Countries

Following the first U.K. edition in 1955 and the first U.S. edition in 1956, "foreign language" editions of the Guinness Book of Records started to appear from 1962/3 onwards. By the time that the 30th U.K. Edition was published in 1983, many other countries had their own versions of the book - we have reproduced the table from that edition below.

At the start of 2008, the Guinness World Records website stated that the book had: "sales of more than 100 million copies in 100 different countries and 24 languages", however that is likely to be the current distribution and not the peak distribution. In this section of the site we'll try and catalogue the first editions for as many countries as we can and provide, where possible, additional information about the publication history for each country.

We don't have complete information for all of the first editions published worldwide, so please help if you can. We will also use this page to catalogue interesting records books from other countries.

Overseas and Foreign Language Editions table from the 1984 U.K. Edition:

Language Title(1) Binding Editions First
American Guinness Book of World Records Casebound 22 1956
American Guinness Book of World Records Paperback 22 1963
Chinese   Paperback 1 1981
Czech Guinnessova Kniha Rekordů Casebound 1 1975
Danish Guinness Rekordbog Fųrst og Stųrst Casebound 10 1967
Dutch Guinness Groot Recordboek Casebound 8 1971
Finnish Guinness Suuri Ennätys Kirja Casebound 7 1968
French Livre Guinness Des Records Casebound 10 1962
German Guinness Buch der Rekorde Casebound 13 1963
Greek   Casebound 2 1980
Hebrew Guinness Sēfēr Ha'siim Casebound 5 1977
Icelandic Heimsmetabók Guinness Casebound 2 1977
Indian(2)   Paperback 1 1983
Italian Il Guinness Dei Primati Casebound 7 1968
Indonesian Guinness Rekaman Rekor Dunia Paperback 1 1980
Japanese Guinness Korega Sekai Ichi Casebound 9 1967
Norwegian Guinness Rekordbok Fųrst og Stųrst Casebound 9 1967
Portuguese Guinness O Livro dos Recordes Casebound 3 1974
Serbo-Croat Guinnessova Knjiga Rekorda Casebound 1 1977
Slovenian Guinnessova Knjiga Rekordov Casebound 1 1978
Spanish Guinness Libro de los Records Casebound 8 1967
Swedish Guinness Rekordbok Först och Störst Casebound 13 1968
Turkish Guinness Rekorlar Kitabına Paperback 2 1982

(1)  Title of the latest edition in 1983.

(2)  Various languages, the first being Hindi.

A Malay edition was contracted for publication in 1983; U.K. Editions with an Australian supplement had been published annually since 1972, whilst the first Southern African edition was produced in 1968. The first Canadian edition was published in 1976, followed by the first New Zealand edition in 1977.

Other editions first published in the 1980s included Arabic, Thai, Tamil, Telugu, Kannada, Hungarian, and Russian. The first Polish edition was published in 1990, followed by Bulgarian, Romanian, Korean (1991) and Macedonian. We also have some other record books from Russia (1991) and the German Democratic Republic (1978, 1989).

1962 France

Title

Le Livre des Extrźmes

Publication Date

1962

Cover

Buff

Price New 38 NF (39.07 NF T.T.F)
Préface Norris MacWhirter and Ross MacWhirter (sic)

Pages

479

Chapters 13 ("L'źtre Humain", "Le Rčgne Animal", "Le Monde de la Nature", "L'univers", "Le Monde Scientifique", "Le Monde de L'homme", "Arts et Amusements", "Le Monde des Affaires", "Les Édifices du Monde", "Le Monde de la Mécanique", "Accidents et Désastres", "Les Réalisations Humaines" et "Sports")
Dimensions 9x7½ inches (252x190 mm)
Copyright Guinness Superlatives Limited, London

Publisher

Libraire Hachette, 79 Boulevard Saint-Germain, Paris 6

Printed By Georges Lang, Paris / J. Fournier, Montrouge

Notes:

  1. The French editions were later called "Le Livre des Records" (the second edition in 1975), "Le Livre Guinness des Records" (1981), "Le Guinness des Records" and finally "Le Mondial des Records".

