Meccano Manuals 1908 - 1981

1908-1916

Data on Meccano Manuals

Confirmation of those manuals in red is required (Scans of these manuals would also be appreciated).
Also details of any editions not included - especially overseas editions, would be appreciated.

Note - The numbers in green are the reference numbers from the list of USA Meccano manuals produced by Kendrick Bisset. See Kendick Bisset's website on Meccano in the United States.
Information on copyright dates etc. is available for many of the American manuals on the USA © Info page.

Printing details of Outfit manuals - 1908
Kindergarten
Meccano outfits 1, 2, 3 & 4-6
  Kindergarten Outfit 1 Outfit 2 Outfit 3 Outfits 4-6
1908 Kindergarten manual Manual of Instructions
Meccano No.1
Manual of Instructions
Meccano No.2
Manual of Instructions
Meccano No.3
Manual of Instructions
Meccano Nos.4, 5 & 6
 
Printing details of Outfit manuals - 1909-1916
(Liverpool)
Royal & 0 Outfits
Meccano outfits 1 - 6
Top panel in all main 1-6 manuals (except where otherwise noted, plus outfit 0 from 1914) shows two boys
facing inwards towards a Meccano model of a windmill (to 1912) or a Monoplane (from 1913)
Manual size 9¾" x 6½" (248x168mm) approx.
  Royal and Outfit 0 Outfits 1-6 Supplementary
1908/9 -- Manual of Instructions
Unknown manual with a plain red cover

(Currently known only from a photo
in Vol 8 of HCS)
--
1909 -- *4 Manual of Instructions....
for eleven progressive outfits(Eng)

Last model 61
 
*4 Manual of Instructions....
for eleven progressive outfits(Eng)

Last model 61
plus supplementary model sheet
bound in a rear of manual

 
*4 Manual of Instructions....
for eleven progressive outfits(Eng)

Last model 62
*4 Supplementary manual
containing models
21,38,39,56,57,62
1910 -- Manual of Instructions....
for eleven progressive outfits(Eng)
Last model 64
--
-- -- --
1911 Outfit Royal(Eng)
14 models
White paper with blue ink
Manual of Instructions....
for eleven progressive outfits(Eng)
Last model 86
--
-- -- --
1912 Outfit 0(Eng)
15 models
Front cover yellow with white border
*6Instructions....
for eleven progressive outfits(Eng)
Last model 90
All keyway parts

 
Instructions....
for eleven progressive outfits(Eng)
Last model 90
Worm shown with boss
 
-- -- --
1913 Outfit 0(Eng)
18 models
Front cover yellow with white border
*5Instructions....
for thirteen progressive outfits(Eng)
Last model 109
page 100 blank

 
*5Instructions....
for thirteen progressive outfits(Eng)
Last model 109
Page 88 titled -
"Meccano is more than a Toy"
--
-- Instructions....
for thirteen progressive outfits
(Colonial (NZ) Edition)*1
Last model 109
 
Instructions....
for thirteen progressive outfits
(Colonial (NZ) Edition)*1
Last model 109
Higher prices
No.13
Supplementary
(Colonial edition)
1914 No.140
Outfit 0(Eng)
No.14
Instructions....
for thirteen progressive outfits(Eng)
No.13
Supplementary
(English edition)
Outfit 0
(Colonial edition)
Instructions....
for thirteen progressive outfits
(Australian edition)
--
1915 -- -- --
-- -- --
1916 No.140
Outfit 0(Eng)
With sticker for revised prices
dated 7 Feb 1916
No.14 (English)*2
Instructions....
for thirteen progressive outfits
Sticker over bottom panel of front
cover says - English Edition
No.14S
Supplementary Manual
(16.4)Dual English/French
-- No.14 (Colonial)*2 *3
Instructions....
for thirteen progressive outfits
Sticker over bottom panel of front
cover says - Colonial Edition
Price list marked 'Colonial'

 
No.14 (Australasia)*2 *3
Instructions....
for thirteen progressive outfits
Sticker over bottom panel of front
cover says - Colonial Edition
Price list marked 'Australasia'
--

Note *1 - These Colonial edition is not described as such. However the manual price is 1/- instead of 9d and the prices of parts & outfits are around 50% more than the English edition. The front cover is also coloured differently - light blue and pink. instead of the usual buff and light blue. Also on the bottom left of page 1 there are the letters 'NZ' probably refering to New Zealand. Two editions have been found. The second one has had the priced pages at the rear removed and new pages stuck in with higher prices.

