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Guinness "History" Books

The concise Oxford Dictionary defines "history" as, "a continuous, usually chronological, record of important or public events". This page details a number of books produced by Guinness Publishing which loosely adhere to that definition. Other sections of our site (such as the Facts & Feats section) should be consulted for more books of this nature; all of the editions are excellent reference books, and are well worth collecting.

Title

The Guinness Book of Kings, Rulers & Statesmen

Author

Clive Carpenter

Editor

Anne Smith

Date

November 1978 ISBN 0 900424 46 X

Format

Hardback 242x174mm

Pages 312 Price New £7.95

Publisher

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

Printer

Bemrose & Sons Ltd, Derby

Title

The Guinness Book of the Car

Authors

Anthony Harding, Warren Allport, David Hodges, John Davenport

Editor

Honor Head

Date

September 1987 ISBN 0-85112-806-8

Format

Hardback 267x200mm

Pages 256 Price New £12.95

Publisher

Guinness Superlatives Ltd, 33 London Road, Enfield, Middlesex

Printer

Hazell, Watson & Viney Ltd, Aylesbury, Bucks

Title

The Guinness Book of British Royalty

Author

Geoffrey Hindley

Editor

Beatrice Frei

Date

October 1989 ISBN 0-85112-383-X

Format

Hardback 282x207mm

Pages 192 Price New £12.95

Publisher

Guinness Publishing Ltd, 33 London Road, Enfield, Middlesex

Printer

New Interlitho SpA, Milan

Title

The Guinness Book of Explorers and Exploration

Editor

Michθle Gavet-Imbert

Date

September 1991 ISBN 0-85112-973-0

Format

Hardback 306x242mm

Pages 279 Price New £19.95

Copyright

Compagnie 1212 SA

Printer

Amilcare Pizzi S.p.A.

Title

The Guinness Book of Decisive Battles

Author

Geoffrey Regan

Date

September 1992 ISBN 0-85112-520-4

Format

Hardback 274x202mm

Pages 224 Price New £17.95

Publisher

Guinness Publishing Ltd., 33 London Road, Enfield, Middlesex, EN2 6DJ

Printer

The Bath Press, Bath

Title

The Guinness Book of Air Warfare

Author

Robert Jackson

Editor

Beatrice Frei

Date

August 1993 ISBN 0-85112-701-0

Format

Paperback 235x170mm

Pages 256 Price New £14.99

Publisher

Guinness Publishing Ltd., 33 London Road, Enfield, Middlesex

Printer

The Bath Press, Bath

Title

The Guinness History of the British Army

Author

John Pimlott

Date

October 1993 ISBN 0-85112-711-8

Format

Hardback 267x197mm

Pages 224 Price New £14.99

Publisher

Guinness Publishing Ltd., 33 London Road, Enfield, Middlesex, EN2 6DJ

Printer

The Bath Press, Bath

Title

The Guinness Book of Innovations

Author

Geoff Tibballs

Editor

Beatrice Frei

Date

May 1994 ISBN 0-85112-742-8

Format

Hardback 275x205mm

Pages 190 Price New £14.99

Publisher

Guinness Publishing Ltd., 33 London Road, Enfield, Middlesex

Printer

The Bath Press, Bath

Title

The Guinness History of Inventions

Author

G. I. Brown

Editor

Anne Marshall

Date

October 1996 ISBN 0-85112-546-8

Format

Hardback 268x195mm

Pages 256 Price New £16.95

Publisher

Guinness Publishing Ltd, 33 London Road, Enfield, Middlesex, EN2 6DJ

Printer

The Bath Press, Bath
  • The Guinness Warfare Series

A series of three books, similar in nature to the Facts & Feats series:

1973 The Guinness History of Land Warfare

Publication Date

October 1973

Cover

Black

Price New £2.95
ISBN 900424 20 6

Pages

248

Sections

9 ("The Roots of Strife", "The Millennium of Organisation", "The Equine Millennium", "The Gunpowder Revolution", "The Rise of Industry", "The Epoch of Totality", "The Epoch of Mechanisation", "The Paradoxical Epoch" and "Appendices")

Format Hardback 9½x7 inches (242x183 mm)
Copyright Kenneth Macksey and Guinness Superlatives Limited

