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Editions from the 1980s

1980 Twenty-Seventh Edition

Edition

27 (1981 Edition)

Publication Date

17th October 1980

Cover

Navy Blue background

Price New £4.50
ISBN 0 900424 98 2

Foreword

October 1980, Earl of Iveagh

Preface

Editor and compiler

Pages

349

Chapters 12 ("The Human Being", "The Living World", "The Natural World", "The Universe and Space", "The Scientific World", "The Arts and Entertainments", "The World's Structures", "The Mechanical World", "The Business World", "The Human World", "Human Achievements" and "Sports, Games and Pastimes")
Dimensions 12x8½ inches (305x212 mm)
Copyright Guinness Superlatives Limited

Publisher

Guinness Superlatives Limited

2 Cecil Court, London Road, Enfield, Middlesex

Printer

Redwood Burn Limited Trowbridge & Esher

Notes:
  1. Inside front cover is "Accidents & Disasters Death Tolls".

  2. Jerry Dain and Allan Hicks added to the production team credits.

  3. Sports Editor (Stan Greenberg) credited on the title page (page 5).

  4. Foreword says, "... global sales of this book ... have surpassed the 40 000 000 mark".

  5. Artwork by Don Roberts. Design and Layout by David Roberts (no kin).

  6. Contents page now has consistent initial capital letters for chapter headings.

  7. Page 338 has a list of Olympic records.

  8. Modifications to ninety-nine pages in the "stop press" section on pages 339 to 341.

  9. Page 349 has, "Indexing by Anna Pavord".

  10. Inside back cover is "Guinness Books for Further Reading" and "The Growing World of Guinness Books".

 

1981 Twenty-Eighth Edition

Edition

28 (1982 Edition)

Publication Date

16th October 1981

Cover

Cerise background

Price New £4.99
ISBN 0 85112 232 9

Foreword

October 1981, Earl of Iveagh

Preface

Editor and compiler

Pages

350

Chapters 12 ("The Human Being", "The Living World", "The Natural World", "The Universe and Space", "The Scientific World", "The Arts and Entertainments", "The World's Structures", "The Mechanical World", "The Business World", "Human Achievements", "The Human World" and "Sports, Games and Pastimes")
Dimensions 12x8½ inches (305x212 mm)
Copyright Guinness Superlatives Limited

Publisher

Guinness Superlatives Limited

2 Cecil Court, London Road, Enfield, Middlesex

Printer

Redwood Burn Limited Trowbridge, Wiltshire

Notes:
  1. The Rolling Stones concert ticket on the front was a personal addition!

  2. Inside front cover is "Progression of Records in the 20th Century".

  3. Linda Hull replaces Amanda Clark as Editor's Secretary; Maureen Anderson added to the production team credits.

  4. Assistant Editor (Moira F. Stowe) and Sports Editor (Stan Greenberg) credited on the title page (page 5).

  5. Foreword says, "... global sales of this book ... have surpassed the 42 000 000 mark".

  6. Design and Layout by David Roberts. Artwork by Don Roberts (no kin).

  7. "The Human World" and "Human Achievements" chapters swapped again.

  8. Modifications to one hundred and seventeen pages in the "stop press" section on pages 340 to 342.

  9. Page 350 has, "Indexing by Anna Pavord".

  10. Inside back cover is "Guinness Books for further reading".

 

1982 Twenty-Ninth Edition

Edition

29 (1983 Edition)

Publication Date

15th October 1982

Cover

Brown background

Price New £5.75
ISBN 0 85112 251 5

Foreword

October 1982, Earl of Iveagh

Preface

Editor and compiler

Pages

350

Chapters 12 ("The Human Being", "The Living World", "The Natural World", "The Universe and Space", "The Scientific World", "The Arts and Entertainments", "The World's Structures", "The Mechanical World", "The Business World", "Human Achievements", "The Human World" and "Sports, Games and Pastimes")
Dimensions 12x8½ inches (305x212 mm)
Copyright Guinness Superlatives Limited

Publisher

Guinness Superlatives Limited

2 Cecil Court, London Road, Enfield, Middlesex

Printer

Redwood Burn Ltd, Trowbridge, Wiltshire

Notes:
  1. Inside front cover is "World Superlatives in the United Kingdom and Ireland".

