Golden Guide To Weather

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The first hardcover printing of Weather has the number 593 on the spine of the dustjacket and the book. © Copyright 1957 by Simon & Schuster, Inc. and Artists and Writers Guild, Inc. Printed in the U.S.A. by Western Printing and Lithographing Company. The book itself has animal related endpapers. A first printing will have the letter A on page 160. Price listed on the flap is $1.95. Listed as a Golden Nature Guide. (shown right)

Two versions of of Weather were published in a large (5 ¼ by 7 ¾ inch) hardcover. Image #1 has the number 63501 on the back cover. © Copyright 1957 by Golden Press, Inc. Note: The smaller 1957 editions were published by Simon & Schuster.
The second version has the same number on the back cover. © Copyright 1965, 1957 by Golden Press, Inc. The words A Golden Science Guide do not have a yellow background. Note: The smaller 1965 edition has a different cover.

I have yet to find a small Golden Press hardcover edition. But one might exist.

The Softcovers:

The first softcover edition of Weather has the number 407 on the spine and no cover price. The date is 1957. Published by Simon & Schuster. A first printing has an A on page 160. Listed as a Golden Nature Guide.

The first Golden Press softcover edition of Weather has the number 24407 on the spine and a cover price of $1.00. Printing code has a J on page 160.

Golden Press reclassified Weather by calling this book a Golden Science Guide. Cover price still $1.00. A stated thirteenth printing, 1964. Printing code has an M on page 160.

The sixteenth printing of Weather is an unstated revised edition. © Copyright 1965, 1957 by Golden Press, Inc. The weather maps on pages 132-133 have been replaced by Weather Satellite pages, located on pages 130-131. Cover price still $1.00. Printing code has an R on page 160.

The art for Weather has been reworked with the 27th printing. Number 24352 on the spine and a cover price of $1.25. © Copyright 1965, 1957 by Golden Press, Inc. My copy has an AA on the last page. Now listed as a Golden Guide on the cover and a Golden Science Guide on the inside front cover.

The next cover (text) change to Weather goes back to the number 24407 on the spine and a cover price of $1.50. The date is 1965. My copy has a BB on the last page. Listed as a Golden Guide on the cover and a Golden Science Guide on the inside front cover.

Another change to Weather occured with the 31st printing. All of Harry McNaught's artwork of cloud formations on pages 16 through 20 have been replaced with photos. © Copyright 1975, 1965, 1957 by Western Publishing Company, Inc. Cover price of $1.95. Printing code is EE on the last page. Listed as a Golden Guide on the cover and a Golden Science Guide on the inside front cover.

The last cover change to Weather is a stated revised edition. ISBN 0-307-24051-7 on the back cover and no price listed. © 1987, 1975, 1965, 1957 by Western Publishing Company, Inc. Printing code ABCDEF on the last page. Which makes it a first printing of this revision.

The French version of Weather is titled Météorologie. © Golden Press Inc., New York, 1957. © 1964 Editions Graphiques Internationales (E.G.I.), Paris, 1964, pour l'édition en langue francais. The cover and contents are virtually identical to the early paperback version. Text in French.

The Italian version of Weather is titled Meteorologia. © 1957 by Golden Press Inc., New York. © 1969 Arnoldo Mondadori Editore, Milano. The cover and contents are virtually identical to the early paperback version. Text in French.

The Spanish version of Weather is also titled Meteorologia. © Golden Press Inc., New York, 1957. Publicado de acuerdo con Western Publishing International y por Licencia para la lengua española. Editiones Daimon, Manuel Tamayo, Barcelona Spain. 1972. The cover is unique to this version.

Still in print by St. Martins's Press.


Weather Golden Guide