Publisher

Guinness Superlatives Ltd

2, Cecil Court, London Road, Enfield, Middlesex

Printer Jarrold and Sons Limited, Norwich

Notes:

  1. A second impression was published in 1976 (£4.95).

 

1975 The Guinness History of Sea Warfare

Publication Date

October 1975

Cover

Blue

Price New £6.95
ISBN 900424 29 X

Pages

245

Sections

8 ("Oars and Spears", "Cannons and Culverins", "Wooden Walls", "Ironclads and Explosives", "The Decade of the Dreadnought", "The Aircraft Carrier Era", "The Age of Nuclear Power" and "Appendices")

Format Hardback 9½x7 inches (242x183 mm)
Copyright Guinness Superlatives Ltd

Publisher

Guinness Superlatives Ltd

2, Cecil Court, London Road, Enfield, Middlesex

Printer Jarrold and Sons Limited, Norwich

 

1976 The Guinness History of Air Warfare

Publication Date

October 1976

Cover

Mauve

Price New £6.50
ISBN 900424 61 3

Pages

247

Sections

7 ("The New Dimension in Warfare", "In Search of a Method", "The Birth of Air Power", "The Interregnum", "The Heyday of Tactical Air Forces", "The Years of the Holocaust" and "Confrontation: Cold and Limited Wars")

Format Hardback 9½x7 inches (242x183 mm)
Copyright Guinness Superlatives Ltd

Publisher

Guinness Superlatives Ltd

2, Cecil Court, London Road, Enfield, Middlesex

Printer Jarrold and Sons Limited, Norwich
  • World Events

1997 Guinness Book of the 20th Century

Publication Date

October 1997

Cover

Red

Price New £20
ISBN 0-85112-057-1

Pages

456

Format Hardback 12x9 inches (305x229 mm)
Copyright Guinness Publishing Ltd
Notes The book also came in a black cover (right)

 

2000 Guinness Book of the 20th Century Millennium Edition

Publication Date

May 2000

Cover

Lime Green

Price New £20
ISBN 0-85112-057-1

Pages

480

Format Hardback 12x9 inches (305x229 mm)
Copyright Guinness World Records Ltd
Notes This is a revised edition which includes information for 1998 and 1999.

 

2000 Guinness World Records

Subtitle

Great World Events of the last thirty-five years.

Publication Date

August 2000

Cover

Black

Price New $9.99

Pages

192

Format Paperback 11Όx8 inches (286x220 mm)
Copyright Guinness World Records Ltd
Reprinted by Time Inc. Home Entertainment, 1271 Avenue of the Americas, New York, New York, 10020.
Notes Extracted from the "Guinness Book of the 20th Century" (above).

Having left the Guinness fold, Norris McWhirter produced a number of other titles, two of which fit very nicely into our History category:

1999 Book of Millennium Records

Publication Date

October 1999

Cover

White background

ISBN 1-85227-805-6
Price New £20.00

Pages

256

Chapters 10 ("Everyday Life", "The Arts", "Science", "Medicine and Health", "Politics and Government", "Building and Engineering", "Transport", "War", "Communications & Media" and "Sports")
Compiler Norris McWhirter
Format Hardback 12x9 inches (304x229 mm)
Copyright Norris McWhirter and Virgin Publishing Ltd.

Publisher

Virgin Publishing Ltd., Thames Wharf Studios, Rainville Road, London W6 9HT

Printed by Amilcare Pizzi, Italy
Notes This edition was also published by Ted Smart (The Book People Ltd, Hall Wood Avenue, Haydock, St Helens. WA11 9UL) [ISBN: 1-85613-686-8]

 

2000 Book of Historical Records

Publication Date

October 2000

ISBN 1-85227-894-3
Price New £20.00

Pages

288

Chapters 11 ("Everyday Life", "The Living Earth", "The Arts", "Science", "Medicine and Health", "Politics and Government", "Building and Engineering", "Transport", "War", "Communications & Media" and "Sports")
Compiler Norris McWhirter
Format Hardback 12x9 inches (302x229 mm)
Copyright Norris McWhirter and Virgin Publishing Ltd.

Publisher

Virgin Publishing Ltd., Thames Wharf Studios, Rainville Road, London W6 9HT

Printed by Oriental Press, Dubai