Publishers around the world

This is a list of all the editions of Rum Doodle that we know about. If you know of any others, we'd like to hear about them.

Rum Doodle covers

An unrivalled collection of Rum Doodle editions, held by Barry Myers in North Carolina, USA (just updated)


First editions

Lots of early editions available through Chessler Books in Colorado, USA.

Max Parrish edition

Max Parrish_1956

The orginal (and best) Ascent of Rum Doodle, published in 1956. The publisher, Max Parrish, is long gone, I'm afraid. 


Original French edition


The original French translation by Jean Rosenthal, published by Robert Laffont in 1956, using the original illustrations.


Danish edition


Danish edition from 1958, entitled 'Vi tapre Bjergbestigere', published by Forlaget Fremad. The publisher still exists, but I doubt there are many copies of the book still around!

Original Spanish edition


The original Spanish edition from 1957, published by El Club de la Sonrisa, part of Taurus in Madrid. Very rare. Another great cover design!


Original US Edition

US edition

The original US edition, published by Vanguard of New York in 1956. Simple cover design, original illustrations.


Alternative US 1956 edition

Thanks to Barry Myers for this picture - an alternative cover to the original US edition

Dark Peak 1979 edition

Dark Peak_1979


This was the first re-printing of Rum Doodle. We got a letter from Geoff Birtles, who ran a climbing shop in the Peak District, asking if he could re-publish. My father was very happy to let that happen. The edition was a facsimile of the original 1956 Max Parrish edition. Dark Peak is no longer in business.  

Arrow edition



The Arrow edition of 1983, with new illustrations by an unknown artist.


Arena edition


1989 edition by Arena, part of Arrow. New illustrations by Chris Duggan.


Glenat edition


French edition of 1988, published by GlĂ©nat of Grenoble with the title 'A l'assaut du Khili-Khili'. Same title and translator (Jean Rosenthal) as the 1956 French edition. Used the original illustrations.  



Pimlico edition



2001 edition, the first to feature Bill Bryson's introduction. It used the original illustrations again - a good step, in my opinion.  

US Edition of 2002

This is the 2002 US edition published (I think) by Trafalgar House. Thanks to Barry Myers for the photo


Isis talking book


Talking book edition, published by ISIS in cassette and CD. Admirably read by Terry Wale, who also read it on the BBC in 2003.  

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Spanish edition

Barrabes 2001

Current Spanish edition, published  by Barrabes editiorial in Cuarte. I rather like the cover 



Italian edition


The Italian edition, published by CDA & Vivalda in 2002, with the title 'La Conquista del K.O.' Nice cover featuring champagne bottles; no illustrations. Website of the pubishers[catalogue-showProduct]&id=311


Korean edition


Korean edition, published in 2007 by Mountain Book, Bada publishing.


French edition

Rivages 2009

Current French edition, published by Rivages in 2009, in two sizes. Still using the original translation  by Jean Rosenthal. No illustrations.

Current Vintage edition

Vintage cover The current edition is published by Vintage, a branch of Random House.


Other Rum Doodles

Since its first publication, the words Rum Doodle have been taken by fans of the book for a variety of purposes: the Rumdoodle sleeping bag, Rumdoodle cllimbing company, Rumdoodle the rock band!

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