  2. Stan Greenberg (Sports Editor 1976-82) and Elaine Adams are acknowledged.

  3. Assistant General Editor (Moira F. Stowe), Sports Editor (Peter J. Matthews), Assistant Sports Editor (Beverley Waites) and Correspondence Editor (Colin Smith) credited on the title page (page 5).

  4. Foreword says, "... global sales of this book ... have surpassed the 45 000 000 mark".

  5. Art Editor David Roberts. Artwork by Don Roberts (no kin), Eddie Botchway, Pat Gibbon, Matthew Hillier and Tony Maynard.

  6. Modifications to one hundred and eighteen pages in the "stop press" section on pages 340 to 342.

  7. Page 350 has, "Indexing by Anna Pavord".

  8. Inside back cover is "Guinness Books".

 

1983 Thirtieth Edition

Edition

30 (1984 Edition)

Publication Date

October 1983

Cover

Sky Blue background

Price New £5.95
ISBN 0 85112 260 4

Foreword

October 1983, Earl of Iveagh

Preface

Editor and compiler

Pages

349

Chapters 12 ("The Human Being", "The Living World", "The Natural World", "The Universe and Space", "The Scientific World", "The Arts and Entertainments", "The World's Structures", "The Mechanical World", "The Business World", "Human Achievements", "The Human World" and "Sports, Games and Pastimes")
Dimensions 12x8½ inches (305x212 mm)
Copyright Guinness Superlatives Limited

Publisher

Guinness Superlatives Limited

2 Cecil Court, London Road, Enfield, Middlesex

Printer

Redwood Burn Ltd, Trowbridge, Wiltshire

Notes:
  1. Inside front cover is "Olympic Venues 1896-1988".

  2. Jacqueline Packenham and Jacqueline Walton added to the production team acknowledgements.

  3. Title page has "(with the late A. Ross McWhirter from 1955 to 1975)".

  4. Assistant General Editor (Moira F. Stowe), Sports Editor (Peter J. Matthews), Assistant Sports Editor (Beverley Waites) and Correspondence Editor (Colin Smith) credited on the title page (page 5).

  5. Foreword says, "... global sales of this book ... are nearing the 50 000 000 mark".

  6. Art Editor David Roberts. Artwork by Don Roberts (no kin), Eddie Botchway, Paul Doherty, Spiral Creative Associates, Pat Gibbon, Matthew Hillier and Pam Stephens.

  7. Modifications to one hundred and fifteen pages in the "stop press" section on pages 339 to 341.

  8. Page 349 has, "Indexing by Anna Pavord".

  9. Inside back page is an advertisement for the new Guinness World of Records in The Trocadero, Piccadilly Circus. There is a token that can be clipped from the book.

  10. Inside back cover is "The End".

Thanks to Liz for this copy of the 30th Edition that was signed by Norris McWhirter. The book was presented to Liz for looking after him during a book signing for the winners of a competition organised by her advertising agency.

 

Liz remembers: "At the time, I was working at a big advertising agency in Paddington, London (Dorland Advertising), and the competition was in connection with one of our client's advertising campaigns. It was my job to arrange for the books to be signed and to take care of Norris McWhirter during his visit to the ad agency. I spent a couple of hours sitting with him, opening the books at the appropriate page for him to sign, and although there was only a small stack of books to get through, I remember it taking a long time because we kept chatting and getting side-tracked by our conversation. I clearly remember my boss coming in to see why it was taking so long!"