Note *2 - These modified 1914 manuals consist of inside pages of the normal English edition, but using surplus covers from the No.14 American manuals which have a sticker over bottom panel of the front cover to hide the American address. Pages 1-4 & 129-134 removed and new unnumbered pages stuck in at the rear showing the 1916 version price list, spare parts list and outfit contents.
Note *3 - Two colonial editions have been seen. One with the additional stuck in pages marked 'Australasia' and the other marked 'Colonial'. Both say 'Colonial' on the front cover. Do other versions exist for the other colonies - e.g. Canada?.

Note *4 - The first 1909 manual did not include models 21, 38, 39, 56, 57 & 62. These extra models were initially published in a supplementary manual. This supplementary manual was later included by being bound in to the rear of the main manual. Following this a further edition of the 1909 manual was published with the additional models fully incorporated into the manual in the correct order.
So far the only 1909 manual examined is an incomplete copy of the later full version.

Note *5 - The first main 1913 manual had a blank page on page 100, with page 88 being "The Science of Mechanics Taught by Meccano". Later editions of the 1913 manual had a page titled "Meccano is More Than A Toy" inserted at page 88. The resulted in all following pages being moved up one page, so that page 100 was now used.

Note *6 - An early 1912 manual showing all keyway parts is expected to exist, but it has so far not been seen. Confirmation required.

Printing details of Outfit manuals - 1909-1916
(America)
Royal & 0 Outfits
Meccano outfits 1 - 6
Top panel in all main 1-6 manuals (plus outfit 0 from 1914) shows two boys facing inwards
towards a Meccano model of a windmill (to 1912) or a Monoplane (from 1913)
Manual size 9¾" x 6½" (248x168mm) approx.
  Royal and Outfit 0 Outfits 1-6 Supplementary
1909 -- (09.1)Manual of Instructions....
for eleven progressive outfits

Last model 62
--
1910 -- *1(10.1)Manual of Instructions....
for eleven progressive outfits
Last model 64
--
1911 1911
(11.2)Outfit Royal
14 models
Pink paper with reddish purplish ink
1911
(11.1)Manual of Instructions....
for eleven progressive outfits
Last model 86
--
1912 1912
(12.3)Outfit 0
15 models
Front cover yellow with white border
1912
(12.1)Instructions....
for eleven progressive outfits
Last model 90
UK accessory outfit prices
and keyway type worm on page 77

 
(12.2)Instructions....
for eleven progressive outfits
Last model 90
USA accessory outfit prices
and bossed type worm on page 77
--
1913 1913
(13.4)Outfit 0
18 models
Front cover yellow with white border
1913
*4(13.3)Instructions....
for thirteen progressive outfits
Last model 109
Albany address
Outfit prices - page 99

 
*4(13.1)Instructions....
for thirteen progressive outfits
Last model 109
Albany address
Outfit prices- page 100
*4(13.5)(Also seen with
New York address
pasted over Albany address)

 
*4(13.2)Instructions....
for thirteen progressive outfits
Last model 109
New York address
Outfit prices - page 100
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1914 No.140
*2(14.5/14.6)Outfit 0
No.14
*3(14.2/14.4)Instructions....
for thirteen progressive outfits
Last model 133
134 pages + 2 no number
High voltage motor on page 130

 
(14.3)Instructions....
for thirteen progressive outfits

Last model 133
134 pages + i, ii

 
(14.8)Instructions....
for thirteen progressive outfits
As per ref 14.4 but with
additional outer trade cover
No.13
(14.1)Supplementary
(High voltage motor)
 
(14.7)Supplementary
(Low voltage motor)
1915 No.140
(15.3)Outfit 0
Inventor's Accessory outfit mentioned
No.14
(15.1)Instructions....
for thirteen progressive outfits
Last model 133
134 pages + 2 blank
Inventor's Accessory outfit mentioned
Low voltage motor on page 130
--
1916 -- -- No.14S
Supplementary Manual
(16.5)

Note *1 - On page 1 of the 1910 manual, the word 'copyrighted' is covered by a paste-on.

