Golden Field Guide

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The Golden Field Guides are a series of larger pocket-sized books that were created by Western Publishing and published under their "Golden Press" line (mostly used for children's books at the time), as a related series to the Golden Guides. Unlike the Golden Guides, the Field Guide went more in depth, being more aimed at the High-School/College level. They also had sturdier covers, obviously intending that they be used in the field. Most note that they are a "Guide to Field Identification" on the cover. To go more in depth and intended as both identification and educational, most of the Field Guides limited themselves to North America, while the Golden Guides were usually worldwide. Edited by Herbert Zim and Vera Webster, the books were written by experts in their field and illustrated with a simple straightforward style.

The series, updated, was relaunched in 2001 as "Golden Field Guides by St. Martin's Press". Certain titles have been discontinued (such as the Amphibians of North America and Families of Birds books).

Series List

  • Amphibians of North America
  • Birds of North America
  • Seashells of North America
  • Eastern Birds (Not in original Western Publishing series. Available from St. Martin's Press)
  • Families of Birds Families of Birds was published as a Golden Guide (small format) and later as Golden Field Guide (large format)[1][2]
  • National Parks of the World volume 1&2
  • Reptiles of North America
  • Rocks & Minerals (renamed Minerals of the World
  • Skyguide (renamed Night Sky)
  • Trees of North America
  • Wildflowers of North America

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