Guinness Record Book Collecting
Welcome to the Guinness Book of Records collectors' web-site - the superlative, record breaking guide to collecting the Guinness Book of Records, Guinness World Records and other records-related publications and ephemera.
Our site contains full details of all U.K. editions, most U.S. editions, many of the first editions in other languages, and a large number of special editions produced for private distribution. A history of the wonderful Guinness Doctors' Books is also available, and we have sections dedicated to the Guinness Facts & Feats, The Records, Fact Book, Hit Singles and Albums and Gamer's Edition and other spin-off series. Other sections, such as Food & Drink, Film & TV, Sports, Pick & Mix, Toys & Gifts and Odds & Ends have been added to help collectors of more than just the main records series.
You may have chanced upon our site and wondered why anyone would want to collect books of this nature. In our opinion, the answer is very simple: the books were compiled with an attention to detail that is hard to beat; the compilers had a sense of humour, and an understanding of people's interests; and the books contain more than achievements - they represent a fascinating record of our recent past.
Please enjoy our web-site, and please enjoy the books - that's why Norris and Ross McWhirter (and all of the other compilers) went to so much trouble and effort in the first place. If you have any additional information or ideas that will add to (or improve) this site, please let us know.
We have been very lucky to finally get hold of a copy of the 1967 fourth edition of the Guinness Book of Turf Records. Better still, our copy has a special outer cover for a London-based turf accountant.
Another special edition from 1992 has been found by a collector in China.
The latest Italian Guinness World Records diary has been published.
A hard-to-find copy of the 1981 Guinness Book of Amazing Animals has been added to our collection.
We now have a copy of the second edition of the Guinness Book of Sports Records Winners & Champions published by Sterling Publishing in 1982.