 

1984 31st Edition 1985

Edition

31

Publication Date

October 1984

Cover

Purple/Blue background

Price New £6.50
ISBN 0 85112 419 4

Foreword

October 1984, Earl of Iveagh

Pages

352

Chapters 12 ("The Human Being", "The Living World", "The Natural World", "The Universe and Space", "The Scientific World", "The Arts and Entertainments", "The Worlds Structures", "The Mechanical World", "The Business World", "Human Achievements", "The Human World" and "Sports, Games & Pastimes")
Dimensions 11½x8½ inches (292x216 mm)
Copyright Guinness Superlatives Limited

Publisher

Guinness Superlatives Limited

2 Cecil Court, London Road, Enfield, Middlesex

Producer William Clowes Limited, Beccles, Suffolk.
Printer

Jarrold Printing, Norwich, Norfolk.

Notes:
  1. This edition was slightly different in size to previous editions.

  2. Inside front cover is "Records of the World".

  3. Title page has "(with the late A. Ross McWhirter from 1955 to 1975)".

  4. Assistant General Editor (Moira F. Stowe), Art Editor (David Roberts), Correspondence Editor (Colin Smith), Sports Editor (Peter J. Matthews) and Assistant Sports Editor (Julian Farino) credited on the title page (page 1).

  5. This edition has a special foreword, "The Story Behind the Guinness Book".

  6. Foreword says, "By 1984 the global sales had risen to 49.4 million".

  7. There is no preface; the "Notes on the Acceptability of Records" item (by Norris McWhirter) has been expanded.

  8. There is no contents page.

  9. Pages 339 and 340 have a summary of the "1984 Olympic Games - Los Angeles".

  10. Modifications to eighty pages in the "stop press" section on pages 341 to 344.

  11. Page 352 has, "Indexing by Anna Pavord".

  12. In the acknowledgements section, Muriel Ling replaces Linda Hull as Editor's Secretary. David Browne, John Catchpole and Ben Matsumoto are noted for the first time.

  13. Inside back page is an advertisement for the Guinness World of Records in The Trocadero, Piccadilly Circus.

  14. Inside back cover is "And for your specialist subject".

 

1985 32nd Edition 1986

Edition

32

Publication Date

October 1985

Cover

Blue background (astronaut)

Price New £6.95
ISBN 0-85112-433-X

Foreword

October 1985, Earl of Iveagh

Pages

320

Chapters 12 ("The Human Being", "The Living World", "The Natural World", "The Universe & Space", "The Scientific World", "Arts & Entertainments", "The Worlds Structures", "The Mechanical World", "The Business World", "Human Achievements", "The Human World" and "Sports, Games & Pastimes")
Dimensions 11½x8½ inches (292x216 mm)
Copyright Guinness Superlatives Limited

Publisher

Guinness Superlatives Limited

33, London Road, Enfield, Middlesex, EN2 6DJ, England

Producer William Clowes Limited, Beccles, Suffolk.
Printer

Jarrold Printing, Norwich, Norfolk.

Notes:
  1. The Guinness Superlatives logo on the spine of previous editions replaced by a Guinness logo.

  2. Inside front cover is "How the Records Have Changed Over Three Decades".

  3. A. Ross McWhirter removed from the title page.

  4. Assistant General Editor (Colin Smith), Assistant Sports Editor (Julian Farino) and Art Editor (David Roberts) credited on the title page (page 3).

  5. Foreword remains "The Story Behind the Guinness Book".

  6. Foreword says, "By 1985 the global sales had risen to more than 51 million".

  7. Contents page returns.

  8. Pages 6 and 7 advertise "The Guinness Record Breakers Club". A tear-off application form to join was inserted between pages 32 and 33 in most - though not all - copies.

  9. Page 309 has a list of endurance marathons.

  10. Modifications to one hundred and eight pages in the "stop press" section on pages 310 to 312.

  11. Page 320 has, "Indexing by Anna Pavord".

  12. The acknowledgements section is much shorter in this edition: "Editorial Staff Colin C. Smith; David L. Roberts; Julian Farino; Alex E. Reid; Tessa Pocock; Muriel Ling. Bernadette Bidwell, Ann Collins, Barbara Edwards, Sheila Goldsmith, Moira F. Stowe. Also to D. Richard Bowen, Roger Bowes (Chairman), David Browne, John Catchpole, Amanda Clark, Mlle Bιatrice Frei, David F. Hoy (Managing Director), Ben Matsomoto, Michael Stephenson (Publishing Director).

