Guinness Record Book Collecting
2017-02-15: Thanks to some help from one of our best website friends, we now have an official copy of the first edition in Chinese.
2017-01-19: The second edition of Guinness World Records Blockbusters! is now on sale in the USA and Canada.
2016-12-29: Happy New Year to all our readers. Best of luck in your collecting endeavours in 2017!
2016-12-09: Season's greetings to all our readers. Best of luck in your collecting endeavours in 2017!
2016-10-28: New editions in the 2016 HarperCollins Children's Books "Guinness World Records" series are now available.
2016-10-19: Bonus sections for the 2017 edition — featuring records from the Olympic and Paralympic Games in Rio de Janeiro — are now available from the Guinness World Records website
2016-10-10: The latest Guinness World Records Diary (in Italian) is now available.
2016-09-08: Guinness World Records 2017 ("A Galaxy of New Records") has been published today.
2016-09-08: The 10th edition of the Guinness World Records Gamer's Edition (2017) has been released.
2016-09-07: Another very interesting find - a pennant advertising the Guinness World of Records Exhibition in the Empire State Building, New York.
2016-08-20: For the tenth in our occasional series of interviews with world record people, we were privileged to meet Gordon Nutbrown, co-founder of Redwood Press.
2016-08-17: A fascinating brochure for the start of the 1977 season at Atlantic City's New Steel Pier includes details of its Guinness World Records exhibit and theatre shows.
2016-08-12: We have discovered a great bumper sticker advertising the Guinness World Records Exhibit Halls in New York and Las Vegas.
2016-08-08: Another early complimentary copy of the Guinness Book of Turf Records (for Joe Coral Ltd.) has been unearthed.
2016-06-10: We have managed to obtain 23 language/country variants of the 2016 edition, showing how much work is done by the publishers every year.
2016-05-03: We now have a rare 1974 edition bound in a red cover in its original box.
2016-05-03: We have found an interesting copy of the 1979 Turriff special edition which was donated to Warwick School by a director of the company.
2016-05-03: An unusual Speed Slide! quiz card from IPC Magazines has come into our possession.
2016-04-14: An earlier private edition for M & J Engineers Ltd. has been found.
2016-03-17: The first seven editions in the 2016 HarperCollins Children's Books "Guinness World Records" series are now available.
2016-03-16: The first ever edition of Guinness World Records Blockbusters! is now on sale.
2016-03-05: A private edition for Wakefield Fortune Travel has come to light in New Zealand.
2016-03-01: We have a commemorative mug from the February 1988 opening of The Guinness World of Records in New York.
2016-01-28: Enjoy our exclusive interview with the Guinness World Records Editor-in-Chief, Craig Glenday.
2016-01-26: A 1973 private edition for A. P. V. Mitchell (Dryers) Ltd. of Carlisle has been listed for sale on eBay.
2016-01-20: We've recently found a Coast Federal Savings complimentary edition from 1975.
2015-12-13: A Turriff-Taylor private edition from 1972 was sold today on eBay.
2015-11-21: The first ever Mongolian edition of the Guinness World Records book has been published by Nomiin Khishig Publishing in Ulaanbaatar.
2015-09-25: Our Odds & Ends page now has details of a promotional flyer for a Guinness Book of Records video game, and a quiz card from the Halifax Building Society.
2015-09-05: Interesting promotional items (Slurpee cups) with world records from the 1970s have been added to our collection.
2015-08-27: The first copy of The Guinness Book of Records was bound 60 years ago today.
2015-08-21: Guinness World Records 2016 and the Guinness World Records 2016 Gamer's Edition will be released in the U.K. on September 10th.
2015-07-02: Of interest to collectors of Guinness World Records toys will be the set of 8 toys/challenges produced for McDonald's Happy Meals in 2014.
2015-06-01: A really interesting informational compliments slip for advanced copies of the 1958 edition has come into our possession.
2015-02-20: We haven't been idle since Christmas and we now have new items in several sections of our site. including an unusual beer mat, a postcard from Vegas, and an "Officially Amazing" notebook.
2014-12-24: We would like to wish all collectors of Guinness World Records books and memorabilia a Merry Christmas and a Happy year collecting in 2015!
2014-12-12: We have several new editions this month, including a boxed first edition for The Crooked Billet Pub and a Diamond Anniversary Special produced by Guinness World Records to celebrate 60 years of the book's history.