  2. Our copy has an insert advertising the book, explaining how to break a record and asking for suggestions and corrections:

Avec votre concours

UN NOUVEAU RECORD SERA BATTU

jamais un livre n'aura réuni autant d'auteurs

 

1963 Germany

Title

Rekorde Rekorde Rekorde

Publication Date

1963

Cover

Blue with Orange Dust-jacket

Foreword

Der Verlag

Preface Norris McWhirter and Ross McWhirter (Die Herausgeber)

Pages

255

Chapters 13 ("Der Mensch", "Das Tierreich", "Die Natur", "Das Weltall", "Naturwissenschaften", "Die menschliche Gemeinschaft", "Kunst und Kultur", "Die Wirtschaft", "Bauten und Anlagen", "Verkehr und Technik", "Katastrophen und Unfälle", "Menschliche Spitzenleistungen" und "Sport")
Illustrations 32 black and white plates
Dimensions 9x7 inches (245x178 mm)
Copyright Guinness Superlatives Ltd., London

Publisher

Verlag Carl Ueberreuter, Wien-Heidelberg

Notes:
  1. The 2nd edition (red dust-jacket on grey boards) was published in 1964. In 1967, the third edition (a paperback) was published and called "Guinness Das Buch Der Rekorde". From 1974 to 1979, the book was known as "Guinness Lexicon Der Superlative". In 1980, the current title, "Guinness Buch Der Rekorde", was used for the first time.

 

1963 Austria

Title

Rekorde Rekorde Rekorde

Publication Date

1963

Cover

Turquoise, with "skater" dust-jacket

Pages

255

Chapters 13 ("Der Mensch", "Das Tierreich", "Die Natur", "Das Weltall", "Naturwissenschaften", "Die menschliche Gemeinschaft", "Kunst und Kultur", "Die Wirtschaft", "Bauten und Anlagen", "Verkehr und Technik", "Katastrophen und Unfälle", "Menschliche Spitzenleistungen" und "Sport")
Illustrations 32 black and white plates
Dimensions 9x7 inches (245x178 mm)
Copyright Guinness Superlatives Ltd., London

Publisher

Buchgemeinschaft Donauland, Wien

 

1967 Spanish

Title

Enciclopedia Guinness De Superlativos Mundiales

Publication Date

July 1967

Cover

White background

Associate Editor

Andrew Thomas

Foreword

July 1967, Benjamin Guinness, Viscount Elveden

Pages

501

Chapters 12 ("El Cuerpo Humano", "Reinos Animal y Vegetal", "El Mundo de la Naturaleza", "El Universo y el Espacio", "El Mundo Cientķfico", "El Mundo Humano", "Arte y Espectįculos", "El Mundo de los Negocios", "Estructuras Mundiales", "El Mundo "Mecįnico", "Proezas Humanas" y "Deportes, Juegos y Pasatiempos")
Format Paperback, 178x107 mm
Copyright Editors Press Service Inc. and Guinness Superlatives Ltd.

Publisher

Editors Press Service, Inc., 551 Fifth Ave., New York, N.Y. 10017

Notes:
  1. The first European Spanish edition was published in 1976 and adopted a title similar to today's editions - "El Libro Guinness de los Records".

 

1967 Denmark

Title

Guinness Rekordbog Fųrst og Stųrst

Subtitle

Sidst og Mindst

Publication Date

November 1967

Cover

Multicoloured
Foreword Viscount Elveden

Pages

479

Chapters 13 ("Mennesket", "Dyreriget", "Planteriget", "Naturens Verden", "Universet og Rummet", "Videnskabens Verden", "Menneskets Verden", "Kunst og Underholdning", "Erhvervslivet", "Bygningsvęrker", "Teknikkens Verden", "Menneskelige Bedrifter" og "Sport og Spil")
Dimensions 6x4¾ inches (172x120 mm)
Copyright Guinness Superlatives Ltd & Politikens Forlag A/S, Kųbenhavn

Publisher

J. Jųrgensen & Co., Kųbenhavn
Notes Further editions were published in 1969, 1970, 1973 (twice) and 1977. The book was published annually from 1980.