  13. Inside back cover is "Norris McWhirter and Arthur Guinness ... look what you started!"

  14. Back cover says, "Almost 3,500 of the 15,000 records are updated in each new edition".

  15. "De Luxe" editions of this book were published by Guinness Superlatives and "Book Club Associates".

  16. We have a copy signed by Norris McWhirter to Henry Button (reviewer and contributor to the book over many years):

 

1986 33rd Edition 1987

Edition

33

Publication Date

October 1986

Cover

Space/Black background

Price New £7.95
ISBN 0-85112-439-9

Foreword

October 1986, Earl of Iveagh

Pages

320

Chapters 12 ("The Human Being", "The Living World", "The Natural World", "The Universe & Space", "The Scientific World", "The Arts & Entertainment", "The World's Structures", "The Mechanical World", "The Business World", "Human Achievements", "The Human World" and "Sports, Games and Pastimes")
Dimensions 11½x8½ inches (292x216 mm)
Copyright Guinness Superlatives Limited

Publisher

Guinness Superlatives Limited

33, London Road, Enfield, Middlesex, EN2 6DJ, England

Producer William Clowes Limited, Beccles, Suffolk.
Printer

Jarrold Printing, Norwich, Norfolk.

Notes:
  1. First book after Norris McWhirter's retirement. The foreword says, "On 31 March 1986, having edited the book for 32 years, Norris McWhirter handed over the editorship to Alan Russell".

  2. Title page credits the Editor (Alan Russell) and Editorial Advisor (Norris D. McWhirter).

  3. Foreword says, "By 1986 global sales had risen to more than 53 million".

  4. "The Editor Writes" on page 3.

  5. Page 4 has the "1986 Hall of Fame" - Joseph Kittinger, Paul McCartney, Billie-Jean King, Vesna Vulovic, Sir Ranulph Fiennes, Bt. and Vernon Craig.

  6. Pages 307 and 308 have a list of endurance marathons. Page 308 has a section for the Commonwealth Games.

  7. Modifications to one hundred and nine pages in the "stop press" section on pages 309 to 310.

  8. Page 320 has, "Indexing by Anna Pavord".

  9. Inside back cover has an advertisement for the Guinness World of Records in The Trocadero, Piccadilly Circus and "And if you want to read more".

  10. Back cover says, "The Guinness Book of Records has monitored and recorded over 117,000 record changes since it first appeared in 1955".

 

1987 34th Edition 1988

Edition

34

Publication Date

October 1987

Cover

White background

Price New £8.95
ISBN 0-85112-868-8

Foreword

October 1987, Earl of Iveagh

Pages

320

Chapters 12 ("The Human Being", "The Living World", "The Natural World", "The Universe and Space", "The Scientific World", "The Arts and Entertainments", "The World's Structures", "The Mechanical World", "The Business World", "Human Achievements", "The Human World" and "Sports, Games and Pastimes")
Dimensions 11½x8½ inches (292x216 mm)
Copyright Guinness Publishing Limited

Publisher

Guinness Publishing Limited

33, London Road, Enfield, Middlesex, EN2 6DJ, England

Producer Jarrold Printing, Norwich, Norfolk, and William Clowes Limited, Beccles, Suffolk.
Notes:
  1. A dozen special copies were produced to record the Pool Endurance Marathon world record.
  2. The Guinness logo on the spine of previous editions replaced by a medal logo.

  3. Title page credits the Editors (Alan Russell 1986-7 and Norris D. McWhirter 1955-85).

  4. Foreword says, "By 1987 global sales had risen to more than 57 million".

  5. "A Note from the Editorial Office" on page 3.

  6. Page 4 has the "1987 Hall of Fame" - Sir Edmund Hillary, Sir Donald Bradman, Katharine Hepburn, Valentina Tereshkova, Sergey Bubka and Charles Upham.