2014-12-11: Paladone Products Ltd. has updated its range of Guinness World Records "build your own" gifts for 2014.
2014-10-24: The 2015 Gamer's Edition is now available.
2014-09-22: We have been extremely lucky to obtain some more private editions this month - the Troll, Mileştii Mici, Emirates Palace and Nabil Karam private editions, and the 2007 HIT Entertainment Special Edition.
2014-07-26: An amazing copy of the 8th edition from 1960 has been discovered. It is Norris McWhirter's home/file copy, with his corrections and annotations for the 1961 9th edition.
2014-06-25: We have a lovely set of Singer Education Astounding Guinness World Records Cards. If anyone has any more information on these cards, please let us know.
2014-05-13: An early record book by The McWhirter Twins Ltd. has come our way: the 1957 British Athletics Record Book.
2014-04-28: The 2014 Bantam paperback edition is now available.
2014-03-19: Another private edition (for a company named DDL) has been brought to our attention this month.
2014-02-12: Some new additions to our Odds & Ends page this month - another exhibition brochure and an interesting phone card from Italy.
2014-01-25: What fun! A Collins "Guinness Book of Records" calendar from 1975.
2014-01-08: In our local bookshop today we found a 26th Edition in perfect condition, and it is signed by Norris McWhirter. Always worth checking carefully when looking at second-hand books!
2013-10-09: We've managed to obtain a copy of China's Guinness World Records. Great collectible!
2013-10-04: Fans of Guinness World Records board games will be delighted to know that a new game has been produced.
2013-09-14: Rising Stars UK Ltd. has produced a series of Guinness World Records Record-Breaking Comprehension books and teacher's guides.
2013-07-30: Another private edition for M & J Engineers was sold today on eBay. It is amazing how many of these editions keep being discovered.
2013-05-31: Two fantastic additions to our site today: the first edition of the Guinness Book of Records in Icelandic, and another edition specially produced for the Digital computer company. We have now catalogued 1,600 items for you to collect!
2013-04-12: The "60 millionth" charity special edition of the Guinness Book of Records, launched with great fanfare at HMV in Oxford Street, London in October 1988, has been rediscovered.
2013-04-01: Another special binding has been discovered — this time a 1973 edition for Watson Norie Limited.
2013-01-27: Wow! What a start to 2013 - already this year we have some fabulous new items, such as "Great Moments in Sport", the "Guinness Jax Set", and a Guinness test cricket records book". We also have two books co-authored by Ross McWhirter - Centenary histories of the Rugby Football Union and Oxford University RFC (with an unusual compliments card).
2012-12-25: Merry Christmas to all collectors! For the 39th year in succession (and the 41st overall) one of our presents was the 2013 edition. Thanks Mum, that must be a Guinness Record!
2012-12-06: The 2013 Gamer's Edition is now on sale.
2012-12-01: Just in time for Christmas we've got hold of a box of six Tom Smith quiz crackers featuring records from the 1993 edition.
2012-12-01: A promotional booklet for Agfa-Gevaert from 1984 features sports records prior to the 1984 Olympics.
2012-10-26: Amongst other items, we've acquired a couple of interesting collectibles this month: an Educational Resource Pack from the Trocadero exhibition in 1992; and a pair of shot glasses from the World Records museum in Las Vegas.
2012-09-20: Another special edition of the 1988 Guinness Book of Olympic Records has come to light, this time for Mazola Corn Oil.
2012-09-20: We've added a new Odds & Ends page for other interesting collectibles that we have found recently.
2012-09-19: The 2012 Paladone Guinness World Records games and challenge sets are now available.
2012-09-13: The 2013 edition is now on sale.
2012-08-25: Whilst it may seem that there hasn't been much happening lately, rest assured that we are adding new items to our site on a regular basis. Since we passed 300 items on our site in early 2008, we have added another 1,230 items of interest to collectors. Recent additions include unusual items such as the karaoke version of the Guinness Top 40 British Hit Singles. Keep watching for new additions in the coming months!
2012-06-13: An interesting special edition has turned up in Texas - a 1964 Sterling edition with a dust-jacket advertising Union Carbide.
2012-05-15: Here's a fun item for collectors to find: the Official Guinness World Record Paddle Ball from 1977.