 

1967 Norway

Title

Guinness Rekordbok Fųrst og Stųrst

Subtitle

Sist og Minst

Publication Date

Late 1967 / Early 1968

Cover

Red/Orange (laminated)

Foreword Viscount Elveden

Pages

479

Chapters 13 ("Mennesket", "Dyreriket", "Planteriket", "Naturens Verden", "Universet og Verdensrommet", "Videnskapens Verden", "Menneskeheten", "Kunst og Underholdning", "Forretningsverdenen", "Byggverk", "Teknikkens Verden", "Menneskelige Bedrifter og Prestasjoner" og "Sport og Spill")
Dimensions 6x4¾ inches (172x121 mm)
Copyright Guinness Superlatives Ltd & Politikens Forlag A/S, Kųbenhaven

Publisher

Chr. Schibsteds Forlag, Postboks 415, Oslo 1.

 

1967 Japan

Title

Guinness Korega Sekai Ichi

Publication Date

1967

Format

Two paperback volumes - each 7⅛x5 inches (181x128mm) - housed in a purple/red slip-case with a blue paper wrap.

Copyright 1965 Guinness Superlatives Ltd.
Price New 930 Yen
Volume 1 Red dust-jacket (below, left) over a cream cover, with a green paper wrap. 287 pages. Price 450 Yen
Volume 2 Green dust-jacket (below, right) over a cream cover, with a red paper wrap. 365 pages. Price 480 Yen

 

1968 Finland

Title

Guinnessin Ennätysten Kirja

Publication Date

1968

Preface Varakrelvi Elveden

Pages

543

Chapters 14 ("Ihminen", "Eläiment", "Kasvit", "Eläintarhat, akvaariotja meriakvaariot", "Luonto", "Maailmankaikkeus ja avaruus", "Tieteen maailma", "Ihmisen maailma", "Taide ja viihde", "Elinkeinoelämä", "Rakennustoiminta", "Tekniikan maailma", "Ihmisen saavutuksia", "Urheilua ja pelit")
Dimensions 6¾x5 inches (172x130 mm)
Copyright Guinness Superlatives Ltd & Politikens Forlag A/S, Kųbenhaven

Publisher

Otava Helsingissä
Notes Our copy has an insert which reads, "Tämä kirja on lähetetty kiitoksena osallistumisestanne Suuren Suomalaisen Kirjakerhon jäsenkilpailuun" (This book has been sent as a thank you for your participation in the Great Finnish Book Club competition)

 

1968 Sweden

Title

Först och Störst Guinness Rekordbok

Publication Date

1968

Preface Viscount Elveden

Pages

500

Chapters 13 ("Människan", "Djurriket", "Växtriket", "Naturen", "Universum och Rymden", "Forskning och Vetande", "Människans Värld", "Konst och Underhållning", "Näringslivet", "Byggnadsverk", "Teknikens Värld", "Bedrifter och Prestationer" och "Sport och Spel")
Dimensions 6x4¾ inches (170x121 mm)
Copyright Guinness Superlatives Ltd & Politikens Forlag A/S, Köpenhamn, Danmark

Printer

Bohusläningens AB, Uddevalla

Publisher

Bokforlaget Forum AB, Stockholm, Sverige

 

1968 Italy

Title

Il Guinness Dei Primati

Publication Date

July 1968

Cover

Purple

Preface Benjamin Guinness, Viscount Elveden

Pages

367

Chapters 12 ("Gli Esseri Umani", "I Regni Animale e Vegetale", "Il Nostro Pianeta", "L'universo e lo Spazio", "Il Mondo della Scienza", "Attivitą Artistiche e Ricreative", "Il Mondo degli Affari", "Le Costruzioni dell'Uomo", "Il Mondo della Meccanica", "Le Istituzioni dell'Uomo", "Le Conquiste dell'Uomo" e "Sport, Giochi e Passatempi")
Dimensions 10½x8 inches (267x203 mm)
Copyright Guinness Superlatives Limited, Arnoldo Mondadori Editore

Publisher

Arnoldo Mondadori Editore

 

1968 Southern African Guinness Book of Records

Edition

15

Publication Date

October 1968

Cover

Grey

SBN 900424 00 1

Foreword

October 1968, Earl of Iveagh

Preface

Editors and compilers

Pages

349 (standard) + 34 (Southern African records)

Dimensions Crown Quarto 10x7½ inches (254x191 mm)
Copyright Guinness Superlatives Limited

Publisher

Guinness Superlatives Limited

24, Upper Brook Street, London, W.1

Printer

Redwood Press Ltd. of Trowbridge, Wiltshire, England.

