Four of the early Golden Guides. Later issues had cover changes.

The Golden Guides, originally Golden Nature Guides, are a series of pocket-sized books that were created by Western Publishing and published under their "Golden Press" line, primarily a children's book imprint, beginning in 1949. Intended for primary and secondary school level readers, the series began as field guides with such titles as Birds (1949), Flowers (1950), and Mammals (1955), and then expanded to a wider range of subjects, not intended as identification guides. These titles included Geology, Photography and Heart. Edited by Herbert S. Zim and Vera Webster, the books were written by experts in their field and illustrated in a simple straightforward style.

Zim would also later launch a related series called the Golden Field Guide.

An updated series was relaunched in 2001 as "Golden Guides by St. Martin's Press".

List of Golden GuidesEdit

Title Author(s) Date Published
Acadia National Park Grant Sharpe 1968
American Antique Glass Elizabeth Oliver 1977
Antiques Ann Cole 1967
Architecture Charles Rambert 1969
Bats Of The World Gary Graham 1994
Bicycling George Fichter & Keith Kingbay 1972
Bird Life Stephen Kress 1991
Birds Herbert Zim, & Ira Gabrielson 1949
Birds Of Europe Bertel Bruun 1967
Botany Taylor Alexander, R. Will Burnett, Zim 1970
Butterflies And Moths Robert Mitchell, & Herbert Zim 1962
Cacti Frank Venning 1974
Camping Robert Smallman 1965
Casino Games Bill Friedman 1973
Cats George Fichter 1973
Chemistry Experiments Robert Brent 1969
Dinosaurs Eugene Gaffney 1990
Ecology Taylor Alexander, & George Fichter 1973
Endangered Animals George Fichter 1995
Everglades National Park Herbert Zim 1960
Evolution Frank T. Rhodes 1974
Exotic Plants Julia Morton 1971
Exploring Space Mark Chartrand 1991
Families Of Birds Oliver Austin 1971
Fishes Herbert Zim, & Hurst Shoemaker 1955
Fishing George Fichter, & Phil Francis 1965
Flowers Herbert Zim, & Alexander Martin 1950
Flying Aakash 1971
Fossils Frank Rhodes, H. Zim & Paul Shaffer 1962
Gamebirds Alexander Sprunt, & Zim 1961
Geology Frank Rhodes 1972
Guns Larry Koller 1961
Hallucinogenic Plants Richard Schultes 1976
Heart Sarah Riedman 1974
Herbs And Spices Julia Morton 1976
Horses Moira Duggan 1972
Indian Arts Andrew Whiteford 1970
Insect Pests George Fichter 1966
Insects Herbert Zim, & Clarence Cottam 1951
Israel and The Holy Land Rinna Samuel 1967
Italy Paul Friedlander, & Joseph Brooks 1955
Kites Wyatt Brummit 1971
Landforms George Adams, & Jerome Wyckoff 1971
Light And Color Clarence Rainwater 1971
Mammals Zim & Hoffmeister 1955
Mexico Herbert Zim 1969
Modern Painting Michel Hoog 1970
Non-Flowering Plants Floyd Shuttleworth, & Herbert Zim 1967
Oceanography Gilbert Voss 1972
Orchids Shuttleworth, Zim & Gordon Dillon 1970
Pacific Northwest Herbert Zim, & Natt Dodge 1959
Painting - From Its Origins Genevieve Monnier 1969
Painting, Gasser's Guide to Henry Gasser 1964
Photography Herbert Zim & R. Will Burnett 1956
Planets Mark Chartrand 1990
Pond Life George Reid 1967
Power Boats Bill Wallace 1961
Reptiles and Amphibians Herbert Zim & Hobart Smith 1953
Rocks And Minerals Herbert Zim & Paul Shaffer 1957
Rocky Mountains Herbert Zim 1964
Sailing Bill Wallace 1960
Scuba Diving Wheeler North 1968
Sculpture, An Introduction To Guillaume Janneau & Simone Hoog 1970
Seashells Of The World R. Tucker Abbott 1962
Seashores Herbert Zim & Lester Ingle 1955
Ski Bill Wallace & Bob Beattie 1966
Sky Observer's Guide R. Newton & M. Mayall & Jerome Wyckoff 1965
Snakes Sarah Whittley 2002
Southeast, The American Herbert Zim 1960
Southwest, The American Natt Dodge & Zim 1959
Spiders & Their Kin Herbert & Lorna Levi 1968
Sports Cars Mortarini, Leopold & Waterfall 1968
Stars Herbert Zim & Robert Baker 1951
Trees Zim & A. Martin 1952
Tropical Fish Bruce Halstead & Bonnie Landa 1975
Venomous Animals Edmund Brodie, Jr. 1989
Washington D.C. Robert Smallman 1964
Weather Paul Lehr, R. Will Burnett & Zim 1957
Weeds Alexander Martin 1972
Whales And Other Marine Mammals George Fichter 1990
Wines Henri Fluchère 1973
Yosemite Douglass Hubbard 1970
Zoo Animals Donald Hoffmeister 1967
Zoology Burnett, Herbert Zim, & Harvey Fisher 1958

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