  7. Pages 307 and 308 have a list of endurance marathons.

  8. Modifications to one hundred and six pages in the "stop press" section on pages 309 to 310.

  9. Page 320 has, "Indexing by Anna Pavord".

  10. Inside back cover has "Facts Figures Feats" advert for the Guinness World of Records Exhibition.

  11. Back cover says, "Since the first edition of the Guinness Book of Records in 1955 over 135,000 new records have been created".

  12. We have a copy of this edition which was given to Jean Leggett during the launch party at the Savoy Hotel in London on 10th October 1987. We also have a list of the 170 guests at the party. Jean Leggett's copy has been signed by nineteen of the guests (including Thora Hird and Sooty!).

 

1988 35th Edition 1989

Edition

35

Publication Date

October 1988

Cover

Light Grey background

Price New £9.95
ISBN 0-85112-878-5

Foreword

October 1988, Earl of Iveagh

Pages

310

Chapters 12 ("The Human Being", "The Living World", "The Natural World", "The Universe and Space", "The Scientific World", "The Arts and Entertainments", "The World's Structures", "The Mechanical World", "The Business World", "Human Achievements", "The Human World" and "Sports, Games and Pastimes")
Dimensions 12x8.85 inches (305x225 mm)
Copyright Guinness Publishing Ltd

Publisher

Guinness Publishing Ltd

33, London Road, Enfield, Middlesex, EN2 6DJ, England

Producer Jarrold Printing, Norwich, Norfolk.
Notes:
  1. Inside front cover is the "1988 Hall of Fame" - Steve Davis, Bob Geldof, Dr Robert Jarvick, Dick Rutan and Jeana Yeager, Edwin Moses and Marilyn vos Savant.

  2. Title page credits the Editor (Donald McFarlan) and Editorial Advisor (Norris D. McWhirter).

  3. Foreword says, "In October 1988 the global sales surpassed 60 million".

  4. Pages 309 and 310 have a list of endurance marathons.

  5. Modifications to seventy pages in the "stop press" section.

  6. "Indexing by Anna Pavord".

  7. Inside back cover has "Experience the world's greatest exhibition" advert for the Guinness World of Records Exhibition, plus adverts for Genius the Game and other Guinness books.

  8. Back cover says, "Since the first edition in 1955 The Guinness Book of Records has become a household name and — dare we say it — a national institution".

  9. We have a letter from Norris McWhirter, which accompanied a preview copy of this edition:

 

1989 36th Edition 1990

Edition

36

Publication Date

13th October 1989

Cover

Dark Grey background

Price New £10.95
ISBN 0-85112-341-4

Foreword

October 1989, Earl of Iveagh

Pages

310

Chapters 11 ("The Human Being", "The Living World", "The Natural World and Space", "Science and Technology", "Buildings and Structures", "Transport", "The Business World", "The Arts and Entertainment", "Human Achievements", "The Human World" and "Sports")
Dimensions 12x8.85 inches (305x225 mm)
Copyright Guinness Publishing Ltd

Publisher

Guinness Publishing Ltd

33, London Road, Enfield, Middlesex, EN2 6DJ, England

Producer Jarrold Printing, Norwich, Norfolk.
Notes:
  1. Inside front cover is the "1989 Hall of Fame" - Richard Noble, Andrew Lloyd-Webber, Norris McWhirter, Eleanor Adams, Per Lindstrand and Ian Botham.

  2. Title page credits the Editor (Donald McFarlan) and Editorial Advisor (Norris D. McWhirter).

  3. The Acknowledgements section credits an "Information Systems Manager" for the first time.

  4. Foreword still says, "In October 1988 the global sales surpassed 60 million".

  5. Various chapters are merged (or renamed) in this edition, reducing the count to 11 for the first time.

  6. Pages 308 and 309 feature the Commonwealth Games

  7. Page 310 has a list of endurance marathons.

  8. Modifications to seventy-seven pages in the "stop press" section.

  9. The stop press section also has an advert for the first ever "Guinness Disc of Records".

  10. No mention of Anna Pavord.

  11. Inside back cover has an advert for the Guinness World of Records Exhibition, and an advert for other Guinness books.

  12. A "Limp Edition" paperback version of this was also published.