 

Notes:
  1. The cover is largely the same as the UK 15th Edition, except that the front and back of the dust-jacket say, "with Southern African records compiled by Eric Rosenthal".

  2. Our copy has the inscription, "F. A. Droste & Co., Ltd." on the cover and dust-jacket.

  3. The Southern African Records section is 34 pages long. All pages are blue tinted paper - the second page has "Late Additions and Amendments" ("Owing to the miscarriage of a set of printer's proofs"), and the following 32 pages contain the Southern African records.

  4. The Foreword for the Southern African Records section (September 1968) says, "The Guinness Book of Records welcomes the inclusion of the Southern African section, written by Eric Rosenthal, the well-known encyclopaedist".

  5. We have a copy of Eric Rosenthal's own book - "TOTAL's book of Southern African Records" (Hardback, 8x5¼in, 160 pages, ISBN 0 620 01923 9). Ours is a First edition, first impression from 1975, and is signed by the author.

 

1971 The Netherlands

Title

Guinness Groot Recordboek

Publication Date

1971

Cover

Red

Foreword

Earl of Iveagh (in Dutch) and Norris D. McWhirter/Ross McWhirter (in English)

Pages

494 (with 28 black and white plates)

Chapters

12 ("De Mens", "Het Dieren- en Plantenrijk", "De Natuur", "Heelal en Ruimte", "Wetenschap", "Kunst en Ontspanning", "Bedrijfsleven", "Bouwwerken", "De Wereld van de Machine", "De Wereld van de Mens", "Menselijke Prestaties" en "Sport en Spiel")

Dimensions c. 10¾x8½ inches (275x215 mm)
Copyright Guinness Superlatives Limited and BORN N.V.

Publisher

BORN N.V. Uitgeversmaatschappij - Amsterdam-Assen

Notes:
  1. The Dutch translation was by "Mr. A. J. A. de Winter".

  2. Updates to 9 categories in "Nagekomen" on page 494.

 

1972 Australian Edition

Edition

19

Publication Date

October 1972

Cover

Blue background (shopfront)

SBN 900424 12 5

Foreword

October 1972, Earl of Iveagh

Preface

Editors and compilers

Pages

317 (standard) + 25 (Australian records)

Dimensions 12x8½ inches (305x216 mm)
Copyright Guinness Superlatives Limited

Publisher

Guinness Superlatives Limited

2 Cecil Court, London Road, Enfield, Middx.

Printer

Redwood Press Limited Trowbridge, Wiltshire, England.

Notes:
  1. The cover is largely the same as the UK 19th Edition, except that the front cover has "Australian Edition" instead of "Superlatives Unlimited". Many copies also had a sticker which says "First Ever Australian Edition".

  2. The inside back cover pages of the standard edition ("Current Olympic Records after the XXth Games in Munich, 1972") turn into additional pages (not numbered) after page 317.

  3. The Australian Records section is 25 pages long - the first has a standard white background and the remainder have a pale yellow background.

  4. The Foreword for the Australian Records section says, "This is the first edition of the Guinness Book of Records to include a collection of exclusively Australian records. A growing interest and correspondence with Australians concerning superlatives has encouraged us to pioneer this work".

 

1974 Brazil

Title

Guinness Livro dos Recordes

Publication Date

1974

Cover

Blue with Orange panel

Pages

250

Chapters 10 ("Ser humano", "Reinos animal e vegetal", "Mundo natural", "Universo e espaēo", "Mundo da Ciźncia", "Artes e diversões", "Estruturas mundiais", "Mundo mecānico, polķtico e dos negócios", "Conquistas humanas" and "Esportes e jogos")
Dimensions 11x8¼ inches (280x210 mm)

Publisher

Editora Abril, SP

 

1975 China / Taiwan

Publication Date

1975

Pages

568

Format Paperback 7x5 inches (188x130 mm)

Publisher

China Times Culture Publishing Co., Ltd.

