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This page is intended to be a home for
snippets of interesting information about the Guinness Book of Records
that, quite frankly, we don't know where else to put. Please
send us any more
miscellany that you may have.
The first copy of the book was bound
on a Saturday.
Compared to the average wage at the
time each edition was published, this year's new edition will probably
be the least expensive edition ever (especially with the competitive
nature of online booksellers and chains). The previous most affordable edition
was probably the
11th edition in
The Christmas 1960 edition of the
Guinness Time staff magazine reports that, "... a lorry full
of the Guinness Book of Records has been stolen from a fleet of
lorries containing the book. Someone was obviously trying to break
Some of the editions -
to 30th (1983) - published by Redwood Press have
up to 6 dots
near the publisher's information. We originally believed these to be print-run
marks, followed by a theory that they are bindery marks (with the
number of dots indicating which company bound that particular copy).
However, recent discussions with one of the founders of Redwood
Press have not shed any new light on the matter.
19th edition shows that the brothers had a sense of humour: "...
we do not opine on ... the most formidable mother-in-law, only the
woman with the greatest girth or the organ (or indeed the
mother-in-law) generating the most decibels".
21st Edition from 1974 was produced using the "perfect binding"
technique. Unfortunately, many copies proved that it wasn't.
The hands in the third picture on
page 166 of the
23rd Edition are
those of Jacqui Gould.
On 24th October 1979, Guinness
Superlatives honoured Paul McCartney with a dinner held at Les
Ambassadeurs Club in London. McCartney subsequently appeared on the
cover of the
The brothers were
obsessed by detail and accuracy, which seemed on occasion to lead to
a need to fiddle unnecessarily with chapter titles and order.
The ISBNs given in the
21st U.S. Edition are incorrect - they are the ISBNs for the
The Facts on File
Guinness Book of Records 1992 is the
30th U.S. Edition, but the
Guinness Book of Records 1993 is the
32nd U.S. Edition.
Anyone know where the 31st U.S. Edition went?
[Where an opinion is expressed, it is based on our
"reading between the lines" of the
books in our collection.]