2012-04-29: Another "Turriff" edition (from 1969) has been found.
2012-04-13: A recent find is the RCA Special Gift Edition (Bantam, 1976).
2012-03-31: The 2012 Bantam edition of Guinness World records is now on sale.
2012-03-25: The 2012 catalogue from the Haywire Group contains some interesting Guinness World Records games and puzzles.
2012-03-15: Collectors of other record books will be interested in "Rekorde, Einmaligkeiten, Kuriositäten in der DDR", published in the late 1980s.
2012-02-21: Another private edition has been found: this time a copy of the 1972 edition for B T Glenwood.
2012-02-10: We've added details of a lovely new series of Guinness World Record puzzle books from Carson-Dellosa Publishing.
2012-01-31: A special edition produced in 1972 for Wultex Machine Co. Ltd. has just come to light.
2012-01-08: Another customised Bantam edition has turned up - this time for Northland Ford from 1974.
2012-01-07: Happy New Year! Emily Miethner has kindly given us a brief history of RecordSetter, and a hint of plans for this year.
2011-12-25: Our copy of the latest edition arrived today (thanks Mum!) - the 38th year in a row as a Christmas present!
2011-10-23: Want a challenge? Try the Guinness World Records Unicycle from Paladone Products Ltd.
2011-09-27: A special edition produced in 1973 for Hobourn Transmissions Limited has recently been discovered.
2011-09-15: The 2012 edition is now on sale.
2011-08-05: An unusual cassette-based Guinness Book of Records quiz game from 1979 has recently come to our attention.
2011-07-09: A fabulous series of educational books and collectors' cards was produced by Carson-Dellosa Publishing earlier this year. Well worth collecting!.
2011-06-26: Guinness Publishing has always commissioned interesting and unusual publications. Our Pick & Mix section highlights some of the less well-known editions.
2011-05-31: Guinness books have always contained an element of fun, as our new Games and Quizzes page shows.
2011-05-30: We now have a new page featuring some fascinating Guinness reference books of Historical facts, information and anecdotal stories.
2011-05-26: We have recently acquired a lovely copy of the first ever Swedish edition from 1968.
2011-05-17: A loosely connected set of Guinness reference and humorous books makes up the new Language section of this site.
2011-05-02: The latest addition to our site is a section highlighting the Guinness "Blunders" series of books.
2011-05-01: The 2011 Bantam edition of Guinness World Records is now on sale.
2011-04-20: Paladone Products Ltd. has added three new products to its Guinness World Records range, and launched a new Pocket Money range for 2011.
2011-04-16: Starting with the Guinness Signatures series in 1968, Guinness Superlatives published a number of books for collectors of everything from antique furniture to autographs. Our new section details these fascinating books.
2011-03-19: Throughout its history, Guinness Publishing has produced many sports records and reference books to complement the main series. We have catalogued more of these editions in our new Sports section.
2011-02-21: The latest section of our site provides details of the various encyclopaedias produced by Guinness Superlatives and Guinness Publishing.
2011-01-29: A special edition produced in 1974 for the U.K. company R. E. Nevill Engineering (Westbury) Ltd. has turned up ... in Australia.
2011-01-27: In late 1973, Guinness Superlatives produced the first of a new series of books, known as the Guinness Guides. These high-quality books have subjects ranging from ballet to Formula 1 motor-racing
2011-01-03: Many collectors of Guinness books also collect general records books, so today we have started a new section for other record books which may be of interest.
2011-01-01: A lovely set of mini-books has been produced by Sonic Corp., America's Drive-in.
2010-12-05: Some recent additions to our site have taken the number of catalogued items past the 1,000 mark. Details of many more items are in preparation, so keep watching!
2010-11-22: Guinness World Records and Paladone Products have recently released a selection of Toys & Gifts. We have gathered together a number of such items in a new section on our site.
2010-11-13: More books are now documented in our new music section.
2010-11-12: Recently discovered, a new "Mermaid" company special edition has unknown origins - if you can help, please let us know.
2010-10-31: A new music section has now been added to the site. The first series of books in the new section details the Guinness British Hit Singles and British Hit Albums chart reference books.
2010-10-31: Another U.K. company special edition from the West Midlands has been discovered.
2010-10-17: A variant of the 1968 U.S. 7th edition with a slightly different cover has turned up.