Notes This is not the official Guinness 1981 edition published by Kite International, but is an earlier Taiwanese edition produced by the China Times Culture Publishing Co., Ltd. in Taipei.

It is a translation of the 13th U.S. Bantam Edition, but it is not clear if this publication was approved by Guinness in the U.K.

 

 

1975 Czechoslovakia

Title

Guinnessova Kniha Rekordů

Publication Date

1975

Cover

Multicoloured

Publisher

Olympia, Prague, Czechoslovakia

 

1976 Canadian Edition

Edition

23 (1977 Edition)

Publication Date

1976

Cover

Royal Blue background

ISBN 0 900424 39 7

Foreword

October 1976, Earl of Iveagh

Preface

Editor and compiler

Pages

382

Chapters 12 ("The Human Being", "Animal and plant kingdoms", "The Natural world", "The universe and space", "The scientific world", "The arts and entertainments", "The world's structures", "The mechanical world", "The business world", "The human world", "Human achievements" and "Sports, games and pastimes")
Dimensions 11x8½ inches (296x212 mm)
Copyright Guinness Superlatives Limited

Publisher

Guinness Superlatives Limited

2 Cecil Court, London Road, Enfield, Middlesex, England.

Printer

Richardson, Bond & Wright Ltd., Owen Sound, Ontario.

Notes:
  1. The cover is largely the same as the UK 23rd Edition, except that the front cover has "Canadian Edition" instead of "Superlative Recorder", and the camera lens has a maple leaf in place of the world.

  2. The book is slightly shorter than the UK edition, and the year banner and cup ribbons on the front cover are modified accordingly.

  3. The Canadian Records section is 32 pages long (pages 338 to 369).

  4. The Foreword for the Canadian Records section says, "This is a pioneer edition with a section devoted to purely Canadian records. The compilers are conscious that any first offering must inevitably have gaps and they are confident that this collection can be improved with each succeeding edition".

 

1977 Iceland

Title

Heimsmetabókin žķn

Pages

318

Chapters 12 ("Mašurinn", "Lķfheimurinn", "Jöršin", "Heimur og geimur", "Heimur vķsindanna", "Listir og dęgradvöl", "Mannvirki", "Tękniheimurinn", "Heimur višskiptanna", "Mannheimur", "Afreksverk manna" og "Ķžróttir, leikir og tómstundaiškanir")
Format Hardback c.12x8 inches (305x212 mm)
Copyright Guinness Superlatives Ltd.

Publisher

Bókaśtgįfan Örn og Örlygur hf, Reykjavik, Ķsland

 

 

1977 Hebrew

Title

Guinness Sēfēr Ha'siim

Pages

285

Chapters 12
Format Hardback 12x9 inches (305x228 mm)
Copyright Guinness Superlatives Ltd.

 

 

1977 Serbo-Croat

Title

Guinnessova Knjiga Rekorda

Pages

399

Chapters 12 ("Čovjek", "ˇivotinjsko i Biljno Carstvo", "Svijet Oko Nas", "Svemir", "Svijet Nauke", "Umjetnost i Zabava", "Najveće Gradevine", "Svijet Mehanike", "Privreda", "Svijet Ljudi", "Rekordni Ljudski Pothvati" i "Sport")
Format Hardback 11x8 inches (289x207 mm)
Copyright Guinness Superlatives Ltd.

Publisher

Prosvetja, Zagreb

 

 

1977 New Zealand Edition

Edition

24 (1978 Edition)

Publication Date

1977

Cover

Yellow background

ISBN 0 900424 84 2

Foreword

October 1977, Earl of Iveagh

Preface

Editor and compiler

Pages

382

Chapters 12 ("The Human Being", "The Living World", "The Natural world", "The universe and space", "The scientific world", "The arts and entertainments", "The world's structures", "The mechanical world", "The business world", "The human world", "Human achievements" and "Sports, games and pastimes")
Dimensions 12x8½ inches (305x212 mm)
Copyright Guinness Superlatives Limited

Publisher

Guinness Superlatives Limited

2 Cecil Court, London Road, Enfield, Middlesex

Printer

Redwood Burn Limited Trowbridge & Esher

Notes:
  1. The cover is largely the same as the UK 24th Edition, except that the front cover has "with New Zealand supplement" in a panel at the bottom.

