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Guinness Guide Books

In the early-1970s Guinness Superlatives began to produce a series of guide books (the Guinness Guides) on a number of subjects. Some books were translations of French editions originally published by Guinness's partner Edition DenoŽl in Paris. The books were published for many years, and revised editions and brand new publications appeared on a regular basis.

We'll catalogue the series on this page in order of date of publication. Some of the later books should probably not be considered part of the main series, but we have included them for completeness.

Title

The Guinness Guide to Formula 1 Motor Racing

Author

Josť Rosinski

Date

December 1973 ISBN 0 900424 18 4

Format

Hardback 297x207mm

Pages 241 Price New £4.95

Copyright

Editions DenoŽl and Guinness Superlatives Limited

Printer

Mussot, Paris, France

 

Title

The Guinness Guide to Motor Cycling

Author

Christian Lacombe

Date

August 1974 ISBN 0 900424 17 6

Format

Hardback 298x208mm

Pages 227+ Price New £7.50

Copyright

Editions DenoŽl and Guinness Superlatives Limited

Printer

Mussot, Paris, France

 

Title

The Guinness Guide to Freshwater Angling

Authors

Brian Harris and Paul Boyer

Date

April 1975 ISBN 0 900424 16 8

Format

Hardback 297x215mm

Pages 237 Price New £7.95

Copyright

Guinness Superlatives Ltd.

Printer

Maury Imprimeur S.A., 45 Malesherbes, France.
Notes There were several impressions of this edition (the 3rd appeared in 1978)

 

Title

The Guinness Guide to Underwater Life

Authors

Christian Petron and Jean-Bernard Lozet

Date

April 1975 ISBN 0 900424 58 3

Format

Hardback 296x210mm

Pages 218 Price New £6.95

Copyright

Editions DenoŽl and Guinness Superlatives Limited

Printer

A.I.P., Argenteuil, France

 

Title

The Guinness Guide to Feminine Achievements

Authors

Joan & Kenneth Macksey

Date

October 1975 ISBN 0 900424 31 1

Format

Hardback 240x185mm

Pages 288 Price New £4.95

Copyright

Joan & Kenneth Macksey and Guinness Superlatives Ltd.

Printer

Jarrold and Sons Ltd, Norwich

 

Title

The Guinness Guide to Mountain Animals

Author

Renť Pierre Bille

Date

November 1975 ISBN 0 900424 57 5

Format

Hardback 296x210mm

Pages 218 Price New £6.95

Copyright

Editions DenoŽl and Guinness Superlatives Limited

Printer

Mussot, Paris, France

 

Title

The Guinness Guide to Motorcycling 2nd Edition

Author

Christian Lacombe

Date

May 1976 ISBN 0 900424 36 2

Format

Hardback 294x208mm

Pages 234+ Price New £7.50

Copyright

Editions DenoŽl and Guinness Superlatives Limited

Printer

Mussot, Paris, France

 

Title

The Guinness Guide to French Country Cooking

Author

Christian Roland Dťlu

Date

December 1976 ISBN 0 900424 59 1

Format

Hardback 296x210mm

Pages 173 Price New £7.95

Copyright

Editions DenoŽl and Guinness Superlatives Limited

Printer

A.I.P., Argenteuil, France

 

Title

The Guinness Guide to Bicycling

Authors

J. Durry and J. B. Wadley

Date

May 1977 ISBN 0 900424 62 1

Format

Hardback 293x210mm

Pages 218 Price New £8.50

Copyright

Editions DenoŽl and Guinness Superlatives Limited

Printer

Offser Aubin, Poitiers

 

Title

The Guinness Guide to Saltwater Angling

Author

Brian Harris

Date

June 1977 ISBN 0 900424 72 9

Format

Hardback 292x210mm

Pages 238 Price New £10.95

Copyright

Brian Harris and Guinness Superlatives Ltd.

Printer

Hazell Watson & Viney Ltd, Aylesbury, Bucks

Notes

A 2nd impression was published in 1982 and a new edition (Guinness Book of Sea Fishing) in 1989.

 

Title

The Guinness Guide to Water Skiing

Authors

David Nations and Kevin Desmond

Date

September 1977 ISBN 0 900424 78 8

Format

Hardback 297x210mm

Pages 240 Price New £8.50

Copyright

David Nations, Kevin Desmond and Guinness Superlatives Ltd.

