The global authority on record-breaking achievement, Guinness World Records, has launched an exact replica of the very first Guinness Book of Records in a limited edition.
The phenomenon of Guinness World Records began in September 1955 when the Chairman of the Guinness Brewery, Sir Hugh Beaver, decided to publish a volume of definite facts. The first Guinness Book of Records was printed in 1,000 copies and despite an initial skepticism from retailers, the book became an instant hit, was reprinted and reached bestseller status by Christmas the same year.
55 years later, the current Guinness World Records 2010 edition is published in 26 languages, 3 million copies and sold in 100 countries around the world. Although the popularity of Guinness World Records has remained steady for half a century, the world that the record-keeping company measures has certainly seen some changes.
The Guinness Book of Records facsimile edition is available exclusively on the Guinness World Records web site in a strictly-limited print-run of 5,000 copies. Each copy is individually numbered as a collector's item.
First published in 1955, the annual Guinness World Records book is published in more than 100 countries and 25 languages and is the highest-selling book with more than 3 million copies sold annually across the globe. Guinness World Records celebrated its 50th anniversary edition in 2004, a year after the sale of its 100 millionth copy.