2010-10-17: To complement our Barratt World Record Breakers Bubblegum card set, we now have an original collectors' album.
2010-10-01: We conducted a brief interview with Anna Nicholas following the successful launch of her new book.
2010-09-01: Anna Nicholas's Strictly Off the Record is now available. Her new book is a fascinating account of life at the Guinness Book of Records in the 1980s.
2010-08-16: Exactly nine months after the 750th, a pre-production mock-up copy of the 1999 edition today becomes the 900th item listed on our site.
2010-08-06: We recently found a set of 50 Barratt World Record Breakers (FKS) bubble-gum cards from 1978.
2010-07-23: We've been lucky enough to acquire a copy of a hitherto unknown company edition from 1973, produced for John Lee & Son (Grantham) Limited.
2010-07-17: An unusual offering from Sterling Publishing in 1976 was a set of glasses depicting various World Records.
2010-07-01: Bantam special editions keep turning up from the USA; we now have one produced for the Liggett & Myers Tobacco Company in 1981.
2010-06-23: A special edition of the Guinness Book of Structures was produced for the Mabey Group of Companies in 1978.
2010-06-15: To promote Gros Gin Geneva in Canada, special packs of playing cards with records from Le Livre des Records were produced.
2010-06-14: We have discovered that a special edition of the 1995 International Guinness Book of Records paperback was produced for Syntex Australia.
2010-05-15: Another special edition has turned up - this time a 1989 Dutch edition promoting Oscorel tablets.
2010-05-14: Watch out for Anna Nicholas' new book, "Strictly off the Record", available in September.
2010-05-14: We've gathered together our interview collection into a single "people page". If you want to be featured on this page, please let us know.
2010-05-02: The 2010 Bantam edition of Guinness World records is now on sale.
2010-04-23: An unusual first day cover from Russia in 1990 shows the 1988 Guinness Book of Records.
2010-04-12: A special sport edition of Guinness World Records was published for Sport Lisboa e Benfica in 2007.
2010-04-09 : Details of the 1st ever Spanish edition, "Enciclopedia Guinness De Superlativos Mundiales", are now on our site.
2010-04-08 : We have found another private edition, which was produced for the Clarke Group in 1979/80.
2010-03-26 : An interesting paperback from 1969 is the limited edition Libro Guinness de Records Olimpicos from Mexico.
2010-03-23 : A very unusual combination of a Guinness sports records book with Old Spice aftershave was available in 1984.
2010-03-17 : We have a membership passport for the Guinness Bank of Knowledge. If anyone knows more about this service, please let us know.
2010-03-16 : Promotional copies of the Guinness World Records book are still being commissioned - we have details of a recent Panasonic edition.
2010-01-29: We have received another company special edition from Spain - this time a 1990 promotional copy for the Philips K-200 television.
2010-01-29: A special presentation of the 1979 Air Facts & Feats edition for Cox Hobbies has come to light.
2010-01-01: To celebrate the new year, we have added details of books in the Guinness "Fact Book" series to the site.
2009-12-23: A recent addition to our collection is the first ever New Zealand edition from 1977.
2009-11-24: We've been talking to Ralf Laue about his book and some of his record-breaking achievements.
2009-11-16: A 1976 Guinness Book of World Records Jigsaw Puzzle becomes the 750th item listed on this site.
2009-10-30: Does anyone know anything about the Benco editions from the 1960s?
2009-10-23: Guinness World Records has released a limited-edition facsimile (reprint) of the "1st edition". 5,000 hand-numbered copies are available for sale.
2009-10-15: An unusual electronic quiz game from 1980 shows just how much computers have developed in the past 30 years!
2009-10-11: A new section of our site documents the Guinness "The Records" series, bringing the total number of items on the site closer to 750!
2009-08-29: To celebrate the second anniversary of this web-site, we are delighted to be able to publish extracts from our interview with Iain McWhirter (Ross McWhirter's son). He is definitely a chip off the old block!
2009-08-22: We now have a set of the Guinness Britain's Natural Heritage series of nature books.
2009-08-15: We've added a brand new section to the site, detailing the books in the Guinness Facts & Feats series.
2009-06-12: New to the site today - a lovely set of Guinness records cards, produced by Mister Softee in 1963.
