Dating Ladybird Books from the 1960’s-1970’s

This is a starter guide to dating Ladybird books from the 1960’s and 1970’s, which shall be updated as I gather more information.


First edition’s (or near enough) can be clarified by the back covers as they will list all books up to the current book and no more. If there are other books after its title listed then it is a re-print.

To tell approximately what its year of print was simply cross reference the number of books listed so far in the series (back cover) with the sale price (back or inside) and Ladybird books tally (also back cover if included).

From 1969, Ladybird books had 2/6d 121/2p stamped on the back ready for decimalisation in 1971. Books with a black block on the back have been re-priced (usually from 15p to 18p). Bar codes were included from c.1984.

Tally No Date Price Date
100
120
135
140
150
160
170
190
200
210
220
225
230
240
250
260
270
280
290
300
320
330
340
350
360
370
1963
1964/5
1965
1965
1966
1966
1966
1967
1967
1968
1968
1968
1969
1969
1969
1969
1970
1970
1971
1972
1973
1973
1973
1974
1974
1974
2,6d
2/6d 121/2p
15p
18p
24p
30p
40p
50p
60p
70p
75p
85p
90p
99p
£1.20
£1.30
1965 – Feb 1969
Feb 1969 – May 1971
1 Jun 1971 – 30 Apr 1974
1 May 1974 – 15 Jun 1975
16 Jun 1975 – 10 Jan 1978
11 Jan 1978 – 24 Jun 1979
25 Jun 1979 – 31 Dec 1980
1 Jan 1981 – 30 Jun 1982
1 Jul 1982 – 31 Dec 1983
1 Jan 1984 – 31 Dec 1985
1 Jan 1985 – 31 Dec 1986
1 Jan 1987 – 31 Dec 1987
1 Jan 1988 – 31 Dec 1988
1 Jan 1989 – 31 Dec 1989
1 Jan 1990 – 31 Dec 1990
1 Jan 1991 – 31 Dec 1991

 

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