  2. The New Zealand Records section is 32 pages long (pages 338 to 369).

  3. The Foreword for the New Zealand Records section says, "This is the first edition of the Guinness Book of Records to include a special section of exclusively New Zealand records ... This pioneer collection of New Zealand superlatives is one which we shall strive to improve and expand with succeeding annual editions".

 

1978 Slovenian

Title

Guinnessova Knjiga Rekordov

Publication Date

1978

Pages

316

 

 

1980 Indonesian

Title

Guinness Rekaman Rekor Dunia

Publication Date

1980

Pages

1060

Format Paperback 18x11 cm
Publisher Gramedia Jakarta, PT

 

 

1982 Turkey

Title

Guinness-Milliyet Dünya Rekorlar Kitabı

Publication Date

July 1982

Pages

511

Chapters 12 ("Ĭnsan", "Hayvanlar ve Bitkiler", "Dögal Dünya", "Evren ve Uzay", "Bilim Dünyasi", "Sanat ve Eğlence", "Dünyanin Yapilari", "Mekanik Dünya", "Ĭş Dünyasi", "Başarilar – Beceriler", "Ĭnsanin Dünyasi", "Spor")
Format Paperback 7¾x5¼ inches (195x134 mm)
Copyright Guinnes Superlatives Ltd. ONK – Milliyet Yanıları A.Ş.

Publisher

Milliyet Yanıları

 

 

1987 German Democratic Republic (DDR)

Title

Rekorde, Einmaligkeiten, Kuriositäten in der DDR

Compiler

Wolfgang Richter

Date

October 1987

Cover

Orange

Pages

80

Format Paperback, 200x141 mm
Publisher Verlag Neues Deutschland
Notes:
  1. We also have a copy of the 2nd Edition (pictured right): paperback (200x138mm), 160 pages, published in April 1989.
  2. These are not related to the Guinness editions, but are very interesting alternative publications.
  3. In the 1st edition, records are organised alphabetically; in the 2nd, they are grouped into 32 categories.

 

1989 Russia

Title

Книгу рекордов Гиннесса 1988

Publication Date

late 1989

ISBN 5-268-00873-0

Pages

350

Chapters 12 ("Человека", "Живой мир", "Мир природы", "Вселенная и космос" "Мир науки", "Искусство и развлечения", "Мир строительных соорyжений", "Мир механики","Деловой мир", "Достижения Человека","Мир Человека", "Спорт, игры и  состязнаия")
Format Hardback 11x8½ inches (282x216 mm)

Publisher

Москва: Советская Россия (Moscow: Soviet Russia)

 

Notes:
  1. This is a Russian translation of the 34th U.K. Edition from 1988 by С. С. Федотова (S. S. Fedotova).

 

1990 Poland

Title

Księga Recordów Guinness'a

Publication Date

1990

ISBN 83-85147-00-4
Editor Marek Klat

Pages

295

Chapters 11 ("Człowiek", "Świat Organizmów Żywych", "Świat i Przestrzeń", "Nauka i Technika", "Budynki i Budowle", "Transport", "Świat Interesów", "Sztuka i Rozrywka", "Ludzkie Osiągnięcia", "Świat Ludzi" i "Sport i Rekreacja")
Format Hardback c. 12x9 inches (303x224 mm)
Copyright Guinness Publishing Ltd. 1989

Publisher

Reprom, Gdansk.

 

Notes:
  1. The foreword by Donald McFarlan starts: "Drodzy Czytelnicy. Publikacja ta jest pierwszą polską edycją Księga Recordów Guinnessa" ("Dear Readers. This publication is the first Polish edition of Guinness Book of Records").
  2. The cover is the same as the standard UK edition, except for an additional panel on the front cover, which says, "EDYCJA W JĘZYKU POLSKIM" ("Polish Language Edition"). The usual ISBN panel on the rear cover is replaced by the publisher's name (Reprom).

 

1991 Russia

Title

диво-90

Publication Date

1991

Cover

White background

Pages

207

Chapters 19
Dimensions 10x8 inches (270x203 mm)
Copyright A/O «диво» Москва, 1991
Notes:
  1. This is not a Guinness edition, but it is certainly a Russian record book!