2009-06-09: We have come across a nice little promotional booklet from the 1958 British Empire and Commonwealth Games.
2009-06-08: If you know of any pre-production copies (such as the 2008 mock-up), please let us know.
2009-04-25: We have received a copy of the 1st Canadian Edition from 1976.
2009-04-24: If you like the quirkier side of world records, you must get hold of a copy of the Guinness Book of Trivia Records, illustrated by Bill Hinds (Sterling, 1985).
2009-04-19: Marketing of the book in the USA in the 1970s included Guinness World Records Dixie cups.
2009-04-09: Lucky Diamond Rich (the World's Most Tattooed Person) has kindly answered a few questions for us about his record breaking and collecting.
2009-04-08: Eric Rosenthal wrote the Southern African section of the Guinness Book of Records from 1968. In 1975, he produced a standalone record book, sponsored by the Total oil company. We have a copy.
2009-04-01: New to the site today - a complimentary copy of the 1978-79 Guinness Sports Record Book from TreeSweet (sponsors of O. J. Simpson in the 1970s/1980s).
2009-03-27: An interesting month! We have found an unusual dual-language book of records (Guinness en Español e Inglés) and a fabulous 1978 "Guinness World Records Reading Comprehension Pack". Wonderful stuff!
2009-02-25: After a quiet month, we've now got hold of two unusual copies of the U.S. version of the 2001 edition. One has a red & green cover, the other black & orange, and we know of a blue & yellow version. Are there any others?
2009-01-17: Larry Olmsted, author of "Getting into Guinness", has kindly agreed to be interviewed by us. His comments will be of interest to anyone with a passion for the Book and the records that it inspires.
2009-01-16: In 1984, "Dorland Advertising" ran a competition where the prizes included copies of the Guinness Book of Records signed by Norris McWhirter. One such copy was presented to the organiser of the signing session, and this copy becomes the 500th item catalogued on our site.
2009-01-15: Company special editions keep appearing - the latest edition to come to our attention was produced for "JWIS Chains Ltd" in 1977.
2009-01-10: We have come across a "private distribution" copy of the 2008 edition.
2009-01-04: Another company special edition has resurfaced on eBay.
2008-11-26: More sad news from Shelbyville, where the World's oldest woman - Edna Parker - has died at the age of 115 years and 220 days.
2008-11-12: A publisher's proof copy of the 1974 edition has surfaced on eBay, leading to speculation that there may still be other versions of that edition to find.
2008-10-23: For the first time, full details of the Guinness Doctors' Books from 1933-1939 and 1950-1966 are now on our site.
2008-10-05: Larry Olmsted's "Getting into Guinness" has just been released in the UK and USA. If you want to know how much effort is required to gain a place in the book, then read this book!
2008-09-12: We have found a copy of the first Dutch edition from 1971.
2008-08-26: Details of the first (1990) Polish edition of the Guinness Book of Records are now on our site.
2008-08-13: Very sad news that Sandy Allen - the World's tallest woman - has died at the age of 53.
2008-08-02: According to the official website, the 2009 edition will come with a pair of 3D glasses to view "more than 20 3D features".
2008-08-01: To celebrate our birthday, we have added three more interesting items: two pre-production mock-ups of the Guinness book of World Records from 2004 and 2005, and a special edition from the USA.
2008-07-18: Another specially bound edition - this time from Spain - has turned up on eBay.
2008-07-11: Recent additions to our collection have brought the number of items detailed on our site to 340 - and we still have a couple of weeks to go before our first anniversary!
2008-07-03: A number of interesting 1st editions (with glassine covers or original packaging) have surfaced on eBay recently. It just goes to show that there are still interesting editions for collectors to find.
2008-06-15: We have come across a 1978 U.S. Bantam edition with a bonus free ticket to any Guinness Museum.
2008-05-13: A 1983 Australian edition with a special Toyota cover has come to light recently.
2008-05-01: Another 1968 company special edition (for Wellman Machines Limited) has surfaced on eBay.
2008-04-15: We now have a copy of the first Norwegian edition ("Guinness Rekordbok Først og Størst") and details of the first Danish edition ("Guinness Rekordbog Først og Størst"). If you have information on any other first editions, please get in touch.
2008-04-10: A 1984 UK edition with a Whiskas dust-jacket has been brought to our attention.