Printer

Hazell Watson & Viney Ltd, Aylesbury, Bucks

 

Title

The Guinness Guide to Waterways of Western Europe

Author

Hugh McKnight

Date

December 1978 ISBN 0 900424 48 6

Format

Hardback 297x210mm

Pages 240 Price New £10.50

Copyright

Hugh McKnight and Guinness Superlatives Limited

Printer

Morrison & Gibb Limited, Edinburgh and London

 

Title

The Guinness Guide to Field Sports

Author

Wilson Stephens

Date

February 1979 ISBN 0 900424 47 8

Format

Hardback 293x210mm

Pages 239 Price New £10.50

Copyright

Wilson Stephens and Guinness Superlatives Limited

Printer

Hazell Watson & Viney Ltd, Aylesbury, Bucks

 

Title

The Guinness Guide to Steeplechasing

Authors

Gerry Cranham, Richard Pitman and John Oaksey

Date

February 1979 ISBN 0 900424 74 5

Format

Hardback 293x210mm

Pages 240 Price New £11.95

Copyright

Gerry Cranham, Richard Pitman, John Oaksey and Guinness Superlatives Limited

Printer

Bemrose and Sons Limited, Derby
Notes A second edition was published in 1988, entitled The Guinness Book of Steeplechasing.

 

Title

The Guinness Guide to Equestrianism

Author

Dorian Williams

Date

September 1979 ISBN 900424 94 X

Format

Hardback 293x208mm

Pages 236 Price New £8.98

Copyright

Dorian Williams and Guinness Superlatives Limited

Printer

Hazell Watson & Viney Ltd, Aylesbury, Bucks

 

Title

The Guinness Guide to Grand Prix Motor Racing

Author

Eric Dymock

Date

May 1980 ISBN 0-85112-206-X

Format

Hardback 294x210mm

Pages 264 Price New £11.95

Copyright

Eric Dymock and Guinness Superlatives Limited

Printer

Ebenezer Baylis and Son Limited, The Trinity Press, Worcester, and London

 

Title

The Guinness Guide to Game Fishing

Author

William B. Currie

Date

October 1980 ISBN 0-85112-208-6

Format

Hardback 292x210mm

Pages 238 Price New £9.95

Copyright

William B. Currie and Guinness Superlatives Limited

Printer

South China Printing Co. Hong Kong

Notes

A second edition (the Guinness Book of Game Fishing) appeared in 1989.

 

Title

The Guinness Guide to Motorcycling

Author

Peter Carrick

Date

October 1980 ISBN 0-85112-210-8

Format

Hardback 292x210mm

Pages 223 Price New £10.95

Copyright

Peter Carrick and Guinness Superlatives Ltd.

Printer

W S Cowell Ltd, Ipswich, Suffolk
Notes The third in the series, but a new edition in its own right.

 

Title

The Guinness Guide to 20th Century Fashion

Author

David Bond

Date

October 1981 ISBN 0-85112-234-5

Format

Hardback 290x210mm

Pages 220 Price New £10.95

Copyright

David Bond and Guinness Superlatives Ltd.

Printer

South China Printing Co., Hong Kong
Notes This edition was reprinted (with additions) in 1988 and 1992.

 

Title

The Guinness Guide to Ballet

Author

Oleg Kerensky

Date

November 1981 ISBN 0-85112-226-4

Format

Hardback 293x210mm

Pages 224 Price New £11.95

Copyright

Oleg Kerensky and Guinness Superlatives Ltd.