Note *2 - This manual is seen in two versions. One with only the New York address (14.5)
and the other with both the New York and the Albany address (14.6).

Note *3 - This manual is seen in two versions. One with only the New York address (14.2)
and the other with both the New York and the Albany address (14.4).

Note *4 - The first 1913 main manual (13.3) had a blank page on page 100, with page 88 being "The Science of Mechanics Taught by Meccano". Later editions of the 1913 manual (13.1, 13.2 & 13.5) had a page titled "Meccano is More Than A Toy" inserted at page 88. The resulted in all following pages being moved up one page, so that page 100 was now used.

Note 5 - From 1911, American manuals have a copyright date on the front cover.


Pagination/contents of Royal and 0 Outfit Manuals - 1911-14
(Liverpool and America)
  Liverpool
& America
Liverpool
& America
Liverpool
& America
Liverpool
& America
America
  1911
Royal

(11.2)
(8 pages)
1912
Outfit 0
*1
(12.3)
(12 pages)
1913
Outfit 0

(13.4)
(16 pages)
1914
Outfit 0

(14.5/14.6)
(20 pages)
1915
Outfit 0

(15.3)
(20 pages)
How to Make Models and Toys with Meccano -- ?? Page 2 Page 2 Page 2
Meccano Parts -- -- Page 3 -- --
Outfit 0 models Pages
2-5
Pages
3-9
Pages
4-12
Pages
3-16
Pages
3-16
Contents of Outfit Page 5 -- -- Page 19 Page 19
Separate Parts
Price List of Separate Parts
Page 6 -- -- -- --
Separate Parts -- Page 10 -- -- --
Meccano Motors (Patent Pending)
(Spring Motors)
-- -- Page 13 Page 17 --
Meccano Motors
(Low voltage Electric Motors)
-- -- -- -- Page 17
Meccano is More Than a Toy -- -- Page 14 Page 18 Page 18
Price List of Additional Parts -- Page 11 Page 15 -- --
Price List Page 7 Page 12 (RC) Page 16 (RC) Page 20 (RC) Page 20 (RC)
Selection of Models from Other Outfits Page 8 (RC) -- -- -- --

Note *1 - The 1912 Outfit 0 manual has so far only been seen from scans (of unknown provenance) of a US edition. Unfortunately these were missing page 2 (IFC).

Note 2 - Page numbering includes the covers.


Pagination/contents of Main Outfit Manuals - 1909-14
(Liverpool and America)
  Liverpool Liverpool
&
America
Liverpool
&
America
Liverpool
&
America
Liverpool
&
America
Liverpool
&
America
Liverpool
&
America
Liverpool
&
America
America Liverpool
  Early
1909
*1
1909*1
(09.1)
(56 pages)
1910
(10.1)
(68 pages)
1911
(11.1)
(54 pages)
1912
(12.1)(12.2)
(84 pages)
Early
1913
*2
(13.3)
(104 pages)
1913*2
(13.1)(13.2)
(13.5)

(104 pages)
1914*3
(14.2)(14.3)
(14.4)(14.8)