2008-03-22: We've added a copy of the first Italian edition (Il Guinness Dei Primati) to our collection.
2008-03-14: Many GBR collectors also collect the Guinness Book of Answers, so we have added a section for that series of reference books to our site.
2008-03-10: An interesting special edition from the U.S. is the 1979 Bantam edition produced for the Liggett & Myers Tobacco Company.
2008-03-10: Anyone read Russian?
2008-03-01: A number of collectors' (trading) card sets have been issued for Guinness World Records - we have a Sterling Publishing set of 16 from 1980.
2008-02-16: Guinness World Records has been sold, and now forms part of Jim Pattison's "Ripley's Believe It or Not!" empire.
2008-02-13: In order to catalogue first editions from around the world, we have started a new section on the site. If you can help, please let us know.
2008-02-08: We have just been reacquainted with the Daily Mail part-work that was produced to publicise the 1997 edition.
2008-02-07: Three more books have joined our collection, allowing us to fill in some of the gaps in our U.S. Sterling editions section.
2008-01-31: Another copy of the leather-bound 7th edition produced for Lucas Gas Turbine Equipment has come to light.
2008-01-16: More of the history of the U.S. editions, together with some fascinating record stories can be found in "Guinness: The Stories Behind the Records".
2008-01-12: We have found a lovely little booklet from 1966, in the "style" of the Guinness Book of Records from that era: the Guinness Book of British Empire & Commonwealth Games Records.
2007-12-25: With the arrival of a copy of the 2008 edition, we can claim a record 34 years in a row receiving the book as a Christmas present. However, Guinness has yet to ratify this momentous achievement!
2007-12-22: We have added details of some more editions to our U.S. Bantam page.
2007-12-21: If you have any spare time in the near future, you should try and read Ross: The story of a shared life (Norris McWhirter's biography of his twin brother).
2007-12-19: A copy of the McWhirters' first book - "Get to your Marks!" - has joined our collection. It a great read for historians of Track and Field athletics.
2007-12-15: Whilst browsing through some books in a local shop, we came across a hitherto undocumented "company special" edition, published for Oxy Metal Finishing in 1971.
2007-12-03: Guinness World Records may be up for sale once more [Article from The Sunday Times].
2007-12-01: In 1994 Guinness started the Gold Club for collectors of the book. We have some information (and the first 5 newsletters), but would love to hear from anyone who has anything else to add.
2007-11-15: We've added a new section dedicated to other Guinness publications. To get the section started, we've added details of the Guinness Silver Anniversary Series.
2007-11-09: A little-known forerunner to the Guinness Book of Records series is Jerome S. Meyer's Book of Amazing Facts. We now have a copy of this fabulous publication from 1950.
2007-10-28: We've added a couple of other books — that may be of interest to collectors — to our "Related" section. These are the 1982 "Guinness Pocket Book of Facts" and the 1992 "Guinness UK Data Book".
2007-10-26: From the information in the 1974 and 1976 Bantam paperbacks, we believe we are starting to find out how the edition numbering worked in the early U.S. editions.
2007-10-14: Two more U.S. editions have been added to our collection, but we are still keen to hear from collectors who know more about the U.S. series of books.
2007-10-04: A rare "company special" copy of the 9th edition has recently been discovered.
2007-10-03: Whilst rummaging through a box of stuff, we came across our Guinness Record Breakers Club welcome pack from 1985. We were member number 001016. Did anyone else join the club?
2007-09-28: The 2008 Guinness World Records Book has been launched in the UK. Read the full Press Release (PDF).
2007-09-26: We have acquired an unusual special edition of the June 1966 Bantam publication, which was produced for the Chicago Daily News.
2007-09-13: Another new addition to our collection is a copy of a first edition Guinness Book of Superlatives from the U.S.A. To celebrate, we've started a new page for U.S. editions.
2007-08-30: We just obtained a copy of the 1976 BBC Record Breakers book signed by Norris McWhirter. The dedication is to "Walter". If anyone knows who Walter is, please get in touch.
2007-08-14: According to reports, 114 year-old Yone Minagawa died at a hospital in Fukuoka Prefecture in Japan on Monday. This leaves Edna Parker of Shelbyville, Indiana as the world's oldest person. Edna lives in the same Heritage House Convalescent Center as Sandy Allen, the world's tallest woman at 7 feet, 7 inches.