Printer

Mladinska Knjiga, Ljubljana, Yugoslavia

 

Title

The Guinness Guide to Sailing

Author

Peter Johnson

Date

January 1982 ISBN 0-85112-216-7

Format

Hardback 291x207mm

Pages 240 Price New £11.95

Copyright

Peter Johnson and Guinness Superlatives Limited

Printer

Bemrose Specialist Print, Derby

 

Title

The Guinness Guide to Coarse Fishing

Author

Michael Prichard and Michael Shepley

Date

March 1982 ISBN 0-85112-244-2

Format

Hardback 295x210mm

Pages 240 Price New £10.95

Copyright

Michael Prichard, Michael Shepley and Guinness Superlatives Limited

Printer

Arnoldo Mondadori Company Limited, Toledo, Spain

 

Title

The Guinness Guide to 20th Century Homes

Author

David Bond

Date

November 1984 ISBN 0-85112-413-5

Format

Hardback 297x210mm

Pages 224 Price New £11.95

Copyright

David Bond and Guinness Superlatives Limited

Printer

Mladinska Knjiga, Ljubljana, Yugoslavia

 

Title

The Guinness Guide to Superlative London

Author

Paul Murphy

Date

April 1989 ISBN 0-85112-461-5

Format

Paperback 192x141mm

Pages 256 Price New £6.95

Copyright

Paul Murphy and Guinness Publishing Limited

Printer

New Interlitho SpA, Italy

 

Title

The Guinness Guide to the Restless Earth

Editor

Professor K. J. Gregory

Date

September 1991 ISBN 0-85112-974-9

Format

Hardback 307x237mm

Pages 256 Price New £19.95

Copyright

Andromeda Oxford Limited

Printer

Heraclio Fournier SA, Vitoria

 

Title

The Guinness Guide to Plants of the World

Editor

Professor D. M. Moore

Date

April 1992 ISBN 0-85112-518-2

Format

Hardback 306x240mm

Pages 256 Price New £19.95

Copyright

Andromeda Oxford Limited

Printer

Heraclio Fournier SA, Vitoria, Spain

 

Title

The Guinness Guide to 20th Century Fashion (Second Reprint)

Author

David Bond

Date

1992 ISBN 0-85112-356-2

Format

Hardback 294x212mm

Pages 236 Price New £19.95

Copyright

David Bond and Guinness Publishing Ltd.

Printer

Graficas Reunidas S.A., Madrid

 

Title

The Guinness Guide to Peoples and Cultures

Editor

Dr Alisdair Rogers

Date

March 1993 ISBN 0-85112-705-3

Format

Hardback 300x235mm

Pages 256 Price New £19.95

Copyright

Andromeda Oxford Limited

Printer

Heraclio Fournier SA, Vitoria

 

Title

The Guinness Guide to Nature in Danger

Author

Noel Simon

Date

September 1993 ISBN 0-85112-708-8

Format

Hardback 298x235mm

Pages 240 Price New £19.95

Copyright

Noel Simon

Printer

New Interlitho SpA, Milan

 

Title

The Guinness Guide to International Motor Racing

Author

Peter Higham

Date

June 1995 ISBN 0-85112-642-1

Format

Hardback 240x158mm

Pages 544 Price New £19.95

Copyright

Peter Higham

Printer

The Bath Press, Bath, Avon

 

Title

The Guinness Guide to Better English
(I'm sorry, I'll write that again!)

Author

Philip Gooden

Date

June 1996 ISBN 0-85112-549-2

Format

Paperback 197x131mm

Pages 192 Price New £5.99

Copyright

Philip Gooden

Printer

Cox & Wyman, Reading

A predecessor of the Guinness Guides was the Reader's Digest Pocket Guide to Nature Records, which contained records from the late-1960s Guinness Book of Records:

Title

Reader's Digest Pocket Guide to Nature Records

Subtitle

Extremes on Earth, in Space and among Living things

Date

1969

Format

Paperback 151x84mm

Pages 64

Chapters

4 ("The Animal Kingdom", "The Plant Kingdom", "The Natural World" and "The Universe and Space")

Copyright

The Reader's Digest Ltd and Guinness Superlatives Ltd

Printers / Binders

W. S. Cowell Ltd, Ipswich, Schwitters AG, Zurich, A. Wheaton & Co., Exeter.

Notes:

  1. A second edition (pictured right) was published in 1979, printed and bound by Gilchrist Brothers Limited, Leeds; Loxley Brothers Limited Sheffield; Schwitters AG, Zurich.

And finally, an honourable mention for this lovely book first produced by Arthur Guinness Son & Co. (Park Royal) Ltd. in 1961:

Title

The Guinness Guide to Profitable Snacks

Foreword

Lord Boyd, Managing Director

Format

Hardback 189x130mm

Pages 116

Printer

Jarrold & Sons Ltd., London and Norwich