(138 pages)
1915
(15.1)
(138 pages)
1916
*5
(136 pages)
Meccano Patents -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Frontispiece Frontispiece Frontispiece
Meccano
("Copyrighted" in 1910)
?? Page 1 Page 1 -- -- -- -- -- -- --
Introduction -- -- -- Page 1 -- -- -- -- -- --
How to Make Models and Toys with Meccano -- -- -- -- Page 1 Page 1 Page 1 Page 1 Page 1 --
Meccano Parts -- -- -- -- -- Page 2 Page 2 -- -- --
Meccano Parts and Prices -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Pages
2-3
Pages
2-3
--
New Meccano Coupling
New Meccano Crank
-- -- -- -- -- -- -- Page 4 Page 4 --
New Meccano Double Bracket -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Page 5 Page 5 Page 5
Standard Details for use in Construction
of Models on the Meccano Principle
-- -- -- -- Pages
2-3
Pages
94-96
Pages
93-95
Pages
127-129
Pages
127-129
Pages
127-128
Outfit 1 models Pages
???
Pages
2-10
Pages
2-11
Pages
2-7
Pages
4-14
Pages
3-18
Pages
3-18
Pages
6-34
Pages
6-34
Pages
6-34
Outfit 2 models Pages
???
Pages
11-17
Pages
12-18
Pages
8-11
Pages
15-20
Pages
19-28
Pages
19-28
Pages
35-49
Pages
35-49
Pages
35-49
Outfit 3 models Pages
???
Pages
18-27
Pages
19-28
Pages
12-19
Pages
21-28
Pages
29-36
Pages
29-36
Pages
50-61
Pages
50-61
Pages
50-61
Outfit 4 models Pages
???
Pages
28-35
Pages
29-37
Pages
20-25
Pages
29-38
Pages
37-51
Pages
37-51
Pages
62-82
Pages
62-82
Pages
62-82
Outfit 5 models Pages
???
Pages
36-44
Pages
38-50
Pages
26-33
Pages
39-53
Pages
52-65
Pages
52-65
Pages
83-98
Pages
83-98
Pages
83-98
Outfit 6 models Pages
???
Pages
45-49
Pages
51-61
Pages
34-45
Pages
54-75
Pages
66-87
Pages
66-87
Pages
99-120
Pages
99-120
Pages
99-120
Meccano is More Than a Toy -- -- -- -- -- -- Page 88 Page 121 Page 121 Page 121
The Science of Mechanics Taught by Meccano -- -- -- -- -- Page 88 Page 89 Page 122 Page 122 Page 122
HSMD Models -- -- -- -- -- Pages
89-92
Pages
90-93
Pages
123-126
Pages
123-126
Pages
123-126
Meccano Motors
(HV Electric and Water Motors)
-- -- -- -- -- -- -- Pages
130-131
-- --
Meccano Motors
(LV Electric Motor)
-- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Page 130 --
Meccano Motors
(Spring Motors)
-- -- -- -- -- Page 96 Page 97 Page 132 Page 131 --
Meccano Models - Some of them Prize Winners -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Page 132 --
Contents of Outfits Page ??? Page 50 Page 62 Page 46 Page 76 Page 97 Page 98 Page 133 Page 133 Page 132
Separate Parts Page ??? Page 51 Page 63 Page 47 Page 77 -- -- -- -- --
Price List of Additional Parts Page ??? Page 51 Page 63 Page 47 Page 78 Page 98 Page 99 -- -- --
Price List of Meccano Accessory Parts -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- Pages
130-131
Price List Page ??? Page 52 Page 64 Page 48 Page 79 Page 99 Page 100 Page 134 Page 134 Page 129
The Hornby System of Mechanical Demonstration -- -- -- Page 49 Page 80 -- -- -- -- --
Printers Trade Mark Rear
Cover
Rear
Cover
Rear
Cover
Rear
Cover
Rear
Cover
Rear
Cover
Rear
Cover
Rear
Cover*4
-- --

Note *1 - The 1909 manual is known in three versions. An early version without models 21, 38, 39, 56, 57 & 62. A second version with the extra models in a supplement bound at the rear and a third version which includes the extra models. The supplement is also known as a separate manual. American manual reference 09.1, not yet examined but thought to be like the third Liverpool version.

Note *2 - The first 1913 manual had a blank page on page 100, with page 88 being "The Science of Mechanics Taught by Meccano". Later editions of the 1913 manual had a page titled "Meccano is More Than A Toy" inserted at page 88. The resulted in all following pages being moved up one page, so that page 100 was now used. American manual reference 13.3, not yet examined, but assumed to be identical to the Liverpool edition.

Note *3 - American manual reference 14.3, not yet examined.

Note *4 - The 1914 American manuals do not have the printers Trade Mark on the rear cover.

Note *5 - These modified 1914 manuals have pages 1-4 & 129-134 removed and new unnumbered pages (129-132) stuck in at the rear showing the 1916 version price list, spare parts list and outfit contents.