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Other Record Books

Collectors of the Guinness Book of Records and Guinness World Records will (of course) know that other world record publications are available. The current owners of Guinness World Records - the Jim Pattison Group - also publishes "Ripley's Believe It or Not!", and other publishers have produced record-related books over the years.

This section of our web-site will feature some of these alternative record books and related items. Other parts of our site have details of interesting record books, such as "The Book of Amazing Facts" from 1950; we cannot pretend to offer a complete list of such books, so the editions on this page are those that we believe to be worthy of a mention (and worthwhile seeking out for your collection).

1934: Champion

Title

The Champion Album of Record Breakers

Date

1934

Format

Booklet 132x108mm

Pages 50

Printer

The Amalgamated Press, Ltd., Printing Works, Sumner Street, London, S.E.1.

Notes A sticker collection book with one record per page.

1965: Fleetway Publications Ltd.

Title

Donald Campbell's Book of Record Breakers

Date

1965

Format

Booklet 139x215mm

Pages 8

Printer

Fleetway Publications Ltd.

Notes A sticker collection book featuring 34 world records and "The record-breaking Bluebirds".

1970: Ladybird Books Ltd.

Title

The Record Breakers

Author

W. Murray

Date

January 1970

Format

Hardback 178x118mm

Pages 50

ISBN

0 7214 0249 6

Price New 24p

Copyright

Ladybird Books Ltd (formerly Wills & Hepworth Ltd)

Printed

England

1975: Purnell Books

Title

The Book of Facts and Records

Editor

John Grisewood

Date

1975

Format

Hardback 283x220mm

Pages 155

ISBN

0 3610 2988 8

Copyright

Grisewood & Dempsey Ltd.

Printed

Hazell, Watson and Viney Ltd. and Oxley Printing Group Ltd.

1984: Piccolo (Pan) Books

Title

50 Facts about Record Breakers

Author

Stephen Hoare

Editor

Deri Warren

Date

June 1984

Format

Paperback 275x215mm

Pages 32

ISBN

0 330 28193 3

Price New £1.50

Copyright

Piper Books Ltd.

Printed

Graficas Reunidas SA, Madrid, Spain.

Having left the Guinness fold, Norris McWhirter produced a number of other titles:

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

 

2003 Records - Le Grand Livre 2004

Publication Date

October 2003

ISBN 978-2-74990-024-7
Price New 25.00

Pages

239

Chapters 11 ("Vie quotidienne", "Terre vivante", "Les arts", "Sciences", "Médecine & Santé", "Politique & Gouvernements", "Constructions & Ingénierie", "Transports", "La guerre", "Communications & Médias" and "Sports")
Compiler Norris McWhirter
Format Hardback c.11½x9 inches (290x237 mm)
Copyright Norris McWhirter, Virgin Publishing Ltd. and Michel-Lafon Publishing.

Publisher

Michel-Lafon Publishing, 7 boulevard Paul-Émile Victor, 92523 Neuilly/Seine, France.

 

2004 Records 2005

Publication Date

October 2004

ISBN 978-2-74990-146-6
Price New 25.00

Pages

238

Chapters 11 ("Vie quotidienne", "Terre vivante", "Arts", "Sciences", "Médecine & Santé", "Politique & Gouvernements", "Constructions & Ingénierie", "Transports", "Guerre", "Communications & Médias" and "Sports")
Compiler Norris McWhirter
Format Hardback c.11½x9 inches (290x237 mm)
Copyright Norris McWhirter, Virgin Publishing Ltd. and Michel-Lafon Publishing.

Publisher

Michel-Lafon Publishing, 7 boulevard Paul-Émile Victor, 92523 Neuilly/Seine, France.

 

2005 Records 2006

Publication Date

September 2005

ISBN 978-2-74990-335-4
Price New 25.00

Pages

237

Chapters 11 ("Vie quotidienne", "Terre vivante", "Arts", "Sciences", "Médecine & Santé", "Politique & Gouvernements", "Constructions & Ingénierie", "Transports", "Guerre", "Communications & Médias" and "Sports")
Compiler Norris McWhirter
Format Hardback c.11½x9 inches (290x237 mm)
Copyright Norris McWhirter, Virgin Publishing Ltd. and Michel-Lafon Publishing.

