Dedicated to old Ladybird books - 1914 -1975

How old is my book (f)

OK so there’s writing on the back. Now is there a price on the back? If so, you can use this chart to date your book pretty precisely.

2,6 Net1965 – February 1971
2/6 Net 121/2pFebruary 1971 – May 1971
15p1 June 1971 – 30 April 1974
18p1 May 1974 – 15 June 1975
24p16 June 1975 – 10 January 1978
30p11 January 1978 – 24 June 1979
40p25 June 1979 – 31 December 1980
50p1 January 1981 – 30 June 1982
60p1 July 1982 – 31 December 1983
70p1 January 1984 – 31 December 1985
75p1 January 1985 – 31 December 1986
85p1 January 1987 – 31 December 1987
90p1 January 1988 – 31 December 1988
99pFrom January 1 1989

You may also find the following helpful: using the ‘tally number’ to put a date on a book. (Sometimes books were printed but then stored in the warehouse for long periods before having a price stamped on and being distributed. So a tally number can also be helpful).

A ‘tally number’ is the number often mentioned on the back, telling you how many titles there are. EG:

  • 150-170 from 1966
  • 190-200 from 1967
  • 210-225 from 1968
  • 230-260 from 1969
  • 270-280 from 1970/1
  • 290 from 1971/2
  • 300 from 1972
  • 320-340 from 1973/4
  • 350-370 from 1974/5

(Having established the age, you can now check to see if your book is a first edition, using need these pages)

No, no price on the back. Click here

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