Golden Field Guide

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Golden Field Guides
  • Amphibians of North America
  • Birds of North America
  • Eastern Birds
  • Families of Birds
  • Minerals of the World
  • Night Sky
  • Reptiles of North America
  • Seashells of North America
  • Trees of North America
  • Wildflowers of North America

Edited byHerbert Zim, Vera Webster
CountryUnited States
PublisherWestern Publishing
Golden Press
St. Martin's Press (2001–present)
Media typePocket book
No. of books11

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. Edited by Herbert Zim and Vera Webster, the books were written by experts in their field and illustrated with a simple straightforward style.

Unlike the Golden Guides, the Field Guides 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.

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[edit]

  • Amphibians of North America, by Hobart Muir Smith (1978) — discontinued by St. Martin's Press
  • Birds of North America, by Chandler Robbins and Bertel Bruun (1966)
  • Eastern Birds, by James Coe (1994) — limited release in original but continued by St. Martin's Press
  • Families of Birds, by Oliver L. Austin (1971) — originally published as a Golden Guide (small format) and later, slightly modified, as Golden Field Guide (large format);[1][2] later discontinued by St. Martin's Press
  • Reptiles of North America, by Hobart Muir Smith, Edmund D. Brodie, David M. Dennis, and Sy Barlowe (1982)
  • Minerals of the World, by Charles A. Sorrell (1973) — later renamed Rocks and Minerals
  • Seashells of North America, by R. Tucker Abbott (1968)
  • Skyguide, by Mark R. Chartrand and Helmut K. Wimmer (1982) — later renamed Night Sky
  • Trees of North America, by C. Frank Brockman and Rebecca A. Merrilees (1968)
  • Wildflowers of North America, by Frank D. Venning and Manabu C. Saito (1984)

There were some other "Golden Guides" issued but not normally considered part of the regular series.

Associated Series list[edit]


  1. ^ "Families of Birds Golden Guide".
  2. ^ Austin, Oliver Luther (1985). Families of Birds. ISBN 0307136698.

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