Publisher

Michel-Lafon Publishing, 7 boulevard Paul-Émile Victor, 92523 Neuilly/Seine, France.

 

2006 Constatations & Billevesées de Mr. McWhirter

Publication Date

November 2006

Cover

Cream

ISBN 978-2-35021-069-0

Pages

387

Compiler Norris McWhirter
Format Paperback 9x6 inches (238x152 mm)
Copyright Norris McWhirter and Éditions Scali.

Publisher

Éditions Scali, 80 rue de Faubourg, Saint-Denis, 7500, Paris.

Notes Fascinating book of records with black-and-white illustrations. Originally compiled by Norris McWhirter in 1999, reprinted in 2006.

2008: Robert  Frederick Limited

Title

Book of World Records Animal World

Date

November 2008

ISBN 0-7554-7589-5

Format

Hardback 292x218mm

Pages 43 Price New £4.99

Copyright

Robert Frederick Ltd., 4 North Parade, Bath, BA1 1LF, England.

Title

Book of World Records Human Achievements

Date

November 2008

ISBN 0-7554-7590-9

Format

Hardback 292x218mm

Pages 43 Price New £4.99

Copyright

Robert Frederick Ltd., 4 North Parade, Bath, BA1 1LF, England.

Title

Book of World Records Natural World

Date

November 2008

ISBN 0-7554-7591-7

Format

Hardback 292x218mm

Pages 45 Price New £4.99

Copyright

Robert Frederick Ltd., 4 North Parade, Bath, BA1 1LF, England.

Title

Book of World Records Sporting Records

Date

November 2008

ISBN 0-7554-7592-5

Format

Hardback 292x218mm

Pages 45 Price New £4.99

Copyright

Robert Frederick Ltd., 4 North Parade, Bath, BA1 1LF, England.

2009: Carlton Books Ltd.

Title

World Football Records 2010

Date

September 2009

Format

Hardback 293x223mm

Pages 256

ISBN

1-84732-371-5

Price New £18.99

Copyright

Carlton Books Limited

Printed

Dubai

Notes A FIFA official licensed product.

2010: Scholastic Inc.

Scholastic Incorporated has been producing pictorial record books for young people in the USA (and elsewhere) for many years. Other record books from Scholastic - produced in co-operation with Guinness World Records - are detailed elsewhere on this site. 

Title

Book of World Records 2011

Date

November 2010

Format

Paperback 228x153mm

Pages 304+

ISBN

0-54523-748-3

Price New $10.99

Copyright

Georgian Bay Associates

Printed

USA

Notes:
  1. We also have a copy of "Australian & World Records 2007" (ISBN: 1-86504-904-2) produced by Scholastic Australia Pty Ltd.

 

2011: Universal Record Database, LLC

Title

The RecordSetter Book of World Records

Authors

Corey Henderson and Dan Rollman

Editors

Ella Morton, Lindsey Weber and Roger Bennett

Date

10th November 2011

Format

Paperback 203x152mm

Pages 290

ISBN

0-76116-577-0

Price New $12.95

Chapters

9 ("The Creative Arts", "Food and Drink", "Sports and Games", "Science and Technology", "Money and Style", "Groups", "Visionaries", "Earth and Environment" and "The Human Body").

Publisher

Workman Publishing Company, Inc., 225 Varick Street, New York, NY 10014-4381

Copyright

Universal Record Database, LLC

Printed

United States of America

2011: IAAF

Title

Progression of IAAF World Records

Editor

Imre Matrahazi

Date

2011

Format

Paperback 210x152mm

Pages 604

ISBN

N/A

Price New $32

Publisher

International Association of Athletics Federations

17, rue Princess Florestine, BP 359, MC 98007, Monaco Cedex

Copyright

IAAF 2011